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Meet the Staff

The required high school courses are taught by San Mateo Union High School District teachers. The teachers also monitor student progress in the program and advise students both in academic courses and career preparation.

Don ScatenaDon Scatena was born and raised in San Mateo County (Pacifica, CA). Currently, he lives in Half Moon Bay, and is the father of two children. Over the past 20 years, Don has served as a coach, teacher, and site-administrator in San Mateo County. Since 2007, he has been an Assistant Principal and Principal in San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD). Currently, he serves as SMUHSD Director of Student Services and Middle College Principal. He is dedicated to bringing the community college experience to as many high school students as possible. 
Greg LanceGreg Lance joined the Middle College program in Fall 2011 as the Middle College English teacher and the junior advisor. Mr. Lance taught English at Hillsdale High for 18 years. While at Hillsdale, he developed and implemented the Senior Exhibition project and designed the Social Action Academy, integrating English and social science curriculum through a service learning approach. He earned a B.A. in English from U.C. Santa Barbara, and later earned two Master's degrees from Stanford University, one in Education and the other is East Asian Studies. He was recognized by the California League of High Schools as the Educator of the Year in 2010.
Brittany RedgateBrittany Redgate joined the Middle College program in Fall 2017 and has been a teacher with SMUHSD for 6 years. In addition to teaching English at Capuchino High School, Brittany taught Strategic English Support, ELD, AVID, and Drama, as well as served in the role of English department chair. Prior to teaching, she worked in the field of education as a program instructor and senior manager for educational nonprofits, with a focus in providing service learning opportunities and experiential education to underserved communities. During this time, she also worked as an SAT, SAT II and ACT tutor. As a teacher, Brittany is passionate about fostering a democratic learning space where young human beings can actualize their personal agency through critical thinking, questioning and risk taking. As an English teacher, she strives to offer tools and resources to help students develop the critical skills for deconstructing, redefining, and creating cultural narratives. Brittany graduated from the UCLA honors program with a B.A. in American Literature and Culture.
Jennifer RohrbachJennifer Rohrbach joined Middle College as an Instructor in Fall 2016.
Terence LienTerence Lien joined joined the Middle College program in 2018 as the 12th grade Social Studies teacher.  Mr. Lien has served in a variety of teaching, administrative, and coaching positions both within the San Mateo Union High School District and in the South Bay over the span of 17+ years.  He has worked extensively with collegiate opportunity programs for the disadvantaged, as well at an alternative school and shelter for homeless teens. A San Francisco native, Mr. Lien is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz (BA Psychology and Economics), Stanford University (MA Education and teaching credential), and San Jose State University (MA Educational Leadership and administration credential).
Laura AdamsLaura Adams joined the Middle College program in Fall of 2018. Laura is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 13 years of experience working with youth in schools and nonprofit settings. She grew up in Orange County, CA and went to UCLA, graduating with a BA in Psychology. She then moved to the Bay Area to complete a Masters in Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco. Laura then worked for San Francisco Unified School District and at several youth & family mental health nonprofits to gain hours toward licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She most recently worked for Edgewood Center of Children and Families doing quality assurance and training for mental health clinicians. Her passion lies in empowering youth and young adults to achieve mental, emotional & physical wellness, healthy relationships, and academic & career success. She currently lives in Half Moon Bay with her family.
Angela ZepadaAngela Zepeda joined Middle College as the office assistant in April 2017.