Duncan Ober

Class of 2016

A tour of Inspire during my sophomore year immediately led me to transfer from another high school.  I never imagined that high schoolers could have access to the kinds of music ...

Elizabeth Ober

Class of 2018

At Inspire, my classes challenged and fascinated me. I chose to go to Inspire because of the variety of courses offered and the ability granted by the block schedule to take multip...

Zoe K.

ASB Culture Coordinator

Zoe is a freshman at Inspire and is the Culture Coordinator for InStuGo. She’s coming from the middle school Chico Junior, however, she used to live in Bunny Doon Santa Cruz. Zoe...

Eliza Kate C.

ASB Co-President

Eliza Kate is the student government co-president and a junior at Inspire. She grew up loving to dance and wear sparkles. Now she just wears sparkles when she goes to concerts. In ...

Emma G.

ASB Co-President

Emma is a junior who loves everything about Inspire.  She enjoys the diversity of the school and all of the incredible opportunities there are to immerse yourself in the arts and ...

Sabrina H.

ASB Co-Treasurer

Sabrina is a sophomore here at Inspire. She holds the position of co-treasurer, along with Kayti. Sabrina ran for treasurer in hope to help Inspire have a great year, despite the c...

Kayti R.

ASB Co-Treasurer

Kayti is currently a Junior in Mr. Peek’s advisory. She originally wanted to come to Inspire for the Music and Photo/Video courses after being “Inspired” by an alumni and lat...

Jaden H.W.

Co-Vice President

Jaden is a co-vice president for ASB. He has been in Student government science freshman year and is now a junior. The reason why Jaden ran is because he really enjoys the class an...

Rowan Wilson

Class of 2014

Inspire changed my life. My family moved around a lot, I changed schools a lot, and I was not what you'd call an outgoing person. I never got too involved at school and hadn't made...

Fortnite Club

Advised by Linnea Smith

Mondays and Thursdays at 12:30 PM via Zoom

Fortnite Club is an opportunity for students to socialize and have fun together based on their hobby of playing video games....

Illustrate Away!

Advised by Linnea Smith

A digital drawing club where we draw something different every day.

Mondays: Flora & Fauna (plants and animals)

Tuesdays: Bits & Bobs (objects or man-made things)


Film Appreciation Club

Advised by Joseph Hill

2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month via Zoom

Environmental Club

Advised by Justin Peek

Helping the environment through education, and better ways to be sustainable on campus.


Advised by Alan Kauffman

Wednesdays from 3:10-4:00 PM via Zoom

Hello all e-sports enthusiasts. Do you think of yourself as a “pro-gamer”? Do you think you can go up against your peers? Let’s put t...

Debate Club

Advised by Erin Horst

Every other Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM via Zoom

Welcome to Debate Club, a place where students can discuss and debate issues in the realm of politics and philosophy. Should ...

California Scholarship Federation

Advised by Debbie Travers

Last Thursday of the month via Zoom

Greetings, CSF members! Additional details are to be shared via the CSF Schoology group.

Ulu Polynesian Team

Advised by Jarrah Myles

Begins 4th period

If you have never studied Polynesian dance, watching just one live performance might leave you wondering how you would feel up on stage, dancing the Hula or th...

Theatre Club

Advised by Erin Horst

Tuesdays at 12 PM via Zoom

To provide theater inside and outside of the club.

Students for Equality

Advised by Evita North

Tuesdays at 3:15 PM via Zoom

Join us to learn about and discuss social issues in a safe place!

Tap Ensemble

Advised by Sarah Shoemaker

Wednesdays at 12 PM via Zoom

Tap Ensemble is a club for anyone who wants to learn to tap dance! This club meets every Wednesday from 12:15-1:00 to learn classic tap dance techni...

Science Ambassadors

Advised by Malina Olson & Justin Peek

Mondays at 12:15 PM via Zoom

Are you passionate about all things science and/or engineering? Come hang out with us in SA/SWE on Mondays at 12:15! We’re going to be talking abo...

Hawk Nest Studios

Advised by Erin Hall

Wednesdays at 12 PM via Zoom

To engage and teach the creation of video production, while having fun.

Robotics Club

Advised by Scott Gunderson

Thursdays from 3:10-5PM via Zoom

If you are interested in robotics or coding and are looking for a way to develop your skills you should come and join the Robotics Club. Right n...

Queer Appreciation Club

Advised by Evita North & Joseph Hill

Fridays at 12 PM via Zoom

Interested in issues of queer culture and queer identity. Want to support the LGBTQ+ community. Join Queer Appreciation Club to discuss issues relating...

Production Team

Advised by Jarrah Myles

The Inspire Production Team (Theatre Production) is a service-oriented team created to liaison with the Performing Arts Department & our Foundation to accurately produce and do...

International Club

Advised by Beth Reid

International Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month via Zoom!  We would love for you to join us! All are welcome.

Inspire Dance Club

Advised by Jarrah Myles

Wednesdays at 3:15 - 4PM via Zoom

Dance 3, 4, 5 & Choreography: These courses are choreography, technique, and performance-based classes that challenge students to become we...

Creative Writing

Advised by Joseph Hill

Wednesdays at 12:10-1 PM via Zoom

Salutations, Aesthetes (lovers of art). Inspire is starting its very own creative writing club. Potential action items are: revamping and resta...

CI Dance Team

Advised by Jarrah Myles

Beginning Period 4 

The purpose of the CI Dance Team is to give students the opportunity to creatively collaborate with their peers, choreograph, and perform at school and comm...

Book in Common

Advised by Joseph Hill

Read the book How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and discuss it. - Returning after winter break 

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes th...

Nicholas Wright

Class of 2018

Technical Theater was a fantastic major that set me up for well paying professional theatre jobs at an especially young age for the industry. I cannot recommend the program and it'...

Victoria Knighten

Class of 2020

If it wasn't for the amazing staff that has inspired me and has pushed me to continue what I love to do best, I probably wouldn't even be thinking about having a career at all but ...

Theodora Oldfield

Class of 2020

Like many, my draw to Inspire was the dance program. The idea of being able to dance while at school seemed like a dream to me. Just the fact I could take a class in dance in high ...

Romane Meissonnier

Class of 2017

I spent only a year at Inspire as an exchange student but it was such an amazing one! I felt so welcome in this school; students and staff were always willing to help out. I could ...

Oliver Moore

Class of 2019

If you know what you want to do, come here. If you don’t know what you want to do, come here.

Jamison Winternitz

Class of 2019

This school teaches life skills, work ethic, and provides a constructive/supportive community you cannot get at any other school.

Beyoncee Saetern

Class of 2019

Inspire is home to some of the most dedicated, funny, and loving teachers I have ever come across. It jump-started my passion to create and solve problems, while showing me that I ...

Lauryn Reid

Class of 2019

When I first transferred to Inspire from Chico High, I was worried that I wasn’t going to fit in. I didn’t have a particularly deep interest in ...

Neo Campagna

Class of 2019

Every single teacher made an impact on me, but particularly, DLT, my advisor, and Mr. White. DLT was the mom of our advisory and she loved us and listened. She helped us through th...

Emily Redeker

Class of 2017

Since my graduation, I have continued my studies as an Illustration Major at a California State University, and have been accepted into their Bachelor’s of Fine Arts program. Ins...

Andrea Azevedo

Class of 2012

Danielle Alexich was the English and Creative Writing teacher when I attended Inspire. Looking back, she had the biggest impact on my life. Not only was she an amazing person but a...

Courtney German

Class of 2016

If I had to describe my time at Inspire in three words, those three words would be; knowledgeable, interesting, and satisfying. What really makes Inspire a unique school is the f...

Heather Hardie

Class of 2020

Inspire School of Arts and Sciences is by far the best high school in Butte County. I have spent the past for years commuting 60 miles a day in order to get the best education avai...

Kylie Dennhardt

Class of 2020

I took anatomy my junior year with Mrs. Olson, and she really showed me how much I can love the medical career. Anatomy was my favorite class I have ever taken and I realized how t...

Riya Massey

Class of 2020

Inspire School of Arts and Sciences has hugely impacted my decision to pursue my dreams of theater. At Inspire I have learned it is okay to "Dream Big". Before Inspire my goals wer...

Serena Kuhn

Class of 2020

During my junior year, with the incredible help of Mr. White and Inspire students, I recorded my first album, "Sweet Reminiscence" and produced it on CD, Spotify, and Apple Music. ...

Danicka Leeds

Class of 2020

The possibility of attending Inspire has always been riveting to me since middle school. The idea of going to a school that accepted you as you were and encouraged like minded crea...

Forrest Fankhauser

Class of 2020

The biggest gift Inspire gave me was the inspiration of my dedicated (and sometimes quirky) teachers. People often ask me about Inspire, not understanding what it has to offer me.

Olivia Clark

Class of 2019

Inspire helped me grow as a person because there were so many electives I was able to take from freshmen year on—and I had the unique opportunity to focus on engineering and danc...

Emily Teague

Class of 2014

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences played a key role in the development of my character, confidence and creativity. My teachers were passionate role models I admired who truly c...

Ben Anderson

Class of 2016

A teacher who made a tremendously positive impact on my life was Mr. Hopkins. He taught English and was my advisor as well. I still talk about literature and plays with him wheneve...

Elizabeth Allen

Class of 2015

I had a  lot of great teachers who meant a lot to me, but Mrs. Brown definitely had a big influence on me. I first had her for English my freshman year, and she also helped me and...

Josiah Robinson

Class of 2013

One teacher who made a positive impact in my life was Rachel Lufer who taught multiple science courses at Inspire. I had her for Human Anatomy where she passed down to me a passion...

Amanda Pasilis

Class of 2014

As a timid and shy middle schooler, you would be shocked to think I would make a bold move in high school. At Inspire they encouraged us to think outside the box and step outside o...

Luciano Castaldo

Class of 2020

Every teacher and staff member at Inspire has made a positive impact in my life! I find myself viewing my teachers and staff more as a family and friends than as superiors, and tha...

Geoffrey Morales

Class of 2017

I came to Inspire my sophomore year, and if I could go back in time and do things differently, I absolutely would. I would come in my first year so that I could experience all four...

Skylar Rossy

Class of 2013

Inspire School of Arts and Sciences literally saved my education career. I thought I would never finish high school, let alone go to college as I was homeless for half of my senior...

Anna Lenaker

Class of 2015

It has been over five years since I graduated from Inspire. Since graduating, I obtained both my bachelor’s in religious studies and my master’s in public affairs from Brown Un...

Natalie Wren

School Nurse

Natalie Wren was born and raised in Northern California, and is a Chico State Alumnus.  As a local, she has a strong passion and commitment to this community.  Natalie has a back...

Angharad Musladin

Education Specialist (RSP)

Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 11-3 p.m.

Angharad Musladin is thrilled to have joined the Inspire Family!  She was born in Wales and raised in Oroville (OHS '91). S...

Olivia Cerullo


Olivia Cerullo is a musician, music director and educator. She started at Inspire in 2020 as the vocal music, musical theater and choir teacher. Olivia was raised in Chico and atte...

Joseph Hill


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 2-3 p.m.

I hail from the Big Thicket, the deep Piney Woods of East Texas. I grew up in a 'single stoplight' town of 400 people. In hig...

Celeste Cramer

Development Director

Celeste Cramer takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategic planning and development. Celeste has over twenty years of social work experience and over fifteen years ...

Jim White


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Jim White is a musician, conductor, recording and audio engineer, business owner and teacher. He started at Inspire in 2012 w...

Dinah Weller


Dinah grew up in a family full of educators - from teachers, to administrators, to professors. She always knew she wanted to be involved in education, but couldn't find quite the r...

Debbie Travers


From San Francisco originally, Debbie Travers began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Thailand after her college graduation. She taught English and Agricul...

Tasha Teeter


Tasha is a school counselor whose passion for working with high school students leaves her laughing, crying, ripping her hair out, but mostly full of admiration and respect for all...

Linnea Smith


Having lived in 10 different states growing up, Linnea Smith graduated from college with the heart of a wanderer. Having a degree in Art education (a career chosen by her equally v...

Sarah Shoemaker


Sarah Shoemaker has been teaching and choreographing dance for all ages for over 15 years. She joined the Inspire staff in 2014 and has taught Dance 1, Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, a...

Danielle Reynolds


Danielle Reynolds has been teaching at Inspire since the second year of the school. She has taught almost everything from Math C to AP Calculus, plus Advisory and some Engineering....

Beth Reid


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Beth Reid was hired at Inspire in 2011 after seven years of teaching in the North State. She teaches Spanish, Health, and Adv...

Becca Pratt

Accounting Technician

Becca Pratt is an Accounting Technician at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences. Her background is in business, and she loves the arts. Becca is from the Bay Area but has lived in...

Jeff Pershing


Jeff Pershing, singer/songwriter/guitar player, started playing San Francisco clubs at the age of 16.  He has honed his skills as a working musician, playing diverse styles.  Jef...

Justin Peek


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Justin Peek was born and raised in Paradise California. After graduating from Paradise High School in 2003, he flew to Hawaii...

Malina Olson


Mrs.Olson has been teaching at Inspire since the beginning. After graduating from Durham High School, she attended UC Davis where she studied Biology with an emphasis in Microbiolo...

Evita North


Mrs. North first started student teaching at Inspire in 2013 under the mentorship of Debbie Travers. She earned her credential and continued to substitute teach until officially jo...

Jarrah Myles


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Jarrah Myles, created the dance and theatre programs at Inspire School of Arts & Sciences and has directed numerous shows i...

Daniel Marcy


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 2-3 p.m.
In the woodsy hills of Paradise, California, Daniel Marcy was born into a family of teachers. He often witnessed the love, educ...

Molly Makel


Molly Makel joined Inspire in 2019. The oldest of three, she grew up in Chico and graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2009. She went on to attend  UC Santa Barbara and g...

Doris Luther

Chief Business Officer

Doris has been involved with Inspire since 2011, handling Inspire’s fiscal matters during the many years of Inspire’s growth and change. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accoun...

Cathi Meyer

Instructional Aide

Martha Mendoza

Senior Office Assistant/ Health Aide

Martha first moved to Chico in 1979 to attend Chico State where she stayed for five years, before moving back to the Bay Area. Many lifetimes later, she moved again to Chico in 200...

Matt McLaughlin

Director of Special Education

Mr. McLaughlin was born and raised in the South Bay Area before moving to Chico in 1989. He graduated from CSU, Chico with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. After some t...

Sheri Kauffman


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 2-3 p.m.

Sheri Kauffman student taught with Becky Brown during the credential program, fell in love with Inspire and IC9, and happily a...

Alan Kauffman


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday, 1-2 p.m.

Alan Kauffman grew up in Chico, attending Marsh Junior High and Chico High School. After graduating high school, Alan lived in the Ne...

Jen Josephson

Assistant Chief Business Officer

Jen Josephson's background is in business and accounting. I attended Butte College where I obtained 2 Associates degrees, an Associate in Science in Accounting and Business Managem...

Antonio Isern


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Born and raised in Seville, Spain, Antonio moved to Chico along with his family at the age of 12. Growing up in Chico, Anton...

Erin Horst


Erin Horst (DeSeure) teaches acting and theatre arts at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences and is dedicated to the school’s mission to deepen students' passions. Erin believes i...

Theron Hopkins


Theron Hopkins works with Freshman and Senior English students, as well as being an Advisor for 'The Class of 2024'.  He is proud to be a part of the Inspire Team.

Marcus Hopkins


Marcus Hopkins was born and raised in Weed, California and moved to Chico in 2002 to attend Chico State. In 2006, Marcus got married and also graduated from Chico State with a bach...

Lee Holcomb

Senior Office Assistant

Mr. Holcomb grew up in Gridley, CA where he graduated high school. After graduation, found a job as a teaching aide at a local school before going off to France where he taught Eng...

Brittney Hawkins

ASB/Yearbook Advisor

Brittney is the advisor for the Inspire student government, or InStuGo, the Anthology yearbook staff, and one of four class of 2023 advisors. Brittney grew up in Paradise, Ca, grad...

Mary Hartley

Facilities Technician

Mary Hartley has a multitude of skills - including plumbing, landscaping, construction, woodworking, commercial driving and forklift operation. Mary's jobs range from retail manage...

Erin Hall


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Erin Hall is a west coast native, growing up and hiking in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada, surfing the beaches of Marin County,...

Ken Hardy

Associate Principal

Mr. Hardy brings a wide variety of experiences and past leadership roles to the Inspire team. As an English teacher, baseball coach, presenter, and teacher mentor of 23 years in bo...

Scott Gunderson


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Scott Gunderson has been teaching for nearly 30 years, is an Inspire original teacher, and remembers with great fondness and ...

Marysol de la Torre-Escobedo


Fall 2020 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Marysol de la Torre-Escobedo received her Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley and her Clear Social Science Teaching Credential...

Sandii Buckman

Outreach Specialist

Sandii Buckman (She/They) is an unconventional, strategic, and wildly devoted communications professional with a passion for the arts, sciences, social justice and community organi...

Becky Brown


Becky Brown is Principal/Superintendent of Inspire School of Arts & Sciences, where she is privileged to learn something new every day. She graduated with a Masters in English ...

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