Tara Samuels

Tara grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area before pursuing a degree in Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Here her love of the outdoors grew exponentially. When she wasn’t in a lecture hall, bio lab, or out on the trails, you could find her perched under a tree watching […]

Taya Chase

Hi! My name is Taya, but my students call me “Ms. Chase”. I grew up among the redwood trees in Humboldt County, northern California. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Art from San Diego State University in 2011. After working in the San Diego Superior Courts for several […]

Sarah Strong

Sarah Strong loves middle schoolers! She taught 6th grade math/science for six years, grades 9-12 math for eight more years at the High School and just recently returned to be the interim director at HTM. She also works for the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, teaching Math Methods and Advanced Math Pedagogy courses […]

Nicholle Wyatt

Hi everyone!! My name is Nicholle Wyatt. I grew up on an 80-acre farm located outside Portland, Oregon. A first generation college student, I attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where I was a nationally ranked handball player (it’s like racquetball, but you use your hands) and graduated with a Mass Communications degree. After […]

Pat Holder

Pat Holder is originally from Los Angeles, CA and has resided in San Diego since 2005. When he is not teaching Humanities at HTH he is likely spending time with his family, camping in baja or working on his house.

Michael Chin

Michael Chin graduated from UCSD with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Secondary Science Education. He was introduced to High Tec through student teaching 10th grade Chemistry at High Tech High International and North County. He worked as a 12th grade Academic Coach before pursuing his Masters of Education High Tech High’s Graduate […]

Marcus Bell

Marcus has over 20 years of experience working with urban youth at the Middle school and High school levels. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, (his hometown) he worked as a Counselor, where he helped supervise and develop activities for teens and pre-teens at risk. Soon after he went on to become a Youth Counselor Coordinator and then […]

Margaret Egler

I grew up in Long Beach and on my parents’ avocado farm outside of Fallbrook, where my family spent weekends building a home without electricity or running water. I spent four freezing years in Connecticut studying American studies (an interdisciplinary major focusing on American history, political science, and literature) at Yale. Inspired by my college […]

Lisa Griffin

Lisa Griffin jumped at the opportunity to teach at High Tech High in 2015, after 20 years of teaching and leading in Oakland and San Francisco in arts education, outdoor education, classroom teaching, and teacher education. She has traveled through New England facilitating the creative collaboration of teen theater artists, led backpacking trips on and […]

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