Faculty and Staff

For over 10 years, the faculty and staff offered by Sea Change Preparatory have created remarkable outcomes for students that have not been able to perform to their potential for various reasons at other schools private or public.

The world class curriculum delivered by these top quality faculty in a very low student teacher ratio have allowed our students to get accepted to and succeed at some of the most prestigious universities in the country.

Recent graduates have been accepted to U.C. Berkeley, University of Michigan (Engineering), Colby College, U.C. Davis, Purdue (Engineering), The Ohio State,  N.Y.U. (Tisch film school), San Diego State University, U.C. San Diego, Saint John’s College, U.C. Santa Cruz and many others.

  • Cheryl Allcock
    Cheryl Allcock
    Head of School
  • Cooper Zak
    Cooper Zak
    Humanities
  • Kaitlin L. Douglass
    Kaitlin L. Douglass
    Math and Science
  • Craig Kindel
    Craig Kindel
    Art and Graphic Design
  • Josie Robles- Soto
    Josie Robles- Soto
    Language
  • John Allcock
    John Allcock
    Director Of Mindfulness
  • Dan Simonelli
    Dan Simonelli
    Swim Director
  • Angela Dawson
    Angela Dawson
    Executive Administrator
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It was clear by the school projects on display, the photos on the walls of International School Trips, the Swim Trophies and plaques on the wall carrying names of the kids accomplishments that this school was different.
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It was clear by the school projects on display, the photos on the walls of International School Trips, the Swim Trophies and plaques on the wall carrying names of the kids accomplishments that this school was different.
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Cheryl Allcock
Head of School

Cheryl Allcock earned her Bachelors in Social Science Welfare at The Ohio State University, studied Pre Law at Oxford University, College of Summerville and earned her Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University.

Cheryl, whose 20 years as a clinician and educator, has produced extraordinary results for families whose children were not excelling at other private or public schools. Cheryl’s educational methodology inspires, motivates and engages these students and allows them to achieve results that were in many cases unthinkable to their families and even to the students themselves.

Cheryl recently received the 2016 Community Leadership award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, May 2016 for the Zombie accomplishments. (One of only 50 awards given in the United States each year.) She surrounds herself with other likeminded educators who support and enhance her vision of educating those students whose learning styles and abilities are not recognized by other schools as assets.

Cooper Zak
Humanities

Cooper earned his BA in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz with a concentration in Political Theory. After moving back to San Diego, he turned his attention to education and has been teaching Humanities for the past three years.

Cooper employs the collaborative nature of Social Constructivist Learning Theory during Socratic style class discussions and incorporates current events into every class he teaches at Sea Change Prep. In addition to his Humanities duties, Cooper is assistant coach of the Sea Change Swim Team, leads the school Book Club and is completing his Masters of Education at the University of San Diego.

Kaitlin L. Douglass
Math and Science

Kaitlin earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania along with her California Single Subject Science (Chemistry) Teaching Credential. She has taught at High Tech High Chula Vista and La Jolla Country Day and worked as an ACT/SAT tutor. Kaitlin is passionate about not only showing her students the many ways that the world needs their help, but also equipping them with the science and math knowledge to allow them to go out and solve these problems.

Kaitlin firmly believes that every student deserves to call themselves a “scientist” or “mathematician” and should leave her class knowing the relevance of these subjects to their lives. She believes that the most important trait in any student (or adult!) is curiosity. Cultivating curiosity leads to passion and passion leads to fulfillment. Kaitlin was originally trained as a project based learning instructor and strives to balance project learning and authentic experiences with rigorous content and skill development in her curriculum.

Kaitlin is proficient in Spanish, enjoys indoor cycling, camping & hiking, is a triathlete & trail runner and has been fortunate enough to travel around the world visiting Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, Morocco, France, Italy, Bali, Thailand, Turkey, Nicaragua, and Spain.

Craig Kindel
Art and Graphic Design

Craig began his college career at the University of San Diego pursuing degrees in Business Administration, Philosophy and Religious Studies. After USD Craig, lived in Karmapa’s Buddhist Monastery in India for three years, where he volunteered as a transcriber and English teacher for Tibetan Monks and International Students.

Craig spent four years traveling around the world, visiting India, Nepal, Sikkim, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Mexico, Panama, Colombia and Brazil. Inspired by his travel abroad he started his own art studio in San Diego where he’s worked for over 25 years as a professional artist completing several hundred original art pieces for Universities, Hotels, Restaurants and Private Collectors. His time in the Buddhist Monastery and world travel has greatly impacted his understanding and appreciation of other cultures and influences his art work.

Craig now teaches a method of painting in reverse on clear sheets of acrylic, which allows for a release of even the strongest emotions. Combining this with mindfulness training, allows the students to transform emotions into clarity and wisdom.

In addition, Craig worked as Teacher and Team Leader at SuperCamp in San Diego. SuperCamp was founded by Bobbi De Porter, in 1982, to help students learn how to learn and reshape how they live their lives. Now, with over 78,000 graduates and programs held in over 20 countries – Delivered in English, Mandarin, Spanish and Korean.

Craig is multimedia certified in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffect, Premier Pro, Flash, Animate, Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Bootstrap and Word Press. As an instructor Craig utilizes painting and digital media to increase self-expression and the ability to see shadow, reflection, color and light.

Josie Robles- Soto
Language

Josie earned her Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Spanish at Cal State San Marcos. She started her career in education working for the San Marcos School District as a Teacher’s Assistant in Special Education. From there Josie came to work for Sea Change as the Pathways Administrator back in October of 2016.

As the Pathways Admin Josie was responsible for updating the curriculum, handling and finalizing transcripts, college readiness for each student, administration of the student’s personal information (family, address and email etc.) as well as educational information. Currently, Josie handles these responsibilities and serves full time as Sea Change’s Spanish Teacher. Josie’s passion for learning, her compassion and drive to help students succeed make her a key asset to the team.

John Allcock
Director Of Mindfulness

John has been a student and teacher of mindfulness for over 15 years. He a published author and a frequent lecturer on the topic, having been interviewed on over 50 radio and television stations across the country, including many here in San Diego. His book (published by Morgan James Publishing NY) has been described as follows: “In Forty Things I Wish I’d Told My Kids, John Allcock presents the essentials of mindfulness―not as something special and exotic, but as practical, down-to-Earth principles for living.” He is the principal architect of the mindfulness program at Sea Change, using the proven Mindful Schools curriculum as a base.

He has been a frequent participant at week long mindfulness training sessions at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (many with Jack Kornfield) and at Plum Village (Thich Nhat Hahn’s mediation center in France), and has attended well over a thousand hours of lectures offered by Spirit Rock, the Insight Mediation Center, and by noted mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn. He is a certified mindfulness instructor by Mindful Schools.

John graduated from Boston College (with highest honors in philosophy and political science) and Harvard Law School (cum laude). He is a practicing trial lawyer at DLA Piper, where he specializes in the trial of complex patent cases. He has chaired the U.S. Intellectual Property Group for the last decade and is Global Co-Chair of the firm’s 500 lawyer global practice. He also has served on the firm’s Executive Committee.

 

 

Dan Simonelli
Swim Director

Dan Simonelli is the founder and director of the Open Water Swim Academy, and has coached hundreds of swimmers of all ages to complete major open ocean marathon swims, like the Catalina Channel, the English Channel, Molokai Channel, and many others. He was awarded the 2015 Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming and the 2016 Barra Award for Best Overall Year by the International Marathon Swimmers Federation. He was also recognized on the World Open Water Swimming Association’s list of the World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men.

Dan has a degree from San Diego State University in Social Science for single subject teaching credential. He was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and during his duty served as a Water Safety and Survival Instructor. He also worked as an Ocean Lifeguard- EMT and lifeguard instructor for many years.

Angela Dawson
Executive Administrator

As Executive Admin, Angela has enhanced her training talents by recently completing her Mindful Essential Educator class, introducing the students to Boot camp fitness, along with her first official record relay Swim as a Crew Hand, and celebrating her time with Sea Change Prep doing what she does best, supporting the staff and students.

Angela began her career after graduating from a private business program in San Diego. While raising her family, Angela was a bookkeeper, and eventually launched her career in running operations for the first on campus branded concept at Cal State San Marcos. Angela continued to work on campus for ten years, and enhancing her college experience by instructing Boot Camp fitness for five years to all the brave students who would dare to attend. Angela continues her passion for service, by dedicating her operational skills to a smaller audience at Sea Change Preparatory.