Tawny de Alva

Hello, Hawking Community! My name is Tawny de Alva and I am proud to be a part of a progressive school in transforming education.  I am a San Diego native, where I’ve earned by undergraduate degree at UCSD and a Masters of Teaching with a concentration in Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction at SDSU.

I have been teaching since 2005, instructing Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 2nd grade.

I love the primary grades, as I believe it is an exciting time where children are completely candid, eager to take risks, and ready to absorb the world around them. I am honored to be your child’s facilitator as we will both venture into STEAM and projects.

My parents are my heroes, and I know how important family involvement is in the success of a child. I have three children, and our house is very busy. Like you parents, I understand your commitment to a strong education and the countless hours of support (and sleepness nights) it takes!  We are going to have a blast together, and I look forward to singing and dancing, college vocaulary, and an Hbot-tastic year!

Lauren Powell

Hello HBOTS! My name is Lauren Powell (formerly Ms. Kelly). It has been a blast teaching on the Kindergarten team at Hawking. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Master’s Degree in Teaching at San Diego State University. I grew up in Redlands, CA, but have found my home in the city of San Diego.

I am inspired each day by the young learners in my classroom.  I lucked out being able to teach at an innovative S.T.E.A.M. school like this one & I never want to leave!

Our school is ahead of its’ time implementing Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, preparing our students for a successful future. I planned on becoming a teacher at an early age. I believe it is important to have passion and love for what you do every day. Each day I come to work, I am reminded of my passion for learning, teaching, and making a difference in children’s lives. I especially enjoy working with primary age students because they have ever-changing, innovative, and unique ideas. They are constantly questioning their environment. S.T.E.A.M.-based curriculum helps us focus our learning on finding out more about the world around us.

I am honored to be a part of the Hawking community, and I look forward to meeting you.

Amy Reynolds

Hello, my name is Amy Reynolds and I am a Kindergarten teacher here at Hawking S.T.E.A.M. Charter School. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts where I was blessed with five younger siblings that showed me the importance and endless rewards of being a positive role model in a child’s life.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the University of Tampa and remained in Florida for my first year of teaching Kindergarten.  I have since made my home in San Diego and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be a part of the Hawking family. 

It is truly an honor to be involved in a school with such innovative and adaptive ways of teaching and inspiring students to reach their highest potential. 

My goal as an educator is to instill a love of learning in every child and for them to leave every day feeling valued and proud of their accomplishments.  I am beyond grateful to live my dream each day as a facilitator in children’s academic success while integrating S.T.E.A.M. focused curriculum and project based learning techniques.


Sonia Guajardo


Greetings, Hbot Community! My name is Sonia Guajardo. This is my fifth year as a 1st grade teacher at Hawking S.T.E.A.M. Charter School and my 10th year as an educator.


My credentials from SDSU include a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish, a BCLAD (Bilingual Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development) Credential and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in critical pedagogy.  I’m currently enrolled in SDSU’s Reading Specialist Credential Program and have one year left before I finish.  In addition, I have studied archaeology in Belmopan, Belize; critical pedagogy in Atlacomulco, México; and Italian in Rome, Italy.


I was born and raised in Tijuana, México and migrated to the United States when I was 17 years old.  I was raised by a single, hardworking mother who taught my brother and I that education can open the doors to the “American Dream.”  I’ve been married for 16 years and have two daughters that attend Albert Einstein Charter School.  My current hobbies include traveling, jogging and wine tasting.


Working at Hawking S.T.E.A.M. Charter School has been a very rewarding experience.  The project-based learning environment that we have as part of our S.T.E.A.M. curricula fosters creativity, critical thinking skills and a path to becoming a lifelong learner.  It is very exciting to see students, parents and teachers alike embrace education that lies “outside the box.”  I’m very grateful to be part of a school environment that keeps growing stronger by the year!

Daisy Rosales

Hello, my name is Daisy Rosales and I am a first grade teacher here at Hawking S.T.E.A.M. I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I am bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. I attended the University of San Diego were I received my Bachelor's Degree of Liberal Studies with an emphasis in multicultural studies, and my Teaching Credential.

Hawking Charter is inspiring and engaging students to become 21st century learners and leaders through a project based curriculum.

I am extremely proud to be part of the Hawking community. The opportunities here at Hawking are endless. Each and every day I am reminded of my passion for teaching and for making a difference in children's lives. Go-Hbots!

Argelia Estavillo

Welcome to Hawking S.T.E.A.M. Charter School, my name is Argelia Estavillo. I have been an educator for the past 21 years in San Diego, and I am very familiar with the education system. I have a BA in Arts and Science Liberal Studies with a BCLAD Credential and a Mathematics Specialist Certificate from SDSU.

In the past 14 years I have been a part of the Charter School Movement, and molding my teaching techniques to ensure students success.

As a 1st grade teacher I strongly embrace the S.T.E.A.M. based teaching mentality as well as a strong standard base foundation. Engaging my students with project based assignments allow the students to get first hand taste of the real world. My students enter my classroom as individuals and through many projects and working close with other students they become a team learning from each others strengths and weaknesses.

I am honored to be part of a community that recognizes the importance of education reform. I am eager to work closely with my parents and develop a clear vision for the success of the student. A good education is a good partnership of teacher and parent.

I look forward to meeting you and your child, getting to know your child and unlocking their potential is my priority. Be prepared to discover the creativity your child has in our school Expo and be amazed by their projects.


Adriana de la Torre

Hello, my name is Adriana de la Torre and I am a second grade teacher here at Hawking. I am very happy to be teaching S.T.E.A.M. at our school because I am a passionate teacher, one that also happens to be passionate about S.T.E.A.M. When learning happens through project building, technology, the Sciences, Art, Math and Engineering, learning and teaching are a worthwhile experience!

This is my seventh year as a teacher but my involvement in childhood education goes back even further.  I have a background in early childhood education through my volunteer and work experience. I am a graduate of UC Riverside where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. I earned my BCLAD credential at San Diego State University. I am a Native of San Diego and I speak Spanish and English fluently.

It is not only a pleasure to teach young children but it is a way of giving, and a way of giving back. It is very rewarding to know that I am a positive contributor to so many generations of students and their bright futures.

I remember my own early elementary experience and how it made a tremendous impact in shaping me into the person I am today. When I teach, I try to honor those who taught and invested so much into my own education. My teaching is a reflection of the love, and attention my own teachers invested in me. I honor my teachers from college to primary, but also, my parents who were my first teachers.

Max Diaz

My name is Maximiliano Diaz. I am a second grade teacher here at Hawking S.T.E.A.M. Charter School. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I am bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.

I attended UCSD, where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in American History with a minor in Latin American History. After graduating, I received my teaching credential from Cal State Los Angeles.  I have been teaching since 2005 and have taught both Kindergarten and Second Grade.

Teaching children is a great responsibility, it’s a pursuit that I take extremely seriously. I work hard for my students and expect them to work equally as hard both in and out of the classroom.

Working in a S.T.E.A.M. school like Hawking, allows both teachers and students to be creative, explore, learn, and teach concepts via home and school projects. All the while still having high academic standards for our students. It’s a pleasure to work with such amazing young minds and with such supportive parents. I look forward to being your child’s teacher one day.

Evelyn Tapia

Hi my name is Evelyn Tapia and I am a second grade teacher at Hawking S.T.E.A.M. Charter School.

I started teaching in 2008 and have been teaching since then.  I am bilingual; I speak English and Spanish.

I love the opportunities we are giving the children to explore and learn integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics through hands-on projects. It gives the students the opportunity to think critically, and to think outside the box. The students get the opportunity to show their talents and their uniqueness through their projects.

I am very passionate about working with children.  I feel very excited and happy to be a part of this school and community!


Cuauhtli Bernal

I am a San Diego native, where I’ve earned my undergraduate degree at San Diego State University in Chicano Studies and Spanish Literature and a Masters of Teaching with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Education from National University.  I have been teaching since 2009, instructing 3rd grade.

I am an advocate for Equity in Education and consequently have high expectations for all of my students. 

In my free time I am involved in community outreach.  My favorite place to spend my time is with my two wonderful children who are students at Hawking and with my husband.  I look forward to serving you!

Laura Campo

Hello! My name is Laura Campo and I am so fortunate to be teaching third grade at Hawking S.T.E.A.M. Charter School.  I was born and raised in a small town on Long Island, NY.  I moved to San Diego for college and attended to the University of San Diego.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, minored in Spanish, while attaining my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

I was three years old when I decided that I wanted to be a teacher.  It became apparent when I use to line up my dolls and Little Tikes chalkboard believing that I was teaching in a “real” classroom.  Today I cannot be more than happy being a teacher. 

For me, the best part about teaching is being able to challenge students and show them their potential.  When students recognize their success, it is the most rewarding and fulfilling experience.  Coming from a family of teachers, one of the most important values I have instilled is that, “students will not necessary remember everything you taught them, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”

I am more than grateful to be a part of the Hawking family that values a strong sense of community.

Keniece Borden

Hello, everyone!  My name is Keniece Borden.  I started teaching in 2013, and this is my fifth year teaching at Hawking S.T.E.A.M. Charter School.

I bring years of instructional experience to the classroom since I have been working in the education field for over 10 years. I love being a part of the Hawking family!

I diligently prepare a science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics enriched education for our students.  I have high expectations of our students and, in turn, they work diligently as well.  In addition to our STEAM program, students reach their learning goals through partner sharing, small groups, fieldwork, and performances.

When I am not in the classroom, I am a wife, and a mother to my daughter and two sons.