Educational Background: I graduated from Calexico High School. Attended LA Harbor College and Imperial Valley College for my lower GEs. Transferred to SDSU for my BA in English and my Master's in Critical Pedagogy. I received my BCLAD teaching credential at Dominguez Hills University and I'm currently in the process of completing my Doctorate in Educational Leadership at SDSU. My education also expanded serving my country in the US Army where I trained to be a a finance specialist.
I have been an educator for 20 years and in those years I have served my community as a teacher, assistant principal, and currently a middle school principal. I have worked in various schools in the SUHSD such as Hilltop High, Otay Ranch High, Bonita High, Montgomery High, and Palomar Continuation High. This is my first time serving the middle school students and I'm very excited to be part of the amazing FLAGS program! I respect and honor all languages and cultures in all communities. This program will prepare students to be ready and competitive for the 21st century workforce. The skill to be a global thinker comes from being accepting of all languages, ideas, and cultures. We are FLAGS!!
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.
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!