Keniece Borden
First Grade Teacher

Hello, everyone! My name is Keniece Borden. I started teaching in 2013, and this is my fourth year teaching at Stephen W. Hawking 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, field trips, and performances.

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


Sonia Guajardo
First Grade Teacher

Greetings, Hbot Community! My name is Sonia Guajardo. This is my fourth year as an educator at Stephen W. Hawking Charter School and I currently teach first grade.

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 curriculum development. I have also 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 is empowerment. I’m married with two daughters, Carolina and Celia Teresa. My current hobbies include traveling, knitting, reading and making iPhoto albums.

Working at Stephen W. Hawking Charter School has been a very rewarding experience. The project-based learning environment that we have through STEAM fosters creativity, critical-thinking skills and the path to becoming lifelong learners. It is very exciting to see students, parents and teachers alike embrace education that lies “outside the box.” I’m very grateful to be a part of such a caring Hbot community.


Evelyn Tapia
Second Grade Teacher

Hi my name is Evelyn Tapia and I am a second grade teacher at Stephen Hawking Charter School.

I started teaching in 2008 and have been teaching since then.

I am bilingual; I speak English and Spanish.

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


Max Diaz
Second Grade Teacher

My name is Maximiliano Diaz. I am a second grade teacher here at Stephen W. Hawking. 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 STEAM school like Stephen W. 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.

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Adriana de la Torre
Second Grade Teacher

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

This is my sixth 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.


Cuauhtli Bernal
Third Grade Teacher

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!


Argelia Estavillo
Third Grade Teacher

Welcome to Stephen W. Hawking Charter School, my name is Argelia Estavillo. I have been an educator for the past 20 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 3rd grade teacher I strongly embrace the STEAM 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.

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Alayna Maldonado
Fourth Grade

Aloha HBOTS.  My name is Alayna Maldonado and I am one of the new fourth grade teachers on campus this year.  I have been teaching for the past ten years in paradise on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.  After earning my teaching credential and Masters in Cross-Cultural Education from National University, I taught for four years in California before moving to the 50th state due to my husband's service in the US Coast Guard.

I'm really excited to be teaching in my home state of California and I'm looking forward to sharing the Aloha Spirit with my new HBOT families.

I have a third grader at Hawking, and she shares with me each day all of the exciting things she is learning and how much she loves her teacher.  I am thrilled to be a part of such a positive and engaging program.  When I'm not at school, I enjoy reading, going to the beach, eatching my daughter play sports, and exploring the great state of California.



Charles Wittenberg
Fourth Grade

Hello, my name is Charles Wittenberg and I began teaching at Stephen Hawking Charter School in 2012 as a Kindergarten Teacher and currently teach the Fourth Grade. I graduated from Indiana University in 2000 with a degree in Marketing and Psychology. After many years of wondering how I can make a difference in this world I went back to school at SDSU, “Go Aztecs!” to become an Elementary School teacher get my teaching credential and Masters in Education.

I recall memories of teaching sailing to the young ones years ago and remembered what a joy it was to pass my knowledge onto others and to make a difference in their lives. I feel privileged to teach, laugh and learn with your children.

I always wanted to live my life by the Confucius saying “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. This is true for me and I hope that I can pass on enough knowledge to your children to mold our world into a cleaner, more compassionate and positive future. Thank you for letting me live my dream!

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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 Kelly

Hello HBOTS! My name is Lauren Kelly. It has been a blast teaching on the Kindergarten team at Hawking this year. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and I am finishing my 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. As a first year teacher, I lucked out being able to teach at an innovative STEAM school like this one.

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. STEAM-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.


Daisy Rosales

First grade teacher

Hello, my name is Daisy Rosales and I am a first grade teacher here at Stephen W. Hawking. 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!


Mr. Brionez

Fifth Grade Teacher

Hello my name is Frank Brionez and I am happy to be the fifth grade teacher here at Hawking!  I graduated from San Diego State University in 2008 with a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Science. I received my teaching credential the following year and I have been teaching ever since. I became an HBOT in 2014.

My classroom revolves around the concepts of student independence, enthusiasm to learn and hard work! This can be seen in my students' work and our continuing discovery of the world around us. 

Whether my class is watching food decompose, learning a new math concept or creating an original play, I am always amazed at how much my students grow every day in class.

I am proud to be a part of such an amazing teaching staff and school community.




Jayn Cabling
2016.2017 Support Staff

Chula Vista Elementary School District Hawk | Sweetwater School District Mayan+Aztec Southwestern College A.S. | San Diego State University B.A. | Point Loma Nazarene College Teaching Credential Design Institute of San Diego B.S. | San Diego State University Reading Recovery Requirement

Classroom Teacher | Art+PE Prep Teacher | Reading Teacher | STEAMcenters Prep Teacher Private+Public+Charter School Teacher

Supporting hTeachers, hAdministration, hParents, hBots + STEAMing @ Hawking!!!


Mrs. George

Sixth grade

It is only naturally right for me to first thank you all for the opportunity to work with your child! Not only am I honored, but I am excited to be your child's teacher this year. This will be my second year at Stephen W. Hawking. I am a Texas native; however, due to my husband's military obligations my family and I now reside in Sunny San Diego. In May, I completed my Master's in Education at University of San Diego. Before San Diego, I received my Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education) from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2013. Aside from education, I am the mother of two handsome young men, whom I absolutely adore!!!


In the classroom, before anything I strive to maintain a positive and caring atmosphere. A place where students feel safe, motivated, and important.

In addition,  I believe in teamwork, students collaborating with peers, and I look forward to collaborating with parents! If you should ever have any questions about classroom procedures, curriculum, or just want to check in on your child's progress please don't hesitate to call, or e-mail me. Again, I look forward to a successful year for EACH and EVERY student. 


Ms. Campo
Third grade

Hello! My name is Laura Campo and I am so fortunate to be teaching third grade at Stephen W. Hawking 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.

Go Hbots! 

Ms. Enger

 Fourth Grade

Hi my name is Samantha Enger and I am a fourth grade teacher at Stephen W. Hawking Charter School.  I received my Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies at Chico State University, earned my Teaching Credential at Sonoma State University and am starting my third year as a classroom Teacher.

I have absolutely loved being a classroom teacher.  I enjoy getting to know my students, their families, and the community.  I believe that by emphasizing personal growth all students will be taught to support each other, work together, and appreciate each other's similarities and differences.

I believe as an educator it is my duty to help motivate, guide, and create a stimulating, well organized, and nurturing learning environment to ensure lifelong learners.  When I am not in school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the beach, and reading a nice long book.

This is my first year teaching at Stephen W. Hawking Charter School and I feel so lucky to be teaching at a school that is passionate about integrating all subjects into education to ensure that our students are prepared and ready for whatever life throws at them.  I am excited for this school year and look forward to meeting you.


Ms. Reynolds


Hello, my name is Amy Reynolds and I am a Kindergarten teacher here at Stephen Hawking 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 STEAM focused curriculum and project based learning techniques.



Martha Ruiz
HR Manager

My name is Martha Ruiz and I am thrilled to be part of the Hawking Charter family since 2013. I have over 10 years of business administration experience. I graduated from Patrick Henry High School, attended Southwestern College and UCSD where I received my certification in Business Management with a specialization in Human Resources.

I truly enjoy what I do here at Hawking; I get inspired by our dedicated teachers, director and our amazing parents.

My utmost role is that of a mom. I am the mother of two amazing school age children. I am passionate about their education, well-being and their environment and this is how we found Hawking Charter School.

Knowledge = Power!


Tayler Trotter
Administrative Assistant


Dennis Leyva
Attendance Clerk


Lorena Pacheco



Golden Love

Interventions Coordinator & Facilitator   l   Before School Program Coordinator

Golden Love's professional background is a vibrant tapestry woven with elements of artistry, leadership, education, and lifestyle coaching; which she lovingly brings as an honored service to Stephen W. Hawking Charter.

Her approach to leading teams and supporting individuals is rooted in the modalities of deep self-inquiry and authentic expression.

Ms. Golden's roles at Hawking include Academic and Behavior Interventionist Coordinator, Embodied Awareness Program Facilitator, Girls Circle Facilitator, Before School Program Coordinator, Yoga Club Instructor, and SOL Workers Co-Coordinator (gardening, recycling, composting programs).  Her most precious moments at Hawking are making heartfelt connections with students and creating space for them to discover their greatest potential.


Danielle Mestas

Parent Liaison


Kirti Srivastava

Ms. Kirti Srivastava has taught K-8 within the span of her educational career starting in 2002. While she has taught within classrooms as a general education teacher, she has also been a VAPA Coordinator, Educational Consultant as well as a Dance and Yoga Instructor (RYT 500) for elementary schools. 

Kirti Srivastava holds two masters degrees in education: a MS in Education as well as an MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Integration through the Arts.  

She completed her Administrative Credential through a special cohort program combining credentials for charter schools as well as public schools through the San Diego County Office of Education and King Chavez Neighborhood of Schools.  While Kirti finds some of her most passionate work within the community of Hawking STEAM Charter Schools, she is also a physical fitness and dance trainer at her local gym, GFIT and co directs a San Diego based dance collective, Roots Dance Theater.