Coast Union High School welcomes (left to right) new teachers Ogo Agbo, Jamie Stapf, and Trevor Neer.

The Coast Union school year is in full swing.  The year started with a “Week of Welcome” hosted by the Academic Student Body (ASB) students who greeted students each morning as they arrived and arranged lunch activities during the week. The enrollment this year is around 155 students. Coast Union High School (CUHS) has a larger than normal sophomore class due to new enrollments from students moving to the area, students returning to CUHS from Morro Bay High School, and students from Cayucos selecting CUHS for high school. Several new staff members have been added starting either last year or this year.

     Ogo Agbo is a new teacher in the English department teaching sophomores and seniors. She grew up in the County and attended school in San Luis Obispo.  Agbo comes from a family of educators and that inspired her to become a teacher. She chose to work at CUHS after hearing about the position from a Cal Poly student completing student teaching in Cambria. When asked about teaching at CUHS she states, “I have been enjoying myself so much at Coast Union!  Every day I am excited to go to work, and every day I reflect on all the funny, inspiring, and interesting moments I shared with the students that day.  I really feel that I hit the jackpot in getting hired at Coast Union.  I love teaching here!”

     Taylor Henderson is a second-year teacher in the social studies department teaching freshmen and seniors. He also works part of his day at Santa Lucia Middle School.  He was inspired to teach by his eighth-grade history teacher, and he wants to pass on his love of history to the next generation. Henderson is a third-generation teacher in his family. He was drawn to the County to be close to his oldest brother who lives in Atascadero.  He loves the small size and dynamics of working at CUHS.  In addition to teaching, he is also an advisor for the California Scholastic Federation Chapter Advisor, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Assistant Cross Country Coach.

     Scott Love is a second-year teacher in Coast Unified. He teaches at Leffingwell High School in the morning and teaches Biology and Advanced Placement Biology at CUHS in the afternoon. He is a CUHS graduate and County native.  Love was excited to have the opportunity to return to his alma mater after teaching in Santa Barbara.  He was inspired to teach by his father who was also a teacher and by a CUHS teacher Pam Kenyon. He enjoyed her style of teaching and loved her anatomy class which inspired him to become a science teacher. In addition to teaching, he is the assistant coach for girls’ soccer. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, hiking, and lifting weights.

     Jamie Stapf is in her first year of teaching in the agriculture department teaching chemistry, agricultural mechanics, ornamental horticulture, and floral.  She became an “Ag” teacher after completing the FFA program as a student at San Luis Obispo (SLO) High School. Stapf hopes to inspire CUHS students in the same way that her teachers inspired her.  She is local to Cambria and lived here for nine years as a child before relocating to SLO.  She is a graduate of Cal Poly for both her bachelor and master’s degrees.  Last school year she taught in the “Ag” department in Greenfield and was excited at the opportunity to work in the County and at CUHS.

     Carlo Green is a second-year teacher in the physical education department.  His love of health and fitness inspired him to become a physical education teacher. He is a County native who grew up in Morro Bay and graduated from Morro Bay High School.  He loves working at CUHS for the small school environment and the ability to know and interact with every student on campus.  In addition to teaching, Green is the boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball coach, as well as the Friday Night Live club advisor. When he is not teaching, he enjoys cooking and slow-smoking meats in his Traeger grill.

     Trevor Neer is in his first year of teaching and splits his teaching day between Santa Lucia Middle School and CUHS.  He teaches the Academic Student Body (ASB) class, English Language Development (ELD) and credit recovery classes.  He was previously the CUHS librarian before transitioning to a full-time teaching position this year.  Neer is a County native with ties to Cambria and a graduate of Morro Bay High School. In addition to teaching, he is also an assistant football and baseball coach.

     Moises Jimenez is in his second year of teaching Spanish at CUHS and Santa Lucia Middle School. His love for teaching started as a soccer coach, and he was “nudged” to become a teacher by former principal Karl Dearie.  Jimenez grew up in Cambria and attended Coast Unified schools, learning here to speak English as a child.  He worked as a bilingual instructional assistant in the District for several years before getting his first teaching position in Templeton.  He chose to teach at CUHS because of the sense of pride in teaching and coaching at his alma mater.  Outside of teaching, he is also the boys’ soccer coach and the advisor for AFS foreign exchange program.

     Samantha Brossette is in her second year as a school counselor at CUHS after several years working in international education.  She is a local Cambrian and her daughter is a graduate of CUHS.

     Yudilia Tomsen is in her first year at CUHS working as the library technician after several years working as school secretary in the southern part of the County.

     Jennifer Vialpando is in her first year as a special education instructional assistant at CUHS.  She has been working with students for over 30 years in several positions including the YMCA.  She is a local Cambrian and both of her children graduated from CUHS, and her grandchildren attend school in the District, as well.

     Anna Macias is in her first year working as a bilingual instructional assistant. She is a local Cambrian and attended school in the District.