Meet Our Staff


Devon Phillips, Principal
devon@sdccs.org

I’m Devon Phillips and I am the principal at SDCCS – Mountain View. I was raised in Indiana by dedicated two educators and because of their great example I have committed my life to education as well. I believe that fantastic teaching starts with relationships. Students need to know that teachers love, care, and respect them, first and foremost. It has been my dream to work at a school like Mountain View and I believe that we can be a high achieving academic school and never lose focus of the whole child. It is the focus of school to provide students with an educational experience that will teach them in areas traditional schools will not. The teachers at Mountain View are dedicated like I have never seen and I am excited to work with them to make a difference in our students lives.

I have bachelors degrees in History and Political Science. I also have two masters degrees in General Education and Educational Leadership. I was a college baseball player and love most sports. I am an avid Indianapolis Colts fan and enjoy participating in sports and love competing. When I am not at work, I can be found with playing video games, watching movies or sports, and/or hanging out with my friends and family. I have a beautiful wife, Danielle, and we have an amazingly creative daughter named Cambri. We moved from Indiana in the summer of 2018 and are loving the weather, culture, and diversity. I am a very open and transparent leader, so feel free to ask any questions if you see me. Thank you!

Sonia Bouchard, TK – Kindergarten Teacher

Hello, I am Sonia and I am thrilled to be working at SDCCS – Mountain View. Though 2014-2015 is my first year as a classroom teacher, I am not new to educating young children. Prior to teaching TK/K, I taught for six years in the VAPA (Visual & Performing Arts) Department as a Dance & Theater Teaching Specialist with the San Diego Unified School District. Working primarily with students in grades K-2 and their teachers, I modeled teaching strategies that used dance and theater to support academic learning. My work with the district inspired me to seek a credential at PLNU and through my own research as a parent I knew SDCCS was a good fit for my teaching style. To deepen my knowledge of constructivist practice I requested placement at SDCCS Linda Vista for my student teaching study. There I witnessed first hand the way a constructivist, multiage classroom supports individualized learning, and how social and emotional development is integral to academic achievement. I appreciate the opportunity to spend each new day with these beautiful children helping them to discover the amazing world around them and their own powers of love and creativity.

Katy Lavine, TK – Kindergarten Teacher

Hi, my name is Katy Lavine.   I was born and raised in San Diego and am very happy to be living here again!   I recently moved from the Bay Area, where I started my teaching career.  I spent the last three years teaching kindergarten, and am excited to continue learning from kindergarteners here at San Diego Cooperative Charter School 2.   When looking for a new school, it was incredibly important to me to find a place where I could help create a student-centered classroom where children are encouraged to explore, be curious, take risks and have fun while learning.  I am so happy to have landed here at SDCCS – Mountain View and I find such joy in watching my  students get excited about what they are learning.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of San Diego, and returned a year later to work towards a teaching credential and Masters in Education.   When I am not at school, I love to spend time with family, be outdoors, cook, and read.

TBD, Primary Multiage Teacher

TBD, Primary Multiage Teacher

 

 

TBD, Primary Multiage Teacher

Anissa Ruiz, Elementary Multiage

Hi there, I’m Anissa! I am super excited about continuing my journey here at SDCCS Mountain View as a teacher this year! I was an Instructional Assistant here at MV for a year and a half and I am looking forward to take this new step.

The flaws in the educational system that I have experienced first hand have fueled my love and passion for providing equitable education for all children. I am so grateful to be working with a team that believes in the power of change through reflection and collaboration for the betterment of children. As a teacher I like to create a space for children to thrive in a safe learning environment. I believe that in order to successfully teach a child you must get to know their emotional, social and educational strengths and needs. Working with kids makes my heart smile and I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach your children!

When I am not at school you can find me in my front porch spending time with my family eating pizza, grilling, baking and cooking good food!

Catalina Trejo-Bloom, Elementary Multiage Teacher

Hola! My name is Catalina Trejo-Bloom and I will be one of the Elementary Multiage teachers this coming year. I am excited to join the SDCCS-Mountain View family!

I have worked with youth for 11 years, first as a youth programs coordinator for a non-profit in a San Ysidro and then as a classroom teacher in Qatar and New York City. I earned my Masters of Education at USD and then began my teaching career by teaching internationally in Doha, Qatar before returning to the United States to teach in the South Bronx.

As a teacher and mentor, I have come to believe that education is meant to inspire lifelong learning and curiosity. I believe we can learn best through our interactions with others and in an environment where they feel safe and cared for.

I was born in Tijuana and raised in both Tijuana and Chula Vista. I speak Spanish and love learning new languages. When I’m not teaching, I love to travel and experience new cultures, especially through cooking classes! This year I will also be showing my husband around San Diego as he becomes familiar with my hometown and state.

Griselda Garcia, Elementary Multiage Teacher

Hello, I’m Griselda! It is an honor and I am very excited to join the SDCCS Mountain View team this year. I was a bilingual teacher in El Cajon for 4 years but I am looking forward to beginning this new journey.
Some people knew they wanted to be a teacher from a young age. I realized I needed to be a teacher when I was finishing up my undergraduate degree. Coming to terms with my educational experiences was what drove me to become a teacher. I value providing students from diverse backgrounds with equitable education. As a native Spanish speaker, I use native languages and cultures to supplement instruction. I also value creating a safe environment for my students so that they feel at ease sharing their ideas and knowledge. One my greatest passions in teaching is math and science. There aren’t enough people of color or females in these fields so I want to develop a love for these subjects in my students early on.
I am a San Diego native who you can currently find in City Heights. When I am not teaching you can find me zooming down the streets of San Diego on a run, sitting at a restaurant with friends, or at home with a book or a sketch pad in hand.

TBD, Bridging/Middle Humanities Teacher

Jay Tran, Bridging Math/Science Teacher

Hello there! My name is Jay and I am excited to join the SDCCS-MV family. As an educator, I prioritize students as individuals, believe in learning through playing, and focus on developing empathy and self-awareness. I’m here to create lifelong learners who are compassionate and curious about the world around them.

I have a background in biology (with a focus on zoology and ecology) from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and my teaching credential from the California State University at Long Beach (CSULB). I volunteered as a zoo educator with the El Paso zoo and facilitated programs within the Student Engagement and Leadership Center at UTEP which champions the rights of women and children and the LGBTQ community on and off campus.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently reside on the edge of Mission Hills in San Diego. Outside of school, I love to explore natural history museums, ride bikes with friends, visit my family, and pick up various hobbies such as calligraphy and leather working.

TBD, Middle Math/Science Teacher

 

Ted Sciolla, Middle Humanities Teacher

I am a young educator passionate about serving San Diego’s youth and sharing interests in the humanities. I earned a degree in American Studies from Stanford University in 2013 and decided to pursue a career in education, at first working as an after-school teacher/coach with K-5 students. In 2017 after finishing a teacher preparation program at UCSD, I achieved my goal of becoming an English language arts teacher when I began classroom teaching as a 10th and 11th grade high school English teacher.

This year, I am so humbled and energized to join the family of SDCC2 and contribute to its progressive educational mission. Teaching and learning with young people is an extraordinary experience everyday. We will launch on projects together to ask questions, express ourselves, and get to know our world. We will build caring relationships and honor each other’s identities and backgrounds. And we will have fun being cooperative and creative.

Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, hiking outdoors, and speaking new languages. I like to play guitar and listen to rock, jazz, and folk music. I avidly play games like chess with my twin brother and close friends. In the future, I hope to go to Istanbul, Turkey to visit my girlfriend’s family and home.

Jocelyn Calica, Physical Education Teacher

Hello, I am Jocelyn! I am thrilled to be the K-8 Physical Education Teacher at San Diego CoOperative Charter School, Mountain View. Being raised in a Navy household, I found myself moving to the next city every few years. My teachers were my strongest supporters and I knew my path was in education. I received my teaching degree and credential at California State University San Marcos, with an emphasis on Art in Education. I learned about SDCCS in 2012, starting as a Substitute Teacher on the Linda Vista campus. After teaching at the CoOp, I realized I wanted to be part of this amazing community. I am proud to be working along staff and teachers who genuinely love our students and believe in supporting growth of the whole child through collaboration, relationships, and social emotional teachings. I am committed to helping children find enjoyment in becoming physically active in a safe environment and guiding them to a healthy lifestyle. I look forward to getting to know all students and parents to help make P.E. and learning a positive experience.

When I am not working, I love traveling and submerging myself into different cultures. In the past few summers, I have been lucky enough to visit Asia, South Africa, and Indonesia. I am newly engaged and am now enjoying life in the beach area with my fiancé, Aaron. We have a beta, Ziggy (one year old), and a sulcate tortoise, Elvis (14 years old). I also enjoy listening to live music, hiking, biking, painting, and cooking.

Fin Turner, Enrichment – Art and Maker Lab
Hi kids! My name’s Fin, and I’ll be leading Art and Maker Lab this year!

I’m originally from the Philadelphia area, and we’ve lived in England too, but now my kid, our cat Rothko, and I have lived in San Diego for six years! We love it here, and I’m thrilled it gives me the opportunity to work with all of you!

When I’m not at school, I’m still doing all of the stuff that I do here with you – I work on collaborative art build projects, I participate in prop creation for performance art, and I craft! Mostly I make flower crowns with horns, or crochet and sew for my personal crafting. I also do watercoloring painting a lot.

I like to look at all manner of art-making as a way to play, and to learn things about myself and the world around me through that play. I’m really excited to see the sorts of things we’ll be able to learn about and create together this year!

Kelley Herring, School Counselor

As a counselor, I seek multi-faceted opportunities to support kids by encouraging peer relationships, teaching communication and social skills, and by helping to develop self-awareness and build self-esteem.  I feel so fortunate to be part of a team that approaches education from a whole-child perspective; where social, emotional and academic development are inextricably linked.  I love being surrounded by people who work together to encourage every student’s individuality, creativity, and freedom of expression.  As Mountain View celebrates the beginning of our third year, I am starting my third year with the Co-Op schools.  I hold a Master of Science in School Counseling and a California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling.

Although I have lived the past 9 years in San Diego, I am a Colorado native with a lifelong love of playing in the cold & snow- including skiing, snowshoeing & ice skating.  Outside of school, I enjoy most any activity that I can do alongside my family, which includes two (very different) 7 year-old twins, Josh & Alex, my partner Amy, and our dog Indie. Together we love to hike, ride bicycles, scooter, play board games, plan surprises for each other, wrestle, read new books, travel, and go swimming.

Holly Hellerstedt (Lead Instructional Assistant)

Hello, my name is Holly! I have been working at SDCCS since the 2015-2016 school year, and I am very excited to step into my new role as Lead IA this year and further support our students!

I grew up in a family that loved and valued education. In fact, both my mother and father worked in schools for many years! My educational philosophy is centered around inclusion, social justice, and activism. Having previously worked with youth through a LGBT rights non-profit, I came to this school ready to have hard yet important conversations with students about identity, self-awareness, and self-advocacy. I am avidly opposed to the school-to-prison pipeline and actively approach student conflict through the perspective of restorative justice and mediation–one of the many reasons I feel so grateful to be a part of this school community! I believe that all of the parts of someone’s life and identity combine to create their lived experience, and that we must embrace each student’s full self to support them in their academic and social/emotional development. I know that children are wise beyond their years and have the ability to change the world–they just need the tools and support to do so!

I love working at SDCCS because I am surrounded by amazing staff and students, and am actively empowered to encourage our students to think critically, to appreciate the difference in others around them, and to take mindful action about the issues they see in their world. Although working in the classroom can definitely be challenging, being able to build relationships that support breakthroughs in children’s lives is the best reward I could ever ask for.

Outside of my time at work, I love exploring nature, meeting cute animals, watching cartoons, organizing around social justice issues and sharing yummy food with others. Thank you for reading and I look forward to building with you and your family!

Cassidy Bull, Speech Language Pathologist

Amanda Jordan, English Learner Support Coordinator

Hello all! Saludos! My name is Amanda, and I am excited to serve our English Language Learners again this year. I graduated from UC San Diego in International Studies-Poli Sci and from SIT Graduate Institute in Social Justice. I am currently working on my Single Subject teaching credential in English at San Diego State. My husband, Tony, and I live in Southeast San Diego and recently welcomed our baby, Tahsev! We have a pitbull named Leonidas and two fiesty hens. My philosophy for teaching includes starting with the knowledge and interests the youth bring to the table. I have tutored and taught English to adult ELs for many years, and I enjoy the ages from kinder to 8th at SDCCS and the different ways they learn and use English!