About us

Holly Drive Leadership Academy is a charter school established in 1999 and we are located in Ridgeview-Webster neighborhood in San Diego.

Mission Statement

The mission of the charter school is to establish a child-centered community and learning environment that will assist students in understanding the purposes and value of the school experience. In doing so, we hope to inspire students to develop a personal sense of ownership and appreciation for the great potential they have and the role that schooling plays in developing and realizing that potential. The student goals of the school are to provide and create within students:

  • Leadership via an understanding of self and the society in which we live
  • An understanding of business principles and its relationship to serving others
  • Academic excellence in core subjects
  • Technological competence
  • An understanding of and appreciation for the fine arts
  • Help student develop good character

The school aims to develop in its students a dedication to community service and the motivation and skills necessary for continuous successful life-long learning.

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Meet the staff

Alysia Smith
Principal
Alysia Smith, a native of San Diego, a graduate of Point Loma High School and San Diego State University, is the Principal of Holly Drive Leadership Academy, and the mother of three wonderful daughters.
Dan P Falconer
Dean of Students
Sixt/Seventh Grade Teacher
Dan P Falconer
Sixth/Seventh Grade Teacher
Dan P Falconer was born and raised in Gulfport Mississippi and is the youngest of eight children. Being the last in line he learned such things as patience, humility and a sense of what family truly means.
Angela Jones
Administrative Assistant
Angela Jones was born and raised in San Diego. She graduated from Hoover High School and National University. She has been at Holly Drive for over 18 years.
Daisy Day
Instructional Administrator
Deidra Brooks
Primetime Supervisor
Deidra Britt-Brooks is the H.E.A.T. after school program Program Specialist.  Born and raised in San Diego, she attended Hoover High School, San Diego City College and San Diego State University. She has been at Holly Drive Leadership for 14 years and is the proud mother of two sons.
Margarita Marquez
Instructional Assistant
Kathy Toomer
Instructional Assistant
Tangaray Kennedy
Instructional Assistant
Daisy Day started her teaching career at Fletcher Elementary with Kindergarten. This is her third year teaching at Holly Drive Leadership Academy and fifth year teaching.
Maritza Johnson
Instructional Assistant
Jennifer Sarsfield
Instructional Assistant
Brandy Singleton
Instructional Assistant
Makini Cunningham
Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher
Elitza Gergova
Teacher
Elitza Gergova was born and raised in Eastern Europe and came to the United States in 2004. She was educated in New York City and California, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Multiple Subject Education and her California Teaching Credential. She is in her second year teaching at Holly Drive. Hand in hand with teaching, she is also a Master Swimmer who coaches swimming for children of all ages. Finally, she is a certified Life Coach and ABA therapist with Children’s Autistic Comprehension Educational Services in San Diego.
Kaylan Connal
Second Grade Teacher
Kaylan Connal was born and raised in Monterey, CA. During her youth, Kaylan was fortunate enough to have both her parents work as educators, allowing her a first hand look into the teaching profession. Kaylan was able to closely observe the positive impact that her parents had on their students, as well as the joy and satisfaction that they took from their careers. These unique experiences helped Kaylan realize that she wanted to follow in their footsteps by the time she started high school.
Traci Clark
Teacher
Makini Cunningham is a graduate from San Diego State University where she received a B.A. degree in Sociology with an emphasis on juvenile delinquency in 2004. This is her first year at Holly Drive, but her 7th year teaching. She is a native San Diegan, and the mother of two amazing daughters. Together, they love trips Sea World, watching movies and art.