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Brian Dobyns


AVID Classes:

Zero Period 10th & 11th Grade AVID


Mr. Brian "El Guapo" Dobyns graduated from Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton about the same time the CD's were invented. He earned a BA in Spanish Linguistics and a minor in Latin American Studies from Cal State Fullerton. From there he went to Chapman University where he earned his teaching credential. Finally, he earned a MA in Education Administration from Jones International University. El Guapo has taught many different things since replacing his cassette player in his car; Spanish I, II, III, IV, Native Speaker Spanish, Yearbook, Health, English, Pre-Algebra and Wood Shop. He has been teaching AVID since 2016 and loves it. He frequently says that AVID is the one class that actually reminds him of why he wanted to be a teacher.

Along with teaching AVID, Yearbook and AP/IB Spanish, Mr. Dobyns does have a life. He is married to Charlotte, who is also a teacher in the Fullerton school District for 20+ years. Their daughter, Fiona, graduated from Troy High School in 2017 and will be finishing her final year at Cal Poly Pomona where she is studying to be a teacher and will also be playing on the school's women's soccer team! Their son, Aidan, will be graduating high school this year and hopes to play football and baseball. He hopes to attend one of the Military Academies after graduation. Mr. Dobyns loves photography, especially capturing memories for the CEHS AVID students!

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Megan McDonald - AVID Co-coordinator


AVID Classes:

Zero & 2nd Period AVID Senior Seminar


Ms. McDonald holds a BS in Kinesiology from Chapman University with an emphasis in Athletic Training. She began her career at Centennial High School as the Athletic Trainer while she finished her teaching credential. She later went on to earn her Master's degree in Administration from Point Loma University. During her time at Centennial, Ms. McDonald has Health, Online Health, and Success for High School. This will be her 4th year teaching AVID, and 3rd year as AVID co-coordinator

Ms. McDonald grew up in Southern California and participated in high school and collegiate sports, swimming and water polo. She also participated in the Junior Lifeguard Program at Huntington Beach. She currently lives in Orange with her fur-baby, a Boston terrier named Dixie. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her nieces and baking.

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Jessica Roberts - AVID Co-coordinator


AVID Classes:

1st Period AVID 11 (juniors)


Mrs. Roberts teaches 11th AVID and Health and is an AVID co-coordinator at Centennial High School. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Health Science and Human Ecology from California State University, San Bernardino and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Chapman University.

Mrs. Roberts enjoys life in Riverside with her husband, Jake, and her kids Penny and Zack. She is also obsessed with her first "child", her border collie Kelty. When she isn't teaching, Mrs. Roberts likes to camp, hike, and work out in her garage. She loves being active and enjoys the outdoors.

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Candice Sandoval


AVID Classes:

Zero Period 10th Grade AVID 


Candice Sandoval is a 2011 graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.A. in English Language Arts. She received her Masters in 2019 in English Education from Brandman University. Ms. Sandoval taught at the primary and secondary level as she went through the credential process as a student teacher. She was a long-term sub at the secondary level for one year in the Norco- Corona School District before she attained her teaching position in 2014-2015 at Centennial High. Ms. S currently teaches, Puente Honors, Language arts 10th, and AVID 10TH. In her free time she is a co-advisor for the following at Centennial: Habitat for Humanity and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Ms. Sandoval finds AVID as a resourceful program that is designed for students who seek to go college and wish to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. With hard work and perseverance she encourages her students to work together in a way that is positive, collaborative, and impactful and above all; fun. She attended school in the Riverside School District at Harrison Elementary, Chemawa Middle School and Arlington High School.

Ms. Sandoval looks forward to working with you and being a positive influence in time of need.

"Success is living up to your potential. That’s all. Wake up with a smile and go after life…Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it”- Joe Kapp

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Cara Wheeler


AVID Classes:

1st Period 9th Grade AVID

2nd Period 9th Grade AVID

3rd Period 9th Grade AVID


Mrs. Wheeler is a Corona native. She attended St. Edwards school in Corona for K-8 and then graduated from Corona High School in 1997! After high school, Mrs. Wheeler went to Riverside Community College and transferred to UC Riverside. In 2002 she earned a BA in Liberal Studies. She then went on to Chapman University where she completed her teacher credential Program. At Point Loma University she earned her Masters in Administration. Mrs. Wheeler Started teaching in 2002. She taught Algebra and Geometry for many years and has been teaching AVID since 2005.

Corona is Mrs. Wheeler's hometown. She has 5 brothers and 3 sisters, she's an aunt 31 times, and a great aunt 10 times. 3 of her brothers; Mr. Ibbetsons, all work in the school district as well. Mrs. Wheeler has been married for 12 years and has three children.  On her free time, Mrs. Wheeler enjoys playing sports, especially volleyball, because she says that it is the best sport ever, and she was lucky enough to be able to play in college. She also likes the outdoors. Camping and hanging out at the beach are her ideal vacations. One thing she always keeps in mind is to "Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry" - Padre Pio.

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