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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

Jun Chung is thrilled to be the founding Unity MCHS Biology teacher! Upon graduating from Troy High School in Fullerton, California, Mr. Chung graduated with his undergraduate degree from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. He is currently earning his teaching credential through the Intern Program 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 seven years.

Mr. Chung is engaged to his beautiful fiance, 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

Kalee Grimm, Founding Social Science Teacher

Kalee Grimm is excited to join the Unity team as the founding Social Science teacher. Ms. Grimm attended Biola University in La Mirada, CA where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science. Kalee is currently pursuing a Masters in Education with the aim to further develop her pedagogical and educational skills to better serve students in the classroom. Kalee has experience working with students at both the high school and middle school level in and around the greater LA area.

 

While attending Biola, Kalee was a part of the Women’s Track and Field team and worked as a member of the Student and Academic Success Team on campus. Her love of athletics and the academics lends itself to encouraging students to engage in extracurricular activities whether that be sports, music, art, etc. She desires for her students to be well rounded in both educational and extracurricular affairs.

Kalee currently lives in La Mirada where she enjoys spending her free time at Disneyland, baseball games, or reading.

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

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.

Haley Talbert, Founding English Teacher

ADMINISTRATION PROFILE

William Gray is a native son of California, having lived in the greater Los Angeles area since he was 12. William attended Palisades Charter High School, a setting that put into stark contrast the gap in educational opportunities afforded children from different neighborhoods within the same city. This experience led him to a career in education driven by a desire to provide children in traditionally underserved communities with the high quality educational opportunities they deserve.

Upon graduation from high school, William elected to attend the University of California Irvine on a Regents Scholarship, graduating with a degree in history in 2008. He returned to UCI to earn his teaching credential in social science and a Masters degree in Teaching.

William brings both charter and district school experience to the position of principal having served as Dean of Academics, Assistant Principal and Interim Principal at school sites in LA and Orange Counties. He has helped guide two charter schools through their renewal processes with the Los Angeles Unified School District & Los Angeles County Office of Education, has a passion for supporting teachers as an instructional coach and is currently working to earn his Leading Edge Certification with the Orange County Department of Education. He currently lives in Long Beach with his wife with whom he enjoys hiking, traveling and reading in his spare time.

William Gray, Founding Principal

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

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.