Instructor Bios

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Joe currently teaches this course at SDSU, Mira Costa, Southwestern, and Cuyamaca Community Colleges. He is also the host of “Your Money Your Wealth” on AM 760 KFMB radio. Joe received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Florida and is a frequent speaker for a wide range of professional groups in San Diego County. He is a board member of The Society of Financial Service Professionals and a member of the Financial Planning Association.

Roberto is an experienced and versatile guitarist and music instructor who teaches both classes and private lessons to adults and children of all ages and backgrounds. Roberto’s approach to teaching beginners makes learning easy and FUN!

Lorena, a native of Mexico City, has a B.A. from CESSA University in Mexico City. In 1998, she founded Elia Enterprises, a company that provides professional translation services in more than 150 languages.  Lorena operates after-school foreign language programs in private schools in Nevada and at CUSD. Her extensive travel has provided her love and respect for other cultures and languages.

Christine studied ballet professionally with the School of American Ballet of the New York City Ballet, the Joffrey Center City Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. She performed with the Princeton Ballet Society and Princeton University Dancers. Christine is the President of the Americas Foundation Fundacion de las Americas. Also, she has been directing the performing arts program for the La Esperanza schools and the fledgling Universidad Marucana for the past 27 years.

Lois has been teaching ESL for about 10 years in the San Diego area. She has a Masters in Education and a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Oregon, along with a TESOL certificate from UCSD. She loves inspiring second-language learners and helping them to achieve their goals.


George is a career naval aviator who began his writing career in 1978 with an article in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. He has written twelve books published by mainstream publishers including the New York Times best seller, Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor, the novelization of the Bandito Brothers/Relativity Media film and The Kissing Sailor, which proved the identity of the two principals in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photograph and has also written over 300 articles in national media and professional publications. His last three novels are New York Times best-sellers. He teaches writing at venues throughout San Diego.

Kirstin is a local artist and chef who has been teaching at the Coronado Adult School for the past five years. Her Basics of Mosaic Art course has long been a popular and fun way to learn the medium in an inclusive and positive space. Kirstin’s new cooking course is designed to demystify and elevate vegetarian cuisine. An avid world traveler, her cooking reflects her lifelong journey to discover and master recipes from all across the globe and her goal in this class is to inspire more people to get into the kitchen to prepare plant based dishes for their families and for themselves. For a complete portfolio of her work as well as vegetarian recipes and travel tips, please visit her website at

Greg has been organizing adult recreation basketball and softball leagues for many years. In addition, Greg is an assistant coach for the Coronado High School boys’ basketball program.

Nancee is a self-employed photographer and owner of Nancee Lewis Photography. She works as a photojournalist in the greater San Diego area covering news and feature events for local media outlets. I also photograph private events, contract corporate and commercial endeavors, and stylized portraiture. Nancee welcomes the opportunity to work with others who are interested in photography and share her passion for the photographic arts. She looks forward to working with and pass along some of the knowledge she has gathered along her photographic journey.

Sonia is an award-winning jewelry designer and artist who has been teaching since 1993 and has been teaching at SUHSD since 1998. She is a former host of a segment in a morning TV program in Mexico, and she has been featured in several shows on HGTV. She holds a 3-subject teaching credential: Fine and Applied Arts, Fashion and Interior Design, and Sales and Service (Real Estate) and Business Management.

John has been a ballroom/partner dance instructor for Balboa Park Ballroom Dance Club for 25 years, San Diego State University for 15 years, and the YMCA for seven years.

Elizabeth graduated from Coronado High School and was a recipient of the Arrowmont Scholarship her senior year. She studied ceramics for three years at Grossmont College and went on to San Diego State University where she received her B.A. in Art with an emphasis in ceramics, studying under Richard Burkett. Elizabeth has obtained her teaching credential in Art.

Mackenzie is originally from Mobile, Alabama. Played NCAA Division I college tennis for the University of New Mexico Lobos, and was ranked in doubles with partner Emma Hayman.  Played and won against multiple NCAA ranked singles players. She graduated with a degree in Nutrition from UNM in 2009.  Attended graduate school at the University of Memphis, completing a Masters of Science Degree and Dietetic Internship in Clinical Nutrition.  Currently a Registered Dietitian (RD), a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), a Certified Specialist in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS), and a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional. Mackenzie moved to San Diego in August 2016 from Kailua, Hawaii. She won the USPTA Hawaii’s Best Female Tennis Player and Nano Presentation Awards in 2016. She has coached in Mobile, Albuquerque, Memphis, Jacksonville, Kailua, and San Diego. Loves coaching and playing tennis!