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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.