Jose is a native of Santa Barbara and came to Cate after almost fifteen years of teaching in California, Thailand, Mexico, and most recently Colombia. Jose earned his undergraduate interdisciplinary science degree from St. Mary's College of California and received his masters in education from Dominican University. Jose has experience serving on various committees, serving as science department head, and as an instructional coach. He is trained in and uses teaching methodologies such as Project Based Learning, Design Thinking, and Systems Thinking, in hopes to maximize student learning and impact. Jose enjoys working with students to make progress on sustainability initiatives at the school and community level. Jose lives at Cate with his wife, Bianca, and their two children, Santiago and Paloma. He is part of the Human Development Department at Cate, teaching both Freshman and Sophomore Seminars.