Staff Directory


Kindergarten
  • Misa Adams
    
    Misa Adams
    Support Teacher


    Misa  has over 16 years of teaching experience, working with students of different ages and various cultural backgrounds in both the public and private school settings. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of San Diego as well as a multiple subject teaching credential from National University.

    This is Misa's second year at High Tech Elementary North County, and she is very humbled to be working with such creative and dedicated faculty and staff members as well as supportive families who are all committed to providing students with an interactive and child-centered environment. Prior to working at HTeNC, Misa has been teaching 3rd and 4th grade at High Tech Elementary Explorer for 11 years.  She feels very lucky to be part of a school culture where social emotional learning is embraced and plays an integral role in students becoming critical thinkers and caring and confident lifelong learners. Aside from teaching, Misa loves to hike, read, road-trip, and overall, spend quality time with her friends as well as her husband and three children, two of whom are students at HTH and the youngest, a sixth grader at HTMNC.
  • Candice Drain
    
    Candice Drain


    Candice Drain is thrilled to be joining the Kindergarten team at High Tech High North County and continue sharing her passion of teaching and learning.

    Candice Drain attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and was fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad on the Gold Coast of Australia. It was here that she fell in love with international travel and learning about different cultures. She graduated PLNU with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Human Development. She then continued her education at the graduate level, obtained her teaching credential, and worked in first and fourth grade in Southern San Diego.

    Candice's main goal in the classroom is to create a safe and engaging environment that students' feel comfortable to share their thoughts and ideas as the class grows in community together. She considers herself a life-long learner and thoroughly enjoys collaborating with colleagues and students to further enrich students' educational and personal experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

    After the school bell rings, Candice enjoys biking, surfing, traveling, and adventuring and exploring outdoors!
  • Stephanie Lance
    
    Stephanie Lance


    Stephanie believes that each student has the potential to grow and thrive emotionally, socially, and intellectually. She is dedicated to learning about her students’ experiences and creating a safe and supportive classroom for her students to develop a sense of communal belonging, challenge themselves, reason, and reflect on their learning. Stephanie is a passionate teacher who will always strive to bring out the very best in every child while keeping their needs at the heart of her service.

    Stephanie is excited to be joining the HTeNC team of staff and parents this year as a Kindergarten teacher. She holds a Masters in Education and Elementary Mathematics Certificate from the University of California San Diego. Prior to joining the High Tech team, Stephanie worked as a Marine Science Instructor in San Diego teaching and learning about the local ocean environment. She grew up in Colorado and loves to be outdoors. When not working, Stephanie likes to spend her time in the ocean, hiking, camping, traveling, and training for triathlons. She is looking forward to sharing her passions with her students, diving into rigorous and fun classroom projects, and being inspired by her students as they explore together.
  • Erica Larson
    
    Erica Larson
    Academic Coach


    Erica leads a life full of playful curiosity and deep passion for what inspires her. She uses her passion for Education, Environmentalism, and Health and Wellness to create a holistic learning experience with the hopes of making every student excited for school each morning. Erica aims to build a life full of abundant adventure and diverse experience. Her favorites to date include backpacking solo through Bali, Costa Rica, and Peru at twenty years old, teaching yoga at various studios, studying Sustainability at San Diego State University, and being an Environmental Educator for the launch season of The Ecology Center's newest project, Road Trip. Erica believes that as she deepens the joys of her life and explores lifelong learning, she deepens her value as an educator and enriches learning opportunities for her students. She aims to navigate learning from a hands-on and heart-based approach, instilling community and kindness along the way.

    Erica's experience as a Kindergarten Teacher Aid throughout her Senior Year of High School is what inspired her career as an Educator. She feels grateful to learn alongside the Kindergarten Team at High Tech Elementary North County and the thoughtful, joy-provoking humans that are Kindergarteners.
  • Maya Perez Gainey
    
    Maya Perez Gainey
    Academic Coach


    Maya is so excited to join the kindergarten team because of her wholehearted passion for helping young students learn and grow. After graduating from Wellesley College, Maya joined Teach For America (TFA) in Houston, Texas where she taught kindergarten at a KIPP charter school. After a few years teaching in Houston, she studied at the University of Texas at Austin in order to develop a better understanding of current and challenging education policy issues affecting students across our country. After her masters program, she returned to TFA where she worked as a development officer raising funds for TFA teachers for the last three years. She cannot wait to work with students again and pursue her goal to be a lifelong teacher!
  • Mimi Petrovich
    
    Mimi Petrovich


    Mimi believes that all children are natural learners, and is grateful for their honest, unfiltered perspective of their surroundings. She creates a classroom environment that is engaging for each child, and utilizes their strengths in order to maintain a greater sense of classroom community in which all children are valued. She is dedicated to making the best learning environment for the whole child through meaningful, hands-on experiences.

    Mimi has been an educator of young children for 10 years and is excited to use her experience by joining the Kindergarten team at HTeNC this year! She received a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Lehigh University, and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. Originally from New York, Mimi truly appreciates the consistent sunshine in San Diego, and tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible! When not at school, she enjoys long walks with her dog, hiking, camping, and reading.
  • Perlita Ricardez
    
    Perlita Ricardez
    Academic Coach


1st Grade
  • Misa Adams
    
    Misa Adams
    Support Teacher


    Misa  has over 16 years of teaching experience, working with students of different ages and various cultural backgrounds in both the public and private school settings. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of San Diego as well as a multiple subject teaching credential from National University.

    This is Misa's second year at High Tech Elementary North County, and she is very humbled to be working with such creative and dedicated faculty and staff members as well as supportive families who are all committed to providing students with an interactive and child-centered environment. Prior to working at HTeNC, Misa has been teaching 3rd and 4th grade at High Tech Elementary Explorer for 11 years.  She feels very lucky to be part of a school culture where social emotional learning is embraced and plays an integral role in students becoming critical thinkers and caring and confident lifelong learners. Aside from teaching, Misa loves to hike, read, road-trip, and overall, spend quality time with her friends as well as her husband and three children, two of whom are students at HTH and the youngest, a sixth grader at HTMNC.
  • Kish Johnson
    
    Kish Johnson
    Academic Coach


  • Jamelle Jones
    
    Jamelle Jones


    Jamelle Jones is a teacher who learns from her colleagues, her students, and her community. After completing her B.A. in Literature/Writing at the University of California, San Diego, Jamelle stayed at UCSD to receive her M.Ed in Teaching and Learning and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She is currently in her second year at the HTH Graduate School of Education to earn her second M.Ed in Educational Leadership. Jamelle truly loves being a part of the High Tech Community. She completed undergraduate work at HTeCV during the school's opening year in 2011 and later became a part of HTeNC's founding faculty as an Academic Coach and Aftercare Coordinator in 2013/2014. She is now teaching first grade at HTeNC and is excited to begin another year. Her favorite moments occur when she is celebrating her students or laughing with her students throughout the day. When Jamelle is not working, you will find her composing music, finding a sweet orange, reading a great book, eating green apples with peanut butter, thinking some complex thought, or spending time with friends and family.
  • Jennifer Larsen
    
    Jennifer Larsen


    Jennifer Larsen is thrilled to join the High Tech Elementary North County community and continue her love of teaching in first grade!

    Jennifer comes from the Washington, D.C. area where she taught for twenty years in the Alexandria City Public Schools. She attended George Mason University and has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's degree in Initiatives in Educational Transformation. In 2008, Jennifer achieved National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. Last year, she moved to San Diego to be closer to her father.

    Jennifer enjoys learning about how students learn and is always evolving her teaching pedagogy with each new teaching experience. She is passionate about making learning fun and providing rich, engaging class experiences. She LOVES to read and is always on the hunt for good children's books. Some of her favorite authors are Mo Willems, Kevin Henkes, Ian Falconer, Bonny Becker and Tad Hills. She would love to hear about your favorites!

    Jennifer also enjoys gardening, listening to jets, walking the beach, going to musical theatre shows, coffee, and playing with her (completely adorable) Italian Greyhound-Chihuahua rescue pup, Cannoli.
  • Sandy Park
    
    Sandy Park


    Sandy Park is a believer in each child’s potential to grow and learn more about themselves, each other, and the world around them, both inside and outside the classroom. Providing a positive environment that promotes equity and growth for students to learn and work harmoniously with others is one of her highest priorities as an educator. She is dedicated to learning how to help each child become their own author and creator of their learning through exploration, reflection, discovery and dialogue.

    Sandy is very excited to embark in new adventures this year at High Tech Elementary North County as a first grade teacher. She taught first grade at HTeNC for the past three years and various primary grade levels in Virginia (Fairfax County Public Schools) for several years. She received her Master’s degree in Education and teaching credential from George Mason University, Teaching English as a Foreign Language program certificate from Georgetown University and is currently a Masters student at HTH GSE. In her free time, Sandy enjoys reading at local coffee shops, hiking trails, yoga, snowboarding, going to concerts, meeting people and exploring new places in beautiful San Diego.

    Sandy is very thankful to be a part of the team at HTeNC and to be able to witness the growth of children academically, developmentally, socially, and emotionally this year and beyond.
2nd Grade
  • Jeremy Manger
    
    Jeremy Manger


    Jeremy Manger has been an educator for over twelve years. He earned his Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City in 2005, and has taught in Brooklyn, Portland (OR), Ethiopia, and currently in San Diego at High Tech Elementary North County in San Marcos, California.

    Jeremy is a progressive educator at heart and feels that it is a school's job to educate all our children for the 21st century. He believes that children learn best through meaningful, hands-on experiences and that it is important to educate the whole child. He strives to make his classroom a community where children feel safe to take risks and meet their full potential in all developmental domains.

    In Jeremy's free time, he loves going to the beach with his family, crashing in the waves and digging in the sand.  Being outside and exploring our world!
  • Jen Street
    
    Jen Street


    Jen Street is a believer in creating a safe learning environment where students are comfortable making mistakes and taking chances. She earned a Bachelors in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through San Diego State University. Jen has been teaching in K-2 for the past 6 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she also received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Santa Clara University.

    Jen is happy to be back in the San Diego area and excited to join the High Tech Elementary North County community! When she is not teaching, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
  • Jolene Walter
    
    Jolene Walter


    Originally from San Diego, Jolene has spent the past several years teaching at an Expeditionary Learning School in Rochester, New York. She is excited to bring her passion for project-driven learning and her love of the arts to her students at HTeNC.

    Jolene completed her undergraduate studies at Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in psychology and studied studio art abroad in the South Pacific. Before earning a master's degree in education from the University of Rochester, Jolene served a year with AmeriCorps and worked with students ages 6-21 in schools and youth shelters. She has also led summer programs abroad for teens with Putney Student Travel.

    In her free time Jolene enjoys traveling, eating, hiking and biking, volleyball, and photography.
3rd Grade
  • Abraham Mata
    
    Abraham Mata
    Academic Coach


  • Mackenzie Messer
    
    Mackenzie Messer


    Mackenzie is ecstatic to teach third grade at HTeNC where she can enhance her learning of Project-Based Learning.

    Mackenzie started her teaching career in Los Angeles teaching fourth grade at Carpenter Community Charter where she learned about teaching to gifted learners. She then ventured to CHIME Charter where she was immersed in a full inclusion environment where students with cognitive and physical disabilities learned in the classroom with typically developing and gifted children. Both of those environments have shaped Mackenzie’s teaching style and have helped her master being able to teach to all learners! 

    Mackenzie’s main objective in her upcoming third grade classroom is create a learning environment where all students are heard, valued, appreciated, and pushed to their greatest capabilities. She believes that all children have the right to access any curriculum in a way that serves them best and that starts with their emotional well-being. She loves to incorporate mindful meditation practices, laughter, and academic rigor all combined into one! Mackenzie is excited to get to know all of the amazing educators at HTeNC and learn from their amazing examples. 

    Mackenzie enjoys playing with her dog, Scout, getting her nails done, watching old movies, and listening to good bands! 

  • Karen Underwood
    
    Karen Underwood


    Karen is so incredibly excited to be starting her third year teaching at HTe North County!

    Karen is originally from Sacramento, California and grew up with both of her parents being teachers (in fact, her mother taught third grade as well for over 30 years!)

    When Karen went to college, she majored in political science and minored in education at UC San Diego. It was here that she had invaluable opportunities to engage with education with a social justice lens, which ended up taking her to Peru and Alabama! She also had the opportunity working with undergrads and international students as a writing mentor.

    From there, she decided to stay at UC San Diego and get her elementary teaching credential and her masters degree (with a special emphasis in math instruction, because she's SUPER PASSIONATE about math instruction!) After her credential program, she had the phenomenal opportunity to help open up HTe in Point Loma as a third grade teacher. Karen believes in the power of students being agents in his/her own learning and empowering kids to see themselves in a dynamic way.

    In her free time, Karen likes eating good food with good company, traveling, attempting to be fit, reflecting on life in general, and watching jeopardy.
  • Meghan Wall
    
    Meghan Wall


    Meghan is thrilled to start her second year teaching as part of the High Tech elementary North County community to continue sharing her passion of teaching and learning.

    Meghan attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and was fortunate to have the opportunity to student teach abroad in lovely Ireland. It was here that she fell in love with international travel and learning about different cultures. She graduated UMD with a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education. Meghan spent two years teaching first grade at an Expeditionary Learning school in Woodruff, Wisconsin. Last year was her first year at HTeNC teaching second grade.  She is excited for the new adventure of teaching third grade this year.

    Meghan's main goal in the classroom is to create a safe and engaging classroom community where students feel safe to share their ideas and wonderings while reaching personal greatness. She considers herself a life-long learner and enjoys collaborating with colleagues and students.

    Outside of school Meghan enjoys hiking, cycling, crafting,traveling, coffee, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying a good book on the beach.
4th Grade
  • Dulce Belen Cruz
    
    Dulce Belen Cruz
    Academic Coach


  • Juan Castellanos
    
    Juan Castellanos
    Academic Coach


    Juan Castellanos is a 4th grade Academic Coach at High Tech Elementary North County and an alumnus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He loves working with our students and witnessing the incredible learning that happens everyday at HTeNC.

    Juan and his three sisters were raised in Carson, CA (South Bay Los Angeles) by two loving, hard-working immigrant parents. He earned his B.A. in Sociocultural Linguistics and minored in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Juan is currently completing post-baccalaureate work at California State University, San Marcos in order to become an eligible candidate for the Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology. In the future, he hopes to provide speech & language therapy for individuals with neurological disorders and traumatic brain injuries and is also considering extending his academic journey to include doctoral study.

    During his free time, Juan loves to: visit friends & family in L.A., spend time with his 5 nieces, go to shows/concerts, play softball, listen to and create music, go to Disneyland, read, and study & research different languages--Juan is fluent in English & Spanish, studied French for 3 years, studied Farsi for 1 year, is currently independently learning Samoan and hopes to study Nahuatl (Aztec) very soon.
  • Claire Gresham
    
    Claire Gresham


    Claire is so excited to teach 4th grade this school year at HTeNC!

    Claire was born and raised in San Diego and is a huge Padres fan. She got her Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Credential from California State University San Marcos. Her family consists of many teachers across all grade levels and subjects.

    Her biggest passion in and out of the classroom is reading and encouraging her students to foster their own love of reading just as her fifth grade teacher was able to do for her. Her classroom management style revolves around restorative practices and building a classroom environment that makes all students feel safe and happy to come to school. Claire is so excited for an amazing year in 4th grade!

    In her free time, Claire enjoys going to Padres baseball games, watching movies, and reading.

     
  • Anya Rosenberg
    
    Anya Rosenberg


    Anya is ecstatic to be joining the High Tech community as a fourth grade teacher at High Tech Elementary North County. Originally from Bend, Oregon, Anya has spent most of her life in a small town Western Massachusetts. This past year, Anya received her Masters of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on deeper learning and teaching and learning about race and social justice in the elementary school classroom. Before that, Anya taught at an Expeditionary Learning school in Washington, D.C.. Outside of school, Anya likes to read and run around at the beach, dance, go hiking, and spend time with the people she loves. Anya is incredibly excited to learn with her fourth graders and the entire North County community this year!
  • Kari Shelton
    
    Kari Shelton


    Kari loves working with elementary students and collaborating with the fantastic staff and parents of HTeNC. Her favorite thing about working here is the ability to follow the interests of the students (the practice is not only great for learning- it really brings joy to teaching too!) She is a founding member of HTeNC and continues to grow with the school. She enjoys crafting new projects with her fourth graders that are both rigorous and fun.
    Kari taught elementary school for ten years in Los Angeles before joining the High Tech staff, including four years in fourth grade. She holds a bilingual credential with a Spanish emphasis and a Masters in Education from UCSD. She grew up near Lake Tahoe and tries to get back to the mountains as often as possible.
    When she's not at work she is spending time with her husband and three kids (the oldest two attend HTeNC). They love to travel and explore the outdoors together. They can most likely be found at the beach, various sporting events, or camping. Kari loves to have outdoor learning adventures with her students too.
  • Celina Gonzalez
    
    Celina Gonzalez
    Education Specialist


    Celina Gonzalez is a fourth grade teacher at High Tech Elementary North County (HTeNC) and an alumna of University of San Diego. She believes in the importance of education as both social-emotional and academic. She is passionate about helping students realize they can be change agents and loves to challenge and be challenged by students’ thinking and questioning.


    Celina was raised in Mira Loma, CA with three older sisters and loving parents. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies at USD, where her love for teaching and learning deepened thanks to the passion of her mentors. Her curiosity and joy in mathematics was reignited at USD, so she completed a concentration in Mathematics. She continues to develop a love for working with families and building capacity in communities. She studied at HTH GSE where she obtained her Master’s Degree in School Leadership. Here, she deepened her understanding and passion for equitable learning environments.

    During her free time, she loves to be outdoors on hikes or watching sunsets. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her young niece and nephew. She spends her free time trying new recipes, visiting book stores, playing volleyball, painting, and spending time with loved ones especially her silly dog, Chops.
     
5th Grade
  • Stephanie Roccon
    
    Stephanie Roccon


    Stephanie believes in the power of tinkering and problem solving. There is never just one way to do something, and every student has a unique, exciting strategy to try. Her goal to instill confidence in her students to make mistakes and grow started when she was a Middle School Technology Coordinator at an Independent School in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Teaching digital arts, robotics, and design thinking, she loved providing hands-on learning experiences for students and colleagues. Working at HTeNC for the past two years has been an absolute joy and she can't wait to jump into her third year!

    Stephanie holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an Instructional Technology Specialist certificate from Duquesne University. She is currently in her second year of the High Tech High Graduate School earning her Masters degree in Educational Leadership. Stephanie loves to be outdoors year round, cook, read, travel and hike with her husband and miniature labradoodle, Luna.
  • Debbie Spellman-Smith
    
    Debbie Spellman-Smith


    Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Debbie comes to HTeNC with over 20 years of teaching experience. She has taught at San Diego Cooperative Charter School for the past 5 years (4/5th grades). Debbie has also worked as a teacher, curriculum designer and instructional leader for several districts and charter schools. She believes in having students create meaning from the work they plan, research, create, and reflect. Outside of school, her favorite activities include reading, traveling and hiking with her three kids and two dogs.
  • Adam Veasey
    
    Adam Veasey
    Academic Coach


    Through my work as an Academic Coach within the HTeNC, I am restoring my passion of connecting with children and encouraging their development. I view each day as a new opportunity to lend my array of skills, life experience, and infectious positive energy towards enriching the High Tech community.

    My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Health Marketing & Communication, including 14 Early Childhood Education (ECE) credits.

    In my previous position as an Instructional Aide for San Elijo Elementary school, I had the opportunity to assist with Physical Education and also help students one-on-one in the classroom. As a result, it did not take long for the children, staff, and parents to realize my impact as a role model effecting positive change on campus.   

    Before entering the professional world I held various positions revolving around children including After-School Site Director, After-School Teacher, and Recreation Leader. Over the past seven years, I have been a regular volunteer youth sports coach for my son’s basketball and football teams. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing with my family: wife Vivi, son Jalen, daughter Kayla. In the summer you will likely find us poolside or at Moonlight Beach.


  • Kayla Wisniewski
    
    Kayla Wisniewski


    Kayla is thrilled to be joining the 5th grade team at High Tech Elementary North County and continue sharing her passion for learning! Kayla believes in the importance of creating a safe classroom community where all students feel supported and inspired to be lifelong learners. 

    Kayla earned her Bachelors degree from UCSD in International Studies with a focus on Sociology. After college, Kayla decided to pursue her love for learning and discovered High Tech High. After working as an Academic Coach for HTHMA, she completed the 2-year HTH District Intern Credential Program, where she earned her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and worked as a Kindergarten and 2nd Grade Apprentice Teacher.  

    Outside of school Kayla enjoys practicing yoga, reading, hiking, and being outdoors with her husband and her rescue dog, Mowgli.
All School
  • Karen Feitelberg Director
    
    Karen Feitelberg
    Director


    Karen Feitelberg has twenty years of experience teaching in independent, charter and public schools. She is thrilled to have joined the dedicated teaching and learning community at High Tech Elementary North County.  Karen is passionate about helping students develop their voice, master academic content, think critically, and solve complex problems collaboratively. 
     
    Previously Karen taught fourth and fifth grade at the two High Tech elementary schools in Point Loma where she integrated math, science and humanities into projects that engage students in community service and deeper learning. She serves as a mentor and instructor for teachers in the High Tech High Graduate School of Education.  
     
    Prior to teaching elementary school, Karen had a career as a manager in an internationally respected technology company. She holds a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a teaching credential from Point Loma Nazarene University.

  • Susan Battistuz Site Manager
    
    Susan Battistuz
    Site Manager


    Susan earned her teaching credential from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and her Masters in Special Education from Chapman University. After teaching 7th and 8th grade in Chicago Public Schools, she taught in Costa Rica and Niger, West Africa. In 2001 she moved to San Diego and began teaching 9th grade math and physics at High Tech High. She helped open High Tech Middle in 2003 as a math & science teacher. In 2007 she helped open High Tech High North County as the Dean of Students. Susan was the founding Director of High Tech Middle North County from 2009 to 2014. With the opening of the new elementary school on campus Susan was charmed by curiosity and wonder in the younger students. She joined  HTeNC team as Site Manger in 2014. When Susan is not at school you can find her with Mr. Battistuz, chasing after their two sons, playing at the beach,  and riding her horses.
  • Gustavo Bautista HTHNC & HTeNC IT Director
    
    Gustavo Bautista
    HTHNC & HTeNC IT Director


  • Bianca Cano After Care Program Coordinator
    
    Bianca Cano
    After Care Program Coordinator


  • Derek Dacey After Care Staff
    
    Derek Dacey
    After Care Staff


  • Justin Dove School Psychologist
    
    Justin Dove
    School Psychologist


    Justin is a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio and proud alumnus of The Ohio State University. He has served as a school psychologist in Ohio (Columbus City Schools) and Georgia (Muscogee County School District & Atlanta Public Schools). This will be his first year with HTH and eighth year in the field. Justin's professional interests include special education advocacy, culturally sensitive assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and school-based problem-solving.

    Justin appreciates culture in all its forms. His private interests include travel, sports (Buckeyes-Browns-Cavs), the arts, gastronomy, and long walks with his ten-year-old Shiba Inu, Foxy. His most memorable travel destinations have been Seoul, Honolulu, Toronto, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Savannah. Justin is excited to explore San Diego and join the HTH family for the 2017/18 school year.
  • Jocelyn Flores Outreach Coordinator
    
    Jocelyn Flores
    Outreach Coordinator


    Jocelyn Flores was born and raised in Mexico City. She came to the United States 20 years ago and has lived in North County since. She first came about High Tech High when she was looking for an innovative teaching style for her younger brother and sister to prosper from. 7 years later both of her younger siblings have graduated and are continuing with higher education.
    Jocelyn has been with High Tech High since 2011 serving as the outreach coordinator. The main focus of her work involves assisting Spanish speaking families but sharing the unique teaching styles of HTH with the community. She advocates for diversity, primarily within the school, as it helps students create a valuable connection with the surrounding communities.

    She is passionate about the work she does and finds it rewarding to see that her help has made a difference in the lives of the individuals whom she has helped. When not at work she enjoys spending the day with her family at Disneyland or enjoys being part of the audience for Mexican Folkloric dancer, gymnast, cheerleader six year old daughter!
  • Shelby Fuentes Support Teacher
    
    Shelby Fuentes
    Support Teacher


    Shelby Fuentes is passionate about teaching and is excited to be joining the High Tech Elementary North County community. Before joining the HTeNC team, Shelby taught for three years in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

    Shelby moved to San Diego eight years ago and received her bachelor's degree and credential from Point Loma Nazarene University. As an educator, she is passionate about instilling a love of learning in each child. She also believes it is important to help each student find and pursue their passions in and out of the classroom. She values social and emotional education alongside rigorous academic growth. By creating classroom opportunities for students to explore, wonder, and be astonished, students are able to think deeply about the world around them.

    Outside of school Shelby enjoys reading, coffee, playing music, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Shelley Glenn Lee Science
    
    Shelley Glenn Lee
    Science


    Shelley is a San Diego native and enjoys connecting students with the biodiversity of our beautiful county.

    She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (emphasis in Marine Biology) and a Master's Degree in Education (Science Curriculum and Instruction). She has enjoyed many years of working with people of all ages in both informal and formal settings, including work as a naturalist, educator, and academic coordinator for organizations including the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and the San Diego Natural History Museum.  She believes in the power of collaboration, authentic learning, and integration of arts into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)= "STEAM"! The 2017-18 school year will be her 7th year teaching at High Tech High.

    If Shelley could have any superpower, it would be breathing underwater so that she could spend unlimited hours exploring the ocean. She has come close to realizing this fantasy, as she worked for several years as a research diver studying marine plants and invertebrates in San Diego, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. She loves to spend time in and around the ocean, and enjoys music, art, and spending time with her family.
  • Elizabeth Hodges Academic Coach
    
    Elizabeth Hodges
    Academic Coach


  • Jacqueline Ireland-Poirier Education Specialist
    
    Jacqueline Ireland-Poirier
    Education Specialist


    Jacquie Poirier was born in Alaska and developed a love for nature from a young age.  She moved to California while in high school, and graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Psychology. She later earned her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University, and her Education Specialist Credential from Azusa Pacific University.
     
    Jacquie has worked as a special education teacher in the Poway Unified School District, and as a Learning Support Specialist overseas in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. She has over eight years of experience working with students in different settings, and is excited to be joining the High Tech High community.
     
    Jacquie is married with four lovely daughters. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time at home with her family.
  • Oscar Miranda Student Support Coordinator
    
    Oscar Miranda
    Student Support Coordinator


  • Kathy Ramirez After Care Staff
    
    Kathy Ramirez
    After Care Staff


  • Roxanne Sepehri Engineering
    
    Roxanne Sepehri
    Engineering


    Roxanne was born in San Diego but spent most of her life moving around California. She moved back to San Diego for college where she earned her Bachelors Degree in civil engineering. After working various engineering jobs she decided she wanted to try a hand at her first passion, teaching. She went back to SDSU where she earned her multiple subject teaching credential. After receiving her credential she was itching to explore the world so she taught English to elementary students in Thailand for a year. Though she loved every minute of it, she is also happy to be home where the temperature isn’t 100 degrees everyday.
     
    Roxanne is excited to work in a position that combines both her loves, engineering and teaching. She feels as though this is the perfect position for her.

    Roxanne enjoys traveling as much as she can. Last summer she was able to do a 10 day trek in Nepal then fly to Europe for a 2 month backpacking trip. In her free time, Roxanne enjoys accumulating hobbies. Her most recent additions include sewing, fixing her car, and training her cat to give kisses.

  • Roxanne Suttles Education Specialist
    
    Roxanne Suttles
    Education Specialist


    This is my first year as a High Tech team member, and I am very excited to begin! I grew up in North County San Diego and am a graduate of UC Santa Barbara. I received my multiple subject, mild/moderate, and moderate/severe education credentials from California State University, San Marcos. My experience in working with children with exceptionalities ranges from assisting and teaching in a variety of educational settings, inclusion coaching in recreational activities, and providing in home behavior therapy, social coaching, and Respite services to children and their families. Some of my favorite ways to spend my time are being at the beach, reading, visiting Santa Barbara, and practicing Sign Language.

     
  • Maria Thibeault Support Teacher
    
    Maria Thibeault
    Support Teacher


    Maria Thibeault is an educator who strives to motivate, encourage, and challenge students to grow as learners and as people. She works to build a joyful learning environment where children can thrive in their day-to-day work. She loves teaching because of the opportunity to help nurture the whole child: emotionally, academically, interpersonally, and cognitively. Her students become very special individuals in her life.  

    Maria’s love for education began at a young age, and she continues to pursue learning experiences to refine her practice. Maria earned her B.A. and Teaching Credential at the University of San Diego, and her M.Ed. and Reading Specialist Credential from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently working toward her license as a Dyslexia Therapist.  Over the last ten years, Maria has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and most recently, as an instructional coach.  She values time with her family and close friends, and loves to travel with her husband. Her favorite weekends are spent exploring and adventuring, both in cities and in the great outdoors. Her personal goal is to visit every continent in her lifetime!

    Maria is excited and grateful to join the team at HTeNC, and looks forward to a beautiful partnership with her students and their families.
  • Rina Vinetz Art
    
    Rina Vinetz
    Art


    I'm a native of Berkeley, CA. I teach art at HTeNC. I received my B.A. from UCSD.

    My very first teaching position was on an island in Gulf of Mexico! Before coming to our school, I taught art for 10 years at Solana Santa Fe Elementary in Rancho Santa Fe.

    I believe in creating an arts program that gives students lots of opportunities for success through exploration of a variety of media. I love working with clay!

    I am passionate about teaching art to children. In late 2011, I began my art education blog, www.k6art.com. Since then, I have published all my lesson plans, photo tutorials, instructional videos and Powerpoints. I love connecting with art teachers around San Diego, around the country, and around the world. I also enjoy cooking, hiking and travel.
  • Erika Redlinger Education Specialist
    
    Erika Redlinger
    Education Specialist


    Erika has worked with children for the past twelve years in various settings, most recently at High Tech Elementary Explorer as an Education Specialist.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University, a Master of Arts in Education from California State University, San Marcos, as well as a Multiple Subject Credential and an Education Specialist Credential. Erika is thrilled to be apart of the High Tech Elementary North County family for the 2017-2018 school year. Aside from teaching, she finds joy in hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.