- Corey Clark 6th Grade HumanitiesX6th 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.
- Lauren Hagan 6th Grade Math/ScienceX6th Grade Math/Science
I was born and raised on a small farm in Whitesville, KY. I had a passion for volleyball and ended up playing for the University of Kansas. While at Kansas, I received a Bachelor’s degree in middle math education and stayed an additional year to gain a Master’s degree in curriculum and teaching. From here, I ventured to Managua, Nicaragua to teach 6th grade mathematics. Once back in the states, I found myself moving to North Carolina to teach at a project based learning school in Durham. However, the west coast has always intrigued me and I found myself aching to get out to San Diego- especially during the winter! I love middle schoolers and I am thrilled to teach 6th grade math and science at High Tech High Middle North County this year.In my free time I can be found hanging with my sweet Boston terrier named Hank. Together, Hank and I spent 4 weeks moving across the county to see some amazing National Parks. I love adventure and travel and I'm also into volleyball, bullet journaling, and developing a green thumb.
- Guy MacLaury 6th grade HumanitiesX6th grade Humanities
In September of the year 1986, in a hospital in Glendale, CA, Guy MacLaury (me) was born. A lot of people ask why my parents would name me Guy, and the truth of it is that they didn't have much of a choice. My grandpa is Guy, my dad is Guy, I'm Guy, and you can bet that when/if my wife and I have a son, his name will be Guy too. That's a lot of Guys.
Born and raised in Southern California, I have a strong bond with sand, water, mountains, dry winds and long drives. I've been teaching since my early twenties and I don't see any end in sight. While teaching guitar and woodshop in my early years, something latched ahold of me and I haven't been able to shake it since. I spent some time abroad teaching English as a Second Language, then moved back to California where I found other jobs teaching English. I received my Teaching Credential from San Diego State University in 2018. The teaching journey continues!
I am a curious, passionate, energetic, wondering, wandering, relaxed individual who takes all of these things and brings them into his classroom. Here is a list of passions/topics that will always get me talking and listening. Feel free to come on by with a cup of coffee and have a conversation.
-coffee (trees, roasting, drinking, etc.)
-hidden gems of SD County
-crock pot recipes
-stretches for back pain
-The Walking Dead TV show
- Kelsey Seale Academic CoachXKelsey SealeAcademic Coach
Kelsey is a cheerful, humorous, warm-hearted human being that loves dancing, chocolate, sushi, reading, beaching, and cuddling her little chiweenie dog, Bear.
Kelsey grew up in Sutter, CA, a small town in northern California. She received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Human Development from UC Davis in 2016. After graduation, she worked as a preschool teacher until she moved to the San Diego area in August of 2017. After moving, she took on the role of a behavior interventionist for children with Autism. In February of 2018, Kelsey joined the HTMNC family and is so excited to continue her work as an academic coach! Kelsey is patient and understanding of students of all learning abilities, and believes forming friendships and trust with students maximizes their learning and positive outlook in school.
- Dan Slowik HTMNC Academic CoachXDan SlowikHTMNC Academic Coach
Dan grew up in a Northwest suburb of Chicago and spent several years living in the city near Wrigley Field (Go Cubs!). Although they thoroughly enjoy the city of Chicago, this past summer Dan and his fiancee decided they were done with the frigid winters and packed their bags for sunny San Diego! As the youngest of 4 boys, Dan was instilled with a competitive and adventurous spirit. He is from a family full of educators who always encouraged him to explore, ask questions, and lend a helping hand to others. This essentially led him to develop a passion for teaching others. Outside of the classroom, Dan’s passions include playing and coaching basketball, cooking, running, hiking, music, his Chicago sports teams (Bulls, Cubs, and da Bears), and seeking out his next adventure.
Prior to teaching, Dan attended the University of Dubuque, where he was a member of the men’s basketball team. Following his years at Dubuque, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Geography Education at Illinois State University. After college, Dan taught high school history on the South Side of Chicago for 4 years, where he also coached basketball. Dan’s teaching philosophy is to first gain students’ trust aided by a welcoming and open-minded environment (mixed with some terrible jokes) in order to foster individualized educational growth throughout the school year.
- Curtis Taylor 6th Grade Math/ScienceX6th 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.
- Fernando Vega Performing Arts TeacherXPerforming Arts Teacher
In 2015 Mr. Vega was nominated for a best featured performance by the San Diego critics circle for his performance as the Lion in "Oz" at Lamb's Players Theatre. Mr. Vega was the 2013-2014 Artist in Residence and honor's lecturer at U.C.S.D's Thurgood Marshall College. He grew up in this very neighborhood. Mr. Vega got his start as a ford foundation scholar with the Old Globe Theatre’s Teatro Meta, a bilingual actor training program. He attended United States International University in San Diego and London receiving a Bachelor of fine art in Musical Theatre. Mr. Vega is now a vested member of the Actors Equity Association in Canada and the U.S. His singing and acting jobs have taken him to Canada, Mexico and nearly every state in the U.S. You may have also seen him in a few commercials as well. Mr. Vega has been a teaching artist for Playwrights Project, Lambs Players Theater, San Diego Junior Theatre and The Globe Theater’s Teatro Meta. San Diego audiences have seen him onstage in musicals, comedies and classical dramas. Shows include “Quincenera” by Broadway playwright and T.V. writer Rick Najera, Broadway and Hollywood legend Luis Valdez’s “Corridos Remix” and The Merchant of Venice at the San Diego Rep. Mr. Vega worked as a director and adjunct professor of theatre for California State University San Marcos while earning California teaching credentials in drama, social science and introductory mathematics. Mr. Vega is a founding charter member of the San Diego Shakespeare Society. He is married to his wonderful wife Sarah and has twin seven year olds daughters and a six year old daughter who all attend High Tech High.
- Mike Fishback 7th Grade HumanitiesX7th Grade Humanities
Mike is thrilled to return to the classroom after working for two years as a full-time parent. During that time, he collaborated with a baby on important projects such as eating solid food, sleeping through the night, and not screeching when out in public. Mike is looking forward to joining the seventh grade team, where the projects will be more sophisticated but no less important.
Previously, Mike taught middle school humanities and theater for fourteen years at independent schools in Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts. He studied political science at Yale, received his masters in education from Harvard, and taught curriculum design at American University. Mike and his husband live in San Diego with their two young children: a daughter in kindergarten next door at HTeNC, and a son who, despite everything, stills enjoys a good screech now and then.
- Charley Jacob Maker Space TeacherXMaker Space Teacher
Charley Jacob is native to Southern California and continually has had paint or ink on his hands since the mid 90's. He has several pairs of Vans shoes from an ever growing collection that nearly predates his students. He has been on a quest to understand why California burritos have french fries since moving to San Diego. He brings his passion for designing and building things to his classroom and loves seeing his students develop their ideas into beautiful work.
Prior to joining the HTMNC team, Charley worked with students and young educators as a director of After School Programs. In addition to his experience in education, he was a small business owner, designing and screen printing shirts, and painting surfboards for a LA based manufacturer. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts with a Studio emphasis from UCSD (selected partly because of its proximity to Black's Beach) and teaching credential from CSUSM. Charley is currently earning a Master in Educational Leadership at HTH Graduate School of Education. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, and their two children especially floating in the ocean, cooking, and making things.
- Ann McAfee 7th Grade Math/ScienceX7th Grade Math/Science
Ann is excited to be returning to the HTH community after an incredible 2 years of teaching in Mumbai, India and traveling the world. Before India, Ann spent five years as a teacher at HTMCV where she taught 7th grade students the wonders of math and science.
Although she has called San Diego home for most of her adult life, Ann is originally from the midwest. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio is where her love of science grew. Ann has always loved to be outside as much as possible: observing plants and animals, playing at the beach, camping, hiking, climbing trees, climbing rocks, climbing mountains, and running around in nature with friends were her favorite things to do and still are. To Ann, any day is better with those things plus music, laughter, or frisbee, and, of course, coffee.
- Amanda McDougal 7th Grade HumanitiesX7th Grade Humanities
Amanda is a native San Diegan and is ecstatic to be apart of the HTMNC family. She attended Seattle Pacific University and received a Bachelors of Arts in History. She 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 attended Point Loma Nazarene University to earn her credential in history and special education.
Outside of school, she enjoys working out and being outside, especially water skiing at the Colorado River. In addition, she has a passion for travel and trying new restaurants!
- Alberni Ruiz Math/Science Apprentice TeacherXAlberni RuizMath/Science Apprentice Teacher
Alberni Ruiz is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He has three years of experience working in non-formal education while he attended CSUSM, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. This will be his second year working in formal education, taking the exciting leap from high school to middle school. Furthermore, Alberni spent three years working in formal lab settings in both biotechnology and environmental science. Lastly, Alberni has been a wrestling coach for the past eight years and worked as a mentor to teens with autism for two years. The accumulation of all of his experience has created a passion for STEM education and outreach.
- Blaine Simmons-Mazzetti 7th Grade Math/ScienceX7th Grade Math/Science
Blaine is from Rincon Indian Reservation in Northern San Diego. He studied History with an emphasis on Native American Studies at UCLA. Blaine loves to spend time with his wife and two daughters. His interests include playing music and photography. Blaine is of the Luiseño (Payomkawichum) people of Rincon and is very interested in bringing the relevance of Indigenous knowledge and tradition to local schools.
- Lynne Titcomb Academic CoachXLynne TitcombAcademic Coach
Lynne earned both her BA degree in Sociology and her MA in Education from the University of California San Diego. After receiving her teaching credential, she worked in the Oceanside School District. Prior to joining HTMNC, Lynne taught fourth grade in Encinitas. She loves working with middle school students and has been part of the HTMNC team for nine years!
Lynne is originally from Los Angeles and fell in love with San Diego while attending UCSD. She lives in Carlsbad with her husband and their two children. She loves spending time with her family camping, sailing, and traveling. Some of her favorite travel adventures include; hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, climbing the Great Wall in China, and visiting the Kremlin in Moscow. She loves hiking and exploring our beautiful national parks.
- Allyson Trachtenberg 7th Grade MaximizerX7th Grade Maximizer
Ally is originally from Long Island, New York, a hotbed for both lacrosse and water sports, which helped develop her active lifestyle. She attended the University of Maryland where she received her B.S. in Middle School Math and Science Education. Ally wasn’t ready to settle down just yet, so she took a year to teach English and coach lacrosse in Israel, where she plays for the national lacrosse team! Though she loved her time abroad, she decided it was time for a new adventure in the states, bringing her to San Diego. Ally has worked with many different age groups but truly loves being in the middle school setting. In her free time she can be found anywhere outside and near the water, or if she has a longer break from school she’ll likely be exploring a new area of the world, adding to her list of (currently) 23 countries visited!
- Emily Kyle 8th grade HumanitiesX8th grade Humanities
Emily Kyle earned her BA degree in Spanish and Minor in English from Westmont College and her Master of Education and teaching credentials in English and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the HTH community, Emily taught 8th grade English in Santa Barbara.
Originally from Washington State, Emily has fallen in love with the southern California sun, surf, and sand life, although she did live in Mexico for a while and still dreams about the best tacos of her life. Emily is currently working towards a Bilingual Authorization and hopes to help promote bilingualism and biculturalism at the HTMNC campus.
Likes: Chick-fil-a lemonade, Thai Food, dark chocolate, green plants, the smell of rain, hiking, the beach, tennis, volleyball
Dislikes: Milk, cheese, sneezing, the smell of gasoline, olives
- Matt Leader 8th Grade Math/ScienceX8th Grade Math/Science
Matthew Leader is an 8th grade math and science teacher at a project based charter school, High Tech Middle North County, an Instructor at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education and a reader for UCSD admissions. Before teaching at High Tech, he traveled and volunteered in community development projects in Central and South America and worked in physical sciences and microbiology labs at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Matthew has been with High for 15 years and was a founding member of 2 schools. He is a native of San Diego and received a Bachelor of Science at the University of California at San Diego in General Biology and Teaching Credentials at San Diego State University. Matthew is an AmeriCorps alumnus and completed a Masters in Education in Teacher Leadership at the HTH Graduate School of Education and participated in internships with NASA and the J. Craig Venter Institute. He has also really enjoyed his time in recent fellowships including, the NSF funded Socrates Teacher Fellow at UCSD, SDSU’s CTCTC fellowship, and the NOAA Climate Stewards fellowship. In addition to teaching and research, he enjoys surfing, fishing, diving, and spending time with his beautiful wife, daughter and son in San Diego.
- Chris Olivas 8th Grade Math/ScienceX8th Grade Math/Science
Mr. Olivas grew up right here in San Diego. He loves traveling and has lived in many different places like Australia, Argentina, and recently in South Africa but always returns because San Diego truly is America's finest city! As a San Diego native, he loves the outdoors and especially the ocean. In high school he was on the swim team, water polo team, and surf team. He went to UCSD to study marine biology and has done some research on sharks at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He also spent all of his summers lifeguarding at Mission Beach and helping to run the San Diego Junior Lifeguard program.
Mr. Olivas has taught high school and middle school math and science at several High Tech High schools since 2008 (but HTM NC is obviously his favorite!) He loves designing projects that allow students to learn new skills and apply them to make authentic work. He is always planning projects around preserving our natural world and our place in it as human beings. He loves to get creative with art, photography, and video inside and outside of school. In a past life he thinks he was a lion and in this current life he thinks he is a Jedi.
- Brittany Perro 8th grade HumanitiesX8th grade Humanities
Brittany Perro is a Massachusetts native who grew up in the small town of Northbridge, and made her way to the city of Boston to attend Emerson College. It was at Emerson that Brittany realized her greatest purpose in life: to make a positive impact on the world around her. She decided the best way she could do that was in the classroom. After graduating, Brittany began her teaching career as a 2011 Teach For America Corps Member in San Antonio, TX. She loved everything about teaching and working with her students, and even received the great honor of being named her school's Teacher of the Year, but felt the urge to move closer to her family and explore some additional artistic passions. In the fall of 2013, she moved back to the Boston area. Brittany spent three years working at software companies during the day and performing improv comedy at night. Brittany realized that she deeply missed her title of "Ms. Perro" and decided to seek teaching opportunities that allowed her to be creative and continue making a positive impact on the people around her. Combining her artistic abilities with her love for teaching, Brittany became an Art Teacher at Brooke Charter School in East Boston, MA in 2016. At Brooke, Ms. Perro taught Art to 540+ K-8 students for two wonderful years and loved every minute of it.
In 2018, Brittany's partner, Brenna, became a doctor and matched for her medical residency at UCSD in California! They moved to San Diego together and fell in love with the city. Brittany is absolutely THRILLED to be joining the High Tech Middle North County team as a "Maximizer" and can't wait to get to know the students, families, and staff that makes up the HTMNC family!
In her free time, Brittany loves to go to the pool or beach, go for (short) runs, read lots of books, draw pictures of her friends and family, watch silly comedy, make up ridiculous songs and videos and put them on YouTube, sing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" at Karaoke, make her way to the center of every dance circle with her impressive moves, make babies laugh, go to rallies and get involved in human rights causes, and find ways to be a strong female leader in the community.
- Sara Sandoval 8th Grade Academic CoachXSara Sandoval8th Grade Academic Coach
Sara graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Ecology, Behavior, & Evolution from UC San Diego and is currently working on her Masters of Science. She studies insect pollination, bee behavior, and native plants. If you ever want a fun fact about wildlife/nature, feel free to ask!
On her days off she loves to hike, bake sweets, binge watch the Office, play with her rats, start video games she'll never finish, meet friends for sushi, go to the zoo, and drink tons of bubble/chai tea.
- Polett Schafer 8th Grade HumanitiesX8th Grade Humanities
Hello HTMNC! My name is Polett Schafer and I am a pug loving, music bumping, VR playing, book hoarding, history geek that will be teaching 8th Grade Humanities this year!
After graduating from CSUSM with a BA in History, I spent four years working at a middle school in Oceanside in a variety of roles; two years as Assistant Site Coordinator of an after-school program and two years as a service-member of AmeriCorps. As a service member I managed a tutoring and mentoring program. I was able to experience the transformative power of developing authentic and caring relationships with wonderful students.
Deep learning happens in a caring community and I intend to make these strong relationships with you all the foundation of my work this year. My professional experience inspired me to earn my teaching credential, with an emphasis on middle school students because I have the sense of humor of a middle schooler :)
Currently, I live in Escondido with my wonderful husband of 7 years. We have five pets that we love dearly. We enjoy taking our dogs on walks, eating at new restaurants, traveling, going to concerts or stand-up comedy shows, watching funny movies or documentaries, and hiking. I love to read, practice yoga, and spend quality time with my friends and family.
- Brent Spirnak Multimedia TeacherXMultimedia Teacher
My life began in Mission Viejo, CA but moved to Anaheim where I spent my youth. I then migrated to San Diego to major in film at San Diego State. In school I was involved with many film productions and group projects. In 2007, I graduated with a bachelors degree in Television, Film and New Media. From there I was hired at High Tech High as the video ethnographer where I captured and created videos about project based learning.
My teaching philosophy promotes an experiential learning environment where students learn communally from both their mistakes and successes.
While not at school I can be found bodysurfing, grilling, playing soccer and hanging out with my wife Megan & daughter Josie.
- Kelly Jacob DirectorXDirector
Kelly is a caffeine-based life form who has an unnatural obsession with tree sloths and pugs. It has been said that her laugh can be heard across campus. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego, where she competed on the inner-tube water polo team. However, she considers herself a bit of a rebel, as she has never waited the full 15 minutes after eating before getting in a pool.
She is deathly afraid of cheese sticks and driving behind small trucks filled with household goods. She does not like to eat potato chips that are folded over onto themselves because at that point, they are more like worthless taco shells. She is a member of the pro-Oxford comma faction, preferring to avoid ambiguity. She has never eaten a Big Mac (and doesn't intend to). Though she works on the skill daily, Kelly has not yet been able to master the art of negotiating with her 7 year old. She shares a passion for Disneyland with her 9 year old and bonds with her husband at Chipotle.
Kelly has a Master's degree in education, an administrative credential, and considers it a privilege to have been able to spend the last 14 years sharing in the crazy that is middle school.
- Renee Rojas Dean of StudentsXRenee RojasDean of Students
Renee graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in 2011 and earned her BA degree in Liberal Arts. With a passion for education, Renee pursued her graduate degree in Educational Counseling, along with a credential in Pupil Personnel Services. Before joining the High Tech High community, Renee gained experience working with youth in multiple settings as a lifeguard, in hospitals, and with foster youth. Renee moved from San Bernardino to work at High Tech in 2012 in the AfterCare program as a Youth Leader. During that time, she developed a deep passion for students with special needs and pursued work within the community as an academic coach. After spending 5 years in the classroom in this role, Renee is excited to use her growing knowledge base, educational background, and experience to support a greater amount of students as High Tech Middle North County’s Social Emotional Coordinator. Renee is devoted to positively impacting her students and enabling them to become successful, not only academically, but personally. When Renee is not at work, you can find her with her yorkie, Ariel, crocheting blankets for loved ones, swimming, or discovering her new home in San Diego.
- Cindy Pahl Site ManagerXCindy PahlSite Manager
Cindy has always lived the life of an educator - with a B.S. and M.A. in Education and more than 25 years of experience in informal science programming. Originally from Maine, Cindy has lived on both coasts and while she misses the fall foliage, she loves the California weather! Cindy fell in love with High Tech High when her daughter joined the San Marcos campus (and was a member of the school's first graduating class in 2011!) and knew this was the next stop in her career. As the Office Manager Cindy will spend her time helping keep parents, students, and teachers supported and organized. She looks forward to being a part of shaping this year at HTMNC!
- Diamond Bigney Education Specialist ApprenticeXDiamond BigneyEducation Specialist Apprentice
Curious and adventurous by nature, Diamond is a dedicated, life-long learner. She enjoys finding ways to support, uplift, and inspire; striving to encourage others to explore their interests so that they can be lifelong learners, too. Diamond brings over 17 years of professional experience in special education, and a whole lot of passion for creating and promoting opportunities for equity everywhere possible. Truly believing that personal improvement comes from shared learning experiences, she is also a strong advocate for project-based learning, supporting individual interests, personal strengths and common goals. Her favorite academic subjects are everything science and history, but she has been known to enjoy video games and cheesy movies. When she is not reading up on the latest scientific findings or researching historical curiosities, you can usually find Diamond practicing her novice gardening skills or hiking around San Diego County with her husband and her two big blond dogs.
- Bianca Cano Aftercare Program CoordinatorXBianca CanoAftercare Program Coordinator
Bianca has lived in San Diego the majority of her life but was born in the Imperial Valley and was lucky enough to have lived in North Carolina after graduating from college. While in North Carolina she was amazed by the weather, and the lightning bugs, also known as fire flies. She has been fortunate enough to have been mentored and worked in Chula Vista Elementary School District, San Diego Unified School District and Pender County Schools in North Carolina before making her way to HTH. This is her third year with the HTH organization.
Bianca received her B.A. from San Diego State University and is currently in graduate school at Point Loma Nazarene University working towards a Masters degree in school counseling with a P.P.S. credential. She has worked diligently to combine her love of dogs and children and hopes to complete a research paper and field study on the benefits of therapy dogs in the academic setting.
Bianca has played softball since she was eight years old and still loves playing co-ed softball in San Marcos. She has found that her love for sports played a tremendous role in her dedication to team work, communication, and teaching. She also enjoys being around friends and family. She has some of the best laughers in her family and is always looking to share a smile or moment of laughter with others!
- Samantha Cervantes Speech Language PathologistXSamantha CervantesSpeech Language Pathologist
- 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.
- Bret Faber Athletic DirectorXBret FaberAthletic Director
Bret comes to us all the way from Detroit, Michigan. He has spent 5 years as a history teacher in Inglewood, CA and 4 years as a teacher for students with brain injuries in Boston, MA. Bret has a passion for sports that is borderline obsessive. He claims that he is better than everyone at every sport, including hockey, golf, baseball, softball, tennis, football, curling, shot put, synchronized swimming, and equestrian dressage (that's a real sport).
In his free time, he can be found watching any Michigan based sports team on television, spending time with his family, or writing hilarious bios for himself.
- Christine Hatch Education SpecialistXChristine HatchEducation Specialist
I am fluent in American Sign Language and consider it a super power to be able to talk to people under water, through walls, or across a room without ever using my voice.
I grew up here in San Diego and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Literature and Creative Writing. I've spent 10 years heavily involved in the poetry slam community, which is what guided me into teaching. I was helping high school students in the Bronx prepare for a poetry competition called Brave New Voices and fell in love with education.
Before joining HTMNC I worked as a Special Education teacher in Brooklyn, gaining a Masters in Special Education through the teaching fellows. I've also worked as a counselor for homeless LGBT youth through the Ali Forney Center in New York and a resource counselor for special needs adults here in San Diego.
In my spare time you'll find me quilting, playing with my dog, Oliver, reading, dancing or watching crime dramas. Working with children as an educator or an emotional support has always been one of my passions, and I'm excited to get started as an Inclusion Specialist at High Tech Middle.
- Bob King HTMNC IT DirectorXBob KingHTMNC IT Director
- Freddy Miranda Academic CoachXFreddy MirandaAcademic Coach
Freddy is entering his fourth year working as an academic coach here at High Tech Middle North County. He earned a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Chicano/a & Latino/a Studies from the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Upon graduating, he began his journey at HTMNC and his passion for education has continued to grow since then.
In his free time, Freddy likes to play soccer and lift weights.
Freddy was raised right here in San Marcos where he has spent the majority of his life. He also lived in Orange County for four years while he attended college, but North County San Diego feels like home.
- Jasee Rana Education SpecialistXJasee RanaEducation Specialist
Passionate about supporting students of all learning abilities achieve their highest potential, Jasee has a deep personal commitment to supporting student success. She has worked at HTMNC for over 2 years and will continue her role as an Education Specialist. Jasee holds a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of California, Riverside. Jasee has many years of experience working as a behavioral interventionist, using sensory-cognitive approaches with students of all learning abilities.
Jasee enjoys coffee, attending music concerts, traveling, going to the beach, and being creative in arts and crafts.
- LaShundra Richmond GSE StudentXLaShundra RichmondGSE Student
LaShundra’s initial interest in educational organizations dedicated to the work of educational reform was first sparked during her tenure as a classroom teacher. She immediately realized that someday she wanted to extend beyond the walls of the classroom and make an impact in the broader scheme of the educational system and how this work benefits the lives of children and families within the community.
LaShundra is the Founder & Executive Director of the Destiny House-a non-profit that connects the school, business and community sector to provide practical approaches towards the advancement of the lives of women & children in the areas of: educational objectives, school/program improvement solutions, best business practices and ministry & outreach strategies.
LaShundra has spent years serving the state of Tennessee and more directly, the city of Memphis as an Educator, Educational Advocate, Community Organizer, and Pastor. Also known as the Destiny Coach- LaShundra launched her signature life coaching and Destiny Development series; “Destiny Circles” in 2016 which helps others birth, develop and sustain their destiny.
As a distinguished graduate of Tennessee State University (BS, ’06), University of Memphis (MAT, ’09), Walden University (EdS., ’13), and 2012 Centennial Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee of the College of Education, Health and Human Services at the University of Memphis, Ms. Richmond is committed to devoting her time to the efforts of ensuring and promoting the success of children, working to improve educational conditions and striving to increase the achievement level of all students.
- Leah Webb School CounselerXLeah WebbSchool Counseler
I was born and raised in South Orange County, in the small beach town of San Clemente. I received a bachelors degree in psychology from Long Beach State University, and spent the following three years working as a behavioral therapist in home and school settings. From there, I realized my passion for helping others, and decided to go back to school to pursue my masters in counseling psychology. I have been working with the students at High Tech Middle and High Tech High North County ever since, and I absolutely love it.
I am now very happy to be living in San Diego, and feel fortunate to have an opportunity to do what I am truly passionate about for work! In my free time, I enjoy the beach, hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.