Joseph David

Joseph’s experience as a leader and lifelong learner has been collected from his service in a number of enrollment, recruitment and academic advisory leadership roles. A native of Seattle, Washington, Joseph earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the HTH Graduate School of Education. […]

Tracie Kulakowski

After raising her own children Tracie decided to pursue her passion to work in the field of mental health. Tracie considers it a privilege to support student’s social, emotional, and academic growth by helping them develop an inherent sense of value, worth, and authenticity. Tracie enjoyed the unique opportunity to share the experience of earning […]

Tricia Abdullah

Tricia was born and raised in Providence, RI. The University of Rhode was where she earned a B.A. in Spanish and a M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel. She also returned to school in 2015 to earn her M.S. in Educational Counseling and her PPS (School Counseling) […]

Tiffany Arnaldo

Don’t ask Tiffany where she’s from unless you have time to chat! She grew up an Air Force “brat”, moving every 3-4 years. Tiffany spent the majority of her formative years overseas (Bonn, Germany & Brunssum, Netherlands). Tiffany graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 and spent 12 years active duty, first as […]

Tom Gaines

People ask me why I choose to teach. I tell them that somewhere in the concrete communities of southeast L.A., in the fearful face of a new immigrant on adult school’s opening night, and in the triumphs of a high school senior’s college acceptance letter, teaching chose me. In the challenge of leading fifty upper-division […]

Susana De La Pena

My name is Susana, I grew up both in Mexico and San Diego. I am new to HTHNC this year. I worked at HTHCV and HTECV, 5 years ago for the after school program, and now I am part of the teaching credential program at the High Tech High learning academy. I graduated from SDSU […]

Shani Leader

Shani grew up in Northampton, a college town in Western, Massachusetts. Throughout her life, Shani aspired to find a career where she could be creative and work with kids. Shani loves traveling and learning from other cultures. She studied abroad at The University of Legon in Accra, Ghana during her junior year in college. In […]

Sheila VanMetre

I was raised — and raised a family — in North San Diego County; but I’ve been able to broaden myhorizons in the big world beyond. My personal and professional adventures have included gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, standing in a swirling cloud of monarchbutterflies in south-central Mexico, and accepting a marriage proposal […]

Samantha Cervantes

Sam was born and raised in Southern California and grew up with sunny days on the beach and family trips to the mountains–neither of which were too far away from home. She stayed local during college as she attended UCLA and earned her B.A. in Psychology while doing research in cognitive neuroscience. Following graduation, Sam […]

Renee Lupien

Renee is a San Diego native, growing up in Poway, CA she graduated from CSUSM with a BA in Literature & Writing in 2014. As soon as she turned in her final paper, she embarked on the Pacific Crest Trail, PCT, a trail stretching from Mexico to Canada that is over 2,600 miles. Having never […]