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6th Grade
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Delisa Brown
6th Grade Academic Coach
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Jeffrey Feitelberg
6th Grade Math/Science
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Ryan Luz
6th 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.
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Stephanie MontanarelliDP
6th Grade Visual Lab
Stephanie Montanarelli is from Baltimore, MD and has been living in San Diego since 2016. She has undergraduate degrees in fine art metalsmithing and art education as well as a graduate degree in teaching and learning with technology. Stephanie taught visual art for 11 years before taking 2 years off to study and work in applied behavior analysis with a  focus in social skills. After completing her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification she found her way back into the school system working as an Academic Coach at High Tech Middle. This is Stephanie's second year at HTM as the Visual Art teacher. She is currently enrolled in the HTH District Intern Bridge program where she is completing a second credential in Special Education.

In her free time, Stephanie loves to travel, bike, hike, camp, workout, and spend time with her dog and partner. On the weekends you’ll probably find her at the beach.
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Robin Ray
6th Grade Academic Coach
HI!

I am looking forward to working with your student this year. This is my 6th year at high tech. I have been at HTeCV, HTMMA and now here at Middle. I worked as after care assistant and now as an Academic Coach.

I was born and raised in Chula Vista, was in the military for a couple years. I really enjoy being at High Tech, and helping student meet their full potential.
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Tawny Sternstein
6th Ed Specialist
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Brooke YoungDP
6th 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. This will be Brooke's 8th year working at HTM and her 7th year teaching. 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 friends, playing with her dog, Fan, or going on adventures with her nieces and nephew.
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Katie Sewell
6th Grade Humanities
Katie is in her sixth year at High Tech Middle. This year, Katie is teaching 6th grade humanities. Prior to moving to San Diego six 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 13 year old son, a 7 year old daughter and loves hiking, camping and most things outdoors.
7th Grade
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Michelle FlemingDP
7th Grade Humanities
Michelle was born and raised in the small farming town of Brawley, California. She earned her BA in Art History from UCLA and worked as an Interior Designer until having children.  After having kids, she decided she wanted to work more with youth and adults to help them find their passions and contribute to society in a positive way. She worked as an art and yoga instructor for several years before joining the High Tech Graduate School of Education Teacher's Apprenticeship Program in 2019. Michelle is extremely excited to be a Humanities teacher at High Tech Middle this year!

In her free time, Michelle loves to travel, hike, read, create art, and spend time with her family. She has been fortunate enough to travel to all across America, Mexico, Italy, France, and England. On the weekends you’ll probably find her hiking with her daughters and dogs, painting or making fiber arts, or eating ALL the tater tots.
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Carrie LawrenceDP
7th Grade Digital Design and Fabrication
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.  In 2014, she moved back to San Diego to attend High Tech High's Graduate School of Education.  Since then, she has taught Digital Design and Fabrication, Multimedia Studies, 6th grade Math/Science and 8th grade Engineering.  In addition to working with students at High Tech Middle, Carrie has spent time in China training teachers in project based learning and designing engaging PBL summer experiences for students.

In her time outside of the classroom, Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks with her Great Dane, learning more about 3D modeling and traveling.

 

 
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Katelyn Livingstone
7th Grade Math/Science
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Alejandra Lozano
7th Grade Academic Coach/ELL 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.
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Amanda Mitchell
7th Apprentice Ed Specialist
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.
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Armando PerezDP
7th Grade Humanities
Armando was born in El Paso, TX and raised in the small farming towns of San Isidro, Chihuahua (MEX), and San Elizario, TX. He earned his BA in Multidisciplinary Studies from The University of Texas-El Paso and was an enlisted member of the Army for 9 years.

Armando sees his role with a passion and responsibility that transcends any job title. In just his first years of living in San Diego, he has made an effort to integrate himself with the community by joining Project YANO, a grassroots and non-profit organization committed to providing students with educational and social justice alternatives to military service. He has also attended many community events throughout the neighborhoods in which his students live. Mr. Pérez is humble, reflective, and open to learning from different mentors and experiences.

In his free time, Armando loves to spend time with his family and his two German Shepherd pups Bob and Mamba. On the weekends you might find Armando in your neighborhood in search of the best food around town or volunteering with a local organization.

 

 

 
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Nichole Wimberly
7th Apprentice Ed Specialist
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Sydney AldridgeDP
7th Grade Math/Science
Sydney was raised in Long Beach, California. After attending High School, she moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University. During her undergraduate experience, she had the privilege of studying abroad through San Diego State University in Granada, Spain. There, she discovered her love of helping students find joy and learning through meaningful projects while student teaching in various English language classes at a Colegio Virgen de Gracia, a project based learning school. After graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Liberal Studies in 2016, she joined HTM. There she spent some time working in the After school program as Program Coordinator, and soon after she joined the High Tech Graduate School of Education District Internship Program in 2017. She worked as an 8th grade Apprentice Teacher for two years before becoming a 7th grade Math & Science teacher. This will be her 2nd year teaching 7th grade!

In her free time, Sydney loves to hike, go camping, spend time with her family, cook, and tend her houseplants and garden. On the weekends you’ll probably find her cooking while FaceTiming her Dad, sleeping in, reading, watching movies with her boyfriend, or watering her many many plants.
8th Grade
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Victoria Acosta
8th Grade Teacher Apprentice
Hello! I am vie,  and I am in my 2nd year with High Tech Middle. I graduated from HTHCV in 2012, received my Bachelor's in Sociology in 2015, and my Master's in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in 2018. I am native to San Diego and enjoy all that we have to offer from beach days to (very) short hikes. My favorite part about the area is how well a variety of plants grow in our near perfect climate! In my personal time, I enjoy reading, playing Lotería with my family, and walking my Aussie-mix, Louie Dog.
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Deanna DriscollDP
8th Grade Drama
DeAnna Driscoll is honored to have been teaching theatre 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.

 
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Leandra FernandezDP
8th Grade Math/Science
Leandra was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and earned her degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. After graduating, she decided to pursue her passion for education by working at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where she spent two years studying student-centered, constructivist math learning and teaching. She taught at High Tech Middle Chula Vista for four wonderful years before joining High Tech Middle (in Point Loma) in 2020. In her free time, she likes to read, exercise, and spend time with her cat, Lupe.
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Christine Hatch
8th Grade Academic Coach
Hello! I was born and raised near St. Louis, Missouri, but after a few vacations to visit my dad's family in San Diego, I knew where I ultimately wanted to be!

This is my 14th year as an Academic Coach, and I continue to love my job. High Tech Middle holds a special place in my life, as well as for my family. My three children have all attended HTM and my husband, Blair, taught Multimedia at HTH.

When I am not at school, I like exercising, taking photographs, being outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends, and my new puppy- Georgia.
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Michelle LaxtonDP
8th 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.
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Kathryn PondDP
8th 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.
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Mary WilliamsDP
8th Grade Humanities
Mary is looking forward to her tenth year at HTM where she loves working with the students, families, and staff here.

She has a Master's 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 stroopwafels 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 moving to California. She loves road trips and camping with her husband, daughter, and two bulldogs.
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Ramideth Flores
8th Ed Specialist
All School
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Mike VasquezDP
Dean 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 University 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 15th year at High Tech Middle in his role as Dean of Student Affairs where he will continue to support students through moments of struggle and success across the entire school.

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.


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Veronica Martinez
Site Manager
My name is Veronica and I am starting my third 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!
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Heather Boette
Aftercare Assistant
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Luar Cervantes
Student Support Coordinator
Hello,

Thanks for taking the time to read my bio. My name is Luar Cervantes and I’ve been a part of the High Tech community for five years. I have been fortunate to work with students and their families in both elementary and middle school. I feel very passionate about creating a safe place for students to connect with others, helping students process any of life’s challenges, and simply celebrating students’ successes. My hope is that through these positive interactions, students will learn life skills that will help them navigate through life.

I became most passionate about mental health during my time at UCLA, where I earned my B.A. in Psychology. From there, I earned my M.S. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Lutheran University. I have experience in case management, academic research in cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral and therapeutic work in 1:1, group, and family contexts.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my wife and fur baby and spending long days at the beach surfing. My creative nature gravitates toward any activities that use art. I am currently learning how to play the guitar and am slowly progressing.
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David Christopher
ASES Middle School Athletics
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Eduardo Gallardo
HTMPL 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.
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Uriel Gallardo
Extended Services Coordinator
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Miriam Kae
Speech Language Pathologist
Miriam Kae has lived her whole life in Southern California and has no plans to move anywhere else! She received her BA in Linguistics at Pomona College and her MA in Speech-Language Pathology at San Diego State. Miriam believes that all students have the right to be able to communicate effectively and efficiently, and her goal is to empower young people to advocate for themselves in and out of the classroom.

Even when she is not working with students on their speech and language skills, she still chooses to spend most of her free time reading, writing or doing crossword puzzles. She can't get enough of language! She also loves improving her gardening skills and going on exploratory walks around her neighborhood.
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Samantha Polak
Occupational Therapist II
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Darrian Prescott
Academic Coach
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Perla Ramirez
Aftercare Assistant II
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Mirla Almada
8th Grade Academic Coach