- Laurel Ciervo
- Tasha Oliveira
- Geraldo Arellano
- Stacey Adams
- Brady Cerda
- Doug English
- Matt Makowetski
- Anna Mudge
- Brett Selvy
- Ed Siemsen
- Reed Sigmon
- Matt Sims
- Alex Vine
Laurel Ciervo, Principal
Ms. Ciervo has been the principal at Maple High School since 2021. Ms. Ciervo's background in education includes teaching, school counseling, and working as a dean and director of student services and curriculum. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling and a Master's Degree in Administration and Educational Leadership. She has experience working at both small and large high schools. Her career in education started over 15 years ago as the first school counselor at Maple High School. She is passionate about helping students find the path that fits them best after graduation. She has experience in alternative schools and enjoys helping students find success by developing the executive skills they need to excel in high school and transition to life after graduation.
Tasha Oliveira, Counselor
Mrs. Oliveira got her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a Masters Degree in Teaching from Chapman University and a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling from University of La Verne. She started in the school district as a substitute teacher and then became a literacy tutor at Los Padres Elementary. She moved to Clarence Ruth Elementary, where she was a PE teacher and then a literacy tutor. After that, Mrs. O. was hired as an Art teacher at Cabrillo High School. After teaching, she was added as a counselor. She transferred to Lompoc High School, where she was a counselor until she took the position of academic counselor at Maple High School. Mrs. Oliveira is very happy at MHS and is excited to work with each of the students as they earn their way toward graduation.
Geraldo Arellano, Counselor
Geraldo joined Maple High School this year. Before that, he worked as a school counselor for Olive Grove Charter School for three years. He received his Bachelors in History from UC Irving and Masters in Counseling from CSU Dominguez Hills. His goal at Maple is to be a resource for students - to arm them with the tools that will aid them in their journey into adulthood. His door is always open (not literally... sometimes it's closed) so feel free to approach him with any questions, concerns, or conversations.
Stacey Adams, Teacher (English, Art, Senior Success, & PROD 101)
Stacey Bean-Adams (Mrs. Adams) joined the faculty of Maple High School in May of 2021. She lives in Buellton with her husband, Ian, and two teenagers, Brett and Fiona. She has spent the past three years working in school administration and thrilled to be back in the classroom working directly with students! Stacey's hobbies include writing, reading, cooking, decorating, traveling, playing Trivial Pursuit, practicing Pilates, and chilling at home with her family and pets (dogs King Ty and Phoebe and bearded dragon Milo Patricia).
Dr. Doug English, Teacher (Government, Philosophy, Mediation, & POLI SCI 103)
Dr. Doug English teaches Mediation (conflict resolution), Philosophy, English, and American Government at Maple High School. He also directs the school's peer mediation program, training and supervising the students who help keep Maple's campus safe. He enjoys thought-provoking teaching situations, diverse/at-risk student populations, and using primary source texts to challenge students' abilities. His classroom emphasizes rigor in reading and writing, critical thinking, life skills, and compassion. He is credentialed in both Social Studies and English Language Arts and makes frequent classroom connections between the two areas.
Doug has been teaching since 1991 at The Johns Hopkins University, moving on to Loyola College, Northern and Southwestern High Schools in Baltimore, Clarion University, and Madison High School in Portland, Oregon, before settling at Maple in 1998. He has been in universities, colleges, and schools as a professor, teacher, or student non-stop since starting preschool in 1970, with the exception of one year spent as a paralegal contractor for the US Department of Justice. He is also a referee, umpire, and board member for youth sports organizations in Santa Barbara and Goleta, where he lives with his family. He also loves to read, learn, and exercise competitively.
Matt Makowetski, Teacher (ELD, English, Chess, & Photography)
Mr. Matt Makowetski (Mako) has taught at Maple High School for 22 years. He earned his BA in English from Rowan University and his teaching credential from Chapman University. In addition, he was a City Council member for the City of Morro Bay from 2014-2018.
Mr. Makowetski strives to connect his students through project learning to their City of Lompoc and the larger national and world stage. In doing this, he works to have Maple students partake in their City and see how they can learn about and improve their community. Put simply, literacy is the cornerstone of his teaching philosophy: "Read the Word, Read the World!"
During the summer months, Mr. Makowetski works for Project Surf Camp, a camp that works with young people with disabilities. In addition, Mr. Makowetski has made a yearly field trip for Maple Students to volunteer in Project Surf camp each summer.
Quite simply, he feels that Maple is the most incredible school in Lompoc and that the Maple Knights can change lives!
Brett Selvy, Teacher (Special Education)
Brett Selvy is the Special Education Teacher and Teacher-in-Charge at Maple High School. He has been teaching at Maple since 2016. Mr. Selvy teaches the Directed Study class in which students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, and on IEPs (Individual Education Plans) learn college and career readiness skills and get specialized academic instruction with their coursework from general education classes. Mr. Selvy teaches his students to self-advocate for themselves. The special education students at Maple take pride in fully participating in all school activities, events, and earning high school diplomas.
Brett Selvy has a special education teaching credential in moderate/severe disabilities. He also has a bachelor of science degree is Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Fresno State. Additionally, Mr. Selvy has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Fresno State. In 2021, Mr. Selvy received the SELPA-Bration Award for High School Special Education Teacher of the Year for Santa Barbara County.
Prior to Maple High School, Mr. Selvy taught two years abroad in the Czech Republic at the Ostrava International School to general education, sixth-grade students. All of his students were English as a Second Language (ESL). They originated from all over the world including South Korea, India, Canada, and all over Europe. He also coached the high school basketball team and the elementary school soccer team.
Prior to teaching in the Czech Republic, Mr. Selvy taught for about three years at a nonpublic school and residential treatment center north of San Francisco called the Family Life Center. Mr. Selvy taught special education students in grades 7 to 12 with severe emotional disturbances and reactive attachment disorders. Mr. Selvy was trained in the therapeutic model at the facility and learned many techniques from the on-site psychologists. Mr. Selvy helped run the wilderness program and led students on week-long backpacking trips and cross-country ski trips.
Mr. Selvy lives in Lompoc with his wife, 1-year old son, and 4-year old daughter. Mr. Selvy loves playing sports, hiking, biking, learning personal finance, and running long distances. Mr. Selvy usually rides his bike to school every day (10 plus miles round trip). If you see Selvy running or biking around town, say hi!
Alex Vine, Teacher (English, Government, & APEX)
Ms. Alexandria (Alex) Vine teaches English and APEX at Maple High School. She joined the staff in 2017 and has loved every minute of it! She graduated from UCLA where she studied English and Classical Civilizations. She also graduated from Southwestern Law School and has been a member of the California State Bar since 2014. As a licensed attorney, Ms. Vine offers a unique perspective and skill set to the Maple family. When Ms. Vine isn't teaching, you can find her discussing high-profile court cases, scrolling Twitter, and hanging out with her mom and two dogs, Favio and Robert.