- Jeffrey Feitelberg 6th Grade Math/ScienceXJeffrey Feitelberg6th Grade Math/Science
- Benjamin Krueger 6th Grade MusicX6th Grade Music
Originally from San Diego, Ben received his bachelor's degree from San Diego State University in business and marketing. After graduating, he packed up and moved to Chicago to work in broadcast media. While there he started performing stand-up comedy and studied comedic writing at Second City Theater. After realizing that he was missing the human interaction and growth that he wanted from his career choice, he switched paths and moved back to California to pursue teaching. He attended San Francisco State's teacher credentialing program and subsequently taught 6th and 7th grade math and science in San Francisco city schools. There he was introduced to the challenges of teaching and the rewards of working to build a strong classroom community. Most recently Ben had the opportunity to move back to San Diego to work in a teacher credentialing program while pursuing his Masters in Education. While not teaching Ben loves playing guitar in bands, reading about science, playing soccer, and riding his bike. He hopes to help instill in his students a love of learning as well as a connection with all living things around them.
- Alejandra Lozano ELL CoordinatorXAlejandra LozanoELL Coordinator
Alejandra (Ale) was born in San Diego and raised in Chula Vista, CA. After high school she went off to San Diego City College where she found the love and passion for education, community building, and equity. Ale was an active member in her community college district and played water polo for Miramar college. Later, she transferred to UC Santa Cruz where she obtained a B.A. in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in education in 2018. After graduating and moving back to San Diego, Ale started at HTM fall 2018 as a before and after school staff member where she fell in love with the students, staff, and HTM in general. This year Ale will be our ELL coordinator and 6th grade academic coach.
On her free time Ale is a passionate bullet journalist and you will always find her with her planner, she also likes to go to the dog beach/parks with her dog Loco and younger sisters Amy and Lindsay, and loves to travel and explore everywhere and anywhere with her better half, Anubhav.
- Ryan Luz 6th Grade HumanitiesXRyan Luz6th Grade Humanities
I have been teaching at High Tech Middle since 2013. I have taught humanities in 8th grade, 7th grade, and now 6th grade at HTM since 2017. Previously, I student taught in both a middle school and a high school in Jurupa Valley while pursuing my teaching credential at UC Riverside. I received a Masters in Fine Arts for Creative Writing from UC San Diego in 2012, and received my B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of San Diego in 2008. I love San Diego and am fiercely loyal to the Padres. In my free time I enjoy playing and watching sports, practicing photography, reading and writing, going to the beach. I love nothing more than spending time with my partner, Anabel, and two dogs, Petula and Roo.
- Laurel Showstack Ed Specialist Special ProgramsXLaurel ShowstackEd Specialist Special Programs
- Brooke Young 6th Grade Math/ScienceX6th Grade Math/Science
Brooke Young was born and raised in Southern California. After high school, she headed up to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC. Brooke wanted to use all of the interesting things she learned to inspire kids to tell stories, document important ideas and feel empowered. That’s when she ended up at High Tech Middle first working as an Academic Coach. This year Brooke is teaching sixth grade Math/Science. She is absolutely thrilled that she has been given the opportunity to work with all the amazing students at High Tech Middle.
In her free time, Brooke loves to travel, hike, and spend time with her family. She has had the opportunity to visit many amazing places like Budapest and Japan. On the weekends you’ll probably find her hiking with her dogs, Tessie and Fan, or playing with her nieces and nephew.
- Katie Sewell 6th Grade HumanitiesXKatie Sewell6th Grade Humanities
Katie is in her fifth year at High Tech Middle. This year, Katie is teaching 6th grade humanities. Prior to moving to San Diego five years ago, she spent 7 years in Chicago and went to DePaul University, where she received her Master of Science degree in International Public Service. Before coming to High Tech High, Katie worked for several years in the nonprofit arena, including four years working for an international human rights organization, planning events and training youth and adults in activism on international and domestic human rights issues. She has a 12 year old son, a 6 year old daughter and loves hiking, camping and most things outdoors.
- Victoria Acosta Academic CoachXVictoria AcostaAcademic Coach
Hello! I am V, and I am excited to be a part of the High Tech Middle family :) I am native to San Diego and enjoy all that we have to offer from beach days to (very) short hikes. I have had the immense privilege to obtain a Bachelor's in Sociology as well as my Master's in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. One day, I hope to write policy surrounding Juvenile Justice, and perhaps serve as a U.S. Senator for California.
Aside from being a HTHCV graduate (Class of 2012), I have decided upon this journey with HTM as I am a firm believer in the humanity and greatness that is fostered within our High Tech schools. In my first year with High Tech Middle, I am excited to make each student I encounter feel appreciated, supported, encouraged, and challenged. In my personal time, I enjoy reading, playing Lotería with my family, and meeting new dogs.
- Lizbeth Banuelos 7th Grade Math/ScienceXLizbeth Banuelos7th Grade Math/Science
- Elyce Jenkins 7th Grade HumanitiesXElyce Jenkins7th Grade Humanities
Elyce Jenkins is from San Diego, California. After serving six years in the Marine Corps Reserves, she attained a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Diego State University. She is an impassioned reader and writer and loves introducing her students to the potential that literature has to validate human experience and to inspire us. She spends her free time outside where you will usually find her surfing her favorite breaks or hiking her favorite trails with her husband and their dogs Duke and Dusty.
- Kristin Komatsubara 7th Grade Math/ScienceX7th Grade Math/Science
Kristin Komatsubara is a teacher and life-long learner -- earning her B.S. in Education from USC, M.A. in Curriculum Design from UCSD, and currently pursuing her doctoral degree in educational leadership. Kristin began teaching with the High Tech organization in 2007 with the original High Tech Middle in Point Loma. She was a founding staff member, mentor, and director for High Tech Middle North County and director of HTeNC. She is excited to be back in the classroom and supporting new teachers at High Tech High's Graduate School. Originally from sunny Honolulu, Hawaii, Kristin feels right at home on the San Diego beaches. She loves to travel and has spent summers teaching in South Africa, China, and Hawaii.
- Stephanie Montanarelli Art TeacherXStephanie MontanarelliArt Teacher
- Julia Sather Academic CoachXJulia SatherAcademic Coach
Julia will be starting her 2nd year at HTM as both an academic coach and after school staff member. She moved to San Diego after completing her Bachelor's degree in Biology at UC Santa Cruz. In college, Julia was an eager student and community member. She held a position in the career center as a 1:1 academic advisor for the STEM student population. She was also a collegiate athlete and has shared her love for soccer by getting involved with athletics at HTM. As a soccer coach, she emphasized fundamentals, teamwork, strategy and having fun.
In her free time, Julia enjoys yoga, soccer, and spending time at the beach.
- Monique Sias 7th Grade Humanities
- Sydney Aldridge 7th Grade Math/ScienceXSydney Aldridge7th Grade Math/Science
- Chris Barrera Ed SpecialistXChris BarreraEd Specialist
All humans are social scientists. Our whole lives are spent observing the world, making hypotheses from our observations, and conducting ourselves socially based on the conclusions of our research. This holds especially true for young adults in the adolescent process of learning identity and ideology in a constantly evolving social world. As with any scientist, her or his research is only as good as the training, tools, and tenacity behind it. This is where I come in.
My humanities class is a laboratory dedicated to providing the most comprehensive training, sharpest tools, and strongest encouragement for our young social scientists at HTM. My goal is for students to develop a passion for thinking critically about the world in which they live and their place in it. I want to inspire students to connect personally with the studies of literature, philosophy, music, visual art, language, technology, and every other cultural aspect that shapes the conditions and events of human life.
A bit about me:
I was educated at UCSD where I studied cultural, political, and legal theory in the Department of Communication and graduated Honors with Distinction. My thesis work was a study of visual culture, law, and displays of violence in the digital era. This research afforded me the rare opportunity to speak at domestic and international universities and work with scholars from all over the world.
At HTM, I started in early 2014 working in inclusion as an academic coach. The 2016-2017 year will be my second as a classroom teacher and I’m extremely fortunate to be working with such wonderful colleagues and students as part of the 8th grade team.
I have a passion for academic study and research as much as practical applications and making sure that education is always firmly grounded in personal investment and joy.
In my free time, I love reading, playing tennis, doing yoga, watching good dramas or documentaries, and spending an inordinate amount of time reading random Wikipedia articles.
- Deanna Driscoll 6th/7th Grade DramaX6th/7th Grade Drama
DeAnna Driscoll is honored to have been running the drama department at HTM since the school opened in 2003. She feels fortunate to be a part of such a loving environment that allows students to flourish and share who they are each day. DeAnna grew up in Colorado and after living in Minneapolis, DeAnna went on to New York City where she graduated with honors from the National Shakespeare Conservatory. After acting in professional productions around the country she eventually ended up in San Diego. DeAnna is a proud member of both the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association. DeAnna loves to travel and learn from others around the world. Last year she and her daughter traveled to Barcelona, Spain and Chengdu, China with a focus on Project Based Learning.
- Christine Hatch Academic CoachXChristine HatchAcademic Coach
I am the Academic Coach for the Shulman/Barrera/Linnik team. After 8 years working as an academic coach at HTMMA, this will be my first year at HTM.
High Tech High is a big part of my family! Aside from my connection, my three children have graduated from High Tech Middle and my husband, Blair, taught Multimedia at HTH for 12 years.
When I am not at school, I love working out at the Y, being outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends.
- Carrie Lawrence 8th Grade ScienceX8th Grade Science
Carrie Lawrence grew up in San Diego, California. She attended San Diego State University for one year before moving to Alaska. She received her B.A in Education from Alaska Pacific University and taught all over the state for sixteen years. She moved to Austin, Texas in before returning to San Diego to work at High Tech Middle. She is a mother to three teenage boys and enjoys backpacking, kayaking and taking road trips.
- Michelle Laxton 8th Grade HumanitiesX8th Grade Humanities
Originally from New Jersey, Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the College of New Jersey and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Inspired by a passion for wellness, she also earned an associate's degree in Nutrition Studies and taught yoga for several years. Michelle previously worked in international development and small business marketing and communications, and is happy to have found her home in education at HTM.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys playing games with her family, eating waffles on Sunday mornings, reading at the beach, and laughing with her friends.
- Kathryn Pond 8th Grade MathX8th Grade Math
Originally from Colorado, Katie moved to Washington, DC to earn her Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University and then worked in education policy there, before joining DC Teaching Fellows to become a classroom teacher in 2012.
In 2014, Katie, her husband, and her cat Simba boarded a plane to America's Finest City and never looked back. Joining the High Tech Middle community has been a huge privilege, and she loves being creative and bringing math and science alive through projects.
In her spare time she loves to read, follow and discuss politics, and go for runs in her neighborhood.
- Mary Williams 8th Grade HumanitiesX8th Grade Humanities
Mary is looking forward to her ninth year at HTM. She loves working with the students, families, and staff at this great school!
She has a Masters degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Florida, and has taught middle school for about sixteen years.
Her previous teaching position was at The American School of the Hague in The Netherlands, where she developed a fondness for stroopwaffles and a love/hate relationship with bicycling in the rain. She then spent about five months living in Lagos, Nigeria -- an experience that changed her forever -- before returning to the states and moving to California. She loves a great family road trip, finding a beautiful campsite, and trying to do yoga in her backyard even while her bulldog tackles her.
- Mirla Almada Academic CoachXMirla AlmadaAcademic Coach
- Ramideth Flores Ed SpecialistXRamideth FloresEd Specialist
- Nicole Hinostro DirectorXNicole HinostroDirector
Nikki Hinostro is a native to San Diego and grew up in Encinitas. At the University of Notre Dame she double majored in Psychology and Computers while playing on the women’s soccer team. Upon graduating in 1998, she worked in East Los Angeles as a 5th grade teacher and soccer coach through a two year teaching service program called ResponseAbility. During her time in Los Angeles she also attended Loyola Marymount University where she received her Masters of Education.
After two years in Los Angeles she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and began teaching 5th and 6th grade at Benjamin Banneker Charter School where students were offered a rigorous education with a focus on math, science and technology. She also began coaching the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School at that time. In 2002 she transitioned into the Cambridge Public School District and worked as a middle school math teacher for Fletcher-Maynard Academy. There she also worked as co-leader of the middle school and facilitated team building and middle school reform.
In 2004 Nikki returned to San Diego and began working for High Tech High first teaching at High Tech Middle in the 7th grade utilizing project based learning to integrate math and science. In 2005 Nikki became the Director of High Tech Middle Media Arts, and worked with a dynamic staff to build a positive and engaging culture for this school's opening. Then, in the Fall of 2007, Nikki and a group of innovative and energized educators opened High Tech High North County. HTHNC is one of the first State Wide Benefit Charter Schools in California. As the Director of HTHNC Nikki worked to lay a solid foundation for HTHNC in the North County with a very inspirational founding group of staff and students. In 2011, Nikki transferred to High Tech High International where she worked in roles as a director and a dean until 2014. She is currently the director at High Tech Middle.
- Mike Vasquez Dean of Student AffairsXDean of Student Affairs
Mike Vasquez escaped the climate extremes of his hometown desert, California City, in order to follow his love of running and biology in San Diego. It was at the Univeristy of California San Diego where he earned his bachelors of science degree in Biology: Ecology, Behavior and Evolution and where he developed a greater appreciation for nature while leading kayaking courses in Baja California, Mexico and backpacking courses in the Sierra Nevada.
He realized that he would find fulfillment by working with people and sharing the lessons of nature and so he followed his calling to become a math/science teacher where he could inspire people of all ages - and what better place to inspire than at HTM through project based learning.
The five years he spent teaching math and science at High Tech Middle passed quickly and when the opportunity to bring the digital arts and multimedia design back to HTM presented itself, he jumped at the chance to try something new. And for the next 5 years, he pushed students to create amazing photos, videos and other graphic design projects.
Despite all of the technical skills his students were attaining, he started to worry that the amount of time his students spent in front of screens each day might be setting them up for difficulty in their futures. He continued his own wellness training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, which is the only nutrition school integrating all the hundreds of different dietary theories with other essential lifestyle factors such as relationships, career and physical activity. His interest in working with people in pursuit of their athletic endeavors also led him to the National Academy of Sports Medicine to become a Certified Personal Trainer, he also holds a Specialization in Youth Fitness through the American Council on Exercise. By combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts he works with the unique circumstances of his clients and students to promote health. In 2016, he brought a new program to HTM, Plugged Unplugged. This program sought to address the screen time issue by providing students a space to develop technical skills around computing while they are "plugged in," as well as cultivate an appreciation for growing their mind, body and spirit during the "unplugged" portion of our class.
He is excited to begin his 13th year at High Tech Middle in his new role as Dean of Student Affairs where he will have the opportunity to support students through moments of struggle and success across the entire school. He is also working toward his Master's in Educational Leadership through the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, a program focused on equity, deeper learning and shared leadership.
In his free time, he enjoys caring for the many animals on his small family farm in North County, including horses, goats, chickens, dogs, barn cats and a house pig.
- Veronica Martinez Site ManagerXVeronica MartinezSite Manager
My name is Veronica and I am starting my second year as a Site Manager at High Tech Middle. I was born in Salinas, CA but was raised in Bakersfield, CA. In 2011 I moved down to San Diego to attend San Diego Christian College; my family followed shortly after my first year.
I graduated in 2015 with my BA in Communication and a minor in English. I worked closely with the Registrar in the Enrollment Services office during my 4 years in college. After graduating I worked as an Admissions Coordinator, Graduation Coach, and finally landed with the county at IHSS Public Authority as a Provider Enrollment Specialist. Finally, in May of 2018, I began working for HTH.
I love working with young people! I serve as a youth leader, worship leader, and small group leader at my church where I get to interact and pour into young people. When I have time to get away, I love going for hikes or jogging at the beach. I also love spending time at coffee shops just reading and writing and relaxing!
- David Christopher ASES Middle School AthleticsXDavid ChristopherASES Middle School Athletics
- Jessica Erlenheim Aftercare Assistance IIXJessica ErlenheimAftercare Assistance II
- Eduardo Gallardo HTMPL IT DirectorXEduardo GallardoHTMPL IT Director
Mr. Eduardo as the students call him, is the IT Systems Coordinator for High Tech Middle and High Tech High . He is an alumni from High Tech High Class of 2006.He enjoys working in the IT department helping out students and staff with their technology needs. During his free time he enjoys watching soccer Real Madrid and Mexico National Team. As well exploring new places in San Diego and outside San Diego.
- Uriel Gallardo Extended Services CoordinatorXUriel GallardoExtended Services Coordinator
- Lucero Maganda Aftercare Assistant IIXLucero MagandaAftercare Assistant II
- Amanda Mitchell Academic CoachXAmanda MitchellAcademic Coach
Amanda is a credentialed secondary education teacher working with the Hip & Hop team of sixth graders at High Tech Middle. With a Bachelor's in Applied Biological Sciences and a Master's in STEM Secondary Education, she taught math and science for six years in Arizona before moving to San Diego mid-2018. In May 2019, she completed her doctoral studies on the use of mindfulness in K-12 classrooms and earned a PhD in cognition and instruction.
- Perla Ramirez Aftercare Assistant IIXPerla RamirezAftercare Assistant II
- Robin Ray HTMPL Aftercare AssistantXRobin RayHTMPL Aftercare Assistant