Alumni teaching in K-12 schools

Many of our alumni have gone on to teach in K-12 schools, giving up a significant amount of salary to give others an education. We would like to salute the following alumni who have gone on to become high school teachers, most of them in science or math. These are the ones we know about; there may be many more. Thanks to all of them for their service.

Steven Appier ’82, Shawnee Mission High School, Shawnee Mission, KS
Nikki Chambers ’81, ’82 MA, West High School, Torrance, CA
Simon Constantinides ’95, La Cañada High School, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Oscar Constandse ’06, Newport Harbor High School, Newport, CA
Jason Diodati ’01, Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science School, Los Angeles, CA
Larry Domoto ’79, Sylmar High School, Sylmar, CA
Chrystie Edwards ’06, Animo Watts 2, Los Angeles, CA
Blaise Eitner ’94 PhD, Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, CA
Steve Engelmann ’86, ’89 EdM, Palisades Charter High School, Pacific Palisades, CA
Bernice Filerman ’66, ’68 MA, ’77 PhD, Bell Gardens High School, Montebello, CA
Ingo Gaida ’88, EdM. ’93, MA. ’94, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, CA
Noehmi Garcia ’04, ’06 EdM, John C. Fremont High School, Los Angeles, CA
Kathy Griffis ’86 PhD, The Buckley School, Sherman Oaks, CA
Juan Jauregui ’04, ’06 EdM, John C. Fremont High School, Los Angeles, CA
Maureen McDonald ’95, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Tyson Sacco ’01 PhD, Chadwick School, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
Mel Stave ’72, U.S. Grant High School, Valley Glen, CA
Domingo Zungri ’85, Rosemont High School, Sacramento, CA

Extra credit to Simon Constantinides, who tells us that he is also a coach for JV football, track and basketball, and Nikki Chambers, who teaches not only biology but astrobiology. And Steve Engelmann and Bernice Filerman are Nationally Board Certified Teachers. In our next issue, in the fall, we’ll list elementary and middle school teachers.

Noehmi Garcia ’04 EdM ’06

Noehmi Garcia ’04 EdM ’06 of John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles writes that teachers are grateful for help from others in biological careers as guest speakers, to provide or lead fieldtrips, and to donate lab materials such spectrophotometers, micropipettes, cuvettes, gel electrophoresis equipment, as well as ordinary school supplies (construction paper, glue, colored pencils, crayons, colored copy paper, paperclips, rubber bands, white school glue, college ruled notebooks, pencil sharpeners, hole punchers, sharpies, markers, butcher paper rolls). If you can make a donation to fellow alums’ programs, please contact them at their school website, or email

Daniel Essin, MD, MA ’71

Daniel Essin, MD, MA ’71 is the chairman, chief technology officer and co-founder of ChartWare. He has been the Director of Medical Informatics at Los Angeles County – USC Medical Center, where he has held several key posts since 1984 in the field of computerized patient information systems, including serving as co-chair of the Medical Records Committee. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers and articles related to computerized patient information systems, and has presented papers at conferences around the world. He recently retired from Los Angeles County but will continue on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine.