Gretchen started working at OVS in the summer of 2004, when she taught math and surfing at the summer camp program. Born and raised in Ojai, she became a competitive mountain bike racer then decided to continue studying in Spanish by spending a semester in San Sebastian, Spain, and traveling to Costa Rica.
When not in the classroom, I can be found
At the beach with my kids, or reading a book (some in Spanish, and some in
What my students call me
Place you’d most like to take your students
Machu Picchu! There’s so much history stuff — the culture and the language, and it could be a 3-day backpacking trip.
One thing students don’t know about me
When I was in my late teens, I used to race mountain bikes at an expert level. So I traveled all over on the national circuit — Vermont, Pennsylvania, Mammoth. That was really cool!
Star Wars or Harry Potter
Harry Potter! I know Star Wars is kind of fantasy, but I love fantasy-fantasy! I’m also obsessed with Game of Thrones.