Meet Our Staff
As Director of Credentialing Operations, Julie Holmes oversees the High Tech High (HTH) Credentialing programs. She’s responsible for the ongoing management of the HTH Preliminary and Clear teacher credential programs; advisement, certification and compliance issues; and the development of new programs within the California credentialing system. Julie graduated from Baylor University and completed her post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Texas while earning her Education Specialist credential. Over the years, Julie has worked as an elementary teacher in private, district, and charter schools spanning Texas, New York and California. In 2008, Julie began working for the High Tech High Charter Organization, an integrated network of sixteen K-12 schools offering accredited, in-house, teacher certification programs and a Graduate School of Education.
Julie is a proud member of the HTH CMO and Teacher Center Team, Credential Counselors & Analysts of California and holds her Leading Edge Certification for Online & Blended Teacher Training. Julie is passionate about the value of teacher education and is committed to preparing California K-12 teachers.
Diana started her educational journey as a high school Humanities teacher with San Diego Unified. She then had the opportunity to be a founding teacher of High Tech High Media Arts, where she taught and mentored new teachers for over ten years. After teaching, she joined the University of San Diego’s Jacob’s Institute for Innovation in Education where she supported large urban school districts in strategic thinking to bring about systemic change to provide students with active learning experiences. Her work here led her to lead change as the Director of Urban Discovery Academy, a Tk-8 project based learning charter school. Her passion for supporting teachers all throughout her journey brought her back to High Tech High as the Director of the Intern and Induction programs, where she supports new teachers and their mentors.
Sarah co-teaches the Inclusive Classrooms course for the GSE. Sarah joined High Tech High in 2007 and has enjoyed working as both a general education teacher and an Ed Specialist at the K-12 level. Sarah has spent her career looking at school cultural practices that create opportunities for diverse learners to engage in classrooms together and feels most fulfilled when the lines between special education and general education are blurred. Sarah was awarded a Fulbright- Hays grant to study diversity in education in Brazil; specifically the inequitable systems that historically have marginalized indigenous and afro-brazilian communities. Her work in inclusion has also been informed by the semester she spent in Northern Uganda. Sarah participated in a teacher exchange program while supporting educational practices that integrated students who had experienced trauma into the classroom and community. Sarah maintains a multiple subject teaching credential, a single subject English credential, as well as her special education (ed specialist) credential with Autism authorization. She holds a Masters of Arts in Special Education.
As Ed Specialist Program Manager Sarah supports inclusion and Special Education programs across the thirteen High Tech High schools and works with the High Tech High Credentialing program to implement professional development, coursework, and mentorship for new Ed Specialist teachers.
Prior to moving into her current position as Credential Analyst at the HTH Teacher Center, Cecilia spent the last 20 years acquiring experience in outreach education, program management, special education and social services. Cecilia joined High Tech High in 2011 with the opening of High Tech Elementary & Middle Chula Vista. She is proud to have successfully launched four competitive archery programs beginning at the Chula Vista village and eventually carried over to the High Tech High Point Loma village. As Credential Analyst, Cecilia supports the HTH Preliminary and Clear teacher credential programs as well as the reviewing, analyzing and processing of applications for teaching credentials, certificates and permits. Cecilia thrives most on coaching and supporting others in achieving their goals.
Charity is temporarily rejoining the Teacher Center to provide programmatic advice and support through the Summer of 2021. She first joined our team in 2015, in this very position. Other roles within the High Tech High community have included: employee recruitment and the coordination of accreditation activities. Charity holds a BA in Organizational Behavior, served eight years as an Army Reservist, and is a proud member of San Diego’s LGBT community.