Human Development Faculty

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Learn to relate to yourself, your community, and your world.

The Human Development faculty will help you become healthy, morally and socially responsible adults. With their guidance, you’ll gain the knowledge, self-awareness, and the empathy you’ll need to live a meaningful life and make positive changes in the world. The Human Development curriculum takes you through topics relevant to you in a sequence that builds on growth throughout your years at Cate.

mack_r5838Human Development Teacher
Head Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach

renee_mack@cate.org / 805-684-8409 x120

BS, St. Lawrence University
MA, Boston University
Appointed: 2000

Renee worked at Portsmouth Abbey before coming to Cate to teach AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Anatomy & Physiology. In 2003 she became the School’s first full-time athletic trainer. She received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to study molecular genetics at Princeton in the summer of 2002. Currently, Renee teaches the Freshman Seminar in the Human Development department.

Renee lives on the Mesa with her husband Pete and their sons Theo and Emmett, and daughter, Reagan.


Jose VegaHuman Development Teacher

jose_l_vega@cate.org / 805-684-4127 x132

BS, St. Mary’s College
M.Ed., Dominican University
Appointed: 2018

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.