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Meet the Staff

MSgt Mark Coates

After twenty-seven years serving the United States in the Marine Corps, Master Sargeant Mark Coates attended National University to receive his B.A. in Homeland Security and Emergency Operational Command.  He has built a tremendous ROTC program here at El Camino for the past eight years. His greatest accomplishment at ECHS is "seeing kids leave at the end of the school year on a positive note."  Coates attended high school in Torrance, California and worked as a women's shoe salesman to earn spending money but his best summer job was as a junior sailing instructor.  When he isn't at school, he spends his free time watching football, boating, and playing golf.  If you're planning on any home improvements, contact MSgt Coates.  He listed this as his summer hobby.


Mr. Ryan Ridley

This is Mr. Ryan Ridley's first year at El Camino as a physical education teacher.  He has also taken on the extra duties as a baseball and football coach.  Mr. Ridley attended high school in Murrieta, California.  In high school, he worked at his parent's pizza restaurant and his best memory is graduating with his buddies.  After high school he attended Cal State San Marcos and then continued on to Azusa Pacific University for his graduate degree.  When he was in college he had his labret pierced during his freshman year of college.  Mr. Ridley and his wife recently had their first child.  He lists boating and wake boarding at Lake Powell as a favorite hobby. He also enjoys taking his two Pugs to the dog beach.  An interesting fact is that he is bilingual; able to speak Cebuano (Visayan), a dialect of the Philippines.  Mr. Ridley's greatest accomplishment is getting married and becoming a father.

Heather Russ

Photography teacher Heather Russ is completing her second year at El Camino in the Visual Arts department.  She attended high school in Sierra Vista, Arizona and graduated a year early.  Her high school job was working at the local credit union as a utility clerk (shredder & loan keyboardist) and she lists a favorite summer job selling frozen yogurt.  Her most memorable high school experience was the adventures she had with her twin brother.  These adventures included eating tarantulas over a camp fire, pulling each other behind a four wheeler by holding a rope on mountain boards, and riding their quads at her parent's farm.  Ms. Russ continued her studies at Utah Valley University and had to survive on her own without any support.  She remembers selling her plasma twice a week to pay for food through college.  Cross country and volleyball are her favorite sports.  During the summer, she loves to travel and make art. Her greatest accomplishment so far is raising a beautiful and intelligent young cat.  In addition to these experiences, she plays classical piano, has art exhibitions regularly, and graduated college with four high honors including Summa Cum Laude.

Mrs. Isabelle Fried


Mrs. Fried is a veteran teacher here at El Camino with 23 years of experience in the math department.  She grew up in a suburb of Chicago and attended high school in Evanston Township.  She remembers working as a camp counselor, math tutor, and YMCA towel dispenser in high school.  She traveled to California to attend college at the University of California at San Diego.  She loves athletics, espicially surfing and skateboarding.  Mrs. Fried became an engineer after college and lists traveling in a C-141 plane to do an air refuel with a KC-130.  An interesting fact is that French is her primary language.  At National University, she received her graduate degree to become a teacher.  Leaving 70% of her paycheck to become a teacher and eventually a pro skateboarder at 42 are listed as her major accomplishments.  Mrs. Fried LOVES HER STUDENTS and her biggest joy is watching them grow up.  She is in room D202.

Chicago, 1968