Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Renee Lustenberger
My passion for education runs deep as I am rooted in a family of educators. My mom served as an assistant superintendent for many years and my (belated) father dedicated over 30 years of his life to teaching high school algebra and geometry in addition to coaching golf. Both my sister and brother-in-law are educators as well; a school counselor and a middle school teacher, respectively.
Early in my career, I had the privilege of tutoring children in foster care. I later worked in the San Diego Juvenile Court system as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children. Concurrently, I assisted students with special needs in a non-categorical, preschool classroom within San Diego Unified Schools. These experiences worked in unison to solidify my desire to pursue a life-long career working with children.
As a result, it became evident to me that pursuing a career as a classroom teacher was a way I could incorporate my background in Psychology with my passion for education and desire to work with children. My career as a teacher is the intersection of my professional pursuits and desires.
All children can learn. Given the proper support and guidance from parents and teachers, all students are capable of achieving great things. This team provides the support network needed to encourage healthy, well-adjusted, kind human beings who will have the foundation for future success. Diversity in schools helps to enhance the educational environment by fostering tolerance, acceptance, and awareness while reducing incidences of bullying, racism, classism, and other types of discrimination. Through opportunities to collaborate and engage with one another, students will learn to work synergistically and in turn, be ready for success in the 21st-century workplace.
Previous teaching experiences include 6-8th grade Language Arts.
Current Language Arts Department Head
Education Degrees & Certification (List your degrees and the university. Do not list the year of the degree.)
Master of Arts Degree-Educational Administration-San Diego State University
Bachelor of Arts Degree-Social Psychology-San Diego State University
Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential-University of San Diego
Administrative Services Credential-San Diego State University
Additional approved areas of instruction include: Upper Grades Language Arts, English as a Second Language