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New Staff to UHS

December 2018- Mr Taylor - English & AVID

TaylorHello!! My name is Derrick Taylor and I’m thrilled to be teaching here at Upland High School. My family and I just relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area where I taught a wide variety of subjects including: 6th and 7th grade English and world history; 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English Language Development; 10th grade world history; and 12th grade economics. Here at Upland High School, I’m proud and excited to be teaching 9th grade English and 10th grade AVID! I received my degree in history, and a dual credential in history and English from CSU Hayward.

Prior to teaching, I spent many years in business as a project developer in the renewable energy sector. Although fun in some areas, I needed a change and becoming a teacher has been a blessing. My small claim to fame was that during college, I had the privilege to work at Disneyland as a face character! Wonderful experience and many fun stories.

I am married to my beautiful wife, Crystal, and we have two amazing children: Mason (4) and Lillian (1 soon to be 2 on Christmas Day!) When I’m not teaching, and if there is time, I love to play golf and watch football (Go 49ers and Miami Dolphins!!). I look forward to this year and I’m proud to be a Highlander.

November 2018- Ms. Nguyen - Science

Ms. Nguyen
Hello! My name is My Nguyen and I am a new science teacher at UHS. This year I have the privilege of teaching biology and chemistry! This is my 8th year in education and I am loving every minute of it. I love science and I hope to be able to share that passion with the students. Everyone at UHS has been so helpful this year and I truly looking forward to a wonderful school year! When I'm not teaching, grading, and planning I love spending time with my family, going for walks with my 2 dogs, and reading science fiction books. Thank you for welcoming me to the UHS community!! 

October 2018 - Ms. Sharma - 

Ms Sharma
Hi I am a new Math teacher at Upland High School, however I am not fresh in teaching. This is my 14th year in my second line of work. In previous life I was an Electrical Engineer. My aptitude for interaction and being an instrument for someone to become better version of themselves brought me to teaching. I have undergrad from India, my teaching credentials from Cal Poly Pomona and masters from APU. I am loving it at UHH, the staff and students are wonderful :)

At home we have two kids, college junior and high school freshmen. I am married for 21 years and have lived in 2 countries, 5 cities and 10 addresses. I can speak 3 languages and love to do a lot of other things; hiking, biking, gardening, drawing, reading, music etc.  I am looking forward to learn more and make memories as a Highlander :)

May 2018 - Ms. Estrada - Copy Cat

Robin Estrada
Hello, my name is Robin Estrada I am your "Copy Cat" here at UHS.  I have been with UUSD since 2000, I started at Valencia as a Noon Duty Aide and Classroom "Mom" when my son Anthony attended.  In 2005 I joined the District Office as Duplication Operator /Receptionist.  This past August I made the move here to UHS.  They say change is good, for me being now part of UHS I truly believe it can be.  

Everyone here has been so kind and welcoming and very cool to reconnect with those I have known since our Valencia days when our kids were so young.  It's no secret I have a huge passion for animals having 4 cats, 2 pups, and a bunny, they definitely keep me busy. Football season is always fun at our house with my husband a Rams fan and myself a Saints fan, it can be quite entertaining. I am so happy to be a Highlander !! 

April 2018 - Ms. Correa - Student Services Secretary

Elizabeth Correa
Hi my name is Elizabeth Correa and I'm the secretary in the Student Services/Discipline Office and I'm very excited and grateful to be working here. I graduated from Mission Viejo High School. I've only been in Upland for 14 and half years. I've worked in an office for many years. I took 4 years off work when I had my daughter and slowly started working again. I have been a noon aide, and a substitute cafeteria worker. I really enjoy what I do in the Discipline Office and working with a great team of Directors, Campus Security, AP, and my go to person Laurie Link. We are all in insync. 

I'v been married for 10 years and have 2 children in the Upland School District. My son is 14 and will be coming to work with me next school year. My daughter is 9, 4th grader still has some time before she joins. I'm very lucky to be able to work so close to my children. I look forward to beginning this journey at Upland.

March 2018 - Ms. McMullen - Discipline Director

Laura McMullenHello! My name is Laura McMullen and I am so excited to be the new Discipline Director here at Upland High School! I am a former UHS student and it was some amazing teachers from this school that made me want to begin my career in education. Right after high school, I attended Chaffey College and then transferred  to Cal State San Bernardino where I got my Bachelor's degree in Social Science and my teaching credential and eventually my Master's in Counseling and PPS credential. I taught History for 9 years in Rialto Unified School District before I became the Wellness Center Counselor at Rialto High School for the past 2 years. I have a passion for Restorative Practices and finding innovative interventions to build relationships with students. 

I've been married to my husband for almost 11 years who I met at Pioneer Jr. High and dated as a Junior here at UHS. We have two kids who are one of the biggest reasons I made the transfer over to Upland Unified School District. Our son Patton is 5 and our daughter Presley is 7. I love that I am able to work in the district that they will grow up in and in the community that I have known my whole life. I look forward to beginning this journey at Upland and picking up where I left off as a Highlander! 

February 2018 - Ms. Argueta - Special Education

Ms. ArguetaHey! My name is Briannon Argueta and I am teaching the Special Education English III class.  I am currently working on my Masters degree in Special Education and will be done with that this June. It is my first year working for the Upland district and I absolutely love it. Last year I taught elementary at a different district and I never pictured myself working at a high school, but here I am, and I’m enjoying every second of it. The students and staff make for a great environment and culture where Upland High School really feels like a family that is trying to help each of their members succeed.

I look forward to seeing my students every day and finding new and exciting ways to challenge them in a way that they can attain what is being taught while having fun doing so. I pride myself in building relationships with my students. Students are at school for about 7 hours a day and, as a teacher, I want to contribute the very most that I can in whatever way possible. I want them to know that I believe in them, along with the rest of the UHS staff. That’s what we’re here for, to make a difference in these kids’ lives.

 January 2018 - Math Teacher- Ms. Xa

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."

December 2107 - Ms. Bizzell - Special Education Government and Economics

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

Mr. McCanneJerry 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

Mr. Thomas

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."