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Faculty Bios

  Diane Smith   has been with SVCHS since it opened in 2002. She currently teaches AP English and Psychology and is our school counselor. Mrs. Smith graduated, cum laude, from SDSU with a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling.

  Michael French   returns for his fourth year of teaching at SVCHS. He currently teaches U.S. History, AP U.S. History, Advanced World History, Economics, and Civics. He is also working to expand the athletic program at SVCHS. He graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in History and a minor in Economics.

  Sandra Hively   is in her third year at SVCHS teaching Biology, Earth Science, Forensics, and Anatomy. She has a B.S. in Animal Science from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and earned her teaching credential at CSU San Marcos. Ms. Hively holds Single Subject Credentials in Biological Science, Earth Science, Chemistry, Psychology, Mathematics, and Animal Science.    

  Sandra Grindle   joined the SVCHS faculty last year and currently teaches Physics, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. She has a BA in Mathematics from SDSU and a MAsters in Teaching Physics from CSU Fullerton. Miss Grindle brings with her an extensive background in physics and mathematics. She was the California State Science Teacher of the Year in 2002.  

  Carla Szeles   joined the SVCHS faculty last year and teaches World Studies, World History, and ASB. Ms. Kopotic holds a BA in History from BYU. She is also our cross-country coach.  

  Lisa Adams   joins the SVCHS faculty this year. She is teaching English III, English IV, Health, and Yearbook. Ms. Adams earned her BA in English from SDSU.  

  Britt Richie-Zavaleta   joins the SVCHS faculty this year as our Spanish teacher. He teaches all four years of Spanish.  

  Jeff Cox   joins the SVCHS faculty this year as our art teacher. She teaches Art I, Art II, Drawing and Painting, Mixed media, and 3-D Animation.  

  Kimberly Cristarella   joined the SVCHS faculty last year. She is teaching Algebra I, Consumer Math, and Computer Applications.  

  Candy Randall   joins the SVCHS faculty this year. She is our drama coach and has worked in the theater for many years.  

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