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Riley Johnson, Principal

Riley Johnson is the Principal at New Tech High. He previously served in the role of Assistant Principal for the 2014-2015 school year.  Prior to coming to California, Mr. Johnson taught for 5 years at New Tech Academy in Fort Wayne, IN. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Ball State University and enjoys watching sports, staying active, and spending time with family and friends.

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Susan Miller, Assistant Principal

Susan is the Assistant Principal at New Tech and is thrilled to be a part of such an amazing school. Prior to joining the New Tech team, Susan served as an instructional and school development coach at American Canyon High School. Susan has a BA from Sonoma State, and an MA in Education from Chapman University. Susan loves photography, travels as often as possible, and enjoys experiencing new cultures.

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Jeanette Cherrington, Attendance/Registrar

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Elyse Barnes, Instructional Assistant

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Aaron Eisberg, Center for Excellence Coordinator

Aaron Eisberg comes to New Tech High with years of experience supporting teachers in project-based learning via Napa Valley Unified School District, New Tech Network, and Buck Institute for Education.


Nicole O'Hara, Network Administrator

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Michele Markarian, Instructional Assistant

Michele Markarian is an Instructional Assistant at New Tech High.  She has a BA from Sonoma State University in Sociology.  She supports the students and teachers in the classroom.  Michele is also a substitute teacher for NVUSD.


Nyah McWilliams, Campus Supervisor

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Maria Guadalupe Martinez-Ramirez, Counselor

Maria Guadalupe Martinez-Ramirez is a school counselor at New Technology High School and Napa High School. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1998 and graduate school at St. Mary's College in Moraga in 2000. She loves being a school counselor and supporting students. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, going to the beach, going camping, dancing, painting, writing poetry, and taking long walks.

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Denise Plowman, Admin Clerk/Campus Supervisor

Denise has been at New Technology High School since 2005. She is our campus supervisor, ensuring that our students are safe and contributing to our positive school culture. In 2016 she took on the role as a receptionist, at which time she continues to support students, parents, and staff. Denise is also an alumni parent, her son Dale graduated in 2012. When Denise is not at New Tech, she enjoys family, friends, pets, and exercise. On the weekend she can be found in San Francisco visiting her younger son Willis at SF State.


Tracy Rodriguez-Biggs, Parent & Community Liaison/Outreach Coordinator

Tracy Rodriguez-Biggs is a District Parent and Community Liaison supporting all our families as well as providing Spanish language support for staff and families.

In her role as Outreach Coordinator, she is a partner with Friends of New Tech (FONT) and provides outreach efforts to contribute to New Tech High’s fundraising efforts.

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Anne Seveska, Socio-Emotional Learning Advisor

Anne Seveska is the Socio-Emotional Learning Advisor at New Tech High.  Ms. Seveska previous taught English at New Tech High.


Pamela Tuthill, Principal's Secretary

Pam has been with New Technology High School for many years. She worked on the planning team from 1993 to 1996 and has worked as the principal's secretary since the school opened in August, 1996. She even has a child who is a New Tech graduate! Pam enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, reading and going to movies in her spare time.


Anne Vallerga, College & Career Advisor

Anne Vallerga is Working with Juniors and Seniors on our Road to Success and post-high school plans. Before teaching, she worked for Habitat for Humanity and the publishing industry. She has two daughters and loves gardening, long walks, backyard barbecues and naps. Books on her nightstand right now:  The Jaguar Smile (Salman Rushdie), In the Body of the World (Eve Ensler), and  Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe).

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Andrew Biggs, Political Studies/Psychology

Andrew Biggs is a 2006 New Tech High alumni, and he is grateful every day that he gets to pay his own New Tech experiences forward to the next generations. He is committed to supporting his students in solving big, authentic, real world problems in his Government, Economics and Psychology classes, and he does his best to stay out of their way.


Lily Rex Comess, Political Studies/Creative Writing

Lily Rex joins the New Tech High team this year after finishing her credential at Sonoma State University.

Amy Gibson, American Studies/Current Events

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Lisa Gottfried, 9th Grade Team/Digital Design Pathway

Lisa Gottfried , M. Ed., Educator, Video producer, director, writer, CEO of Video in a Minute, owner of DigitalWeavers. Lisa Gottfried’s career began with a B.F.A at University of Washington in Seattle Washington. She had transferred from George Washington University in D.C. to pursue her art degree. While in D.C. she worked as a stagehand for Lisner Auditorium, doing behind the scenes work for acts such as Dennis Miller, Live. The Beach Boys, Carl Sagan and many more well known performers. She attributes her love of video and filmmaking to that early period of her education.

After college she created her own website and video business, Digital Weavers, creating marketing material first for writers, then gourmet chefs and finally the wine industry in the Napa Valley, Video in a Minute. She built up a client base that includes Clos du Val, Rodney Strong, VGS and Flora Springs.

She was enticed to leave the professional world to join the teaching world five years ago and has never looked back. During her first year at New Technology High School, she was instrumental in bringing Anita Hill to the school to discuss her new documentary, “Anita" and has built a strong relationship with the Napa Valley Film Festival.

Her 2015 Game Design class designed and implemented an entire exhibit on the Indie Game Industry at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville. Her students have often been featured in the Napa Register for their work creating education board games for teachers and professionals across the country.

Gottfried was the 2015 recipient of the California Education Research Association Grant for Innovation in the Classroom. She went on to become valedictorian of her class at Touro University in 2016 for the Master’s program in Innovative Learning.


Cecilia Guerrero-Gopar, Spanish

Cecilia Guerrero-Gopar comes to New Tech as part of the teacher exchange program and is originally from Ensenada, Mexico. She teaches Spanish 1 and Spanish for Spanish Speakers.

Keenan Hale, 9th Grade Team/Visual Art

Keenan Hale joins New Tech after completing her credential at Mills College. She teaches Visual Arts and is very excited to work with New Tech students to create meaningful work. She is passionate about giving students space to express themselves individually and to think critically about their work.

Nancy Hale, World Studies/Chicano Studies

Nancy Hale is excited about her 15th year teaching at a New Tech School. This school year also marks the 8th anniversary of teaching humanities with her fabulous partner, Andre Baldauf. It is also the inaugural year for the California Culture class. The Golden State sure has some fascinating cultures that I look forward to exploring with the students.


Sydney O'Hara, American Studies/Leadership

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Kent McCarley, 9th Grade Team/Computer Science Pathway

Kent McCarley joins New Tech after a varied career that includes stints as a naval officer, a production supervisor, and most recently more than 18 years in the software industry. Kent is excited to have the opportunity to teach Computer Science and he is looking forward to sharing his passion for creating great software while still having fun. When not in the classroom, Kent enjoys travelling with his wife, working on house projects, woodworking, gardening, and singing.

Dorothea McFarland, Physics/Financial Algebra

Dorothea McFarland is the mother of three teenagers. She has wanted to teach math and science since college. In anticipation of her children leaving home she went back to school to earn her teaching credential so that she would still be around kids when hers were gone. She has lived in Napa since 2001 and loves it. One of her biggest obsessions is the waste of resources that Americans are known for. She would be very interested in starting some sort of conservation club that gets something done here at New Tech conservation wise.

Michelle Oyao, Resource Specialist

Michelle Oyao is Canadian born, has lived in Australia for 18, and loves to travel. She studied at university in Boston, MA., and Ohio, where she did her Bachelor's in Theater Arts, and later in California, where she completed her Master's in Public Health Education. She worked in Shakespearean theater arts in the U.S., and Natural Therapies and Nutrition in Australia. She has worked as a Special Education teacher for NVUSD since 2003 and very much enjoys  working with, and supporting students of all ages as they learn and grow to become young adults

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Kendra Parsons, 9th Grade Team Math/La Promesa

Kendra Parsons teachers Math 1 and the new partnership course with Sonoma State, La Promesa.  She joins the New Tech High in 2016-2017 coming to us as a math teacher and coach in Torrance, CA.

Estevan Perez, Math 2/Financial Algebra

Estevan Perez joins the New Tech team after finishing his credential at Sonoma State University.

SuzAnne Wilson Regalia, 9th Grade Team English/Drama

In addition to more than ten years teaching at Vintage High School, American Canyon High School, and New Technology High School, SuzAnne Regalia has worked in the theatre industry from Napa to New York. She has worked in creative writing, specializing in poetry and playwrighting, and she looks forward to infusing Political Literature and Intermediate and Advanced Drama with creativity and passion!

Erin Reilly, Resource Specialist

Erin Reilly has been the Resource Specialist at New Tech since 2009. As the school's Special Education teacher, she works closely with students, staff and families to make sure students' needs and learning accommodations are being met in the classroom. Outside of work, Erin's passions include her daughter and attending and performing at salsa dance workshops and conferences.

Tom Serene, World Studies/Speech & Debate

Mr. Serene is in his 8th year teaching at New Tech. He teaches World Studies and Speech, Debate & Mock Trial. He was born into an Air Force family in Honolulu, Hawaii, and enjoyed living in several parts of the U.S. before graduating from high school in Tampa, Florida. After receiving a degree from Penn State University, he moved to California where he spent several years managing symphony orchestras and chamber music series before answering the call to teach, which he enjoys a great deal (especially here at New Tech!).

Jon Southam, Math 3/Pre-Calculus

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Angelene Warnock, Chemistry/Maker's Lab

Angelene Warnock is a science teacher, a UC Davis and Touro University graduate, and a life long learner. After helping to launch the computer science pathway at New Tech, she moved on to earn a certificate in Maker Education at Sonoma State University. Angelene is currently teaching chemistry while developing the New Tech Maker d.Lab (listed as Intro to Computer Programming.)


Kinnereth Winegarner, 9th Grade Team Spanish

Kinnereth Winegarner teaches Spanish 2 and is also the NTHS Friday Night Live club advisor. She has a BA in Spanish and Master's in Secondary Education. She lives in Napa with her husband, three daughters, and daschund. In her free time she loves to travel with her family.


Christie Wolf, 9th Grade Team Science/Environmental Science

Christie Wolf teaches Biofitness. She has a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a Master's in Education from UC Santa Cruz. Mrs. Wolf is particularly passionate about health, working with and for the environment, and the arts.


Tom Wolf, 9th Grade Team PE & Health/Physical Education

Tom Wolf teaches Biofitness. He has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master's in Sports Psychology from JFK University. Mr. Wolf is an avid sports fan, music fan, and New Tech's Ultimate Frisbee coach.