Timothy J. Strauch II, Technology Teacher

Tim J.Strauch II

Tim Strauch, II is starting his 14th year at our school and is currently COA’s Technology Teacher and Student Leadership Advisor. 

Tim began his teaching career in 1997 teaching 7th through 12th graders before becoming a founding teacher of the Achievement Academy, which serviced retained 8th graders.  While working at the Achievement Academy, Tim went back to school to earn his multiple subject teaching credential and Masters of Education degree from National University.  In 2004, Tim was hired by Grant Community Outreach Academy (before it became Gateway Community Outreach Academy).  At COA, Tim taught 4th grade for seven years, was a Curriculum Technology Coach at the elementary site and part time vice principal at COA Middle School for two years, taught 6th grade for four years, and is now the Technology Teacher for the entire student body of COA.

In December of 2010, Tim was selected as KXTV News 10’s Teacher of the Month and was showcased on their channel throughout the month of January 2011.  He was also a candidate for News 10’s Teacher of the Year.  In 2012, NFL Films featured Tim in their “A Football Life” program honoring the life of its co-founder and president, Mr. Steve Sabol.  The show continues to be re-broadcast on the NFL Network.  In 2014, Tim was featured on FOX 40 News’s “Salute to Service” for his creativity and inspiration for his students.

Tim comes from a long line of educators in the Strauch family, as the Strauch’s were one of the first families to settle in Elverta, CA.  The David Strauch family donated land for one of the first schools in that area to be built.   Hazel Strauch School in the Twin Rivers Unified School District is named after Tim’s great-great aunt.   Tim’s father taught in the Grant High School District for 38 years.  He also has cousins that are teachers and one is even a professor at Whitworth College in Washington.

Before teaching, Tim has been involved in the entertainment industry working with his father (who was known as Timo the Clown) at many state and county fairs throughout California and Nevada.  Tim has performed at Disneyland and Six Flags Magic Mountain theme parks as world famous characters.  He was also the mascot for the 4 time Pacific Coast League Champion AAA Baseball team, the Sacramento River Cats where he earned TWO championship rings!

Tim is happily married to his wife Susan and together they enjoy traveling and working on home improvement projects.

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