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Del Mar Union School District

Igniting Genius, Empowering Students
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STEAM+ Specialists

​​STEAM+ credentialed specialists are state certified educators who bring passion for their discipline to their programs. They support our district's mission to educate the "whole" child by providing students with opportunities for hands-on activities, problem-solving, teamwork, and exposure to the arts and sciences beyond what is possible in the general education classroom.

Art Specialists

Art Specialists

Art Specialists develop creative confidence and artistic skills in students through authentic artmaking. They utilize diverse mediums and instructional practices to support students in developing the habits of mind of an artist. The artistic process is emphasized, rather than a focus on the end product. All students are immersed in the joy of learning through creative expression. 
Picture of AmyAmy Doyle
Ashley Falls
Picture of Cat Gilbert
Cat Gilbert
Sycamore Ridge
Picture of Nicole NelsonNicole Nelson
Carmel Del Mar
Picture of Shannon O
Shannon O'Connell
Sage Canyon
Picture of Feather Losik
Feather Losik
Torrey Hills
Hynes
Mary Hynes
Ocean Air
Google Site
Picture of Nathan Cardoso
Nathan Cardoso
Del Mar Heights
Saw
Erika Saw
Pacific Sky
Google Site
Lose
Michelle Lose
Del Mar Hills
Google Site
Innovation Technologists

Innovation Technologists

Innovation Technologists collaborate with classroom teachers to design and facilitate cross-curricular learning experiences. By leveraging the design thinking process and use of technology, Innovation Technologists plan and lead inquiry-based learning experiences for students that promote critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.
Tanya Lubomudrov
Tanya Lubomodrov
Torrey Hills
Google Site
Whipple
Ashley Whipple
Pacific Sky
Google Site
Picture of Nathan Cardoso
Nathan Cardoso
Del Mar Heights
Photo of Paris Esmaili
Paris Esmaili
Sage Canyon 
Music Specialists

Music Specialists

Music Specialists engage students in lessons that allow them to develop a solid foundation in music literacy. Students learn to express themselves through movement, singing, playing musical instruments, and the dramatic arts. Music Specialists expose students to music from around the world to develop empathy and appreciation for the historical context of music. Student interests are honored and developed as they learn and study contemporary music.  
Picture of Alexandra MathewsAllie Matthews
Carmel Del Mar 
Mancuso
Alexa Mancuso
Del Mar Hills Academy and Sycamore Ridge
Google Site
Picture of Nicole Poznicek
Nicole Poznicek
 Ocean Air
Miller
Erica Miller
Ashley Falls
Google Site
Physical Education Specialists

Physical Education Specialists

Physical Education Specialists engage students in skill-based activities, games, and sports that foster a love of physical movement. Students learn about the positive impact of physical activity on their health while fostering character development, compassion, and teamwork. Specialists keep students active and enhance each of our schools with their presence and impact on student well-being.
Picture of Veronica BrandVeronica Brand
Carmel Del Mar
Picture of Kevin Kuhna
Kevin Cunha
Ashley Falls
Picture of Michael DavisMichael Davis
Ocean Air
Picture of Ian Phillip
Ian Phillip
Del Mar Heights
Picture of Trent Tracy
Trent Tracy
Sage Canyon
Photo of Cecily Gilson
Cecily Gilson
Del Mar Hills
 
Photo of Summer Strickland
Summer Strickland
Torrey Hills
 
Photo of Katy Moyneur
Katy Hoadley
Sycamore Ridge
 
 
Langdon
Sara Langdon
Pacific Sky
Google Site
 
Primary Spanish Specialists

Primary Spanish Specialists

Primary Spanish Specialists use art, music, and game-based learning to immerse students in a multisensory language experience. Students build confidence while practicing Spanish conversation at the novice level in authentic situations and develop an understanding of and appreciation for the various Spanish speaking cultures. 
D. Schopppner
Diana Schoeppner
Carmel Del Mar and Sycamore Ridge
Google Site
Nickmeyer
Ariana Nickmeyer
Del Mar Heights and Ocean Air
Google Site
Science Specialists

Science Specialists

Science Specialists collaborate closely with classroom teachers to inspire students to be curious scientists and analytical engineers who think critically, strive to make sense of their world, and design solutions to relevant real-world problems. Through the use of online simulations and hands-on lab investigations aligned with the Amplify Science curriculum, students explore engaging phenomena and learn the California Next Generation Science Standards.
picture of stephanie englund
Stephanie Englund
Ashley Falls and Sage Canyon
Jaffe 
Rebecca Jaffe
Pacific Sky and Torrey Hills
Google Site
Picture of Tim MillerTim Miller
Carmel Del Mar 
Picture of Kathy MinarikKathy Minarik
Del Mar Heights and Ocean Air 
Picture of Nancy Swanberg
Nancy Swanberg
Del Mar Hills and Sycamore Ridge