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They call me Mr. Love.  I came to education and New School with experience as the father of three sons, a foster parent and 16 years of sales and business.  My bachelor’s degree is in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of California at Santa Cruz. My Teaching Credential is from the CalState TEACH program, California State University Monterey Bay.
I teach English, Science, Biology and coach all our athletic teams.  I began substitute teaching at New School during the fourth quarter of the 2010 school year and I have been here ever since. Teaching and coaching at New School is the best thing I've ever done.
During the 2011 basketball season I coached the New School Black Sheep Boys team to their first Monterey Bay Alternative Schools Athletic League Championship and the Girls team to 3rd place in the M.B.A.S.A.L. Division I.  I also began coaching the co-ed soccer and softball teams in the Spring of 2011, and our beach volleyball teams in the Fall. New School officially changed mascots from Black Sheep to Aztecs for the 2011/2012 school year.  We have since won beach volleyball championships in 2011, 2013, 2014, lost the soccer championship to Renaissance High School by narrow margins the last two years and won the Division I, Co-Ed Basketball Championship for 2016. 
See more about what happens in Mr. Love's class here.


 Jodi Richardson

My name is Jodi Richardson

I earned my teaching credential at San Jose State University back in the early nineties. I taught in a few school districts over the hill in Santa Clara County before moving to Santa Cruz with my family. 
I took time away from teaching after my second son was born. When my sons grew older, I volunteered at their schools working in the classrooms and going on field trips. One of my sons was diagnosed with a learning difficulty. As a parent and a teacher, I have learned a great deal because of these experiences. Furthermore, it has changed the way I see things and has made me an even bigger supporter of alternative schools.
For the past few years, I have worked with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education as an alternative education teacher. These positions led me to my new position at New School. I am excited to be working here. I know that education can change lives for the better. 


Wendy Sigmund 

Hi, my name is Wendy Sigmund.

I was born in Salinas.  My family and I moved to Pacific Grove when I was young. I attended college at San Francisco State University where I studied International Relations with an emphasis on Strategy and War, as well as Journalism.  
I have worked in fine dining establishments all over the country and ended up Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at an exclusive resort in South Carolina.
I found that, although I love the business--surrounded by the best food in the world--the hours were not ideal for a new mom. I returned to school and received a degree in Political Science, followed by a Masters degree in Education. I returned to California and taught at Alisal High School in Salinas, California for over four years.
When my second son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I resigned from teaching to stay close to him. So, I started the Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin and, after four and a half wonderful years as Publisher and Managing Editor, I have returned to teaching. I am thrilled to have found a home at New School. I love teaching for so many reasons; I love sharing all the information I have acquired through my life experiences, and to be able to help young people use that information to see the wonder and infinite possibilities of their life. I look forward to many years as a New School teacher.