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Name Email Position
Lara  Ricks Principal
Nick Freathy Vice Principal
Charles Thatch Vice Principal
Buffy O'Neal School Site Secretary


Ms. Lara Ricks

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Lara Ricks began as principal at Monterey Trail High School at the start of the 2019-20 school year. Before that she was serving as a Vice Principal at Monterey Trail. Prior to coming to Monterey Trail she taught Spanish, AVID and some PE. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Master’s from National University.

Dr. Nick Freathy

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Nick Freathy joined the Mustang family as Vice Principal in 2021-2022. He taught mathematics in middle and high school prior to his work as a Curriculum & Instructional Coach. Dr. Freathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CSU, Sacramento, a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Pacific, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He supports students with a last name that starts with G-L. Go Mustangs!

Dr. Charles Thatch

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Dr. Charles C. Thatch joined the Mustang family at the start of the 2016 – 2017 school year, as a Vice Principal. He has 32 years of experience working in schools within the state of California and of the 32 years, 26 years have been devoted to Educational Leadership. Dr. Thatch has led within student populations ranging from K – Adult Education and has held positions as a Dean of Students, district level Guidance Administrator, County Office Program Specialist and has led as a School Principal, at all levels and in all populations. Dr. Thatch, Holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Exposition, a master’s degree in Educational Management (Tier I & II Credentials) and a master’s degree in School Counseling (Pupil Personnel Services Credential) from the University of La Verne and a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Counseling Psychology from the University of the State of New York. Dr. Thatch enters each new day with an enthusiasm, seeking to implement the most effective ways to serve the students, families, and staff members of Monterey Trail High School.