Mr. Dwayne Davis has worked at El Camino for the past eleven years as special education paraprofessional. He grew up in Navasota, Texas (northwest of Houston) named as "The Blues Capital of Texas." In high school he worked as a prep cook and grocery helper. His most memorable times in high school include working as a crew member in plays and performances. Mr. Davis says that he enjoys watching WWE wrestling, going to thrift stores, swap meets and learning Spanish when he isn't at work. His greatest accomplishments in life include staying in the military for over 20 years (two branches) and obtaining two college degrees while working a full time job.
In a galaxy far, far away Stephanie Gonzales also known as Grand Master G made her way to El Camino High School in room B202 to teach biology and marine biology. Her life experiences of jumping out of helicopters with the DFG tagging big horned sheep and taking photos of whale tails in Maui with the Pacific Whale foundation definitely qualifier her as a top notch educator. When she was in high school, Grand Master G painted murals for ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). As an outdoor adventurer she loves scuba diving and snorkeling. Her love of animals provided an opportunity to work with exotic wild animals for film and TV. She also toured Europe and South Africa as a professional Kazoo player. If you have questions about college, I would recommend speaking to Ms. Gonzales. SDSU, CSU Pomona, CSULB, University of La Verne, and Chapman University are listed in her college tour.
MSgt Mark Coates
After twenty-seven years serving the United States in the Marine Corps, Master Sargeant Mark Coates attended National University to receive his B.A. in Homeland Security and Emergency Operational Command. He has built a tremendous ROTC program here at El Camino for the past eight years. His greatest accomplishment at ECHS is "seeing kids leave at the end of the school year on a positive note." Coates attended high school in Torrance, California and worked as a women's shoe salesman to earn spending money but his best summer job was as a junior sailing instructor. When he isn't at school, he spends his free time watching football, boating, and playing golf. If you're planning on any home improvements, contact MSgt Coates. He listed this as his summer hobby.
This is Ryan Ridley's first year at El Camino as a physical education teacher. He has also taken on the extra duties as a baseball and football coach. Mr. Ridley attended high school in Murrieta, California. In high school, he worked at his parent's pizza restaurant and his best memory is graduating with his buddies. After high school he attended Cal State San Marcos and then continued on to Azusa Pacific University for his graduate degree. When he was in college he had his labret pierced during his freshman year of college. Mr. Ridley and his wife recently had their first child. He lists boating and wake boarding at Lake Powell as a favorite hobby. He also enjoys taking his two Pugs to the dog beach. An interesting fact is that he is bilingual; able to speak Cebuano (Visayan), a dialect of the Philippines. Mr. Ridley's greatest accomplishment is getting married and becoming a father.
Kristina Vasquez is completing her third year teaching at El Camino in the History Department. After graduating from Oceanside High School, she enrolled in Mira Costa College and completed her undergraduate degree in history at Cal State San Marcos. Her greatest accomplishment is (currently happening) completing a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Cal State Fullerton. She stated that "teaching is my life long passion. I have grown up in Oceanside and am honored to give back to this community that means so much to me. My heart, soul, and mind are invested into this community and its future leaders! I love to help students find their passion and life path! I am always excited and enthused to see what the day has to offer! Positive Mental Attitude is everything! Let's change the world!" When she isn't teaching, Ms. Vasquez is spending time with her family at the beach, in the garden, reading, and hiking. Her memories from high school included completing her senior project, ceramics, and graduation. When most Oceanside residents visit the beach, they head for the pier, the park, and at some point hit the local Dairy Queen. Luckily for Ms. Vasquez, she had this all covered in high school with a summer job at the DQ.
Photography teacher Heather Russ is completing her second year at El Camino in the Visual Arts department. She attended high school in Sierra Vista, Arizona and graduated a year early. Her high school job was working at the local credit union as a utility clerk (shredder & loan keyboardist) and she lists a favorite summer job selling frozen yogurt. Her most memorable high school experience was the adventures she had with her twin brother. These adventures included eating tarantulas over a camp fire, pulling each other behind a four wheeler by holding a rope on mountain boards, and riding their quads at her parent's farm. Ms. Russ continued her studies at Utah Valley University and had to survive on her own without any support. She remembers selling her plasma twice a week to pay for food through college. Cross country and volleyball are her favorite sports. During the summer, she loves to travel and make art. Her greatest accomplishment so far is raising a beautiful and intelligent young cat. In addition to these experiences, she plays classical piano, has art exhibitions regularly, and graduated college with four high honors including Summa Cum Laude.
Isabelle Fried is a veteran teacher here at El Camino with 23 years of experience in the math department. She grew up in a suburb of Chicago and attended high school in Evanston Township. She remembers working as a camp counselor, math tutor, and YMCA towel dispenser in high school. She traveled to California to attend college at the University of California at San Diego. She loves athletics, espicially surfing and skateboarding. Ms. Fried became an engineer after college and lists traveling in a C-141 plane to do an air refuel with a KC-130. An interesting fact is that French is her primary language. She also attended National University. Leaving 70% of her paycheck to become a teacher and eventually a pro skateboarder at 42 are listed as her major accomplishments. Ms. Fried LOVES HER STUDENTS and her biggest joy is watching them grow up. She is in room D202.