Voices From the Ridge Authors


PSSST...It's SLC Time!
4/19/20
Tim Betzala, Co-Head of Upper School and World Languages
Mr. Betzala came to Pacific Ridge from The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, where he taught Spanish and Language Exploration. He also taught Spanish at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, PA, and at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Betzala completed a B.A. in Spanish and Philosophy from Fairfield University and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain. He lived and studied in Spain for two years, and has traveled with student service learning trips to Guatemala, Mexico, Spain and Peru. Mr. Betzala likes to travel, cook, read cooking magazines, walk his dog, garden, and connect with family and friends. Most of his large family lives in the Philadelphia area, but he and his partner, John-Paul, have settled here in California with their two dogs.

Snooze or Lose: For Teens and Their Parents
3/29/18
Renee Bertken, RN MSN School Nurse and Health Educator
Nurse Bertken graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with her BSN, and summa cum laude from a joint San Diego State University and University of San Diego program where she received her MSN in Community Health. She holds a credential in School Nursing and Public Health Nursing, and is certified in School Crisis Management, Pandemic Planning, and FEMA–Multi-hazard Emergency. She also has clinical experience in the areas of health & wellness, counseling and referral. Nurse Bertken has acted as an educator for CBS television segments, Scripps Health, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and various School Health programs.

6 Reasons Why Co-Curriculars Matter
3/14/18
Tim Betzala, Co-Head of Upper School and World Languages
Mr. Betzala came to Pacific Ridge from The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, where he taught Spanish and Language Exploration. He also taught Spanish at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, PA, and at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Betzala completed a B.A. in Spanish and Philosophy from Fairfield University and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain. He lived and studied in Spain for two years, and has traveled with student service learning trips to Guatemala, Mexico, Spain and Peru. Mr. Betzala likes to travel, cook, read cooking magazines, walk his dog, garden, and connect with family and friends. Most of his large family lives in the Philadelphia area, but he and his partner, John-Paul, have settled here in California with their two dogs.

The Balancing Act: Parents in the College Process
4/13/17
Abby Adams, Communications
Ms. Adams joined the Pacific Ridge community as a parent in 2008 and started in the Communications Office in 2012. Before spending a number of years at home with her children, she served as the Associate Director of the Harvard Law School Fund and as a sales representative for R.R. Donnelley & Sons. Ms. Adams received a B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College and gained her appreciation for independent schools at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. Her two children, both PRS alumni, survived the college process and are happily ensconced at universities farther away from home than Ms. Adams would prefer.

My Digital Sabbatical and the ONEtober Journey
10/19/17
Brooks Park, Science
Mr. Park has nearly twenty-five years of high school science teaching experience and came to Pacific Ridge from La Costa Canyon High School and Torrey Pines High School, where he spent nine years as a Physics and AP Physics teacher. He teaches both AP and 8th grade Conceptual Physics, leads Pacific Ridge’s robotics program and serves as Instructional Technology Coordinator.  

Mr. Park holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Occidental College and a Masters degree in Science Education from Tufts University.

Teaching in Turbulent Times: One Educator's Reflections
10/5/17
Scott Silk, History
Scott Silk teaches Middle East History and Diplomacy, Ethics, American History, Ancient World History, Model UN, Golf, and Service Learning. He is also the California Founder of Hands of Peace, an interfaith organization developing peace-building and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian and American teens through the power of dialogue and personal relationships. Prior to joining Pacific Ridge in 2007, Mr. Silk spent five years teaching history, government, and geography at Lycée Francais de Chicago, where he also served as advisor to the school's Model United Nations. He has served as a mediator in the areas of employment, special education and community disputes for Chicago Mediation Associates. Mr. Sik holds an M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education from DePaul University, a J.D. from the Denver University School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Six Tips for Giving a Great Freshman Oration
4/13/17
Abby Adams, Communications
Ms. Adams joined the Pacific Ridge community as a parent in 2008 and started in the Communications Office in 2012. Before spending a number of years at home with her children, she served as the Associate Director of the Harvard Law School Fund and as a sales representative for R.R. Donnelley & Sons. Ms. Adams received a B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College and gained her appreciation for independent schools at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. A booster of all things PRS, Ms. Adams enjoys sharing stories about the school with the community.

Travels with Steinbeck: Bringing Of Mice and Men to Life
12/13/16
Steven Poovey, English
Mr. Poovey graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in English and Spanish.  He backpacked extensively in Europe and Asia before settling in New York City to write, perform and publish music. Mr. Poovey then moved home to San Diego to begin teaching Freshman and Sophomore English at The Bishop's School, along with coaching football as Head J.V. Coach and Varsity Quarterback's Coach. He also co-led the school's first Civil Rights Tour to Alabama and Georgia. In 2009, Mr. Poovey moved to Portland, Oregon to start a healthcare business, which he ran as its Executive Director until it sold in 2012. During this time, he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon.

Mr. Poovey is excited to return to teaching with a broader 'real world' perspective. He lives in Carlsbad with his wife and children.

Quiet Students in the Harkness Classroom
11/3/16
Liz Grossman, English
Ms. Grossman has been a teacher and administrator in independent day schools for almost 20 years. Before coming to Pacific Ridge School, she was Director of Curriculum at Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School in Irvine, CA, where she also taught AP English Literature.
 
Ms. Grossman graduated with highest distinction from University of California, San Diego, with degrees in Literature and Anthropology, and continued her graduate study there in Comparative Literature. She has been a Summer Fellow at the Klingenstein Institute and has served on three CAIS/WASC accreditation teams.
 
Ms. Grossman has many interests, some of which include travel, photography, reading, gardening, and following women’s collegiate basketball (especially University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols).


The Birth of the Firebird Space Program
9/8/16
Brooks Park, Science
Mr. Park has nearly twenty-five years of high school science teaching experience and came to Pacific Ridge from La Costa Canyon High School and Torrey Pines High School, where he spent nine years as a Physics and AP Physics teacher. He teaches both AP and 8th grade Conceptual Physics, leads Pacific Ridge’s robotics program and serves as Instructional Technology Coordinator.  

Mr. Park holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Occidental College and a Masters degree in Science Education from Tufts University.


Science is Spectacular: Sharing the Excitement with Students (and Families)
4/20/16
David Emmerson, Science
Mr. Emmerson began his teaching career in Rochester, NY, not far from where he grew up. He moved west in 1984 to continue teaching high school science at San Dieguito Academy and La Costa Canyon High School. He has primarily focused his teaching in AP Chemistry, though he has managed to nurture a personal interest in biology and nature through leading student groups to the rainforests of Costa Rica since 2006.

Mr. Emmerson earned his B.S. in Biology at Cornell University and an M.S. in Education from SUNY at Brockport, NY. He has been involved in the production of online courses and workbooks for teaching AP Chemistry. He was selected as La Costa Canyon’s Teacher of the Year in 2010 and was named a RadioShack National Teacher of the Year in 2003.

Mr. Emmerson enjoys backpacking and visiting his extended family in New York every summer. 


The Universe Drips with Mathematics
3/24/16
Noureddine El Alam, Mathematics
Noureddine El Alam has worked in private schools for 22 years as a teacher, mentor, coach, adviser, board member and department chair.  Prior to teaching at Pacific Ridge,he taught for ten years at Sage Hill School in Newport Beach, where he was a founding faculty member, department chair, and varsity boys soccer head coach. Before that, he worked at Northfield Mount Hermon School, a boarding school in Massachusetts.
 
For seven summers,Mr. El Alam was a Master Teacher at the Klingenstein Summer Institute at Columbia University and has been a presenter at numerous national educators’ conferences. He graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics from the City University of New York, and received his Masters in Mathematics Education from California State University Fullerton.
 
Mr. El Alam enjoys spending time with his wife and their children, including Zayd and Leila, who are students at Pacific Ridge.


Variety Abounds in the Middle School
3/10/16
Andy Wright, Middle School Head & Science
Andy Wright comes to Pacific Ridge from the Bosque School in Albuquerque, a school he joined in its 4th year and helped lead into its 20th. He spent 15 years at Bosque as a middle school administrator and math teacher. Prior to Bosque, he taught computer science at Wasatch Academy in Utah, and was an Associate Dean of Students and teacher at Westtown School near Philadelphia. He began his teaching career at Bware Secondary School in rural Kenya. A graduate of Earlham College, Mr. Wright earned a teaching credential at California State University at Fresno and is currently working on a Master’s in Education at the University of Hawaii.

Mr. Wright and his wife have two adult sons. Outside of his school life, he enjoys bicycling, hiking, beekeeping, playing guitar and advancing his proficiency in Spanish.


Modern Mythmaking: 9th Graders and the Muse Project
2/23/16
Sarah Peeden, 9th-Grade Dean & English
Ms. Peeden grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. She graduated with a B.A. in English and History from the University of Virginia, later returning to earn an M.A. degree in English. Before coming to Pacific Ridge, Ms. Peeden taught 8th grade English and 11th grade American Literature at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia. She also served as a member of the residential faculty and as the assistant swim coach. Ms. Peeden enjoys reading, swimming and traveling in her free time.


Junior Projects: Purposeful Engagement Beyond the Ridge
2/10/16
John Nagler, 11th-Grade Dean & History
Mr. Nagler graduated with honors from Brown University and earned his MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics. He teaches history at Pacific Ridge and serves as the 11th Grade Dean. Prior to Pacific Ridge, Mr. Nagler taught at Greenwich Academy and Groton School, his alma mater. Mr. Nagler is an avid outdoorsman and also enjoys traveling, reading, woodworking, cooking, and playing the ukulele. He is thrilled to share his passions with Pacific Ridge students.


Conquering Columbia & The Big Apple: Model United Nations Goes to New York
2/3/16
Hans Decrop, History
Mr. Decrop holds a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy and Ethics from Ghent University in Belgium, his home country. He served as a philosophy professor at Chiangmai University in Thailand for 18 years and spent time in Italy working on a pilot course on European identity at the University of Bologna. In the San Francisco Bay area, he continued with both college-level and high school instruction, but also took a turn at Google, where he contributed to the company's effort to map every corner of the world.

Prior to joining Pacific Ridge, Mr. Decrop taught Global Studies, World History, AP European History, Philosophy and French at Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas, where he was also chair of the World Languages and Social Science departments. Mr. Decrop enjoys playing squash and spending time with his two young sons.


Understanding Social Justice
1/21/16
Hannah Bahn, History
Ms. Bahn is a native of Seattle, WA. She received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Educational Studies from Haverford College, where she graduated with high departmental honors. While at Haverford, Ms. Bahn worked as a tour guide, office host, and senior interviewer in the college’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid; interned at an applied educational research organization; and worked as a student pedagogical consultant to faculty members, among other commitments. In her free time, Ms. Bahn enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming, and practicing her novice tennis skills. She also takes Spanish classes and is teaching herself how to play the piano.


Problem-Based Learning in Mathematics: One Teacher's Journey
12/17/15
Chris Wright, Mathematics
Dr. Wright holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University. He has served as an assistant professor of Mathematics at Duke University. He has also worked as a software engineer and designer for pharmaceutical drug design, creation of small scientific satellites, creation of software used for artificial intelligence, and creation of flight instruments for small airplanes as a contractor for NASA. For more than 20 years, Dr. Wright has devoted his time to teaching math in and around San Diego County. He has taught students as a San Diego Math Circle instructor, with a community group in Irvine, and privately as a tutor. He has taught mathematics at Pacific Ridge School since 2007.
 
Dr. Wright has written a series of three math books for parents helping their children with math called Dr. Wright's Kitchen Table Math. He is married and has two children as well as two step-children.


Curricular Creativity is Alive and Well at Pacific Ridge
12/17/15
Todd Burckin, Science
Dr. Burckin holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining Pacific Ridge, he worked for more than ten years as a research scientist for universities and biotechnology firms. He also taught biology and chemistry at Palomar College and Mira Costa College. Dr. Burckin loves spending time outdoors, surfing, playing soccer, and traveling near and far. However, none of this compares to spending time with his wife (Pacific Ridge math teacher Amy Wasserman) and their two children, Marina and Cory.


Called to Action: Two Reflections on This Week's Candlelight Vigil
12/11/15
Ellen Cothran, School Librarian and Media Specialist
Ms. Cothran holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University, graduating with Honors in 2013, and is currently a doctoral student in Applied Philosophy at California Institute of Integral Studies. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Lake Forest College, with a BA in Philosophy. She has worked as an English Language instructor in Taiwan and the Czech Republic and has taught high school Philosophy, History, U.S. Government, and English as a Second Language (ESL) Composition in the United States. Prior to joining Pacific Ridge School, she served as Assistant Librarian at United Friends School in Quakertown, PA.

Luke Michel, 7th-Grade Dean & History
Mr. Michel comes to Pacific Ridge from Trevor Day School in NYC, where he spent six years teaching history and, for the last two years, also served as History Department chair. Previously, he taught history and English at Dutchess Day School in upstate New York and at the Hyde Leadership Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Mr. Michel is a native of Woodstock, NY. He received his B.A. in History from George Mason University. He has also spent significant time working as a musician. Upon graduation, he spent six years touring the East Coast and recording several albums as the bass guitar player for a Washington, D.C. based band. Mr. Michel enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and camping, playing bass guitar, and riding his bike. 


From Good to Great: Sustainability at Pacific Ridge
12/3/2015
Melissa Symington, 12th-Grade Dean, Sustainability Coordinator, and Science
Ms. Symington came to Pacific Ridge in 2007 from the Taft School in Connecticut, where she taught physics, chemistry, and biology. Before Taft, she spent a year teaching biology around a Harkness table at Phillips Exeter Academy and another year teaching at the Boston Latin School. After graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, Ms. Symington received her B.S. in Biology from Duke University and her M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University. She earned her M.A.T. in Secondary Education from Suffolk University. At Duke, Ms. Symington captained the women’s crew team and was awarded a varsity letter each of her four years. She has also coached both volleyball and rowing at the high school level.


Celebrating Culture in Our Community
11/18/15
Tim Betzala, Co-Head of Upper School and World Languages
Mr. Betzala came to Pacific Ridge from The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, where he taught Spanish and Language Exploration. He also taught Spanish at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, PA, and at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Betzala completed a B.A. in Spanish and Philosophy from Fairfield University and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain. He lived and studied in Spain for two years, and has traveled with student service learning trips to Guatemala, Mexico, Spain and Peru. Mr. Betzala likes to travel, cook, read cooking magazines, walk his dog, garden, and connect with family and friends. Most of his large family lives in the Philadelphia area, but he and his partner, John-Paul, have settled here in California with their two dogs.


18 Seconds - One Shot
4/16/15
Chris Burman - Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball & World Languages
Mr. Burman came to Pacific Ridge from The Athenian School in Danville, CA, where he taught Spanish and coached basketball. He has taught Spanish and English for fifteen years in schools in Washington, Japan, and Mexico. Mr. Burman completed a B.A. in Spanish and Biology from the University of San Diego and an M.A. in Secondary Education from San Francisco State University. Upon graduation, Mr. Burman spent two years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, where he continues to visit regularly. He has led numerous student trips to El Salvador, Mexico, and China.


Financial Advice for Seniors
3/19/15
Noureddine El Alam - Mathematics
Noureddine El Alam has worked in private schools for over 20 years as a teacher, mentor, coach, adviser, board member and department chair. He is returning to Pacific Ridge after a two-year hiatus, spent homeschooling his two older children, tutoring, and teaching mathematics courses at Mount San Jacinto College. Prior to teaching math at Pacific Ridge from 2010 to 2012, Mr. El Alam taught for ten years at Sage Hill School, where he was a founding faculty member, department chair, and varsity boys soccer head coach. Before Sage Hill, Mr. El Alam taught mathematics and coached soccer at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. For seven summers, he was a Master Teacher at the Klingenstein Summer Institute at Columbia University. Mr. El Alam graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics from the City University of New York. He received his Masters in Mathematics Education from California State University Fullerton. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.


The Magic Of Middle School
12/11/2014
Andy Wright - Head of Middle School & Conceptual Physics
Andy Wright comes to Pacific Ridge from the Bosque School in Albuquerque, a school he joined in its 4th year and helped lead into its 20th. He spent 15 years at Bosque as a middle school administrator and math teacher. Prior to Bosque, he taught computer science at Wasatch Academy in Utah, and was an Associate Dean of Students and teacher at Westtown School near Philadelphia. He began his teaching career at Bware Secondary School in rural Kenya. A graduate of Earlham College, Mr. Wright earned a teaching credential at California State University at Fresno. Mr. Wright and his wife have two adult sons. Outside of his school life, he enjoys bicycling, hiking, beekeeping, playing guitar and advancing his proficiency in Spanish.


The Art of Student-Centered Research
4/9/14
Ellen Cothran – Librarian & Media Specialist
Ms. Cothran graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Lake Forest College, with a degree in Philosophy. She has been an English instructor in Taiwan and the Czech Republic, and has taught high school philosophy, history, government and English as a Second Language (ESL) Composition in the United States. Prior to joining Pacific Ridge school, she served as Assistant Librarian at United Friends School in Quakertown, PA


Grassroots Peacemaking During a War
10/29/14
Scott Silk – History
Prior to joining Pacific Ridge in 2007, Mr. Silk spent five years teaching history, government, and geography at Lycée Francais de Chicago, where he also served as advisor to the school's Model United Nations. He has facilitated coexistence dialogue among Palestinian, Israeli, and American teenagers as part of his work with the Hands of Peace organization and served as a mediator in the areas of employment, special education and community disputes for Chicago Mediation Associates. Mr. Sik holds an M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education from DePaul University, a J.D. from the Denver University School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.


The Global Experience of a Lifetime
10/15/14
Alison Trattner – Theater
Ms. Trattner taught English and theater for sixteen years before joining the Pacific Ridge School faculty in 2007. Most recently she taught English and drama at Estes Park High School in Colorado. Before that, she headed up the English, French and theater programs at Eagle Rock School in Estes Park for almost nine years. Ms. Trattner began her career as an educator in New York City, where she taught at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, then at Baisley Bay High School in Queens. In addition to her work in schools as a director and acting coach, Ms. Trattner also served as a Teaching Artist for the Denver Center Theater Academy. She holds an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Ms. Trattner grew up in Switzerland, Poland, France, and Belgium and graduated from The Madeira School in Virginia. She worked as an actress for many years in New York City


The Importance of Immersion
February 26, 2014
Meredith Brady – World Languages
Ms. Brady comes to Pacific Ridge with 15 years of middle and high school teaching experience from all over the country. She has taught at schools in Virginia and Georgia, and most recently worked at La Jolla Country Day School where she taught Spanish for eight years before leaving in 2010 after the birth of her second child. Ms. Brady holds an M.A. in Spanish from Georgia State University. She also holds a B.A. in History from the University of Richmond, where she minored in Spanish and studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain.


Good Chemistry: Active Learning in the Science Classroom
12/10/13
Justin McCabe – Science
Dr. McCabe has a B.A. in Environmental Chemistry, an M.S. in Chemistry, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry, all from the University of California, San Diego. His research experience includes expeditions to Ecuador and Antarctica, during which he studied the impact of biomass burning on water quality and ozone hole variations preserved in the ice record.
Prior to joining Pacific Ridge, Dr. McCabe spent five years teaching chemistry and environmental science at the Windward School in Los Angeles, CA. At Windward, he also coached girls and boys volleyball, and advised a student-led environmental group.


Beyond the Border: A Local trip of Global Proportion
11/7/13
Pedro Afán - World Languages
A native Spanish speaker, Mr. Afán holds a B.A. and M.A. from Complutense University of Madrid, where he also earned a Certificate of Teaching Pedagogy with an emphasis in Spanish Literature. In 2003, Mr. Afán was selected for a visiting teachers program of the U.S. and Spanish Departments of Education, during which he taught at Bolton High School in Memphis, TN. Mr. Afán has also taught Spanish at Harborside School in San Diego and Spanish for Native Speakers at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, IL.

Chris Burman – World Languages
Mr. Burman came to Pacific Ridge from The Athenian School in Danville, CA, where he taught Spanish and coached basketball. He has taught Spanish and English for fifteen years in schools in Washington, Japan, and Mexico. Mr. Burman completed a B.A. in Spanish and Biology from the University of San Diego and an M.A. in Secondary Education from San Francisco State University. Upon graduation, Mr. Burman spent two years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, where he continues to visit regularly. He has led numerous student trips to El Salvador, Mexico, and China.

Scott Silk – History
Prior to joining Pacific Ridge in 2007, Mr. Silk spent five years teaching history, government, and geography at Lycée Francais de Chicago, where he also served as advisor to the school's Model United Nations. He has facilitated coexistence dialogue among Palestinian, Israeli, and American teenagers as part of his work with the Hands of Peace organization and served as a mediator in the areas of employment, special education and community disputes for Chicago Mediation Associates. Mr. Sik holds an M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education from DePaul University, a J.D. from the Denver University School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.


Teaching in the Age of Technology
10/4/12
Allegra Molineaux - Upper School Co-Head & History
Ms. Molineaux graduated from Barnard College in New York, where she was invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa society. Ms. Molineaux earned an M.A. in Social Science at the University of Chicago, after which she spent four years teaching history and English at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Molineaux has accompanied several pacific Ridge global trips, and led the 2010 and 2011 9th-grade trips to China. In 2013, she served as the home-base coordinator for all global travel programs.


New Approaches to an Old Form of Learning
9/17/13
Justin Symington – History
Originally from Connecticut, Mr. Symington earned an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Lafayette College. He comes to Pacific Ridge most recently from the Cape Eleuthera Island School, a high school semester abroad program on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. During his seven years at The Island School, he served in a number of teaching and administrative roles, including Assistant Head of School, Dean of Academics, Chair of the Humanities department, Cultural Contact and Homestay Program coordinator, and research program coordinator. Mr. Symington has also taught at The Rectory School, a junior boarding school in northeast Connecticut, and at two-day schools, Sage Ridge School in Reno, Nevada and Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Florida.
 
Sarah Peeden – English
Ms. Peeden grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. She graduated with a B.A. in English and History from the University of Virginia, later returning to earn an M.A. degree in English. Before coming to Pacific Ridge, Ms. Peeden taught 8th grade English and 11th grade American Literature at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia. She also served as a member of the residential faculty and as the assistant swim coach.

Chris Webber – History
A native of South Africa and speaker of Afrikaans, Mr. Webber graduated from San Diego State University in 2004 with a B.A. in Social Studies. He holds an M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership from High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Before coming to Pacific Ridge School, Mr. Webber taught AP and Honors World History and economics at Escondido Charter High School. During his tenure at Escondido Charter, he received both the Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and the UCSD Teacher Recognition Program award for Outstanding Dedication to Students in a Classroom Setting.