Teacher Information

Phone: (281) 634-3520


Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts, Teaching Bachelor of Arts, History Associates Degree, History Associates Degree, Liberal Arts

Mrs. Jennifer Orpitelli Gurnea

I am a 2007 graduate of UCLA where I earned a B.A. in History. In 2008, I graduated from UC, Irvine, with an M.A. in Teaching and teaching credentials in History and English. This past Spring, I started my doctoral studies in curriculum and instruction online at Texas A&M University and look forward to graduating Fall 2024. This is my 7th year in FBISD (13th overall) and my 2nd here at Travis (I was previously a 7th/9th grade ELA teacher for over a decade)

I proudly employ AVID strategies to help students focus their study skills to find success not only in high school, but in college, too. I am open to feedback about lesson content and teaching strategies because I hope to engage all learners in taking ownership of their education.


Overall, I have a high expectation for personal accountability in the classroom. To that end, I encourage students to email me directly with any questions or help locating resources for class. In addition, I will do everything in my power to help ALL learners access the material to learn history!


Please feel free to email me ANYTIME if you need something--if I don't get back to you within 24 hours, I may have accidentally overlooked your email, but don't fret! Send "2nd Attempt" and I'll get back to you :)



Teacher Schedule

  • Period 1: World History
    Period 2: World History
    Period 3: conference (9:20 - 1030)
    Period 4: World History
    Period 5: Ethnic Studies Mexican American Studies
    Period 6: Personal Finance Literacy
    Period 7: Personal Finance Literacy

Teacher Tutorial Schedule

  • Open tutorials: Tues@ 7 AM, 2:50 PM or by appointment (I have C lunch)