FACULTY & STAFF DIRECTORY
Dean of Students
I have a Master of Arts degree in Education and a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Science from California State University, Fresno. I also attended University of Hawai'i at Manoa. I have taught Health, PE, and Science in my 20+ years of education. I have also been an Activities Director, Athletic Director, High School Vice Principal, and Middle School Principal before arriving at University High. I am a mother to two teenagers, one of which attends UHS.
P.E. 11 & 12
I Attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, College of the Sequoias in Visalia California, and finished with a Kinesiology degree at California State University, Fresno.I began teaching with Dinuba Unified School District teaching and coaching. I moved to UHS with the first junior class and have continued to the present. I enjoy being active and participating in sports related activities. Bringing my passion to the students here at UHS has been most fulfilling.
P.E. 9 & 10
This is my 13th year teaching and 12th year at UHS. I've been involved in sports my entire life but my true passion is how the body works, how to change it for your desired goals and overall human optimization. My goal is to show all my students the importance of health and lifelong fitness. In my class athletic ability, strength, and speed won't get you a good grade. Your effort and improvement will. Being healthy is for everyone. On my free time I love to travel, try new food, bake, and do anything active. I might be healthy most of the time but life is to be lived with moderation. So whenever a great chocolate chip cookie or maple old fashioned doughnut shows up you can be sure I'll be seen eating it :) At UHS I'm Athletic Director, help with the ski/snowboard Winter elective and lead the UHS travel club during the Spring Elective.
I'm a Fresno State graduate and have been with UHS since its third year. I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was a mere kindergartener myself and I followed in my mother's footsteps in teaching English. I love this community and am honored to serve as the LIFE Club advisor, the UHS Honor Commission advisor, and co-advisor of the UHS ASB. I am proud to be Understanding, Honorable, and Studious!
A.P. Literature and Composition
I have been the AP Literature teacher at University High School since 2003. I have taught AP Literature since 1997. I graduated from Oberlin College and received my teaching and preliminary educational administrative services credentials from Fresno Pacific University. While ever mindful of the AP Lit test, I am dedicated to exploring with students how literature fosters empathy and encourages us to live meaningful lives. When not teaching, I am an avid skier, an occasional China Peak Race Team coach, and manages the UHS Session ski and snowboard elective. During the summers, you’ll likely find me road biking on the foothill and mountain roads of the Sierra.
I attended Westmont College, Fresno Pacific University, and the University of Phoenix, where I earned a Master’s degree in Education (Curriculum and Instruction). I am an active member of California Association of Teachers of English as well as the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project, where I am the Associate Director of Inquiry. My research interests include transfer in writing.
I graduated from California State University, Fresno, earning my Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Classical Studies, Master of Arts in History with an emphasis in the Classical World, and a Social Science Teaching Credential. I was fortunate to be a student of Dr. Victor Davis Hanson and Bruce Thornton. These professors not only influenced my love of history and language but also inspired me to enter the teaching world, continuing to spread their appreciation of Classical Education. I have served on the California Instructional Materials Adoption Panel for Classical Languages and was a panel member on the Central Valley Foreign Language Association at Fresno State. I have been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the Classical Summer Seminar and has been recognized by the California League of High schools as an Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
A.P. Calculus AB
A.P. Calculus BC
I began by teaching career as a certified AVID tutor for Clovis West High School. In the summer of 2001, before I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from California State University, Fresno, I was hired to teach an algebra 1 course at University High School. Upon the completion of my degree, I was hired as a full-time instructor at UHS. While teaching, I continued my education and earned a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from Fresno Pacific University. I chose a career in teaching because I wanted to make a difference. Teaching is my passion and I incorporate technology in the classroom to enhance the math learning experience for my students.
Integrated Mathematics 1
I went to Fresno State and my educational focus was Psychology and Math. I entered the profession because I thought it would be fun.
Integrated Mathematics 1
I attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and Fresno Pacific University, where I earned double Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Education. I am a current faculty member at the University of Phoenix, where I mentor future math teachers and student teachers as they enter the classroom. My research interests include alleviating math anxiety.
Dr. Randall Cornelison, educator and composer, earned my B.A. in Music Education from the California State University of Fresno with an emphasis in percussion under the instruction of Dr. Matthew Darling. In 2005, I finished my M.M. in Composition at Central Michigan University under the tutelage of Dr. José-Luis Maúrtua and the world-renowned composer Dr. David Gillingham. I completed my D.M.A. in Composition with Professor Daniel Asia and Music Theory with Dr. Donald Traut at the University of Arizona in 2011. I am currently the Director of Instrumental Music at University High School in Fresno, CA.
I continue to pursue composition as a professional in the field of acoustic and electronic forms of music. My music has been commissioned and performed both at home and abroad including the concert hall of the Dvorák Museum in Prague, Czech Republic. My music has been recorded by various artists including the international group, Bando-Winteringham Duo. I continue to push forward finding new avenues of music composition with companies such as FractaVisual Designs to create new platforms for the creation and performance of new multi-sensory art and entertainment.
Continuing to work in a broad scope of art and entertainment as a composer, I find the most interesting and important aspects of current music to mold my curriculum for students. My depth of knowledge and breadth of experiences are always taken back to the classroom at University High School to integrate traditional acoustic music and always evolving music technology to challenge students with a complete understanding of the music of today.
A.P. Music Theory
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis from Cal State Fullerton. I hold a Master's degree in Music Theory/Composition from Fresno State. I have been teaching high school choirs for over 34 years. 22 of those in Bakersfield, and at UHS since 2006. I'm a published composer with more than 200 original compositions and choral arrangements. When I am not teaching or writing music, I like to travel and make things. I enjoy making cheese, sourdough bread, kombucha, and curing olives. I also enjoy working around my garden, orchard, and vineyard. I am married to Deborah and have two stepchildren, Nick and Dani Lencioni, both UHS graduates.
I started off my undergraduate college years at Fresno State in the Theatre Dept. I entered with the burning desire to be a professional actor; within two years I felt like it was time to leave the comfortable nest of Fresno, so I spread my wings and transferred to UC Santa Cruz. I auditioned and was accepted to their Acting Emphasis program. My training there was excellent, and yet I stalled after graduation; when an opportunity came to move to NYC, I got cold feet. I returned to Fresno, got married, had my son, and then figured it was time to pursue my alternate childhood dream: I became a teacher. I taught English and Drama at Roosevelt High/Roosevelt School of the Arts and Central High. I received an Administrative Credential and Masters of Arts in Education at Fresno State, and worked at the school district and site levels for 13 years: Assistant Director of Roosevelt School of the Arts, Vice-Principal (Roosevelt, McLane), Fresno Unified's Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, and Assistant Principal/Director of Coronado School of the Arts. I returned to teaching in 2014 then left briefly to try something completely different - I owned a restaurant/bar in Downtown Fresno. When my business closed, the door back to teaching opened, and I happily started teaching Drama at UHS in Fall 2016. It's the best education gig I've ever had! In addition to teaching and also coaching UHS Speech students, I act and direct with local theatre groups, teach acting workshops, sing in a rock 'n roll choir, and do occasional voiceover work.
I have been interested in science, especially physical sciences, since 4th grade. I was born and went to K-12 schools in Fresno, then graduated from Fresno State will a dual major in physics and mathematics. I went to UC Davis where I received a masters and Ph.D. in physics. After that, I went to work in the optical and semiconductor industries as an R & D engineer, applications engineer, applications engineering manager, and a systems engineering manager, while receiving three patents in semiconductor manufacturing. After being laid off in the tech downturn of 2002, I decided to go into secondary school teaching in order to bring the beauty, excitement, and importance of STEM to the next generation.
Chemistry really caught my attention in high school. It is now my pleasure to help UHS sophomores discover this fascinating subject. After earning my chemistry degree at Fresno State, I worked as a chemist in a commercial lab, and then as a research assistant with the Engineering Research Institute at Fresno State. However, I realized my biggest joy has always been teaching others (including teaching piano and children's choir), so I returned to school to make teaching my career. In 1995, I took my first teaching position in science at Central High but quickly took an opportunity to move to UHS in the first year of this school as the physics teacher. I have been teaching chemistry here at UHS since 2004. Outside of the classroom, I have enjoyed being part the development team for Modeling Instruction curriculum for chemistry (which is used at UHS), and leading summer training workshops to share Modeling Instruction methods with other teachers.
A.P. U.S. History
I attended Fresno State majoring in history and receiving a minor in geography. While in college, I was a member Fresno State College Bowl Team which won the national championship in 1980. I began teaching in the fall of 1985. Although I have been fortunate enough to have advised and coached students in various activities that have won local, state and national competitions, I am most proud of helping prepare students for college and the challenges of life through responsibility and hard work.
I have been teaching at University High School since 2006 but also taught for eleven years at schools in Arizona and Texas before coming here. A graduate of Clovis West High School, I started as a physics major at Rice University in Houston before switching to a double major in history and religious studies and later earning a master’s degree in history from Vanderbilt University. After finishing graduate school, I entered teaching in large part because, as I say, I never cease to be a student. Teaching is a way to keep on learning, to study human society and try to answer those questions that have captivated me for many years while helping young people to make the transition to adulthood in the process. I have taught classes in seven different Advanced Placement fields over the course of my career, with over 2,500 individual A.P. exams having been taken under my tutelage. Today, I teach A.P. Economics to seniors and U.S. History to juniors. In the past, I coached forensics and chess at other schools, but I currently oversee the UHS Interact Club, which is our school’s community service organization, as well as the UHS Yearbook and the UHS Autism Awareness Club. Though not a special education teacher, I do specialize in working with students with autism spectrum disorders, with which I have a great deal of personal and scholarly experience.
Fresno State Professor