Alonzo Tomas Ybarra
Social Studies Teacher
BA History, Masters in Teaching
University of Washington
I am a proud member of the Middle College High School graduating class of 1991 at SCCC. My experience as a Middle College graduate inspired me to pursue higher education and the opportunity to spend my entire 18 year career teaching at Middle College High School. My life long commitment to social justice teaching and critical pedagogy comes from my family roots. When I was born, my mother and father had the honor of working along side Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in support of the United Farm Workers movement. I’ve taken inspiration from my family experience into my teaching, creating an educational environment that encourages critical thinking, where solutions to real life challenges can be discovered through praxis.
Boo Balkan Foster is of Jicarilla Apache descent and Makah (adopted into the Turk Markishtum family.) She is a strong advocate for underrepresented students and loves her job. Boo has worked for Seattle Public Schools since 1994 when she was recruited to teach for American Indian Heritage School. She currently holds a Masters in Teaching, a BA in English Literature and has Washington State teaching endorsements in English, Language Arts, Special Education and Visual Arts.
B.A. Economics – Emory University
M.B.A – Georgia State University
M.Ed – Special Education High Incidence – University of Washington
Endorsement in Reading – University of Washington
My role at Middle College is to provide extra support to students in reading, writing, and other subjects as necessary. I also spend time helping students prepare for their state assessments and help them with special projects that they need for graduation. Additionally, I manage the Individual Education Plans for those students who have IEPs. I strongly believe that with encouragement and support, every student can be successful at Middle College.
Masters in Education
Washington State Teaching Endorsements:
English as a Second Language K-12, Social Studies 4-12, History 4-12, Elementary Education K-8
Western Washington University, Antioch University
Mohamed O. Mohamud, Office and Graduation Success Coordinator 2013-2014
Nesa Lemalu, Office & Registrar