- 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.
- Tully Herr 9th Grade ScienceXTully Herr9th Grade Science
Tully Herr is the biology teacher at High Tech High Mesa. He is a transplant from the East Coast; originally from Atlanta, and more recently from Philadelphia. This will be Tully’s sixth year of teaching in a diverse career. The first couple of years he spent teaching in South Korea. Then, he spent a year in New Hampshire teaching at a school similar to HTH while earning his Master’s in education. After New Hampshire, Tully worked and taught at a Montessori school near Philadelphia where he started the Makers program and taught as the major projects guide.
Tully is passionate about project based learning and the power it has to help every student find passion and success in life. He loves teaching biology and the process of scientific discovery. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a focus on ecosystems and conservation. Tully continues to research and explore other scientific fields like neuroscience and sustainable agriculture.
Outside of teaching, Tully is an avid outdoorsman and athlete. He is a whitewater raft guide, rock climber, naturalist, and hopes to learn a little surfing. He also loves to play soccer and ultimate frisbee.
- 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.
- 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).
- Jaimee Rojas 9th Grade HumanitiesXJaimee Rojas9th Grade Humanities
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!
- 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.
- Alexandra Wiggins 10th Grade HumanitiesXAlexandra Wiggins10th 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- Mario Patino Academic Coach XMario PatinoAcademic Coach