Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Meet the Teachers

Debra Battaglia

Debra received her Bachelor of Arts Spanish, magna cum laude from California State University in San Marcos. Debra first worked in-house for Manpower Temporary Agency in Carlsbad, which gave her the opportunity to utilize her bilingual skills in Spanish conducting interviews for job placements in North County. As a native speaker of Spanish and English, she knew that helping individuals with language barriers was her calling.

Within the scope of her education, Debra specialized in a series of tracks in Public Health, Environmental Studies, Social Work, and Education. Nonetheless, her passion lies in teaching students and giving them the opportunity to appreciate the richness and diversity of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. It's an ecological paradise and a perfect setting for children to experience a natural coastal wetland. She believes that the components that the Discovery Center offers aims to allow students to develop bonds of friendship, understanding and assessment of environmental stewardship.

You can usually find Debra strolling through any library reading dual language books in Spanish, taking her nephews and nieces on bilingual nature adventures, teaching sewing to her teenage niece and friends, or volunteering at non-profits like Fresh Start Surgical Gifts by providing interpreting and translating services. If she's not doing any of those things, in her spare time you'll find her with her husband Tony of 33 years enjoying the beaches of Carlsbad.

Tim Decker

Tim is one of the contract teachers at the Discovery Center. He is also responsible for creating new curricula for the ESSP program. Tim has a BS in both Zoology and Education from Ohio State University. He has taught a variety of Science classes to students ranging from the high school level to pre-Kindergarten. Tim has worked as a naturalist and guide in a variety of environments: Coastal Georgia, the Hudson River, Costa Rican Rainforests, Cape Cod Bay, and the Central Appalachian Mountains. He is always trying to make the world a little greener.

Claudia Reeder

Claudia graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Cultural Anthropology. She earned her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. Claudia taught for 8 years at Lincoln Elementary School in Escondido. She enjoys teaching and interacting with the third graders participating in the Discover Center Education Program. By being involved with the Discovery Center, she also enjoys learning about the history and wildlife of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon area.

Juliane Soto

Juliane has three kids, two in elementary school and one in middle school. They are her biggest joy in life. Juliane has spent countless hours volunteering at their schools as well as supporting their extra activities. She holds a BA in Human Services. She works for a non-profit in Carlsbad called, Community Interface Services that has been part of the community for over 35 years. The organization works and supports adults with disabilities. Her work at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, is close to her heart because we support the environment and the families of North County San Diego which adds to the quality of our community.

Juliane has taught at the AHLF for over 3 years and supports all that we do. She also spent many years with the Women's Resource Center of Oceanside, which support people who are victims of domestic violence as well as rape victims. She sat on their board and recently stepped down, but support the incredible work they do. Juliane says, "Family comes first but I am very aware that we need to do what we can to not only support our families, but add to the community in which we live. My work on the organizations I support add to this belief in an important and profound way."

Lauren Miszklevitz

Lauren grew up in Lancaster California. She earned her BA in liberal studies at Cal State San Marcos while playing on the women's collegiate soccer team. She has always had a passion for working with kids. She has worked in day cares, ran sport youth camps, helped in school classrooms, been a cabin leader for science camps, and tutors children. She coaches at a local competitive soccer club in Carlsbad and has two youth teams. She also coaches girls soccer at Sage Creek High School. Lauren loves teaching at the Discovery Center and enjoys being part of the student's learning experience at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.