Paul Van Straatum

In elementary school I was in resource classes (special education) because I struggled with Dyslexia and Auditory-Processing Disorder. For the students that struggle with math, reading, writing, or ESL, I can not only relate to their frustration, but I can use my story to inspire students to succeed as I have. I love sharing my […]

Shane Duenow

I am a graduate of the SDSU Applied Design School, with a focus in Woodworking and Furniture design. Before teaching at HTMMA, I worked as a bench carpenter in a small residential cabinet shop, an Assistant Project Manager at one of San Diego’s largest architectural millwork firms, and also designed and built custom furniture. I […]

Sabrina Dendle

Sabrina Dendle was born and raised in Chula Vista, CA making her a San Diego native. She received a B.A. in Sociology while minoring in Elementary and Secondary Education and received her teaching credential through her undergraduate career at Loyola Marymount University. She then enlisted in AmeriCorps as a City Year volunteer in Seattle, WA […]

Nichole Wimberly

Nichole graduated from San Diego High School where she focused on accounting & finance through the schools business program. After high school, she obtained her Associates Degree in Arts with an emphasis on Social and Behavioral Sciences from Grossmont College. Following graduation, Nichole pursued her love for education and children by applying to Cal State […]

Matthew Gottilla

Matt seeks inspiration from the way good games function to design learning environments that promote student engagement, autonomy, and belonging. He is excited to bring his passion for hands-on, collaborative learning to the HTM Mesa team from New Jersey where he developed the middle school STEAM program for the Morris Plains School District and has […]

Maribeth Brown

Maribeth is a Southern California native who began her education career teaching communication courses and coaching speech and debate at the college level. After over a decade of teaching at the college level, she was introduced to Montessori education and fell in love. This inspired her to make the move to teaching middle school at […]

Mackenzie Moriarty

I am so excited to be teaching Humanities at HTMMA! I began my teaching career in New York City teaching 2nd and 4th grade but, after a few long winters, found myself longing to come home to San Diego. I started working at HTMMA as an academic coach in February 2018. When I needed to […]

Jean Catubay

As an educator, Jean’s core teaching values are centered around building authentic, meaningful relationships-to ourselves, one another, and the communities we are a part of. In a constantly evolving cultural landscape, she believes that education can be used as a vehicle for empowerment and activism. In the classroom, Jean enjoys learning with students and focuses […]