Meet the Teachers
Over the past 12 years at OVHS I have taught biology, AP Biology, chemistry, physical science, physics, fine arts, pottery, pre-algebra, Algebra 1, driver’s ed, health, and horticulture. I have also been a teaching partner with SVS Spanish through Kansas State University. In my free time I like to hike, climb, and ski. Most summers I have been able to travel internationally, usually to Latin America to surf and practice Spanish.
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I received my Bachelor of Science, Education, with a Math emphasis from University of Nevada-Reno. I received my Master of Education, minor in Math from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002. I taught for 11 years at Sparks High in Sparks, NV. The last two years I taught Math at Home Street Middle School. I have been married to Nate Gratz for 17 years and have a 6 ½ son, William. My family and I love being in the Eastern Sierras, enjoying the activities it has to offer. I am very excited to join the staff at OVUSD.
I hold credentials in elementary and secondary education and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching with over twenty years of classroom experience mostly in the Eastern Sierra. To relax and keep fit I practice yoga, hike, cross-country ski, cycle, and read. My motto is: cooperate with others, compete only with yourself!