Aggies 8

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Welcome to Toby Johnson!  We are so glad to have you on our Aggies 8 Team.  I graduated from Brigham Young University in Kinesiology and finished my graduate degree at Sacramento State University.  This is my 21st year teaching overall and I have spent 13 of them at this school site.  I too live right here in this community and am excited that my own children are FINALLY in middle school!  I have three girls at home – twin 13 years olds who are 8th graders here at Toby Johnson, and an 11 ½ year old in 6th grade at Castello Elementary School.  I love teaching PE because of student’s positive attitude and excitement for learning new activities!  I am very happy to be your PE teacher and look forward to meeting you. GO AGGIES!!!

Arlene Eun-Sapsis - SCIENCE

My students call me Mrs. Sapsis.  I received my BS in genetics from UC Berkeley and went into research science.  Upon graduation, my first research project was determining how long ago two different species of sea urchins diverged from a common ancestor.  My second research project was studying what genes were responsible for bacteria dividing into two different cells: one with stalk and another with flagella.  My third and last research project was studying how yeast cells get rid of their waste for Dr. Randy Schekman lab; he received Nobel Medicine Prize in 2013 for his work.  When my husband and I moved to Sacramento in 1995, I started my career path that veered away from research science, but I have never lost my interest in science and how things work.  For several years, I worked for nonprofit organizations, until I found myself wanting to teach—just like my sister! She made teaching first grade looked fun and easy. In my 20 years of teaching, I have found teaching to be many things, but NOT easy.  I find teaching to be exhilarating AND rewarding. I find teaching to be challenging and sometimes exhausting, BUT it is also reinvigorating. Students are the ones who drive me to be a better person and to be better at my craft as a teacher. I look forward to working with you and your student this year.

Kathy Masters - STRATEGIES

I am a third generation Elk Grove native. This is my 18th year of teaching special education, and my first year at Toby Johnson.  I have been with the District since 1991. I began my career as a Para Professional before receiving my teaching credential. My entire career thus far as been at the elementary level. I have been married to my husband for 38 years, and we have 2 grown sons. Jered graduated from Elk Grove High, and is working for a large construction company. Travis graduated from Elk Grove High, and Linfield College and he is  a correctional officer. In addition, we have been blessed with 4 beautiful grandchildren. Sydney, Mason, Gavin, and our newest addition, Kalea. I am excited to meet the challenge of middle school and watching my students grow in every way. An interesting fact about me - I personally knew Toby Johnson and his family. He resided in the home across the road from my aunt and uncle.

Laura Dvorak – ENGLISH

I am thrilled to be your student's English teacher. As a native of Elk Grove who attended Toby Johnson and Franklin myself, I am so grateful to launch the next generation of Jaguars on their paths to success. With a BA in English from Whitman College and MA in Education from UC Davis, I am eager to share my passion for literature and education. I hope to provide instruction that challenges and engages all students, and to instill in them a strong work ethic and investment in their own learning. I particularly love integrating active learning strategies and introducing students to Shakespeare. Outside of the classroom, I can be found reading the latest teen fiction, exercising, and traveling with my husband. This is my third year at Toby Johnson. Thank you in advance for your support of your student's education. Go Aggies!

Susan Otani-Curtis - MATH

I have been teaching for 33 years: 7 years in LA, 7 years in Woodland, and 19 years in EG. I teach students Go Math 7, Go Math 7ACC, Math 8, and Integrated Math 1. I am also a District BTSA consulting teacher for Secondary Mathematics and a Mathletes coach. I have two grown children.  Joshua graduated from Sheldon HS; he went to Cal Poly SLO; he became an Electrical Engineer; he is married; and I have two grandchildren, Calvin and Chase. Jacqui graduated from Franklin HS; she went to UC Irvine and NYU; she became a nurse; she lives in EG with her two dogs Luna and Leo.  I am also a primary caretaker for my parents at night and on the weekends.


This is my 24th year of teaching and my 12th year at Toby Johnson.  I hold bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Riverside and the University of Utah and a master’s degree in history from California State University at Sacramento.  I have a passion for learning about history which resulted in me being awarded fellowships to four National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks Workshops, two Gilder Lehrman Teacher Institutes, the George Washington Teacher Institute and the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute.  This summer I was Ford’s Theatre’s Teacher-in-Residence and I was recently named a Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellow for the 3rd year in a row. I enjoy using primary sources to bring the voices of the past to life in the classroom. I am married with a 13-year-old daughter at Pinkerton Middle School, a 9-year-old son at Zehnder Ranch Elementary, a cat named Persephone, and a dog named Carlos.  


I am the Office Technician for the Aggies team here at Toby Johnson Middle School.  After graduating from Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, I continued my education at Cosumnes River College, Sacramento State and Stanislaus State University.  From my 1st job at Carl’s Jr. in high school I have worked in retail, insurance, graded bricks, and accounting where I handed out paychecks to the basketball players of the Sacramento Kings the 1st full season in Sacramento.  I started with Elk Grove Unified at Reith Elementary in 1990.  I then spent 13 years at Rutter Middle School before being transferred here to Toby Johnson in 2004.  I plan to retire from Toby in 3 ½ years and then spend my time working my travel business while traveling the world.

 Dolores Moore – VICE PRINCIPAL

As always, I am excited to start another year as the Aggies Vice Principal.  I have worked in middle schools for over 20 years, 10 of those as an administrator.  Before going into administration, I taught English at Jackman Middle School for 11 years.  I am proud to say I am a product of the Elk Grove Unified School district, attending Leimbach Elementary School, Rutter Middle School, and Valley High School.  After graduating high school, I attended U.C. Davis where I received my BA in English. I truly love working with middle school students, and look forward to another exciting and positive school year!

Nicole Harada – COUNSELOR

Hello!  I am proud to be on the Aggies Team!  I was born and raised in Sacramento and attended Kennedy High School.  After graduation, I attended UC Santa Barbara--GO GAUCHOS!  .Before I became a school counselor, I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Bay Area and Court Appointed Special Advocates in Yolo County. Prior to working at TJMS, I was a counselor at Lodi High School and Sierra Middle School in San Joaquin County.   In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, eating, playing sports, and rooting for the Sacramento Kings and Oakland A's.  

Elizabeth Agosta – BRIDGE

Welcome!  This my 8th year at Toby Johnson MS teaching math and ELA.  Before coming to TJMS, I taught math at Laguna Creek High School for 11 years.  At LCHS, I taught Algebra, Year-Long Algebra, Geometry, Applied Geometry, Strategies Geometry, and Business Finance.  This is my second career. I worked at McClellan AFB in Sacramento, CA for 14 years in the electronics field. My work experience included flight instruments, aircraft electrician, weather radar, and a variety of other electrical work (all of which required higher math knowledge).  I have been a member of the Elk Grove community since 1989. My passions are photography, swimming, and teaching my dog, Zeba, new pool tricks. I also enjoy meeting new people and learning about their cultures and backgrounds.
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