School and Support Staff

5th Grade Team

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Mrs. Nicole Manganiello

5th Grade

Hi! I'm Nichole Buck and I am a fifth grade teacher at Hawking II.  I'm a University of San Diego graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a cleared Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  This school year I am also pursuing my Masters in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Technology.  I've been teaching for four years in the San Diego area.  This is my third year teaching at Hawking II.  I previously taught fifth grade for two years.


My teaching philosophy is to create 21st Century learners in my students.  I want them to be in charge of their learning and have intrinsic motivation to be successful in the classroom.  I strive for my students to have an overwhelming enthusiasm for learning and school.  Being at a STEAM charter, students can achieve these goals in so many diverse subjects.  Through project-based and collaborative learning, students can learn real life skills inside a classroom.

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Ms. Jessica Johnson

5th Grade

My name is Jessica Johnson and I am a 5th grade teacher with the Hawking team.  I am ecstatic to be part of this community and more importantly to be teaching 5th grade this year.  I was born and raised here in San Diego and have had the opportunity to live many different places before I decided to come home and settle back in my hometown.  I was raised by an educator and have had a passion for education my entire life. I am so excited to share this with the Hawking community.


I earned my bachelor's degree in performance art with a minor in psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.  I began teaching during my undergraduate focusing on teaching arts to the community in a variety of different settings. From there I moved back home to San Diego and began working with refugees teaching English.  I was given the opportunity to move abroad and teach English to young learners from the ages of 2-12 English in Beijing, China for two years and the experience was amazing! Since I have returned to San Diego, I have gained my Masters in education focusing on teaching and learning in a global society along with my multiple subject credential through National University.  I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to work within the Hawking community.


As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon  which you can use to change the world”. Let’s change the world for the better Rockets!     

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Mrs. Morgan Cavanaugh

5th Grade

My name is Morgan Cavanaugh and I am beyond excited to be teaching fifth grade this year at Hawking Charter 2. I earned my bachelor's degree in art history/theory/criticism from the University of California at San Diego. I then went on to obtain my masters in curriculum instruction at the University of San Diego, as well as my multiple subject teaching credential. I began my career in early childhood education teaching developmental classes to children under six months to five years old after which I was hired at Hawking STEAM Charter School 2 as the reading interventionist last year. Currently I am teaching 5th grade for Hawking.


I am a strong believer that any student can be successful in any and every subject as long as they believe they can themselves. It is my goal this year to help my students see their limitless potential and infect them with my enthusiasm and love of learning.


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