School and Support Staff

7th Grade Team

Mr. Sara Salimando

Middle School Science


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Ms. Cristina Jimenez-Shawcroft

Middle School Math

My name is Cristina Jimenez-Shawcroft (Ms. Jimenez), and I am the 7 th grade math teacher here at Hawking STEAM Charter School 2. This will be my tenth year teaching math, and I’m excited to be joining this innovative school community! I was born and raised in Chula Vista, earned my Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, and
studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. I received my Mathematics Single Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Education degree from the University of California, San Diego.


I was a Math for America fellow and have attended numerous workshops for building a rigorous and inclusive classroom. I have taught accelerated, general, and support math classes and firmly believe that all students can successfully learn math. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, exercising, and spending time with my family and friends. I have a passion for learning, and I see education as a way to enhance life. I hope to share this enthusiasm with students and help them to see the relevance of what they do in school.

Hawking’s project-based and interdisciplinary approach makes this relevance all the more visible and exciting. I look forward to working with the Hawking community!

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Ms. Margo Byrd

Middle School English


I am so excited to be working with the Hawking team to inspire students! I began teaching in 2010 in South Carolina and my journey has brought me to Hawking, where I feel the learning community has done an exceptional job creating an environment conducive to our current community! My biggest draw to education is inspiring students to use English Curriculum to become the best versions of themselves, continuing to impact their own communities for the better. I have two small children, one whom will be in Kindergarten here at Hawking! I look forward to working with each family to create a meaningful and fun 7th grade year. 

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Mr. Thomas Mich

Middle School Social Studies

My name is Thomas Mich. I am excited to be a part of our 7th grade team at Hawking 2 as a STEAM teacher in History/Social Studies. I am originally from around Detroit, Michigan and have a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from The University of Michigan-Dearborn (Go Blue!).  I have been teaching secondary students in high school and middle school for 4.5 years throughout Arizona and Southern California before settling in San Diego.  


I firmly believe that all students can succeed and be the future leaders that we need in our society.  I always strive to push my students to become better than they can ever imagine. As a result, they are not only successful, but have a tremendous amount of confidence going forward with their lives.  I am excited to bring my passion for student success into a STEAM environment to help make Hawking 2 students the leaders and best in their future endeavors. 

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