- Anna Chiles 6th Grade HumanitiesXAnna Chiles6th 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
- 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.
- Indigo Dow Student Teacher (Anna Chiles)XIndigo DowStudent Teacher (Anna Chiles)
As a student teacher, Indigo Dow’s role is to help students grow into thoughtful, resilient and caring people. Indigo is passionate about multicultural education and teaching for social justice. He works to develop a learning environment where students have a voice and are empowered to create positive change at High Tech Middle Mesa and the larger community.
Currently, Indigo is studying for his Masters in Education at the University of San Diego. Indigo graduated from Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts in American studies and a minor in anthropology. Indigo also played football at Colby, earning the Ironman award his senior year.
Indigo is excited to enter his 7th year as an educator. Before joining the High Tech Middle Mesa community in 2019, Indigo had the opportunity to teach and coach at The Pingry School in New Jersey, and most recently at the La Jolla Country Day School here in San Diego!
Outside of the classroom, Mr. Dow enjoys snowboarding, scuba diving, traveling, boxing, playing African and Latin drums, laughing and gaining new experiences.
- Matthew Gottilla 6th Grade MakersXMatthew Gottilla6th Grade Makers
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!
- Charlene Linnik Instructional CoachXCharlene LinnikInstructional Coach
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 in the final stages of completing his Doctorate of Education through University of California, San Diego and California State University San Marcos. Curtis will also be teaching his first graduate course for the 2nd year M.Ed. students at High Tech High's Graduate School of Education. Lastly, he is 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 10th 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.
- Candice Weston 6th Grade Math / ScienceXCandice Weston6th 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. Most recently, she also received her Masters in Teaching Social Justice Education from Cal State Fresno.
Candice is entering her 10th year of teaching, and has had the amazing opportunity to teach math/science to middle school grades through project based learning throughout her teaching career. She is beyond excited to join the High Tech Middle Mesa team and looking forward to what this year will bring! Outside of teaching Candice loves to spend time with her family (husband Daniel and son Isaac), swim, do yoga, and hike.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sean Delgado Education SpecialistXSean DelgadoEducation Specialist
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.
- Sophia Flores Academic CoachXSophia FloresAcademic Coach
- David Garcia GSE StudentXDavid GarciaGSE Student
- Cathryn Magielnicki School PsychologistXCathryn MagielnickiSchool Psychologist
I have been working within the field of Education since 2009 in various roles: Teacher, Creative Arts Therapist, Researcher, and School Psychologist. I am a native New Yorker, who moved to Boston to pursue degrees in Child Development and School Psychology from Tufts University. Prior to working in the field of School Psychology, I was heavily immersed in the field of research for various institutes including Tufts University, MIT, and Tufts Floating Hospital for Children. My research projects included investigating resilience factors in students who participated in music programs, researching the benefits of neurofeedback programs in schools for children who were diagnosed with ADHD, and looking at brain development to identify early indicators of Dyslexia.
I am passionate about Social Emotional Learning, Social Justice, collaborating with parents and advocating for all of our students needs.
I recently presented at the National Association for School Psychology Conference (2019) on creating effective mental health systems within schools, and received the California School Psychology Award (2019) to implement Social-Emotional Curriculum within Schools.
Outside of work I enjoy hiking, baking, reading, traveling and adventuring with my dog.
- Lisa Quintana Aftercare Program DirectorXLisa QuintanaAftercare 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.
- Joel Rodriguez Aftercare AssistantXJoel RodriguezAftercare Assistant
- Jordan Taylor Aftercare AssistantXJordan TaylorAftercare Assistant