Monika is the parent of a seventh grader at Old Town Academy. She also has a son in 10th grade attending IDEATE High Academy. She lives in La Mesa with her husband, Kurt and kids. In her work life, Monika is a critical care veterinarian and partner at the Pet Emergency & Specialty Centers of La Mesa and Chula Vista, where she serves as Medical Director. Her volunteer background includes 5 years as OTA Gala/Online Auction Chair, 7 years as a Girl Scout Leader, 4 years as a Cub Scout Pack Chair along with being a previous garden docent and room parent at a previous elementary school. In addition to having a houseful of pets, she enjoys gardening, travel and all things Steampunk.
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Walker is a proud, if often delirious, father of four young boys. The older pair (second grader and kindergartner) attend Old Town Academy, while their twin brothers will join them in 2019. He lives in Bay Ho with his wife, Annie. He works for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and enjoys music, sports and the occasional quiet moment.
Gail is the parent of a sixth grader at Old Town Academy. Gail currently works as an accountant at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBPMDI), a non-profit research institute in La Jolla. Before joining SBPMDI she worked for a local CPA firm for six years in accounting, audit and tax work. Gail obtained her CPA license in 2010. She has volunteered at OTA at various levels since the school’s inception. In her free time she enjoys playing golf, riding her quad, playing beach volleyball with her husband and taking her two Labrador Retrievers to Dog Beach.
Clarissa is the parent of a fourth grader and kindergartner at Old Town Academy. Clarissa serves as Secretary on the Foundation Board and takes great pride in being an involved parent at OTA. She has worked in various forms of real estate for the past 16 years, with a focus on multifamily and residential sales and property management. In addition, she holds a paralegal certificate and a teaching credential. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and trying to find her inner ballerina at barre classes.
Matt, and Kate Johnson are the parents of OTA First Grader, Decker, and future OTA student, Crosby (3). To them, OTA has provided a unique educational and leadership opportunity for both students and
parents. The single-class structure and project-based learning curriculum promote an individuality in our students that is laying the groundwork for a more responsible generation of self-sufficiency and accountability. The OTAPF allows parents, secure in this environment, the chance to take all our nurturing instincts and apply them through volunteerism to help not only our own children, but all OTA students and families. Direct fundraising is a key component to continue and enhance our charter school culture, identity, and, of course, quality of student experience. Please feel free to reach out to Matt directly to discuss giving and fundraising opportunities at OTA.
Del is the parent of a first grader at Old Town Academy. A California native, Del grew up in San Francisco and has called San Diego home for the last 25 years. She lives in La Mesa with her three sons, Nicco, Langston and Collin. Del is a Realtor at Pacific Sotheby’s International realty. She also has experience in marketing and advertising. Del loves to run, play tennis and salsa dance.
Heidi is the parent of a sixth and fourth grader at Old Town Academy. She lives in University Heights with her husband, Brett; two OTA kids; and their dogs, Lucy and Ricky. In her work life, Heidi was an attorney in San Diego for ten years before becoming a Career Advisor at California Western School of Law in 2015. She also teaches Zumba and Aqua Zumba at local YMCAs and runs the (very) occasional half marathon.
Cindy is the parent of a seventh and fourth grader at Old Town Academy. She lives in La Mesa with her husband, James, their two children and their cats, Peaches and Mr. Whiskers. Originally from New Orleans, Cindy manages United Truck Driving School in Mission Valley and was formerly a licensed broker at TD Ameritrade. She also has experience in bookkeeping and accounting. She loves to read, travel and spend time with family and friends.
Dan is the father of an OTA eighth grader and sixth grader. Dan’s volunteer focus is supporting the technical needs of the Gala, Online Auction, and Foundation. He has worked as a Software Developer and Tester for most of his career and currently does Software Quality Assurance in the Pharmacy Benefits Management space. In his free time he enjoys running and supporting SDSU athletics.
Jon, more popularly known as Mr. C., serves on the Foundation Board in an advisory capacity. As our beloved leader of Old Town Academy, Jon works tirelessly to maintain our school’s excellent reputation and standing in the community. Jon brings years of experience in both teaching and administrative roles and is the core of what OTA has become today; a successful, sought-after charter school that has become a model for project-based learning in the community and beyond.