Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Meet the Teachers

Tim Decker: Tim has been teaching at the Discovery Center for three years now. He is responsible for updating the present curricula and creating new curricula for the Environmental Stewardship School Program and beyond. Tim has a Bachelor's of Science in both Zoology and Education from The Ohio State University. He has taught students in many different levels and areas of Science ranging from the high school chemistry to pre-Kindergarten general science. Tim has also worked as a naturalist and guide in a variety of environments: Coastal Georgia, the Hudson River, Costa Rican Rainforests, Cape Cod Bay, Chesapeake Bay, and the Central Appalachian Mountains. He is always trying to make the world a little greener.

Jake Horton: Jake moved to San Diego from the midwest in 2013 to open a local business with his family. He is an eagle scout and a student at Mira Costa. Jake has worked with the scouting organization his entire life and loves being outdoors educating young minds. By getting involved at Agua Hedionda Lagoon, he has enjoyed learning more information about the local history and wildlife native to north county San Diego.

Wendy Leeman: Wendy moved to California to be closer to her family in May 2016 and recently joined the AHLF Team. She graduated from Lesley College with a M.Ed. and from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in English Literature. She also earned a SIT TESOL certificate at the Rennert New York TESOL Center. Wendy has worked in business and education environments, including eighteen years of part-time and full-time teaching, and has always enjoyed outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, and skiing. She is a Local Coordinator for CCI Greenheart's exchange student program, writes her community's monthly newsletter, and volunteers at The Moonlight Amphitheatre in her new home town of Vista, California.

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 children. She has volunteered in school classrooms, ran youth sport camps, has 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. In addition, she currently works at a preschool in Vista. Lauren loves teaching at the Discovery Center and enjoys being part of the student's learning experience at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

Claudia Reeder: Claudia has been on the teaching staff at the Discovery Center for more than 5 years. She 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 students participating in the Academy for Environmental Stewardship Program at the Discovery Center. 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 Soto is a proud mom to three kids; one in elementary, middle, and high school all in Carlsbad Unified School District. Many hours are spent volunteering at their schools as well as supporting their extracurricular activities. She earned a BA in Human Services and currently works for Community Interface Services, a local non-profit on Carlsbad supporting adults with disabilities. She has worked as a teacher at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation for more than four years and supports the quality of life the lagoon adds to her Carlsbad Community. She has also spent many years with the Women's Resource Center of Oceanside as a volunteer and board member.