• Get to Know Mrs. Passovoy
     
    This year will be my 26th year as a public school teacher.  I taught 4th and 5th grades for 6 years, and I have taught middle school math for 19 years.  I have taught in the Bay Area, Pacific Grove, and in Flagstaff, Arizona before moving to the Sacramento area 13 years ago - wow, time flies!  I attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where I started off as a mechanical engineer before switching my major to Liberal Studies with a Math Emphasis, with the intent of being an elementary school teacher forever.  A few years into teaching, I moved and was offered the opportunity to teach algebra instead, and I found my true calling. 
     
    I am married and have 2 lovely girls: Aliya, who is 16 and a high school junior, and Gillian, who is 13 and is in the eighth grade.  Aliya loves to play softball and soccer, root for the SF Giants, read fiction, and do any sort of art project.  Gillian loves to play soccer, runs cross-country, and she is amazing at organizing everyone's stuff.  They both love skiing and water sports.
     
    I love to do outdoor activities: hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, and playing outside with my kids.  This past summer we went to our cabin at Tahoe, did some camping, and went on many hikes.  I also love to read, mostly fiction, but I have been reading more non-fiction too.   I also like to cook and bake, although the girls have mostly taken over the baking in the house. I am a big SF Giants fan, even when their prospects of winning the division or the World Series don't look very good.