Gabrielle Lucido- Team Lead

Gabrielle began her teaching career as a substitute teacher and then spent five years working with “at risk” students in Los Angeles. These experiences made her realize that traditional school systems were failing many students, leaving them with few options for their future. Viewing education as a means to promote social justice, she began to search for a system that would better meet the needs of children. This lead her to the Montessori method and the corner stone of this pedagogy: “follow the child.”

Gabrielle has her Masters in Education from the University of Southern California, and is currently in her practicum year for her AMS credential. She is passionate about creating an authentic Montessori environment for her students by empowering them to be responsible for their learning, and educating BMMA parents and staff about the needs of adolescents during this sensitive period. She is thrilled to work at a school with a team of teachers, staff, and parents who are as passionate about the Montessori method as she is.

Matt Petre

Matt Petre has over 25 years of experience in the life science research and biotechnology industries.. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Microbiology from California State University, Long Beach.  Working in pharmaceuticals he found his way into education when he began teaching at California State University, Long Beach, San Diego City College and Miramar College in their Microbiology and Biotechnology departments.  Matt made the jump to the K-8 world when he attended Cal State University San Marcos to obtain his California Teaching Credential. When Matt is not at work you will probably find him cruising on his motorcycle. Yep, that’s his cool ride in the parking lot!

Weston Rogers

Weston started his teaching career in Southern California covering areas from Pomona to San Diego. His experience is mainly working in charter school systems. He has always been impressed by the attention to the furthering the learning of the student in these alternative teaching programs. Weston is a product of the San Diego school system and obtained his bachelors in history from the nearby CSU San Marcos. His extreme love of history pushes him to encourage his students to love it and learn from it as well. He is the father of one young little boy named California who hopes one day to attend a Montessori school.


Sheri Anderson

Sheri Anderson joins the Bella Mente Adolescent School team this week. She has been with TVUSD for the past twelve years. Ms. Anderson has worked with all ages from PreK through High School. She has worked in Special Education for many years; a favorite assignment was managing a district-wide G.A.T.E. program. Ms. Anderson is a graduate of Brigham Young University. Ms. Anderson’s own children are “twenty-somethings” that keep her on her toes with technology. She is a native Californian and loves all things sunshine. She recently moved from Temecula to Fallbrook and reports it has taken some adjustment. However, as she settles in she is finding the evening owl, frog and cricket noises a delight.”




Instructional Aids:

Richie Cortez

Richie is a San Diego native.  He likes to skateboard and play tennis.  He also likes basketball and the beach.  Richie is the second oldest of 11 siblings.  After graduating from San Marcos High School he attended Point Loma Nazarene University. During his time at Point Loma he studied abroad in three countries: Austria, China, and England.  He majored in political science, earning his bachelor’s degree in 2007.  Richie is currently working on obtaining a California teaching credential.  He would like to achieve a multi-subject K-12 credential concurrent with moderate to severe disabilities.  He plans to teach social studies at the middle school level.


Stephanie Lee

Stephanie was born and raised in San Francisco and moved to Southern California after finishing high school.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics at UC San Diego in 2014 and plans to pursue further education in teaching.  She fell in love with teaching after tutoring her peers in college, then assistant teaching at multiple schools.  She loves working with students of all ages and is inspired every day by her students’ insights.  She believes that every students can succeed in school and her mission is to encourage this success in all her students.  As she has moved to the North County area just before the start of the 2015 school year, Stephanie looks forward to discovering what North County has to offer.  She is especially looking forward to hiking and exploring the local trails.


Matt Baukol

Matthew Baukol was raised in Northern California and moved to San Diego in 2014 to attend college. He graduated with a BA in History from San Diego State University in May of 2016. Matt is currently enrolled in the History Masters Program at SDSU. He joined Bella Mente in January of 2016 as an  Instructional Assistant and is now a certified Substitute. His hobbies include archery and reading.