Faculty & Staff

Directors

TamiTami Johnson As an educator, Mrs. Tami Johnson has been fortunate enough to work with many of the school districts in Riverside County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County as a consultant, trainer, teacher, school counselor and employee. She currently works as the Head School Counselor and Elementary Project Director for Cajon Valley Union School District.

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She also serves as an adjunct instructor at Point Loma Nazarene University to teach graduate level courses. Formally, she worked as an Elementary and Middle School Counselor, Academic Advisor for Point Loma Nazarene University.
On a more personal note, Mrs. Johnson has three children and has been married to her husband, Craig Johnson (Associate Professor of Music at Point Loma Nazarene University), for 25 years. She enjoys kayaking, going to the beach, and hiking. When she is not out doors with her family and their two dogs, Holly and Duncan, she is an avid reader of fiction and enjoys going to the theater. She is very excited about joining the inGenius faculty this summer.

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Alexander Drozda is a San Diego native and has been working in education since 2010.  He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Sociology-Organizational Studies and is in the final stage of his M.Ed. at Point Loma Nazarene University.

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Most recently, he has held positions as a visiting teacher within Cajon Valley Union School District and School Counselor within San Diego Unified School District. His educational interests lie in student capacity building, special education, socio-emotional education, restorative practices, ESL development, STEAM, and A-G high school and college preparation.  When he is not working with students, he enjoys surfing, backpacking, and traveling.

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Brad Glover has worked in the Cajon Valley Union School District in El Cajon, California for 15 years. For the last 8 years he has served as the Lead of the Avocado Elementary School Extended Day Program, which specializes in Fine Arts. He organizes and hosts an annual student art exhibition with the students.

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For the past 6 years, he has also taught art to classes providing services to elementary and middle school students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, and for a non-public transitional high school providing services to students up to 21 years of age. In February 2018, he was selected as an award recipient by the Community Advisory Committee in recognition of his contributions to students with disabilities.
Staff

 

Albert Fang
Managing Director
Anna Couvrette
Assistant Manager
Camp Counselors & Teaching Assistants:
Alyssia Malloian
Ashley Allen
Bella Steussy
Carolyn Kinnare
Catie Johnson
Cindy Barnett
Courtney Kinnare
Fiona Williams
Florence Chan
Haley Etcheson
Ila Peeler
Jessica Gaudette
Jonathan Montgomery
Jordan Tinney
Juliana johnson
Kai Nakahara
Katie Johnsey
Kyle Kinnare
Makenzie Jeffreys
Mara Hyde
Michaela Montgomery
Nico Fabito
Paula Saavedra
Steven Gov

Brooke Teittinen
inGenius Campus Assistant Director@ Dingeman 

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graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College and a M.A. in Counseling: School Counseling Specialization from Lesley University. She currently works as an Elementary School Counselor within the Cajon Valley Unified School District. Through classrooms lessons, small group work and individual student support, she empowers students to strengthen both their academic and social-emotional skills. Additionally, she facilitates parent learning opportunities throughout the school year as well as professional development for staff.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, taking her dogs to the beach, and reading underneath her avocado tree!

Phoua Xiong
inGenius Campus Director@ Canyon Crest Academy

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is an elementary school counselor for the Cajon Valley Union School District. As a native of Merced, she received her B.A. from UC Merced and her M.S. in Counseling from Fresno State University. After graduating, she accepted a position with the Cajon Valley Union School District as a Trauma-Informed Counselor. It was there that she was able to be in the classrooms to provide lessons for students by helping them develop an emotional vocabulary and intelligence, and teaching students coping skills and strategies. In 2017, she transitioned to one site and has been able to work with students more closely and building relationships with them. Her passion in working with students has carried over into the summer months when she is out of school and teaching students at inGenius. She loves sparking students’ imagination with what is possible and combining this with their interests by giving every child the opportunity to learn and experience joy. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, creating new recipes in the Instant Pot, going to the beach, spending quality time with her partner and friends, and visiting her family in Merced. She loves and looks forward to spending time with her 21 nieces and nephews! 

 

 

Faculty

William Ah Sing (Music Director) 

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Music director/Conductor: Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Wedding Singer (Ocean Beach Playhouse); Seussical, Moana Jr. (San Diego Junior Theatre); Trouble in Tahiti (Point Loma Opera Theater). Assistant Music Director/Arranger: A Snow White Christmas, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas (Lythgoe Family Panto). Keyboard and synthesizer: Follies: In Concert, A Little Night Music (Coronado Playhouse); Mamma Mia! (Welk Resort Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who’s Tommy (Ocean Beach Playhouse).

Stuart Pullock

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Stuart Pollock is a Social Science teacher at Canyon Crest Academy, where he has taught AP Macroeconomics and AP Government and Politics. With more than five years experience in the classroom, and over ten years in education he has also taught AP United States History, World History, International Relations, Think Tank, and Challenge 20/20. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in International Relations, and the University of California, San Diego with a Masters in Education. He also served as a University Writing Program contributor at UC Davis. Before entering the classroom, he enjoyed significant one-on-one experience in educational support at a local learning center. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, going to concerts, and Formula 1 racing.

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Jackie Lewis

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graduated from San Diego State University with both her BA in Social Work and a Multiple Subject CLAD Credential. After working with mostly foster and homeless youth in San Diego, she went back to get her credential and began her career in education as a subsitute teacher within San Diego Unified School District. She has taught all grades (K-8) in a variety of public, private and charter schools. She has experience incorporating cutting edge technology in education, teaching English Language Learners, incorporating the Common Core State Standards and continually strives to use the most innovative, interactive pedagogies as a growing educator.  She is currently teaching 5th grade at Santa Fe Christian.

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Ashley Barnett

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graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.S. in Biology. In her time there, she studied cancer and retinal diseases, particularly focusing on angiogenesis and its relationship to both diseases as well as potential treatments for both. This undergraduate research ultimately resulted in a job as a research technician at the Lowy Medical Research Institute studying macular telangiectasia, a retinal disease. Ashley is currently a teacher at The Rock Academy where she teaches the Jr/Sr High Life Sciences. She is working on her credential and masters degree at PLNU and is passionate about sharing her love of science with children. Her goal is to give students the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in a world that is increasingly dependent on science and technology.
PUBLICATIONS: Barnett, Ashley. Webb, Mariah. Elucidating a Novel Pathway of Angiogenesis in the Retina Involving a Fatty Acid Amide. Arete: The PLNU Honors Journal, Volume VI Part II, 18-42. (2014)
Westenskow, P., Sedillo, Z., Barnett, A., Friedlander, M. Efficient Derivation of Retinal Pigment Epithelium Cells from Stem Cells. J. Vis. Exp. (2015).

Haley Cameron

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graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies: Pre-Teaching. She continued her education at the University of San Diego and graduated with a M. Ed. in Curriculum Design and Instruction. Immediately following her master’s program, she began teaching at Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School. She has been teaching there for the past 4 years. She currently teaches fourth grade and loves working with kids and their families to help students reach their goals. She has experience teaching all subjects but loves teaching writing the most. She enjoys it the most because it provides kids with the tools they need to communicate their ideas in a clear and organized way. She also played collegiate indoor volleyball at Santa Clara and now coaches men’s and women’s teams at the middle school level. Haley enjoys being part of a great staff and looks forward to working with wonderful students in the inGenius camp. 

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Diego Carlin

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 was born and raised in San Diego, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Game Development and Design from Coleman University and has been a Teaching Assistant there for 4 years. He not only works with the students directly inside classroom, but also with creating curriculum. Diego have been parts of many game development teams. His jobs on the teams were Lead Texture artist, 3D Asset Modeler and Game Screen Scripter.

Jacob Degering

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Kelly Goldsteinholm

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Kelly Goldsteinholm graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in psychology, with honors. While in school there, she received multiple awards for outstanding contributions to psychology research, specifically for her work with anxiety in zebrafish. She currently works at UCSD doing clinical psychology research. When she’s not conducting research or teaching, she enjoys riding her horse, Soldier, and running long distance with her Border Collie. 

Ami Green

Ami Green

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Ami received her undergraduate B.A. in Graphic Design. Her studies in visual communications
began at a secondary magnet program into multimedia at Eastern Technical High School, then
continued in college where she discovered she wanted to teach. Her passion is to inspire students to
discover their creative talent.
She began her teaching career as a substitute teacher in San Diego working with grades K – 12. Ami
currently teaches Visual Communications at the Rock Academy to grades nine through twelve. As
the Director of ASB she empowers student leadership in a teamwork environment. While teaching
and coaching Varsity Cheerleading, she keeps current in the field as a freelance web and graphic
designer. She is currently working on her Secondary Visual Arts Credential.


Katie Grubert

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has been working in education for 12 years, and she is so excited to be working at inGenius this summer! Katie is originally from Massachusetts, and moved to San Diego 3 years ago and love it! Currently, she work in Lakeside as a special education teacher. Katie started my career as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant, then received my M.S. Ed with a major in Assistive Technology from Simmons College in Boston, MA. She has had a lot of experience teaching and co-teaching in general education classes from kindergarten to high school. Her passion is to work with students and teach them a variety of ways to learn, use tools, and strategies that work for them in order to be successful. 

Kendall Haldi 

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Mike Keene

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 has been teaching for 18 years. He has been fortunate to work in a wide variety of academic settings, including charter schools (classroom­based, independent study, and home school), traditional public schools, and adult education programs. He has taught all grade levels 6-­12, and has held a variety of positions, including editor of the school creative writing anthology, English Department mentor, rocketry club president, homeschool educational partner, token “guy with a truck” to help haul furniture and curricula, and go­to guy for fixing copier jams. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SDSU and holds a clear single subject credential in English. Also, he has completed 160 hours of core teacher training for Project Lead the Way, and is certified to teach Aerospace Engineering (AE) and Introduction to Engineering Design (IED). He is currently teaching middle school Language Arts and STEAM at The Learning Choice Academy. When not teaching, grading, or planning, he can probably be found either hanging out with his 2 boys or building a model rocket. 

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Claudia Lewis

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has her CLAD Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology. She has taught for fifteen years and has raised four children. She was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award in 2014. She has piloted writing and grammar programs, been the technology lead for her fourth grade team, and led the Oral Interpretation Team for four years. In addition, she is a facilitator for Parenting/Teaching with Love and Logic and was instrumental in bringing this program to her school district. She enjoys working with students and their families to provide direction and create a love of learning.

Bryon Mackey

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Lilliana Mougel

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graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Mathematics. She has a single subject teaching credential in English and Mathematics and certification of advanced study for teaching middle school-aged children. She then began teaching for Poway Unified School District where she has taught 6th grade and 7th grade advanced math for the past 4 years. She recently continued her education at the American College of Education and graduated with a M. Ed. in STEM Education in 2018. In her spare time, Lilliana enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her dogs and cats.  

Ashley Nuckels

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is currently an Adjunct Professor and Forensics Coach at PLNU in the Department of Communication and Theatre. She is also the Director of Debate at Classical Academy High School in Escondido and recently elected Vice President of the Pacific Southwestern Collegiate Forensics Association for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Ms. Nuckels has participated in Forensics since her Freshman year of High School. She qualified for the State Tournament all four years and Nationals the 3 years that competed on the national circuit. She earned a forensics scholarship to attend PLNU where she earned multiple Regionals and National titles while and was appointed team President. Bcause of her successful career she was offered a full ride scholarship to the Graduate Program at the University of the Pacific to act as a Teaching Assistant and Assistant Director of Forensics. While there, the students she coached qualified for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence and advanced to elimination rounds at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Tournament. After completing her Master’s Degree she returned to PLNU where she assisted in coaching their team to win the National Title. During the same time, she started a High School Policy team at CAHS, and during their first year we were able to have our students compete at the Stanford Invitational and qualify 2 teams to the California State Tournament and one team for Nationals all in their freshman year.

Monica Perez

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Monica Perez is a CTE Film/English teacher at Coachella Valley High school. She coordinates the Digital Design and Production academy, a California Partnership Arts Media and Entertainment (AME) program. Perez is a SkillsUSA–a Career Technical Student Organization, advisor to 200 high school students that compete yearly against other AME programs. Lastly, during her spare time, Monica DJs for KCOD 99.9 CoachellaFM.

Kristi Rinehart

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 has been an educator for the past 19 years. She has a BS in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Outdoor education from California State University Northridge. She also has a CLAD Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a MS in Educational Counseling. Currently she is a middle school math and science teacher. Prior to that she taught middle school humanities and all subjects at the elementary school level. In addition to classroom teaching, she has led several youth backpacking trips for Poway Backpackers, coached middle school cross country and has volunteered as a faculty advisor for several student clubs. In her spare time, she loves to run, paddle board and camp with her family.

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Julie Saner

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Ms. Julie Saner holds a M.A. in Communication from San Diego State University, and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Eastern University, St. Davids, PA. Areas of emphasis: interpersonal and intergenerational, women’s and gender studies, conflict, and quantitative research methods. In undergrad, Ms. Saner has won a Top Paper Award from National Communication Association (NCA) for a quantitative study on romantic flirting behavior between established couples. More recently, she is also the 2014-2015 GEO G.I.F.T. (Great Ideas for Teaching) award winner. Ms. Saner appreciates a high level of student engagement in the classroom. She previously taught at SDSU and currently teaches Public Speaking and Communications at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. She enjoys traveling, marathon running, yoga, and anything reality-TV. She is originally from Philadelphia and is known to be an avid Philadelphia sports fan!

Erin Schlumm

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After recently receiving two degrees in Psychology and Art Studio from CSU Chico State, Erin Schlumm
currently spends her time in San Diego working as a Behavior Therapist helping children with
autism. Aside from being a mental health educator and advocate, he hobbies consist of
throwing pottery, baking, and drawing about socio-political and emotional issues. She hopes to
continue teaching children fun concepts through contemporary art that is significant in today’s
culture and society.

 

Shelby Smith

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 is an Education Specialist in the Del Mar Union School District where she just completed her first year of teaching. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education and a concentration in science. Shelby grew up in San Diego and is excited to return to her alma mater, Canyon Crest Academy, and share her love of STEAM.


Eric Zanzucchi

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is a graduate of UC Irvine. He currently teaches middle school math and language arts.

 

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