Magnet Staff Biographies

Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet Staff
Jerone Cooper - Mathematics Mr Cooper is from Burbank, CA.  He studied at Rutgers University and the University of Redlands.  He began his teaching career in 1986 at Sun Valley Middle School.  In 1996, he transferred to North Hollywood High School.  Mr. Cooper came to Sylmar High in 2006 and joined the Magnet Staff in 2011.  He has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Math Analysis (Pre-Calculus.) 
Lupe Cruz Uribe - Mathematics  Mrs. Cruz Uribe received her B.S. with honors from California State University in both Applied Mathematics and Statistics.  She is also an alumni of the Sylmar High Math Science Magnet program!  She started her teaching career at Robert Fulton College Preparatory in 2005.  She served as the Math Department Chair at Fulton College Prep.  She joined the Sylmar High Magnet Staff in 2012.  Ms Cruz Uribe has taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.  She loves teaching and is dedicated to helping students achieve their goals.

Roy Cuerquez - Mathematics Mr. Cuerquez joined Sylmar High School last September 2006 as a member of the Cultural Exchange Teacher Program from the Philippines of the Amity Institute.   Amity is an international program for cultural understanding and friendship.  He holds Bachelors degrees in Civil Engineering and Secondary Education in Mathematics.   He also has a Masters Mathematics Education.  He has worked as an educator since 1983 in a variety or positions including Math Teacher, Principal, Education Supervisor,  College Instructor and University Executive Vice President.  He enjoys music and lead a youth drum and bugle corps.

Sara Linerio - Science  Ms. Linerio is a proud Sylmar Magnet alumna. She received her B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA (go Bruins!) and her Masters degree in Urban Education with an emphasis on Educational Policy from LMU. She started her teaching career at a small charter school in Pacoima, teaching 8th-grade science for two years. She is excited to come back home to the magnet this year, and help our 9th graders have a successful transition to high school. 
When she is not teaching, you can find her hanging out with her dog, watching Netflix, or reading a good book. She loves salsa dancing and trying new foods. Will not hesitate to be punny, and share some (not so funny) jokes with you. 

Brian Smith - Science Mr. Smith teaches Honors Chemistry. Mr. Smith began teaching at the Sylmar Math Science Magnet in 2017. He grew up in Santa Clarita, and went to UCLA for his B.S. in Biochemistry. His mother is an alumni of Sylmar High ('77), so he has high expectations for his Spartans! Mr. Smith believes a mastery of technology is the ticket to his students' success, so he's always looking for new software and gadgets for the class. If he isn't coding or building something for the lab, Mr. Smith is probably enjoying his favorite hobby with his wife; spicy food. He also loves cheesy chemistry puns, so please, capsicum join him in exploring our molecular world.

Barbara Lindsay - Science  Mrs. Lindsay has been a Sylmar resident for many years. Her three children are graduates of Sylmar High School and college graduates. Mrs. Lindsay holds a Bachelors degree in Science Education and a Masters Degree in Chemistry from Syracuse University in New York. For 12 years she taught Biological, Physical and Marine Science at Olive Vista Middle School. She came to Sylmar Magnet in September of 1995 and has taught Physics, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Chemistry and Astronomy. She is very involved in numerous community groups in Sylmar.
Anabella Ayala - Science  I graduated from CSUN and got my degree in Biology (BA). I have been teaching since 2005 in the district and I have yet to want to do anything else but being in the classroom interacting with my students in meaningful ways, at least that's my hope. I grew up in Los Angeles but currently reside in the valley with my family. I have had the privilege to teach a range of life science courses and Chemistry throughout my career which has led to my growth as an educator. Science is awesome!!

Bruce Lindsay - Science  Dr. Lindsay is a graduate of Sylmar High School (1987). He earned his B.S. in physics from the University of California at Irvine (1991) and his doctoral degree in physics from Baylor University in Texas (2003). He joined the Sylmar High faculty in 2006 and began teaching the AP Physics course in 2011. Away from school, he spends his time trying to be a good role model for the next generation of Lindsays (his niece and nephew) and usually does well at this.
Irese Moxley - English Ms. Moxley teaches 11th grade English and AP English Language and Composition. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design and later earned a Master of Education  from National University. She has worked as an educator since 1991 in various teaching and administrative positions. Ms. Moxley joined the Sylmar High Magnet staff in 2015. While not grading essays, she enjoys involvement with her congregation, spending time with her family and grandchildren, and writing poetry. She is also a die-hard "Trekkie." Her goal is to help students "live long and prosper."

Ed Victoria - English Mr. Victoria teaches tenth grade English.  He has also taught Advanced Placement English.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UCLA.  He began his teaching career in 1988 and came to Sylmar High school in 1990.  He joined the Magnet Staff in 2009.  Mr. Victoria has also been the California Academic Decathlon coach since 1994 where he has helped our school earn numerous medals.  He was selected as Coach of the Year in 2007.  Outside of school, Mr. Victoria likes to cook, play guitar and race cars.  He also enjoys spending time with his wife Erika and their four children.

Larissa Green - English Ms. Green teaches ninth grade English and Advanced Placement Literature.  She attended Olive Vista Jr. High School, and graduated from Sylmar High School in the Fall of 1994.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UCLA in 1999.  After completing her teaching credential, Ms. Green began teaching at Sylmar High in 2002 and joined the Magnet in 2015.  While not at school, she plays video games, writes recreationally, and reads.  Other hobbies include: Renaissance Faire, historical period dramas, Tolkien, and afternoon tea.
Kimberly Matsuhisa -  Miss Matsuhisa teaches 11th grade American Literature and Composition for the Math/Science magnet. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at UC Riverside, and her teaching credential from California Polytechnic Institute of California, Pomona. She is  currently attending CSU Fullerton for my Master’s in Education Technology. Ms. Matsuhisa began teaching at Sylmar Charter High School in 2019, and joined the Magnet in 2023. Outside of school, she loves to read, go hiking, spend time with her dogs, play video games and tabletop games. One of her dreams for the future is to own a coffee shop/bakery.

Carlos Olivares - Social Studies Mr. Olivares teaches Ethnic Studies and World History and is our Boys Soccer Coach.  He earned his Bachelor degree in International Development Studies from UCLA.  He has a Masters degree in Secondary Education from CSUN. and is completing a PhD in Urban Education Leadership at Claremont Graduate University. He is also a part-time lecturer at CSUN, in the Michael Eisner School of Education. His professional interests are critical race theory, culturally relevant pedagogy, cultural and social capital, and parental involvement issues in education.

Mr. Olivares and his wife have four children. His daughters are graduates of the Sylmar High Magnet and are now in college. His  sons are currently students in our magnet. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, be outdoors, and work on house-improvement projects.  He also enjoys soccer, video games and cooking for his family.

Scott Craig - Social Studies Mr. Craig was born in Concord, Massachusetts and has lived all over the world. He earned his B.A. in History and Spanish from Brigham Young University and his M. Ed. from UNLV. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for six years, he taught for twenty years in Las Vegas, Nevada where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2001. He joined the Sylmar faculty in 2013 and transferred to the Math & Science Magnet in 2019. In his spare time, he loves to go hiking and write historical fiction. His first novel, Second Chances, has sold copies on four different continents, and other novels are in the works.

Marc McPhee - Social Studies Mr. McPhee is a graduate of Sylmar High School (class of 1993). After graduating from Sylmar, he earned an BA in Social Studies from University of the Pacific with a minor in International Studies. Mr. McPhee later earned his MA in Education from CSU Long Beach. In the Magnet program, Mr. McPhee teaches Honors Principles of American Democracy along with three Advanced Placement courses: Government and Politics, US History, and Macroeconomics.

In his career with Los Angeles USD, Mr. McPhee has gained extensive experience with the integration of technology into the curriculum. Mr. McPhee is a textbook author and former school technology coordinator and college lecturer. He is a National Board Certified Teacher, soccer referee and proud father of four children.

Ana Campos-Spanish  Ms. Campos graduated from CSU, Northridge in 1996 with a Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature.  She came to our Magnet School to teach all levels of Spanish including Advanced Placement in 1996.  She is the sponsor of our Teatro Latino Club helping students to learn more about the Language, Dances, Music and Culture of Spanish speaking countries.  Her favorite activity is spending time with her husband and young daughter.

Michelle Peraza - Spanish Ms. Peraza graduated from Cal State University, Los Angeles in 2004 with a bachelor in Liberal Studies and English Literature and a single and multiple bilingual subject credentials.  She has worked for LAUSD since 2006 and is currently working on her National Board.   She loves to work with parents hand in hand to promote student learning and success in school and life in general.  She is always up to the challenge to find innovative ways to teach language to students.  She is life a learner and continues taking classes for self-development at the university and nearby community colleges.  
Marina Gonzalez - Spanish Mrs. Gonzales teaches Spanish 1 and 2.  She is a proud graduate of the Sylmar High Magnet! She earned her B.A. in Spanish from UCLA in 2021. She started her career in education as a Special Education Assistant. She became a Spanish teacher for the Sylmar High Magnet in 2023.  

Dr. Escamilla - Health  Dr. Escamilla graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from California State University, Northridge, and completed his Master's of Science in Biology from CSUN.    Dr. Escamilla furthered his education with an Master's in Education and a Doctorate in Education from California Lutheran University.
He began teaching physical science in an LAUSD middle school in 2008 and joined Sylmar CHS in 2020.  At Sylmar, Dr. Escamilla teaches health and biology.  Dr. Escamilla is a proud father of a sassy pug. 

Nabil Montez - Counselor Ms. Montez was born and raised in Sylmar. She graduated from Sylmar Magnet in 2008 and played Varsity Soccer during her high school years. She graduated from CSUN with a B.S in Psychology and a minor in Family and Consumer Science in 2013. She returned to CSUN and earned her Masters of Science School Counseling in 2015. She began her career as a high school counselor at the Apex Academy, a charter school in Hollywood. It was a pleasure and honor for her to return to Sylmar High as the Magnet Counselor in 2019. She is passionate about her career, soccer, and traveling.

Debbie Steinert - Coordinator Ms. Steinert has lived in Sylmar since 1964.  She graduated from Sylmar High in 1980. She earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a minor in Geology from CSUN.  She began teaching Science, Health and Computers at Olive Vista Middle School in 1984.  While at Olive Vista, she served as Science Department Chair, Technology Coordinator, and School Based Management member.  She was involved in writing several grants bringing technology to students and has led workshops in Earthquake Safety and Geology.  Ms. Steinert came to Sylmar High School as the Magnet School Coordinator in 1994.  Her children are graduates of the Sylmar High Math Science Magnet.  She has attended every homecoming football game since 1977.
Past Staff Members
Nguyen Vu - Math 1994-1996
Larry Friedrich - Mathematics Mr Friedrich was born in Mitchell South Dakota in 1948 where he lived on a farm until he was 10. In 1959 he moved to Reseda and graduated from Reseda High School in 1966. He earned his B.S. degree in physics from San Fernando Valley State College (CSUN) in 1972. He has worked as a lab technician and an engineer. For seven years he was self employed as a swimming pool technician (Yep. He cleaned them.) In 1985 he was admitted to the Teacher Trainee Program with LAUSD. Mr. Friedrich comes to us from San Fernando Middle School where he taught math for ten years. His wife Deborah is also a teacher and Mr. Friedrich's inspiration. They have two grown children, Angela and Joseph and one grandchildren. 
Claudia Reyes-Mathematics Mrs. Reyes received her B.S. in electrical engineering from California State University, Northridge. She earned her M.S. in Mathematics at CSUN. She came to Sylmar Magnet in September of 1996. Mrs. Reyes was born in the San Fernando Valley and has been a resident of Sylmar all of her life. She attended El Dorado Elementary, Olive Vista Junior High and is a graduate of Sylmar High. She enjoys reading and drawing, but most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Ken Coulson - Mathematics Mr. Coulson received his B.S. in mathematics from California State Polytechnic University where he graduated with honors. Additionally, he had an M.S. in computer sciences from West Coast University. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Mr. Coulson spent over twenty years in the computer industry as a systems engineer, software developer and later doing marketing and sales. His entire computer industry career was devoted to developing high technology solutions for engineering and scientific applications. Mr. Coulson came to Sylmar High school in 1995 from Burbank Middle School where he taught mathematics to both English and Spanish speaking students. When away from education, he enjoys such diverse activities as listening to classical music and following the stock market. But his real interest is being OUTSIDE camping, hiking and backpacking.
Arleen Gonzales - Science  Twenty years after graduating from Sylmar High School, Ms. Gonzales returned as an Honors Biology teacher in 1998. Ms. Gonzales attended Stanford University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Human Biology. She also has a Masters in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development. Upon graduation from Stanford University, Ms. Gonzales coordinated a cancer study at USC's School of Medicine. She then earned her teaching credential and taught life, physical, and earth sciences, as well as health, to students at San Fernando Middle School for nine years.
When not teaching, Ms. Gonzales enjoys laughing, reading, learning, swimming, the sun, chilling, being present for her friends, and walking her dog at El Cariso Park. You may see her there because she was not only raised in Sylmar, graduated from Sylmar, and teaches at Sylmar, she lives in Sylmar! Ms. Gonzales also loves spending time with her niece and 6 nephews. Family is everything to her. This is why to Ms. Gonzales the Magnet is everything: for the Magnet is Family. Ms. Gonzales retired in 2022.
Darlene Bryant - Science: Dr. Bryant is a resident of San Fernando who joined the Sylmar staff in 2020. Dr. Bryant teaches AP Biology but enjoys teaching all life science content areas. She believes in the importance of being aware of how our bodies operate, as well as being aware of what goes on in the environment around us. Dr. Bryant earned her B.S. in Biology from California Baptist University, her Master's in Secondary Education from The University of Phoenix, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University. She has 5 children of her own, one of which recently graduated from Morehouse College, two who are currently attending college (Howard University and UCLA), and the other two attending high school and middle school. She is married to an LAUSD School Police Officer and they Pastor a church in Los Angeles. Dr. Bryant became the school Intervention Coordinator in 2022.
Bill Tarr - Biology
Victor Rodriguez - Biology
Jonathan Hayes - Chemistry Mr. Hayes earned his B.A. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from California State University, Los Angeles. He later earned Masters' of Arts degrees in Secondary Education, Business Administration and Media Communications. Before coming to the Sylmar High Magnet in 1994, he taught Chemistry, Physical Science, ECP and Astronomy at Garfield High School for eight years where he also served as Impact Coordinator. Mr. Hayes has also worked as a chemist and done research in industry. Mr. Hayes is trained as a grief counselor. He enjoys a wide variety of interests outside of teaching including video production for cable companies, singing and clothing design. He feels it is important to encourage social responsibility in his students as well as academic excellence.
Angela Campbell - Chemistry Ms. Campbell has been teaching chemistry since 1996. She has been at Sylmar High School since the fall of 2005 and started teaching in the Magnet Program in the fall of 2006. She taught biology, chemistry, and physics for 9 years at Pasadena High School prior to joining the Sylmar staff. She has a BA in Human Biology and a MA Education from Stanford University. She is an Institutional Biosafety Committee member at City of Hope. Her hobbies include scuba diving, traveling, swing dancing, soap making, and spending time with her two daughters and her husband who is an engineer at JPL.
Amy Labo - Science Mrs. Labo graduated from California Lutheran University in 1999 with a B.S. in Chemistry and received her teaching credential from CSUN in 2004. She started teaching at Monroe High School in 2001 and came to Sylmar in 2006. Mrs. Labo has been teaching Chemistry for the Magnet since 2014. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three sons.
Sohiel Mashhoud -  Science Mr. Mashhoud has taught A.P. Biology, Marine Biology, Forensics, Genetics, Environmental Science.  Mr. Sohiel Mashhoud graduated from Sylmar High School in 1991.  He attended the University of California Los Angeles where he majored in cellular molecular biology with an emphasis in neuro-biology.   Mr. Mashhoud has been teaching at Sylmar High School since the fall of 1997.  In addition to his teaching, he is also the head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach and had been the  leadership advisor.  In his spare time, he enjoys sight-seeing and vacationing.
Dan McAboy
Sally Roderick - English Raised in Michigan, Sally Roderick came to Los Angeles in 1969 for a vacation and stayed. She has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for twenty-six years and still loves it. "Helping children learn is the ultimate art," she says. "It is at once the most challenging and rewarding job I know." Electing to come to Sylmar High School in 1992, Mrs. Roderick teaches writing and literature with an interdisciplinary team in our Magnet and host schools, and is keenly interested in curriculum design and staff development. When away from school, she keeps active with sewing, traveling with her husband Bill and pet bird, Dutch, and visiting her three children and two grandchildren.
Katharine Paull - English Ms. Paull first came to Sylmar High School in the fall of 1969. Since then she has served as Department Chair for 12 years and has taught most subjects in the English department including the 12th grade Advanced Placement Literature and Language class. She will also be teaching the Advanced Placement English in the 12th grade for the magnet program. Students in these classes will be expected to read and write extensively for their own information and improvement and in preparation for the A.P. test in May. Ms. Paull graduated from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and received a masters degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She has two children who attended Verdugo Hills High School and two grandchildren.
Ken Barker - English On a visit to downtown Los Angeles one day, Ken Barker got lost. Wandering into the School District's offices to ask for directions, he was captured and enslaved for ten years as an English and E.S.L. teacher. In recent years he has been allowed out at night to work for other educational organizations such as the Los Angeles Educational Partnership, UCLA, and the Galif Institute. Parents are encouraged to visit Sylmar High and view Ken as he paces his cage. Please, no feeding.
Lynn Volz - English Mrs. Volz has come full circle -- born and raised in Burbank, she now has returned to sunny California to be near family, old friends and the beach although any surfing will be strictly limited to the Internet. She has lived in various places with her husband and two boys. During an eleven year residency in Hawaii, on the Big Island, she returned to college earning her B.A. in English and Teaching credential from the University of Hawaii, Hilo. She has enjoyed teaching all levels of high school English in Hawaii and Green Bay, Wisconsin (Go Packers!). Mrs. Volz enjoys gardening, speed walking, reading, and listening to music including classical, jazz and rock'n roll from the'60s.
Charlene Hartman Stiles - English During my childhood, I lived in many parts of the United States, but I have lived in California the longest. After attending high school in Fullerton, I went on to the University of California, Davis for my B.A. in Sociology of the Inner-City (a major I created, consisting mostly of sociology and ethnic studies courses) with a minor in Comparative Literature. At California State University, Northridge, I finished my English course work and earned my teaching credential. As a college student, I enjoyed working with foreign exchange students, doing social work in the inner-city of Philadelphia, working in Germany for a summer, and traveling through Europe, Japan, and Guatemala. When I am not teaching, I enjoy playing classical music on the piano, cooking, baking, traveling and spending time with my six year old son.
Phil Brown - English Mr. Brown teaches ninth grade English for the Magnet School and ninth and tenth grade English for the host school. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, California. He then attended Canada College in Redwood City and later San Francisco State University. He earned his bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1986 and a Master of Arts degree in English in 1993. He has studied drama and theater in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has been an instructor at both California State University, Northridge and at UCLA. Mr. Brown taught English and Drama at South Gate High School for five years before coming to Sylmar High School in 1993. He lives in Camarillo with his wife and daughter.
Tanya Akopoff - English Ms. Akopoff earned her BA in Drama with a Minor in Art History from UC Davis. She earned her Master’s Degree in Theater Literature from CSUN. She has been teacher in private schools as well as an instructor at both Santa Monica City College and CSUN. She joined the Magnet staff in 2002. She was also an Educational Administrator of the UCLA Hammer Museum.
Joel Albritton - English Mr. Albritton earned B.A. in the Classics from the University of California, Riverside. He earned his M.A. from the University of Washington. He has been and instructor and teaching assistant at the college level and has many years experience working with youth groups. He came to the Sylmar Magnet in the spring of 2004 and teaches American literature and Advanced Placement English Language. He has a wide variety of interests including music and ancient languages (he speaks Greek and Latin!) While not at school, you will find Mr. Albritton playing with their children Gavin and Audrey.
Chris Conkling - English Mr. Conkling comes from a family that was huge in the music industry but he was more interested in language than music. He graduated from Van Nuys High and then attended Dartmouth College. After living in Japan for 30 months, he completed his B.A. at BYU where his senior paper was published and won a national history award. He finished his masters at CSUDH. He wrote for television and movies including the screenplay for the animated production of Lord of the Rings. He then went into advertising and marketing writing for many years. He now coordinates the writing program and campus newspaper at the University of Judaism where he teaches as well. He has produced two books, many articles, hundreds of ads, brochures and packages, and six children with the help of wife Robin.
Adana Gardner - English Ms. Gardner holds an M.A. in Cross-Cultural education. She grew up in Sylmar where she attended Hubbard Elementary and Olive Vista Junior High. She pursued her love of the arts at the Van Nuys High Performing Arts Magnet and graduated from UCLA in 1994 with her BA. She has also acted professionally. She joined the Sylmar High Staff in 1999 teaching English and direction the musical Grease. She is very proud to be teaching ninth grade English in the Magnet.
DeAnna Serago-Steidl, NBCT - English  Ms. Steidl teaches Advanced Composition and has been a teacher for LAUSD since 1997. She just joined the Spartan family in January of 2020. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Psychology and Theater Arts at California Lutheran University. She earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Social Justice at ULCA, where she became a proud Bruin. She is a National Board-Certified teacher whose honors include the LAUSD District Intern Golden Apple Award, the MESA Advisor of the Year Award and UTLA Crystal Apple, Teacher of the Year Award. But her proudest achievement is her two children, Jack and Claire. When she is not teaching, she is dreaming of flying her broomstick over Hogwarts or riding in a train in the Rhone Region of Italy. 
Social Studies
Keith Kurlander - Social Studies Mr. Kurlander comes to us with a wide variety of experience. He served in the Navy. While stationed in Japan, he taught English in private schools. In 1977 he earned his B.A. in History from California State University, Northridge. He earned his M.A. in History from CSUN in 1983. He taught all levels of Social Studies and Human Relations at Maclay Middle School for eighteen years before coming to the Sylmar High Magnet in 1995. In his free time, Mr. Kurlander likes to travel with his wife and two children.
John Grande - Social Studies Mr. Grande grew up and attended school in the San Fernando Valley, graduating from Van Nuys High School’s Math and Science magnet in 1996. He attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he majored in history. He has been teaching social studies since 2004 and joined the Magnet in 2013. His favorite subjects to teach and learn about are world history, human geography, sociology, anthropology, and ecology. Outside of school, he enjoys camping, backpacking, biking, bird watching, and napping with his wife, Brigid and kids Vincent and Vivienne.
William Winkes - History Mr. Winkes graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. He received his teaching credential from Pepperdine University. Mr. Winkes was a Keck Fellow in Seaver College at Pepperdine University and has a Master's Degree in American Studies. Before joining the Sylmar Magnet in 1994, Mr. Winkes taught at Locke High School and Palisades High School. Since 1986 he has taught grades 9 through 12 Social Science classes including World History, U.S. History, A.P. U.S. History, Government, Economics, Cultural Awareness and Future Studies. Previous to his career in education, Mr Winkes was a manager in business for 15 years. Outside of the Sylmar Magnet, Mr. Winkes interests include his wife Janet, Military History, Science Fiction, woodworking, scale modeling, travel, auto racing and Max (his dog.)
Steven Richmond - Social Studies Mr. Richmond grew up in the San Fernando Valley.  He earned his BA in History from CSUN in 1988.  Before joining the Magnet in 1996,  Mr Richmond was a musician and comedy writer.  He also was private tennis instructor.  He has worked for private companies for the several years tutoring students for the Advanced Placement Exams, the SAT and helping them to prepare for college.  He loves to help students become actively  involved in the political process.   He enjoys listening to many types of music and spending time with his son.
Marie Willson - Spanish Ms. Willson is a native of Southern California. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 1980 with a B.A. in Spanish. She has spent several summers in Mexico studying Spanish. In addition to Spanish, Ms. Willson speaks French and Italian. She has taught high school since 1981 at Marshal High, Aguora High and for students preforming opera, movies and television.
Blanca Castillo-Alves - Spanish Before fulfilling her dreams to teach, Mrs. Castillo-Alves worked full time as a secretary for the School District while attending California State University, Northridge (full time). She is currently enrolled there and will transfer to UCLA to pursue her Master's degree in Counseling. Her teaching career began at Sepulveda Middle School where she taught computers and English as a Second Language (ESL). "Working hard and staying focused on my goals made my dreams of teaching come true." 
Imelda Hernandez - Spanish Ms. Hernandez was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Herrick Elementary, Olive Vista junior High, and graduated as a Spartan from Sylmar High School. She obtained her BA from UC Santa Barbara and has completed her Masters of Education. She has been part of the Spartan staff since 1997 where she has taught various levels of Spanish courses including AP Language. In 2000, She joined the Magnet family in hope that her students will understand the value and importance of a Foreign Language in this highly demanding world. During her leisure time, Ms. Hernandez enjoys reading, traveling, and learning about the diversity of different cultures.
Veronica Lozano - Spanish Ms. Lozano Has a degree in Spanish Language and Culture from California State University, Northridge with a minor in Chicano Studies. She also has a Masters degree in Education. She has served as a bilingual aid working with non-English speaking students and has worked for the YMCA. In 1997, Ms. Lozano joined the Sylmar Staff as a Spanish Teacher. She has been a sponsor of the Chicano Student Association and helps with the Teatro Latino dance and play productions. Ms. Lozano can be seen at many Sylmar extracurricular activities cheering on her students.
Ana Magaña - Spanish Ms. Magaña originally comes from El Salvador. She studied agriculture at the University of El Salvador. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Language and Culture in the Spanish Language at California State University, Northridge. She has worked for LAUSD since 1995 in several capacities. She has been a tutor in math science, social studies and English as a Second Language. She has also been a teaching assistant in Special Education classes. She joined the Magnet family in 2006.
Computer Science 
Francis Wilson - Computer Science Mr. Wilson began college as a physics major at Cal Tech, continued with a BA and MA in mathematics from UCLA, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickenson University and Doctoral work in Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He began working with computers in the classroom as a junior high school math teacher in New York City in 1968. He was very instrumental in developing the Magnet Computer Lab in 1994, which he sees as a wonderful resource for the whole school.
Terry Kack - Computer Science Mr. Kack has taught at Sylmar High School since 1997. He graduated with a BS from Northern Arizona University with an extended major in chemistry and worked as a chemist for 20 years. When microcomputers arrived in the 80’s he developed an intense interest in them that persists to this day. Tiring of chemistry he decided to combine his interest in computers with a natural affinity for teaching. In the spring of 1997, he began teaching at Sylmar High School, and began teaching computer science classes that fall.
Eleanor Bralver - Health Ms. Bralver earned her B.S. and M.S. from Wayne State University in Michigan. She taught in the Detroit public school system for eight years where she also did camp counseling and leadership. In 1965, Ms. Bralver began teaching with LAUSD and has been at Sylmar High for 30 years. In 1974 she published a book Teens Inside/out and is currently working on a book about gangs. Ms. Bralver is an authority on the problems facing today's youth. She is often asked to speak to community and church groups, educators and other professionals about teen-age problems and concerns.
Luanne Emery - Health Ms. Emery received her Bachelors degree and teaching credential from Cal Poly Pomona. She began her teaching career at Burbank Middle School in 1977 where she taught Biology and Health. In 1992, she transferred to Olive Vista Middle school so she could be closer to her home and three children. In 1996, she began her high school career at Sylmar High teaching health, Life Skills and World of Education. She has been instrumental in helping to shape the Future Teacher’s Academy at Sylmar High. She happily joined the Magnet family in 2006.
Robert Cohen - Health Mr. Cohen lives in Sylmar, CA. His wife is a graduate of Sylmar High School and four children graduated from the Sylmar High Magnet. He has a bachelors degree in Kinesiology from U.C.L.A. and a Masters Degree in education from National University. He teaches Health and Earth Science along with coaching the Boys and Girls Tennis teams here at Sylmar High School. He is a U.S.P.T.A. certified P1 Pro, and as an endurance athlete, has done the Ironman in Hawaii, transcontinental bike ride from Tillamook, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia and swam the Catalina channel. He loves traveling with his wife Linda and kids Scott, Spencer, Whitney and Stuart.
Thomas Cervantes - Counselor Mr. Cervantes was born on October 1, 1950 in Los Angeles. He graduated from Grant High School in 1968 where he was a city finalist in Gymnastics. He attended Valley College and UCSB. He earned his B.A. in History and Teaching credential from UCLA. He holds a Masters in Educational Administration from CSUN. He taught history at Olive Vista Middle School for 14 years where he also worked as a counselor, Impact coordinator, Academic Pentathlon Coach and Student Government Sponsor. When not at school, he loves to snow ski, bicycle and travel. He also deals in Native American Art.
Debra McIntyre Sciarrino - Counselor Ms. McIntyre is a native of California. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Pepperdine University and also holds Masters degrees in Education and Counseling and Guidance. Prior to becoming and educator, Ms. McIntyre was a sales representative and owned a flower shop. She Began her teaching career at Oak Park High School in Agoura. At Oak Park she taught Psychology, Life Skills, Journalism, English and Accounting. Among other things, she served as the Activities Director and CSF advisor and Junior Class advisor.  In 1995, she moved to Olive Vista Middle School where she taught Social Studies, and Year Book. She also was a Dean of Students, Testing Coordinator, Gifted Coordinator and involved in many other aspects of school improvement.
Jeff Dellisanti - Counselor - Born in Phoenix, he moved to LA in 1980 to finish his degree in music at CSUN. After graduating in 1983, he spent many years working as a living as a touring musician, playing in a wide variety of situations. He was a substitute teacher in LAUSD for 16 years to help make ends meet and also taught privately. The economy and music industry being somewhat bleak, he got smart and decided to use his degree and pursue a career in education. He earned his credential form CSUN. Mr. Dellisanti joined the magnet as a temporary advisor in 1999 and became our permanent counselor in 2002.
Bruce Towar - Counselor  Mr. Towar grew up in Flint, MI. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with a major in Physical Science and a minor in Mathematics. He also holds a School Counseling Credential earned at Cal State University, Northridge. Joining the Sylmar HS staff in Sept. 1982, Mr. Towar has had a number of roles. He has taught a variety of Math and Science classes, coached track and baseball, served as the assistant athletic director, sponsored clubs and been a mentor teacher. He was the College Counselor for 7 years.  He joined the Magnet Staff as counselor in 2013 and gets tremendous satisfaction from helping Spartans realize their goals for College.  When not working, Mr. Towar enjoys time with his wife and two sons, involvement with his church, an occasional round of golf and preparing to someday compete on Jeopardy!
Assistant Principal
Paul Del Rosario - Assistant Principal Mr. Del Rosario is a native of Los Angeles. He is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Upon graduation from Hamilton High School, he attended the University of Southern California where he earned a B.S. degree in Biology. He holds Masters Degrees in School Counseling and School Administration from CSULA. His teaching career began at San Fernando Middle School in 1978 where he taught Science and Health. He then transferred to Berendo Middle School where he taught Science, Mathematics and Computers. At Berendo, Mr. Del Rosario was also a School Counselor, Science Department Chair and Bilingual Coordinator. He returned to the valley as the Assistant Principal of Counseling at Olive Vista Middle School in August of 1990 and came to Sylmar as Assistant Principal in October of 1994.