School and Support Staff
6th Grade Team
Email Ms. Garcia
Ms. Griselda Garcia
Hello Hawking families! My name is Griselda Garcia and I am part of the amazing sixth-grade team here at Hawking! I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Education (MEd) from the University of California, San Diego. This is my 8th year teaching, but I have prior years of experience in the education field as an after-school program assistant and volunteer. When not teaching, you can find me running through the streets of San Diego with my run club, on the trails or trying to find somewhere really good to eat.
I am very excited to be working at a STEAM school because STEAM, particularly math, has always been a passion of mine. During my interview I was asked, "what does S.T.E.A.M. mean to you?" To answer that question, I had to journey back to my college experience as an engineering major. I chose engineering as my major because I have always had a passion for math and hands-on projects. What we learned was interesting, but I always felt very alone as one of the few Latinas in the engineering field so I decided to change majors. This was not a decision I regret because it put me on the path to become a teacher and now drives my desire to guide more females of color to STEAM careers. Now that I teach, I make S.T.E.A.M. a big part of my curriculum by including hands-on, project-based lessons.
Ask, "how will they learn best?" not "can they learn?"
Email Ms. Barnes
Ms. Anne Barnes
Hello Rockets! My name is Anne Barnes and I am a returning sixth grade teacher at Hawking STEAM Charter 2. I am a San Diego native (Go Padres)! I enjoy camping, watching college basketball (Go Zags!), and playing with my rescue pup, Daisy. I also enjoy traveling to different countries because it has provided me with experience with teaching English Language Learners. I have taught elementary classes in English in Italy, Mexico, and Japan.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University and obtained my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Diego, along with my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. My style of teaching involves project-based activities, technology, and "Changemaking" (making a positive impact on the world). I hope to empower my students to embrace new challenges, motivate them to think critically and encourage their freedom of expression in the classroom. My goal for the upcoming school year is to strengthen students' literacy and creative expression in writing. Every student has something different to offer and I am excited to help the students understand each other's unique perspectives and life experiences through discussion and collaboration.
Email Mr. Martin
Mr. Christian Martin
Hi, my name is Christian Martin and this will be my sixth year teaching sixth grade at Hawking 2 STEAM Charter School. I grew up in San Diego and went to school nearby. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from San Diego State University and also received my Masters of Education in K-12 Literacy, multiple subject teaching credential with authorization in Government, and CA Cleared Credential (CLAD) from the same institution. I was also recognized by the San Diego City Council in 2019 for my efforts as a teacher.
I have worked with children in various settings and across a wide range of demographics. I went into education because of the impact certain teachers had on me as a child. This impact is summed up by the words of an often-quoted lecturing educator, "You will always remember how a teacher made you feel." To this end, I aim to treat my students with respect, understanding, and compassion, and to endow them with the confidence to believe in themselves. I am honored to be working in this community, where I spent my early years and which reflects the community I later grew up in.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, surfing, sailing, the outdoors, and learning about other cultures and languages (Associates Degrees in French and German).
I hope my students remember me as the zany teacher that made them feel welcomed and valued, that believed in them incessantly, that always seemed to incorporate academics into any conversation, that respected them, and that motivated them to be life-long learners.