Lower School
  • Dan Allen Art and Music
    
    Dan Allen
    Art and Music


  • Rachel Angeles Humanities
    
    Rachel Angeles
    Humanities


    I am a San Diego native that does not like it when the weather is too hot or too cold.

    I teach 9th/10th grade Humanities at High Tech High Media Arts. I received my undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and my master's in education at National University. I have always wanted to be in education because I love being inspired by students, their families, and colleagues. If I wasn't teaching, I would be trying to perfect my family's old recipes from the Philippines in my own restaurant or living on a boat and fishing every single day.
  • Anna Chiles Humanities
    
    Anna Chiles
    Humanities


    I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating high school, I ventured up to the Philadelphia, PA area to attend Bryn Mawr College, a wonderful liberal arts college for women. There, I studied Sociology, Education, and French, ultimately graduating with a Bachelor's degree in hand and a passion for teaching and learning. Since graduation from college, I have worked in education in 3 of the 4 corners of the continental US.
    The 2015-2016 school year marks my fourth year at High Tech High Media Arts. I am STILL thrilled to be in a city that I love pursuing my dream job as a Humanities teacher. I'm so lucky to be working alongside some of the most thoughtful and creative educators out there!

    When I'm not at school, you might find me with my two favorite beings: my husband, Wilson, and my dog, Scout (sorry, Mom). I love to read, travel, cook, and share meals with the people that I love. Here's to a great year!



    Favorite book of the summer: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Coolest places that I traveled to this summer: Portugal, Spain, France, Italy
  • Indira Esparza Humanities
    
    Indira Esparza
    Humanities


    I was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and came to San Diego at the age of two. I come from a line of siblings who are all first generation college graduates and I am the first in my family to complete a Master's Degree. I attended UCSD for undergrad and majored in Political Science with a minor in Education Studies. I loved UCSD so much that I decided to stay and do my Master's work in Education with a Single Subject Credential in English and a Bilingual Language Authorization in Spanish.
    My main goals as an educator are to promote equity, promote bilingual education, and help students reach their education goals.
    In my space time I like to: run, travel, read, attend art shows, watch sports (LA Galaxy Fan, Lakers Fan, Chargers Fan, Gulls Fan, Padres Fan), and spend time with my family and friends.
  • Nicole Lively Humanities
    
    Nicole Lively
    Humanities


    While I'm a San Diego native, I consider myself a traveler first and foremost. I can make myself feel at home anywhere: all I need is a good book and a good pair of shoes! My love for travel and adventure has been the driving force behind my love for education. I'm always asking questions about the world around me and love learning new things: it seemed only natural to become a teacher! I love sharing my passion for learning by challenging my students to be curious about the world around them.

    This is my 5th year as part of the HTHMA team and I am looking forward to a productive and exciting year!
  • Matt Martin Chemistry
    
    Matt Martin
    Chemistry


    I was at a loss as to what to write on my bio page… say I asked people closest to me for help. Here’s what I got…

    My Dad says…
    Matt's dad says he has always like Matt's sense of humor and intelligence. Seeing Matt grow up was like having his own Jeopardy contestant, except that Matt never answered in the form of a question. That was a little annoying. Before Google there was Matt.

    Matt’s Wife Katie Says…
    Matt is the most thoughtful and loyal person I know but more importantly, he is devilishly handsome. He is a natural teacher and has a gift for conveying the complexities of the world and answering the endless barrage of “Why?” questions from our 2 and 3 year old kids. He is a self-taught carpenter who routinely attempts insane projects, the house chef, and my mom’s favorite child. He loves traveling and experiencing all he can in life. His adventurous spirit is contagious to all around him and although he used to travel the world (and hopes to do more soon), he now spends time searching for the best bounce house and playgrounds for the kids.

    Matt’s Mom answered in the form of four limericks…

    There once was a lad named Matt Martin,
    Who loved studying math, science, and lichen,
    He amazed his teachers,
    Hit baseballs in the bleachers,
    And then saw the world while travelin’.

    There once was a lad named Matt Martin,
    Who loved golf, travelling and campin’,
    He challenged his teachers,
    Enjoyed exciting ventures,
    But, now he’s changing diapers!

    There once was a lad named Matt Martin,
    Who kept his fire rescue well hidden,
    He became quite a hero,
    But without any ego,
    And now he’s loved by a million!

    There once was a Matt from Pennsylvania,
    Who was always quite a bit of an outlaw,
    He played jokes on his teachers,
    Ran with all kinds of creatures,
    But always loved his grandma and grandpa!

    My sister says….
    I'm a show off, I play with fireworks too much, I learned everything I know from video games, well except the dog. I taught her everything she knows… about getting away with things, Brothers are like a box of chocolates… Sweet on the outside and nutty on the inside. She wouldn't trade me for the last person on earth…

    Matt’s Toddlers say…
    My Daddy is big and strong
  • Sophia Oller Chemistry
    
    Sophia Oller
    Chemistry


    Sophie is a chemistry teacher at HTHMA. She grauded from UCSD with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry as well as minors in French, Theatre, and Education. She's taught in the San Diego area since 2011 and received her teaching credential and Master of Education from UCSD.
  • Arlene Parra Spanish
    
    Arlene Parra
    Spanish


    I'm a proud Chicana, and Chula Vista native who's lived here almost my entire life. I did my undergrad at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC class of 2015) where I studied Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics, and minored in Latin American & Latino Studies. I played college rugby for 3 years, and had the honor of being part of the university's ethics debate team who went on to nationals in Jacksonville, Florida in 2013. I've been a musician for over 10 years, and have been a member of various mariachi groups in San Diego. I hope to one day establish Mariachi Tormenta (Mariachi Storm) here at HTHMA.
  • Christopher Rosskopf Multimedia
    
    Christopher Rosskopf
    Multimedia


    Chris earned a B.A. in Broadcast and Electronic Communications, with an emphasis on Writing for Media from San Francisco State University. Upon graduation, Chris worked various television production jobs -- the pinnacle of his television career came when he operated the radar gun behind home plate in the 1998 NLDS between the Padres and the Braves (which the Padres won).

    Chris received his single subject credential in Industrial and Technical Education through the High Tech High credentialing program.

  • Alex Rubio Math
    
    Alex Rubio
    Math


    Alex grew up in a small, cow-infested town in Sonoma County before she ventured down south to University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her B.A. in mathematics then pursued a teaching credential and Master’s of Education through UCSB’s graduate school of education. On her free time, Alex crushes rocks with her bare hands.
  • Sirena Van Epp Math
    
    Sirena Van Epp
    Math


    As an East Coast native, Sirena grew up in Virginia and New Jersey before headed off to college on the West Coast. At Occidental College in Los Angeles, she studied mathematics and studio art while being involved in her school's club ultimate frisbee team and numerous tutoring programs in the math department. After graduating from Oxy in 2015, Sirena moved to San Diego where she spent a year as a teaching apprentice at HTHMA. This year, she is beyond excited to be one of the 10th and 11th grade math teachers!
  • Judy Wu Math
    
    Judy Wu
    Math


    Judy was born and raised a Yankees fan, but has since seen the light, has sworn off the Yankees as evil, and embraces the Cubs as the true force of everything good in baseball thanks to the tutelage of young Tenzin Kuhl.
11th Grade
  • Brendan Cavalier Engineering/Physics
    
    Brendan Cavalier
    Engineering/Physics


    Who is Brendan? Interesting question, glad I'm here to type it for you ... I'll try to keep it short, though the story is decades long.
    Prior to working at HTHMA Brendan was a working Electrical Engineer at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Division. He worked on several projects there including the EMALS program, and electromagnetic aircraft launch system for the next generation of US aircraft carrier, AAG the advanced arresting gear for those same carriers, the Urban MagLev program, Navy Rail Gun, Homopolar Motor, and several military power conversion systems.
    Before GA, Brendan received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from SDSU, with minors in Computer Science and Theatre Arts. Since Graduation, Brendan has helped found and run two Non-Profit Theatres in San Diego, and continues to work with them.
    Right now, Brendan is probably working on lesson plans, or in rehearsal.

  • Brandon Davidson Biology
    
    Brandon Davidson
    Biology


    Brandon teaches 11th grade biology at High Tech High Media Arts and he is entering his ninth year at the school. Brandon was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in the greater Boston area. He attended Williams College and graduated with a degree in Biology. While still in the Boston area, Brandon spent time volunteering at the New England Aquarium and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He then worked to create educational tours for students and teachers to visit destinations all over the world before making the move to San Diego. Once in San Diego, he attended San Diego State University where he received his teaching credential. Brandon's passions outside of biology include travel, the ocean and reading.
  • Allison Lahl Humanities
    
    Allison Lahl
    Humanities


    ​Allison earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.  While at both institutions, she taught writing to students across a variety of disciplines and from a diverse array of backgrounds.  She also worked with a program for college students with learning and social disabilities, including Asperger's, high-functioning autism, AD/HD, etc.  

    Upon completing her Master's degree, Allison took a (unintential) break from teaching and academia.  For three years, she worked in immigration as a Senior Case Manager and Legal Writer for a boutique law firm.  Her clients included Grammy Award-winning musicians, professors and reasearchers, animators, actors, and even an Olympic figure skater.    

    While she loved working in immigration, Allison missed teaching.  In Summer 2016, she joined the Institute of Reading as an instructor, teaching courses on reading to a variety of ages and grade levels, from entering kindergarteners to high school students.  Currently, Allison is completing coursework for her Single Subject in English teaching credential at San Diego State University.  As part of this, she worked as a student teacher at High Tech High International in Fall 2016, where she co-taught the 11th grade Humanities/English classes, and she is thrilled to join the High Tech High Media Arts family as a Humanities teacher for Spring 2017. 

    When not in the classroom, Allison loves spending time with her husband and two cats.  She can usually be found with her nose in a book, and she is currently revising and editing her first novel.  
  • Christopher Rosskopf Multimedia
    
    Christopher Rosskopf
    Multimedia


    Chris earned a B.A. in Broadcast and Electronic Communications, with an emphasis on Writing for Media from San Francisco State University. Upon graduation, Chris worked various television production jobs -- the pinnacle of his television career came when he operated the radar gun behind home plate in the 1998 NLDS between the Padres and the Braves (which the Padres won).

    Chris received his single subject credential in Industrial and Technical Education through the High Tech High credentialing program.

  • Sirena Van Epp Math
    
    Sirena Van Epp
    Math


    As an East Coast native, Sirena grew up in Virginia and New Jersey before headed off to college on the West Coast. At Occidental College in Los Angeles, she studied mathematics and studio art while being involved in her school's club ultimate frisbee team and numerous tutoring programs in the math department. After graduating from Oxy in 2015, Sirena moved to San Diego where she spent a year as a teaching apprentice at HTHMA. This year, she is beyond excited to be one of the 10th and 11th grade math teachers!
  • Judy Wu Math
    
    Judy Wu
    Math


    Judy was born and raised a Yankees fan, but has since seen the light, has sworn off the Yankees as evil, and embraces the Cubs as the true force of everything good in baseball thanks to the tutelage of young Tenzin Kuhl.
12th Grade
  • Brendan Cavalier Engineering/Physics
    
    Brendan Cavalier
    Engineering/Physics


    Who is Brendan? Interesting question, glad I'm here to type it for you ... I'll try to keep it short, though the story is decades long.
    Prior to working at HTHMA Brendan was a working Electrical Engineer at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Division. He worked on several projects there including the EMALS program, and electromagnetic aircraft launch system for the next generation of US aircraft carrier, AAG the advanced arresting gear for those same carriers, the Urban MagLev program, Navy Rail Gun, Homopolar Motor, and several military power conversion systems.
    Before GA, Brendan received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from SDSU, with minors in Computer Science and Theatre Arts. Since Graduation, Brendan has helped found and run two Non-Profit Theatres in San Diego, and continues to work with them.
    Right now, Brendan is probably working on lesson plans, or in rehearsal.

  • Chris Millow Environmental Science
    
    Chris Millow
    Environmental Science


    I've always been amazed and inspired by the biological diversity of our planet - about the countless living things in our backyard and beyond. The natural world presents endless opportunity for wonder, exploration, and discovery, and I'm excited about actively engaging others as conscious stewards of the world around them.

    I come to HTHMA with a BS in Wildlife Conservation and Entomology (hurray for insects!) from the University of Delaware, a MS in Ecology from SDSU, and over 10 years of research and teaching with Audubon, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, NOAA, EPA, Seattle Public Schools, and various environmental non-profits. My degrees and jobs have taken me around the world, allowing me to experience remarkable things – the stories of which I am happy to share with you in person.

    As Environmental Science teacher at HTHMA, I lead our greenhouse and garden spaces, which I look forward to growing – along with help from the senior class, other students and teachers, families, and community members – as vibrant, verdant resources for years to come.

    My favorite part of working at HTHMA is the relationships we cultivate. Please reach out to me at any time with questions, concerns, or ideas; my door is always open.
  • Margaret Noble Digital Arts and Technology
    
    Margaret Noble
    Digital Arts and Technology


    Margaret Noble
    Artist and Educator

    Teaching Website:
    http://nobleeducator.com/

    BIO
    Margaret Noble was born in Texas, raised in San Diego and received her key artistic training in Chicago. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Sound Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Margaret Noble came to education from industry as a professional artist and since her start at High Tech High, she has consistently supported learners in producing meaningful and cutting edge student artworks. Her classes have exhibited projects at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, Sushi Performance Arts Center, The San Diego Art Institute and the University of California San Diego. Her students have also won several awards for their service and projects.

    Margaret Noble’s students leave her class prepared for the world with critical analytical and practical skills in design and technology. Her students experience an authentic art studio laboratory and community driven art exhibitions grounded in the professional practice of contemporary art.
  • Mele Sato Mathematics
    
    Mele Sato
    Mathematics


    I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i and moved to the mainland to attend Harvey Mudd College. It was there that I received my B.S. in mathematics and a concentration in music. After teaching in the Los Angeles area I furthered my passion for teaching mathematics by attending the University of California at Santa Barbara where I earned my teaching credentials in both math and physics as well as my M.Ed. in Math Education.

    Even though I LOVE math, I frequently find myself cooking all sorts of yummy food, making music, swimming in the ocean, playing soccer, rock climbing, hiking and camping, scarfing down some ono ramen, and knitting all sorts of maths and crafts!
  • Sani Vanderspek English
    
    Sani Vanderspek
    English


  • Kelly Williams Humanities
    
    Kelly Williams
    Humanities


    Kelly Williams grew up in Texas and attended the University of Virginia where she played 4 years of division 1 college soccer, studied abroad in Valencia, Spain, and obtained her bachelor's degree in English, her Masters in Teaching, and her teaching credential. She then moved to Jacksonville, FL where she taught 9th and 10th grade English for 2 years before moving to San Diego and teaching English at Poway High School for 2 years. This will be Kelly's 5th year at High Tech High where she will be teaching Senior English.
All School
  • Rachel Nichols Director
    
    Rachel Nichols
    Director


    Rachel Nichols is from Bloomington, Indiana. Like most Hoosiers, she loves to watch and play basketball. If given the opportunity, she will convince you that basketball is the greatest game ever invented (and that the movie Hoosiers should be a required film at every grade level). Rachel moved to San Diego in the fall of 2008. She never complains about the weather here.
    Rachel did her undergraduate work at Indiana University and earned her MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University's School of Education. She has had the pleasure of teaching high school students for seventeen years.  
    When she is not teaching, Rachel loves to be involved in athletics. She has coached one United States Olympian, a few teams of Special Olympians, and many other athletes. Ms. Nichols loves to read, travel, watch films, listen to podcasts, and play all types of games. When school is not in session, you will most likely find her spending time at an outside cafe with her spouse, Meg.
  • Anthony Conwright Dean of Students
    
    Anthony Conwright
    Dean of Students


  • Tenesha Villanueva Director of College Advising
    
    Tenesha Villanueva
    Director of College Advising


  • Erin Duarte Site Manager
    
    Erin Duarte
    Site Manager


  • David Graham Inclusion Specialist
    
    David Graham
    Inclusion Specialist


    This is my fourth year with HTHMA. I am a Boston native who moved to San Diego in 2013 with my wife, dog, and two cats (all driving across the country together in a very packed Camry). I went to public high school in Cambridge, MA, earned my undergraduate degrees in economics and politics from Brandeis University, and my juris doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. I am admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California, but after sevens years of working as an attorney I decided to make a career switch to something I feel truly passionate about. I worked as an academic coach with the 9th grade at High Tech High Media Arts, and it reaffirmed my suspicion that education was where I need to be. I couldn't be happier to be a part of the High Tech High community, and be working as an Inclusion Specialist. When I'm not at school, you can find me practicing various forms of martial arts, walking my dog, or sitting by a beach.
  • Dana O'Connor Inclusion Specialist
    
    Dana O'Connor
    Inclusion Specialist


    This will be Dana’s sixth year with the fabulous High Tech High community. After studying adolescent development, Dana stumbled into a career as an educator and never looked back. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA and holds a Special Education Teaching credential from our own High Tech High Graduate School of Education. She has special interests in helping students understand and embrace their learning profiles, supporting seniors in their transition to life after high school, and developing non-cognitive skills like grit and enthusiasm in her students. When she is not teaching, Dana likes to read, rock climb, and explore California’s wilderness.
  • Josh Berrett IT
    
    Josh Berrett
    IT


    Josh is the Associate Director of IT at HTHMA. He is originally from the great state of Idaho, where he grew up on a farm and knows how to handle heavy equipment and raise livestock but he has always had an affinity for computers. He likes to study philosophy, psychology and comparative mythology and enjoys wide open spaces in nature.