San Diego

Early/Middle College

Where Possibilities Begin!

 Kendra Madden-Redfern


Kendra Madden has been a teacher at San Diego Early/Middle College High School since 2009. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies and Master’s degree in Early Modern Literature-both from University  of London, King’s College. These degrees inform her teaching of 10th Grade Advanced World Literature and 12th Grade AP English Literature and Composition.  She is also AVID Coordinator, collaborating with the AVID Elective teachers and providing guidance to juniors and seniors throughout the college and scholarship application process.    


Ms. Madden began her teaching career working at large, comprehensive high school sites, so she embraces the progressive mission of SDEMC and is immensely proud of the education our students receive throughout their four years here. She is honored to have had a hand in developing the informed, involved, kind leaders she watches emerge from our program. 


 Zenani Mzube
 d. Zenani Mzube (English & AVID) is a founding teacher at San Diego Early/Middle College, a high school on the campus of San Diego City College. She holds a Master’s degree in Education with a Cross-Cultural Emphasis from National University and teaches Freshman English, AP Language & Composition, and AVID. In addition, she is ASB Advisor and collaborates annually with the San Diego City College English Department in planning and teaching a summer enrichment course for rising tenth graders.  Even before she began her teaching career, her destiny has been tied to young people- from parenting her own two wonderful adult sons to working for San Diego Unified School District’s Race and Human Relations Program to serving as a child advocate for Voices for Children. One thing that her students know about her is that she loves them fiercely- even though she insists that they think deeply, get still, and just do the work

Andrew Currie

Andrew Currie holds bachelors and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom and worked for 25 years in the chemical industry before entering the teaching profession.  He began teaching at San Diego Early Middle College shortly after receiving a teaching credential from San Diego State University in 2009.  He loves teaching chemistry and biology to young people and emphasizes a hands on and inquiry driven approach to learning. His goal is for students to leave SDEMC being able to think and write like a scientist.  Dr. Currie loves nature and is a volunteer Canyoneer for the Natural History Museum where he guides interpretive hikes for the public throughout San Diego county.

Katharine Harrison
Katharine Harrison



Kanchan Mala
              Kanchan Mala
Physics, Math & Computer Science
Andre Maglalang
            Andre Maglalang
              History & AVID

Mathew Schneck

Matthew Schneck started his teaching career at San Diego Early/Middle College and is in his fifth year of teaching.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from SDSU and is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he started at SDEMC as its first Spanish teacher, he currently teaches Government, Economics, U.S. History, and AP Psychology. Mr. Schneck was born and raised in the Bay Area. His dad is a high school chemistry teacher, and he knew he wanted to go into education from a young age.  His mother immigrated from Guatemala and he grew up speaking Spanish. You may recognize Mr. Schneck as the bilingual voice that calls home on School Messenger to inform families about upcoming school events.  Mr. Schneck is deeply committed to the success of the school and organizes student recruiting efforts, serves as advisor for the LGBTQ+ club, sits on School Site Council, coordinates district and state standardized testing, chairs our small social studies department, and is the school’s association representative for SDEA. His students refer to him as Schneck (Mr. Schneck is his dad’s name) or a playful variant like Schneckola or Schneckers.  When not running up and down the SDEMC stairs or the corridors of the District office, Mr. Schneck likes to brush up on political news, visit family and friends in the Bay and Los Angeles, or binge watch TV shows.  

Davíd Morales is the Spanish teacher at San Diego Early/Middle College. He was born and raised in Sherman and Logan Heights in San Diego. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies and a minor in Education Studies from UC San Diego. He teaches multiple levels of Spanish, including Spanish for Spanish Speakers. Maestro Morales has worked with youth in different capacities: as a community activist, a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Ecuador, and as a student teacher at UCSD. He is passionate about social justice and serving his community. He currently sits on the SDUSD Latino Advisory Committee, is a member of Project YANO (Youth And Non-Military Opportunities), and Colectivo Zapatista. Maestro Morales’ goal is to encourage his students to be proud of their stories, to feel empowered by their cultures, and to become well-educated advocates of their families and communities.