- Nicholas Chambers 9th Grade MathXNicholas Chambers9th Grade Math
Nicholas E. Chambers is excited to be entering his sixth year with the High Tech High organization as part of the founding faculty at HTH Mesa. Prior to Mesa, he taught at the Gary and Jerri Ann Jacobs High Tech High for the past five years. There, he taught both 10th grade Integrated Math II and 12th grade Calculus.
Nicholas earned a B.S. in Mathematics with an option in Teaching from California State University, East Bay. He is also a member of the Mathematical Association of America where he serves as the K-12 liaison for the SIGMAA (Special Interest Group) for the Mathematical Knowledge of Teaching.
In his free time, Nicholas spends the majority of his time playing or watching baseball. He is a passionate fan of the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos. When not around sports, Nicholas loves to spend time with his wife traveling, watching movies, playing board games, and learning to solve larger and larger rubik’s cubes.
- William Earley 9th Grade MathXWilliam Earley9th Grade Math
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Will is excited to be continuing his career in education here at High Tech High Mesa. Majoring in Secondary Mathematics Education with minors in Hispanic Studies and Mathematics at The University of Minnesota-Duluth, Will is happy to be escaping the harsh Minnesota winter here in beautiful San Diego.
Traveling is a major hobby for Will, he has been to nearly 20 countries and 6 of the 7 continents. Sports are a major interest as well, especially basketball and running. If you are looking for Will on a weekend he is most likely camping, hiking, or rock climbing.
Will is passionate about progressive education and excited to be expanding his pedagogy and teaching practices with High Tech High!
- Kyle Linnik Engineering & Design TeacherXKyle LinnikEngineering & Design Teacher
If you were to describe Kyle in a single word it would be maker. Even as a child, he was always interested in how things work and how he could “improve” them. Ultimately, these passions inspired his interest the fields of science. This path led him to San Diego State University, where he earned his B.S. in Biology, focusing on neurophysiology and entomology. Unsure what path to pursue at the end of his studies, his life long love of learning, along with inspiration from his wife, Ms. Charlie (HTM) drew him to education.
Shortly after earning his teaching credentials, Kyle was hired as part of the founding faculty at High Tech Middle Chula Vista, teaching 7th grade Math/Science, later teaching Engineering and Design. Bringing his passions to the school, he developed Chula Vista’s MakerSpace, and has since worked to develop similar spaces at schools across the country. Now as a founding member of HTH Mesa, he is excited inspire a whole new generation Makers.
When he is not busy teaching, Kyle enjoys surfing with his wife, cooking, woodworking, and tinkering in his home shop.
- Mario Patino 9th Grade Environmental Science TeacherXMario Patino9th Grade Environmental Science Teacher
Mario Patiño is a science teacher on the High Tech High Mesa team. He recently relocated to his home town of San Diego after living in Hawai'i for sixteen years. He is a career changer, a former research associate in biotech and pharmaceutical industries who found his calling to teach science by accident. His experiences teaching indigenous populations and historically marginalized communities has had an extreme impact on how he teaches. Mario makes science subjects practical to the culture and history of each of his students. This is in honor and respect to his students, their own history, and culture.
Mario graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S-Biology, posses two masters degrees [M.L.S, University of Maryland] & [M.Ed. Concordia University], and also holds a National Board Certification in AYA/Sciences. His love for learning continues, he is presently attending U.C.S.D.
Mario is passionate about project based learning and the power it has in helping students to create their own knowledge and experiences. His area of speciality is in organismal and molecular biology. His fascination with the life sciences have helped him to make connections to his indigenous culture and his identity.
When he is not teaching, Mario loves to spending time with family especially his two teenage boys who keep him active with skateboarding, bodyboarding, swimming, and mountain biking. When at rest, Mario enjoys drawing, playing Tahitian drums, and making indigenous jewelry.
- Karly Robinson 9th Grade HumanitiesXKarly Robinson9th Grade Humanities
I am honored and excited to start my eighth year teaching within the High Tech system. This will be my first time opening a school and I look forward to being part of a founding team of students, parents and teachers. Prior to teaching at HTH, I taught at another San Diego secondary school and an elementary school in Los Angeles. During that time, I served in a variety of roles ranging from teacher leadership to courses in math, science, and AP English Language.
In my personal time I love to travel, cook, garden, and camp with my family. I have two young sons who are full of life and curiosity; which keeps me on my toes (Charlie, 4 and Clyde, 3).
- David Roney 9th Grade HumanitiesXDavid Roney9th Grade Humanities
After 10 years in South Carolina and Tennessee, this Phoenix, Arizona native is excited to be settling down in San Diego. With a BA in Humanities (hybrid religion, philosophy, and English degree) and a minor in Creative Writing from Wofford College and an MEd. in Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University, David is excited to return to the classroom for a sixth year to continue breathing life into the mission in which he fervently believes: Literacy is justice.
When he's not at Mesa, David is likely pulling together his favorite things by listening to a podcast or audiobook while on a run. You may also see him flailing around in the waves at some point as he tries desperately to re-learn to surf.
- Sani Vanderspek 9th Grade HumanitiesXSani Vanderspek9th Grade Humanities
This is my second year teaching humanities at HTHMA. I earned a BA from UC Berkeley in Gender and Women's Studies and an MS in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford. Currently, I am working on a dual Single Subject Credential in English and Social Science.Outside of school, I spend most of my time learning and connecting the dots between random things to become a better friend, person, colleague, and educator in this surprising world. I also love to play soccer, get in the ocean, and spend summers far away.
- Fahima Ahmed 10th Grade MathXFahima Ahmed10th Grade Math
- Oscar Carrion 10th Grade HumanitiesXOscar Carrion10th Grade Humanities
My name is Oscar Fabian Carrion and I am a Chula Vista native. After graduating from Coronado High School in 2009 I received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. I have taught 12th, 9th, and 11th grade humanities (in that order) while earning my teaching credential from the HTH Graduate School of Education.
A few of my academic passions include social justice, philosophy, and creative writing. When I am not at HTH I teach guitar lessons, compose my own music, and play with local bands. Concerts are my jam, I am humbled to have seen personal heroes such as Stevie Wonder, Sonny Rollins, A Tribe Called Quest, Chick Corea, and many more. I am an old soul with a deep love for my friends and family, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and funk music.
- Kristina Latonio 10th Grade ChemistryXKristina Latonio10th Grade Chemistry
Kristina Latonio-Wilson was born and raised in a small town in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Psychology. During her research work at the Rutgers Department of Toxicology, Kristina soon learned she loved being in the classroom more than a research lab. In 2008, She ventured across the country to San Diego and went back to school to earn her teaching credential and Master's in Secondary Education Curriculum.
Since 2010, she has taught 7th and 8th grade science, high school Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science. Along with teaching science, Kristina has also been a dance instructor for 14 years. In 2013, Kristina took a two year sabbatical to teach high school Chemistry and Biology in Panyu, China where her passion for traveling the globe was ignited. Now, she is excited to be part of the HTH Mesa team and passionate in helping her students understand and appreciate the physical world around them.
Kristina loves traveling, exploring nature, being active, and spending time with her husband and baby girl.
- Damon Shearer 10th Grade VAPAXDamon Shearer10th Grade VAPA
A native of Detroit, MI., Damon started making theatre at a young age. After graduating college, he moved to Japan, where he lived and worked for 9 years. In 2011, Damon moved to San Diego and worked as a teaching artist, teaching theatre in and around San Diego County. Damon is so excited to be joining the High Tech High community and bringing the power of performing arts to Mesa!
- Alexandra Wiggins 10th Grade HumanitiesXAlexandra Wiggins10th Grade Humanities
Lexi is excited to be officially part of the High Tech High Mesa team. 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 upcoming season!
- Brett Peterson DirectorXBrett PetersonDirector
Brett W. Peterson is the Director of High Tech High Mesa. He served as the Director of High Tech High International for two years and The Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High for nine years. Prior to being a Director, Brett taught at HTH for five years.
He currently serves as a network ambassador and consultant and assists in training teachers, administrators, and superintendents to implement project-based learning in several states, Israel, and the U.K. Brett recently cycled off as a Trustee of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s National Board, where he advised the organization about grass roots impacts of policy, marketing, and strategic vision.
His belief that teaching and learning go hand in hand, guided him as he pursued a Master’s in History from the University of San Diego and a Master’s in Curriculum Design from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Before coming to San Diego, Brett earned a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame (Go, Irish!). He’s also currently dabbling in some doctoral courses.
He enjoys spending time with his husband, family and friends and traveling this small world of ours.
- Chamille Schuck Dean of StudentsXChamille SchuckDean of Students
Hello! My name is Chamille Schuck and I am very excited to be a part of the High Tech High Mesa team as Dean of Students. I was born and raised in San Diego; I grew up with three brothers and one sister. I earned my B.A. in English Education, and minor in Theater Arts from California State University Long Beach; and my Master’s in School Leadership from California State University Dominguez Hills. I knew from the age of 9 that I wanted to be an educator and help make a difference in other’s lives. I have spent the past ten years going to school and working in Los Angeles. I’ve loved my time as an English teacher and most recently as an Assistant Principal. I love sports and competed in Volleyball, Soccer, and Track and Field growing up. When time allows, I also love to coach. Performing and assisting with theater and musical productions is another passion of mine. I enjoy plays, good food and music, traveling, reading, and spending quality time with friends and family (especially my nephews). I look forward to supporting the students at High Tech High Mesa in their development as they foster their passions and prepare to be citizens that make a difference!
- Oliver Balanzar Student TeacherXOliver BalanzarStudent Teacher
- Marlo Boyce Site ManagerXMarlo BoyceSite Manager
In what she has called the roller coaster of life, Marlo is a retired pastry chef who served up delectable treats at the Arizona Biltmore, Beverly Wilshire Country Club and our very own, Hotel Del Coronado. Switching gears and following the call of technology, she became a graphic designer and worked as the Art Director for Arizona State Parks. On the eve of another blazing Arizona summer, and in true California dreaming style, Marlo and John packed up a Uhaul and headed for the coast. Twenty-five years and four children later, she is queen of her own castle, mom of all trades and sideline cheerleader to all their sports. You can often find her getting dirty in the garden, ruffling up feathers in her chicken coop or secretly indulging in dark chocolate, a freshly steeped cup of tea and reading a mystery. Otherwise she is tearing up the bike path around Mission Bay, enjoying quality time playing games with family and friends or cozied up for a Trekkie marathon. Living true, honest and kind.
- Felix Lopez Academic CoachXFelix LopezAcademic Coach
- Kelly Martin Education Specialist XKelly MartinEducation Specialist
Hello everyone! This will be my first year with High Tech High and I am excited at the opportunity of starting my journey at the brand new school site, High Tech High Mesa. I have been teaching since 1998 and have worked in almost every grade since then. I love working with students and helping them to see value in what they are learning.
I grew up in Arcadia, which is a city outside of Pasadena, California. I was lucky enough to be a part of cheer and colourguard teams in both high school and college. As part of these teams I was able to perform in the Rose Parade, the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl, and NBA and NFL games. I went to college at San Diego State University and moved here permanently after graduating in 1998 with a BA in Psychology.
I continued my education by receiving my M.Ed. in Cross Cultural Teaching in 2003 along with my Teaching Credential in English, Health and Psychology. In 2009, I went back to school and completed my Education Specialist Credential.
I met my husband in college and this year will mark our 16th wedding anniversary. We have two amazing and high energy boys who are going in to 5th and 8th grade. For the last 21 years my husband has been exhibiting at the San Diego Comic Con, and I have joined him the last 17 years. It is always so much fun. For five years I volunteered with Make-A-Wish and planned the meet and greets for the kids attending SDCC. This was such a rewarding experience for me and I love that so many are able to keep in touch after all of these years. In my spare time I do a lot of genealogy work for our family. This has been quite a learning experience but has helped me to connect to so many important events in history and has given me personal insight into the challenges that we face and the power to overcome them.
I look forward to the coming years of working with your families!
- Jaimee Rojas Education SpecialistXJaimee RojasEducation Specialist
I grew up on the 34 mile-long island of Guam, my home, where I learned how to be generous, ride a caribou, eat massive amounts of carbohydrates, and how to put family first. I also learned that there is a great inequity in education, one that I want to help eradicate. I love making sure each child feels safe, loved, challenged and supported in our classroom.
Hanging out with teenagers gives me hope. They have beautiful ideas and analytical questions and I love using their ideas to create projects that are authentic and purposeful. I have taught high school and middle school Humanities at several of the High Tech High schools since 2008 and am excited to begin my eleventh year of teaching at High Tech High Mesa. I also served as an Associate Director of Admission at Pepperdine University, where I received my undergraduate degree in English and Writing/Rhetoric. I have also completed coursework toward my Master's in Business Administration at Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business. I love learning and am constantly reading about what we can do to improve our education system so that children are encouraged to love themselves, love others, and love learning.
When I'm not designing projects for High Tech, I am paddleboarding with my son Cayden, watching him play sports, reading books because they help me escape, and adding and crossing off items on my bucket list. I just went to Italy this Spring with my wife and loved it! I can't wait to start this school with all of you!
- Ellen Soldinger Academic CoachXEllen SoldingerAcademic Coach
Fourteen years ago my husband I headed west from New Jersey, where I was born and raised to be closer to our two sons who were living in Los Angeles. How lucky were we to settle in beautiful San Diego! For thirty plus years I have been a Special Education educator to middle and high school students in a small private school setting. Shortly after arriving in San Diego, up until this past June, I taught at a non-public school in beautiful Del Mar. My plan was to retire but I realized very quickly that it wasn’t for me. I still had a strong desire to help and support students so when an opportunity to be an Academic Coach at HTH presented itself, I jumped at the opportunity.......and here I am.
My husband and I live downtown where we can walk to almost everything, which I love. I am a foodie of sorts and having the symphony, theaters, and museums close by make it a fun place to live, not to mention the beautiful bay but the best part of my life are my three beautiful grandchildren.
I am excited about being at High Tech High Mesa in a beautiful new building with a dedicated staff and a large group of students who make every day fulfilling.