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.
Assistant Principal | Engineering | Chief Business Officer
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.
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.
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.
Hello! My name is Gabrielle Hines. I’ve had the opportunity to work as a Teacher Assistant for the last four years. After witnessing the tremendous impact teachers have on students and reflecting back on my own experiences, my goal is to become a teacher.
I graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Sociology. I also LOVE sports!
I look forward to the school year, working now, as the Lunch Manager and one of the first faces you see when you walk in. I am thrilled at the exciting opportunities that await us!