Robert Greene has 15+ years of technical experience. He began his career as an automotive technician at a Jaguar dealer, then became an educator in 2008.  Greene currently teaches courses in automotive technology, manufacturing, and robotics at John F. Kennedy High School. He holds degrees in Automotive Technology (AOS) and Career Technical Studies (BS). Greene has been involved with the FIRST (For Inspiration

and Recognition of Science and Technology) program as a mentor, event volunteer and FIRST LEGO® League tournament director.  In 2010, Greene started an FRC (FIRST® Robotics Competition) team at John F. Kennedy High School. Wanting to expand the depth of manufacturing and design at JFK High School, he created the MaD program.


To contact, please email:

Robert-Greene@scusd.edu

Marcos Pineda graduated from San Diego State University and while attending he majored in Social Science. His class provides freshmen with a greater understanding of world geography and cultures. He also teaches skills such as mapping, analyzing social change over time, and comparing and contrasting diverse cultures. Students are expected to improve academic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. In conjunction with the MaD program freshmen courses this class integrates design and drafting projects that allow the students to apply the skills they are developing in their Freshman design course. This class also works in conjunct with the MaD ninth grade English course further promote cross curricular exercises. This course meets the “A” requirement as a History-Social Science class for the UC “A-G” requirements.

To contact, please email:

marcos-pineda@scusd.edu

Diane Cornelius has been teaching English for fifteen years and thirteen of those years have been at John F. Kennedy High School. She has two Bachelor Degrees; one in English and one in History as well as a Master's Degree in Education. She is a life long learner and her best teachers have been her students. Cornelius has the honor of teaching both tenth graders and eleventh graders in our Manufacturing and Design Program and our focus in English is to integrate the concepts of manufacturing and design in our reading of informational text, literature, and writing that is both technical and persuasive. 

​To contact, please email:
 Diane-Cornelius@scusd.edu

K.C. McCarthy is a scholar of narrative and an aficionado of learning.  At the University of Oregon, he majored English Literature and minored in Journalism.  He accomplished his Masters in Education at the UCSD and taught for two years in Imperial Beach before moving to Sacramento and teaching at JFK for the past 10 years.  His practice is to engineer and facilitate the learning process.  Each year, he works to innovate and fine tune this process, constantly improving the students’ experience. McCarthy teaches 9th grade English, Senior ERWC English and AP Literature and Composition. They study how authors use language to build stories and ideas for the purpose of engaging in discourse with other people.  In MaD, they place a particular focus on expository texts and those that involve the philosophy of Engineering.  They also focus on the skills required to proficiently write in the engineering world.

To contact, please email:

KC-McCarthy@scusd.edu

David Indreland has a Construction Engineering Management degree from CSUS and has taught at JFK highschool for 8 years. The Architectural Design class is for the MaD freshman and is focused on learning SolidWorks CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software and applying these skills to the engineering design process in several projects as well as completing a design portfolio for submission to ARC for college credit. He really enjoys teaching this class and seeing our MaD students using their creative and analytical skills to solve problems. 

To contact, please email:

David-Indreland@scusd.edu

Jessica Salomon graduated UC Davis with a B.A. in History. She got her teaching credential from CSUS, and has been teaching for 8 years. She teaches U.S. History and World History classes in the MaD program. In both classes, she gets her students to gain a different perspective on the world around them. She does this by asking them to step outside of themselves and view historical events from the perspectives of the people involved. Salomon focuses a lot on social issues and on how events and people in history have affected the world today. She loves seeing students (particularly those who dislike history) gain an appreciation for history and, sometimes, even grow to love it. Her students do reading, writing, analysis, discussion and, of course, a lot of laughing (one of her favorite parts of working with teenagers!). 

To contact, please email:

Jessica-Salomon@scusd.edu