Team Bios

From 2001 to 2003, John Corona worked alone in the operation of King High Remembers. In 2004, his colleagues in the Social Studies Department jumped on board as they saw what a valuable lesson was being afforded their students. Their commitment, ideas and passion has helped KHSR grow and prosper. In 2007, this group was named as the National Educators of the Year by the National Oral History Society headquartered at the University of Maryland.

Jalyn Barnard – Jalyn began her teaching career here at Martin Luther King High School in 2006 fresh from her credential program.  She teaches U.S. History and Psychology and has earned a BA in History from UC Riverside and a MA in History from Cal Poly Pomona.  Jalyn was named King High School Teacher of the Year in 2009.    Jalyn’s father as well as numerous uncles, aunts and cousins have and are currently serving for the United States Navy.  As Operations Manager for King High Remembers; Jalyn assigns duties, lays out logistics for the team and the support groups, handles paperwork and financial requests, directs the Senior Committee and helps oversee the set up the evening before the event.  She and her husband Matthew, who were high school sweethearts,  were married in 2010 and have a son named Obi.

Carolyn Power – As Correspondence Secretary, Carolyn handles all of our mailings and printing needs.  She maintains the large database of all of our veterans as well as the upkeep on our Final Roll Call and Guest Databases.  All invitations, mailings  and follow-ups that are sent are handled by Carolyn.   Carolyn’s family has a long history of military service—her father and three brothers have all proudly served.  A graduate of Pepperdine University, with a MA in History from Cal-Poly Pomona, Carolyn works as the History-Social Science Staff Development Specialist for Riverside Unified.   She and husband Andy (also a King History teacher)  were married in 1999 and have 3 boys;  Eamon,  Gabriel and Desmond.

Melinda Turay –  As a child, Melinda knew the military life as she and her family traveled the world to be with her Air Force enlisted father.   Melinda began teaching in 2001 and currently teaches World History, Sociology and Psychology.  She holds a BA in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton as well as a MA from Cal Baptist in Education.  Melinda is charge of the ordering of tables, chairs and lapel pins for our event as well as helping to welcome and check in veterans to the project every year.  She assists in the set up of the event as well as help to make sure that things run smoothly on the day.   She and her husband Shane have been married since 2001 and have a daughter named Alyssa.

Brad Peters – Brad began teaching in 1990 and holds a BA and MA in American Studies from Cal State Fullerton.  Brad has taught in Chino at Ayala High School and here at Martin Luther King.  Brad is the project photographer, using his lifetime hobby and talents in recording on film the events of King High Remembers. He is also responsible for the artwork and production of the banners that are displayed around the gym that honor our sponsors and supporters, as well as the event program.  He and his wife Rebeckah were married in 1988 and they have a daughter, McKenize.  Brad was named the King High Teacher of the Year in 2001 and teaches AP and US History.   He also serves as the Head Cross Country Coach and the Assistant Head Track Coach and is a founding King High School staff member.

Ned Hocking – Ned is the proud son and brother of Marine Corps veterans.   Ned began teaching in 1989 and graduated from Cal State San Bernardino where he earned a BA in History and an MA in Education.   Ned’s job is centered around searching for and writing up financial grants to support the program.  He is the site coordinator for National History Day and currently teaches U.S. History.  Ned has been recognized as a National History Day Teacher of Merit and received the PTSA Service Merit Award. He and his wife, Kathryn have been married since 1989 and have two children, Haley and Kyle.

Daniel Peirce – Daniel was part of the original staff at King High School, having previously taught at Rialto High School.   He earned a BA in History and a BS in Anthropology at UC Riverside and credentials in both history and special education.  He started as a special education teacher, but eventually moved to the history department where he teaches World and U.S. History.  Daniel has been an assistant cross country coach since 2000, and is also an assistant coach for the track team.  His father fought in World War II in the famous 10th Mountain Division in North Africa and Italy and  was a proud member of the Disabled American Veterans.  Daniel’s sons Jacob and Drew joined the Navy as hospital corpsmen, with his oldest son still serving in the Navy and currently stationed at Camp Pendleton. Both followed in the footsteps of Daniel’s father-in-law who also proudly served as a corpsman in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  Daniel met his wife while both were attending UC Riverside and married in 1987.  They also have a daughter, Dana, who is a senior at UC Riverside.

Kevin LeDuc – Kevin earned his BA in History from Cal Baptist with a minor in Philosophy and has an MA from Azusa Pacific in Education.   Kevin teaches US and World History and Government and Economics and serves as the Boys Golf Coach.   He and his wife Angela have been married since 2012 and have two children; Karis and Lincoln.  Kevin assists with Senior Commitee and Student Check In.

Andy Power – Andy began his teaching career in 1999 in San Bernardino.  He spent 10 years at Ramona High School and then transferred to King to join his wife Carolyn to become a wolf.   A graduate of Pepperdine University, Andy has his BA in History and his MA in Education.  He is currently teaches AP European History.  Andy’s father served in the Air Force which allowed Andy to travel the world as a child and afforded him the opportunity to live in Germany for a time.  His grandfather also proudly served in Guadalcanal during World War II.  Andy escorts veterans in his golf cart on the day of King High Remembers.

Jessica Jimenez – Jessica began teaching in 2007, at Chemawa Middle School before transferring to King High School in 2010. She currently teaches honors and regular World History. Jessica has a BA in History from Cal State Fullerton, with a minor in Natural Sciences. She also has a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Jessica’s grandfather fought in World War II and her brother in-law is currently serving as a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. During King High Remembers, Jessica supervises the interviews and provides assistance with the set up and clean up of the event. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children, Ben and Kate.

Harold Keith Janes – A graduate of California Baptist University, Keith began his teaching career in 1991 with RUSD at J.W. North High School. In June of 2000, he took a Special Education (SPED) Summer position at King High School and has been there ever since. Teaching SPED History has been a rewarding experience. He enjoys seeing his students being successful and learning about American History and how much they can offer our society following graduation. Keith has coached baseball every year while at King and this year he is presently assisting the schools cross country team. Keith has been happily married to his wife Karla for 28 years. They have three children Matthew, Tyler and Allison ages 18-22 and all three have attended King high school.

Riley Takano – Riley earned his BA in History and MS in Educational Technology from Cal State Fullerton. After obtaining a teaching credential from UC Riverside, he began teaching at King High School in 2014. Riley began his career teaching World History, but now teaches U.S. History, Government, and Economics. His grandfather was a B-52 navigator during the Korean War who later served as a Lt. Colonel at March Air Force Base. He also has relatives who served with the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Riley assists in the planning, set-up, and tear down King High Remembers. He also guides U.S. History students through the interview/writing process and serves as a web developer for the program’s website. Riley has been married to his wife Julia since 2010. They have two beautiful little girls, Aria and Cadence.

Lucas Hampton – Lucas received a BA  from U.C. Riverside in Political Science. After receiving his teaching credential from Cal State San Bernardino, he taught history at Miller Middle School. Lucas then transferred to King High School where he teaches World History, Government, and Economics. Lucas supervises the check in of students for King High Remembers in addition to ensuring that all students are placed with a veteran.

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