Carrie has a wide variety of experience in an administrative capacity, working in industries as diverse as film production to technology startup. While she enjoys the organizational aspect of managing an office, her roots lean a little more toward the creative, in live theatre. Her first professional acting job was when she was six years old and she’s continued to work in theatre in a variety of roles and positions ever since. Her favorite experience was that of playing Scout to her dad’s Atticus when she was nine, in To Kill A Mockingbird. Carrie is so pleased to be working at SET High, ensuring the school operates as smoothly as possible for all of its wonderful students and faculty. Stop by and say hi and she may even do a fun accent for you!
Hi! I am the principal of The School for Entrepreneurship & Technology. This is my 14th year teaching, my 10th year as an administrator, and my 5th year as the Principal of SET High. I have been thinking about education reform for a long time and it was just as I started to formalize my ideas for what an ideal school would look like that I discovered that there were others who shared my same vision. I joined the SET team just as the charter was being approved in June of 2010.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from UCSD in 1994, worked as a computer programmer and division head at Infotech Systems Management until 2001, and then returned to UCSD to join the doctoral program in the Computer Science Department, where I studied Ubiquitous Computing with my advisor, Bill Griswold. I was awarded a Ph.D. in 2008 for my research in Ubiquitous Video which culminated in the creation of an application called RealityFlythrough that allows people to use a video-game-like immersive interface to explore the world live and in real-time.
I began my teaching career at High Tech High where I learned not only how to make my classes fun, but relevant as well. I have fond memories of my time at High Tech High and miss my students and colleagues dearly.
I first met my wife in high school in New Delhi, India. We re-met five years later here in the U.S., married, and now have three adorable kids. Collette is almost 17, Ian is 14, and Annalise is 11. Ask me about my kids. I can talk about them incessantly.
I have a ton of interests outside of education, computers and my family. My wife and I love to travel and go on frequent long camping trips in our pop-up trailer. I love playing sports and now satisfy that passion by coaching my kids’ soccer teams. I also love to do construction and remodeling projects on our house. Above all, I love learning, discovery, and inquiry, and I love infecting my students with this same bug.
Assistant Principal, Engineering Chief Business Officer
Hello I am Darrell McClendon (or “Mr. Mc”). I am a native San Diegan, born and raised. My wife and I have four wonderful children (all adults and all college grads!) and one phenomenal granddaughter!
I am SET’s Assistant Principal and Chief Business Officer. I graduated from the University of San Diego (undergraduate) and Walden University (graduate). I have had the privilege of teaching all high school grades, 9 through 12 in a variety of subjects including electrical engineering, engineering science, product design and development, math, and physics.
I did not take the “normal” path into teaching. I was an engineer for over 20 years before going into education. I was formerly Director of Engineering (cell phone development) at Motorola and Vice President of Research and Development at a couple of high tech companies.
Hello, I’m Jessica Romero, the Director of Special Education and the school psychologist at SET High. I have over 13 years of experience working with middle and high school-age students as an Education Specialist and school psychologist. I am extremely passionate about educating young adults about the importance of mental health and I enjoy coaching the Peer Counseling club at SET. Outside of SET, I enjoy working with aspiring educators as an adjunct instructor at Brandman University. Teaching energizes me and keeps me current in my field. I feel so fortunate to work with the amazing SET High staff and student body and am excited to see our school grow and evolve. Go Lions!
Hello! My name is Gabrielle Hines. I’ve had the opportunity to work as a Teacher Assistant for the last four years. After witnessing the tremendous impact teachers have on students and reflecting back on my own experiences, my goal is to become a teacher.
I graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Sociology. I also LOVE sports!
I look forward to the school year, working now, as the Lunch Manager and one of the first faces you see when you walk in. I am thrilled at the exciting opportunities that await us!