I grew up in Imperial Beach California where I attended Oneonta Elementary School and Mar Vista Junior and High School. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree, in Political Science, from Cal Poly Pomona. After a nine-year career in law enforcement, I decided to pursue my passion of working with kids and earned a Teaching Credential at National University.
The first 17 years of my career in education were spent at Eastlake High School. I taught Advanced Placement U.S. Government, Criminal and Civil Law, and Administration of Justice at EHS. I also coached football, wrestling and track and field. I decided to become an Administrator in the District and received my master’s degree in Educational Leadership from SDSU. I have held several administrative positions in my career including: ASB Dean of Student Activities, High School Assistant Principal, and Program Manager of Compliance.
Last year I had the distinct pleasure of being named Principal of Hilltop Middle School. Hilltop Middle School provides an awesome variety of programs including FLAGS. In the FLAGS program, students are focused on multicultural exploration, learning a new language, and exploring global perspectives. The FLAGS program is a 6-year endeavor that continues as students matriculate to Hilltop High School. The FLAGS emphasis on global citizenship will serve our students well as they continue their journey through education.
Luis Aparicio Assistant Principal
Educational Background: Educational Background: I graduated from San Ysidro Adult School. Years later, I decided to attend Southwestern College and I completed my lower division courses there. I transferred to SDSU for my BA in Social Science and a Minor in Mathematics; I received my BCLAD teaching credential from SDSU. 5 years into my teaching career, I went back to SDSU and I completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership as well as my Administrative credential.
I have been in education 13 years, 8 years in the classroom teaching Mathematics and Social Science, and 5 years as part of an administrative team. I have worked in 3 schools total: Southwest High, Castle Park Middle, and currently Hilltop Middle. I am excited to be part of this school community, and thrilled to be part of FLAGS program!
I strongly believe parent involvement in schools make the biggest difference in our young students’ learning experience. I know all students can learn, and it is our goal to promote a climate in school that is conducive to learning for all students. Programs like FLAGS prepares our students to effectively compete in our multicultural society that we all participate in today.
Rebecca Bravo Assistant Principal
I am a proud product of the Sweetwater Unions n High School District. I attended Chula Vista Middle and Chula Vista High School. I attended SWC then transferred to SDSU, getting a BA in English Literature. I knew I wanted to teach so I continued at SDSU for my teaching credential. I then began teaching at my Alma Mater, CVHS. While there, I worked on my masters and admin credential. I have worked at Southwest High and Castle Park High as an assistant principal and now Hilltop Middle. I recently completed my Educational doctorate at SDSU.
When I am not at work I am having fun with my husband and two kids.