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Site technician Anthony Jara (left) and International Baccalaureate coordinator and art teacher Brian Wall pose after their nomination as the employees of the year in Room 3 on Jan. 18.

Veteran and second-year staffer named teacher and employee of the year

Chris Lee, Staff Reporter February 3, 2023

One has worked at Sunny Hills High School for 32 years, while the other only two. Despite the gap in their work experience, Sunny Hills staff recognized both as the campus’ employees of the year at...

New auto shop teacher Jesse Munoz (left) demonstrates how to fabricate an engine support brace to sophomore Jacob Carr in his Advanced and Intermediate Auto Shop second period class in Room 131 last semester.

New auto shop teacher wants students to learn beyond just nuts, bolts of being a mechanic

David Kim, Staff Reporter January 30, 2023

This is the last in a series of profiles on full-time instructors hired at Sunny Hills during or before the fall semester last year. A part-time English teacher last semester now works full time this spring,...

Sporting his Sunny Hills cap, Spanish teacher Luis Gomez reviews a warm-up exercise with his Period 4 Spanish 2 class last December in Room 56.

FROM ONE ‘HILLS’ TO ANOTHER: New Spanish teacher first taught at San Juan Hills High School in south Orange County before getting hired here

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter January 20, 2023

New Spanish teacher Luis Gomez found himself going through very distinct routines to support his wife and two sons 10 years ago. In the mornings, he sat at his desk working on assignments related to...

Using an iPad, new math teacher Christina Vu (left) assists freshman Terah Nohl in her fourth period Algebra 2 Honors class in Room 105 at the beginning of the fall semester.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: New teacher follows in her mother’s footsteps as an educator; aims to multiply the joy of math with her students

Faith Jung, Social Media Manager January 10, 2023

Christina Vu sat in the back of her mother’s classroom at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove 20 years ago as she watched her role model teach math to Advanced Placement Calculus and Algebra...

New math instructor Summer “Jade” Ng teaches her first-period Geometry 2A students how to determine the numerical length of points in Room 85 on Friday, Aug. 19.

NAME CHANGER: Miss Ng sounds too much like ‘missing,’ so new math teacher has a solution

Pricilla Escobedo, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

On the first day of school, Summer Ng wanted to be direct with her students. Not about math or the challenges of solving word problems. But about her last name. “I know my last name is ‘Ng,’...

Sunny Hills alumna Dawn Shanks gives a TED Talk to an audience in Natick, Massachusetts about her experiences leaving an evangelical cult in January of 2018. TEDx Talks channel posted her March 6, 2018, and the video accumulated over 3.8 million views.

THANKFUL TO GET OUT: One of the artists behind the breezeway mural speaks up about how she ended up with the offer of a lifetime to tell her story

Susie Kim, News Editor December 6, 2022

Just before the end of the 1995-1996 school year, around five students participated in a mural-painting project between the main breezeway here on campus. Now, 26 years later and with Thanksgiving approaching...

New social science teacher Matthew Acosta greets his fifth period United States History class Nov. 4.

New ‘high energy’ social science teacher also helps out as coach in Lancers’ football program

Kate Yang, Editor-in-Chief November 6, 2022

As a Whittier High School student, Matthew Acosta often received recognition from teachers for his natural affinity for aiding his peers with their academic endeavors. Though without an official tutoring...

English teacher and environmental activist Christina Zubko (second from left) stands for a picture with other members of her organization, “Friends of Ormond Beach,” during the California Coastal Cleanup  in September 2019 at Santa Monica Bay.

TEACHER LEISURE: Instructor and environmental activist advocates for protection of Ormond Beach

Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor October 22, 2022

As a new feature, "Teacher Leisure," explores Sunny Hills teachers' hobbies outside of school. What impacts have they made not only on students, but also outside of their classroom? Christina Zubko...

Social science teacher Chris Vogt gives a lecture to his students on Thursday, Aug. 18, during his fourth period Advanced Placement U.S. History class in Room 23.

Former Ayala High School baseball coach joins Sunny Hills as new social science teacher

Henry Lee, Web Editor-in-Chief October 19, 2022

Fifteen years ago, Chris Vogt received his first introduction to teaching several buildings away from where he finds himself now. Helping grade papers and leading history lectures 15 years ago under...


DID YOU KNOW? Breezeway mural’s origins a mystery to many

Susie Kim, News Editor October 13, 2022

As a continuing feature from last semester, The Accolade investigates some of the mysterious spots on campus. For this issue, we look into the origins of the breezeway mural in between the 10s and 20s...

New engineering teacher Patrick Salem (center) reacts to the progress his engineering students are making on their balloon cable car project in Room 402 on Monday, Aug. 22.  Salem, hired through the Regional Occupation Program, also takes over as the new coordinator for the school’s Engineering Pathways to Innovations and Change program.

NEW CHALLENGE: Ex-college professor, engineer aims to connect with EPIC students

Nathan Lee, Staff Reporter October 7, 2022

Patrick Salem owes his interest in engineering to his father, who raised his family in the Midwest. “He was an electrical [design] engineer and began teaching me electrical engineering when I was...

New chemistry teacher Mason Morris, who worked here as an administrator before returning as an instructor, demonstrates a lab experiment with his period four regular chemistry class on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

HAPPY RETURNS, PART 2: Ex-administrator now science teacher Mason Morris aims to build chemistry with his students

Chris Lee, Staff Reporter September 28, 2022

New science teacher Mason Morris likes to keep the chemistry going between him and his students. That’s why in each of his chemistry classes, he usually likes to start off with a joke or inspirational...

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