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.
Rhea Faeldonea-Walker Assistant Principal
I received my Bachelor in Arts degree in Broadcast Communications from the University of the Philippines. When I immigrated here in the USA in 1998, I immediately enrolled in National University both for my teaching credential and Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Teaching. In December 2015, I received my Administrative Services credential from San Diego State University.
I was a classroom teacher from 2000-2011. In that span of time, I have taught middle school, high school, adult education, and alternative education. Prior to being your Assistant Principal, I was the Sweetwater district’s English Curriculum Specialist.
Hilltop Middle is my first administrative position. And I am very excited not only because I will be supporting teaching and learning at Hilltop Middle, but also because Hilltop Middle has the FLAGS program. As a Communications graduate, an immigrant to this country, and a language-learner, I am equally as passionate about guiding our students into becoming global citizens. That is what FLAGS can do for our students and I am excited to be a part of it!