Christina Conerly is in her second year as Academy Coordinator at San Diego Academy of Art and Science, and third year with Julian Charter School.
Prior to coming to JCS, she taught middle school for eight years; 7th grade English for two years, self-contained 7th grade for one year, 7th grade English and 6th grade science for one year, and 6th-8th science and social studies for four years. With so many years invested as a middle school teacher, JCS Academy of Art and Science is a perfect fit for her.
On a more personal level, Mrs. Conerly grew up in San Diego, and now lives in East County with her husband and two children. I graduated Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a BA in Liberal Studies.
I have a multiple subject credential with a specialization in science and a supplementary authorization in English; as well as a single subject credential in Science, biology specific.
Humanities and Writing
Karen Koch was born and raised in San Clemente, California. She is the oldest of three girls, and taught her youngest sister (15 years younger than her) in middle school. Miss Koch graduated from University of San Diego with a BA in Diversified Liberal Arts and a minor in English.
Miss Koch began her teaching career in San Clemente teaching 7th and 8th grade at Our Lady of Fatima School for eight years. After her move to San Diego, she continued to teach in the Catholic Diocese, one year teaching 9th grade at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, two years of 7th and 8th grade at St Michael’s Academy and six years of middle school at Sacred Heart Academy.
In 2000, Miss Koch became assistant principal and co-founder of St Ephrem Academy, a K-12 school. There she taught all grades, and all subjects, K-12. She then moved to Stella Maris Academy. After a year at Stella Maris Academy as the Curriculum Coordinator, she came to JCS SDA-AS. This is the academy’s thirteenth year, and Miss Koch has been here since it opened.
Miss Koch celebrated her thirty-fifth year of teaching in 2017! She enjoys teaching middle school and sharing her love of history, literature and writing with the students. She believe that... When not teaching, she can be found walking, working in her yard, or reading.
Aaron Labovitz has been teaching with Julian Charter School since 2006, and has taught eighth grade math since 2013. Mr. Labovitz studied Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He pursued his Civil Engineering career for four years. For the first two years, he worked with the Peace Corps in the building of water systems and latrines for rural communities in Honduras, in Central America. For the next two years, he worked here in San Diego for ADS Environmental Services analyzing data from a flow meter for sewers.
Mr. Labovitz made the switch to education in 2006. Since making that switch, he has enjoyed the challenge, creativity, and discipline of teaching. He especially like teaching middle school math.
Mr. Labovitz enjoys reading, small home improvement projects, hiking, exercise, movies, and food. He lives with his wife, son (who just graduated high school), and cat in the San Diego community of Linda Vista.
Mathematics and Writing
I was raised in Ventura County, CA. During my undergraduate career, I took a multidisciplinary approach to learning. I made it my goal to prepare myself and understand both internal and external social effects on students and education by majoring in Sociology and minoring in History, Education, and Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Through my own experience in the K-12 education system, I began to see early on what could be changed to improve learning outcomes for students. Once I began gaining experience in the field of education both as a teacher and tutor in afterschool programs, daycares, and elementary to high schools, I started to understand how to adapt the field of education to best benefit students.
I then earned a Master’s Degree in Teaching with a Multiple Subjects Credential at the University of Southern California. I implement a learning-center education environment that allows students to assert their independence, take ownership of their education, and learn at their own pace. Thus, I appreciate the supportive atmosphere at JSC for both teachers and students, the flexibility of creating my own curriculum, and the opportunity to work in small classrooms, where I can better meet the academic needs of my students.
Science and Art
Richard Jason Rogalski was raised in San Diego, Ca, where he was born in 1970. He is a lifelong, avid artist and have been exhibiting regularly since the early nineties. In his mid-twenties, while living in Baja California, Mexico to study stop-frame animation, he became interested in black holes, subatomic particles and other fascinating areas of science. This study continued over years to become a major body of scientific knowledge that infused his artwork. In 1998, he was accepted to the San Francisco Art Institute. During his years in San Francisco, he began teaching art through several private venues, including the International Children’s Art Museum.
Mr. Roglaski received his BFA in 2001. He used this to move back to Baja, where he and his wife founded & directed a bi-national art organization called Dot-to-Dot that centered on collaborative arts and brought free art classes to elementary schools on both sides of the border. Many of these classes were cross border collaborations. During this time he learned a lot of Spanish teaching in Mexico and realized that he loved to teach.
In 2005, Mr. Rogalski moved to Northern California with his wife & two young sons to study education. At this point, he had also been working with the developmentally disabled population through a wide variety of schools, institutions and group homes for well over 10 years. In 2007, he received his teaching credentials as a single subject teacher in fine art & science. We moved back to San Diego, where he immediately joined Julian Charter School.
Since 2007, Mr. Roglaski has been teaching both art and science at the secondary level. Continuing night school, he finished his Masters in Education in 2009. He especially enjoys the freedom that JCS allows him, teaching cross curriculum projects in small classes and offering specialized attention to each student.
Once Ginny Herkert's three sons became school age she left her first career to become a stay at home mom. As many of you know, this is sometimes more challenging than a job outside of the home! During these years, Ginny was heavily involved as a volunteer in all her schools. At each location she served on the PTA executive boards, as well as classroom instructional aides.
Her final position as PTO President at our elementary school, JCS Innovation Center, seemed to place her at the right place at the right time. When our middle school secretary position became available she was a natural fit and the timing was right for her as well. Ginny is more than the school secretary. She brought with her a treasure chest of ideas and is an advocate from the parent perspective. She has been in the parents shoes and has seen the struggles and accomplishments of her boys through the middle school, high school, and college years.
Along with her experience, Ginny is a welcoming presence at our Academy. She is on the front line and is here to help answer parent questions, ensure students…...