The Team

Raj Bechar

Raj Bechar

Director

The Principal of Pilarcitos Alternative High School. Raj, whose family is from Fiji, taught math at Cunha Intermediate School, is a composer/performer and helped his dad establish a successful local business, Ramans Coffee and Chai.

Matt Linton

Coordinator

Info coming soon

Jessinda Kim

Jessinda Kim

Administrative Assistant

Prior to La Costa Adult School, I have had 7 years of experience working in adult education at one of Southern California’s most diverse communities. With my experience, I look forward in being able to serve the community by helping current and future students meet their learning needs.

Josefina Geronimo-Uribe

Josefina Geronimo-Uribe

Teacher, ESL

Both academic and employment opportunities have shaped the work I have completed in education. First, at the high school level teaching all levels of Spanish from Level 1 all the way to AP Spanish Literature. Conversation circles are also part of my experience from continued work at Lake Tahoe Community College Intensive Spanish Summer Institute (also known as ISSI). My recent transition to Adult Education has opened opportunities to teaching ESL and Spanish. Lastly, my heritage and personal travels are an integral part of why I am in education and work towards being effective in the classroom.

Susan Kerby

Susan Kerby

Teacher, ESL

I have always been interested in other cultures and languages. In high school I was an exchange student to Sweden. In college, I majored in Spanish and spent a lot of time studying in Mexico. Later, I lived in Brazil for 2 years where I began teaching English as second language. Next stop was France for several more years and I became a certified TEFL teacher at the American University in Paris. Later on I received TESL and TEFL certification from UC Santa Cruz. I also spent many years teaching at a private school as an ESL and kindergarten teacher.

Maria Skinner

Maria Skinner

Teacher, Spanish

A graduate of Occidental College and Notre Dame de Namur, my passion has always revolved around languages, teaching, and travel and have spent several years living in France, Germany, Italy, and Mexico. I have worked as an English, Spanish and French teacher, translator and interpreter, and was co-owner and producer at a computer graphics studio. I’ve worked for Cabrillo Unified for over 12. I’ve been able to raise my two children here on the coast side, am very fond of the cultural mix in our community, and am enthusiastic about helping our local adults achieve their academic goals!

Graeme Westwood

Graeme Westwood

Teacher, ESL

I was born in Essex near London and have lived in Spain for 7 years, France for 3 years, and speak 3 languages, so I appreciate the challenges of learning another language. I am an English, ELD and journalism teacher at Half Moon Bay High School and responsible for the Paw Print school newspaper. I’ve been here for 7 years and have two wonderful kids. I love living and teaching in our community.

Jacqueline Willson

Jacqueline Willson

Teacher, ESL

Has taught volunteer English Conversation and Literacy classes on the Coastside for the past three years. After a 30+ year career as an attorney, Jackie received a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from UC Berkeley Extension in 2015.

Janet Wyer

Janet Wyer

Teacher ESL/Workplace Technology

Has always been very interested in languages. She has a degree in French and worked for the airlines, which gave her the opportunity to travel around the world. But she always wanted to be a teacher, so she went back to school to earn a MA TESL (a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language) from San Francisco State University. She has been teaching ESL in Half Moon Bay since 2012 and is very happy to be teaching in her own community.

Victoria Knight

Victoria Knight

Teacher, ESL

After earning a Bachelors of Music in Voice Education and a Masters in TESOL, I caught the teaching bug in Italy. Upon returning to the Bay Area, I began my career as an educator and have now taught for nearly 20 years! This last year, I made the transition from college to adult school and have loved every minute of it! I am grateful for the opportunity to meet such diverse and fantastic people--and really enjoy helping with them reach their language goals.

Paula Landers

Paula Landers

Teacher, GED

Having worked as an English language instructor in California, Japan and Korea, I enjoy inspiring my students to do their best. As a GED instructor, I like to support students in changing their job choices, school chances and their everyday lives.I also enjoy visiting your countries and understanding more about the world. Since I have studied other languages, such as Japanese, I understand the challenges of learning a new culture along with the new words and grammar. Please stay strong as you find new parts of the English language and academic skills!
It is so nice to meet you all!

Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison

Child Care Provider

I have been a full time father of my two daughters for the past 10 years. After volunteering in their classrooms during their first couple years of school, I decided to take a position at Hatch Elementary as a ‘Yard Duty.’ Surprisingly, I find this work to be incredibly rewarding and it has compelled me to pursue further work with the kids in the best community on earth, ‘The Coastside.’