My name is Stacy Salimando and I am the 7th grade science teacher here at Hawking 2!
I am originally from New York and I attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida where I earned a bachelor’s degree in marine science.
In the spring of 2014, I moved to Monterey, California and began working at an outdoor science camp. It was there that I discovered my passion for education and for science through hands-on learning activities. I also volunteered for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in the “Tentacles” exhibit, where I was able to work closely with various types of squid, cuttlefish, nautiluses, and octopus species!
In August of 2016, I moved to San Diego to continue working at different science camps and outdoor education facilities. I graduated from the University of San Diego in 2018 with a Masters of Education and a single subject teaching credential for science. I also went on an amazing trip to Japan through USD and made a ton of memories! I have always loved the outdoors and the ocean. So when I am not in the classroom, I am usually outside hiking, tide pooling or kayaking!
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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.