school the way it should be
Supported by amazing teachers
Every morning teachers at Pacific Academy Encinitas see every students’ face, be they happy, tired, eager, or anxious. It is a rare opportunity to work with students in such a way that we have the ability to really see each one of them and how the various stresses of life and being young affect them. Whether it's in or out of the classroom, assessing how we can best serve Pacific Academy students is our top goal.
Pacific Academy Encinitas is a school that exists because of the passion the teachers and administrators possess to become a school that lives up to what we imagined a school would be like when we were in college. In many ways, it is rare in our modern society to work at and attend a school that is more concerned with critical thinking and individuality, as opposed to how well a student scores on a standardized test.
Many of us come from public school backgrounds; places we knew as being often overwhelmed by students, and were being simply being another face in the crowd was the most common experience. In reflection, we look back at our high school selves and think, “What would have been different if I would have had received this level of teacher support? What confidence might I have gained by from a teacher who had a real concern for my well-being?” Working at PAE we are able to answer those questions for ourselves and our students, every day.
Single Subject Teaching Credential
M. Ed., Diversity in the Classroom, National University
B.A., History, Cal State Fullerton
Mario is an extraordinary hands-on leader at PAE. He graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor's Degree in History and continued his education receiving a Single Subject Teaching Credential and his Master’s Degree in Diversity in the Classroom from National University, Los Angeles. Mario has extensive teaching experience from Middle School to High School in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. He worked as a head varsity soccer coach and was awarded Teacher of the Year 2008-2009 for Borrego Springs Unified. While teaching for San Diego County he was Co-Director of Science, Education and Technology which brought resources to the classroom that enabled high school students the opportunity to facilitate science curriculum to elementary students.
HISTORY & SPANISH TEACHER, PBL DIR.
M.A., Latin American Studies, San Diego State University
B.A., History and a Minor in Spanish, San Diego State University
Enrique graduated from SDSU and continued his education at San Diego State University where he earned his Master of Arts in Latin American Studies with focuses in the survival of Indigenous culture through the colonial period and Pre-Colombian Mexican art. Enrique also studied abroad at the Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense (Culture and Language Institute) in Costa Rica. He's taught Spanish and worked as an academic coach modifying curriculum for students with IEPs and 504s at High Tech High Media Arts. Enrique has also spent time tutoring, mentoring, and assistant teaching at various schools throughout San Diego County. He has volunteered as an ESL teacher at the Familia Indigina Unida Center in Linda Vista and currently volunteers his time as a mentor at the Mexi'cayotl Indio Cultural Center in San Ysidro.
AP History, US History Teacher
M.A., Education, University of Phoenix
B.A., History, Cal State University Fullerton
A.A., History, Mt. San Jacinto Junior College
Dylan was born in Laguna Beach and raised in Temecula. Though Dylan wants to retire in Hawaii someday, he is happy and content right here in our little paradise of Encinitas, California. Dylan holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor’s Degree in History from California State University, Fullerton and an Associate’s Degree in Math/Science from Mt. San Jacinto Junior College. When Dylan becomes an “old man” he dreams of teaching someday at Harvard. He currently calls the beautiful beach community of Carlsbad home and spends his free time skateboarding, painting, watching Lakers’ games, body-surfing at the beach, and playing rock ‘n’ roll music. Dylan believes that education is the key to creating a peaceful, global community. He is working to contribute to the world in a positive way, which is what drove him to become a teacher. Dylan currently teaches Pre-Algebra, Literacy, Government, Economics, U.S. History, and Music Theory at Pacific Academy Encinitas.
B.A., Biology and Chemistry
Saint Francis University
Kelly graduated from Saint Francis University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. After graduation, she worked at several outdoor education facilities on both the east and west coast teaching marine science. Kelly continued her love for working with children by working as an academic coach modifying curriculum for students with IEPs and 504s at High Tech High Media Arts and High Tech Middle Arts in San Marcos. While at HTMMA, she also taught math and science.
Executive Admissions Assistant, Int'l Student Liaison
B. Arch., University of Southern California
May graduated from USC with a degree in Architecture. After working in the architectural field for some years, she took a break to take care of her family. During that time, she actively volunteered at her son's school as a graphic editor for a school newspaper, LEGO league coach, Science Olympiad committee member, and Boy Scout troop Advancement Chairperson, a position she still currently holds. May switched gears to the educational field because she finds working with young people so deeply rewarding. She connects with the international students especially as she shares a similar background having come to the US when she was a teenager.
High School English Teacher
M.A., Teaching, University of Southern California, Los Angles, California
B.S., Early Childhood Education and a minor in English, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York
After growing up in New York, Brittney relocated to California in order to further her teaching career. During her four years at Iona College, she played lacrosse in the MAAC conference and was involved in several different community service programs. These community service programs included mentoring high school students in both sports and academics. After graduating, she continued her education by earning a Master of Arts in Teaching at USC. Brittney is the English Department Head and is currently teaching upper-level high school English classes. Her teaching philosophy is to cultivate a conducive learning environment that encourages students to learn through exploration and discovery.
High School Science/Math and Humanities Teacher
B.A., Global Business Management, Minor in Spanish, Cal State University San Marcos, Universidad de Valladolid – Valladolid, Spain, Universidad Internacional – Cuernavaca, Mexico
Paralegal Certification, University of California San Diego
Michael grew up in San Diego County and while he considers Encinitas home for more than 20 years, he also spent time living, studying and working in Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Australia. He abides by the golden rule and loves animals, playing hockey, surfing, traveling and experiencing new cultures. A teacher at the soul level, he's always enjoyed helping people learn new things. He volunteered at Birch Aquarium teaching kids about the beach and ocean while he studied Marine Biology himself. For 19 years, Michael served as writer and editor for the college math textbooks division at Cengage Publishing (formerly Houghton Mifflin). An ice hockey player since he was 4 years old, he played semiprofessionally from 19-21 years old. When not teaching, Michaels enjoys playing hockey, surfing, writing, reading, and taking classes to continue learning. He believes educating and being educated are both life long endeavors and he lives by his dedication to both.
Elementary School Teacher
B.A. in Religious Studies; Minor in Sociology from San Diego State University
A California native, Chante worked for years in after school programs and volunteering as a summer camp counselor. Though initially her pursuits were towards Social Work, her love of the work she was engaged in around students and children made her realize her skills were more conducive to a career in education. Two years after graduating from San Diego State, Chante began taking teacher education courses. She spent a few more years working in after school programs around San Diego County, most recently as a Site Lead for Santee School District’s Project SAFE. Chante is excited to be at Pacific Academy where she can embrace her passion for learning and working with students from all walks of life.
Spanish & Elementary School Teacher
B.A. Latin American Studies | San Diego State University
B.A. in Religious Studies; Minor in Sociology from San Diego State University
Maria was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies. She has 20 years of classroom experience with Pre-K-8th grade students, faculty and parents. Maria began her teaching career as a College Prep Advisor for the Student Outreach Services at San Diego State University. She later became a Teacher's Assistant at Kit Carson Elementary School. Since then she has held a position as Dean of Students at Harriet Tubman Charter School and has taught Spanish Immersion as a visiting teacher for the San Diego Unified School District. Maria enjoys teaching all grade levels. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, crafting and recently has taken up trail running. Her dream one day is to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Teacher
Multiple Subject Credential, California State University of Long Beach
Single Subject Credential in Social Studies, San Diego State University
B.S., Social Science, San Diego States University
Katherine grew up in East County San Diego and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science at San Diego State University. She later earned her Multiple Subject Credential from California State University of Long Beach. While living in Santa Barbara, she taught as an International Baccalaureate Inquiry Teacher for grades K-6, a Curriculum Specialist, and a Middle School Math Teacher. Katherine also tutored in English Language Arts and Mathematics for many years including preparation for an advanced math tournament called the Math Superbowl. Most recently, she published a book titled Health Across The Curriculum: Bringing Nutrition Education To The Elementary School Classroom. Katherine loves to cook, play with her two kiddos, garden, read, swim, and try anything new. Katherine is excited to join the Pacific Academy family and can’t wait to jump in.
MATH DEPARTMENT HEAD
DIRECTOR OF ACADEMICS
M.A., Education, University of Oregon
B.S., Mathematics and General Science, University of Oregon
Stephen has recently relocated to Encinitas from Oregon. He enjoys the area and wonderful weather. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon where he knew at an early age he wants to have a job impacting children's lives. He has always had a talent and love for math and science. Later, he discovered he had a talent for teaching those subjects. He strives to get the most out of all his students.
M.A. Education, San Diego State University
B.A. Liberal Studies, Point Loma Nazarene University
Katie grew up and was schooled in Southern California, but early on discovered that the world is wide and filled with educational opportunity.
She became, and remains, a world traveler and an avid explorer of wild places. This energetic approach to life and learning has made her intellectually nimble, emotionally adaptable and artfully improvisational. All these qualities are essential for good teaching and engaged students, adding depth, texture, nuanced insight and authentic creativity to the academic experience.
While Katie's nearly two decades of hands-on teaching experience is impressive enough, the real key to her artistry in teaching is the keen ability to see and accept the uniqueness of a student and then help to orchestrate the symphony of possibilities embodied in an individual. This is the secret sauce of the teacher and in the end, probably the reason for doing the work.
Outside the halls of academia, Katie leads an enthusiastic and ever evolving life with active interest in travel, hiking/backpacking, yoga, photography, animal husbandry, gardening, numerous artistic endeavors and finally, she is a real fine baker.