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Social Sciences Department

Robin Mairs Mike Brooks Tom Desiano Jennifer Eckert-Toler Dr. John Gunderson

Robin Mairs

Dept. Chair

Mike Brooks Tom Desiano Jennifer Eckert-Toler Dr. John Gunderson
Doug Gustafson Mike Hulse Nikki Lovett Sarah Marshall Carrie Pierce
Doug Gustafson Mike Hulse Nikki Lovett   Sarah Marshall Carrie Pierce
Andy Sims Katrina Streza Danielle Wallace Mike Wigglesworth  
Andy Sims Katrina Streza Danielle Wallace Mike Wigglesworth  

 

Contact Information
Michael Brooks ex: 11921 Social Science Teacher
Tom Desiano ex: 11911 Social Science Teacher/ Boys' Basketball Coach
Jennifer Eckert toler Teacher
John Gunderson ex: 11920 Social Science Teacher
Douglas Gustafson ex: 11915 Social Science Teacher
Mike Hulse ex: 11918 Social Science Teacher
Nicole Lovett ex: 11912 Social Science Teacher
Robin Mairs ex: 11914 Social Science Teacher
Sarah Marshall ex: 11924 Social Science Teacher
Carrie Pierce Teacher
Andrew Sims ex: 11909 Social Science Teacher
Katrina Streza ex: 11916 Social Science/ AVID Teacher
Danielle Wallace ex: 11913 Social Science Teacher
Michael Wigglesworth ex: 11919 Social Science Teacher

TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES

Michael Brooks

Mike Brooks

Tom Desiano

Tom Desiano

Jennifer Eckert Toler

Jennifer Eckert-Toler

Teaching since 2014

Currently Teaches: U.S. History and AP Psychology

Jennifer Eckert-Toler earned her Bachelor of Arts in History, Social Studies Credential, and Master in History degree all from Cal State Fullerton. She is currently completing a Master in Education in Instructional Design. This is Mrs. Toler's 2nd year at Dana Hills, where she also completed her student teaching. Mrs. Toler takes great joy in seeing her students grow as historians every year and in watching students discover their potential. She is also active in the school community, advising several clubs, including Olivecrest and Psychology. Mrs. Toler also advises Operation Neptune: D-Day 2044, which helps to preserve the memory of D-Day in public schools and allowed her to take students on a WWII tour to Europe to experience history first hand. This year, Mrs. Toler will also be advising the Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Healing Ambassador Program here at Dana Hills. Currently, she lives in Mission Viejo with her husband, two college-aged children, and two dogs. Mrs. Toler loves to read, spend time with her family, and visit as many national parks and monuments as possible!

 

Dr. John Gunderson

Dr. John Gunderson

Doug Gustafson

Doug Gustafson

Mike Hulse

Mike Hulse

Nicole Lovett

Nikki Lovett

Robin Mairs

Robin Mairs

As a twenty-year veteran teacher in Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD), Robin Mairs has been honored to tackle many of the Social Science offerings, including classes in Advanced Placement United States History, Advanced Placement Art History, United States History, Accelerated World History, American Cultures, Economics, Geography, and SDAIE World and US History. In addition, she acted as the Lead Coordinator for the Dana Hills High School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program from 2007-2013 and for Aliso Niguel High School from 2001-2005, building both programs to certified sites and propelling the DHHS AVID Program to a CUSD demonstration site as a model of advancement, mastery, and innovation in technique. Currently, she is honored to act as the History Social Science Department Chair (Spring, 2017-Present) where she works to maintain a team approach to teaching through collaboration and open communication with her department and the Leadership Team on campus.

To further her skills and ability to provide plausible and proven techniques to help her students to advance their learning, she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education/Humanities and Information Literacy (M.A.Ed.) from California State University, San Marcos (2011) and a Supplement in Technological Applications and Concepts (2010).  She has also attended College Board Advanced Placement Conferences in AP United States History (Beckman, 2019 & CSUSM, 2011) and AP Art History (USD, 2013) as well as Common Core conferences at UCI (2012-2013). She holds a California State Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science with a Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Emphasis (CSUSM, 2000).  Previously, she earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree (B.A.) in History with a Social Science Concentration (CSUSM, 1999).

Finally, she has been a Mentor Teacher in CUSD for fifteen years, working with student teachers from South Orange County and North County San Diego university credential programs. This experience has compelled her to stay current in her teaching techniques and to consistently renew her methods and practice. She is proud to have been awarded the DHHS Teacher of the Year in 2011 and recognition from the 2012 Washington Post Challenge Index for Increasing Access to Rigor and Promoting College Readiness at DHHS.  Her greatest challenge, and reward, to date has been in raising her own two children. It is at home that she is constantly reminded of the responsibility that her community has entrusted in her: the education and guidance of your children. She is excited to work with you to ensure a positive and rewarding experience for our students.

 

Sarah Marshall

Sarah Marshall

This is Sarah Marshall’s 10th year teaching Social Science at Dana Hills. She attended Chapman University and earned her BA in Communication Studies and History. She has her Masters in Education and has attending professional development and certification programs through Brown University, the Anti-Defamation League, the Library of Congress, the College Board, among others.  During her time at Dana Hills, she have served as a Class Advisor, Link Crew Advisor, and AVID teacher. She is currently the Junior Honor Guard coordinator on campus and teaches United States and AP United States History classes.

Off campus, she loves to cook, travel, hike, camp, and go to the beach with her husband (Chasen), two sons (Ryder and Finn), and thier chocolate Labrador (Luna).  It’s her dream to visit all seven continents. She has three more to go!

 

Carrie Pierce

Carrie Pierce

Teaching since 2018

Currently teach: U.S. History & Beginning Leadership (ASU)

Currently coach: Girls Water Polo/Boys & Girls Swimming & Diving

Carrie Pierce began her time here at Dana Hills as a student-athlete here on campus, graduating in 2012. Immediately after graduating, Carrie began coaching here at her alma mater and has been on the pool deck ever since, and now currently serves as the Head Girls Water Polo & Boys/Girls Swimming & Diving coach on campus. Her time here at Dana Hills as a student athlete and coach throughout college inspired her to become a history teacher with the long term goal of teaching alongside the same teachers that inspired her to pursue teaching. Carrie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and her teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton and in 2018 achieved her goal of teaching at Dana Hills and has treasured every minute of being on staff. If she’s not on the pool deck or in her classroom, Miss Pierce can most likely be found at the beaches in Dana Point and also enjoys running, swimming or playing water polo, hanging out with her family and friends, or going to Long Beach State to watch her younger sister play water polo.

Andrew Sims

Andy Sims

Andrew Sims has been teaching at his alma mater, Dana Hills since 2001. Before that he taught at a small private school in Los Angeles for 10 years. He earned his BA in Economics from UCLA and his Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University. Mr. Sims loves to experience and learn from other cultures, having traveled to 35 countries. His favorite parts of teaching are helping students find the real world uses of economics and discovering the human story behind art in history. Mr. Sims enjoys running, photography, art museums, watching Turner Classic Movie Channel, and most of all, his wife and two children.

Katrina Streza

Katrina Streza

Danielle Wallace

Danielle Wallace

Teaching since 2009

Currently Teaches: AP American Government and Politics/Accelerated Economics and Honors World History

Danielle Wallace earned her Master in Education with a focus on Teaching and Learning from Brandman University, her teaching credential from CSU San Marcos, and her Bachelor of Arts in History from UC Santa Barbara. In addition Ms. Wallace has received certifications to teach AP American Government and Politics and AP European History from the AP by the Sea Institute at University of San Diego. She began teaching at Dana Hills High School in 2009. Ms. Wallace enjoys providing her students with opportunities to engage in complex materials in the social sciences by facilitating debates, mock congress, and artistic assignments designed for students to make meaningful connections to the content. Since beginning at Dana Hills High School, Ms. Wallace has participated in curriculum development and was a member of the development team for the Honors World History course that was launched for freshmen. She currently lives in Vista and in her free time enjoys going on road trips and baking.

 

Michael Wigglesworth

Mike Wigglesworth