2nd Grade

Meet Our 2nd Grade Teachers

Altmann, Katherine

Mrs. Altmann

Hello! My name is Katherine Altmann and I have had the pleasure of working at Hancock for 21 years! I received my degree in Marine Science Chemistry, so as you can imagine, I love science. I also have a deep rooted love for books, and enjoy coordinating our two Scholastic Book Fairs every year! It is truly an honor to be working with our Hancock Families!

You can reach me at [email protected]


Dobek, Leah

Mrs. Dobek

Hello! My name is Leah Dobek! I have been teaching for 14 years now. I started my career in Cincinnati, Ohio. The last 13 years have all been in San Diego. I moved here with my husband back in 2008. We have grown our family to four now. I have a son, Paxton, who is five years old and a daughter, Sienna, who is eight. We love being outside, going to the beach, playing soccer, hiking, and vacationing. Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I have always wanted to be a teacher and my dream came true when I graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I get to help shape the minds of the future everyday and there is a lot to be said about that. 

You can reach me at [email protected].

Gapasin, Angelica

Mrs. Gapasin

Hi! My name is Angie Gapasin. I have been at Hancock Elementary for over 20 years. My dad was in the military and I used to live right here, up the street in the Murphy Canyon Housing area. I graduated from Serra High School and received my Liberal Arts degree at San Diego State University. I loved living in this housing area and made great friends that I still keep in touch with today. I love working with military dependents and understand how it feels to have a parent away for a period of time.

You can reach me at [email protected].

Gonzalez, Michele

Mrs. Gonzalez

Hi! My name is Michele Gonzalez, I have been teaching at Hancock for 15 years. I have taught in San Diego Unified School District for 20 years. I really enjoy helping first graders develop a love of learning. I am originally from Indiana, and I studied at Indiana University. I have a Master's degree in education. I have 2 children, and I spend most of my free time at their sporting events. We recently adopted 2 kittens, and they have been keeping us busy!

You can reach me at [email protected]


Hess, Lisa

Mrs. Hess

Hello Hancock Families! My name is Lisa Hess and I teach 2nd grade with a wonderful teaching partner, Leah Dobek. I have taught kindergarten through 6th grade but love 2nd grade the most! I have been teaching at Hancock Elementary for 4 years but at various schools around San Diego for a total of 14 years. Hancock is one of the best schools I have worked at. I love the hard-working, dedicated staff; the eager, bright-eyed students; and the patriotic, supportive families. When I am not teaching, you could find me with my two boys (Lukas 5 and Kole 1) and husband around Tierrasanta. My husband teaches at Farb Middle School and we live in Tierrasanta, so needless to say, we are a Tierrasanta Family! Hope to see you around the neighborhood sometime!

You can reach me at [email protected]


Rowe, Patricia

Ms. Rowe

Hello everyone! My name is Patricia Rowe and I love my job. Teaching and learning is my passion. I think of myself as a learning coach who encourages kids to become their best learners. It is the students who make my job so fun and interesting. Everyday is a new adventure as together we learn something new and exciting. I have had so many amazing experiences doing this job. I have taught all grades from K to 8 and I have been at Hancock for more than a decade!

Here is a little history about me. I was born right here in San Diego. I have a master's degree in multicultural education and recently completed my administrative credential. I have four kids of my own. They are all in their 20's now. When I'm not working in my classroom I have lots of other hobbies. I stay busy doing things with my Corgi. I love old school rock and roll and play drums in a band. I love to paint, and I love to dance.

You can reach me at [email protected]

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