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9th Grade
  • Jose Aguirre 9th/12th Grade Math
    
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    Jose Aguirre
    9th/12th Grade Math


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


    Kyle Maxey is the 9th Grade Inclusion Specialist for HTHCV. He has been with the organization for five years.
  • 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


  • Alberto Rojas-Duran 9th Grade Academic Coach
    
    Alberto Rojas-Duran
    Alberto Rojas-Duran
    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 Grade Math
    
    Joanna Sutton
    Joanna Sutton
    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
  • Christopher Burger 10th/12th Grade Math
    
    Christopher Burger
    Christopher Burger
    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.
  • Kelsie Dobler 10th Grade Chemistry
    
    Kelsie Dobler
    Kelsie Dobler
    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.
  • Laszlo Folks 10th Grade Humanities
    
    Laszlo Folks
    Laszlo Folks
    10th Grade Humanities


  • Marisol Franco 10th Grade Spanish
    
    Marisol Franco
    Marisol Franco
    10th Grade Spanish


    ¡Hola! My name is Ms. Marisol and I have taught Spanish at High Tech High Chula Vista since 2008, also serving as a Summer Bridge coordinator. Before arriving to HTHCV, I taught multiple levels of Spanish for three years at La Quinta High School in Westminster, CA. I graduated from UC Irvine in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a minor in Educational Studies, obtaining my Master's degree in Teaching (Elementary and Secondary Education) at UC Irvine as well in 2005.

    I love many things... from contemporary Latin American literature to running (it's a very wide spectrum).  Most recently, the thing I enjoy most is spending time with my family, which includes my "chico especial," my little one (who is now an unstoppable kindergartner) and our dog, Perla Corazón (yes, our daughter insisted that she have a middle name).
  • Andrea Hernandez 10th Grade Academic Coach & CrASH Staff
    
    Andrea Hernandez
    Andrea Hernandez
    10th Grade Academic Coach & CrASH Staff


  • 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.
  • Iridian Larrinaga 10th Grade Spanish
    
    Iridian Larrinaga
    Iridian Larrinaga
    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.

     
  • Eva Perez 10th Grade Resource Specialist
    
    Eva Perez
    Eva Perez
    10th Grade Resource Specialist


  • Celina Rodriguez 10th Grade Humanities
    
    Celina Rodriguez
    Celina Rodriguez
    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.
  • Corey Topf 10th Grade Humanities
    
    Corey Topf
    Corey Topf
    10th Grade Humanities


    I grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2004 with a degree in Secondary English Education. After graduation, I moved to Southern California and taught for three years in Rialto. My love for traveling took me to Guatemala City where I taught for two years at the American School. I would have stayed longer, but one of my former principals recommended me for an English and economics position at the American School of Lima, Peru. I taught in Peru for eight years and halfway through my time there, I was given an opportunity to launch a project-based learning program inspired by the work of HTH called the Innovation Academy. For the last two years I've been back at the University of Iowa finishing my master's in educational leadership, and teaching two classes at the university as well. I just moved out to San Diego a few weeks ago with my wife, and now I'm excited to join the HTHCV community and get to know my future students and their families.

    Outside of the classroom, I love to travel with my wife, family and friends. I have visited 29 countries so far and just recently returned from a safari in Tanzania. I cycle when my body allows it, I pretend to be an amateur photographer, and I love a great story--whether it comes in the form of a book, a film or a conversation. In Lima, I was heavily involved in community service work, and I hope to find ways to contribute to the Chula Vista community as well.
  • 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.
  • Emily Walton 10th Grade Academic Coach
    
    Emily Walton
    Emily Walton
    10th Grade Academic Coach


    Ms. Emily is excited and honored to be working with the amazing kids in the 11th grade for another year! She's taught abroad in Thailand and worked in Florida in grades 7-12 as a Social Science teacher before moving back to California. Now she is ready to continue learning about ways to help her students achieve greatness and will be enrolling in a M.A.T. program in January 2020.
11th Grade
  • Sara Clark 11th/12th Grade Math
    
    Sara Clark
    Sara Clark
    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!
  • Ruth Collinot 11th Grade Biology
    
    Ruth Collinot
    Ruth Collinot
    11th Grade Biology


    Hello! I was born in Orange County, Ca. where I spent 11 years of my life growing up until I moved to Riverside, Ca. and have been there ever since. After graduating High School, I attended Cal Poly, SLO, where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science with a minor in Biology and Poultry Management. After I graduated, I interned at International Bird Rescue and Pacific Wildlife Care to rehabilitate wildlife and release them back into the wild. I also worked at a Vet Clinic before realizing that I wanted to go back to school for teaching. I went back to Cal Poly, SLO to receive my credentials in Agriculture Education and where I am currently enrolled in their Master of Ag. Education program. My first year teaching was at San Jacinto High School as the Agriculture Biology teacher. My class was focused on Biology, but it also incorporated Future Farmers of America, Supervised Agriculture Experiences, and Community Service. This allowed students to create projects, raise animals for fairs, and gain leadership skills in conference workshops. As I was finishing up my first year, I came across High Tech High and just felt I needed to be a part of this amazing school. I am really excited to be in San Diego and can't wait to see student projects come to life!

    On my spare time, I am focused on raising my Australian Cattle Dog puppy. Being a single mother of a fur baby that has non-stop energy is a lot of work, but will be worth it at the end because she will be my hiking, running, camping, and swimming buddy!
  • Macrae Diamond 11th Grade Academic Coach
    
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    Macrae Diamond
    11th Grade Academic Coach


  • Aurmon Harchegani 11th/12th Grade Math
    
    Aurmon Harchegani
    Aurmon Harchegani
    11th/12th 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.
  • Leizl Manalo 11th Grade Inclusion Specialist
    
    Leizl Manalo
    Leizl Manalo
    11th 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. Her biggest accomplishment this year would be competing at the National Physique Committee (NPC) bikini competition. 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!
  • Christina Payne 11th Grade Biology
    
    Christina Payne
    Christina Payne
    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 11th Grade Humanities
    
    Andres Perez
    Andres Perez
    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 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.
  • Micah Wullschleger 11th Grade Humanities
    
    Micah Wullschleger
    Micah Wullschleger
    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 9th/12th Grade Math
    
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    Jose Aguirre
    9th/12th Grade Math


  • Dalya Almansour 12th Grade Resource Specialist
    
    Dalya Almansour
    Dalya Almansour
    12th Grade Resource Specialist


  • Angel Beckwith-Malone 12th Grade Art Teacher
    
    Angel Beckwith-Malone
    Angel Beckwith-Malone
    12th Grade Art Teacher


  • Christopher Burger 10th/12th Grade Math
    
    Christopher Burger
    Christopher Burger
    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 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 11th/12th Grade Math
    
    Sara Clark
    Sara Clark
    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!
  • Mary Gamboa 12th Grade Academic Coach
    
    Mary Gamboa
    Mary Gamboa
    12th Grade Academic Coach


  • Aurmon Harchegani 11th/12th Grade Math
    
    Aurmon Harchegani
    Aurmon Harchegani
    11th/12th 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!
  • Mackenzie King 12th Grade Humanities
    
    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.
  • Mary Lou Paredes 12th Grade Academic Coach
    
    Mary Lou Paredes
    Mary Lou Paredes
    12th Grade Academic Coach


  • Mark Poole 12th Grade Engineering
    
    Mark Poole
    Mark Poole
    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.
  • 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.
  • Chelsea Smith 12th Grade Art Teacher
    
    Chelsea Smith
    Chelsea Smith
    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 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  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, and is currently a doctoral candidate in UCSD & CSUSM's joint doctoral program for Equity in Education. She is excited to serve the HTHCV community as director, supporting teachers, students, families and community partners in continuing to grow rich, relevant and rigorous learning experiences for all.

     
  • Michael Carter Dean of Students
    
    Michael Carter
    Michael Carter
    Dean of Students


  • 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.  She has served as an external application reader for UCSD. This year marks her 12th anniversary with HTHCV, and also enjoys working 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 Director of College Advising
    
    Rah-Ben Coates
    Rah-Ben Coates
    Director of College Advising


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


  • Andrea Gutierrez Family Outreach Coordinator
    
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    Andrea Gutierrez
    Family Outreach Coordinator


  • 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, 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 :).
  • Shameka Thompson CrASH Athletic Director
    
    Shameka Thompson
    Shameka Thompson
    CrASH Athletic Director


  • Marie Walden SPED Coordinator
    
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    Marie Walden
    SPED Coordinator