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9th Grade
Jose Aguirre
Jose Aguirre
9th/12th Grade Math
Hello everyone! I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I attended San Diego State University where I earned both my bachelor's degree and teaching credential. I became interested in teaching after graduating college, and after giving it a try, I realized how important it is and how much I really enjoy it! I now enter my first year of teaching very motivated and excited to help my students grow here at High Tech High!

During my free time, I really enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, exercising, eating (which is why I exercise), and watching sports.
Marcus Artates
Marcus ArtatesDP
9th Grade Physics
When I was a child all I wanted to do was build things with Legos and get lost in the imaginary worlds I experienced in tv, movies and video games.  I have always had an interest in airplanes, spaceships and rockets and at one point dreamed of being an astronaut. I took those passions and decided to study Aerospace Engineering at UCSD.  After college I chased my dream job and moved to Texas only to steer myself into a boring desk job. I had an opportunity to share my job to a class of students and realized a change in scenery was in order.  I recently moved back to San Diego and earned a Teaching Credential at SDSU. This is my second year as  a part of the HTHCV crew and I'm thrilled to be back!  

When I’m not in the classroom or listening to podcasts on my commute I can be found at my local game shop playing all sorts of board and card games or at the movie theater absorbing the latest blockbuster.  I also enjoy playing video games with my children and occasionally building new lego worlds with my nephews.
Ted Cuevas
Ted CuevasDP
9th Grade Physics
If you are reading this, I hope that I get the chance to meet you. I never know what to put in a bio of a couple of paragraphs, I would much rather have tea/coffee and swap stories!
I have been with HTH Chula Vista since the beginning and love working in the community of Chula Vista. As a previous mechanical engineer, I enjoy infusing design and engineering processes and concepts into the projects and 9th grade year.
I have particular interest teaching in the themes of sustainability and peace. I hope to bring these themes into the Physics course and explore ways to envision and make a new world.
Personally, I just want to be the best human being I can be. I aspire to do so and hopefully instill this desire within our "Co-Op",which is the students and staff in the courses of Physics, Humanities (with instructor Sara Islas), and Art. Live long and prosper! (I am a Trekkie too.)
Alexia Enriquez
Alexia EnriquezDP
9th Grade Humanities
Alexia was born and raised in Chula Vista, and is very excited to be back for year two of serving the community with the HTHCV team! She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and worked full time on-campus for a couple of years within the housing department focused on supporting first year college students. Alexia completed the Master's Credential Cohort Program at the University of San Diego, with teaching placements in US History classrooms of San Diego Unified School District. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, attending musicals, playing volleyball, painting, traveling, and spending quality time with her partner, friends, and family. Alexia cannot wait to get started on her HTHCV journey with the students! 
William Ferrel
William Ferrel
9th Grade Humanities
Gavin Ishihara-Wing
Gavin Ishihara-WingDP
9th/12th Grade Math
Gavin is excited to begin another year at HTHCV teaching math to his 9th and 11th graders. He was born and raised in San Francisco and moved down to San Diego to attend the University of California San Diego for his bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Education. After graduating in 2009, he worked for two years at the Charter School of San Diego and at The Family and Learning Center in La Jolla. In 2012, while teaching at Kearny DMD, Gavin received his credential and master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of San Diego.

In addition to doing math problems before going to bed, Gavin loves the outdoors and playing just about any sport. He enjoys playing basketball, football, dragonboat and outrigger. He is a huge San Francisco 49ers fan and is hoping for a Super Bowl year from them!
Kara Quinlan
Kara QuinlanDP
9th Grade Physics
Teaching at HTHCV my is a dream of merging Physics, real world applications and the ingenuity of the mind. My classroom is about curiosity, craftsmanship based on the cores of Physics and engineering. The world of Physics is vast and energizing. I cannot wait for the opportunity to show you what you can accomplish through the lens of Physics!

I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University. There I studied mechanical engineering for 3 years and worked as an undergraduate energy engineer for the Department of Energy. Towards the end of my junior year at CSU I realized I would rather teach and work with youth than be an engineer. Senior year I changed majors to Natural Science and Physics in order to become a teacher in Colorado. I graduated in 2006 from CSU with a bachelors of science and teaching licensure ready to head out in the world. I have been teaching since 2006 in the following areas: Physics and AP Physics, Physical Science, Robotics, Earth System Science and as an adjunct professor with University of Colorado Denver for Physics. Also, I was very privileged to be a research physics teacher on a STEM grant through the Oakridge National Laboratories working on bio sensor microprocessors for brain cancer detection. I moved to San Diego 2012 and joined the wonderful HTHCV team.
Alberto Rojas-Duran
Alberto Rojas-Duran
9th Grade Academic Coach
Britt Shirk
Britt ShirkDP
9th Grade Humanities
Ms. Shirk is extremely excited and honored to be one of the fabulous 9th Grade Humanities teachers at HTHCV! She is originally from Charleston, South Carolina and attended the College of Charleston her first two years of her undergraduate work. She transferred to San Diego State University for her final years of undergraduate and obtained her degree in English and Comparative Literature. Ms. Shirk loves SDSU so much that she continued her graduate and credential work there to help move her closer to her dream of becoming a high school English teacher.

The Sweetwater District has always been very near and dear to Ms. Shirk. She did her student teaching at Mar Vista Middle School and Hilltop High School. During the middle of her credentialing year, she was hired as a full time English teacher for Hilltop and made many wonderful student and colleague connections. The defining moment in her career, thus far, has been her acceptance into the High Tech High family. She is very passionate about her students and course content. When she is not teaching the youth of America she likes to spend time with family and friends, go to the gym, be by the water, read and watch junky reality television.
Joanna Sutton
Joanna SuttonDP
9th Grade Math
Hi all! I am a California transplant born and raised in New Jersey, but most recently living in Dallas, Texas for the last two years. After graduating from Oklahoma Christian University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and graphic design and advertising, I felt the calling to work with Teach for America (2014) where I was placed in Elizabeth/Newark, NJ and recieved my Masters. Once completing my TFA commitment, I realized how important and meaningful teaching is and continued to teach - moving myself to Dallas to work at a KIPP charter school as a 6th and 7th grade math teacher. It was there that I was able to truly see the growth my students experienced through the dramatic increase in met and exceeded standardized test scores. I continued teaching for another year in Arlington at a high school, where I experienced similar success and growth with my students. Needing a change of pace, I moved to San Diego and was amazed by the work being done at our school. I am so excited to teach math through a project based community.

When I'm not teaching I like to spend time with my dogs, soak up the sun in Ocean Beach, take hikes, get on planes, travel to all of the places, and do lots of art. I enjoy woodworking and drawing pictures. I also enjoy trying to convince myself I am good at surfing.
10th Grade
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Bianca Alvarado
10th Grade Spanish
Christopher Burger
Christopher BurgerDP
10th/12th Grade Math
Mr. Burger is excited to be returning to High Tech High Chula Vista for his second year, and this is his 23rd year of teaching. He was born and raised in Baltimore,  but ventured to Hartsville, SC to go to Coker College where he got his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics with minors in art and theatre.  He also received his Master of Arts in Teaching from USC in 2013, specializing in curriculum and instruction. He has always been active in pursuing art (mostly painting and drawing) and theatre, including professionally here in San Diego.
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Alec Contreras
10th/12th Grade Math
Kelsie Dobler
Kelsie DoblerDP
10th Grade Chemistry
I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in 7th grade. I love teaching and getting to know each and every one of my students.

I grew up in San Diego and went to UC San Diego where I received a bachelors in chemistry, masters in chemistry, masters in education, and my teaching credential. I have been teaching chemistry since 2012 and am always looking for ways to grow as an educator.

I am married and have a 2 year old son and love any type of physical activity from backpacking to sports.
Andrea Hernandez
Andrea Hernandez
10th Grade Academic Coach & CrASH Staff
Iridian Larrinaga
Iridian LarrinagaDP
10th Grade Spanish
Iridian Larrinaga was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She moved to San Diego to attend University of California, San Diego where she received her Bachelor's in Spanish Literature in 2018. She finished her Master's in Education and teaching credential at UCSD in 2019.

On her free time she enjoys dancing, writing, going to concerts and music festivals. Her favorite writer is Juan Rulfo and she has great admiration for Frida Kahlo.

 
Mary Lou Paredes
Mary Lou Paredes
10th Grade Inclusion Specialist
Celina Rodriguez
Celina RodriguezDP
10th Grade Humanities
      Celina Rodriguez was raised in San Diego, California. She attended UC Davis where she earned her Bachelor’s in Chicana/o Studies & International Relations and her Masters in Education. Her thesis work focused on the transformative power of a Chicana/o Art curriculum to engage and empower students and community through silk-screen printing and murals. Her academic passions include Chicana/o Studies, African-American Studies, and history. 

       In her free time Celina enjoys spending time in nature, hanging with her family, photography, and traveling off the beaten path. Ever the curious seeker, Celina has visited 37 countries and counting.
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Adam Shmidt
10th Grade Humanities
David Truskowski
David TruskowskiDP
10th Grade Chemistry
I am incredibly excited to be teaching chemistry at HTHCV. In my classroom, you would normally see students working in groups, engaging in academic discussion, creating and presenting original work, and most of all learning how to be scientists. I believe in using inquiry and a natural tendency for socializing as tools for learning. I want students to come away with reading, writing, and speaking skills that will translate to any profession, science or other.

In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, fishing, and surfing.
11th Grade
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Zakary Beltz
11th Grade Biology
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Elise Bostic
11th Grade Biology
Sara Clark
Sara ClarkDP
11th/12th Grade Math
I am so excited this year to be joining the 11th grade team teaching Math 3. I am also excited to teach Calculus, the class that made me truly fall in love with mathematics.

I was born and raised in a small town in northern California. In 2014, I graduated from UC Davis where I majored in Mathematics and minored in Linguistics. After graduating, I worked for 2 years as a business analyst in Kansas City, Missouri. But after two Midwest winters, sunny San Diego called and I returned to California to get my teaching credential from SDSU.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing volleyball, traveling, trivia, arts and crafts, and baking!
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Macrae Diamond
11th Grade Academic Coach
Jasmine Diaz
Jasmine DiazDP
11th/12th Grade Math

Hi! My name is Jaz (short for Jasmine), and I hail from Chula Vista (I went to high school down the road at Eastlake High!) While working in the surf/skate industry, I earned a bachelor's degree from SDSU in Mathematics for Single Subject teaching. After college, I taught in a differentiated learning environment for three years before joining the HTHCV family.

In my spare time, I paint commissioned pet portraits and spend time with my French Bulldog puppy Flaco. Some fun facts about me: I run a fantasy league for The Bachelor and love to play Dungeons & Dragons.

Laszlo Folks
Laszlo Folks
11th Grade Inclusion Specialist
Christina Payne
Christina PayneDP
11th Grade Biology
Hello! I am a traveler, Stranger Things fan, and sticker collector, and much more. My name is Christina Payne and I am really looking forward to this upcoming school year as an 11th Grade Biology teacher at HTHCV. Now that I look back on my high school years, I remember all the opportunities I had to travel for tennis tournaments, photography, and music festivals. I grew up traveling as a kid and I still have the traveling bug. I hope to provide my students with amazing experiences along with the skills they need once they graduate High Tech High CV.

After high school, I attended San Diego State University where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Biology & minor in Chemistry; then, finished my teaching credential while working in a cardiovascular research lab and had the opportunity to work on a cancer research grant.

I am excited to see projects come to life and to blend my passions related to science and art.
Andres Perez
Andres PerezDP
11th Grade Humanities
Hi, I'm Andres Perez and this is my fifth year in teaching and ninth year in education. I grew up in Chula Vista and El Cajon before going to Sacramento State and Columbia University. I love spending time with family, news, and reading.
Colleen Stevenson
Colleen StevensonDP
11th Grade Humanities
I’m a San Diego native who graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Creative Writing (cluster in Communication and Leadership). After completing my undergrad education I worked in politics across San Diego, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. doing political communication and campaign finance investigation. In 2016, I graduated from the University of San Diego with a Masters in Education. Before starting graduate school I also worked at a radio station in Laguna Beach hosting and producing morning and nighttime programs. I continue to produce podcasts and enjoy recording interviews with friends and family about their stories and life experiences.
Micah Wullschleger
Micah WullschlegerDP
11th Grade Humanities
I have been a lover of learning my entire life, and I am lucky to have had the time and space to pursue my interests and learn more about the world around me. The most important thing I have ever learned about are the injustices that much of our world is built and my position of privilege within that. I only came to this understanding because of the loving people around me who guided me to learn more, and then also how to take action and join in with others to help right these wrongs. This is how I see my role as a teacher of the humanities; it is my responsibility to lovingly give my students the time and the space to pursue their own interests and learn more about the world around them, and then to guide them in the creation of work that will have a direct and positive impact on their community.
12th Grade
Jose Aguirre
Jose Aguirre
9th/12th Grade Math
Hello everyone! I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I attended San Diego State University where I earned both my bachelor's degree and teaching credential. I became interested in teaching after graduating college, and after giving it a try, I realized how important it is and how much I really enjoy it! I now enter my first year of teaching very motivated and excited to help my students grow here at High Tech High!

During my free time, I really enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, exercising, eating (which is why I exercise), and watching sports.
Christopher Burger
Christopher BurgerDP
10th/12th Grade Math
Mr. Burger is excited to be returning to High Tech High Chula Vista for his second year, and this is his 23rd year of teaching. He was born and raised in Baltimore,  but ventured to Hartsville, SC to go to Coker College where he got his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics with minors in art and theatre.  He also received his Master of Arts in Teaching from USC in 2013, specializing in curriculum and instruction. He has always been active in pursuing art (mostly painting and drawing) and theatre, including professionally here in San Diego.
Maria Teresa Cesena
Maria Teresa CesenaDP
12th Grade Humanities

MariaTeresa Ceseña (a.k.a. Dr. C) was born and raised in Riverside, CA. After graduating from high school she attended UC Irvine to study archaeology; she dreamed of becoming the next Indiana Jones. She eventually transferred to UC Riverside where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies. Her next move brought her to San Diego to complete a Ph.D. program in Ethnic Studies at UCSD. From 2008 to 2013 Dr. C taught courses in writing and Ethnic Studies at UCSD and the University of San Diego.

Dr. C joined the HTHCV family in the Fall of 2013. Having taught at the university level for several years, she has a good sense of what college professors are expecting from their students and is committed to helping all students prepare for the transition from high school to college or wherever their journeys may lead.
Sara Clark
Sara ClarkDP
11th/12th Grade Math
I am so excited this year to be joining the 11th grade team teaching Math 3. I am also excited to teach Calculus, the class that made me truly fall in love with mathematics.

I was born and raised in a small town in northern California. In 2014, I graduated from UC Davis where I majored in Mathematics and minored in Linguistics. After graduating, I worked for 2 years as a business analyst in Kansas City, Missouri. But after two Midwest winters, sunny San Diego called and I returned to California to get my teaching credential from SDSU.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing volleyball, traveling, trivia, arts and crafts, and baking!
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Alec Contreras
10th/12th Grade Math
Jasmine Diaz
Jasmine DiazDP
11th/12th Grade Math

Hi! My name is Jaz (short for Jasmine), and I hail from Chula Vista (I went to high school down the road at Eastlake High!) While working in the surf/skate industry, I earned a bachelor's degree from SDSU in Mathematics for Single Subject teaching. After college, I taught in a differentiated learning environment for three years before joining the HTHCV family.

In my spare time, I paint commissioned pet portraits and spend time with my French Bulldog puppy Flaco. Some fun facts about me: I run a fantasy league for The Bachelor and love to play Dungeons & Dragons.

Gavin Ishihara-Wing
Gavin Ishihara-WingDP
9th/12th Grade Math
Gavin is excited to begin another year at HTHCV teaching math to his 9th and 11th graders. He was born and raised in San Francisco and moved down to San Diego to attend the University of California San Diego for his bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Education. After graduating in 2009, he worked for two years at the Charter School of San Diego and at The Family and Learning Center in La Jolla. In 2012, while teaching at Kearny DMD, Gavin received his credential and master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of San Diego.

In addition to doing math problems before going to bed, Gavin loves the outdoors and playing just about any sport. He enjoys playing basketball, football, dragonboat and outrigger. He is a huge San Francisco 49ers fan and is hoping for a Super Bowl year from them!
Mackenzie King
Mackenzie King
12th Grade Humanities
My name is Mackenzie (Mack) King, and I am privileged to call myself a High Tech High Chula Vista (HTHCV) teacher! I joined the High Tech High community in 2011 and have since taught at two HTH schools. I am thrilled that this coming academic year I have the opportunity to teach humanities with an awesome team of seniors!

Before becoming a teacher, I worked at a District Attorney's office, studied bonobos at the San Diego Zoo, and worked for a 911 ambulance system as an EMT. I'm the type of person who has more interests than I can count which is why teaching at HTHCV is a perfect fit. Working at a project-based learning school allows me to pursue and explore all of my interests each year through different projects with a collaborative team of students to accompany me on that journey.

Outside of teaching, I love reading, writing, cooking, watching movies, playing volleyball, Olympic weightlifting, drinking espresso, and eating lots of yummy food covered in hot sauce.
Leizl Manalo
Leizl Manalo
12th Grade Inclusion Specialist
Ms. Leizl is very excited to be back at HTHCV! Born and raised in Chula Vista, Ms. Leizl was part of HTHCV's founding class. Ms. Leizl received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a literacy focus at San Diego State University. After working as a Behavioral Interventionist to children with Autism and their families, she soon earned her Education Specialist Instruction Credential and Master's of Education at University of San Diego. During her credential and master's program, Ms. Leizl completed her practicum hours at Valencia Park Elementary and student teaching at HTHCV. Her first teaching assignment was at Taft Middle School in the San Diego Unified School District. At Taft, Ms. Leizl was fortunate to work with 6th and 7th grade students as the mild/moderate education specialist.

When life has rewarded her with some free time, Ms. Leizl loves to eat, take a stroll around Target, spend quality time with her German Shepherd-Labrador Retriever puppy Bear, and working out. Ms. Leizl is always looking for new goals to take on and ways to challenge herself in order to grow as an individual, so please feel free to share any suggestions!
Mark Poole
Mark PooleDP
12th Grade Engineering
I am in my 10th year here at HTH Chula Vista and I am excited to continue my work as a 12th grade engineering & design teacher. In my class I value student agency and developing the skills students need to drive their own learning and to discover what they value. Before teaching at HTH I worked as a design engineer for a bearing manufacturer. My time there showed me what is needed to be successful in the world beyond school and it has shaped what I teach in my classroom. I believe that what we do in my class is applicable to all students, whether they are pursuing engineering or some other field. Outside of school I am an avid music lover. I enjoy listening to live music and I am often moved by the level of positivity that comes from a group of people dancing and having a good time together. I dabble in creating music as well. I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and consider myself a synth head. I enjoy sharing my love of music with the students and try to often design projects around music.
Chelsea Smith
Chelsea SmithDP
12th Grade Art Teacher
Teaching art at HTHCV is my dream of merging my love for creating art and working with youth. I originally moved to San Diego from The Bay Area to pursue a degree in Social Work and Art. It was then that I discovered my love for working with youth and how I can bring my art into that practice. I have worked in art education through The New Children's Museum and a non profit called ArtReach where I taught art in schools throughout San Diego. I started as an Academic Coach at HTHCV and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to pursue my dream job of teaching art with these amazing students.
Megan Willis
Megan WillisDP
12th Grade Engineering
Megan has been at High Tech High since 2012 teaching 12th grade Engineering and Art. Megan is originally from Cleveland Ohio, one of the greatest cities in the mid-west with its erratic weather patterns, empty steel manufacturing plants, tasty polish pierogies and of course the Cleveland Browns!

Megan attended the Ohio State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. After a few years of working in the architectural profession, she decided it was time to go back to school for her Master’s degree. That is what brought her to San Diego. In 2007 Megan received her Master’s degree in Architecture from the New School of Architecture and Design. Shortly after graduation Megan began working with Estudio Teddy Cruz, an architectural practice engaged in social issues. She collaborated with ETC for four years. It was while working at Estudio Teddy Cruz that Megan began teaching as an adjunct instructor at the New School of Architecture and Design and loved it from the very start. Having the opportunity to both teach and practice her passion is to have the best of both worlds. It is this real world work experience and teaching experience that Megan is so excited to bring to the High Tech High classroom.

When Megan is not teaching she enjoys exploring the city and its neighborhoods by bike or foot. She also loves traveling, visiting home (Cleveland) and spending time with her family and friends.
All School
Edrick Macalaguim
Edrick Macalaguim
Director
Edrick has spent the last 18 years as an educator for the Chula Vista community, 11 years at Finney Elementary School for CVESD, and the last 7 years teaching at HTMCV.  He is looking forward to continuing his service for the HTH community as HTMCV's new Dean of Student Affairs.

Growing up, Edrick attended Bonita Middle and Eastlake High School, so he feels honored and blessed to be able to give back to the Chula Vista community. After high school, Edrick attended SDSU where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and his Multiple Subject CLAD Credential. In 2008, he entered the HTH Graduate School of Education, and completed his course of study with a Master of Education degree in Teacher Leadership in 2010.

When Edrick is not in the classroom, he used to train for endurance runs, roam the local trails on his mountain bike, an on occasion would play a little golf.  But now, Edrick and his beautiful wife are busy with life taking care of their 6 month old daughter.  So now you can find Edrick changing diapers, singing silly songs, reading tons of books like, Quantum Physics for Babies, and sharing the beauty of the world with his little girl.
Michael Carter
Michael Carter
Dean of Students
Sylvia Price
Sylvia Price
Site Manager
Sylvia was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in San Diego with her loving parents and 3 siblings.  Sylvia attended Sweetwater High School in National City, Ca.

Sylvia's most memorable moments growing up were the twice yearly trips her family would take to Chihuahua, Mexico where her maternal grandparents and extended family are from as well as monthly visits to her father's extended family in Los Angeles. Having come from a bi-racial, bi-cultural family background, Sylvia believes she's been blessed with "the best of both worlds."

In her spare time, Sylvia enjoys traveling, reading, & spending precious time with her four children, extended family & friends!

Favorites Questionnaire (by request)
My Birthday: August 16
Favorite Candy: Dark Chocolate w/Almonds
Favorite Flower: Gerber daisy
Favorite Drink: Peppermint & Chamomile teas (decaf)
Michelle Alderete
Michelle Alderete
Associate Director of College Advising / Title IX Coordinator
Michelle was born in Minnesota, and as a navy "brat," moved a lot, attending 10 elementary schools before landing in San Diego. She married her high school sweetheart, and they have three kids: Haley, Hannah & Hayden (HTHCV c/o 2012, '16 & '29 respectively). She earned her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University, M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of San Diego, and Certificate in College Counseling through UCLA Extension.  She is a founding staff member of HTHCV, and has also worked as an external application reader for UCSD. Outside of work, she spends the majority of her time on her son's soccer field or tennis court.
Rah-Ben Coates
Rah-Ben Coates
Director of College Advising
Elizabeth Castro
Elizabeth Castro
CrASH Attendance Assistant
Hello, My name is Elizabeth Castro and I was born and raised in San Diego and have lived in Chula Vista most of my life. Mother of two children, I decided to become a stay at home mom for 11 yrs. During these years at home I went to Beauty College in the evenings and became a licensed Esthetician and Certified Makeup Artist. My true passion has always been my children. Both my son and daughter are graduates of HTHCV. My son went to SDSU and my daughter Wheaton College in Illinois.
I take great pride in representing High Tech High Chula Vista both as a parent and an employee.

 

 
David Hua
David HuaDP
IT Director
David Hua is a lifelong San Diegan who attended UCSD and received a BS in Electrical Engineering in 2005.  Upon finishing college, Dave joined the High Tech High family at HTHI and helped startup HTHCV in 2007, HTMCV/HTECV in 2011, and helped startup the Mesa campus in 2018 & 2019.  He is excited for the 2019-20 school year as HTHCV embarks on our 13th year, HTMCV/HTECV their 9th year and the Mesa campus completely opens with HTHM in its 2nd year and HTMM/HTEM in their 1st year.  It has been quite a journey but he has enjoyed every step of the way and working for such a dynamic and innovative organization.

Dave is proud to be going into his 15th year with the High Tech High family and has enjoyed learning a lot from students throughout the years.  He truly enjoys working and advising students in their quest to go to college and feels lucky to have a chance to convince kids he's not just an ordinary IT "geek" hiding in "the Dave Cave".  In his free time, he loves to spend time with his family, travel the world, go to the beach, hike/camp, eat lots of food, and root for the Chargers and Padres in his favorite city in the world, San Diego.  There's no place like 127.0.0.1 :).
Yoli Soler
Yoli SolerDP
Internship Coordinator & ASES Grant Manager
Yoli Soler grew up in the San Joaquin Valley surrounded by vineyards, cherry orchards, tons of cows, and of course her familia. She attended UC Davis, and earned a Degree in Sociology and Spanish with a minor in Chican@ Studies. Yoli launched her teaching career in Sacramento. She moved down to sunny SoCal in 2008, and this is her 10th year with HTHCV.

Yoli loves teaching her students about the history and culture of Latin American countries. You will often find her and her students learning about these countries and their citizens, instead of conjugating verbs.

Yoli and her husband welcomed a baby boy named Dante in May of 2017.   They stay busy watching him grow, and explore.   They are learning so much!

Yoli likes her students to call her Senorita Soler, she says it is part of the Spanish language to use such formalities.  For those who are looking into doing some traveling while at High Tech High,  Señorita Soler and Señorita Marisol Franco are planning another trip to Spain so stop by to get information.
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Connor Tait
Assets Program Assistant
Shameka Thompson
Shameka Thompson
CrASH Athletic Director