About Me

 The Back Story

I was born October 9, 1971, right down the street at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara. I grew up locally, attending local sme_about_2chools, riding my bike to Central Park, hanging out at the Benton St. Seven-Eleven for Slurpees, going to Gme_about_4reat America during my teen years, and living with my mother and sister. I went to Santa Clara High School, and worked various jobs from the time that I was fifteen and a half. I have always worked and some people have labeled me a workaholic. However, the many long hours have paid my way through college and taught me many valuable lessons. I used my money to put gas into me_about_5my first car, a red pickup, and I managed to put forty thousand miles on that truck in three years. I even went across country.

I waited tables and managed a restaurant while I finished school at San Jose State. Of course, I took time for adventures being a leader at summer camps, rock climbing, sailing, camping, and other outdoor activities. I even dropped everything to move to Hawaii in ’96 for the entire year, and loved it. Eventually, “real life” called and I came home to finish my credential and become a teacher.

Finally, I got my BA in English, a Single Subject Credential in that subject, and started teaching. I got a job at the Harker Summer Camp and also found a position as a Fifth Grade English Teacher.

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Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

After a few years, I made my way up to Summer Camp Program Director and worked with a great team of teachers during the school year. I learned a great deal. After eight years, I thought I’d try high school at

Pinewood in Los Altos, but quickly decided that opportunities lie in the public school system. Then Lawson Middle School became my home for a few years. I helped to create Lawson Middle School’s Color Clash spirit assemblies, which are still traditions to this day, and I frequently challenged myself with new things like helping to design Lawson’s electronic portfolio system.  In 2010, I finished my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and in the same year, I married a wonderful woman. I took a position as Assistant Principal at an elementary school for one year and then a middle school the year after that.

My contest-winning "Snape" costume.

My contest-winning “Snape” costume.

There were pros and cons to the administrative position, but in the end, my heart lies in the classroom, working to form strong bonds with students.  After fifteen years, I still get emails from students, some of them now old enough to have families of their own.  Here at Miller, I look forward to the adventure of learning new skills and passing along the tricks of Language Arts and Drama.  Feel free to connect with me any time!

 FAVORITE BOOKS
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2. Deathly Hallows
3. Poisonwood Bible
FAVORITE MUSIC ARTISTS
1. U2
2. Counting Crows
3. Dave Matthews Band
 FAVORITE SHOWS
1. Big Bang Theory
2. The West Wing
3. Modern Family
FAVORITE FOODS
1. French Fries
2. Pineapple
3. Gelato
4. Coffee
 
 
FAVORITE MOVIES
1. How to Train Your Dragon
2. The Matrix Movies
3. When Harry Met Sally
FAVORITE ACTIVITIES
1. Watching Movies
2. Hiking/Camping
3. Rock Climbing
THINGS I DISLIKE
1. Rap of any kind
2. Peas
3. Dumb movies like Spiderman 2 or Twilight
4. Black Licorice
5. Music older than 1980
6. Any show on MTV
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
8. Meat (I’m a vegetarian)
9. People who don’t care about the environment
10. Most “junkfood”

19 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Daniel Israel
    August 20, 2013 at 12:43 am

    This is the cleanest, most professional site from a teacher I have ever seen. Great job!

    1. August 20, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks!

  2. Sasha
    August 26, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Mr. Oncay is very funny and a great drama teacher

    1. August 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Sasha!

  3. Cindy
    August 28, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Nice profile picture Mr. Oncay. :)

    1. August 28, 2013 at 1:49 am

      Thanks!

  4. Stephanie
    August 31, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I like the picture of you in your “Snape” contest!
    I really enjoy your drama classes too! :D

    1. September 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks Stephanie!

  5. Yuehho Lin
    October 17, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I can tell you put a lot of effort and heart through this website for students to know you put your time and effort on them in class and out. It would have been wonderful to get to know you even better if you were my language arts teacher this year!
    keep up the great work.

    1. October 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks!

  6. Shiv
    January 29, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Hi Mr. Oncay.
    It’s Shiv from 1st quarter. Your website is pretty awesome!

    1. January 29, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks!

  7. Maria
    August 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Mr. Oncay is a really funny teacher!

    1. August 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks!

  8. Hong
    September 9, 2014 at 3:35 am

    I really enjoyed reading your website. It’s interesting, funny, and loaded with quite amount of good information for parents and students. Thank you for sharing!

    1. September 15, 2014 at 2:25 am

      Thanks! I’ll try to keep it up to date.

  9. Tanav
    October 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Mr. Oncay you are the most funniest and cool drama teacher ever!

    1. October 15, 2014 at 12:32 am

      Thanks!

  10. Wesley
    June 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I love it how you prepare us for high school. (I asked my friends if they know what sentence diagramming are, and most of them are like: say what?)

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