Paul Van Straatum

In elementary school I was in resource classes (special education) because I struggled with Dyslexia and Auditory-Processing Disorder. For the students that struggle with math, reading, writing, or ESL, I can not only relate to their frustration, but I can use my story to inspire students to succeed as I have. I love sharing my […]

Wendy Maples

Originally from New York, Miss Wendy holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Education from Arizona State University and a M.A. in Theatre from San Diego State University. Throughout her studies, she had the opportunity to direct a variety of student work, one-act and full-length plays. In 2005 she was nominated for a BRICK Award, honoring pioneers […]

Vincent Phathanak

When Vince started his tech journey, his dad would bring home computer towers for them both to build. That was about all it took for him to explore the realms of tech from computers to video games to even robotics and photography. When the time came for Vince to choose a high school it was […]

Rod Buenviaje

Rod is a proud member of the High Tech High learning community and is currently the director of High Tech Middle Chula Vista. He is one of the founding staff of the original High Tech High in Pt. Loma, where he taught mathematics for 7 years. In 2007, he was thrilled to help start High […]

Peter Pelham

Peter joined the HTMCV family two years ago and has enjoyed working with students in the 7th and 8th grades. This year, he looks forward to being part of the energy and excitement that 6th graders bring to their classroom. Originally from the east coast, Peter grew up in a family of educators. He earned […]