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Meet the Unity Middle College Team

WELCOME TO UNITY MCHS

Unity Middle College High School prepares all students for four-year university success, leading to professional careers through a blended high school and college curriculum. Unity MCHS welcomes all students from diverse backgrounds and communities.

TEACHER PROFILE

Mr. Jun Chung is the founding Unity MCHS science teacher. Upon graduating from Troy High School in Fullerton, California, Mr. Chung graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. He earned his teaching credential for biology and chemistry at CSUF.

Mr. Chung has a wealth of experience working with youth. He has worked in both middle schools and high schools around Orange County. He has served in the youth group at his church ministry, Open Book Community, for over eight years.

Mr. Chung is married to his beautiful wife, Melanie. He loves spending time with people, and in his free time he is often found making plans to grab a meal with someone. He loves reading the Bible, playing and watching sports, playing the guitar, and learning new dishes to cook for others.

Jun Chung, Founding Science Teacher

Austin Kim, Founding Mathematics Teacher

Austin Kim is ecstatic to be the founding Unity MCHS Mathematics Teacher! Mr. Kim grew up in Las Vegas and attended Ed W. Clark High School. No, there was no time spent learning how to gamble and he did not live in a casino. Upon graduating high school, Mr. Kim attended the University of California, Irvine and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Concurrently, Mr. Kim also earned his single subject teaching credential through the Cal-Teach program at UCI.

Mr. Kim has a passion for working with the young generation. For four years, he tutored middle and high school students in math levels from Pre-Algebra all the way to Calculus BC. He also enjoys serving at the youth group a part of Thanksgiving Church.

During his free time, Mr. Kim enjoys spending his time with friends and eating delicious food around the Orange county area. In addition, Mr. Kim likes to read good books, play board games with friends, and play the piano and guitar.

Coach Tony Le is the founding Physical Education (PE) teacher for Unity Middle College. He hopes to promote a safe and fun space for students to become physically active. Coach Le currently runs a sports-focused summer camp and after school program, where he teaches students a variety of both indoor and outdoor sports. He currently possesses a Taekwondo 4th Dan Black Belt and plans to teach and help Unity students earn a black belt before they graduate!

Before Unity, Coach Le worked as the Project Director of the Higher Opportunity Program for Education at UCLA, where he created college outreach and intervention programs for at-risk youth in the OC and greater LA area. Prior to this, Coach Le spent his undergraduate years at the University of California, Berkeley serving in various positions within student-initiated, student-run organizations committed to recruiting and retaining underrepresented and underserved students into higher education.

Coach Le received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Economy, with a concentration in “The Alleviation of Poverty in Urban Communities” at UC Berkeley. Before that, Coach Le graduated from Middle College High School in Santa Ana, where he earned his AA Degree in Liberal Arts and over 60 units of transferable UC-credits.

Tony Le, Founding Physical Education Teacher

Haley Talbert, Founding English Teacher

Ms. Talbert is ecstatic to meet her future students and their families as we begin our founding year at Unity Middle College High School. Haley, having attended Kennedy Middle College High School, is excited to provide a similar student-focused, rigorous academic experience characterized by genuine care and compassion for her students.

Upon graduating from a Middle College High School with a year of college courses already completed, Haley attended Biola University in La Mirada, California. During her time at Biola, Haley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education and credential to teach Secondary English. During the completion of her music program, she spent a semester studying songwriting, music recording, and performance arts at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

In her free time, Haley can likely be found outside with good book accompanied by a great cup of coffee. The way to Ms. Talbert’s heart is through her stomach, as she enjoys soft pretzels and Junior Mints. Her favorite authors include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Oscar Wilde. In addition to the classics, she is nearly obsessed with the sense of adventure and bravery characterized by J.K. Rowling’s created world in the Harry Potter series. Haley was born and raised in Corona, California, the land of citrus, and is still transported back to her childhood when she smells orange blossoms on a warm spring day. She now resides in Newport Beach, California.

ADMINISTRATION PROFILE

 Erin McKenzie Craig, Ed.D., Founding Executive Director & Principal

Erin M. Craig, Ed.D. has over 12 years of experience in charter teaching, leading, and operating schools. Dr. Craig specializes in K-12 charter schools, instructional leadership, middle and early colleges, innovative school reform, blended learning, and dual enrollment. Dr. Craig has redesigned the developmental math department at Golden West College and instructs a doctoral-level K-12 school finance course at USC’s Rossier School of Education.

Previously, Dr. Craig served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Principal for NOVA Academy Early College High School in Santa Ana for almost three years. Prior to NOVA, Dr. Craig was an assistant principal, department chair, college math professor, and math teacher. Since 2013, Erin has led the statewide Early and Middle College High School efforts, support, and development through her service as the Treasurer for the California Coalition of Early and Middle Colleges (CCEMC). CCEMC is the only organization in California dedicated to sustaining and supporting Early and Middle Colleges.

Dr. Craig received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership specializing in K-12 Urban Schools at University of Southern California, and a MS and BS Mathematics. Dr. Craig holds her single subject teaching credential in mathematics, clear administrative credential, and certificate specializing in charter leadership from Loyola Marymount University.

Rashi Seth is excited to join the Unity Middle College High School team as the Assistant Principal and Social Studies teacher this year. Ms. Seth has taught at NOVA Academy Early College High School for the last 5 years, as the Government and Economics teacher, and is well versed in the early college model.

Ms. Seth received her Bachelors of Arts in International Relations with a focus on Counterterrorism and International Political Economy from the University of Southern California. She then went on to get her Masters of Arts in Teaching from USC as well. Ms. Seth is currently enrolled in an Ed.D for Learning Technologies program at Pepperdine University and hopes to graduate in 2021 with her doctorate.
In her free time, Rashi can be found at Disneyland or Lakers Games. In addition, she likes binge watching TV shows on Netflix and Hulu or catching an epic Hip-Hop Concert.

Rashi Seth, Assistant Principal & Social Sciences Teacher