Hi Friends! My name is Ms. Jeanine and I was born and raised right here in lovely San Diego! I attend the University of California, San Diego where I earned a B.S. in Biology. After college, my desire to travel took me abroad to teach English in Thailand. That experience helped solidify my decision to become an educator so I enrolled at San Diego State University, and in 2009 I earned my Multiple Subject Credential. After finishing school I began my career as a K-5 substitute teacher, working all over with the San Diego Unified School District. During that time I also was a tutor for Sylvan Learning Center, a Mad Science Instructor and then a preschool teacher! But I was still looking for something, that extra special something, a school to call my own… As soon as I stepped foot inside High Tech Elementary in January 2013, I knew this was were I was meant to be! Never had I experienced such a positive learning environment, the energy was tangible! I noticed right away how the students, families, and staff here at HTe have created the most amazing atmosphere of collaboration, respect, and meaningful learning – it truly is an amazing place and it continues to inspire me every day! Teaching Kindergarten is my dream. It is by far my favorite grade and the best part is watching all the amazing growth and development our students go through during this single, but hugely important year! I have always loved our vibrant city, full of culture and so many things to do, and I especially love the amazing natural spaces San Diego has to offer. I try to get outdoors to take advantage of that as much as possible – and I encourage my students and families to do the same! I grew up next to the ocean and have never been able to drift too far from it. Not surprisingly, teaching ocean science – or any science topics really – continues to be my passion. I also have a great appreciation for music and love attending live concerts. When I am not at school, you might catch me and my family enjoying San Diego’s nice weather on a hike through Mission Trails, people watching at a local street fair, traveling around our big blue beautiful planet, or hanging out with our dogs down by the water!