Staff Directory


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Kindergarten and First Grade
  • Heather Love
    
    Heather Love


    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).

    Heather is thrilled to be back teaching at HTe for her second year!
  • Vanessa Moreno
    
    Vanessa Moreno


  • Maria Muñoz
    
    Maria Muñoz


  • Stacey Stevenson
    
    Stacey Stevenson


    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 Lancaster
    
    Amy Lancaster


    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 Lim
    
    Patricia Lim


    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.
  • Jen Schultz
    
    Jen Schultz


    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 Salamanca
    
    Linda Salamanca


    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 Adams
    
    Marissa Adams


    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 Feitelberg
    
    Jeff Feitelberg


    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.
  • Carrie Flowers
    
    Carrie Flowers


    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.
  • Lisa Gore
    
    Lisa Gore


  • Meg Hassey
    
    Meg Hassey


  • Rhea Manguil
    
    Rhea Manguil


    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 Tom
    
    Anna Tom


Fourth and Fifth Grade
  • Kamilah Abdul-Alim
    
    Kamilah Abdul-Alim


    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 Cameron
    
    Kalin Cameron


  • Jessica Lewis
    
    Jessica Lewis


    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 Frost
    
    Becky Frost


    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.
Academic Support
  • Melina Aguirre
    
    Melina Aguirre
    Academic Coach


  • Luar Cervantes
    
    Luar Cervantes


  • Katelyn Evenson
    
    Katelyn Evenson


  • Shelene Lopez
    
    Shelene Lopez
    Academic Coach


  • Karen Spadafora
    
    Karen Spadafora


  • Taryn Serna
    
    Taryn Serna
    Inclusion 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!
Specialty Faculty
  • Amanda Miller Music
    
    Amanda Miller
    Music


  • Bethany Tipton Inclusion Specialist
    
    Bethany Tipton
    Inclusion Specialist


    Bethany joyfully joins the HTeX team as the Inclusion Specialist supporting the 2nd and 5th grade teams in her 6th 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 3rd 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
    
    Julie Hutchins
    Science


    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
    
    Tasia Paulson
    Art


    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
    
    Shayna Cribbs
    Active Education


    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.
  • Megan Murfey Library Coordinator
    
    Megan Murfey
    Library Coordinator


    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 Director
    
    Briony Chown
    Director


    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
    
    Jean Kluver
    Dean


    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.
  • Siena Beacham
    
    Siena Beacham


  • Mara Gonzales Student Teacher
    
    Mara Gonzales
    Student Teacher


  • Angela Goodwin Student Teacher
    
    Angela Goodwin
    Student Teacher


  • Elizabeth Harvey Student Teacher
    
    Elizabeth Harvey
    Student Teacher


  • Sara Holbert Student Teacher
    
    Sara Holbert
    Student Teacher


  • Erica Phillips Student Teacher
    
    Erica Phillips
    Student Teacher


  • Lauren Thomas Student Teacher
    
    Lauren Thomas
    Student Teacher


  • Paula Camarda Site Manager
    
    Paula Camarda
    Site Manager


    Paula Camarda handles everything the front office can throw at her with grace and calm. Prior to coming to Explorer, Paula worked as classroom aide at Foothill Christian School. She is the mother of two teenagers. Paula loves working at Explorer and enjoys knowing all of the wonderful families and children.
Before and After School Care
  • Jordan Alexander
    
    Jordan Alexander
    Afterschool


  • Maggie Fragoso
    
    Maggie Fragoso
    Before/After School Director


  • Norine Margaryan
    
    Norine Margaryan
    Aftercare


  • Faviola Martinez
    
    Faviola Martinez
    Aftercare


  • Liza Nonato
    
    Liza Nonato
    Afterschool


  • Tatiana Steward
    
    Tatiana Steward
    After School Program Associate Director