Home Study EF
Since Krista Camacho was in 4th grade she knew she wanted to become a teacher. She would gather up all the kids in the neighborhood and "teach" them in her playroom- full of desks, books, a calendar, and even a behavior sticker chart that her mother had bought her from the local teacher store. Fast forward to college at the University of Santa Cruz she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History with a minor in Education. She also attended graduate school at UC Santa Cruz where she completed her teaching credential and received her Master's Degree in Education. It was there that she found her passion for travel and teaching children to read. After graduate school, Mrs. Camacho spent time in Central America - Costa Rica and Panama- teaching English. Overall, Mrs. Camacho has 16 years in education teaching 6th-8th grade Humanities, middle school character education classes, reading intervention classes in grades 3rd-5th, and led various homeschool co-ops while homeschooling her own two children- Diego (10 years old in 5th grade) and Daisy (6 years old in 1st grade). During those years Mrs. Camacho has held various leadership positions such as grade level and department lead, mentor teacher to 1st-year teachers, a member of the Education Committee responsible for creating and implementing curriculum school-wide, and soccer coach. Which all leads her to Julian Charter School where she serves as an Educational Facilitator- assisting our homeschool families.
Mrs. Camacho lives in Oceanside with her husband of 12 years, Dominic Camacho who has been in education for the past 22 years and is currently a principal in Bonsall Unified. The Camachos spend their free time glamping from the beach to the mountains, exploring different parts of Mexico, riding bikes at the beach or dirt bikes in the desert, doing crafts, attending sporting events, and reading lots of books! Mrs. Camacho has led a book club with other mothers for the past 9 years!
Jackie McGrath was born and raised in New Jersey. She has been living in California for over 8 years and is loving the beach and weather! She graduated from Montclair State University, NJ where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. When she moved to California she started as an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapist where she instructed in-home therapy to children with disabilities. This is where her passion grew and started working closely with students with disabilities. She then pursued her special education credential through Brandman University in Santa Maria, CA and is continuing towards her masters in Education. She taught in Nipomo as a special day class teacher for k-3, then moved to San Diego and taught in San Ysidro School District for 4 years in an SDC k-3 class. She has experience with diverse students and loves learning from a different group of scholars each year.
Jackie happily had the opportunity to transition into an Education Specialist role and came to Julian Charter school January 2020. She loves the JCS community and enjoys working with all different ages and subjects.
Ms. McGrath has been absolutely loving San Diego the past 5 years with her Husband Ryan. She loves that she can go to the beach, hike, garden and play soccer outside year round. She enjoys traveling, drinking tea and surf fishing!
Sarah Kaenel grew up in Des Moines, Iowa but left to attend the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks!) in Lawrence, Kansas. She graduated with a BGS in Human Development and Family Life. Sarah did a short stint in Phoenix, AZ while her sister was attending culinary school and she was a preschool teacher. She then realized that being the guinea pig for all of her sister’s culinary treats probably was not doing her any favors, so she packed up and did a 2 month solo road trip up and down the coast of California. She eventually landed in Cardiff and got a job working at the District Attorney’s office in the child support unit where she headed up one of the locate teams. It was during her commute to the office downtown that she met her then husband. After marriage and several years at the District Attorney’s office, she decided that apparel was more her speed. She started a children’s clothing line called SNAP (Sarah, Nell, and Peggy) with her mom and friend. They had a successful run of making collegiate wear for infants and toddlers and were licensed by some awesome schools. After a couple of years it was time to either “go big or go home” so they closed up shop.
Sarah lives in La Costa with her two children and a cat that her kids made her get. They travel as much as they can and love to head back to the midwest, mountains, and Glasgow, Scotland, where their best friends live. Sarah enjoys music, reading, sitting outside enjoying the air and can be found at the beach, at concerts, or up in the mountains. This is her third year at PLC and she is so happy to return and work with all of the amazing students and staff.
Paraprofessional Instructional Support
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I moved to San Diego when my husband joined the US Navy in 2007. I attended Purdue Global University where I earned my degree in Human Services- Child and Family Services.
I started working at JCSMO in 2018, when there was a need for someone who could supervise in the dining room. My children attended JCSMO and convinced me to apply for the job. I fell in love with the scholars and the JCS community. Since then I have provided support to the JCS community, scholars and their families. I enjoy supporting scholars in the classroom and in their unstructured times. I believe in fostering a learning environment that respects and values the diverse interests, learning styles, and abilities of each scholar, while consistently demonstrating compassion and kindness through attentive guidance and support.
Outside of JCSMO, I enjoy spending time with my family. You can find me at the soccer field with my daughter, the baseball field with my son, the movies or simply enjoying the weather in my backyard.
I am excited to bring my dedication, compassion, and enthusiasm to the JCSMO community, where I look forward to the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of scholars and families.