6th Grade Math/Science
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, and walking my dogs. I love nothing more than spending time with my wife, Anabel, and two dogs, Petula and Roo.
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 third year at HTM as the Visual Art teacher. This year, she will also serve as the site coordinator for 504 plans.
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.
6th Grade Academic Coach
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.
6th Ed Specialist
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.
6th Grade Humanities
Katie is in her seventh 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 14 year old son, an 8 year old daughter and loves hiking, camping and most things outdoors.
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.
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.
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.
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 his M.Ed. from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education.
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. Armando 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 exploring San Diego. On the weekends you might find Armando in your neighborhood in search of the best food around town or volunteering with a local organization.
Nichole graduated from San Diego High School where she focused on accounting & finance through the schools business program. After high school, she obtained her Associates Degree in Arts with an emphasis on Social and Behavioral Sciences from Grossmont College. Following graduation, Nichole pursued her love for education and children by applying to Cal State LA where she would be accepted and attend for nine months. Nichole graduated with a Bachelors in Liberal Studies; Cum Laude, with a focus on multiple subject teaching. Nichole is a member of the golden key international honour society. Nichole is also one of the Black Student Union advisors at High Tech Middle.
Following graduation, Nichole worked as a ABA Behavioral Therapist in Los Angeles before serving as a voluntary mentor for Americorps, a U.S. Federal supported society program which allowed her to help targeted students through individual and group mentoring, academic support, grades and attendance reviews, leadership development, guest speakers, service learning projects, and parent outreach.
Nichole now serves as an Education Specialist Apprentice for High Tech Middle's 7th grade team.Nichole enjoys spending time with her Son, cooking, traveling and music.
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 3nd 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, sleeping in, reading, watching movies with her boyfriend, or watering her many many plants.
8th Grade Teacher Apprentice
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DeAnna Driscoll has been teaching theatre at HTM since the school opened in 2003 and 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 Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and shortly after high school moved to NYC where she graduated with honors from the National Shakespeare Conservatory. 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. In the past few years, DeAnna has traveled to Barcelona, Spain, and Chengdu, China to assist with transforming schools into a project-based learning environment.
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.
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.
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 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 in meaningful, interactive ways.
In her spare time she loves to read, crochet, follow and discuss politics, and go for runs in her neighborhood.
Mary is looking forward to her eleventh 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. She then spent about five months living in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to California. She loves road trips and camping with her daughter and two bulldogs.
8th Grade Academic Coach
8th Ed Specialist
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.
My name is Veronica and I am starting my 4th year as a Site Manager at High Tech Middle. I grew up in Bakersfield, CA for 11 years but, in 2012, my family and I moved to San Diego.
I graduated in 2015 with my BA in Communication with a minor in English Literature. During my 4 years at San Diego Christian College, I worked closely with the Registrar in the Enrollment Services. After graduating, I worked as an Admissions Coordinator and Graduation Coach but eventually transitioned to 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!
ASES Middle School Athletics
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.
Extended Services Coordinator
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.
HTMPL Inclusion Specialist
Aftercare Assistant I
Aftercare Assistant II
Gwendolyn Rogers is from Pawtucket, RI and is excited to continue learning and growing in her new home of San Diego alongside the students of HTM. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Sociology and Education, then got her Masters of Arts in Teaching for Social Studies and History. She taught a variety of subjects, with students ranging from 6th to 12th grade, for five years in Providence, RI, most recently spending the past three years teaching English Language Development to multilingual learners. She also spent a year working in a handful of Rhode Island schools as a restorative justice counselor, seeing firsthand the power of what can happen when you give people the space and tools to intentionally build community and learn from mistakes made. Through all the different experiences she has had in life and education, Gwen has come to realize how strong relationships are at the heart of everything. She comes to HTM in the role of dean excited to build relationships with everyone in the school community in order to best support students, families, and staff.
In her free time, Gwen likes to play noncompetitive games with her friends, think constantly about what she wants to be eating next, learn about different parts of the world while planning trips to go there, practice her Spanish, write in her journal, play tennis (but not keep score), get lost in books, try new crafts projects, watch shows that people recommend to her, do silly things with her family, and learn how to be a more thoughtful community member. For Gwen, the best days are ones that are spent laughing with as many different people as possible, so she feels extremely fortunate to be in a position where that happens daily.
Gabriela Ugalde Sanchez