Staff directory will be updated as our school grows — Please stay tuned!
- Anna Chiles HumanitiesXAnna ChilesHumanities
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
- Corey Clark 6th Grade HumanitiesXCorey Clark6th 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.
- Charlie Linnik 6th Grade MakersXCharlie Linnik6th Grade Makers
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. She is an avid surfer, and has been surfing for over 10 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.
- Curtis Taylor 6th Grade Math/ScienceXCurtis Taylor6th Grade Math/Science
Curtis Taylor is originally from Greenville, South Carolina. He has earned his B.A degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) and his M.Ed. in STEAM Education from the University of San Diego. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate of Education through University of California, San Diego and California State University San Marcos. Curtis is also a graduate of the Call Me MISTER program, which is a growing program to raise the number of males teaching in the classroom.
Curtis is very thrilled about entering his 9th year of teaching! He was privileged to teach 3rd and 5th grade in Greenville County Schools and worked with the University of South Carolina, Lancaster teaching math to aspiring first generation college students. He has been with High Tech since the Fall of 2013 and is excited to continue the work with such amazing students! His hobbies include singing, dancing, working out, and just spending time with his family and friends.
- Juliet Mohnkern DirectorXDirector
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. Until this spring, Juliet was the director at High Tech Middle North County. Though she is sad to leave the amazing community at HTMNC, she is incredibly excited to opening HTM Mesa this August.
Juliet loves working with young people - especially middle schoolers! - to uncover their potential, explore ideas, build joyful community, and create meaningful work. Juliet enjoys running (pretty slowly), any type of puzzle (math, crossword, mysteries), and laughing with family and friends.
- Sean Delgado Education SpecialistXSean DelgadoEducation Specialist
I am very excited to take on the role of Inclusion Specialist for HTMNC. Being the youngest of 12, I found myself fortunate to call San Diego my home at the age of 3. My parents moved here from Torrington, WY and it could not have benefitted me more. I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and have experience working with individuals with disabilities in both a classroom and day-program setting. My passion and experiences are predominantly in the Special Education field. I am a novice at American Sign Language, which I hope to get better at. I try to stay as active as possible playing soccer, hockey and hiking whenever I can find time. Harry Potter is a minor addiction of mine (Hufflepuff all day!) and I follow Liverpool Soccer.
- Sandy Nuno Site ManagerXSandy NunoSite Manager
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.
- Lisa Quintana Aftercare Program LeadXLisa QuintanaAftercare Program Lead
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.
During her free time, you can catch her strolling through the Little Italy’s Mercato or out with her dog. 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.