Hoover High Community School's Nest

 Community Schools Overview: 

What is a Community School? 

A community school is a strategy for organizing school and community resources around holistic student success. Hoover’s community school strategy is based on four pillars: (1) integrated student supports, (2) expanded and enriched learning time and opportunities, (3) active family and community engagement, and (4) collaborative leadership and practices.

About me - Richard Gijon - Community Schools Coordinator

I am a husband and father of three.

My beautiful wife Diana and three wonderful kiddos: Jericho (7), Juliana (5), and Jeremiah (1). Diana is a Mod/Severe Ed Specialist at Central ES. Much love to my colleagues in the SPED department… you are amazing human beings. Jericho and Juliana are both on the autism spectrum and thriving in school! 

I believe in the promise of public education and desire to be a resource, advocate, and cheerleader for our Hoover Community.

Fun Facts: I’m a huge Disney and Marvel Fan, my family identifies as “Mexipino” (Mexican and Filipino), and I love to sing (I’m a tenor if you’re wondering).

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator:  ISFP (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)

StrengthsFinder (themes): Belief, Significance, Harmony, Empathy, Restorative

Here to serve!

About me - Chase Fite - Community Schools Teacher Coach

My name is Chase Fite. In case you don’t know me, I have been a social studies teacher here at Hoover for 6 years. Originally, I am from Sacramento, but have been living in San Diego for the past 15 years. I came down to San Diego to complete my undergraduate degree at University of San Diego. While there, I triple majored in history, political science, and philosophy. One of my greatest passions throughout high school and college was my participation within nationally competitive policy debate. 

After graduation, I worked in the non-profit sector for three years running after school tutoring and college prep programs for underserved youth throughout San Diego. I eventually left the non-profit world to start my journey towards becoming a teacher by attending University of Southern California's credential and master's program. After leaving the non-profit world, I worked at High Tech High for two years. Since 2016, I have been teaching Social Studies for San Diego Unified. 

This semester I have the pleasure of also being the resident Community Schools Teacher Coach for Hoover High. What this means is that I have a pull out period to engage with the community schools work here on campus along with Richard (our Community Schools Coordinator). 

As you probably know, there are four main pillars for the community schools work. My main focus is on two of those pillars: (1) Expanded & Enriched Learning Times & Opportunities (2) Collaborative Leadership Practices.

If you would like to see a more built out explanation and road map for the role of the Teacher Coach, please check out the job description in the link below. I very much look forward to diving into the work this semester! Of course, if you have any questions regarding community schools or specifically the scope of the work that I am engaged in as the Teacher Coach, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask. 

Job Description/Expectation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1do7IxSwBfzqbb4YneJh7vOnLvdsbi9wmwd2IWwIr-KA/edit?usp=sharing