Mr. Monteleone is in his 24th year teaching at Valencia High School. He is a graduate of Canyon High School where he started coaching football after graduation. Before teaching at Valencia High School, he taught science, PE and coached football for three years at Alemany High School. He has taught Special Education, PE, and Health while at Valencia and coached football for 23 years before devoting his full efforts to the Sports Medicine program. Mr. Monteleone started the Sports Medicine program in 2002, which has now developed into the Medical Science Academy. During his time at Valencia High School, he has developed a Sports Medicine program that is taught at all high schools in the district. He also facilitated the collaboration between William S. Hart District and Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital to place athletic trainers at each high school in the district. Mr. Monteleone created the district’s first concussion policy for all athletes and sits on the following boards: The Santa Clarita Concussion Consortium, Sports Medicine Advisory Board, and the Public Safety Advisory Board for College of the Canyons. Besides this, he also loves spending time with his high school sweetheart wife, Brenda and their two sons Michael and Matthew.
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Nicole Wertz is the JUMP teacher at Rio Norte Junior High School. It's her second year teaching JUMP, which is the junior high school program that feeds into MSA. She is a Valencia High School and Sports Medicine alumni. Ms. Wertz graduated from CSUN with her B.S. in Kinesiology, and then received her teaching credentials and Master's Degree in Education from the University of La Verne. She has also been a cheer coach since 2013. In her spare time, she loves camping, cooking, going to country concerts, watching sporting events, and wakeboarding.