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Pedro LopezCruz
Kindergarten Teacher
Pedro Lopez is passionate about Kindergarten. He earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and has been the field of education since 2007.  He is a highly motivated educator who promotes inclusion and provides authentic learning experiences for all. Pedro believes that all children have the potential to learn, and that students develop or acquire a better understanding of the world when immersed in an environment that fosters respect, values creativity and celebrates diversity. Students can learn beyond what they know when exposed to a variety of ideas or realities. He believes that modeling kindness and empathy promotes acceptance and inspires others to help in developing a culturally rich, safe space for learning. Pedro Lopez is committed to providing a caring, collaborative setting that promotes critical thinking, encourages students to learn from different perspectives, and inspires students’ interest in learning through technology, and creativity.
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Sandy ParkDP
Kindergarten Teacher
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.
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Samantha Tellez
Kindergarten Teacher
1st Grade
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Amanda Barone
1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Barone is thrilled to be joining the first grade team at High Tech Elementary North County.  Mrs. Barone received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Human Development from Boston College and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in teaching English Language Learners from Boston College.  She has taught kindergarten, first, and second grade in New Jersey.  As a strong believer in connecting education to a child’s world, Mrs. Barone is excited to launch project based learning in her classroom. Mrs. Barone also believes in the importance and value of each individual student in her classroom and promises to ensure that no child is invisible in her room.
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Jamelle JonesDP
1st Grade Teacher
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 later received her second M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the HTH Graduate School of Education and has traveled as an International Teacher Leader in the HTH on the Road program to Japan and Israel. 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.
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Mimi Petrovich
1st Grade Teacher
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.
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Jen Street
1st Grade Teacher
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.
2nd Grade
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Erica Gray
2nd Grade Teacher
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Jolene Hamilton
2nd Grade Teacher
Before coming to High Tech High, Jolene taught at an Expeditionary Learning School in Rochester, New York. She loves project-based learning for the way it ignites students' imagination and builds their belief that everyone has something of value to contribute to the world. She is passionate about the arts and finds ways to incorporate music into her classroom however she can.

Jolene holds a master's degree in Childhood Education from the University of Rochester. She has served with AmeriCorps and has also led international travel programs for teens. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, photography, scuba diving, and volleyball.
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Alexsis McGhee
2nd Grade Teacher
This is Alexsis' second year at HTeNC! Teaching elementary aged children is something that genuinely makes her happy. She is passionate about good food, big dogs, and being kind.

As a San Diego native, Alexsis enjoys spending time in the sun, and near the ocean. She had a baby in April 2019, and can be found at the beach on the weekends with baby Zackary.

Alexsis is excited to provide and participate in rich learning experiences with her 2nd graders, and to create meaningful work that her students will be proud to share.
3rd Grade
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Bailey Hawke
3rd GradeTeacher
Bailey was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Bailey completed her Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. At CSU, Bailey taught preschool and nannied. It was during her senior year that she decided she wanted to be a teacher. In order to pursue teaching, Bailey decided to move back to San Diego to pursue a teaching credential and M.Ed in Teaching & Learning from High Tech High Graduate School of Education. If you walk into Bailey's classroom you will see beautiful, authentic work on the walls, hear students collaborating, hear students asking meaningful questions to one another, and see a teacher learning with her students. Bailey strives to create a welcoming learning environment where students explore the world around them, feel loved, and have a sense of belongingness. As a culturally responsive teacher, Bailey understands the importance of students' backgrounds being celebrated in and out of the classroom. Bailey aims to incorporate her student's cultures and traditions in daily work and projects. Bailey believes that social-emotional learning should take place in the classroom every day. She believes that educating the heart is just important as educating the mind. Empathy is a driving force in Bailey's classroom and it is important that she builds a community full of love from the first day of school. Bailey believes that students come to school already full of knowledge and ready to ask, explore, and answer questions they have about the world around them.

When she is not at school, Bailey enjoys snowboarding, going to the beach, spending time with family, cheering on the Denver Broncos, CSU Rams, and Padres, running, and playing with her puppies.
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Jeremy MangerDP
3rd Grade Teacher
Jeremy Manger has been an educator for over fifteen 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!
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Connie Tosaya
3rd Grade Teacher
Connie Tosaya (toe-sigh-uh) is new to the High Tech community this year and excited to be joining the 3rd-grade team. Connie has taught 5th grade in Washington state for the past 3 years. She earned her Bachelor's in Science and French Education in 2016 and her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction in 2019. Connie is passionate about teaching students about their brain and how to build habits that allow their brains to be healthy and help them learn. She has traveled abroad and lived in France and China at different points in her life, loves to study other cultures and languages, and loves learning from her students about their language and culture.

Connie strives to create a classroom community that is rooted in empathy and kindness for one another. Learning happens best when children are able to feel safe, known, and supported in their environment and she is passionate about fostering a space that allows for trust and safety.

When she is not teaching, Connie and her husband enjoy exploring their new southern California community and go camping often. Connie loves corgis (but doesn't have one yet), hiking, coffee, spending time with friends, and trying new restaurants.
4th Grade
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Claire Gresham
4th Grade Teacher
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.

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Anya Rosenberg
4th Grade Teacher
Anya is ecstatic to be a part of 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. 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!
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Kari SheltonDP
4th Grade Teacher
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.
5th Grade
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Sophie Langerman
5th Grade Teacher
Sophie is so excited to be joining the community at HTeNC. In her free time Sophie can be found doing a puzzle or reading a book with a cup of tea. She has a passion for working with children and is glad for the opportunity to work in a school where students and staff alike have a drive to learn. Growing up, she loved learning and finding out new things about the world, however her school didn't foster or guide this love and made the learning process boring and irrelevant. She became determined to become a teacher and help children become life long learners who are interested in their education.

Sophie received her B.A in liberal arts from Sonoma State University. While at Sonoma State, Sophie took seminar and project based classes through the Hutchins school. These classes are what drove her away from traditional schools and eventually toward HTeNC. After receiving her teaching credential, she was an Academic Coach and long term substitute at High Tech Elementary Chula Vista. She can't wait to start the school year in 5th grade at HTeNC!
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Caitlin Rogers
5th Grade Teacher
Caitlin Rogers spends her free time picking up and putting down heavy things, dominating game night, and dancing the night away. She is a San Diego local from Oceanside, who ironically doesn't spend much time at the beach. She prefers salty and savory over sweet and chocolatey, and can easily be won over with Macaroni and Cheese.

She began her journey at CSUSM with a Bachelors in Psychology  and found her way to education. She earned her credential and eagerly entered the classroom, ready to learn alongside her students.
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Karen Underwood
5th Grade Teacher
Karen is originally from Sacramento, California and grew up with both of her parents being teachers (in fact, her mother taught third grade 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 meet life long friends, expand her mind and challenge herself socially and academically.  She worked at a restaurant throughout college,  mentored undergrads and international students needing help with their writing and had the opportunity to work in Peru and Alabama through a college organization.

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) After her credential program, she had the opportunity to help open up HTe in Point Loma as a third grade teacher. She taught third grade for 4 years and now teaches 5th grade!

This is her sixth year teaching and fourth year up here at High Tech Elementary North County. Karen believes in the power of students being agents in his/her own learning and empowering kids to see themselves in a dynamic way. She also believes in the power of laughter, being unequivocally yourself, and being extremely goofy/weird/a combo of all of the above.

In her free time she loves: traveling, playing tennis, goal-setting with her passion planner, reading books for leisure, baking, reflecting, deep conversations, good food with good company, watching jeopardy, music, everything. Life is grand!
Education Specialists
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Alicia Cooksey
Academic Coach
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Michelle GoingsDP
Education Specialist
Michelle has worked with children for the past twelve years in various settings, most recently at High Tech Elementary North County as an Education Specialist.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from California State University San Marcos, as well as an Education Specialist Credential. Michelle is currently in the Master's Program through High Tech High's Graduate School of Education. She is incredibly excited to continue her passion at High Tech Elementary North County for a second year. Alongside her dedication to inclusive, anti-bias, and anti-racist education, Michelle is a devoted mother and wife, as well as Children's Pastor at her local church.
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Jonathan Prickett
Education Specialist
Hello! My name is Jon Prickett and I am going to be working with the 4th graders as an education specialist. I have my BS in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in marine ecology.  I have worked in the field of special education for the last 4 years as an instruction aide (academic coach), substitute teacher, and special education teacher. I love connecting with students and building community.

I love being outside in nature either biking, backpacking, camping, diving, mountain biking, etc. I also love Sci Fy and coffee.
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Roxanne Suttles
Education Specialist
This is my fourth year as a High Tech team member, and I am very excited to begin another school year! 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.

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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.
Support Teachers
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Misa Adams
Support Teacher
Misa has over 17 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 B.A. and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of San Diego as well as a multiple subject teaching credential from National University.  Currently, she is finishing her graduate studies to earn both her Master of Education and Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential at California State University at San Marcos. She will complete this program in Spring 2021.

This is Misa's fourth year here at HTeNC, where she works as a K-1 Reading Support Teacher. She continues to be very humbled working alongside 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 taught 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, watch movies, road-trip, and overall, spend quality time with her friends as well as her partner and three children, two of whom are students at a High Tech High school, and one who is a recent graduate of High Tech High in Point Loma.

Misa is looking forward to supporting the kindergarten and first grade students in cultivating their love for reading!
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Jennifer Larsen
Support Teacher
Jennifer Larsen is a reflective teacher whose pedagogy evolves based on how students learn. She is passionate about facilitating student-led, purposeful and engaging learning experiences. 

Jennifer comes from the Washington, D.C. area where she taught for twenty years in the Alexandria City Public Schools. She has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's degree in Initiatives in Educational Transformation from George Mason University. In 2008, Jennifer achieved National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification and in 2018, renewed that certification. She joined the HTeNC staff in 2014 and taught first grade for six years before transitioning to a Literacy Coach role in 2020. 

Jennifer loves to share stories about her (completely adorable) Chihuahua-Italian Greyhound rescue pup, Cannoli!  She also enjoys gardening, going to musical theatre shows, reading, listening to jets, and walking the beach. Jennifer is always on the hunt for good children's books. Which books are your favorites?
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Oscar Miranda
Student Support Coordinator
Oscar Miranda is excited to be part of the amazing team at HTeNC as the Student Support Coordinator. Oscar was born in Michoacan, Mexico and grew up in beautiful North County. Prior to joining the HTeNC team, Oscar spent two years as a social work intern supporting all three schools in the north county village. Oscar is passionate about helping students develop skills to support their social and emotional growth, resolve conflict, and restore relationships. 

Oscar holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California with a concentration in families and children. Oscar also holds a B.A. in Sociology from California State University San Marcos. 

Outside of school, Oscar enjoys spending time with family, fishing in Carlsbad, coffee, street tacos, and taking train trips to explore Los Angeles.
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Maria Thibeault
Support Teacher
Maria Thibeault is thrilled to support students at HTeNC and HTMNC as they develop into lifelong readers. She believes in empowering students to build their skills while accessing strengths and reflecting on personal growth. Maria works to build a joyful learning environment where scholars can thrive in their day-to-day work. Her students become very special individuals in her life.  

Maria grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned her B.A. and Teaching Credential at the University of San Diego. She became intrigued with reading instruction and spent the next decade of her life teaching in Northern California, North Carolina, and New Mexico, while working toward her M.Ed. and Reading Specialist Credential from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Maria's reading interests shifted toward dyslexia, which prompted a return to grad school to learn the world of dyslexia therapy. She is now a Certified Academic Language Therapist and is honored to bring this work to her awesome students.

Maria adores her family, travel, and outdoor adventures. She loves laughing with her husband and 2-year-old son, and strives to live each day with intention and community. 
All School
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Karen FeitelbergDP
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.

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Viridiana Malfavon
Site Manager
Viri Malfavon was born and raised in Southern CA. She grew up in Escondido, where she lives with her husband and three children. Viri fell in love with HTH after visiting an exhibition in 2017. Viri is fluent in both English and Spanish and is very excited to be a part of the HTH team as a Site Manager. Viri looks forward to providing support to the wonderful community of students, parents and teachers.

In her spare time, Viri enjoys hiking with her family, playing beach volleyball and hosting family game nights!
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Cameron Barrett
Aftercare Assistant
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Gustavo Bautista
HTHNC IT Director
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Juan Castellanos
Aftercare Program Lead
My name is Juan Luis Castellanos and I am the Aftercare Program Coordinator at High Tech Elementary and Middle North County. This will be my 5th year with the organization, having previously spent 3 years as an Academic Coach in both Kindergarten and 4th grade. The driving force behind my work in the organization has been and will always be to work with students, families, and colleagues to co-create a learning community that is rooted in radical love, liberation, and social justice.

Me and my three sisters grew up in Carson, CA in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. We were raised by two loving, hard-working parents who left behind their homes and families in México to give us a chance at a life with more opportunity.

I earned my B.A. in Sociocultural Linguistics and minored in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have recently completed post-baccalaureate work at California State University, San Marcos and plan to apply to their M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology. In the future, I hope to provide speech & language therapy for individuals with neurological disorders and traumatic brain injuries and I would eventually like to extend my academic work to include doctoral study.

During my free time, I love to: visit friends & family in Los Angeles and San Francisco, spend time with my five nieces and nephew, go to shows/concerts, play softball, listen to and create music, go to Disneyland, and READ. I also enjoy studying & researching different languages--I am fluent in English & Spanish, studied French for 3 years, studied Farsi for 1 year, and am currently independently learning Nahuatl. I am committed to applying a critical lens in my personal and professional life so that I may work to resist and dismantle oppressive ideologies, practices, and systems in order to co-construct a better future for youth.
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Justin H. Dove
School Psychologist

Justin is a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio and a proud alumnus of The Ohio State University. Prior to relocating to California, he served as a school psychologist in Ohio and Georgia. This will be his fourth year with HTH and eleventh year in the field. Justin's professional interests include special education advocacy, culturally sensitive assessment, cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches, and school-based problem-solving.

Justin appreciates culture in all of its forms. His personal interests include social justice, travel, sports (Buckeyes-Browns-Cavs), the arts, gastronomy, and long walks with his Shiba Inu, Foxy. Justin is excited to continue supporting the students, families, and educators of North County Village for this unprecedented 2020/21 school year.

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Jocelyn Flores
Community Outreach Coordinator
Jocelyn 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. She holds a degree from the Universidad Autonoma de México and a certification from the University of San Diego. Jocelyn has extensive experience in community leadership, communications and parent engagement, serving in various volunteer roles at the Consulate of Mexico, San Diego Department of Education and Migrant Education. She 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 ten year old daughter and nine month old baby girl!
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Shelby Fuentes
Support Teacher
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Shelley Glenn LeeDP
Science Teacher
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.
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Roxanne Sepehri
Engineering Teacher
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.

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Rina VinetzDP
Art Teacher
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, 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.