by LAINEY KRAL | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

California Dreaming

family_huey2The Villarouel-Hueys moved to San Elijo Hills three years ago, and husband Brett, wife Terri, and sons Brandin and Bryce have loved every minute of their time in the welcoming community. “We moved here for the school district, the family atmosphere, and the trails and parks,” explained Terri. The native of Colebrook, CT quickly found a local stroller strides group meeting at San Elijo Park, and many of the women she met there are now close friends. She confirmed, “It was a great way to meet people upon moving to the community.”

She shared that the life here in the Hills reminds her of her hometown back east. “We love the town center,” she said. “It has a quaint feeling with the local shops and restaurants.” Brett, on the other hand, grew up on a farm in Fresno where his family owned thoroughbred horses. He later played volleyball at UC Davis and coached for the University of Colorado women’s club team and the Solana Beach Volleyball Club.


They met in Carlsbad when they both worked for Nordson Corporation. “We were friends for 10 years before getting married,” said Terri. She has since taken time off to become a stay-at-home mother, and Brett still works for Nordson as senior manager responsible for global continuous improvement in New Product Development. He leads and trains development teams around the world. Terri added, “Brett is an inventor named on several U.S. patents in the field of semiconductor packaging.”

family_huey3Like his mom, 15-year old Brandin was born in Connecticut, where he attended a school with only 200 students in grades K-8. When he enrolled at Rancho Carillo Elementary his number of classmates more than quadrupled to over 900 students in K-5, and he’s adjusted well to the broader diversity of experiences. Brandin is currently a sophomore at San Marcos High School. “He enjoys playing basketball and taking care of his four lizards,” said Terri.

family_huey4Three-year-old Bryce attends The Academy of Bright Horizons Preschool. He likes being outside, and favorite destinations include hiking at Double Peak and taking trips to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Terri said, “Animals are his favorite right now. Especially elephants!”

They stay active as a family, enjoying trips to the beach in addition to the hikes and safaris. It’s easy to see why Terri concludes, “Living in San Elijo Hills has been amazing.”

Parents: Brett Huey, Terri Villarouel-Huey
Children: Brandin Villarouel (15, 10th grade at San Marcos High School); Bryce Huey (3, The Academy at Bright Horizons Preschool)
Community: San Elijo Hills since 2012
Hometowns: Brett – Fresno; Terri – Colebrook, CT
Occupations: Brett – Senior Manager for Global Continuous Improvement and Mechanical Engineer, Terri – Stay-at-home mother
Pets: Brandin has four lizards.
Favorite Places to Visit in 92078: Double Peak Park, Discovery Lake, Mr. Taco, Phil’s BBQ