Michelina is a Clairemont local and a High Tech High Alum! She attended SDSU and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Television, Film and New Media. After graduation, she worked in the film department at SDSU teaching set design to undergrads. This experience led her to pursue her multiple subjects K-8 teaching credential through the HTH Graduate School of Education. She worked at HTeCV teaching 4th grade and Kindergarten, then went on to work as a founding Kindergarten teacher at HTe Mesa. She continued her studies earning her Master’s of Education in Teaching and Learning in June, 2020. n Michelina is inspired by project-based learning. She feels that it has the power to guide student learning in an organic and meaningful way. Michelina incorporates play into all aspects of learning inside of her classroom. She uses play as a tool to engage students and solidify their learning! She believes that students need to feel happy and safe in order to be successful learners. She strives to create a home-like classroom setting where students feel comfortable taking risks, explore their passions, and grow their minds! She strives to be a culturally-responsive teacher who highlights student’s uniqueness. She believes it is important for students to learn about their communities, families, backgrounds and traditions and celebrate them together!nIn her free time, you can find Michelina surfing, roller skating, fishing, or searching for reptiles on a hike! She is a lover of ALL nature, from spiders to leopard sharks. She also loves to cook, explore, and spend time with family, friends, her cat named Cricket, and her snake named Happy.