BA from UCLA in Political Science 1998
BA from UCLA in History 1998
Masters in Education 2006
Teaching experience 7 years at Long Beach Millikan HS
6 years at Gunn HS
Also a Football coach here at Gunn HS.

Elana Zizmor holds a Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry from UC San Diego and a Masters Degree in Education from UC Davis. During her education at UC San Diego she worked in research labs including SCRIPPS Institute of Oceanography and the SALK Institute. Her education at UC Davis was greatly influenced by her exposure to a dynamic classroom teacher who valued hands on experiences, and she has continued to focus on classroom strategies that employ such techniques. Having taught Chemistry for 5 years, and AP Chemistry for 2, she has come to Gunn with a not only experience, but a dynamic personality and charm. Mrs. Zizmor is married with 2 children, and sings in an acapella group called "Rapid Transit". Elana Zizmor teaches Chemistry 1 and AP Chemistry.

Chris grew up in the San Jose area and is a 5th generation native Northern Californian, who lives and breathes history. Graduated with a BA in History from UC Davis in 1996 and started teaching in 1998. He has also spent about 20 years as a Living Historian, recreating and experiencing the life of everything from a Union soldier in the Civil War, Prospector in the California Gold Fields of the 1850's, to a US Infantryman during the campaigns of WWII. He has often brought much of his collection of original and reproduction artifacts of these time periods into his classroom to assist the teaching of his curriculum. He started teaching 14 years ago in the San Jose Unified School District where he taught 8th grade Social Studies for four years at Castillero Middle School and four years at Pioneer High School, where he was also a JV Football Coach. Chris has been at Gunn since 2006 and could not dream of teaching anywhere else. At Gunn he has taught 9th grade World History, 11th grade US History, and AP US History and feels honored to be able to pass along his knowledge and passion for the subject of History.
When he is not at school he can often be found spending time with his family: wife Kari, and his three children Axel, Reyn and Mabel.

For over 30 years, Chris Karas has taught high school math of all levels from Pre-Algebra to BC Calculus. He also taught calculus and pre-calculus for UC, Berkeley Extension Program for several years. Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the UC Berkeley and received a Secondary Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree in Education from San Francisco State University. He enjoys participating in the staff-student airbands, the staff-student musical, the Clash of the Titans, and the staff softball game. In his spare time Chris enjoys playing softball, basketball, soccer, and jogging. He has completed several full and half marathons.

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