Name Email Position
Lara  Ricks [email protected] Principal
Cheryl Cain
[email protected] Vice Principal
Marco Farias [email protected] Vice Principal
Nick Freathy [email protected] Vice Principal
Charles Thatch [email protected] Vice Principal
Angela Wardlaw [email protected] ASSETs
Buffy O'Neal [email protected] School Site Secretary


Ms. Lara Ricks

Principal Ricks

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. This year she is overseeing Science, World Language, and Activities. She also holds the EGUSD record for number of emails sent in a single school year.

Mr. Charles Thatch

 Mr. Thatch

Mr. Thatch joined the Mustang family at the start of the 2016 -2017 school year, as a Vice Principal.  He has twenty-eight plus years of experience working in schools and of the twenty-eight years, nineteen years has been devoted to Educational Leadership.  Mr. Thatch has been fortunate to lead within student populations from k-Adult Education. As a result, he  has held positions ranging from Dean of students, Vice Principal, Guidance Administrator, Program Specialist and School Principal. During his career, he has led at the site, district and county level. Mr. Thatch holds 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. While at Monterey Trail High School, he has been assigned to the following departments and responsibilities: VAPA, CTE, Technology, Safety and Security, Business, Health, Back to School Night, State Testing and all students with the last names of A-F.  Mr. Thatch enters each new day with an enthusiasm, seeking to implement the most effective ways to serve the students, families and staff member’s of Monterey Trail High School.  

Mr. Marco Farias
Marco Farias - VP
Marco Farias supports students with last names that begin with the letter M through R. He oversees the after-school credit recovery program and MT Peer Tutoring Program, and works with the Strategies, Visual and Performing Arts, and Social Science Departments. He loves being a Mustang and is always available for any student who would like some coaching to better themselves.

Mr. Nick Freathy
Nick Freathy Photo

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. Mr. Freathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CSU, Sacramento, a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Pacific, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He supports students with a last name that starts with G-L, and oversees the Mathematics, World Language, Counseling, and Facilities departments. Mr. Freathy is a proud graduate of Elk Grove Unified Schools and has three kids, ages 5, 9, and 11. Go Mustangs!

Ms. Angela Wardlaw

Photo of Ms. Angela Wardlaw

Ms. Angela Wardlaw started as the Academic Program Coordinator here at MTHS in the beginning of January 2022. She believes that all students should have access to supports and activities during and after school that contribute to physical/emotional/social success and well-being. Before transitioning into Administration at MTHS, Ms. Wardlaw was the Health teacher/CTE Coordinator/Title 9 Coordinator and Cheerleading Coach at Valley High School since 2015. Prior to that Ms. Wardlaw took on roles such as Health teacher/AVID teacher/Cheer Coach and Athletic Director at Franklin High School since 2005. Ms. Wardlaw holds an Administrative Credential from the Sacramento County Office Of Education, a Master’s Degree from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State University. Ms. Wardlaw has 2 boys within the Elk Grove Unified School District and is proud to now be a MUSTANG! Her door is always open to students and families. GO MUSTANGS! 


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