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Meet the Unity MCHS Team

Welcome to Unity MCHS

Unity Middle College High School prepares all students for four-year university success, leading to professional careers through a blended high school and college curriculum. Unity MCHS welcomes all students from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Our Teaching Team

Mr. Casperson

Education Specialist

ccasperson@unitymchs.org

Mr. Casperson is the Education Specialist here at Unity Middle College High School. This is his third year as a Husky, and he could not be more excited about the future of UMCHS.


Mr. Casperson began his career in Special Education as a paraeducator in 2008. He then went on to support students and their families as an Intensive Behavior Interventionist and as a Registered Behavior Therapist. He has helped support many neurodiverse students of all ages and have experienced first-hand how frustrating public education can be for them. In 2015 he made the decision to return to school in order to make a bigger impact. In 2019, Mr. Casperson received his Mild/Moderate Teaching Credential from National University and then in 2021 he earned his Masters Degree in Special Education.


With small class sizes, an emphasis on mastery learning, a focus on students’ social and emotional skills, and full-inclusion model, Unity's Special Education program is something that Mr. Casperson is truly proud to be a part of.


Mr. Cervantes

Spanish Teacher

bcervantes@unitymchs.org

El Profe. Cervantes is a Spanish teacher and instructional assistant. He was raised in the heart of Santa Ana. He is a first-generation college graduate from the University of California, Berkeley where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. He has traveled extensively to various countries and learned from the diverse cultures around the world. Fun fact about Prof. Cervantes has five dogs, a chi-pom, 2 jack-chi, a shih-tzu/boxer/jack-chi, and a little papillon-chihuahua mix.

Ms. Gardner

English Teacher

sgardner@unitymchs.org

Ms. Gardner teaches English 10 and 12, as well as English Language Development at Unity. She is also the proud Family teacher for half of the Sophomore class! She loves to encourage and support students, which is why she appreciates the exceptional community here at Unity Middle College High School!

Ms. Gardner got her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Instruction, as well as her Teaching Credential, from Biola University. When she is not in class teaching, at a coffee shop grading, or with Ms. Gastelum lesson planning, she can be found on a hiking trail, relaxing at the beach, or socializing with friends and family!


Ms. Gastelum

English Teacher

hgastelum@unitymchs.org

Meet Ms. Gastelum! Taking one look at her classroom will immediately show you that she loves plants, literature, and creating an inviting space for her students! She teaches English and Creative Writing at Unity and loves making lesson plans that teach meaningful content in the most engaging ways possible. She is an OC native who you will often find in coffee shops lesson planning or spending time with friends. Some of her life’s greatest joys are found when exploring new places, enjoying delicious food, or spending time with her 1 year old nephew.

Mr. Inga

Social Studies Teacher

dinga@unitymchs.org

This is Mr. Inga’s first year as a Social Studies teacher at Unity MCHS. Teaching Physical Education, Social Justice and Government-Economics, Mr. Inga is passionate about bringing real world experiences, knowledge and evidence into the classroom in order to transform the learning experience of his students. Graduating From CSU Fullerton with a B.A. in History and specialization in Political Science/ Philosophy, Mr. Inga then went on to receive his Teaching Credential and M.Ed. where his graduate research focused primarily on the development and implementation of research and evidence-based, culturally responsive SEL programming for underrepresented youth in the United States. When he isn’t teaching Mr. Inga enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, painting, raising tortoises, and playing music with his son. Mr. Inga is excited to get to work and looking forward to a year of learning and growth!

Ms. LeGaspe

Science Teacher

slegaspe@unitymchs.org

Ms. LeGaspe is a first-year teacher here at Unity. She has lived in Southern California for her whole life, attending CSUF to earn a degree in Marine Biology. She has worked in a fruit-fly lab and a chiton lab. She loves to share her experience in college with her students in biology and biomedical innovations. A fun fact about Ms. LeGaspe is she raises goldfish! Her oldest goldfish is 15 years old.

Ms. Ly

Math Teacher

lly@unitymchs.org

Ms. Ly graduated from UC Irvine in 2015 with her bachelor’s and teaching credentials in math. She then became a curriculum editor for the Irvine Math Project before teaching at El Sol Science and Arts Academy. There she taught 6th and 7th grade math and geometry. She enjoyed overseeing a math club where students competed against other schools around Orange County.

She briefly took a break from teaching after two years to become a web developer. She briefly worked for an advertising agency, maintaining websites for car dealerships and various companies. Missing the various personalities of high school and middle school students, she went back into teaching here at Unity Middle College High School in 2019.

Ms. Ly enjoys playing video games, board games, and photography! Food is her best friend. Korean BBQ, sushi, and boba are only a small list of her favorite foods.


Mr. Maher

Social Studies Teacher

mmaher@unitymchs.org

Marcus Maher is the Social Science Teacher at Unity MCHS. Since graduating from California State University, Long Beach with his BA in History and his credential in Social Science he has taught a plethora of courses from AP Human Geography, Psychology, AP United States History, World History to Government and Economics. In Mr. Maher’s class, students get the opportunity to analyze historical documents from around the world and discover what happened in the past for themselves. His classes focus on critical thinking, diversity, and argument development.


Mr. Maher is blessed with his sweet daughter Emma. When he isn’t mentoring your students, he loves spending time with family, watching sports (go Niners!), and people watching.


Mr. McCarthy

Music Teacher

cmccarthy@unitymchs.org

Mr. McCarthy received his Bachelors in Instrumental Music from California State University Long Beach’s Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, studying under Dr. David Garrett, cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Joon Sun Jung. He is also a registered teacher with the American String Teachers Association and Suzuki Association of the Americas. Mr. McCarthy has completed Suzuki pedagogy with Rick Mooney and Dr. Tanya Carey.

Mr. McCarthy is in his third year at Unity Middle College High School and teaches Music Ensemble, Keyboard, and Guitar classes. He also teaches Senior Seminar, which is a class dedicated to making sure our graduating seniors are fully prepared for life after Unity. As a professional musician in Southern California, Mr. McCarthy performs with the Southern California Symphony as principal cellist and Dana Point Symphony as associate principal cello. He is a string coach for Portola High School in Irvine, and is the cello instructor for the Casa Romantica Music Festival & Academy in San Clemente


Mr. Tran

Math Teacher

dtran@unitymchs.org

Mr. Tran is currently the Algebra 2 and Geometry teacher, as well as the PE co-teacher. His goal by the end of the year is for at least 50% of his class to not hate math, and hopefully 25% will fall in love with it. In his free time, he likes to stay active outdoors (hiking, paddle boarding, rock climbing), or play video games (League of Legends, Valorant, and Genshin Impact). His motto is to shoot for the stars, so at least you will land on the moon. This is Mr. Tran's first year at Unity Middle College High, so come by to room 102 to eat lunch or play board games with him!

Mr. Trumbull

Art Teacher

dtrumbull@unitymchs.org

Mr. Trumbull is a first year teacher, filled with excitement to be at Unity MCHS! Mr. T., a Chapman University graduate for both undergrad and grad school. While he was at Chapman University during undergrad he was a BFA in studio art major with an emphasis in photography, involved in social groups, involved in charity work and the captain of the water polo team. After graduation he worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy and followed a contemporary art gallery in London. He started his own clothing company where he designed clothing, produced products, designed content, managed social and coordinated product sales. He also still has an active photography business.

Mr. T is active, energetic, and recently completed a full Ironman and a 30-mile prone paddle from Catalina Island to Newport Beach and works as a water polo coach at Costa Mesa high school.


Our Administrative Team

Erin McKenzie Craig, Ed.D.

Founding Executive Director

ecraig@unitymchs.org

Erin M. Craig, Ed.D. has over 12 years of experience in charter teaching, leading, and operating schools. Dr. Craig specializes in K-12 charter schools, instructional leadership, middle and early colleges, innovative school reform, blended learning, and dual enrollment. Dr. Craig has redesigned the developmental math department at Golden West College and instructs a doctoral-level K-12 school finance course at USC’s Rossier School of Education.


Previously, Dr. Craig served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Principal for NOVA Academy Early College High School in Santa Ana for almost three years. Prior to NOVA, Dr. Craig was an assistant principal, department chair, college math professor, and math teacher. Since 2013, Erin has led the statewide Early and Middle College High School efforts, support, and development through her service as the Treasurer for the California Coalition of Early and Middle Colleges (CCEMC). CCEMC is the only organization in California dedicated to sustaining and supporting Early and Middle Colleges.


Dr. Craig received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership specializing in K-12 Urban Schools at University of Southern California, and a MS and BS Mathematics. Dr. Craig holds her single subject teaching credential in mathematics, clear administrative credential, and certificate specializing in charter leadership from Loyola Marymount University.

Jenny Salberg

Principal

jsalberg@unitymchs.org

Although Ms. Salberg is new to our Unity family, she comes to us with over 25 years of diverse teaching and leadership experiences at both the middle and high levels. Ms. Salberg’s robust leadership experience, proven results as principal, commitment to all students, and social emotional learning expertise makes her an excellent fit for our school community.


Ms. Salberg is passionate about ensuring academic and social emotional success for each and every student on our campus. She believes all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, an encouraging community and a supportive family - all of which UNITY exhibits each and every day.


Each morning as she welcomes students to campus, she enjoys a hot coffee and talking to anyone about college/professional football, a sport that she has grown up watching with her father. GO 49ers!


Rashi Seth

Director of Special Projects

rseth@unitymchs.org

Ms. Seth is excited to move into a new role for Unity Middle College High School team as the Director of Special Projects this year. In her new role, she is the go-to person for Unity’s Dual Enrollment Program with Santiago Canyon College, as well as the emerging internship program. Prior to this year, Ms. Seth was the Principal of Unity Middle College. Ms. Seth has also taught Social Studies for several years.

Ms. Seth received her Bachelors of Arts in International Relations with a focus on Counterterrorism and International Political Economy from the University of Southern California. She then went on to get her Masters of Arts in Teaching from USC as well. Ms. Seth is currently enrolled in an Ed.D for Learning Technologies program at Pepperdine University and hopes to graduate in 2022 with her doctorate.

When Ms. Seth isn’t chasing her son around the house, she can be found at Disneyland or at Lakers Games.


Michelle Torres

Administrative Assistant

mtorres@unitymchs.org

As a newcomer to both Unity Middle College and education, Ms. Torres has had a blast joining the team and being able to connect with all of our students! With a background in corporate Ms. Torres is in charge of office operations, recruitment, coordinating school events, and serving as an interpreter for our community. When not at Unity, you can find her out and about with her husky Cain, painting, or refurbishing her latest DIY project. Unity students and staff have both welcomed her with open arms and kindness, truly portraying what our school stands for. Ms. Torres feels very fortunate to be a part of this unique organization and looks forward to what the future holds.


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Unity Middle College High School


1937 W Chapman Ave

Orange, CA 92868


(714) 473-0723

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Nondiscrimination Statement


Unity Middle College High School is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. Unity Middle College High School programs and activities including membership in student clubs shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, ethnic group identification, age, religion, actual or potential parental, family, or marital status, or the exclusion of any person because of pregnancy or related conditions, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.


Unity Middle College High School does not discriminate in enrollment in or access to any of the activities and programs available. Admission to these programs is based on age appropriateness, class space, interest, aptitude, and prerequisite coursework where applicable. The lack of English skills shall not be a barrier to admission to or participation in the District’s activities and programs. Unity Middle College High School also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.