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Exceptional Teachers

CTE at Alta Vista High School & Major Raymond Murray High School

Robert Hamann

Robert Hamann has over 30 years as an IT professional.  Prior to that he worked as an Electronic Technician and worked on developing networking hardware for industrial equipment.   In the years after being a technician Robert graduated college with a degree in Computer Science and did programming, systems administration and high level technical support/troubleshooting.  Just prior to becoming a teacher Robert was doing design and programming for industrial control systems.


CTE at Mission Vista High School


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David Feldstein

David creates CTE programs in Graphic Design and Web Design at a new Dual Magnet High School featuring curriculum in Arts and Science. A second year Graphic Design course is evolving that addresses ePublishing and developing iPad applications and eBooks for Kindle, Nook and other readers. Web Design is moving toward eJournalism and electronic media for publishing news. Courses blend traditional face to face strategies with leading edge online learning technologies.

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Jeannette ­Kenny 

Jeannette Pauline-Gojny Kenny offers students her dedication and expertise gained from successful careers in fine and digital arts, manufacturing, fashion designing, illustrating, graphic designing, art directing, publishing, advertising, public relations and business management. As an educator, she has spent more than twenty years teaching career and technical classes at the secondary and post-secondary levels, and served as a member of Mission Vista High School founding faculty pioneering digital arts classes which stimulate students’ creativity and develop their technical skills. Awards include VUSD’s Golden Apple, Bachelor of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute, and Masters of Arts in Education from Concordia University, Irvine.

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Shahira Raineri

Shahira teaches Medical Pathways and First Responder courses. After graduating Rutgers University with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering, Shahira began working for Healthcare industry giants Philips Medical Systems, Siemens Healthcare Solutions and General Electric Healthcare. With 20+ years of experience in the healthcare industry with emphasis on patient care and prevention, Shahira embarked on an Entrepreneurial adventure by creating Health and Wellness facilities in Orange County. Shahira's experience in teaching began during her graduate studies, where she taught Computer Science to Engineering students in the capacity of Teacher Assistant. Having been a long term Substitute teacher at Trade Tech High School, she turned her attention to becoming a CTE teacher in the field she is most passionate about: healthcare.


William Salley

My life long love with photography and alternative process began at age 5 when he was introduced to the magic of the pinhole camera. In 1998 I graduated from the Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Photography. I have been teaching for the past 15 years in various capacities. Have shared my love for photography for 9 years with high school students, taught individuals and workshops covering all aspects of Apple computers including Aperture and Photoshop, and managed the Photography and Graphic Design Labs for the State University of New York at New Paltz. While in New Paltz, I re-establish an alternative process lab by teaching workshops on Van Dyke Brown, Salt, Gun Bichromate and Albumen printing. Lately I have been most inspired by the ability combined both 19th century printing process, the tactile experience of hand coating emulsions, with the control of the 21st century by creating beautiful digital negative. Now at Mission Vista High School, it is my privilege to share the magical world of photography with you.

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My name is Dominic Valiente and I am the TV/Film Production teacher here at Mission Vista. I have over ten years in the film and television industry. I started in scripted television working on one hour dramas for 20th Century Fox and ABC Family. The writers strike then forced me into reality TV where I produced numerous episodes of MTV's Emmy Award winning docu-reality series, "MADE". I took the skills I gained in TV production and began producing web content for both small businesses and large corporations such as Monster Energy Supercross, Inman News, and Cost Plus World Market. I came to Mission Vista in the Spring of 2014 with a passion for teaching and sharing my experiences in production with young minds. 
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My name is Jeffrey Yee and I have been teaching since 2004.  I started my career teaching mathematics at Vista High School and then became a founding teacher at Mission Vista High School.  The main reason that I moved to Mission Vista High School was to be part of the excitement in developing a brand new school and to create a one of a kind computer science program.  Our computer science program has grown from once course with two sections to three courses and six sections.  Prior to becoming a teacher, I spent seventeen years as a software engineer working for various companies including PTC and Lockheed Aircraft.  I grew up in Hawaii and went to Punahou School where I was a school mate of President Obama and graduated from Brown University with a degree in Computer Science.  My wife, Donna, is an amazing elementary school teacher and my daughter, Madeline, is a high school student that still has time for her Dad.


CTE at Rancho Buena Vista High School

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Robert Ahern

Robert Ahern is the CTE instructor for architectural design, engineering design, and CAD at Rancho Buena Vista High School. He is a licensed architect in four states (CA, HI, CO, WI) and also has a private architecture practice specializing in residential and small commercial projects. He has a B.A. in Architecture from University of Minnesota and an Architectural Technology Diploma from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. He brings a valuable double-edged skill set to architectural education: a liberal arts design sensibility partnered with practical technical construction document knowledge and computer skills. He has worked in architecture offices for 10 years, been self-employed for 5 years, and has been teaching high school CTE since 2014.

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Merrilee Alexander

My name is Merrilee Alexander, A.T.C. I am currently the Head Athletic Trainer for RBV.  I have been a Certified Athletic Trainer and have been taking care of injured athletes since 2002.  I have a B.S. Degree in Athletic Training from San Diego State Univ. and have worked with the medical teams covering SDSU Aztec Football team, as well as the UCSD Men's and Women's Rugby.  Prior to attending SDSU, I went through the Emergency Medical Program at Palomar Community College and spent two years working on an ambulance. I started teaching CTE Sports Medicine in 2007 and have continued ever since.  I enjoy teaching seniors and juniors about how their bodies work and how best to prevent, evaluate and treat injuries.  I believe the student in my class walk away with life long knowledge. 

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Kelly Moncure

Mrs. Moncure teaches ROP Digital Photography at Rancho Buena Vista High School.  She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Art Education from the College of New Rochelle in New York, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the State University of New York, College of New York.  Moncure taught high school art in New York for four years before moving to San Diego.  Previously, Moncure worked in advertising in New York City, as a production director then sales manager for magazines, then Director of Marketing and Public Relations for a manufacturer.  Moncure has all along maintained a freelance photography career and has exhibited her work in museums and galleries across the country.

Dadre Rudolph

I, Dadre Marie Rudolph, am an experienced technology, math, and science teacher with  eight years of professional experience as a civil engineering technician, CAD drafter, and business owner.  I worked with clients to design remodels and energy efficient homes, including my own strawbale house.   I conducted topo surveys, wired telecommunications systems, and was one of the main builders of my strawbale house.   I was called upon to learn and used a wide variety of computer applications.   Now, I am lucky combine my teaching and career skills to lead student in designing, building and programming Robotics.    

Mark Scott

Mark S. Scott has been the Director of Rancho Buena Vista's Award winning Theatre Arts program for 27 years. He has produced over a hundred plays. The Alumni out of his program work in every facet of the entertainment industry. They are Broadway performers and technicians, they costume for the Metropolitan Opera and run sound for Bruno Mars. He enjoys watching the students find success in something that they love and sharing his passion for the Arts.  Mark Scott is a member of the California State Thespian Hall of Fame.

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Donna Tlachac
I started teaching 
web publishing, digital art, and graphic design classes in 2001.  My degree, from San Diego State University, is in vocational education, so a CTE classroom is a perfect place for me!  I have always been interested in communications and naturally got involved in web publishing since the Internet came onto the world scene.  My latest endeavor is learning all that I can about Geospatial Technologies, specifically mapping the world using the ESRI Geographic Information Systems platform ArcGIS.  It is pleasure to grow with my students as they explore graphic communications and publishing in an digital world.  I love what I do! Here are some of the awards that I share with my talented students:

  • 2013 Artissimo Teachers Choice Award of Excellence in Visual Art Education San Diego Office of Education and the San Diego Visual Arts Education Association

  • 2012 Outstanding Digital Arts Teacher Award awarded by the San Diego Visual Arts Education Association

  • 2010 Outstanding Graphics Instructor awarded by the California Graphic Arts Education Association

  • 2006 Distinguished Teacher of the Year awarded by The San Diego County and Imperial Valley Chapter of the CA-ROCP
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Chris Tompkins
Chris Tompkins was born and raised in San Diego.  He is an SDSU alum, with a Bachelor’s Degree in TV, Film, and News Media Production. Since 2002, he has been working as the Padres Assistant Video Coordinator of Baseball Operations and helps show players and coaches any video from the game they need to see. Before he started teaching, he worked at Fox 6 as a Floor Director and camera man. He started his teaching profession in the fall of 2007.  Outside of school, Chris participates in local yo-yo competitions, and playing his harmonica. He also is a three-time regional competitive Connect Four champion.


CTE at Vista High School

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Sara Benner

Sara Benner has been teaching Agriculture Sciences at Vista High School since 1999 and says she is lucky to have found a career that matches her passions so perfectly.  She obtained two Associate’s degrees from Feather River College in Quincy, CA before completing a BS in Animal Science and minor in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She received her Master’s degree and teaching credential in Agriculture Science at Cal Poly Pomona and taught in San Bernardino County before to moving to San Diego. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Benner worked on cattle ranches and as a backcountry guide at pack stations in the mountains of California and Alaska. She is the FFA advisor and teaches a variety of courses including Agriculture Biology, Natural Resources, Veterinary Science, Horticulture, Agriculture Business and Introduction to Agriculture. Under her leadership, students have won a multitude of state and national awards. The FFA chapter has also been recognized at these levels and named a California Superior Program.  Mrs. Benner has earned numerous awards including California Young Agriculture Teacher of the Year, 2003, Outstanding Agriculture Department, 2009, Teacher of Excellence, 2011 and Teacher of Teachers, 2015.

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Irma Cano

Irma Cano currently teaches the following courses at Vista High School Business & Finance, Business & Computer applications and Retail Merchandising\ Marketing. Irma has owned her own business for 20 years and continues to manage her business online. She also has 20 years of rental law experience as a rental property supervisor she is knowledgeable in Rental laws and shares with students the importance of knowing the rental laws to protect their credit. In her 20 years of experience she has overseen more than 20 employees. Irma has plentiful knowledge on employee rights and discrimination laws. Also has earned several recognition's for her community involvement. She also has tax preparation experience through volunteering her services to the community. She participates annually with students in numerous business plan and stock investment competitions. Her objective is to guide students to discover their own future desire whether it be to own their own business some day or to learn how a business operates for the most part, and gain employable skills along the way in her class.

Allissa Cole

My name is Allissa Cole and I am the Sports Medicine Teacher at Vista High  School. I got my degree in Kinesiology and my teaching credential in Physical Education at California State University, Fullerton. Over the past 7 years I have worked as a High School Athletic Trainer in Orange County. I am extremely passionate about sports medicine and can't wait to educate my students with my knowledge and experiences.

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Tim McCreary

Mr. Tim McCreary’s automotive repair experience began back in 1983 when he began racing cars with his family. Mr. McCreary excelled in the automotive industry at well-known companies like Discount Tires Co., Goodyear Service Centers, two Toyota dealerships in San Diego and ultimately opening up his own mobile repair service business.  Mr. McCreary is currently certified in six automotive areas by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.   Mr. McCreary graduated from San Diego State University with a degree of Bachelor Of Arts, then later earned a Master of Education Specializing in Best Practices from National University. Mr. McCreary started at Vista High in 2007 and truly enjoys doing what he loves each day, which is working with high school students and teaching the automotive trade.  

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Laura Olden

Laura Olden has taught Photography and Graphic Design at Vista High School since 2011She earned her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she studied graphic design as well. While living in New York she worked as a photo researcher for various magazines as well as a photo assistant on shoots. After moving to San Diego she continued working as photo assistant and eventually started her own photography business shooting portraits and events. Ms. McKay continues to shoot professionally while not in the classroom. She is passionate about helping students further their creativity and help them prepare for life after high school. As a member of the Association of Media Photographers she connects her course content and students with professionals keeping them ready for the ever changing workplace. She is has attended the San Diego Computer Using Educators conference annually and is a Remind Certified Educator. Her students' work have won numerous awards and have been showcased locally, nationally and even internationally.

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Martie Napier

Martie teaches Medical Assisting, First Responder and Medical Pathways at Vista High School and has taught CTE courses with VUSD for 18 years. Her Medical Assisting class is articulated with MiraCosta College and her First Responder class is articulated with Palomar College. Martie is also an American Heart Association, BLS, and CPR instructor. She teaches CPR to the students at Vista High School and Vista Adult School. Her interest in teaching medical courses stem from her 30 year career as a nurse.

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Kim Plunkett

Chef Kim Plunkett has taught Food Science and Nutrition and Culinary Arts for 25 years.  She has a passion to help students succeed in culinary arts and in everyday life. Making connections with the local restaurants and the National and California Restaurant Association has helped Chef Kim build a successful culinary arts program at Vista High School.   Chef began her teaching career in Ohio and moved to California in 2010 to develop the culinary arts pathway at Vista High School.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher and also a Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator. The Vista High School culinary arts program was recognized as an Outstanding Program at the CA ProStart Cup  State Culinary Competition in 2014.  Chef Kim was recognized as the CA ProStart Culinary Educator of the Year in March 2015. 

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David West

Dave started his career in education at Vista High School in 2009 teaching ROP Photography and Web Design.  His classes have expanded to CTE Digital Arts , Photography, TV, Film and Broadcasting including the weekly school broadcast "KVHS". Dave's vast professional and industry experience started in 1985 working in print, multimedia, IT photo, marketing and websites. In addition to teaching he continues with decades old relationships with existing clients in an effort to continually bring current as well as new and emerging technologies into the classroom.  Dave has always enjoyed outside sports and is currently working on the creation of the Vista High Cross Country (XC) Mountain Biking Team that competes with approximately 70+ Southern California High Schools in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).





Service Learning, Internships, Externships, and more


James Hayes

James Hayes

James is a motivated, high-energy professional possessing a strong record of program development, cultivating student learning and creating bridges between education and the local community.  As the President of Sage Business & Education, James connects business and education by establishing opportunities and experiences for students.  Currently he works with the Vista Unified School District in creating and facilitating service learning projects and internships for students, as well as coordinating the externship program for CTE teachers and the Community Partnership Network to recognize businesses that are actively supporting CTE programs in Vista.