Staff Directory

  • Misa Adams
    Misa Adams
    Academic Coach

  • 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.
  • Amy-Jo Lange
    Amy-Jo Lange
    Academic Coach

  • 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.
1st Grade
  • 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 two 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.
  • Frances Sweeney
    Frances Sweeney
    Academic Coach

    Frances is super excited to be joining High Tech Elementary North County as a third grade teacher apprentice. This is Frances' third year as a HTENC staff member. She spent the past year working with the academic support team and before that working with the Aftercare Program.

    Before joining the High Tech community Frances spent time working for an educational based non profit organization know as City Year. She supported a fourth grade class while working with a team to organize and build a more well-rounded academic community. She’s also worked in Stanford University’s Finance Department.

    Born and raised in Mexico City, Frances is equally at home in both the US and México. In 2012, she received her B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans. Her hobbies include playing tennis, volleyball, hiking or any outdoor activity as well as painting and sketching.
2nd Grade
  • Shelby Fuentes
    Shelby Fuentes

    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.
  • Kayla Guinn
    Kayla Guinn
    Intern Teacher

  • Grace Kegley
    Grace Kegley

    Grace is thrilled to start her 2nd year of teaching as part of the High Tech elementary North County community. Inspired by students’ curiosity and energy, she believes in creating a classroom environment in which they can share ideas, ask lots of questions, recognize their unique strengths, and love to learn.

    Before moving to California, Grace attended the University of Virginia where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.T. in Elementary Education. Her Master's program included six semesters of teaching residency in grades pre-K through 5th.

    Although she made a goal to learn to surf, so far she's enjoyed just reading on the beach and going for leisurely hikes.
  • 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!
3rd Grade
  • Maria Thibeault
    Maria Thibeault

    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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

    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.
  • Lauren Swissman
    Lauren Swissman

    Fifth grade was Ms. Swissman’s favorite year of elementary school and she is thrilled to be back in 5th at HTeNC!  Ms. Swissman grew up in New Jersey and attended the University of Maryland, earning degrees in psychology & elementary education. She taught 2nd & 3rd grades in Washington, DC for 5 years, where she discovered her passion for integrating technology in education. This took her to the Technology Specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She also spent a summer training teachers in Guatemala. 

    Missing being close to the beach, Ms. Swissman decided to move to San Diego with her partner, Jason. When not in school, she enjoys traveling anywhere she can! She loves running, spending time with family and friends, cuddling up with a great book, and trying new things!

All School
  • Karen Feitelberg Director
    Karen Feitelberg

    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.

  • Gabby Barraza Community Outreach Coordinator Assistant
    Gabby Barraza
    Community Outreach Coordinator Assistant

  • 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 is delighted to join the HTeNC team as Site Manger. When Susan is not at school you can find her and her husband chasing after their two sons, playing at the beach,  or riding her horses.
  • Gustavo Bautista HTHNC & HTeNC IT Director
    Gustavo Bautista
    HTHNC & HTeNC IT Director

  • Bianca Cano After Care Program Manager
    Bianca Cano
    After Care Program Manager

  • Shannon Clark Academic Coach
    Shannon Clark
    Academic Coach

  • 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!
  • Anthony Gentile Student Teacher
    Anthony Gentile
    Student Teacher

  • Shelley Glenn Lee Science
    Shelley Glenn Lee

    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.
  • Claire Gresham Academic Coach
    Claire Gresham
    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.
  • Kish Johnson Academic Coach
    Kish Johnson
    Academic Coach

  • Oscar Miranda Social Emotional Coordinator
    Oscar Miranda
    Social Emotional Coordinator

  • Perlita Ricardez Academic Coach
    Perlita Ricardez
    Academic Coach

  • Judy Song Engineering
    Judy Song

    Judy is an educator who believes that all students have the potential to excel. She is dedicated to cultivating a classroom where students experience a joy of learning and eagerness to explore the world around them. She is a firm believer that students learn by doing, and internalize knowledge through dialogue and collaboration. She will create a space where students are encouraged to think critically and apply solutions to the real world.

    Judy is excited to join the HTeNC staff as the K-5 engineering teacher. Prior to joining the High Tech team, Judy taught in the San Francisco Bay Area as a founding teacher, an experience that solidified her passion to serve as an educator. Judy received her B.A. at University of California, Berkeley and is currently completing a Masters of Science in Education Technology through Johns Hopkins University. When she is not in the classroom, Judy loves being with her family and friends, hiking, and exploring San Diego.
  • Roxanne Suttles Inclusion Specialist
    Roxanne Suttles
    Inclusion 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.

  • Adam Veasey Academic Coach
    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.

  • Rina Vinetz Art
    Rina Vinetz

    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.
  • Erika Redlinger Inclusion Specialist
    Erika Redlinger
    Inclusion 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.