Ben Fobèrt, Principal

Ben was selected as Mountain House High School Principal in July 2013. Previous educational experience includes administrative position in both High School and Elementary School in the Pleasanton Unified School District, and the Hayward Unified School District.

As administrator in Pleasanton Unified, Ben participated in and lead professional development for teachers and administrators on a variety of different topics including Special Education, Technology Integration, Common Core State Standards Curriculum Implementation. He is an expert at Associate Student Body Accounting. Ben also served as Coordinator of Summer Programs for Pleasanton Unified School District, and has also served as Summer High School Principal for 4 of his years in Pleasanton.

As an administrator in the Hayward Unified School District, Ben lead in the areas of student discipline and special education case management. He also served as Summer School Principal at the High School during his time in Hayward.

As a teacher at Mt. Pleasant High School in San Jose, Ben had the opportunity to teach a number of different courses including World History, U.S. History, Honors World History, Band, Choir, Group Piano, Group Guitar, Health, Career Decisions, and Driver Education.

Ben also enjoys advising students in extracurricular activities wherever he works. As administrator in Pleasanton he was involved in advising the AVHS Glee Club, and the Mohr Elementary School Ukulele Club. He had the opportunity to work with students at Amador Valley High School as the advisor for the Mock Trial Team, winning the county competition twice, and taking his team to place competitively at the state competition two years in a row.

Ben received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies Teaching from Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and a Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's College of California. He currently attends Saint Mary's College of California as a Doctoral Student in the Educational Leadership program.

When Ben is not busy at the High School, or at St. Mary's, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 children. Ben and his family are proud to call Mountain House their home for the past 8 years.

Ben can be reached by email at

Brian Schum, Vice Principal 

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Mr. Schum was born in Virginia but grew up on the west coast in New Mexico and California. He has been working in education since 2001 in a variety of positions starting as a special education classroom aid and outdoor camp counselor while in college. He taught history and government for 10 years and has been an advisor for student government, mock trial, and guitar club. He frequently led student trips around the country to national parks and Washington D.C.

While he began his teaching career in Central California, he spent 7 years in Florida working at a Florida Atlantic University/A.D. Henderson university lab school where he gained a great deal of experience writing curriculum, developing innovative teaching strategies, and providing professional development. He participated in research involving teacher evaluation models and intensive coaching. Mentoring new teachers is of particular interest to him and he served as a clinical educator and created an education conference for teachers entering the profession.

In early 2014, Brian was attending a conference in San Francisco and decided that he wanted to move back to California. He started looking for interesting opportunities and read about the new high school being built in Mountain House. After meeting Mr. Fobert and hearing more about the vision for the high school he decided that he had to be a part of it and moved with his family to Mountain House to become the founding social studies department chair. He transitioned into the vice principal position at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.

Brian holds a B.A. in political science and an M.S. in instructional design and technology. He has been recognized as a Florida District Teacher of the Year, an Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and as a finalist for the Economic Council of Palm Beach County William T. Dwyer Award. He also serves as a teaching fellow for the Brown University Choices Program. He frequently presents about teaching, instructional technology, and professional development at state and national conferences.

Brian loves to travel, has been to 48 states, and is looking for any excuse to get to North Dakota and Hawaii. In his free time he spends a lot of time with his two sons getting off the grid on outdoor adventures, camping, building Legos, and discussing Star Wars.

Brian can be reached by email at

Joni Hellstrom, Vice Principal

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Karen Friesen, Head Counselor

LeVinia Woods, Athletic Director