Hi! My name is Emily Usaha and I am so grateful and excited to teach Environmental Chemistry at High Tech High Mesa. I grew up here in San Diego in a town called Rancho Penasquitos where I spent my days exploring the canyons and Black Mountain looking for rattlesnakes, coyotes, frogs, and all kinds of bugs. I went on to study Conservation and Resource Studies and Forestry at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). Since graduating, I have spent time as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow in Minnesota as well as three years at the environmental education nonprofit Strategic Energy Innovations. I love dogs, my family, trying new food, spending time at the beach, and traveling.