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9th Grade
  • Marcus Artates 9th Grade Physics
    
    Marcus Artates
    Marcus Artates
    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. I taught a year of Physics and Marine Science at University City High School in La Jolla and now I’m excited to be a part of the HTHCV crew.  

    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 9th Grade Physics
    
    Ted Cuevas
    Ted Cuevas
    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 9th Grade Humanities
    
    Alexia Enriquez
    Alexia Enriquez
    9th Grade Humanities


    Alexia was born and raised in Chula Vista, and is very excited to be back 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 recently 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 my partner, friends, and family. Alexia cannot wait to get started on her HTHCV journey with the students! 
  • Gavin Ishihara-Wing 9th/12th Grade Math
    
    Gavin Ishihara-Wing
    Gavin Ishihara-Wing
    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!
  • Bryan Jacobs 9th Grade Media Art & Mechanical Design
    
    Bryan Jacobs
    Bryan Jacobs
    9th Grade Media Art & Mechanical Design


    Having studied extensively as a composer and electronic musician, I teach physics from the perspective of an artist and musician. The arts are a great way of translating abstract concepts of motion and sound into real-world applications. In my class students learn through building and making and take a deeper look with critical research.
  • Kara Quinlan 9th Grade Physics
    
    Kara Quinlan
    Kara Quinlan
    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.
  • Priscilla Ramos 9th Grade Academic Coach
    
    Priscilla Ramos
    Priscilla Ramos
    9th Grade Academic Coach


  • Anna Santoleri 9th Grade Humanities
    
    Anna Santoleri
    Anna Santoleri
    9th Grade Humanities


    When I was in high school, I wanted to make movies. During the summer, I made short films about awkward dates, marbles, and my dog. However, when I taught film classes at a sleep-away camp the summer after my freshman year of college, I realized that I liked working with students more than making movies. Since then, I have tried to experience as many different teaching environments as possible. I taught in a women’s prison; I spent a year teaching in Malaysia; I ran an afterschool arts-based literacy program for elementary schoolers; I facilitated college sex-ed; I worked for an outdoor education and literacy program in Yosemite; I student-taught seventh grade English; I led youth crews for a conservation corps in Montana; and now, I get to work for High Tech High! This is a dream job for me—I am thrilled to be working for such an innovative and humanizing school.


    When not teaching, I am on the move: running or hiking on trails, playing soccer, camping, playing board games or card games or any game, and working with others to further causes that I care about. Or, I am thinking: about how to make classrooms more equitable and humanizing spaces, about engaging lessons, about effective communication techniques, about activism and organizing, or about whatever topic the podcast that I am listening to is discussing. When neither moving nor thinking, I’m listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks (narrated by Jim Dale—I highly recommend it) and wondering if the owl with my letter got lost.

  • Britt Shirk 9th Grade Humanities
    
    Britt Shirk
    Britt Shirk
    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 9th/12th Grade Math
    
    Joanna Sutton
    Joanna Sutton
    9th/12th 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 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
  • Dalya Almansour 11th Grade Resource Specialist
    
    Dalya Almansour
    Dalya Almansour
    11th Grade Resource Specialist


  • Christopher Burger 10th Grade Math
    
    Christopher Burger
    Christopher Burger
    10th Grade Math


    Mr. Burger is excited to be moving to High Tech High Chula Vista after 21 years 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 has always been active in pursuing art (mostly painting and drawing) and theatre, including professionally here in San Diego.
  • Marisol Franco 10th Grade Spanish
    
    Marisol Franco
    Marisol Franco
    10th Grade Spanish


    Marisol Franco-Flores (or Ms. Marisol) teaches Spanish at High Tech High Chula Vista and also serves as a Summer Bridge coordinator.  She is originally from the Orange County area, having moved to Chula Vista in 2008.  Before arriving to HTHCV, Marisol taught various levels of Spanish for three years at La Quinta High School in Westminster, CA. She graduated from UC Irvine in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a minor in Educational Studies, obtaining her Master's degree in Teaching (Elementary and Secondary Education) at UC Irvine as well in 2005.

    Marisol loves many things... from contemporary Latin American literature to running (it's a very wide spectrum).  Most recently, the thing she enjoys most is spending time with her family, which includes her "chico especial," their little one (who is now a vibrant 4-year-old) and their 7-year-old "puppy".
  • Sara Jose 10th Grade Math
    
    Sara Jose
    Sara Jose
    10th Grade Math


    I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2017, receiving a Liberal Studies degree with a math concentration. During my time at Cal Poly, I was able to collaborate with professors and other students on various projects. These projects included the facilitation of a PBL experience with high school students in Los Angeles, and the development and implementation of a STEM program at a local elementary school. I was born and raised in San Diego, so after completing my undergraduate degree, I returned home to pursue my math teaching credential at San Diego State University. I am incredibly excited and proud to be joining the HTHCV team this year to teach tenth grade math! I look forward to learning from and collaborating with my peers and the High Tech community. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming, cooking, reading, binge watching really terrible reality TV, and spending time with loved ones, including my two cats, Oliver and Riley.
  • Andres Perez 10th Grade Humanities
    
    Andres Perez
    Andres Perez
    10th Grade Humanities


    Hi, I'm Andres Perez and this is my fourth year of teaching. I grew up in Chula Vista and El Cajon before going to Sacramento State and Columbia University. This is my fourth year teaching. I love spending time with family, news, and reading.
  • Yoli Soler-Gonzalez 10th Grade Spanish
    
    Yoli Soler-Gonzalez
    Yoli Soler-Gonzalez
    10th Grade Spanish


    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.
  • Dalila Tahirovic 10th Grade Humanities
    
    Dalila Tahirovic
    Dalila Tahirovic
    10th Grade Humanities


  • David Truskowski 10th Grade Chemistry
    
    David Truskowski
    David Truskowski
    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.
  • Rebecca Vasquez 10th Grade Chemistry
    
    Rebecca Vasquez
    Rebecca Vasquez
    10th Grade Chemistry


    I received my B.S. in Biochemistry from Eckerd College (FL) and M.S. in organic chemistry in 2006 from UCSD. After spending time in the lab doing research, I went on to teach chemistry for over 10 years in a college setting. I have developed a passion and personal commitment to helping a diverse body of students to succeed in meeting their personal and career goals.

    In addition to teaching, I live in Old Chula Vista and adore the community, I help my husband run our family businesses. I am also a licensed, though not currently practicing, acupuncturist, and a mother to four very young children. We have two girls and two boys ages 5, 3, 2, 2 (yes, that’s twins and yes, we are DONE).

    I appreciate the close-knit, student-centered learning environment at HTHCV I am excited to help students grow as scientists to better understand the world around them.
  • Alexandra Wiggins 10th Grade Humanities
    
    Alexandra Wiggins
    Alexandra Wiggins
    10th Grade Humanities


    Lexi is excited to be officially part of the High Tech High team after student teaching at HTHCV last year. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Global Studies and just recently received her Masters in Education from the University of San Diego. Before attending USD, she was an SAT/ACT tutor in Temecula, where she found her love for education. She believes that everyday is an opportunity to learn and grow and looks forward to the year ahead.

    In her free time, Lexi likes to be active, especially hiking, practicing yoga, or hanging out at the beach. She loves the Dallas Cowboys and UCLA football and is looking forward to the Bruins’ first year with Chip Kelly!
11th Grade
  • Jordan Adler HTHCV - 11th Grade Biology
    
    Jordan Adler
    Jordan Adler
    HTHCV - 11th Grade Biology


    Hi everyone! I’m super excited for my first year in Southern California. This summer I moved from Philadelphia, where I've lived since college; I went to Temple University and University of Pennsylvania.  I’ve been teaching the sciences for the last 6 years in Philly and can’t wait to start at HTHCV. I love dreaming up projects and can’t wait to collaborate with all of my new brilliant coworkers and students. Outside of school, one of the things I love to do is play soccer. I played in college and am leaving my amateur team in Philly in search of some good Southern California competition. I also learned to surf last year and am looking for some experts to help get me standing up on the board a little more consistently (well, a lot more consistently…).
  • Sara Clark 10th Grade Math
    
    Sara Clark
    Sara Clark
    10th 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!
  • Aurmon Harchegani 11th Grade Math
    
    Aurmon Harchegani
    Aurmon Harchegani
    11th Grade Math


    I was born and raised San Diego. Throughout my time in the K-12 school system, I had very mixed levels of success and failure. Eventually I was able to graduate from SDSU with my math degree (teaching specialization). As an educator I do my best to remember the experiences and struggles I had as a student, and use those to better connect with all my students. I absolutely love math! I want all my students to experience the beauty of mathematical reasoning. I also want to empower my students through mathematics, and show them how their opportunities and career choices increase when they have a positive outlook on math.
  • Indira Hood-Esparza 11th Grade Humanities
    
    Indira Hood-Esparza
    Indira Hood-Esparza
    11th Grade Humanities


    I am in my third year in the HTH organization!

    I was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and came to San Diego at the age of two. I come from a lineage of siblings who are all first-generation college graduates and I am the first in my family to complete a Master's Degree. I attended UCSD for undergrad and majored in Political Science with a minor in Education Studies. I loved UCSD so much that I decided to stay and do my Master's work in Education with a Single Subject Credential in English and a Bilingual Language Authorization in Spanish. I have always loved being in school and becoming a teacher is a dream come true.

    My main goals as an educator are to promote equity, promote bilingual education, and to help students reach their goals.

    In my spare time I like to: run (training for my second half marathon this year), practice yoga, cook, travel, read, attend art shows, attend concerts, and watch sports (LA Galaxy, Lakers, Gulls, Padres, Arsenal, Chivas). You can also find me hanging out with my husband, our dog Wampa, and our baby nephew.
  • Mackenzie King 11th Grade Humanities
    
    Mackenzie King
    Mackenzie King
    11th 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 juniors!

    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 sports/CrossFit, drinking espresso, and eating lots of yummy food covered in hot sauce.
  • Nuvia Crisol Ruland 11th Grade Biology
    
    Nuvia Crisol Ruland
    Nuvia Crisol Ruland
    11th Grade Biology


    Nuvia Ruland is a cauldron of hybridized dualities – scientist and artist – from which new discoveries spring. Her middle name, Crisol, Spanish for crucible or melting pot, holds the key to her passion for scientific research and art making. She’s been following these interests since she graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in biochemistry/cell biology and a minor in studio art. She most recently took a turn in her journey as a lifelong learner by earning a Masters degree in Teacher Leadership through HTH GSE  program and completing a year-long Fellowship with the National Equity Project. For nearly 10 years she worked at Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as a member of the Drug Discovery team. Nuvia was part of a team whose efforts in cardiovascular research led to the development of complex pharmaceuticals and which were published in scientific journals. As a visual artist, she documented her bicultural experience of growing up in Los Angeles while frequenting Baja California, Mexico to visit her family. Her artwork has been displayed on both coasts and on both sides of the border and can be viewed at www.artecrisol.com. This year Nuvia celebrates 11 years of marriage with her favorite artistic collaborator, Jim Ruland. They are actively involved in San Diego’s arts and literary community by creating and supporting events that contribute to the city’s cultural fabric. Nuvia, Jim and her 15-year-old stepdaughter are competitive board gamers and avid readers. They enjoy going to art shows and walking on Coronado Beach. Nuvia is thrilled to continue marrying her two passions of science and art as an educator at HTH Chula Vista.
  • Colleen Stevenson 11th Grade Humanities
    
    Colleen Stevenson
    Colleen Stevenson
    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.
  • Meghan White 11th Grade Biology
    
    Meghan White
    Meghan White
    11th Grade Biology


    My name is Meghan White and I am honored and blessed to teach biology and environmental science at High Tech High Chula Vista!
    I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California where I fell in love with the ocean. I attended Whitman College where I double majored in biology and geology and had the opportunity to research coral reefs, algae, and bioluminescent proteins. I am a student athlete and as the team captain, helped my basketball team reach the NCAA championship for the first time.
     

    After college, I joined Teach for America and had the privilege to teach biology at Ace Charter High School for the past three years. I am beyond excited to have the pleasure and privilege to join the High Tech High Chula Vista family and to teach our HTHCV scientists.
     

    In my free time, I love to cook, travel, hike, body surf, watch Westworld and Game of Thrones, play any sport especially basketball, volleyball, and softball, go to country concerts, and read for my monthly book club.
12th Grade
  • Christopher Burger 10th Grade Math
    
    Christopher Burger
    Christopher Burger
    10th Grade Math


    Mr. Burger is excited to be moving to High Tech High Chula Vista after 21 years 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 has always been active in pursuing art (mostly painting and drawing) and theatre, including professionally here in San Diego.
  • Maria Teresa Cesena 12th Grade Humanities
    
    Maria Teresa Cesena
    Maria Teresa Cesena
    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 10th Grade Math
    
    Sara Clark
    Sara Clark
    10th 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!
  • Aurmon Harchegani 11th Grade Math
    
    Aurmon Harchegani
    Aurmon Harchegani
    11th Grade Math


    I was born and raised San Diego. Throughout my time in the K-12 school system, I had very mixed levels of success and failure. Eventually I was able to graduate from SDSU with my math degree (teaching specialization). As an educator I do my best to remember the experiences and struggles I had as a student, and use those to better connect with all my students. I absolutely love math! I want all my students to experience the beauty of mathematical reasoning. I also want to empower my students through mathematics, and show them how their opportunities and career choices increase when they have a positive outlook on math.
  • Gavin Ishihara-Wing 9th/12th Grade Math
    
    Gavin Ishihara-Wing
    Gavin Ishihara-Wing
    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!
  • Sara Jose 10th Grade Math
    
    Sara Jose
    Sara Jose
    10th Grade Math


    I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2017, receiving a Liberal Studies degree with a math concentration. During my time at Cal Poly, I was able to collaborate with professors and other students on various projects. These projects included the facilitation of a PBL experience with high school students in Los Angeles, and the development and implementation of a STEM program at a local elementary school. I was born and raised in San Diego, so after completing my undergraduate degree, I returned home to pursue my math teaching credential at San Diego State University. I am incredibly excited and proud to be joining the HTHCV team this year to teach tenth grade math! I look forward to learning from and collaborating with my peers and the High Tech community. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming, cooking, reading, binge watching really terrible reality TV, and spending time with loved ones, including my two cats, Oliver and Riley.
  • Enrique Lugo 12th Grade Art
    
    Enrique Lugo
    Enrique Lugo
    12th Grade Art


    Enrique Lugo, aka chikle and proud son of Mexican Immigrants, is a visual artist and Paradise Hills native dedicated to progressive education and community activism. Enrique has served as an Art teacher at High Tech High Chula Vista since 2012 where his work has been centered around identity, cultivating safe spaces & a sense of belonging for all. Passionate about commUNITY, Enrique has been involved in activism, promoting entrepreneurship, producing family friendly events, and curating art shows since 2004! When he is not trying to change the world, Enrique loves drinking coffee, listening to music, and making art with his wife and two kids.

    Three of things you can count on experiencing in my classroom are:

    1. Every student will be respected and acknowledged.

    2. Every student will have the opportunity to find him/herself in the work we do.

    3. Every student should be given the necessary skills, tools, and support they need to feel proud of the work they create.


    * If you come by and you dont see/feel that this is happening, please let me know!
  • Henry Maxfield 12th Grade Humanities
    
    Henry Maxfield
    Henry Maxfield
    12th Grade Humanities


    I am incredibly excited and thankful to be starting my first year teaching at High Tech High Chula Vista. I feel extremely privileged to have this opportunity to teach at such an amazing school, with extremely intelligent and gifted students, and to learn from such a caring staff. I moved to San Diego for this job in August of 2014, knowing only 2 people that promptly moved to England upon my arrival. Before San Diego, I was living in Eugene, Oregon obtaining my masters degree in education and my teaching credential in social studies and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in secondary school. Prior to that, Denver, Colorado was my home from 2004-2013. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Denver in Political Science in 2008. I have been a sous chef at 2 different restaurants, basically built a food cart business from the ground up, worked at 2 nationally award-winning breweries, and nearly made the decision to dedicate my life to rock climbing (which is still one of my biggest passions).

    Growing up in a small town in rural New Hampshire, I quickly recognized the importance of family and community. I am very close to my family, although though they couldn't live physically much farther away while still living in the U.S.A., and I make several trips to visit them every year. One of the most vital things that I believe students can take away from my teaching is how powerful and transformative the power of people united can be. Knowing the connections that we have to our family and our community can only help us to better understand ourselves and aid us in realizing our full potential as human beings. I have dedicated my life to education is because I believe that it is one of the most powerful tools for transforming the world into the best possible place it can be. It is my hope that I help my students realize their power as individuals and as part of larger communities of people so that they may change the world for the better in their own way.
  • Mark Poole 12th Grade Engineering
    
    Mark Poole
    Mark Poole
    12th Grade Engineering


    I am in my 8th year here at HTH Chula Vista after a semester long hiatus where I was researching the development of 21st century skills in the Finnish school system on a Fulbright Grant. In my classroom I help students develop these skills through collaborative design projects that require a entrepreneurial mindset and a great deal of self-direction. Before teaching at HTH I was a design engineer for a bearing manufacturer. I discovered that the massive amount of applied science content that is taught in a traditional engineering curriculum is rarely applied in the workplace; it's the 21st century skills that I truly needed to be successful. This has shaped my understanding of what is valuable in the classroom and has helped me to define a set of learning goals that applies to all students, regardless of whether or not they pursue engineering.

    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 and have been playing guitar for over 20 years. I enjoy sharing my love of music with the students and try as often as possible to design projects around music.
  • Danielle Slomka 12th Grade Humanities
    
    Danielle Slomka
    Danielle Slomka
    12th Grade Humanities


     
    I was born and raised in San Diego, but recently moved back to be closer to family and continue my teaching career in a new capacity!


    I studied Social Work and Sociology at the undergraduate level, which quickly opened my eyes to the importance of free, quality education for all children. I moved to Nashville, TN where I earned my credential and Masters of Education and taught 6th and 7th grades. I approach teaching from the lens of both a social worker and an educator and aim to create an equitable and fun community of learners who feel supported and empowered to reach their full potential and apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world.


    I am thrilled to teach 12th grade students and support each of them in their last year of high school and the transition to college and careers.
  • Joanna Sutton 9th/12th Grade Math
    
    Joanna Sutton
    Joanna Sutton
    9th/12th 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 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.
  • Megan Willis 12th Grade Engineering
    
    Megan Willis
    Megan Willis
    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.
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  • Angela Guerrero Director
    
    Angela Guerrero
    Angela Guerrero
    Director


    Angie received her Bachelor’s degree in English from San Diego State University. She has taught English to every level of high school students, and has also been a reading instructor. Before joining High Tech High in 2007 as a founding teacher of the Chula Vista campus, she spent a summer in a Teacher Exchange program in Gulu, Uganda, where her passion for social justice and equity for all children was further fueled.  It was this passion for equity that brought her to High Tech High. Angie also received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Teacher Leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. She is excited to start another year teaching so she can fulfill her dream of helping students grow as readers, writers and critical thinkers!

     
  • Elizabeth Castro Site Manager
    
    Elizabeth Castro
    Elizabeth Castro
    Site Manager


    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.

     

     
  • Michelle Alderete Associate Director of College Advising / Title IX Coordinator
    
    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 Chula Vista. 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 a certificate in College Counseling through UCLA Extension.  This year marks her 10th anniversary with HTHCV, as well as 4th year working with UCSD as an external college application reader. Outside of work, she spends the majority of her time on her son's soccer field, and/or having fun with family and friends.
  • Rah-Ben Coates Director of College Advising
    
    Rah-Ben Coates
    Rah-Ben Coates
    Director of College Advising


  • Lesley Anderson Internship Coordinator
    
    Lesley Anderson
    Lesley Anderson
    Internship Coordinator


    I am so excited to be starting my sixth year at HTHCV. This year I will be transitioning to a new role as the Internship Coordinator after 5 years teaching 11th grade biology and environmental science, 10th grade chemistry and math! I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2012 where I competed on the track team and was involved in line dancing and rodeo. In 2017 I completed my M.S. in Chemistry from South Dakota State University while teaching full-time. In my free time I love to travel, ride horses, and play volleyball, soccer, and run.

    My research experiences are what have driven me toward inquiry in the classroom and project based learning. As an undergraduate, I assisted a research team that tracked rattlesnakes on the Carrizo Plains to study their home ranges. I also helped with American bullfrog eradication in ponds in San Luis Obispo county to protect the endangered red-legged frog.

    In 2011, I was a part of a research team that tagged and tracked breaching great white sharks off the coast of South Africa. I also worked as an aquarist and cetacean monitor tracking whale and dolphin migrational patterns as a result of installation of a desalination plant. While I was there I had amazing experiences playing with baby tiger cubs, trekking on a safari, exploring underground caves, and cage diving with great whites.

    I spent the summers of 2013-14 working as a data analyst for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I helped to create an archival database for Arctic sea ice thickness through computer programming. During my research experience at JPL, I met the project managers for Mars Science Laboratory, SMAP (Soil Moisture Active-Passive) Satellite, and the LDSD (Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator) for the Mars 2020 mission and took a tour of the clean room to watch the assembly of SMAP. All of these opportunities provided inspiration for lessons in my classroom.

    In the summer of 2015, I worked for NOAA at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in the Marine Mammal and Turtle Division conducting sea turtle genetics research. The partnership with scientists at NOAA got me connected to SeaWorld and the Hubbs Research Institute that collaborates with Rising Tide Conservation. This organization works to discover the key to breeding ornamental fish in captivity and they have partnered with our Ichthyology Program, enabling our students to conduct real scientific research in partnership with actual scientists.

    In 2016 and 2017 as I worked on my lab course work for my masters degree, I became more intrigued with climate change research in the polar regions. At the lab in South Dakota, I worked with ice core samples from Greenland and Antarctica, analyzing ion concentrations in different levels of the ice to create a climate record. This work fascinated me and I discovered my passion for the stories of field scientists working on the ice.

    In December of 2017 I embarked on a scientific expedition of a lifetime by trekking down to Antarctica with a research team investigating the elusive ghost particle known as a neutrino. At the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station I met astrophysicists from around the world who are collaborating on this important science that will provide information about how our universe was created. For more information about this expedition visit: bit.ly/LesleySouthPole

    This year I am excited to help students pursue their own internship experiences by supporting our junior teachers with the internship process. I am also excited to watch students continue this experience as seniors by developing a 12th grade externship program. My advice to interns is try something new; even if you don’t love it, finding out what you don’t like is just as important as finding something you do.
  • Michael Carter Dean of Students
    
    Michael Carter
    Michael Carter
    Dean of Students


  • Macrae Diamond 11th Grade Academic Coach
    
    Macrae Diamond
    Macrae Diamond
    11th Grade Academic Coach


  • Mary Gamboa 12th Grade Academic Coach
    
    Mary Gamboa
    Mary Gamboa
    12th Grade Academic Coach


  • Andrea Gutierrez Family Outreach Coordinator
    
    Andrea Gutierrez
    Andrea Gutierrez
    Family Outreach Coordinator


  • Andrea Hernandez 10th Grade Academic Coach & CrASH Staff
    
    Andrea Hernandez
    Andrea Hernandez
    10th Grade Academic Coach & CrASH Staff


  • Francina Hester 12th Grade Resource Specialist
    
    Francina Hester
    Francina Hester
    12th Grade Resource Specialist


    Francina was born and raised in a small rural town in North Carolina. Looking for adventure, she joined the Navy and served on active duty for 20 years. During that time, Francina developed a love for teaching and served as mentor in various youth programs including Drug Education for Youth and Campaign Drug Free. She also served a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Juveniles in New Orleans, Louisiana. The love for children she found through community service inspired Francina to pursue a MA and teaching credential in Special Education and English/Language Arts. On the homefront, her husband Dan, children (Jasmine, Easter, and Nicholas), Angel the dog, and Sharon the cat, keep Francina very busy and full of life. She also enjoys reading historical romance novels and writing during her free time.

  • David Hua IT Director
    
    David Hua
    David Hua
    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 and HTMCV/HTECV in 2011.  He is excited for the 2018-19 school year as HTHCV embarks on our 12th year and the HTMCV/HTECV starts their 8th year.  It has been quite a journey but he has enjoyed every step of the way and loves the family oriented atmosphere down in South Bay and working for such a dynamic and innovative organization.

    Dave is proud to be going into his 14th 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" as students call his office.  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 :).
  • David Loer Student Teacher (USD)
    
    David Loer
    David Loer
    Student Teacher (USD)


  • Kyle Maxey 9th Grade Resource Specialist
    
    Kyle Maxey
    Kyle Maxey
    9th Grade Resource Specialist


  • Tim McNamara New Teacher Curriculum and Project Planning Coach
    
    Tim McNamara
    Tim McNamara
    New Teacher Curriculum and Project Planning Coach


    Prior to his current role, Tim was a school director and teacher at HTHCV. Tim believes schools should be places for learning, growth, and joy. Learn more @tm_mcnamara.
  • Nick Munson Student Teacher (USD)
    
    Nick Munson
    Nick Munson
    Student Teacher (USD)


  • Philip Nekai Student Support Coach
    
    Philip Nekai
    Philip Nekai
    Student Support Coach


  • Mary Lou Paredes 12th Grade Academic Coach
    
    Mary Lou Paredes
    Mary Lou Paredes
    12th Grade Academic Coach


  • Eva Perez 10th Grade Resource Specialist (Intern)
    
    Eva Perez
    Eva Perez
    10th Grade Resource Specialist (Intern)


  • Alberto Rojas-Duran 9th Grade Academic Coach
    
    Alberto Rojas-Duran
    Alberto Rojas-Duran
    9th Grade Academic Coach


  • Chelsea Smith 11th Grade Academic Coach
    
    Chelsea Smith
    Chelsea Smith
    11th Grade Academic Coach


  • Bill Stewart CrASH Staff
    
    Bill Stewart
    Bill Stewart
    CrASH Staff


    Crash Staff & Girls Basketball Coach
  • Shameka Thompson CrASH Assistant Athletic Director
    
    Shameka Thompson
    Shameka Thompson
    CrASH Assistant Athletic Director


  • Jacob Troutman RSP Program Specialist
    
    Jacob Troutman
    Jacob Troutman
    RSP Program Specialist


  • Marie Walden RSP Coordinator & CrASH Program Assistant
    
    Marie Walden
    Marie Walden
    RSP Coordinator & CrASH Program Assistant


    HTHCV Special Education Coordinator/

    HTHCV Assets Attendance Specialist
  • Anthony Williams CrASH Staff & Baseball Coach
    
    Anthony Williams
    Anthony Williams
    CrASH Staff & Baseball Coach