My parents are both from Guadalajara. My two siblings and I grew up speaking Spanish and embracing our culture by connecting with family and keeping our traditions alive.
This will be my 4th year at HTeX and my 2nd year teaching kindergarten. I’m a BIG family person so in my spare time I love spending time at home with my husband and our 1 year old son Jorge-Carlos. Pre-quarantine, we enjoy getting together with my parents and my in-laws (who only live minutes away from us) for weekly family dinners. I also enjoy getting outside and being active. My husband and I host Softball Sundays with our friends and family every month. When the winter season comes, we make our annual trip to Big Bear and spend our day snowboarding. Lastly, I am a huge Disney fan! It’s a love that my husband and son quickly (and involuntarily) grew to love as well :)
This is my fourth year working in the classroom, and my second year teaching kindergarten. Last year, I earned my Masters of Education in Teaching & Learning through High Tech High's Graduate School of Education. For more information about me and my beliefs about teaching children, please check out my digital portfolio.
When I am not at school, I enjoy all things involving the great outdoors! I am a gardener, hiker, swimmer, and avid frolicker. Being in nature makes me feel energized and happy. I also love weightlifting, laughing, solving tricky math problems, and snuggling with my dog (Murphey).
Hello! My name is Ms. Dana, and I’m excited for another fun year of teaching and learning together. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin Stout. From there, I gradually made my way west, teaching and learning in large urban school districts in both Minnesota and Colorado.
I began my career in education as a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher under The New Teacher Project, and then worked on a team of instructional superintendents as a School Improvement Partner for several years in Denver Public Schools. While doing this work, I also attended graduate school for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, focused on turnaround schools, at the University of Denver.
During that time, I came to visit the HTH system with my leadership cohort, and was immediately drawn to the joy, engagement, and rigor of Project-Based-Learning. After graduating, I moved to San Diego to work as a 3rd and 4th grade mentor teacher. It was there that I developed a love of engineering, and creating interdisciplinary projects for my students.
I currently live on a micro farm in Escondido, where we grow food for San Diego Co-Harvest, an organization that supports people who struggle with food insecurity. When I’m not working in the garden or taking care of our chickens, I love to design, create, and cook! I also enjoy snowboarding, traveling, and spending time at the beach.
When not at school, you can find Meg doing something active outside (hiking, biking, running, playing soccer, or swimming at the beach), reading, traveling, or spending time with her family and friends.
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.
When Jessica isn't at school she loves cooking, traveling, reading, and yoga.
In her free time, Carrie loves to hike, garden, and craft with her husband and two kids (both at HTEx).
In her free time, Heather enjoys reading, travel, photography, Disneyland, and going on adventures around San Diego with her sons (One a 5th grade student at HTe and the other a 7th grader at HTMMA). She was a founding faculty member at HTe Point Loma in 2015 and has now been a part of the fantastic HTeX community since 2017.
Rebecca moved to San Diego with her partner Chris five years ago. She taught at a preschool in Poway before discovering High Tech High and connecting with the philosophy. Rebecca was able to learn deeply about PBL and inclusion as an academic coach, substitute and student teacher at High Tech Elementary.
Rebecca earned her M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning from the HTH Graduate School of Education. She holds a B.A. in English from The City College of the City University of New York and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
Outside of school, Rebecca enjoys crafting, tinkering, playing board games, reading, exploring San Diego, and spending time with family and friends.
After beginning her teaching career in her native London, England, Briony sought out High Tech High after researching schools around the world where students were engaged, empowered and able to create work that mattered to them and their communities. In her work in High Tech Elementary Explorer, Briony has seen the transformative potential of project-based learning and social and emotional practices. As a teacher Briony specialized in projects that empowered students as artists and writers, taking her class camping and partnering with local bookstores and organizations which support military families. She has worked with teachers across the United States and in Hong Kong on developing projects that engage students and empower teachers.
Outside of school, Briony enjoys hiking, camping, reading, theater and traveling with her husband and twin three year olds.
Kamilah grew up three hours north of San Diego in Oxnard, California. She 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 as well as a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from High Tech High's Graduate School of Education.
As Dean, Kamilah uses her knowledge and experiences to create positive learning opportunities for all students and educators. When away from school, Kamilah enjoys walking on the beach, reading, watching movies, traveling, swimming, skating and spending time with the men in her life (husband & three sons).