Hi! I am the principal of The School for Entrepreneurship and Technology. This is my 11th year teaching, my seventh year as an administrator, and my second year as the Principal of SET High. I have been thinking about education reform for a long time and it was just as I started to formalize my ideas for what an ideal school would look like that I discovered that there were others who shared my same vision. I joined the SET team just as the Charter was being approved in June of 2010.
I received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from UCSD in 1994, worked as a computer programmer and division head at Infotech Systems Management until 2001, and then returned to UCSD to join the doctoral program in the Computer Science Department, where I studied Ubiquitous Computing with my advisor, Bill Griswold. I was awarded a Ph.D. in 2008 for my research in Ubiquitous Video which culminated in the creation of an application called RealityFlythrough that allows people to use a video-game-like immersive interface to explore the world live and in real-time.
I began my teaching career at High Tech High where I learned not only how to make my classes fun, but relevant as well. I have fond memories of my time at High Tech High and miss my students and colleagues dearly.
I first met my wife in high school in New Delhi, India. We re-met five years later here in the U.S., married, and now have three adorable kids. Collette is almost 14, Ian is 11 and Annalise is eight. Ask me about my kids. I can talk about them incessantly .
I have a ton of interests outside of education, computers and my family. My wife and I love to travel and go on frequent long camping trips in our pop-up trailer. I love playing sports, and now satisfy that passion by coaching my kids’ soccer teams. I also love to do construction and remodeling projects on our house. Above all, I love learning, discovery, and inquiry, and I love infecting my students with this same bug.
Hello I am Darrell McClendon (or “Mr. Mc”). I am a native San Diegan, born and raised. My wife and I have four great kids (all adults and college grads!) and one wonderful granddaughter!
I am SET’s Assistant Principal, and I teach engineering as well. I graduated from the University of San Diego (undergraduate) and Walden University (graduate). I have had the privilege of teaching all high school grades from nine through 12 in a variety of subjects including electrical engineering, engineering science, product design and development and physics.
I did not take the “normal” path into teaching. I was an engineer for over 20 years before going into education. I was formerly Director of Engineering (cell phone development) at Motorola and Vice President of Research and Development at a couple of High Tech companies.
Tom Cesarini has held numerous roles in the nonprofit sector and has served as a longtime volunteer in San Diego’s Italian community. Tom holds a PhD in Leadership Studies and an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. He is also chief executive and lead consultant of Social Sector Consulting, which provides a host of services to nonprofit-sector organizations.
Tom’s academic interests include the fields of group relations; adult development; cultural and ethnic studies; film and society; nonprofit-sector trends; Emergent Leadership Theory; Integral Theory; and the philosophical and ethical components of leadership.
As a volunteer in the Italian community, Tom has helped to promote Italian arts, culture, and heritage for numerous local Italian cultural organizations. Noting an absence of a singular point of reference for San Diego’s myriad Italian groups, he founded Convivio Society for Italian Humanities in 2003 and the Italian Historical Society of San Diego in 2006 with the express goal of establishing an Italian cultural institute in San Diego in partnership with academia and other civic and business groups. Tom’s publications include books on the history of San Diego’s Little Italy and the city’s once-vital fishing industry.
David has more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement, serving as a uniformed field training officer, investigator, manager, trainer for critical response teams, and a community relations officer. David has received world recognition (Herman Goldstein Award) for his analytical approach toward crime issues within communities. David was the first officer in the United States to successfully open a community-based house lead by community members trained in community policing.
David has published articles for the Community Policing Consortium on this subject matter and was featured in several magazine and newspaper articles. David was on the development committee for the curfew sweep enforcement program. The program was designed to provide a systemic approach utilizing social services for teen violators to keep them out of the judicial system. David was appointed to the California State Youth Authority by Governor Gray Davis for his youth programs.
David is a subject matter expert in strategies, policies and procedures, and base line measurements on cost and security developments. David teaches terrorist awareness to local law enforcement, and as a Coast Guard Reservist, understands the significance in technology-based policing for evidentiary issuing at the judicial level. David has an active relationship with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies along with the Department of Homeland Security.
I was born in Mansfield Ohio to Anderson and Teresa Brown Jr. later along with my younger brother Jamaal Brown. I went on to complete High School at Antelope Valley High School while competing as a three sport athlete, attending summer college courses, and starting my early coaching career in the local Los Angeles youth recreational leagues. Later I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and achieved a meritorious promotion to Lance corporal and a Honorable Discharge. I have had the privilege to work and maintained positive professional careers in major national companies like Bank of America, Geico, and Jostens. During my coaching career I have maintained a winning record all while working to produce my first of many collegiate athletes.
Hi, I’m Jessica Romero, the Director of Special Education and the school psychologist at SET High. I have a degree in Special Education and School Psychology and have spent most of my career working with middle and high school-age students. I am a presenter and trainer for the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and volunteer for various organizations that serve underprivileged communities of promote social justice.
My name is Jackie Wilson Gerard. I was born and raised in Montana. After graduating from Montana State University I moved to Portland, Oregon where I started a career in sales. After living in Oregon for five years, we were transferred to Phoenix, Arizona where I continued my sales career. Six years into my career, my husband and I decided to start our family. Shortly after, my husband was asked to manage a plant in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We moved to Puerto Rico and I became a full time mom. Our second child was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We spent a little over three years on the island before moving back to Phoenix. When the kids were in elementary school, we were given the opportunity to move to San Diego, California. Once the kids were settled in school I decided to go back to work. I was fortunate enough to find a job working at this amazing High School called, SET High, where I have been employed for the last five years. I have enjoyed working at SET High and watching the students grow.
Hi! I’m Jessie Bejjani, part of the SET team. I work in the front office helping Miss Jackie, and am responsible for the Lunch Program.
I earned my teaching credential from the Haigazian University of Lebanon. I immigrated to the United States in 1983, and have been self-employed for most of my life – so I understand the importance of entrepreneurship. My husband and I have four children. Two girls – a 25 year old earning her PTD in Connecticut, and a 23 year old structural engineering graduate from UCSD – and two boys – a 21 year old junior and a 19 year old sophomore at Mesa College.