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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.

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.
Don ScatenaDon Scatena (at Middle College since 2016) 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. 
Jennifer RohrbachJennifer Rohrbach joined the Middle College program in Fall 2016 and has been teaching with the SMUHSD for 16 years. In 2004, Jen took a job at Burlingame High School, and throughout her time there she: taught CWS, MWH, USH, EL, and Gov, served as Social Science Department Chair, and served as a member of the districts PAR Committee, Chairing and Co-Chairing the committee as it developed the SMUHSD teacher evaluation system. Her move to Middle College was intentional, as the program’s philosophy, mirrored her educational beliefs, based on years of experience in the classroom. Middle College allows Jen the freedom to wear many hats ( MC Programmer, advisor, counselor, administrator and teacher)  and to be an integral part of growing the Middle College program over the last three years for SMUHSD. She is excited to be a part of a program  that offers students another pathway to complete their high school education within the district. Jen is an avid Duck fan, as she proudly attended the University of Oregon for undergrad, and recently completed her Masters Degree in Social Justice and Admin. Credential. She is a rare Bay Area native, that is still  living in the Bay Area! Her intimate knowledge of San Mateo County provides her the ability to fuse together the values of the community, with the ever changing needs of students, into her teaching curriculum and the Middle College Program. Jen and her husband are happily raising their two children in her hometown of San Mateo.
Brittany RedgateBrittany Redgate joined the Middle College program in Fall 2017 and has been an educator with SMUHSD since 2011. In her time at Capuchino High School, she taught English, Strategic English Support, ELD, AVID, and Drama, as well as served in the role of English department chair. In 2021-22, she served as co-English coordinator for SMUHSD in 2021-22 and will continue that work in 2022-23 as co-English content lead for the district. As an educator, Brittany is passionate about fostering a learning space where young human beings can actualize their personal agency through critical thinking, curiosity, and risk-taking. As a teacher leader, she is committed to challenging and disrupting patterns that systematically marginalize groups of students. And as an English teacher, she strives to offer tools and resources to help students develop the critical skills for deconstructing, redefining, and creating our cultural narratives. Brittany graduated from the UCLA honors program with a B.A. in American Literature and Culture.
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 KauthLaura Kauth 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.
Jason LetkeJason Letke joined the Middle College program in Fall 2019 as a Social Science teacher after spending the past 16 years at Capuchino High School. In addition to teaching Social Science at Cap, he also was an AVID teacher & coordinator for 10+ years, was the Professional Development Coordinator & spent the last five years as an instructional coach.  Prior to that, he spent three years teaching in East Palo Alto. Mr. Letke earned both his undergraduate degree & his teaching credential from San Diego State University. He lives vicariously threw his children's activities (his 15-year old daughter has a love for theater & graphic design, while his 12-year old son plays on two baseball teams) which takes up most of his free time. He also has a collection of nearly 1,000 records that he has been collecting ever since he was in college.
Emilie BohorquezEmilie Bohorquez joined the Middle College program in the Fall of 2021 as the Academic Counselor. Ms. Bohorquez is a San Mateo native and graduated from both the SMUHSD and SMCCCD. Prior to coming to Middle College, she was working as a School Counselor Intern with the Alum Rock Union School District while completing her Master's program at San Jose State University. Ms. Bohorquez has focused the majority of her time and research on undercovering and addressing factors affecting academic success amongst minority and diverse groups. Ms. Bohorquez is focused on helping each Middle College student achieve success, whether it be at a 4-year institution, a trade school, or continuing their education with College of San Mateo. Ms. Bohorquez earned her BA in Sociology and Human Rights in 2018, and her MA in Counseling and Guidance, with a PPS School Counseling Credential in 2021. "My main goal as a counselor is to be a part of each student's support system. Every student needs a team behind them to offer guidance and encouragement, I hope to play that role for every student I collaborate with." -Ms. B
Melissa PobleteMelissa Poblete joined the Middle College program in 2022. She was born in Illinois, grew up in Florida, and later moved to California. She earned a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University and a master's degree from the University of Florida, where she studied history, literature, and anthropology, with an emphasis on gender and the body politic, immigration and diaspora, and the formation of identity in post-colonial contexts. After teaching English as a second language in Japan, Melissa taught college prep and Advanced Placement English in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Mateo. Most of her teaching experience has been in schools built on small learning community models, like Middle College. For 11 years, she contributed to the Hillsdale High School community, fulfilling various roles: teacher, advisor, department co-chair, house leader, equity team collaborator, and professional development coordinator. Melissa is excited about teaching in the unique Middle College learning environment, where students pursue their interests and goals with individualized attention and support. Currently, Melissa lives in San Francisco, where she practices yoga, dances (contemporary, hip-hop, house), and spends time in nature with family and friends.
Alison BlockAlison Block joined Middle College as Program Coordinator in 2022. Alison grew up in San Mateo and graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Creative Writing. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame De Namur University. She taught in Palo Alto, Morgan Hill, and most recently in San Bruno at Capuchino High School. Throughout her time at Capuchino, she taught English, as well as AVID, Publications, and College Study Skills. She served as freshman and sophomore team coordinator, English department chair, professional development coordinator, and AVID coordinator. For the last two years, she has served as co-English coordinator for SMUHSD and will continue that work this year as co-English content lead for the district. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. She loves going out to restaurants and movies and spending time with family and friends.
Kyra BajeeraKyra Bajeera joined the Middle College program in Fall 2023 and has been teaching with SMUHSD for 10 years. In 2019, Kyra took a job at Peninsula teaching Algebra 2, Integrated Math, and Geometry before transferring to Capuchino HS the following year. Throughout her time at Capuchino, she has taught: Algebra I, II, Data Science, and Restorative Leadership. Kyra's transition to Middle College was a deliberate choice, driven by her desire to establish an environment wherein students could address lingering math-related traumas. She aimed to redefine the subject as a language rather than a mere set of procedures, fostering a foundation for success across various college math classes. Within her classrooms, Kyra seamlessly incorporates restorative practices, nurturing an atmosphere of awareness regarding past traumas and anxieties, all while cultivating a culture of inclusivity and courage. She's a native of San Diego but lives in San Mateo with her partner and her dog whom she rescued from a meat market. In her free time, she actively engages in competitive dragon boat paddling, channeling her competitiveness into the waters. When not dedicating herself to practice or professional responsibilities, Kyra can be found immersed in workouts, baking endeavors, or traversing picturesque hiking trails. Kyra moved to the bay area for college and holds a  BA in mathematics as well as a MA in Education