Outside of education, Max currently enjoys biking, ultimate frisbee, and the delicious convenience of pressure cooking.
This will be Max’s second year at High Tech Middle Media Arts. He is originally from New York City and graduated from Macalester College with a BA in Psychology in 2010 and from the Harvard Graduate school of Education with an Ed.M in 2016.
The 2018-2019 school year will be Ms. Charlotte's fourth year with the HTMMA family. In her first year, she worked for the before & after school program; her next step was into the classroom as an Academic Coach for 6th grade, and this will be her second year teaching 6th grade Math and Science.
In her free time, Ms. Charlotte loves spending time on the water, trying out new recipes, and spending time with her family. Though San Diego has her heart, Ms. Charlotte loves to travel and explore new places. This summer, she was fortunate enough to have spent 3 weeks traveling around France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Poland!
I grew up in San Diego and traveled to Los Angeles for college. I received my undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University in History and Education. In May 2018, I graduated from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education with my M. Ed in Educational Leadership.
Throughout undergrad, I worked as a summer camp counselor for the YMCA of San Diego at Camp Marston in Julian, and after college spent a year teaching outdoor education there as well. Even though I love the mountains, I left outdoor education to come to HTMMA.
At HTMMA, I have been a coach, taught seventh grade for a year, and finally landed in my favorite grade - sixth grade. When I am not at school, I thoroughly enjoy drumming, reading, hiking, backpacking, camping and cooking, yummy food and traveling. My favorite books are The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain and Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.
As a teacher I strongly believe that students produce their best and most interesting work when driven by their own convictions.
The goal for my class is that students will develop strategies for answering problems inside and outside the classroom. As students' solutions to these problems grow, they will be able to build a their skills and understanding. As a teacher it is important that I am able to support the students with skill building and understanding of concepts so that they are able to execute their ideas and interests to the highest quality. I believe it is important to provide students with foundational information in an conservative manner. There is a fine line of teaching a student a skill or giving them step-by-step directions to complete a task. The same is true with concepts and theories. Exposing students to published ideas and theories is important, but I do not think students need to agree with what is presented. To truly allow for student voice and develope original work I think it is important that we show students tools they may need then allow them to create their own solutions and ideas. It is important that I have a strong understanding of my students, as it allows for more accurate anticipation of possible skills and theory comprehension that will be helpful.
Knowing each student is very important to me. When I was a student, I wanted my teachers to know who I was, and for them to be an adult to talk to who weren't my parents. I want my students to feel that each day they can walk into at least one classroom and know they will be seen as an individual and not just another student. The understanding of the classroom population also allows me to be honest and give pointed feedback on ideas and work and have the words hold weight.
I truly value the voices and ideas of my students. I believe that students hold a great influence in our society and should feel empowered that they can answer real world problems with confidence.
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy watching a lot of TV, listening to true crime podcasts, and traveling
Julie's also a writer. She writes poetry, memoir, and a food blog called Willow Bird Baking. Her other interests range far and wide: rescue dogs, yoga, reading, intersectional feminism, faith, sustainability, baking, kayaking, the outdoors, and food photography. She lives with her husband, Mike; her rescue poodle, Byrd; and her rescue turtle, Squirt.
I'm thrilled to be back at the High Tech High Village and teaching 8th grade Humanities this year at HTMMA!
I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey and earned my Bachelor's degree at Hofstra University in Long Island NY in History and Secondary Education. I taught Social Studies for six years in NY and NJ. My students and I often took our classroom outdoors to NYC, museums and historical sites.
I left the East Coast for year round warm weather and found myself in sunny San Diego. I taught at High Tech Middle, Ideate High Academy and Innovations Academy over the past 13 years. I love teaching Humanities and being able to share my passions: history, writing and the arts with my students.
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy cooking, attempting DIYs and reading. I also enjoy exploring San Diego with my husband and my two kiddos.
In my class, students will grapple with important questions about our country's history, read the stories of others, and learn to share their own stories and ideas through the beauty of the written word.
I live in Ocean Beach with Mr. Brady, my dog Herman, and my cat Mr. Abby. I enjoy running long distances, teaching and practicing yoga, waking up early, a great non-fiction book, finding new podcasts, a good cup of coffee, and laughing. I am constantly inspired by my hometown hero Mr. Rogers and strive to be a teacher he would be proud of.
I was born in Israel. Most of my family is there except for my parents who are on the east coast (Maryland.) I moved to Maryland when I was only 3, but I still call Israel my home. I feel a certain overwhelming emotion come over me when I am there, I simply feel home.
I got my undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) in Elementary Education with an emphasis in math and science education. I have always known I wanted to be a teacher. My mother and her twin were both teachers and my last name “Shulman” basically translates in Hebrew to “School Man.” I guess you can say that teaching was my calling and I answered it loud and clear. This is the career I was put on this planet to do. I love my job so much and the creative freedom that I have make my class an unforgettable experience.
I have been living in San Diego since August of 2006 and have been teaching in the High Tech High system for the same amount of time. Before coming to High Tech Middle Media Arts, I was a teacher for 5 years in Maryland. I started teaching in Gaithersburg, Maryland, my home town (where I grew up) and taught at Forest Oak Middle School in my community for 5 years. I taught 6-8 grade math and science. I had an amazing time and wonderful experiences teaching on the east coast, ones that could never be duplicated. Many of my students have graduated or are still in college today or have graduated college already and I still keep in contact with many of them.
I then made the move across the United States to wonderful San Diego, California. I scored a dream job teaching in the High Tech High “Village.” I taught 6th grade math/science at High Tech Middle Media Arts for three years, 7th and 8th grade math/science at High Tech Middle for 7 years and finally 5th grade at High Tech Elementary for a year and have loved every second in each position I've had! I earned my Masters Degree at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education with a degree in Teacher Leadership as well. After 15 years in the middle school, I decided I needed a change. Typically teachers move to a higher grade, but I knew 5th grade was my new adventure. I got to work with some of the best people I've ever met. While I had an amazing experience as a 5th grade teacher, I most at home as an 8th grade teacher, so I am thrilled to be back at my original stomping grounds, HTMMA (where I met my beautiful wife!)
I love to surf. My wife and I try to get out as often as we can. If you are ever out surfing in OB, let me know. I simply love being outside. I also have a coffee addiction. If you see me drinking coffee you can yell at me and tell me to stop. I drink about 6-8 cups a day. I probably won’t, but try anyways! I enjoy building things. Get ready to use a lot of power tools and wear your construction tool belt, because we have a lot to build this year.
Most importantly I have a wife named Sarah (who works for the HTH Grad School Credentialing office,) a beautiful 4 year old daughter and a 1 year old daughter who are all the center of my world. I feel I am the luckiest person because I have a family I couldn't be prouder of and a job I wake up daily excited to go to.
I am excited for this year to come. I have so many amazing ideas for an outlandish, amazing, and unforgettable year. Get ready to work hard and play harder!
Ultimately, his intention is to make works that communicate for groups that are so often predetermined and judged. As a young artist, David feels it is his responsibility to be the voice for the certain subjects in his work. Having grown up in Compton, Los Angeles, experiences inform his paintings because they develop a ruggedness which display their imposing presence to the observer which is why he paints on such a large scale.
Maya Lin, Isamu Noguchi, and Christo Javacheff are public artists that stimulate his series of images and installations. Encouraged by their ideology and the procedures of addressing the public, David persists. The work is not geared at the attention of a specific audience or genre; it is constructed for the people rather. Like Christo, some series are about an unveiling of something that is too often overlooked. By bringing the outside in, David Smith’s hope is to give onlookers insight.
He came to HTM in May of 2011 and became the Extended Services Director. He began his first year teaching in 7th grade in 2013, teaching math and life science. His favorite project was when his students researched animals in captivity, designed Zoo enclosures for those animals and their natural habitats, and presented those designs to Architects at the San Diego Zoo. The next year, he taught 8th grade math and physics and was ecstatic to work with some of the same students. Building on their success from 7th grade, his students hosted an Air Pressure Carnival and constructed steel Marble Roller Coasters that demonstrated properties of motion. He also has co-directed the Summer Bridge Program for incoming 6th graders for the last 5 years. He currently is entering his second year as the Dean of Student Affairs at High Tech Middle Media Arts, where he supports the development of a positive school culture through fostering meaningful relationships.
Before coming to High Tech Middle, David was the after school program director at Francis Parker Lower School, working there for 6 years, during which time he grew to understand the value of building relationships in an educational setting. David graduated Magna Cum Laude from National University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics and later obtained his single subject teaching credential in mathematics and science from High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Most recently, in the spring of 2017 David completed his Masters in Education in School Leadership through the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. He has traveled Paris, Mexico, safaried in South Africa, and survived driving on the streets of Italy. In his free time, he enjoys boogie boarding at the beach, playing the drums and listening to music and working on his golf handicap!
Jessie is committed to working towards ending education inequity and sees education as a tool for large scale transformation. Her passion lies in working alongside students with disabilities and their families, allowing space for students to realize new heights in their abilities. Jessie's ultimate vision centers around supporting students to discover joy and confidence in being independent and self sufficient.
Jessie spends any and all free time traveling abroad, reading fiction, experiencing live music, dance, cycling, the beach, and finding foodie spots, especially with her friends and family.
In her free time, Sarah can often be found binging a good TV show, trying out all of the hidden food gems in San Diego, and laughing with friends.
I joined the team at High Tech Elementary (HTe) for its founding year, where I learned about growth mindset, project based education and deeper learning. After two years at HTe I wanted to grow, challenge, and develop as an educator, which brought me to HTMMA in 2017. Inclusion is a call to action, and my goal when working with students is to foster an experience that promotes open communication, participation, and embraces the idea of community within the education process. As a mom myself, I understand the desire for my child to love learning, make lasting friendships, and feel that they belong. Fortunately, my son is only a toddler, so I have some time to hone my tiger-mom skills.
In my free time I love exploring the beaches and trails of San Diego, and going to local plays and musicals with my partner and friends. I also enjoy volunteering at the San Diego LGBTQ Community Center.