Teachers and Staff
Denise has been in public education for 12
years. Before becoming a principal Denise
was a science teacher at the high school
level. Denise holds a bachelor’s degree
from CSUS in Biology and master’s degree
in Educational Leadership. Denise enjoys
reading and spending time with her family
Eliazar De La Cruz
Senior Social Sciences and administrator in charge of Discipline
Eliazar grew up in Wastonville, CA., where he attended high school. He went to three colleges, finally completing his BA at Sac State. He has worked in the fields around Salinas, been a custodian, salesman, EOP peer advisor and professional muralist. He has one daughter aged 13 and one of his main passions is helping students gain self confidence through cultural awareness. He also teaches Danza Azteca in the community and here at the Met. He got into education to decrease the dropout rate and increase college acceptance rate among people of color. He has been at the Met since 2004.
Chris grew up in San Francisco. He got his bachelor's from UC Davis. He worked doing research at UC Davis. Chris is an avid maker, gardener and baker of fine sourdough bread. He has been at the Met since 2008.
Social Science and English
Manuel Favela is from Sacramento. He started teaching at the Met in 2015
Peter Flores (PJ)
PJ grew up primarily in Texas and Washington state. He got his BA from Texas A&M University. PJ has worked as a lifeguard, farmer, fast food cook, warehouse man. He is particularly interested in various sports and viticulture. He has been at the met since 2014.
Xico was born in Los Angeles. His family then moved back to Mexico. When he was 16 they returned to the United States; Xico finished High School in Scranton Pa. He went to Penn State, then Sac State where he completed undergraduate degrees in Spanish, and then Graduate degree in Art. From there he went the UC Davis and completed his MFA in Art. He has worked as a professor at Sac State and UC Davis. Xico’s main interests are outdoor exploration, art and community organization/activism. He has worked at the Met since 2011. He has a 9 month old daughter.
Kerry was raised in Sacramento and attended St. Francis High School. She got her BA and teaching credentials at the University of San Diego, and she recently received her Masters Degree and administrative credential from Sac State. She enjoys exercise, being a dog owner, and thrifting. She has been at The Met since 2014.
Philip has been at the Met for almost 14 years. He teaches upper level mathematics and film studies. He has been at the Met since 2004.
Avis grew up in Texas. Avis has worked in cosmetology. She takes classes at CRC and does volunteer work and community service outside of school
Monica grew up in Los Angeles, Merced and Davis. She attended Wellesley college and earned her master’s from UOP. She has worked as a office manager, barista, painter, and tutor. She has one child and enjoys various sports and reading. She has been at the Met since 2012.
Priya was born in Los Angeles, and has lived in Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and California. She got her BA at CSUSF and her teaching credential at CSUS. She has worked as a lifeguard, swim instructor, ESL teacher in Thailand, etc. She particularly likes singing, cooking and yoga. She has taught at the Met since 2015.
Vicky began her tenure at the Met in 2005, working as an advisor for the first 6 years and internship coordinator thereafter. She earned a Master of Arts in Spanish, and a Master of Science in Counseling (specializing in Career) at Sacramento State University. During her time outside of work, Vicky enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, and theatre arts.
Mac grew up in Compton CA. He earned his BA and MA from CSUS. Before teaching kids, he worked in construction, security, and as a package handler, among other things. He has six kids from ages 7-27. Outside of school he works as a chaplain at Juvenile hall, and likes to write and bike ride. He got into teaching to educate rather than indoctrinate young minds. Mac has worked at the Met since 2010.
English and Social Sciences
Sean has always lived in Sacramento, except for a brief and unfortunate stint in Ohio. He has attended ARC, UC Davis, and Sac State, where he earned his BA in English. Before coming to The Met, he worked as a barista and a leasing consultant. Sean is passionate about Magic the Gathering and ceramics. He entered the teaching profession because he realized that his high school English teachers had not served him well, and he wanted to make sure kids were prepared for College. Sean started at the Met in 2016.
Jed grew up in San Mateo, CA. He attended the college of San Mateo, St. John’s college in Santa Fe and finally earned his BA at UC Davis. He has worked construction, pizza delivery, and at a Deli. He has two kids aged 8 and 6. In his spare time he likes to bake bread, coach and ski. He began teaching as a way to have summers off to spend quality time with his family. Jed started at the Met in 2016.
Pat grew up in White Plains NY. He earned his BS from Cal Poly and then his Master’s from National University. He’s worked as a truck driver, busboy, and lifeguard. He has one child. His passions are music and snowboarding. He likes helping kids achieve their goals. He has worked at the Met since 2007.
Cressie has worked at the Met since 2008.
Grace was raised in the Bay area, particularly Mill Valley. She received her BS from Davis, and her Masters and Admin credential from CSUS. Grace has worked at a movie theater, a plant nursery, and as a tutor and a cashier. She has two children and likes to run and garden and read when not working. She became a teacher to help kids and for the always changing and varied work. Grace has worked at the Met since 2005.
Alonzo White III
Alonzo grew up in Oakland and Los Angeles. He went to NTC college for 2 years in Los Angeles where he learned to repair computers and printers. He likes to hang out with this extended family when not at work. He has been at the Met since 2015.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
De La Cruz
"If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world”—CS Lewis
Social Science and English
“It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” George Carlin
“All that which cannot be spoken must be passed over in silence.” Wittgenstein
“Good, Better, Best. Never ever rest till your good becomes your better and your better becomes your best.”
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Einstein
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path”—Buddha
"The best part of my job is when I do an internship visit. It is the best feeling to watch a student share about their internship experience. Something happens to a student when they are respected, appreciated, and able to share their skills, abilities, and talents through authentic work, and it's quite beautiful!
“It’s not always kind to be gentle and soft, there’s a genuine violence that softness and kindness visit on people. Sometimes self-interested is the most generous thing you can be.” Tony Kushner
English and Social Sciences