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English Language Arts & History

Ali Farah


Hello.  My name is Ali Farah, and I am thrilled to be the English language arts and world history teacher at California Street Academy of Science and Engineering (CASASE).  I grew up in the central valley and moved to San Diego after graduating from California State University, Fresno in December, 2000. I later obtained my teaching credential in English, a Masters in Education, and a supplementary authorization in social science.  I previously taught 7th and 8th grade and am looking forward to a new adventure teaching 9th graders this year. Being an educator must be in my DNA. My mother is a retired elementary school teacher, and my father was a professor at UCLA. As for my personal life, I have a lovely five-year-old daughter who is the light of my life.  We enjoy time at the beach and pool, road trips, and Disneyland.




Science & Mathematics

Cara Hetrick


Cara Hetrick was born and raised in Rhode Island and ventured to Pennsylvania to attend college at Millersville University.  Graduating with a degree in biology (marine biology) and chemistry, Cara then worked as an environmental consultant. In 2005, she moved across the country and began her teaching career.  She has spent the last 13 years teaching science and math to students in a variety of school settings, getting a master’s degrees in Mathematics Education from San Diego State University, and engaging in sustained professional development for the past 5 years as a NOYCE Master Teaching Fellow with San Diego State University.  Cara holds teaching credentials in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.


In the classroom, Cara strives to build trusting relationships with her students.  Making math and science learning meaningful and authentic is a priority for Cara and she takes pride in helping students see these disciplines differently.


Cara enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children when she is not at school.  




Computer Science





Mr. Alvarado is the father of two teenage boys, loves the opera and ballet, cycling, running the hill at Torrey Pines, Padres and Chargers, baking Italian pastries, and teaching CS at LMS, in that order.

Physical Education




A North County native who enjoys teaching as well as spending time at the beach, the mountains, and on the golf course. Studied Kinesiology and received a teaching credential from CSULB. Soon after, added a Mathematics supplement through examination. Has taught 1 year of Elementary School, 5 years of Middle School, and 3 Years of High School. Currently teaching 6th and 7th Grade Math at Lincoln and PE at CSASE.