Upland High School

New Staff to UHS


Ms. Xa
Ms. XA is our January new staff member highlight. Ms. Xa teaches Algebra I in K213. Make sure the next time you see Ms. Xa that you welcome her to the UHS family. 


"I attended CSUF and earned my B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development as well as my Foundational Level Math Credential. After earning my credential, I was fortunate enough to be hired at Upland Junior High where I had a great first year experience. The students were great and the team was so supportive and welcoming as well. This will be the start of my second year in Upland Unified. Although I have only been here for about 1.5 months, it has been a pleasant experience. I just want to say thank you to those of you have have welcomed me with open arms. You have greatly helped me adjust to life as a high school teacher. I look forward to working to seeing what the rest of the year brings. Fun facts about myself: I have a twin sister, I am a Dodger Fan and I love Harry Potter."


Ms. Bizzell

Hi there, I am Sheryl Bizzell and new to the UHS staff but have worked in the District since 1988 at Upland Junior High.  While at UJH, I taught English, History, Math, Science, and Study Hall.  I teach Special Education Government and Economics and truly enjoy coming to work.   Joining the crew at Upland High School has been a fantastic journey.  I look forward to seeing old friends and students and meeting new people around the campus.  I am happy to be a part of the Highlander Community.


Ms. Lora
¡Hola! My name is Jessica Lora. I am a Spanish I and II teacher. I have always had a passion for learning foreign languages. In high school, I took 4 years of French. I also took one semester of beginning Italian in college. I have always found learning a new language fascinating.  For this reason, I decided to seek a career in education to teach students a beautiful language, such is Spanish. I strive to educate and inspire students to realize the benefits of being multilingual.


This is my third year being a part of the wonderful Upland Unified School district. Being able to transition to UHS this year has been an amazing experience. I am excited to form a part of a strong team of staff, faculty, administrators, and students here at UHS. I am also very happy to be part of an outstanding and dedicated World Languages Department. I would like to thank everyone for the welcome I have received as a new Highlander!

October 2017 - Mr. Esparza - Spanish Teacher

Mr. EsparzaMr. Esparza is our October new staff member highlight. Mr. Esparza teaches Spanish II & III in G176. Make sure the next time you see Mr. Esparza that you welcome him to the UHS family. 

"Hi, I'm Antonio Esparza. I'm a third year Spanish teacher, but I am in my 9th year of working with high schoolers if you count the years I spent as an AVID tutor and as a substitute teacher. 


Teaching language is very fun for me, I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was a high school student myself. This is what I feel was meant to do and I don't see myself doing anything else. 


I came to Upland to join the strong community here, I wish to be part of this great school and this great Foreign Language department. I look forward to becoming more active in the school community here and to building stronger bonds with students. I plan to keep becoming a better teacher, I feel that no matter how long you have been teaching there is always more to learn and more ways to improve. I strive to make my classes interesting, fun, and full of learning every day."

September 2017 - Jerry McCanne - Assistant Principal

Jerry McCanne is our new staff highlight for the month of September. He's not new to UHS since he taught English at UHS for 17 years, but he is recently back with us as the new Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction, and Testing.


"It's absolutely wonderful to come home to UHS, my previous home of 17 years. I love the terrific leadership team and the amazing staff. I'm looking forward to an exciting and productive year."

March 2017 Krista Link - Guidance Clerk

"I am truly thankful that I am now apart of the Upland High Family. After attending UHS 4 years, I have always known this was where I am supposed to be. I am excited for my future with all of the students and fellow employees of Upland High."Krista Link

February 2017 - Darryl "DT" Thomas - AP

UHS' new AP of Activities, Athletics, and Academic Programs, Mr. Thomas


"It is a great day to be a Highlander. I am very thankful to finally be a part of the Upland family full time. I am really looking forward to working with the students, faculty, staff, and community for many, many years."