Teacher Retirees – Class of 2023

Ms. Jackman
by Anya Houston

Roxanna Jackman is retiring this year after dedicating 25 years to Campo as a Living Earth and Human Anatomy and Physiology teacher. She has also been an advisor for multiple clubs such as the Science Fair Club and Poultry Club.

By designing the Living Earth curriculum alongside teacher Cheryl Rego and Rene Gillibert, Jackman has been a vital part of the science department. “We have a really awesome team of teachers that love working together and creating new things,” which contributed to creating this design “a really fun part of [her] career,” Jackman shared.

Jackman has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Campo and greatly values the relationships she has made. “The level of rigor that we have and the community that’s here produces people who go to really big places. I feel like students, a lot of students from Campolindo are going to change the world, they’re going to be the ones that are in positions where they can combat climate change.” Jackman has “loved to be a part of that and [will] miss it a lot.”

Jackman is a teacher that has made a grand impact on her students. Freshmen who have had Jackman for Living Earth this year, Bhavana Kasalanti and Isla Fitzmaurice agreed that she is “extremely compassionate and kind and genuinely cares about all her students.”

Kasalanati shared “I genuinely like science but this year I’ve been extra invested in my class because [Ms. Jackman] has a bunch of different interesting projects and activities which makes it way more fun and engaging.”

Fitzmaurice added that she is “really funny and brings humor into our learning and also is supportive of everyone no matter how they learn or what pace they learn at which is really great.”

Mrs. Ortman
by Harrison Fuller

Algebra teacher Dagmar Ortman has decided to end her tenure after over 30 years of teaching at Campolindo. Although 2023 was never when she thought she would retire, she feels that it is the right time to do it. “The plan was to retire in 2025, but I just realized that I’ve been [teaching] a long time,” Ortman said. “It was an opportunity for me to try something else.” Although she is nearing the end of her career, she hasn’t let go of her passion for her profession one bit. And she thinks that her students believe that to be true as well. “I think that [my students] would think that I am still enjoying it.”

Sophomore Nola Coane, an algebra student, loved her time in Ortman’s classroom. “The first time I walked in the class, I knew I was going to like it.”

In 2015, Ortman had the opportunity to do something that most teachers could only dream of, she got to teach her own son. She had her son Seppi Ortman in her Algebra 2 Advanced class, graduating in 2018. Her daughter Devon also went to Campo, graduating in 2020. “I enjoyed the fact that my kids were at Campolindo High School, because I got to see them interact with their friends. That was probably the most memorable moment of my teaching career, those six years that my kids were at Campolindo.”

A lot of teachers who retire from full-time teaching often come back to substitute, Ortman, on the other hand, said she will not be doing that. “The first thing I said to my math department when I said that I was retiring was ‘and I’m not subbing for any of you.’”

Ortman’s fellow teachers have nothing but admiration for their soon-to-be-former coworker. Jennifer Frugaletti, who has worked with Ortman for the last ten years, said that “Mrs. Ortman is wonderful to work with as a staff member and she is great with the kids. She gets involved with them and makes her class fun.”

Ortman herself has nothing but praise when talking about her career and Campo itself. “Having a career at Campolindo High School has been a dream. The kids are great, the community is great, the parents, the teachers that I work with, it’s all been super great. I couldn’t have asked for a better career.”

Ms. Morgan
by Maggie Doolittle
Teacher librarian Sarah Morgan is leaving Campolindo after eight years of being the school librarian. She will be moving to a farm in Auburn, California, where Morgan will “hopefully be a farmer” with her mom, brother and sister-in-law.

“We have five acres that are just not necessarily a blank canvas, but in one area, we have a grove of oak trees. And then we have two houses, one for me, one for them. We have a little pond with some climbing vines, but the rest is ready to be planted. So we’re talking about fruits and vegetables and chickens and I want to have some ducks, said Morgan.

Morgan and family hope to have not only a farm that feeds them, but one that they can “sell things to make a living.” In addition to this, Morgan added, “We also hope to plan some workshops for adults and kids, and we’re going to have an art studio. So [we imagine] doing art classes that include lunch, and maybe some yoga and other activities. So we have 100 good ideas and I’m super excited to do that.”

Prior to being a librarian at Campo and other schools, Morgan was a fifth grade teacher at a English-Spanish bilingual school. “I’m not necessarily retiring from education because I’m not done with my career. And so I’m currently looking for a teaching job or librarian job. There are no librarian jobs [in the area] currently. So some kind of school position. Administrator coordinator are some programs I love, of course, working with kids and programming and like arranging things and doing things like that.”

Sophomore Liv Bersot, who is the “unofficial official library TA”, is really “going to miss [Morgan]”. She said, “[Morgan’s] such an integral part of this community. That library has her painted all over the walls, she radiates everything and…it’s very much her spot…There’s a lot of sadness, but I am very happy for her that she’s able to move on. She loves seeing new places.”

Morgan added, “I want to use this time that I’ve had here to inspire me with teens up there. Because before I came here, I didn’t realize how happy teens can be and how kind [teens can be]. [Campo students] are always just polite, kind, smart, helpful, all the things that we as parents and educators want our students to be and so I know it’s possible. When I go to other high schools, and when I go to other places where teens are, I know the potential because of [Campo students]. So I hope that I keep that in my mind wherever I go, and know that it’s possible to be a great person, even when you’re a teenager… I hope that I do work with teens in the future, and I hope that I can influence them through [my experience here] to be good people because that’s what it’s all about.”

Mr. Willy
by Owen Ludwig
French teacher Ed Willy is retiring after teaching at Campo for 23 years. He loves all aspects of teaching but his favorite part is how much he values understanding and learning about students. “I enjoy all my students. I love teaching my classes my classes, the best part is the students,” said Willy.

Willy started off by teaching Spanish and when the French teacher retired he stepped in to take their place. After teaching for 23 years he said he “wants to leave the stage at the right time.”

In his retirement Willy hopes to teach part time, work on his garden and house, and travel the world. He explained that he is going to “travel a lot to Mexico, then travel to [his] village in England.”

Willy will be missed by all his students who love how he teaches and keeps the class interesting. One of his favorite students is sophomore Quinn Flanagan. Flanagan said, “I love how he makes the class interactive through French games where we get to use our French skills which is really nice.”

Willy uses French songs to help students memorize different verb conjugations which Flangan enjoyed: “My favorite memory was when he brought out his guitar and started teaching us French songs,” he said.

Edward Willy has left a tremendous impact on the Campo French program and he will be missed by all of his students who hope that he has a great time in retirement.

Mr. Walsh
By Sarah Moses
Yoga teacher Chris Walsh has been teaching at Campolindo for 29 years. He started with coaching track and field at campo in 1989, and then became a full time P.E. teacher in 1994.

After retirement, Walsh would like to sleep, travel, and spend more time teaching yoga at different studios in the area. “Sometimes [the studios] are looking for teachers during the day,” said Walsh. Additionally, Walsh and his sister are going to Oregon to hike near Mount Hood. “My sister and I like to hike and we like to hike parts of the Pacific Crest Trail,” Walsh added.

Walsh’s favorite thing about Campolindo is the students. “It’s mostly just being around the energy of you guys that makes this place vibrant,” Walsh stated. He really enjoyed seeing how the students progressed and learned. Walsh described how “it’s really cool in yoga when the light goes on and you see that they get it or they do a pose they haven’t been able to do.”

While teaching at Campo, Walsh has learned that every student is a genius in their own way. “Every child, every soul has a unique talent that nobody else in the world has,” Walsh said.

He also enjoyed the amount of effort the students put into helping the community: “the kindness, the benevolent work a lot of our students do like helping children and helping the homeless and the canned food drive; we have really good kids which encourages that the future is bright,” Walsh said.

When Walsh is gone, “Campo will miss the ‘happy friday’ or ‘freedom.’ He’s really friendly, always talks to everybody, and he’s super approachable. I think [Campo] will miss his warmth,” said Senior Annika Burmester. It is no doubt that Campolindo will miss Walsh’s kindness, energy, and patience when he is gone next school year.

Mr. Doyle
By Dara Kashayar

English Teacher Daniel Doyle has worked at Campo since 2002. In his time at Campo he has taught a wide variety of courses and classes, anywhere from English 1 to AP English Literature and Composition.

Throughout his time at Campo, Doyle has formed close bonds with students and faculty alike. He is widely known for his impeccable sense of humor, stellar advice, and thoughtful insights.

“When I went back to school to become a teacher after being a counselor for a long time, he was my master teacher. So he’s the one who taught me how to be a teacher. So we’ve been pretty close,” said fellow English teacher Jake Donohoe.

“I think that Mr. Doyle is one of those rare teachers that expects a lot from students and they don’t mind working harder,” Donohoe continued. “He inspires kids to write better, he is a really good lecturer and the students will respond to them. He gets a tremendous amount of academic response from students.”

Doyle is adored especially by his senior AP English 4 (Literature and Composition) students. While the class has reportedly been more laid back this year versus previous ones, it hasn’t stopped students from learning a tremendous amount.

“Mr. Doyle is a good teacher, especially for an AP class. The class in general is not too stressful but at the same time Mr. Doyle teaches us well. The class is a little bit more calm, which kind of lets us focus more on the actual writing and having fun with classmates,” said senior Derek Lee.

The AP Literature and Composition curriculum focuses on English fiction, poetry, and dramas. In class, students are required to analyze these pieces in nuanced ways.

“AP Lit is definitely an interesting class. There’s not too many people in it but we’ve learned a lot of valuable skills about how to analyze fictional works. We also read a lot of interesting pieces a lot of other teachers wouldn’t assign. I think it’s definitely interesting to explore more mature themes you wouldn’t get to until your senior year,” said senior Kaya Lu.

Doyle is planning on traveling extensively after his retirement and enjoying time with loved ones. The entire Campo community wishes him well on his future endeavors.