Michael Payne-Alex has worked at Santa Teresa since 1998. He started as an English teacher after 2 years of moving to California from Massachusetts. After over two decades as an English teacher, he made the transition to administration in 2019. He served as the APA in handling facilities and safety, before becoming the APE to handle curriculum and academics, before taking on the mantle of principal for the 2023-24 school year. When asked about what he loves about the job, he mentions,
“...I love being able to help people.”
Michael J. Payne-Alex
Associate Principal of Educational Development
My Nguyen has worked at Santa Teresa since 2012 as a math teacher. At ST she was involved with various school groups such as Model United Nations and Humanity First. She started teaching in 2007 in Los Angeles where she earned her MA in Education. She was raised in San Jose and graduated from ESUHSD.
Associate Principal of Administrative Services
Cecilia Granados started teaching mathematics at Santa Teresa High School in 2010. She transitioned to Mt. Pleasant High School as an administrator for the 2022/2023 school year and has returned to STHS as the Associate Principal of Administrative Services. She enjoys working with young people and will continue to support teachers and staff in creating a safe and welcoming environment.
Associate Principal of Tiered Supports
Truc Chau began his teaching journey in 2013, and over the years, he accumulated a wealth of experience as a special education teacher, deeply committed to fostering growth and understanding in every student. Holding a Master’s degree in Education for Counseling, Truc relishes every opportunity to engage with individuals and guide them on their unique educational journeys. Beyond the curriculum, he is passionate about pushing every individual to unearth their full potential and achieve success. Joining the Saints family at Santa Teresa High School, Truc is honored to serve the community.