Kindergarten and First Grade
- Maria MuñozXMaria MuñozAcademic Coach
- Stacey StevensonXStacey StevensonKindergarten Teacher
Stacey Stevenson has been with Explorer since the school began, teaching fourth grade, first grade, and kindergarten. Stacey received her degrees in history, literature, and her teaching credential with CLAD emphasis from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to teaching, she owned an art gallery in downtown San Diego. When Stacey is not teaching she rock climbs, reads, gardens and enjoys spending time with her cats, two ducks and her beau Chris.
- Amy LancasterXAmy LancasterAcademic Coach
Amy Lancaster has been a part of the Explorer family for many years, as both a parent and now in the classroom. She received her B.S. in Education from DePauw University in Indiana. After moving to California, Amy earned her M.A. in Elementary Education from National University and holds a Multiple Subject Clear Credential (CLAD emphasis).
She spent 10 years as a classroom teacher in the midwest and in San Diego, until taking a break to stay home with her three children. After they began attending Explorer, her love of educating children was rekindled and she has been working in the classroom full-time for the past 4 years. She feels extremely grateful to be a part of such an amazing staff and wonderful community.
- Patricia LimXKindergarten Teacher
Patricia Lim loves teaching at Explorer! She is passionate about teaching and learning with her students and encouraging creativity and deep thinking. Prior to teaching at Explorer, Patricia taught for three years at a charter school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, a Multiple Subject teaching credential, and a Master of Education degree from UCSD. Aside from teaching, Patricia enjoys traveling, painting, making jewelry, and spending time with her son who is a graduate of Explorer.
- Diane HawkeXDiane HawkeFirst GradeTeacher
Diane Hawke has been teaching at Explorer since 2001. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of San Diego, as well as her M.A. in Education and a Clear Multiple Subject Credential. Her teaching experience includes both public and private schools in the primary grades.
- Jen SchultzXJen Schultz1st Grade Teacher
Jen Schultz has been teaching at Explorer since 2002. Before coming to Explorer, Jen worked at the Sudanese English Project teaching English to Sudanese refugee children as the lead K-3 teacher, curriculum coordinator and assistant administrator. Jen holds a B.A. and a Masters in Education, focusing on Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of San Diego.
Each day Jen is surround by an incredibly passionate staff who dedicates their lives to providing children with the best education possible. She loves being able to loop with her students and see the growth they make from the beginning of kindergarten to the end of first grade. She is enthusiastic about the Social Emotional curriculum Explorer embodies and believe it fits perfectly with Project-based learning. This type of learning allows students to become thinkers, creators and life-long learners.
- Linda SalamancaXLinda Salamanca1st Grade Teacher
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and came to San Diego for college where I attended San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego. I have a B.A. and Master's in Psychology and a Master's in Education. Learning is something that I have always enjoyed and value as I am the first in my family to go to college. Looking back on my own career as a student, I am fortunate to have had teachers that have given me wonderful learning opportunities from elementary to graduate school. It's something that I am truly thankful for and hope that I can give my students. When I'm not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, running and cooking.
Second and Third Grade
- Marissa AdamsXMarissa Adams2nd Grade Teacher
Marissa has been teaching at Explorer since 2010, primarily in second and third grade. She holds a B.A. in Sociology, a Multiple Subject Credential and Masters of Education from UCSD. When she isn't teaching, Marissa loves spending time with her family in the great outdoors.
- Jeff FeitelbergXJeff Feitelberg3rd Grade Teacher
Jeff Feitelberg is excited to be joining the HTeNC community where he can use his passion and practice in a creative and unique way. Native to the San Diego community, Jeff is an educator who learns from his students, parents, and his colleagues. He has been working with children for over ten years and believes in meaningful learning experiences, open and honest communication, and collaboration. After completing his B.A. in Politics at UC Santa Cruz Jeff worked for a year as a Teacher’s Associate at a school in Scripps Ranch. He then attended the University of the Pacific to complete a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction and a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential. If he is not in his classroom he is either playing the guitar or in the ocean.
- Meg HasseyXMeg Hassey3rd Grade Teacher
- Rhea ManguilXRhea Manguil2nd Grade Teacher
Rhea absolutely loves teaching at Explorer. She has been at Explorer since 2007 and continues to thoroughly enjoy growing and learning as a teacher, mother, and human being. She earned her teaching credential at San Diego State and recently earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at the HTH Graduate School of Education. Rhea has taught every grade in the K-5 setting, except for fourth grade.
Rhea and her husband, Brandon, met when they were ten years old. They have been married for nearly twenty years and have three children (all Explorer alum and current students at HTH schools). In her spare time, she likes to play the ukulele, woodwork, and enjoy beach days with Brandon and the kids.
- Anna TomXAnna Tom3rd Grade Teacher
Hello all. My name is Anna. I was born in San Francisco with my twin sister, but I spend my first five years in Guangzhou, China. At age 6, I moved back to California where we were raised in Los Angeles. I decided to move to San Diego to earn my B.A in Sociology at University of California, San Diego. After receiving my B.A I brought my passion for teaching to the rural parts of South Korea to serve English language learners from K-6th grade. When I finished teaching in South Korea, I decided to go back to UCSD to earn my Multiple Subjects Credential and Masters in Education Studies. During that time, I learned a great deal about bilingual education, so once I finished my Masters program I went abroad and taught 1st and 3rd grade in an International School in China. There I continued to work with English language learners and learn more about the Chinese language and culture. Although I love to travel, I am California girl at heart. After teaching in China, I moved to Berkeley, California, where I taught Kindergarten for the last two years.
In my spare time I like to spend time with my sisters and drink boba milk tea. I also likes outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and cycling. I identify herself as a lifelong learner and enjoys taking professional development and binge on TED Talk videos.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
- Kamilah Abdul-AlimXKamilah Abdul-Alim5th Grade Teacher
Kamilah Abdul-Alim is excited to begin a new chapter in her teaching career here at HTeX. She recently moved back to southern California from Seattle, Washington where she taught for thirteen years in grades: first, second and most recently, third. While in Seattle, she also received National Board Certification. At the beginning of her career, she taught first and second grade, for five years, in Rochester, NY.
She grew up three hours north of San Diego in Oxnard, California. Kamilah attended UC Santa Barbara and double majored in Political Science (emphasis Public Service) and African/African-American Studies. She has a Masters degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the University of Rochester.
She is an experienced mentor and teacher leader. Kamilah comes to HTeX with an extensive background in Readers, Writers and Math Workshop models as well as, social emotional learning. She believes that teaching students about the impact of their emotions and effective ways to address adversity is essential to their social-emotional well-being and academic success. She looks forward to incorporating all of the basic skills areas into a project-based learning framework.
In her time away from school, Kamilah enjoys reading, walking on the beach, watching movies, swimming (just learned!!) and spending time with the men in her life (husband, 3 sons) and their cat Princess.
- Kalin CameronXKalin Cameron5th Grade Teacher
- Lisa GoreXLisa Gore4th Grade Teacher
- Jessica LewisXJessica Lewis4th Grade teacher
Jessica moved to San Diego 6 years ago from Northern California to attend SDSU. She received a degree in Education. with an emphasis in Elementary Literacy and Performing Arts. During her time at SDSU, she had the opportunity to study abroad and realized her passion for traveling and global education. She received her teaching credential and Master's from the University of San Diego last year. During this time she student taught at High Tech Explorer and was ecstatic to stay on board for the 2017-2018 school year.
When Jessica isn't at school she loves cooking, traveling, reading, and yoga.
- Becky FrostXBecky Frost5th Grade Teacher
Becky Frost earned her B.A. in Diversified Liberal Arts at the University of San Diego. She has been at Explorer since 2004 and prior to that taught 5th grade in San Francisco for five years. During those years she led a Technology Leadership Academy and led teacher workshops in the use of technology to support classroom curriculum.
- Melina AguirreXMelina AguirreAcademic Coach
- Angela BeckwithXAngela BeckwithAcademic Coach
- Jeff BurnhamXJeff BurnhamAcademic Coach
- Ericah EdwardsXEricah EdwardsAcademic Coach
- Shira FeiferXShira FeiferAcademic Coach
- Carrie FlowersXCarrie FlowersAcademic Coach
Carrie came to Explorer as a parent long, long ago. While her three children are now in high school and college, she is happy to still be at Explorer as an academic coach.
Carrie's educational background includes a BA from UCLA and a multiple subjects credential from PLNU. She began her career as a curriculum designer for an educational software company, developing one of the first Internet-based curriculums way back in the 90's (long before Google).
Her personal passions include being an advocate for San Diego's foster youth, interior design (see me if you need a room redecorated!), reading, and managing a household of three fine young adults and one terrific husband.
- Mara GonzalesXMara GonzalesAcademic Support
- Elizabeth HarveyXElizabeth HarveyAcademic Support
- Oslin Licea ChavezXOslin Licea ChavezAcademic Coach
- Vanessa MurrietaXVanessa MurrietaAcademic Coach
- Megan SeymourXMegan SeymourAcademic Coach
- Jessica WuXJessica WuAcademic Coach
- Heather Love Inclusion SpecialistXHeather LoveInclusion Specialist
Heather Love is a native of San Diego and graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University, studied abroad on Semester at Sea visiting 11 countries while earning a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Studio Art. Heather's love for travel began at an early age. She experienced her first study abroad experience by living with a family in Japan for the summer after 6th grade.
In her free time, Heather enjoys reading, photography and going on adventures around San Diego with her children (both students at HTe).
An experienced educator, Heather was a founding faculty member at HTe and is thrilled to now be at HTeX for her second year.
- Amanda Miller Music TeacherXAmanda MillerMusic Teacher
- Karen Spadafora Inclusion SpecialistXKaren SpadaforaInclusion Specialist
- Bethany Tipton Inclusion SpecialistXBethany TiptonInclusion Specialist
Bethany is the HTeX team as the Education Specialist supporting the 4th and 5th grade teams in her 7th year of teaching. Bethany is excited to continue to develop the culture of inclusion by providing specific structure and supports for learners to thrive in her 4th year within the High Tech High community.
Bethany is one part, local San Diegan, and one part San Franciscan. Prior to joining the HTeX team, Bethany worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a special education teacher of the upper elementary grades. She received her Masters in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and her Bachelors of Science in International Studies from Point Loma Nazarene University. Through her formal education, Bethany has investigated the properties for a successful school and community garden in San Diego, and San Francisco. She developed the conviction that learning by doing (and sometimes rolling up our sleeves and getting dirty) acts as the best medium for cultivating genuine learning when she established a school garden at an elementary school. She is excited to support teachers with implementing designated accommodations and modifications for all students. She is relentless about developing best practices for her field. She is a major proponent for the Zones of Regulation and Social Thinking programs. Bethany knows that student self-advocacy translates into transformative educational experiences.
Outside of HTeX, Bethany is finding the perfect cup of coffee, watching the SF Giants win, teaching her cat Madeline new tricks, listening to podcasts, training to hike Half Dome, exploring the chaparral, and tending her garden.
- Julie Hutchins Science TeacherXJulie HutchinsScience Teacher
Julie Hutchins has taught science at Explorer since 2005. Prior to taking over the science lab, Julie taught in Kindergarten at Explorer. In addition to holding a Masters Degree in Education and a California Teaching Credential, Ms. Hutchins is a Certified Parent Educator and spent many years coordinating and teaching in the Parent Education Program at The Children's School in La Jolla.
- Tasia Paulson Art TeacherXTasia PaulsonArt Teacher
Tasia received her B.A. in Visual Arts from UCSD. She loves teaching children art as a process in creating memorable experiences. Before coming to Explorer, Tasia developed an Elementary art program for a K-12 school that focused on group projects and exhibitions. Her projects have been exhibited in various galleries. Tasia enjoys spending time with her family, making and building things out of objects found around their neighborhood.
- Shayna Cribbs Active Education TeacherXShayna CribbsActive Education Teacher
Shayna Cribbs is proud to be one of Explorer's founding teachers. Shayna received her credential in elementary education at UCSD, where she also completed her undergraduate degree. She has special interests in math and writing and has attended summer institutes in both. Shayna is part of a dance performance group. She loves yoga and reading and finds joy in discovering the humor and creativity that abound in daily life. Her greatest thrill, however, is being a part of the yearly transformation of her class as they grow socially and academically, their ideas expand, and their thinking becomes deeper and more profound.
- Taryn Serna Inclusion SpecialistXTaryn SernaInclusion Specialist
Taryn has spent the last five years working as a Resource Specialist, most recently at High Tech Middle North County. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and an Education Specialist Credential and M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of San Diego. Aside from teaching, Taryn enjoys gardening, hiking, and taking road trips with her husband. She is thrilled to be joining the staff of Explorer Elementary!
- Megan Murfey Libarary ManagerXMegan MurfeyLibarary Manager
Megan is a parent of two Explorer children and has volunteered in the library since its inception. She loves books and has also chaired Explorer’s Book Fair and tutored children in the Everyone a Reader program. She holds a B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia. When she’s not in the library, Megan enjoys kayaking, gardening, camping or brewing root beer.
School Wide Support
- Briony Chown DirectorXBriony ChownDirector
Briony comes to Explorer from London where she has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades. In her London school, Briony supported other teachers in integrating art and technology into their classroom curriculum. She holds a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from Goldsmith's College, University of London and a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Sheffield. As well as teaching, Briony loves exploring new places, cooking, reading, hiking and learning new skills.
- Jean Kluver Dean Of StudentsXJean KluverDean Of Students
Jean Kluver has 25 years of experience working in schools, foundations, and community organizations. She has worked as an administrator at Explorer since 2002 and served as Explorer's interim director in 2011-12 and 2017. She is the parent of an Explorer graduate, and is thrilled to be back supporting the students, parents, and faculty at Explorer.
- Maggie Fragoso Site ManagerXMaggie FragosoSite Manager
- Brad Bookser IT DirectorXBrad BookserIT Director
- Luar Cervantes School Wide SupportXLuar CervantesSchool Wide Support
- Christine Kuhl Improvement CoachXChristine KuhlImprovement Coach
- Tony Thomas IT Systems ManagerXTony ThomasIT Systems Manager
Hailed from the Keystone State, Pennsylvania, where I grew until my early twenties. Then started my journey west to start college, at the University of Montana, in Missoula. Earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, from Montana State University, in Bozeman. Along the way I studied ceramics in Missoula as well. That is where I realized my interest in the arts. Over the years since I have occasionally joined a studio to throw pots. More recently I have been in a Ceramics Career Tech Education class at Coronado Adult Education. Joined HTH from Mater Dei Catholic High School. Where I worked as a IT Systems Administrator for 8 years. I love being a part of the education system. When away from school I enjoy anything outdoors and active. I love the mountains and the ocean.
Before and After School Care
- Tatiana StewardXTatiana StewardAftercare Director
- Jordan AlexanderXJordan AlexanderAfterschool Staff
- Elizabeth Grande DominguezXElizabeth Grande DominguezAfter Care Assistance
- Taylor SmithXTaylor SmithAfter School Program Assistant