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Mrs. Brisard, Academy Co-Director, Business 

Short Bio: After 10 years working as a financial analyst and then a Senior Account Manager at a venture capital firm, Mrs. Brisard followed her lifelong passion for education and pursued a graduate degree in Education and a CCTE (College Career and Technical Education) teaching credential. Passionate about closing the achievement gap in education, she believes in the potential of every student she meets and is committed to empowering and inspiring her students by bringing relevant, real-world experiences and skills to the classroom. She integrates project based learning opportunities and collaborates with business community partners to equip AOFE students with the mindset and knowledge needed for successful careers in business and any other field. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from SDSU. 

Courses taught: Empowering Entrepreneurs, Advanced Accounting, Business Management & Ownership, AVID

Interesting facts about Mrs. Brisard: Fluent in three languages - English, French and Bulgarian, she is working on improving her Spanish and Russian. She was born in the second oldest city in the world - Plovdiv in the beautiful country of Bulgaria. Since 1998, she has called San Diego home and is grateful for the city’s cultural diversity. When not teaching or planning, she adores spending time with her husband and two kids - hiking all around San Diego county, going to the beach, reading, or cooking.

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Ms. Magoffin, English 

Short Bio: As a young person, Ms. Magoffin wanted to be a famous fashion designer, so she read every issue of Vogue cover to cover, worked on her art, and majored in marketing at San Diego State University, hoping she’d learn how to market her own line. After working in fashion and marketing, she realized her passions were somewhere else. Ms. Magoffin went back to school, earning a Masters in Education and her teaching credentials in art, English, and marketing. For the last ten years, Ms. Magoffin has worked in middle and high school settings, from SDUSD’s smallest alternative school to the great San Diego High. She believes love should be at the center of education and finds her greatest joy in learning, supporting, and laughing in the classroom with her students. Ms. Magoffin is passionate about helping each of them find what makes them feel empowered, happy, and peaceful.

 

Courses taught: English, Marketing, Art, AVID

 

Interesting facts about Ms. Magoffin: Ms. Magoffin’s grandpa went to San Diego High! She loves learning about other cultures, traveling, going to art museums, eating all kinds of foods (she’ll try anything - bring something from your family recipes!), going to the beach, shopping, cooking, painting, working out, and practicing yoga. Ms. Magoffin enjoys diverse neighborhoods and lives in North Park where she is on her third balcony herb garden, hoping this one will survive.

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Ms. Pickering, Business 

Short Bio: Born and raised in San Diego, California. Received my Bachelors degree in Business Management and Masters in Education Leadership from San Diego State University. Worked in Business Administration for multiple companies and grew my own organic farming operations before transitioning into a teaching career.  Originally taught Geometry and Physics at an alternative school for San Diego Unified School District before transitioning to Career College and Technical Education business courses.  About to proudly watch my 4th AOF cohort graduate from San Diego High School of Business and Leadership.  Advocate for the development of sustainable enterprises.

 

Courses taught: AVID, Business 100, Business Financial Markets

 

Interesting facts about Ms. Pickering: A foreign exchange student to Brazil in high school, plays the drums, has a pet pig named Bubba

Get in touch: jpickering@sandi.net

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Ms. Summers, Social Studies 

Short Bio: I was born in New York and spent my first 14 years there. I moved to San Francisco and then to San Diego to attend SDSU. I started teaching almost 30 years ago in San Diego and I met my husband at the first school that we taught at. We have four children and two grandchildren and they are all beautiful, brilliant, and talented. My credentials include History Social Sciences and English Language Arts as well as CLAD, GATE, and International Baccalaureate. I’m a Peer Coach/Staff Developer and have worked in professional development and educational leadership for most of my career as an educator. My passion as an educator and a human being is social justice.

 

Courses taught: History Social Sciences, English, AVID

 

Interesting facts about Ms. Summers: I love most creatures and plants, big ideas, designing and building things, chocolate and coffee. I like to hike especially in the desert with my husband. I love yoga and Bossa Nova lounge music. I wish my Spanish was better and that I could play the ukulele.

Get in touch: csummers@sandi.net

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Mr. Waller, Academy Co-Director, Social Studies

Short Bio: After a failed attempt to run for president of Mexico, I came to San Diego High to teach the future titans of business the nuances of economics and political science in January 1991.

 

Course taught: AP Economics, AP Government, AP US History, BFM 5(internship)

 

Interesting facts about Mr. Waller: I still live back home in Vancouver when school is out and camp hopefully one weekend a month down here during the school year.  I have one clever daughter who graduated from UCSC recently.

Get in touch: twaller@sandi.net

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Dr. Weise, English

Short Bio: Dr. Weise has experience across a vast array of educational settings, from middle schools to high schools, from the GED to a Ph.D., and from the classroom to administration. He earned his Associate of Arts degree from Green River College, Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University, Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland, and his Doctor of Philosophy from the George Washington University. He has held administrative positions in the office for undergraduate English Major Advising at the University of Maryland, as a graduate program coordinator at the George Washington University, and as college and career readiness pathway at San Diego High School. He currently leads the 21st Century Flex Cohort at San Diego State University’s School of Teacher Education Credential Program. Dr. Weise's scholarly interests and areas of expertise in the field of Education include the intersections of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Critical Pedagogy, and Educational Technologies. In the field of American Literature and Culture his research centers on tropes of animals and animality and the American subversive style in fiction and poetry.

 

Course taught: World Literature, American Literature, AP Literature

 

Interesting facts about Dr. Weise: Dr. Weise has lived on both coasts of the U.S. and spent considerable time in Italy and India.

Get in touch: aweise@sandi.net