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.

Jason Owens

Jason Owens

Coordinator

After spending 20+ years in K-12 education as a teacher, counselor, and administrator, I am excited to be working within the world of adult education. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, it is my mission to make education available and welcoming to everyone in our community. Here’s to learning and growing together.

Jessinda Kim

Administrative Assistant

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Josefina Geronimo-Uribe

Josefina Geronimo-Uribe

Teacher

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

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

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

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: Level 1 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: Level 2 ESL

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.

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.’