OUR TEACHERS

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Ms. Becca Gill

3rd - 4th Grade

I moved to San Diego from Virginia Beach years ago and have loved every second of it.  I taught preschool for six years and then taught 2nd and 3rd grade for several years.  I am all about hands-on learning in the classroom and enjoy creating engaging and meaningful learning experiences for my students.  I am looking forward to having an incredible school year! Visit My Instagram Page!

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Mrs. Caitlin Parsons

5th - 6th Grade

Hi! I am so excited to teach at BICS this year! A year ago, my husband and I made the decision to move to California from Nebraska where I taught two years in fifth grade at a small private school. I have since had the opportunity to teach 5th grade in the Santee School District. I earned both my bachelor’s and my master’s degree in elementary education at the University of Midland in Nebraska.  I am passionate about teaching children to become leaders in our classroom as well as in our community. When I am not teaching, you can find me reading, crafting, or playing with my Australian Shepherd dog!

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Mr. Wesley Leves

7th - 8th Grade

I am so excited to begin my second year at BICS!  I earned my BA from Arizona State University, a MS in Education from Alliant University, and have taught in Lakeside since 2016.  I have lived in San Diego my entire life.  In my free time I enjoy going on adventures with my wife and Aussiedoodle.  I also love going to Disneyland with my little brothers and playing soccer competitively.  I love the sense of community that this school offers to its students and I hope to be a big part of that this year!

OUR STAFF

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Julie Cushman

Principal/Director

After 15 years teaching at BICS, I was proud to be selected as the new Principal and Director. I earned my BA, teaching credential, and administrative services credential from National University. I am a longtime Lakeside resident and love spending time with family, friends and my two dogs. I also love traveling, music, & spending time working in my yard.

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Kristi Johnson

School Secretary/Administrative Assistant

I am an East Coast transplant, who received her BA in Anthropology/Archeology from the State University of NY at Stony Brook. I have been a CA girl since 1993. I have had a variety of experience including working as an archeologist, owning businesses, and working with our students here at BICS. I am in my 14th year here  working with our students in the classroom & in a small group setting. I am a mom of two kids that attended BICS and I am fortunate to work at a place I love!

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Lisa Hanouka

Registrar (Attendance/Health)

I moved to the United States in 2008, started high school as a 9th grader and eventually graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Liberal Studies Elementary Education. I would love to someday be an elementary school teacher. I come from a Middle Eastern background with my first language Chaldean and my second Arabic. I enjoy going out with my friends and family to try different kinds of restaurants. 

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Krystal Hoffmann

Special Education Teacher/Director

I received my general and special education degrees from Northern Arizona University. I have been teaching for a decade in middle school and love every minute of it. I love Red Sox baseball, Disney, cooking, country music, and spending time with my friends and family! As a San Diego native who grew up in Lakeside, I love teaching in the same community where I went to school. Visit My Instagram Page!

Sahil Alami

Campus Supervisor

As a basketball coach at El Capitan High School, I took this position of Campus Supervisor because of my passion for working with kids. My goal is to one day become a physical education teacher or a physical therapist because of my love of sports and having an impact on the physical aspects of people's lives. I am a very positive, dependable, and caring person. I attribute these qualities to the way my parents raised me. I am very excited for this chapter of my life at BICS!

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Ariel Triunfel

Campus Supervisor

I moved here from Brooklyn, NY in 2021. I have worked in youth programs since childhood. I have worked as a camp counselor, art instructor, site supervisor, and I eventually became the program director for an established program. My passion is working with children to teach them that leadership and learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom, but can also happen while they are in line for lunch or playing a game on the playground. I am excited for this new adventure here at BICS!

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Dr. Jeffrey Felix

Advisor

I have been an educator for close to 40 years, serving 19 as a superintendent in SD county. I was named Superintendent of the Year twice by ACSA and named the Innovative Superintendent for 2016.  I retired from Coronado USD in 2016 and am proud to have served the BICS community since 2020.

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Mrs. Michelle Lincoln

1st Grade

I am so excited for my second year of BICS to begin! This will be my 7th year as a teacher. I have taught 1st grade and kindergarten in the past. I believe that all students are special and learn in unique ways. I will do what it takes for them to succeed. I have lived in San Diego my entire life and you can often find me doing something outside with my husband and 3-year-old son. I love playing soccer, spending time in the sunshine, and being around friends and family.

Mrs. Lynn McCallum

Kindergarten

I earned my BA from Dakota Wesleyan University and my MA from USD, both in South Dakota.  I taught TK-3rd grade in South Dakota, Nevada, and now here at BICS.  I have enjoyed many years teaching here at BICS. I have witnessed the tremendous growth of students and enjoyed the unity shown by students, parents, community, staff, and administration.  Visit my Instagram page!

Mrs. Sarah Johnson

2nd Grade

I have been teaching 1st grade for the past two years at a Dual Language school in Alexandria, VA.  I graduated from UVA with my Master’s in Elementary Education and attended William and Mary for my undergraduate degree. I’m originally from Richmond, VA. When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me thrifting for children’s books, trying out a new restaurant, or spending time with family and friends.  I'm excited for this new adventure! 

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