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Laszlo Berzsenyi

I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca. to Hungarian immigrants. I attended Mater Dei High School and graduated with the class of 1989. I went on to Cal State Long Beach where I received my B.S. in Marketing. I continued with my education at Cal State Long Beach and obtained a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Marketing. I worked in the private sector for Holiday Inn and later Marriott Hotels before working for the Huntington Beach Union High School District office in Human Resources. While working for the HBUHSD I went back to school to obtain my California Teaching Credential at National University. While finishing my student teaching, I was offered a job at Hillview High School. I have been with Hillview and TUSD since 1999. In my spare time I travel extensively both domestic and international. I am also an avid car enthusiast with a small collection including a vintage 1967 Convertible Camero, a Range Rover and a Alfa Romeo. Finally, I LOVE to cook, especially ethnic foods.

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Bob Buckles

I grew up in a little cowboy town of Vale, Oregon located in the extreme eastern part of the state close to Southern Idaho near Boise. I attended Gem State Academy and graduated from high school in 1979. Growing up in the Snake River Valley, next to the Northern Rockies I developed a love for science and nature. Whenever possible, I found myself somewhere in the mountains of Eastern Oregon and Idaho. My favorite pass times are hiking, camping and downhill skiing.

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Bertha Cardoza

My name is Bertha Cardoza, I was raised in Santa Ana California. I've been teaching at Hillview High School for 6 years. I teach Art, Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Leadership and Yearbook. I received my BA in Graphic Design from Cal Poly and my teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach. My hobbies are traveling, scuba, snorkeling, hiking and creating art.

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Lynda Chung

I’m excited to start my first year at Hillview! Prior to Hillview, I taught Algebra and Geometry at Columbus Tustin Middle School. I received my BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from CSU Fullerton. I worked in public accounting, but decided to pursue a teaching credential at CSU Fullerton and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Intermediate Mathematics from Walden University. During my free time, I enjoy playing golf, mountain biking, scrapbooking, and playing with my adorable kids (ages 1 and 4).

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Heather Combest

I was raised in Santa Ana, California by my parents, with my older sister and twin brother. Tustin Schools gave me a home for 13 years and I graduated from Foothill High School. I attended Irvine Valley College and California State University Fullerton, for my bachelor’s degree, Chapman University for my teaching credential and CSUF for my master’s degree. Once again, TUSD gave me a home for the last 16 years. I was an elementary teacher at Lambert for six years, middle school teacher at Columbus Tustin for five years, and have been teaching at Hillview for the last five years. Hillview is, by far, my favorite assignment. My husband and I have been married for 20 years and have lived in Irvine for the past 12 years. We love traveling domestically and internationally and our favorite trip so far has been to China. I am an avid reader, but take time out to watch the cooking channels to duplicate diverse recipes.

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Erik Eidenmuller

Hello my name is Erik Eidenmuller. I teach Geography, World History, US History, American Government, and Economics. I am a graduate from the Tustin Unified School District and have been teaching at Hillview High School for six years.

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Leslie Hastings

Mrs. Hastings started out teaching at Fremont Elementary School in Santa Ana for four years. For the past 11 years she has taught English/Reading/Social Studies at Columbus Tustin Middle School. Mrs. Hastings is excited to come to Hillview to teach because she can help young men/women and provide the needed additional support so students can reach their goals. Mrs. Hastings has two adult sons, Adam and Austin, who attended school in the Tustin Unified School District. When not in school she enjoys riding her horse, Kobe, spending time with her grandchildren and gardening.

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GREG JENNINGS

I have been a full-time teacher in the Tustin Unified School District for 15 years, but I have worked in the school district since 1984. I coached lower level baseball at both Foothill and Tustin High Schools for 13 years, and I was an Instructional Aide at Hewes Middle School for 7 years prior to teaching. I attended Tustin Unified schools myself (Arroyo, Hewes, and Foothill) before receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California Irvine and Teaching Credential from National University. I taught Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 at Tustin High School for 14 years until leaving THS to teach Geometry at Hillview High School in 2011-2012. I was also the head baseball coach at Tustin High for 12 years, and I continue to coach youth sports at Orange Little League and in the Tustin Pop Warner football program.

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Ivan Ramirez

I am a 2000 Tustin High School graduate. After studying at Santa Ana College, I attended UC Santa Barbara where I played on the men's baseball team. Eventually I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from UC Irvine in 2007, followed by my Special Education Teaching Credential and Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University. I have been teaching in the TUSD since the fall of 2010 and have been coaching baseball in Tustin and Santa Ana since 2006.

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Judith-Ann White Watts

I began teaching at Hillview High School in 1997. Before moving to California, I was a college administrator and policy analyst in the Washington, DC/Virginia area and a professional staff member for a United States Senator. I also taught for seven years at my high school alma mater, United Township High School in East Moline, Illinois. I earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and a Master of Science in Education from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. I was ready to begin her dissertation at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where I was pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Policy, when my family moved to California in 1996.

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Kristine Wetzel

I received my B.A. in English from University of California Santa Barbara and my teaching credential from National University. In 1993, I began my career in Tustin Unified teaching RSP at Columbus Tustin Middle School, then I went on to teach seventh grade core and founded the AVID Program there as well. In 2007, I joined the team at Hillview High School where I currently teach CAHSEE English and U.S. History. I'm active in the non-profit sector as well, I serve on the Board of Directors for Schools First Credit Union and am the co-founder of the McKenna Claire Foundation for pediatric brain cancer.