La Costa Canyon High School
English Department


Janet Berend

English 11 CP

Olivia Bogert

Olivia Bogert
English  9 and 11 CP
Room 441, Ext. 6251

Ms. Bogert is a proud La Costa Canyon Alum and is excited to be joining the Maverick family as a teacher this year! She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Washington and her Teaching Credential from California State University San Marcos. She currently teaches English 9 CP and English 11 CP. You can also find Ms. Bogert on campus as the assistant cheer coach. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Bogert enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and taking care of her English bulldog puppy! Cheers to a great school year! GO MAVS!! 

Thea Chadwick

Room 431, Ext. 6268
English 10 Honors, Theory of Knowledge

Thea Chadwick loves teaching!  She also loves her family and thoroughly enjoys her six beautiful grandkids!!!!!  Thea also serves as the IB Coordinator.

Michelle Challis

Room 420, ext. 6108
English AP Language and Composition, Journalism

Chalise Farr

Room 1302, Ext. 6394
English 9 Honors, ELD

I am elated to be part of this incredible Maverick faculty and family! I'm excited to be starting my second year at La Costa Canyon and my 12th year teaching. I teach English and have been a head cheer coach for 11 years and an assistant track and field coach for 7 years. My family and I feel so fortunate to be living our dreams by the beach! Our two incredible kids are the joy of our lives and have already been enveloped so lovingly into the LCC community (with our 3rd baby on the way)! GO MAVS!









Nicole Housen

Room 440, Ext. 6269
English 9 & 12 CP
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Jill Lax

Room 461, Ext. 6274
English 10 Honors, Senior College Seminar

Jill Lax was born in South Africa. She received her BA degree in English Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, with minors in psychology, history, and Film. She moved to Bophuthatswana (an African homeland) and  received her teaching credential from the University of South Africa. Jill  taught English as a Second Language at Batswana High School, before relocating to Oklahoma with her husband. After passing the National Teachers Exam in English, she moved to Encinitas and taught English and Theatre Arts at Oak Crest Junior High School. During that time, she earned a Master of Arts Degree from the University of San Diego. Jill began teaching at LCC the year it opened. Over the years she has taught several levels of English, creative writing, senior college seminar, and has served as English Department Chair. She currently teaches Eng. 10 HP and Senior College Seminar, a course she initiated at LCC to guide students with their college paths and future careers. Jill's two children are graduates of LCC.  Jill lives in Encinitas with her veterinarian husband and besides her obsession with literature and reading, enjoys the beach, writing, walking (especially with her dogs), skiing, music (she is somewhat of a concert junkie), and traveling anywhere and everywhere.  

Lizzy McNally

Room 1301, Ext. 6267
English 9 CP , ELD

Lizzy McNally teaches English and is a Torrey Pines High School Alum. She graduated from CSU San Marcos with a BA in Literature and Writing and completed her Masters of Education in Cross Cultural Education. When she is not teaching, she enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Cameron Martin

Rooms 1311 & 1312, ext. 6495
English 10 CP and Speech and Debate

Hi folks! I am a proud Triton, having received my Bachelor’s in Communications, English credential, and most recently, my M.Ed. from UCSD. I have been a part of the speech and debate community for nearly a decade and have been coaching for the past 5 years at Helix Charter, Mount Miguel High School, and Carlsbad High School. Speech and my love of literature have led me to the classroom, and now I can never imagine leaving. Helping students find their voice, both in and out of the classroom, is my passion in life. Go Mavs!


Lauren Monahan

Room 400, Ext. 6214
English 10 Honors, AP Literature, Senior Seminar

Lauren Monahan was born and raised in La Costa, CA, and had the great honor of training under some of her own favorite teachers (including Catherine Close). When she is not enjoying every minute in her classroom, she enjoys writing, traveling, and stand up paddle boarding.

Caitlin Solomon

Room 460, Ext. 6100
English 10 CP

Ms. Solomon is a proud graduate of LCC (class of 2011!) and is so excited to be back on campus as a teacher and coach. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and M.Ed. from USD, teaches English and Leadership, as well as coaches field hockey and lacrosse. Outside of the classroom, you can find Ms. Solomon reading, going to the beach, hiking, and spending time with her family. Cheers to a great school year, here we go Mavs!!

Sarah Steele

Room 412, Ext. 6393
English 11 CP, English 12 CP

Happy 2019-2020 school year Mavs! I'm very excited to start my fourth school year teaching at LCC. This year I'll be teaching both English 11 College Prep and English 12 CP. I’m a proud UCSD alumni where I studied both Human Development and Literature. I later attended SDSU to earn my teaching credential. I've previously taught English 8 at both Earl Warren & Carmel Valley Middle Schools, and English 11 & 12, as well as AVID Senior Seminar at Torrey Pines High School. I'm passionate about education, helping students grow, and learning new things in general. I'm an avid book reader (mostly during the summer), and I'm a proud dachshund dog-mom. I'm looking forward to another great school year! GO MAVS!  

Kathryn Stevens

Room 421, ext. 6107
English 9 CP and 11 CP, Academic Survival

Mrs. Stevens was raised in northern California (Placerville) and has lived in San Diego since 1987. She has a Master of Education degree in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University, and is credentialed to teach health and English. She has been teaching since 2001, most recently at Oak Crest Middle School. Mrs. Stevens loves everything about school, especially teaching and students. When she is not at school, she enjoys her favorite things: tacos, Halloween, and spending time with her family. Go Mavs!

Erika Wanczuk

Room 450, Ext. 6271
English 9 Honors, IB English Language and Literature HL

Ms. W. earned her B.A in English and her M.Ed. from UCLA . She taught in L.A. for four years before coming to LCC in 2002. She loves teaching, reading, writing, crafting, and playing word games. She lives in Valley Center with her son, husband, dog, pigs, and various feral rodents. 

Christina Winn

Room 413, Ext. 
English 12 CP

Ms. Winn is excited to join the LCC family, and is honored to be part of such a dynamic learning environment. She currently teaches English 12, U.S. History, and World History. 

As a native San Diegan, she enjoys an active lifestyle, running and training for marathons, going to the beach, and scuba diving. She also loves spending time with her family and traveling. 

Ms. Winn earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and History and a teaching credential from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in Political Science with a minor in Economics. 
Ms. Winn has been dedicated to education and the development and growth of students at the high school and college level since 2005, and she looks forward to many more rewarding years teaching and learning!