6th Grade Performing Arts
Andrea Agosto grew up as an Army brat so she moved around quite a bit, and is thrilled to be here at HTMM. The places she was in the longest were Kansas City, KS and Mayagüez, PR. It was in high school in Kansas City, when she discovered drama and her love for performing. Years later, she graduated college with her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in Film & Media from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After working in advertising, she shifted focus and began working as a paraeducator for English learners. This inspired her to get her Master's degree from the University of New Mexico where she studied Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies. Upon moving to San Diego, she attended SDSU to earn her bilingual credential.
When not in class, she is working on plays (rehearsing, performing and writing), drawing, and dancing poorly.
6th Grade Humanities
I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating high school, I ventured up to the Philadelphia, PA area to attend Bryn Mawr College, a wonderful liberal arts college for women. There, I studied Sociology, Education, and French, ultimately graduating with a Bachelor's degree in hand and a passion for teaching and learning. Since graduation from college, I have worked in education in 3 of the 4 corners of the continental US.
The 2015-2016 school year marks my fourth year at High Tech High Media Arts. I am STILL thrilled to be in a city that I love pursuing my dream job as a Humanities teacher. I'm so lucky to be working alongside some of the most thoughtful and creative educators out there!
When I'm not at school, you might find me with my two favorite beings: my husband, Wilson, and my dog, Scout (sorry, Mom). I love to read, travel, cook, and share meals with the people that I love. Here's to a great year!
Favorite book of the summer: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Coolest places that I traveled to this summer: Portugal, Spain, France, Italy
6th Grade Humanities
Sophia Flores is a San Diego native with strong roots in her Chicanx community. As an alum of High Tech High Media Arts she went on to graduate from the University of California, Davis with a BA in Sociology, BA in Chicanx Studies, and minor in Education. Since graduation, Sophia has severed for Americorps and been a part of High Tech Middle Mesa's inclusion team. Sophia is currently working towards her teaching credential and Masters of Education. When she is not in school, Sophia is most likely reading, with her nephews/nieces, or spending quality time with those she loves.
David Garcia is a true hometown kid, born and raised in the beautiful city of San Diego. After attending Mount Miguel High School, David earned his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University. Once his undergrad journey came to an end, David set out as a volunteer to teach English abroad in Colombia! Upon his return home, David had the amazing opportunity to join High Tech Middle Chula Vista as an Academic Coach. The High Tech High Graduate School of Education was waiting for him right around the corner and is where he earned a preliminary California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
This year, David will be continuing his studies in pursuit of his M.Ed in Teaching & Learning. David was a part of the founding team here at High Tech middle Mesa and could not be more excited and grateful to be a part of such an amazing community of learners. GO THUNDER!!!
Outside of School David enjoys exploring the splendor of this amazing city and state. He can be found on the open oceans fishing, backpacking in the Sierras, or lounging around in bright floral Hawaiian tees.
She is a native San Diegan and is ecstatic to be apart of the HTMMesa family. She attended Seattle Pacific University and received a Bachelor of Arts in History. Then worked in the education department at a Seattle history museum for five years. A few years ago she moved back to San Diego and earned her credential in history, multiple subjects, and mild/moderate special education.
She previously taught 7th-grade humanities at High Tech Middle North County and cannot wait to teach 6th grade here!
Outside of school, she enjoys working out and being outside, especially scuba diving and water skiing at the Colorado River. In addition, she has a passion for travel and trying new restaurants! Most importantly, learning and continuing her education is her priority.
6th Grade Math/Science
Candice Weston is a San Diego native, and grew up in Valley Center, California. She received her B.A. in Human Development with an emphasis in Counseling from Cal State University, San Marcos. She loves to travel! After graduating, she received an educational grant to teach at a bilingual high school in a small town called Ubrique, in Southern Spain. This is where she found her love for teaching! Upon returning to San Diego, she obtained her teaching credential from San Diego State. She also received her Masters in Teaching Social Justice Education from Cal State Fresno.
Candice is entering her 11th year of teaching, and this is her second year being a part of the High Tech Middle Mesa family. She has had the opportunity to teach math/science to middle school grades through project based learning throughout her teaching career. Outside of teaching Candice loves to spend time with her family (husband Daniel and son Isaac), swim, do yoga, and hike.
7th Grade Math
Maribeth is a Southern California native who began her education career teaching communication courses and coaching speech and debate at the college level. After over a decade of teaching at the college level, she was introduced to Montessori education and fell in love. This inspired her to make the move to teaching middle school at a local Montessori school for the last 10 years.
Ten years of teaching all subjects for 7th and 8th grade has given Maribeth a unique and comprehensive understanding of how the subjects interrelate and support each other. Maribeth was drawn to High Tech Middle because she LOVES learning, collaborative design, and opportunities for growth. She looks forward to sharing her passion for learning with students for years to come.
One of Maribeth’s favorite things to do is plan rich field studies for students to share her love of the neighborhoods, businesses, and nature in San Diego county. In her spare time, Maribeth enjoys travel, concerts, paddle boarding, biking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and her two daughters who attend school just across the courtyard at HTHM.
Maribeth holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from San Diego State University as well as a master’s in Education from St. Catherine’s University in Minnesota.
7th Grade Humanities
Corey Clark is originally from Riverside, California. Shortly after graduating from the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts and teaching credential, he began his teaching career. Corey has experience in both private and charter schools. In addition to his teaching profession, he also accepted a role as an Athletic Director for two years. Although he loved his time in the Inland Empire, he moved to Escondido to take a position at High Tech Middle San Marcos to pursue his love of project based learning. He has never been more excited to begin a school year, and he is honored to be a part of the HTH organization.
Outside of school, he loves to rock climb, hike, adventure, read, play basketball or any sport, travel, listen to music, watch movies, and spend time with family.
7th Grade Math/Science
Sabrina Dendle was born and raised in Chula Vista, CA making her a San Diego native. She received a B.A. in Sociology while minoring in Elementary and Secondary Education and received her teaching credential through her undergraduate career at Loyola Marymount University. She then enlisted in AmeriCorps as a City Year volunteer in Seattle, WA as a math and language interventionist. Her thirst to become a better teacher only grew, so she decided to attend a graduate program with the Relay Graduate School of Education in Denver, CO while teaching 6th grade Mathematics, receiving a M.A. in Teaching. Outside of school, she loves to watch movies and cook large meals for friends and family. This will be her first year as a part of the High Tech community and is so excited to be back in her hometown!
7th Grade Engineering & Science
Matt seeks inspiration from the way good games function to design learning environments that promote student engagement, autonomy, and belonging. He is excited to bring his passion for hands-on, collaborative learning to the HTM Mesa team from New Jersey where he developed the middle school STEAM program for the Morris Plains School District and has taught for the past five years. He enjoys supporting extracurricular activities and coaches soccer, wrestling, tennis, and chess.
Matt has never encountered a sport he doesn’t like playing. He also enjoys reading, hosting game nights, spending time at the beach, and struggling with a good riddle. In his spare time, he is currently developing an original computer game.
Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and a minor in computer science from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. While working as a police officer, Matt had the opportunity to serve as an adjunct professor and discovered that his true passion was education. He went on to complete the “New Pathways to Teaching” program in New Jersey and hasn’t looked back since!
7th Grade Studio M
Charlie Linnik grew up in San Diego, California. She went to U.C.S.D. where she received her B.A. in Visual Arts and M.Ed. in Education Studies. She also graduated from our very own High Tech High Graduate School of Education for Teacher Leadership.
She is an avid surfer, and has been surfing for over 20 years. When she is not in the water she can be found painting, or reading graphic novels. Charlie is a lover of books, movies and any type of sour candy. She is excited and passionate for the arts, doing carpentry and making.
Kate Sugar was born and raised in San Diego, and recently returned home to California after spending eight years living and teaching in New York City. After graduating from Canyon Crest Academy in 2008, Kate majored in English at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She then moved to the East Coast, and received an MFA degree from Columbia University in 2014. Kate has taught middle schoolers for the last six years and, as such, has memorized an impressive number of fart jokes and is fluent in emojis. Outside of school, Kate enjoys painting, reading, and playing chess, but spends most of her time running after her son, Jamie.
Juliet is originally from Connecticut and has taught and led in schools in Boston and Washington, DC before moving to San Diego to attend High Tech High’s Graduate School of Education where she earned her MA in School Leadership. During her graduate work at High Tech, Juliet was the school leadership resident and interim director at High Tech Middle Chula Vista. She then became the director at High Tech Middle North County where she worked until she had the opportunity to open High Tech Middle Mesa.
Juliet loves working with young people - especially middle schoolers! - to uncover their potential, explore ideas, build joyful communities, and create meaningful work. She is honored to work with our amazing students, teachers and families!
Juliet enjoys running (pretty slowly), any type of puzzle (math, crossword, mysteries), and laughing with family and friends.
Sandy Nuño is excited to be the Site Manager for High Tech Middle Mesa. In 2013 Sandy was the Aftercare Manager for High Tech Elementary and High Tech Middle on our North County Campus. Prior to joining the High Tech Mesa team, Sandy worked as a preschool teacher in Los Angeles. She also worked for the YMCA of San Diego County where she managed an elementary school program in Escondido, California. Her passion for education took her to Long Beach, CA where she taught Kindergarten, but has spent most of her time in aftercare organizations in Los Angeles and San Diego County.
Graduating from San Diego State University with a bachelor in liberal studies and emphasis is human development allowed her to become passionate about education. Her commitment to child advocacy has led her to work in organizations that have promoted the well-being and safety of children in various educational settings. Sandy is thrilled to be working with High Tech again and is looking forward to connecting with all of our HTMM families.
In her spare time, Sandy enjoys visiting her sister, nieces and nephews In Hawaii, sipping coffee with friends, and spending time with her husband and her two children.
Nicole Guerrero was born in the Philippines but raised in South San Diego, in the National City area. She recently graduated from the University of California with a double major in Sociology and Education and moved back to San Diego in order to be closer to friends and family, while pursuing a career in education.
Although Nicole has just started her career, she is excited to gain experience within a project-based learning environment and work with an amazing community at HTM Mesa.
Nicole enjoys cooking, reading, looking for new music and/or going to concerts, and has just started her journey towards becoming a plant mom.
Sean Delgado is the Education Specialist for High Tech Middle Mesa. Being the youngest of 12, Sean's family decided to move to San Diego from Torrington, WY when he was four years old. Sean has lived in Clairmont Mesa, Mira Mesa, Escondido, San Marcos and Rancho Penasquitos. He has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology along with extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities in both a classroom and day-program setting. Sean's passion and experiences are predominantly in the Special Education field where he collaborates with general education teachers. Sean has worked within the High Tech organization since 2015 and has incorporated many different interventions to support students in making progress and reaching their academic goals. He is a novice at American Sign Language, which he hopes to improve and remains active playing hockey and hiking. Harry Potter is a minor addiction of Sean's (Hufflepuff all day!) and he is an avid Liverpool Soccer supporter in his free time.
DJ was born and raised in northern New Jersey and has spent the last 10 years working in NYC public schools, first as a City Year AmeriCorps member in a south Brooklyn high school and most recently as a network director for a charter management organization. DJ is most experienced in tutoring & mentoring, social emotional learning, small group personalized & blended learning, school leadership, critical pedagogy/theory, school model design, and systems leadership. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he earned a BA in Economics and is currently a New School Creation Fellow at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education where he will also be earning a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.
DJ is very excited to join the High Tech Middle Mesa community and looks forward to collaborating with an amazing group of students, educators, and families! DJ enjoys playing video games, watching good (and bad) television and film, reading / learning / discussing new ideas, and occasionally forcing himself to be more physically active!
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, the youngest of six. As a young student, I frequently asked myself, “Why are we doing this?” as I fiddled and daydreamed in the back of the class. After repeating first grade, I was diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD. With support, I finally earned a BA in English and Political Science from UCR, an M.A. in Ed/Psych from Pepperdine University, and an M.A. in Special Education from SFSU. I’ve worked for over 20 years as an Ed Specialist in Elementary, Middle, and High School before settling back to Middle School, which is my jam! My passions in education include literacy, social-emotional development, problem-solving, restorative practices, social justice, and of course, teaching full inclusion. When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with Cate, my children Calvin and Audrey, my bully Dozer, Greg Hefley, my Tortoise, traveling, camping, BBQ everything, bonfires, gardening, reading, vermiculture, making Kombucha, and obsessing over the 49ers.
Junia Kim was born and raised in California and spent most of her life in the Bay Area. Since 2012, she taught grades 4-8 in Oakland and Berkeley, and most recently was a 7th and 8th grade math teacher and an inaugural co-president of her teacher's union. At HTMM, she looks forward to learning from students, teachers, and families around important topics like individual agency and building community as a new school. In the upcoming chapter of her journey, Junia hopes to disrupt cycles of disenfranchisement experienced by youth in the foster care system.
In her free time, Junia enjoys stories and conversations, making things, exploring things, trying things, and performing things. She graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature (English and Spanish) from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and earned her Ed.M. in Language and Literature at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jessica Luevano was born and raised in Santa Clarita, California but has been a resident of San Diego for the past seven years. She holds a Bachelors degree from CSUF in Child Development and a Masters degree from Capella University in School Counseling. At HTMM, Jessica is looking forward to learning and working with students, teachers, and families and building community as a new school.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, long walks with her Husky, playing soccer, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.
I'm a native San Diegan and am very happy to be back in my hometown. I went to college, for my undergrad, at Oregon State University. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, specializing in managerial economics, as well as earning double minors in Political Science and Business & Entrepreneurship.
I am currently attending the University of San Diego where I am pursuing my credentialing Master's Degree in Education and Curriculum Development. The program I am enrolled in is forward-thinking enough to incorporate a dual credentialing program- Secondary Education for History/Social Science (grades 6-12) as well as Special Education. I am currently in my student teaching placement for my SpEd credential, and am assigned to the wonderful Inclusion team here at High Tech Middle Mesa!
One of my academic passions is centered around international politics and economics, especially focusing on infrastructural policies and conflicts. Before I found how rewarding and natural of a fit teaching is for me, I was originally planning on pursuing careers with the United Nations, State Department, and International NGO's.
Another passion of mine is history, of all time periods- I watch/listen to soooo many podcasts and channels that cover everything from Antiquity (Mesopotamian, Indus valley, and Yellow River foundations of civilizations) to the Medieval ages (again, international perspectives) all the way through modern history. It is amazing how cyclical civilization is, and how deeply we all are effected by decisions and policies of history. Yes, I admit, I am a total nerd (and proud of it)!!
If I'm not busy watching or learning amazing things about history (or completing work for my Masters courses) I am watching sports and playing video games. If you have questions about games (whether they be physical or electronic) feel free to send them my way! When the world finally comes back to normalcy, I am looking forward to being able to coach any (or all) sport that I possibly can!!
I am so happy to be able to gain experience working with a team as amazing and inclusive as the one only found at High Tech Middle Mesa. I am looking forward to an amazing semester (as strange as it will be remotely)!! (Did you know we have a mascot?) Let's go Thunder!
Aftercare Program Director
Lisa was 10 years old when she moved back to the United States after living 9 years overseas in Japan. California became her forever home and she finished her schooling in the South Bay community. Lisa first joined the High Tech team in 2012 as a youth leader for High Tech Elementary in Chula Vista. She worked part time for the after school program until she moved on to become an academic coach. She briefly left High Tech to finish her Liberal Studies Degree at Cal State University, Monterey Bay. There she continued to work with extended services at a number of different schools in Northern California. After receiving her BA she returned to San Diego to once again join the High Tech family. She worked at HTMCV as a program leader, activities coordinator and athletic director until she transferred to HTMMA. This will be her 3rd High Tech School and she ecstatic to be apart of a founding team opening up both the elementary/middle schools.
During her free time, you can catch her strolling through the Little Italy’s Mercato or out with her dogs. She loves to be active in the Italian community and enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew. She is highly competitive and plays in a number of adult leagues around San Diego with her husband.
Gemma Rubi was born and raised in San Diego, California. She is very happy to be working with the students and staff at HTMMesa! She attended Bates College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Spanish. Throughout her undergraduate career, Gemma also volunteered as a Teacher Assistant and Tutor at the public schools in her area. At HTMMesa, Gemma is looking forward to learning alongside students and collaborating with the teachers and staff.
In her free time, Gemma enjoys acting as a tourist and sightseeing in San Diego, traveling, going to the beach, and watching movies! Gemma also wants to continue her education and grow as an educator.