Administration and Staff

Hoover Administration

Principal - Stephanie Palmeri Farias, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), ext. 53612
Assistant Principal Discipline and 8th Grade Advisor - Matthew Wheeler .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), ext. 53607
Assistant Principal Instruction and 6th Grade Advisor - Bernard Bell, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), ext. 53614
Assistant Principal Activities and 7th Grade Advisor - Aubrie Dimas, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), ext. 53613

Clerical Staff
Secretary - Steffany Carrabino
Registrar -  Cecilia Iglesias
Attendance - Angelina Ramirez
COA II - Debora Avalos
ASB Clerk - Lindsay Telucci
Library - Pearl Sermeno

Parent Liaison -

Health Office
Nurse - Kathy Herr
Health Aide - Jennifer Young, LVN

Campus Supervisors
Vicky Martinez
John Soto

Custodial Staff
Gilbert Flores
Jesus Mestas
Patty Chavez
Tuan Tran

Francisco Hernadez

Rosa Valterra - Manager

Special Education Instructors

Winston Finlayson
Jessica Rodriguez
Melissa Becchina
Jenelle Horn
Rebecca Bateman
Megan Wood
Karen Kochenburg
Esmeralda Muniz

Jesse Escobar

Special Education

Special Education Department
The Special Education Department provides services to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities. The needs of the students are determined in collaboration with all of the student’s teachers. The Special Education department includes the Resource Specialist Program; Special Day Class and Speech and Language services.

Language Arts/Social Studies Dept.

Hannah Ingram, 8th grade
Paul Rousseve, 6th grade
Taunya Jaco, 6th grade
Holly Cadena, 6th grade
Nick Laskowski, 6th grade
Barbara Rejbrand, 6th grade
Bonnie Spacek, 6th grade
Robert Coney, 7th grade
Kerry Hananouchi, 7th grade
Andrea Reyna, 7th grade
Denisha Connet, 7th & 8th grade
Donna Verret, 8th grade
Mark Hartung, 8th grade
Monica Veach, 7th grade
Kathryn Williams, 7th grade
Albert Mendez, 8th grade
Karen Mathern, ELA IC
Patricia Mendez, Speech Pathologist

Language Arts and Social Studies

Language Arts
In Language Arts, students will meet the California state standards in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will use the Prentice Hall Literature series, as well as, San Jose Unified School District approved novels while focusing on these standards. A variety of genres will be studied in class. Students’ progress toward mastery of the standards will be assessed by several benchmark tests given throughout the year.

Social Studies
In social studies, students will be “reading to learn,” and will be working on strategies which will help them to strengthen their reading skills while also becoming successful learners within theier grade level content. They will expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major western and non-western civilizations. Curriculum is firmly in line with our California State Standards.

English Language Development
The focus of the ELD Program at Hoover Middle School is language development for students whose first language is not English. Language Development includes the skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. At Hoover we offer three levels of ELD Instruction - Beginning ESL, Intermediate ESL, and Advanced ESL. The goals of the ELD Program are to acquire English, to achieve academic success, and to develop positive self-esteem.


VPTA Instructors

Elizabeth Jordan, Drama, Stage Tech, Technology
Marla Hochman, Art
Rori Garfinkel, Band
Shelley MacAllister, Orchestra
Carol Ikegami, Technology
Sarah Stults, Dance
Victoria Arribere, Choir

Visual, Performing, and Technical Arts

VPTA Department - Visual, Performing, and Technical Arts Department

Visual and Technological Arts

The Visual Arts Department offers a variety of different courses to students at Hoover. 6th graders can take studio art as their elective. From the 7th grade, students are also able to have a semester class in Intro to Art and another semester in Intro to Computers. In the 8th grade, students can choose a year-long course in either Advanced Art, Multimedia, or Digital Video Editing, acquiring knowledge and skills that can enhance and assist them in the future in high school or for career paths.
Art Department
The Art Department offers elective art courses to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students:
- Intro to Art a semester course, is offered to 6th grade students.
- Intro to Art a semester course, is offered to 7th grade students (with 2nd semester in Computer Technology).
- Advanced Art, a year-long elective course, is offered to 8th graders. 
Technology Department
The Technology Department offers several different technology courses to Hoover students. These elective courses include:
- Intro to Computers for 7th grade: This course, offered to 7th graders is a semester in Technology, (and a semester in Art).  This introductory course covers basic computer operations, keyboarding, word processing, spread sheets, data bases, presentations, and computer research.
- Multimedia:  This year-long course offered to students in the 8th grade covers a wide range of advanced computer-design subjects:  computer-generated art, digital photography, photo-enhancement, digital music, pod-casting, movie making, and presentations.
- Digital-Video Editing:  Offered to 8th graders, this year-long elective course focuses on the art of movie-making, includes planning and creating digital video, video-editing, music composition, and design.

Performing Arts Department

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The Performing Arts Department at Hoover Middle School is dedicated to creating excellence in all students. With over twenty-five course offerings in dance, instrumental music, vocal music and theatre arts, students of all ability levels learn to reach for the highest level of achievement possible. Our faculty of six instructors are responsible for the daily instruction of over three hundred students. Every consideration is given to the development of skilled performers who will be able to use their talents in high school and beyond.

The Hoover Choral Program is a growing program of 6-8 grade students who participate in two different choirs. Music reading and healthy singing technique are emphasized along with music theory, music’s relation to world culture, andteamwork skills. Hoover students now work closely with Lincoln High School students and faculty in preparation for participation in vocal music at SJUSD’s performing arts high school. The Chamber Choir, Hoover’s advanced ensemble,travels annually to various destinations in California. They also participate in the CMEA choral festival annually.

The Orchestra Program encompasses two levels of string orchestra training. In the Beginning Orchestra class, students learn to read music, basic technique on a stringed instrument and have two major performances throughout the year. In the Advanced Orchestra class, students learn the fundamental of music theory, to sight read, compose and develop higher listening skills, as stated in the National Orchestra Standards. The students also acquire overall higher musical technique while enjoying making music. As an advanced student, we perform for a variety of events such as Christmas in the Park, Trace Holiday Fair, CMEA Orchestra festival, CMEA Solo Ensemble and Magic Music Days at Disneyland.

The Hoover Band Program is comprised of two performing ensembles; Beginning Band and Advanced Band. Students can learn any of the standard band instruments including flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, tuba and percussion. Through participation in these classes, students work towards mastery of local and national standards for music education. Students learn the basics of reading musical notation, instrument performance and group performance skills. Students also learn about music history and various aspects of cultural music. During their time in these ensembles, students gain skills and abilities that will prepare them for high school music ensembles. Students in each ensemble will perform in one evening performance each semester. Advanced Band students may perform at other school activities, as well.

Hoover’s Dance Department is a jazz based program that includes study in ballet, hip-hop, folk, and modern/creative dance. In addition to Beginning and Intermediate dance classes, the Dance Department also boasts the award-winning Dance Evolution, an advanced performance group that competes against other schools in the area as well as performs in many extra-curricular events including at Disneyland. All level classes perform in two dance concerts throughout the school-year. Look for these events in December and May. They are not to be missed!

Hoover’s Drama Department:  Students at Hoover are fortunate enough to have two year-long drama classes as well as a Stage Tech class offered to them!  Drama students learn self-confidence and self-control along with valuable acting and critiquing skill. The year-long Drama 1-2 class introduces students to theatre in the first semester. Important skills focused on throughout the year include improvisation, skits, scenes, monologues, one-acts, creating a character, and pantomime. Successful completion of the Drama 1 course or a placement audition is followed by admission to the Advanced Drama class.  In Advanced Drama, students continue learning and improving their technique and skills in theatre. The Advanced Drama class works in conjunction with the Stage Tech class to produce two full productions per year for public performance.  Stage Tech is a year-long course working on producing our stage shows. Stage, sound, lighting, costume, make-up, props, publicity and house crews work together to create the “magic” behind the scenes. Additionally, Stage Tech and Advanced Drama may work on touring productions and one-acts throughout the year.  The Drama Department is a busy and exciting place for our students to be involved!

Science Department Instructors

Namrata Vora, 8th Grade
Lally Rezayani, 6th Grade
Rachel Basore, 6th Grade
Michael Chew, 7th Grade
Melissa Duran, 7th Grade
Katrin Litte-Bowen, 8th Grade



Hoover offers a year long science course, required for all students. At the core of these classes are hands-on, activity-based programs. All science classes follow California state standards, which can be viewed at The sixth grade course focuses on earth science, covering topics such as earthquakes and volcanoes. The seventh grade course centers on life science, including the study of genetics and the human body. The eighth grade course emphasizes physical science, incorporating ideas like forces, motion and chemistry. The fundamental skills and knowledge that the students will acquire in these classes will prepare them for further education beyond middle school.

Support Staff


Dropout Prevention Counselor - Karen Kochenburg
Special Ed. Counselor - Jessica Rodriguez
Academic Counselor - Jesse Escobar

Breakthrough Coordinator/Director - Tina Briceno
Child, Welfare, and Attendance (CWA) - Barbara Gutierrez
ELP Coordinator - Janet Keller-Sanchez
Responsibility Center - Joe Andrews
School Nurse - Medeina O’Neal
Health Aide - Yvonne Medrano
School Psychologist - Sarah Rodriguez
Site English Learner Advisory Committee (SELAC) - Janet Keller-Sanchez

PE Department Instructors

Mike Barbaccia
Mario Galicia
Debbie Kjellberg
Aaron Lilly
Tracie Morris
Francesca Fernandez


Physical Education

Welcome to Hoover Middle School’s Physical Education Department Web site. We believe that physical education offers students a way to experience and discover cooperative skills and enjoyment of physical activity through a variety of sports and games. Our 6th graders will focus on lead up specific skills and lead-up games. In 7th, grade students will focus on dual sports, individual activities and rules of the game. By the 8th grade students will be focusing on team sports and strategies for team sports. We hope to inspire all students to be healthy, caring, fit individuals.

Cooperative Games
Fitness Activities
Floor Hockey
Pickle Ball
Soccer (Indoor/Outdoor)
Tennis Skills
Track & Field
Ultimate Frisbee
Weight Room

Each student’s grade is determined by the number of points he/she earns in skills tests, written work , participation and attendance. It is the student’s responsibility to make any missed assignments. Students should see their teacher for more information Points for all units within a semester will be totaled for a final semester grade in combination with our non-suit policy.
A= 90-100%
B= 80-89%
C= 70-79%
D= 60-69%
F= 59-0%

Students in physical education are expected to come to class daily wearing the physical education uniform. Students may also purchase light gray sweatpants and sweatshirts at local department stores to wear to physical education class. When students are out of this specified uniform they will receive a non-suit resulting in a 1/3 letter grade deduction from their final grade. For more information download our NON-SUIT letter.
Click on the link below for Hoover’s PE uniform policy:
PE Uniform Policy.pdf

All students are expected to participate and dress daily. They also will be held accountable for following class rules, proper locker room conduct, respecting others and safety for all.

A P.E. locker will be issued to each student at the beginning of the school year at no cost. This locker will be used all year and should be used only to store items for physical education. It is important to lock up personal belongings and not to share the combination with anyone!  locker room.pdf


Girl’s Soccer:  TBD
Boy’s Soccer:  TBD

Girl’s Basketball: Mario Galicia

October- December:
Boy’s Flag Football: Mike Barbaccia

November- February:
8th grade Girl’s Basketball: Mario Galicia
8th grade Boy’s Basketball: Ed Nunes

Girl’s Volleyball: Afterschool Allstars

6th & 7th grade Girl’s Basketball: Mario Galicia
6th & 7th grade Boy’s Basketball: Ed Nunes

Tennis Clinic: Afterschool Allstars


Girl’s P.E.
408-535-6274 ext. 231

Boys P.E.
408-535-6274 ext. 232

6th & 7th grade Girl’s Basketball: Mario Galicia
6th & 7th grade Boy’s Basketball: Ed Nunes

Tennis Clinic: Afterschool Allstars


Girl’s P.E.
408-535-6274 ext. 231

Boys P.E.
408-535-6274 ext. 232



Math Dept. Instructors

Deborah Morgan, 8th Grade
Kathleen Barry, 7th & 8th Grade
Krystal Carter, 7th Grade
Elizalde Mazon, 8th Grade
Lyn Graves, 7th Grade
Michelle Leedy, 6th Grade
Terri Crabb, 6th Grade
Suzanne Strey, 8th Grade

Kathryn Sloan, Math IC
Linh Tran, 7th Grade


Hoover Math Dept.

Hoover’s mathematics curriculum is designed to ensure that every member of our diverse student population has the opportunity to succeed. The standard sequence of courses has students taking Math 6 in sixth grade, Pre-Algebra in seventh grade, and Algebra HE in eighth grade. For students who demonstrate an ability to succeed in advanced mathematics courses, we offer the opportunity to be advanced to a higher mathematics course. We also offer intervention courses for students who require additional assistance to reach their full mathematical potential. Each of the mathematics teachers at Hoover is dedicated to working with students to help them be as successful as possible. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.