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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

jchung@unitymchs.org

Austin Kim, Founding Mathematics Teacher

akim@unitymchs.org

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.

Marcus Maher is the Social Science Teacher at Unity MCHS. Since graduating from California State University, Long Beach with his BA in History and his clear credential in Social Science he has taught, a plethora of courses from AP Human Geography, AP United States History, World History to Government and Economics before joining the Unity family. In Mr. Maher’s class, students get the opportunity to analyze historical documents from around the world and discover what happened in the past for themselves. His classes focus on critical thinking, diversity, and argument development.

Mr. Maher is blessed to come home to his wonderful wife, Megan and to his sweet daughter Emma. When he isn’t mentoring your students, he loves spending time with family, watching sports, and watching people.

Marcus Maher, Social Sciences Teacher

mmaher@unitymchs.org

Haley Talbert, Founding English Teacher

htalbert@unitymchs.org

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.

Meet a Founding team member and the Spanish Teacher of Unity MCHS, Emily Perea! Miss Perea graduated under Dr. Craig’s leadership at an Early College High School and graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May of 2018. Miss. Perea is also the CALPADS Coordinator for Unity.

In her spare time, Miss. Perea enjoys spontaneous adventures with her friends to new coffee shops and restaurants in different cities across the OC and LA County. Her favorite place to travel and rest is Cancun, México. She also loves the adrenaline rush from rollercoasters, ziplining, racing and one day hopes to go skydiving.

Emily Perea, Spanish Teacher

eperea@unitymchs.org

Keysha Locksley, English Teacher

klocksley@unitymchs.org

Miss Keshya Locksley is a new team member to the Unity family. She was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. Miss Locksley ventured out to Moscow, Idaho to achieve her goal of becoming an educator. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English.

Miss Locksley is excited to be given the opportunity to be the 11th and 12th grade English teacher, as well as the new P.E. teacher. Her passion is to guide and support the younger generation reach their goals—academically and mentally.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places, trying new foods, attending sporting events, playing with her puppies, and going to the beach.

Ms. Linda Ly graduated from UC Irvine in 2015 with her bachelor’s and teaching credentials in math. She then became a curriculum editor for the Irvine Math Project before teaching at El Sol Science and Arts Academy. There she taught 6th and 7th grade math and geometry. She enjoyed overseeing math club, competing against other schools around Orange County.

She briefly took a break from teaching after two years to become a web developer. She briefly worked for an advertising agency, maintaining websites for car dealerships and various companies. Missing the various personalities of high school and middle school students, she went back into teaching here at Unity Middle College High School.

Ms. Ly enjoys playing video games, board games, and photography! Food is her best friend. Korean BBQ, sushi, and boba are only a small list of her favorite foods.

Linda Ly, Math Teacher

lly@unitymchs.org

Chris McCarthy, Music Teacher

cmcarthy@unitymchs.org

Chris received his Bachelors in Instrumental Music from California State University Long Beach’s Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, studying under Dr. David Garrett, cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Joon Sun Jung. He has attended master classes with Johannes Moser, Matt Haimovitz, Andrew Shulman, Joon Sun Jung, and the Alexander String Quartet. He is a registered teacher with the American String Teachers Association and Suzuki Association of the Americas. Chris has completed Suzuki pedagogy with Rick Mooney and Tanya Carey.

Currently, Chris performs with the Dana Point Symphony as associate principal cello. He was a member of Symphony Irvine, the Montage Civic Orchestra, and the Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power Orchestra. He is a founding member of Love4Cello, a cello quartet based in Los Angeles, where he also serves as the group’s arranger. In 2014, as a member of the Southern California Chamber Ensemble, Chris performed in Nagoya, Japan, with renowned urhu virtuoso George Gao. He is a string coach for Oak Middle School in Los Alamitos and Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, and is the cello instructor for the Casa Romantica Music Festival Academy.

Craig Casperson is the new Education Specialist here at Unity Middle College High School and he could not be more excited to be with us. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Leadership and a Minor in English. He has over ten years of experience working with students with special needs of all ages and abilities. He has worked as a Paraeducator and a caseworker for the Westminster School District, as a Registered Behavior Technician for Garden Grove Unified School District, and as an In-Home Behavior Therapist for the Non-Profit Agency, Creative Behavior Interventions. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Special Education through National University.

Mr. Casperson lives right here in Orange County, is married to his awesome wife Ally, and is a father of two. In his free time, you can find him surfing, kayaking, hiking, playing baseball, riding bikes with his kids, playing the ukulele or watching the Dodgers or Lakers.

Craig Casperson, Educational Specialist

ccasperson@unitymchs.org

ADMINISTRATION PROFILE

 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.

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, Principal