FACULTY & STAFF DIRECTORY
I have a Master of Arts degree in Education and a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Science from California State University, Fresno. I also attended University of Hawai'i at Manoa. I have taught Health, PE, and Science in my 20+ years of education. I have also been an Activities Director, Athletic Director, High School Vice Principal, and Middle School Principal before arriving at University High. I am a mother to two teenagers, one of which attends UHS.
I am originally from the Fresno area and a graduate of Edison High School. I received my Bachelor's degree in History from UC Irvine, and my Master's degree in Education from Fresno State. I enjoy technology, math, Disney, and the Liverpool Football Club. I previously worked at Buchanan High and Alta Sierra Intermediate where I was a Learning Director for the past 5 years. At BHS, I supervised the math, science, and performing arts departments. Previously, I taught elementary school at Maple Creek in Clovis USD. I am married to Lindsay and have two sons that are attending college at Arizona State University and Westmont College.
This is my 5th year at University High School as a School Counselor. I am originally from the South Valley and a graduate of Golden West High School in Visalia. I received my Bachelor's degree in Family Consumer Science with a minor in Business and Spanish from Fresno State. I also earned my Master's degree in Counseling and Higher Education at Fresno State. I have always had a passion for working with students, throughout my experiences I have worked at Fresno State with the EOP program, Admissions, and Recruitment. I have been in the elementary and middle school setting, and I have taught a couple of university 1 courses in the community college setting (Porterville College). Working with students at UHS has been a pleasure!
This is my 13th year at University High School as a School Counselor. I am a proud alum and former athlete of Fresno State, where I earned a BA in Liberal Studies and MS in Counseling and Student Services and Pupil Personnel Services Credential. I started my career as an Educational Advisor and Professor for Fresno City College and then moved on to become an Elementary School Counselor in Hanford. After a few years, I then became a High School Counselor at Kingsburg High School and then University High School. Additionally, for the last thirteen years, I have been a Professor for the Counseling and Rehabilitation Program at Fresno State, teaching graduate courses designed to prepare future School Counselors. I also teach Bird Boot Camp during our Winter and Spring Elective Sessions and I am a certified High Fitness Instructor.
P.E. 11 & 12
I Attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, College of the Sequoias in Visalia California, and finished with a Kinesiology degree at California State University, Fresno.I began teaching with Dinuba Unified School District teaching and coaching. I moved to UHS with the first junior class and have continued to the present. I enjoy being active and participating in sports related activities. Bringing my passion to the students here at UHS has been most fulfilling.
P.E. 9 & 10
This is my 13th year teaching and 12th year at UHS. I've been involved in sports my entire life but my true passion is how the body works, how to change it for your desired goals and overall human optimization. My goal is to show all my students the importance of health and lifelong fitness. In my class athletic ability, strength, and speed won't get you a good grade. Your effort and improvement will. Being healthy is for everyone. On my free time I love to travel, try new food, bake, and do anything active. I might be healthy most of the time but life is to be lived with moderation. So whenever a great chocolate chip cookie or maple old fashioned doughnut shows up you can be sure I'll be seen eating it :) At UHS I'm Athletic Director, help with the ski/snowboard Winter elective and lead the UHS travel club during the Spring Elective.
I'm a Fresno State graduate and have been with UHS since its third year. I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was a mere kindergartener myself and I followed in my mother's footsteps in teaching English. I love this community and am honored to serve as the LIFE Club advisor, the UHS Honor Commission advisor, and co-advisor of the UHS ASB. I am proud to be Understanding, Honorable, and Studious!
A.P. Literature and Composition
I have been the AP Literature teacher at University High School since 2003. I have taught AP Literature since 1997. I graduated from Oberlin College and received my teaching and preliminary educational administrative services credentials from Fresno Pacific University. While ever mindful of the AP Lit test, I am dedicated to exploring with students how literature fosters empathy and encourages us to live meaningful lives. When not teaching, I am an avid skier, an occasional China Peak Race Team coach, and manages the UHS Session ski and snowboard elective. During the summers, you’ll likely find me road biking on the foothill and mountain roads of the Sierra.
I am a Fresno State graduate with a B.S in Criminology and a minor in Theatre Arts. Prior to coming to UHS, I taught English at Madera High School for 15 years. I also served as a Link Crew Coordinator and cheer advisor. I am married and a mom to two boys. In my spare time I love baking (cupcakes and cookies especially), camping (you will find me in Sequoia National Forest every summer!), and performing on stage! I am a certified High Fitness instructor and I love teaching fitness classes!
A.P. Language and Composition
Locally raised, graduate of Clovis High School. I’m a Fresno State graduate (B.A. in English, M.A. in Linguistics with an ESL option) who spent my early adult years traveling around with the US Navy and various humanitarian organizations in Europe and Asia. I’ve been teaching AP Lit and AP Language since 2005, and I recently got my Ed.D. from Brandman University. I have conducted teacher training seminars and workshops for English teachers and students throughout the former Soviet Union and Central Europe (training was conducted in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Tatarstan, Udmurtia, Bashkortostan, Lithuania, and Slovakia.) I speak English, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish. I am also a trained Ballroom Dancer Instructor and would like to teach UHS students how to ballroom dance during an elective session. I’m a lover of words and phrases and sentences, and I’m excited to join the UHS team as a teacher and a parent.
I graduated from California State University, Fresno, earning my Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Classical Studies, Master of Arts in History with an emphasis in the Classical World, and a Social Science Teaching Credential. I was fortunate to be a student of Dr. Victor Davis Hanson and Bruce Thornton. These professors not only influenced my love of history and language but also inspired me to enter the teaching world, continuing to spread their appreciation of Classical Education. I have served on the California Instructional Materials Adoption Panel for Classical Languages and was a panel member on the Central Valley Foreign Language Association at Fresno State. I have been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the Classical Summer Seminar and has been recognized by the California League of High schools as an Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
I’ve always had an interest in the linguistic and archaeological history of the Classical World, and began studying Latin during my final years at CSUF -- graduating from CSUF, with both a BA and an MA in History. Additionally, I have been learning Ancient Greek, specifically the Koine dialect, in order to read the New Testament and Septuagint. Knowledge of Latin and Greek has been edifying in significant ways, including in the researching and writing of my final MA thesis on ancient Egyptian women, which required that I examine both Greek and Latin sources, especially for the respective chapters that reflected both Greek and Roman society.
Before I came to University High, I lived in Washington, D.C., where I interned at the Library of Congress, was an adjunct lecturer for Anne Arundel Community College, and worked in admissions for George Washington University. I had the privilege of first teaching at University High back in 2010 and taught the sophomore history college course. In 2011, I began my tenure for the Social Science Department at Madera South High School as Department Chair. I was honored to help develop the curriculum for AP European History which was adopted at both Madera High and Madera South High School. In addition, I taught a variety of classes including AP European History, AP Psychology, US Government and Economics.
In 2017, I was offered the Latin 9 position at UHS. It was truly a dream come true to return and be a full-time instructor at University High School. I firmly believe that we should always challenge ourselves to achieve further heights of excellence—what the ancient Greeks called arête. This has been my motto in many aspects of my life, since I first learned that word nearly 20 years ago. I believe arête is especially well expressed in University High School, where students are continually motivated to learn and excel, including through the aid of music.
Teaching at University High School is a truly rewarding experience for me and I feel blessed to be part of such an amazing community of colleagues and students.
A.P. Calculus AB
A.P. Calculus BC
I began by teaching career as a certified AVID tutor for Clovis West High School. In the summer of 2001, before I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from California State University, Fresno, I was hired to teach an algebra 1 course at University High School. Upon the completion of my degree, I was hired as a full-time instructor at UHS. While teaching, I continued my education and earned a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from Fresno Pacific University. I chose a career in teaching because I wanted to make a difference. Teaching is my passion and I incorporate technology in the classroom to enhance the math learning experience for my students.
Integrated Mathematics 1
Integrated Mathematics 2
I graduated from Fresno State with a B.A. in Mathematics and Spanish and an M.A. in Spanish. I decided to get my Credential in Math because I realized that Mathematics was my real passion along with sports. I have taught every mathematics class, including Calculus and AP statistics along with Robotics. I also coached a girl's varsity soccer team. I love being at UHS because our students are wonderful and always ready to learn. I also enjoy teaching the soccer elective because it really shows the competitive side of our students.
Integrated Mathematics 1
I had originally planned on becoming a psychologist but fell in love with the idea of teaching after being a substitute teacher. Since I wasn’t able to be a psychology teacher, I decided to get a second degree in math and a teaching credential. I have been teaching math for almost two decades now. I have taught everything in the math field but Calculus. I recently had the opportunity to teach AP Statistics after being hired at UHS 6 years ago, and I have loved every minute of it. Our students are amazing and I truly feel honored and blessed to be able to call UHS my new home.
Integrated Mathematics 1
I attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and Fresno Pacific University, where I earned double Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Education. I am a current faculty member at the University of Phoenix, where I mentor future math teachers and student teachers as they enter the classroom. My research interests include alleviating math anxiety.
Dr. Randall Cornelison, educator and composer, earned my B.A. in Music Education from the California State University of Fresno with an emphasis in percussion under the instruction of Dr. Matthew Darling. In 2005, I finished my M.M. in Composition at Central Michigan University under the tutelage of Dr. José-Luis Maúrtua and the world-renowned composer Dr. David Gillingham. I completed my D.M.A. in Composition with Professor Daniel Asia and Music Theory with Dr. Donald Traut at the University of Arizona in 2011. I am currently the Director of Instrumental Music at University High School in Fresno, CA.
I continue to pursue composition as a professional in the field of acoustic and electronic forms of music. My music has been commissioned and performed both at home and abroad including the concert hall of the Dvorák Museum in Prague, Czech Republic. My music has been recorded by various artists including the international group, Bando-Winteringham Duo. I continue to push forward finding new avenues of music composition with companies such as FractaVisual Designs to create new platforms for the creation and performance of new multi-sensory art and entertainment.
Continuing to work in a broad scope of art and entertainment as a composer, I find the most interesting and important aspects of current music to mold my curriculum for students. My depth of knowledge and breadth of experiences are always taken back to the classroom at University High School to integrate traditional acoustic music and always evolving music technology to challenge students with a complete understanding of the music of today.
I am a music educator, musicologist and composer with over 40 years of experience in education. I have taught every level from elementary through college, and every type of music including choral, instrumental and marching band. I was the first faculty member hired by the University when the time came to realize the vision of founding a high school on its campus, and the one who faced the most significant challenge – designing and implementing a comprehensive music program unique in the breadth and depth of its core curriculum as an integral and required part of the coursework for all students over all four years. I have a degree in Ethnomusicology, and advanced degrees in Music Theory/Composition and Educational Administration, and did post-graduate studies at Trinity College, Dublin, the University of North Wales, Bangor (UK) and Eastman Conservatory in Rochester, NY. I am married to Sarah, and we have three children: Gareth, Ciaran and Tegan.
A.P. Music Theory
Hello, I am excited to join the UHS Staff as a veteran public and private school teacher. I earned my doctorate in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2009, and was awarded the Dean’s Graduate Scholar Award for excellence in scholarship for my dissertation “Mad Women in Opera: An Investigation of Madness and Selected Mad Scenes for Soprano”. In 2009, I taught master classes and performed the Brahms’ Requiem with the Ho Chi Minh Symphony Orchestra in Vietnam. In 2010, I traveled to Buenos Aires to research and perform the music of Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino. While serving as the Director of Arts at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland, my choirs performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The US State Department, and The Blair House. My choirs performed at the International Kodály Symposium in Budapest and Kecskemét, Hungary in 2013. In addition to my work as a regional choral clinician and adjudicator, I am the founder of the American Kodály Children’s Chorus in Baltimore, where I served as Artistic Director for seven years. I am both a musical theater performer and director and have two children who are just launching their English teaching and theater careers.
I started off my undergraduate college years at Fresno State in the Theatre Dept. I entered with the burning desire to be a professional actor; within two years I felt like it was time to leave the comfortable nest of Fresno, so I spread my wings and transferred to UC Santa Cruz. I auditioned and was accepted to their Acting Emphasis program. My training there was excellent, and yet I stalled after graduation; when an opportunity came to move to NYC, I got cold feet. I returned to Fresno, got married, had my son, and then figured it was time to pursue my alternate childhood dream: I became a teacher. I taught English and Drama at Roosevelt High/Roosevelt School of the Arts and Central High. I received an Administrative Credential and Masters of Arts in Education at Fresno State, and worked at the school district and site levels for 13 years: Assistant Director of Roosevelt School of the Arts, Vice-Principal (Roosevelt, McLane), Fresno Unified's Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, and Assistant Principal/Director of Coronado School of the Arts. I returned to teaching in 2014 then left briefly to try something completely different - I owned a restaurant/bar in Downtown Fresno. When my business closed, the door back to teaching opened, and I happily started teaching Drama at UHS in Fall 2016. It's the best education gig I've ever had! In addition to teaching and also coaching UHS Speech students, I act and direct with local theatre groups, teach acting workshops, sing in a rock 'n roll choir, and do occasional voiceover work.
Ms. Kathryn Dowis grew up in a small town in the Mojave desert. Her love of biology began because she lived on a lake and enjoyed being outdoors and observing nature. She attended UC Irvine to earn her B.S. degree in biology and went on to work for a Chemical Environmental Company. After being offered a job at a high school in her hometown, she returned home to live and work. This experience solidified her love of teaching and she returned to UC Irvine for her teaching credential. Her first teaching job was at Clovis West, where she became the department chair and earned the Crystal Award. She has currently worked at UHS for 9 years and is currently finishing her M.S. degree in biology. Ms. Dowis enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time with her daughters.
I have been interested in science, especially physical sciences, since 4th grade. I was born and went to K-12 schools in Fresno, then graduated from Fresno State will a dual major in physics and mathematics. I went to UC Davis where I received a masters and Ph.D. in physics. After that, I went to work in the optical and semiconductor industries as an R & D engineer, applications engineer, applications engineering manager, and a systems engineering manager, while receiving three patents in semiconductor manufacturing. After being laid off in the tech downturn of 2002, I decided to go into secondary school teaching in order to bring the beauty, excitement, and importance of STEM to the next generation.
Chemistry really caught my attention in high school. It is now my pleasure to help UHS sophomores discover this fascinating subject. After earning my chemistry degree at Fresno State, I worked as a chemist in a commercial lab, and then as a research assistant with the Engineering Research Institute at Fresno State. However, I realized my biggest joy has always been teaching others (including teaching piano and children's choir), so I returned to school to make teaching my career. In 1995, I took my first teaching position in science at Central High but quickly took an opportunity to move to UHS in the first year of this school as the physics teacher. I have been teaching chemistry here at UHS since 2004. Outside of the classroom, I have enjoyed being part the development team for Modeling Instruction curriculum for chemistry (which is used at UHS), and leading summer training workshops to share Modeling Instruction methods with other teachers.
A.P. U.S. History
I attended Fresno State majoring in history and receiving a minor in geography. While in college, I was a member Fresno State College Bowl Team which won the national championship in 1980. I began teaching in the fall of 1985. Although I have been fortunate enough to have advised and coached students in various activities that have won local, state and national competitions, I am most proud of helping prepare students for college and the challenges of life through responsibility and hard work.
I have been teaching at University High School since 2006 but also taught for eleven years at schools in Arizona and Texas before coming here. A graduate of Clovis West High School, I started as a physics major at Rice University in Houston before switching to a double major in history and religious studies and later earning a master’s degree in history from Vanderbilt University. After finishing graduate school, I entered teaching in large part because, as I say, I never cease to be a student. Teaching is a way to keep on learning, to study human society and try to answer those questions that have captivated me for many years while helping young people to make the transition to adulthood in the process. I have taught classes in seven different Advanced Placement fields over the course of my career, with over 2,500 individual A.P. exams having been taken under my tutelage. Today, I teach A.P. Economics to seniors and U.S. History to juniors. In the past, I coached forensics and chess at other schools, but I currently oversee the UHS Interact Club, which is our school’s community service organization, as well as the UHS Yearbook and the UHS Autism Awareness Club. Though not a special education teacher, I do specialize in working with students with autism spectrum disorders, with which I have a great deal of personal and scholarly experience.
Fresno State Professor