Twentynine Palms 760.367.3709 ----- Yucca Valley 760.228.2261

Kindergarten Through Eighth and Ninth through Twelfth Grade

Together, we are a group of Highly Qualified professionals, with a sincere desire for encouraging success, for all students, in all areas of life, through a love of knowledge, learning and curiosity. Our role is to guide each child towards self-discovery, relevant and authentic learning, while providing access to information. Each of us has the goal to inspire our students to develop a greater understanding of themselves as individuals and the world around them. We strive to help each child have ownership of their education, be motivated to work and to learn, and to master the skills necessary for life-long successes.

  • Mrs. Candace Gilbert (HQT)ICE: Independent Continuing Education
    Grades 9-12

    Candace Gilbert has been an ICE teacher since 2005; prior to that, she taught English at Yucca Valley High School for five years and Math and English courses at La Contenta Middle School for three years. Hired by MUSD in 1996 she has two teaching credentials, one Multiple Subjects and one Single Subject English, plus a Master's Degree in English Composition.

  • Jennifer Sands (HQT)Administrator - Independent Instruction
    Grades K-12

    Mrs. Sands grew up and went to school here in the MUSD graduating from Yucca Valley High School. She started working in the District in 2002. Mrs. Sands has had the privilege of teaching at Joshua Tree Elementary school, Friendly Hills Elementary School, Vice Principal at Twenty-nine Palms Junior High School, Principal at Friendly Hills Elementary School, and Principal of Black Rock High School and The Student Achievement Center.

  • Mrs. Dawn Schooler (HQT)ICE: Independent Continuing Education
    Grades 9-12

    Mrs. Schooler has enjoyed working in the field of education for 30 years, teaching mainly at the secondary level. She has credentials in mathematics and physical education, and holds a master’s degree in educational counseling. Her teaching experience began with substituting and coaching at YVHS in the 80’s, and includes teaching in Orange County, Joshua Springs Christian School, and La Contenta Middle School. Mrs. Schooler loves her job, and she feels blessed and honored to work with students and their families at the Student Achievement Center.  


  • Caitlin McConnell (HQT)ICE: Independent Continuing Education
    Grades 9-12

    Caitlin McConnell is a new hire to the Morongo Unified School District, and is very excited to teach and learn from the amazing staff, parents and students in the district, particularly with those of the ICE program with which she works. She brings with her a B.S. in Physics, an M.A. in Astronomy, and a desire to help all her students on the road to success.

  • Mr. Ed Lynch (HQT)ICE: Independent Continuing Education
    Grades 9-12

    Mr. Lynch has proudly taught in the district for ten years. The first six years were at La Contenta Middle School and the last four years have been at ICE. Mr. Lynch was born and raised in the state of Washington and is proud to now call the beautiful high desert home. Mr. Lynch will gladly divulge any additional information to interested parties.

  • Lynne Reynolds (HQT)ICE: Independent Continuing Education
    Grades 9-12

    I have worked for Morongo Unified School District since 1989 and have served in various roles. I have taught in both regular eduction and special education capacities. Recently, I have taught social studies (World History, United States History, Government and Economics), but have taught other subjects in the past. I have served at Yucca Valley High School, Sky High School, Monument High School and Black Rock High School. In February 2015 I began working at ICE-West. I am enjoying working with the staff and students at ICE and learning many new things.


  • Mrs. Michelle Maresh (HQT)Hi-Lite: Home Instruction-Learning Is a Team Effort
    Grades K-8

    Mrs. Maresh is a teacher of 25 years and is still honored to have the privilege to work with so many wonderful children and their families.  Mrs. Maresh is a strong advocate for home schooling and works hard to help each family become successful as home educators. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies with an English Emphasis and an M.A. in Education.

  • Stephanie Heiser (HQT)Hi-Lite: Home Instruction-Learning Is a Team Effort
    Grades K-8

    Stephanie Heiser has been working in education for over ten years and has had the pleasure of teaching students at all grade levels in a variety of settings including independent studies programs, small rural schools, and in large urban schools. Ms. Heiser enjoys sharing the adventures of learning with her students and helping them discover their strengths and talents while motivating them to realize their full potential. She has a BA in Social Science from CSUSB and an MS in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University. She is excited to be back home in the beautiful desert.

  • Susan Walls (HQT)Hi-Lite: Home Instruction-Learning Is a Team Effort
    Grades K-8

    I began teaching in the Morongo Unified School District in 1988. I was assigned to Friendly Hills Elementary School, and remained there until February of 2015. Throughout my twenty-seven years at Friendly Hills, I taught grades 1-8. I was fortunate to have the chance to help open the district's second Jr. high located at an elementary school. It was an amazing experience. I am very excited about the new adventures and journeys I will be encountering at the Hi-Lite program.