Faculty

Early Childhood

Kathy Duhl

What Matters in Education is:
taking the time to understand how students learn. It’s important to create an environment and systems within it that support each child, which in turn creates a cohesive group.

Maple Molina

What Matters in Education is:
that every student feels empowered to reach their full potential.

Rachel Gorham

What Matters in Education is:
a true opportunity to learn. We all have the capacity, desire, and ability to learn, but the opportunity to learn does not always come unhindered.

Andy Keating

What Matters in Education is:
using best practices to understand how each learner connects with the materials and lessons.

Alice Hsu

What Matters in Education is:
guiding children to connect with their inner wisdom and adjusting the environment to the capacity of every child.

Noushin Moghaddam

What Matters in Education is:
creating a space where kids feel safe enough to learn, make friends, and build strong social skills.

Missy Barrow

What Matters in Education is:
belonging, play, friendship and learning as a lifetime joy.

Kirstie Mah

What Matters in Education is:
the freedom to create, grow, listen, question, make mistakes, wonder, belong, and build in a safe environment that values and challenges you.

Emily Becerra

What Matters in Education is:
nurturing a child’s understanding of the world through exploration and self-expression.

Christin Weber

What Matters in Education is:
engagement.remembering that there is always more to learn.

Griselda Kondo

What Matters in Education is:
engagement.remembering that there is always more to learn.
awakening curiosity beyond your own culture and respecting different beliefs.

Kimly Touch

What Matters in Education is:
teaching from your heart and constantly reflecting on why you love to teach and what inspires you to learn.

Susie Vavasour

What Matters in Education is:
engagement.

Rebecca Blythe

What Matters in Education is:
relationships. Transformative learning does not occur in isolation. It occurs in relationship.

Mitra Panbechi

Julianne Hughes

What Matters in Education is:
helping students understand themselves as learners through the process of art making.

Iwalani Venerable

What Matters in Education is:
having a safe and supportive environment that encourages self-expression.

Catherine Guerlac

What Matters in Education is:
the passion and love for learning.

Elementary School

Bliss Tobin

What Matters in Education is:
capturing the imagination. Lifelong learning is about wonder, and the rewards of persistence.

Danette Swan

What Matters in Education is:
joy. With joy comes a freedom that allows magical, powerful, important learning experiences to take hold.

Chelsea Feldman

What Matters in Education is:
building one’s capacity for joyful discovery, wonder, curiosity, belonging, and purposeful engagement in the world.

Claire Patterson

What Matters in Education is:
innovation, joy and creativity– building a supportive and safe community to create inspired learning.

Annie Burgess

What Matters in Education is:
igniting curiosity and nurturing joy. Building trust through an ethic of care is the foundation of creating a space for children to thrive.

Alberto Palomar

What Matters in Education is:
making connections between and within people and communities; learning to see our interconnectedness.

Hillary Bensky Schwartz

What Matters in Education is:
authentic, transparent, and relevant teaching and learning. Also, find joy in every day with every child!

Julia Bailey

What Matters in Education are:
the moments. “Every moment is enormous and it is all we have.” -Natalie Goldberg

Lisa Chung-Nguyen

What Matters in Education is:
igniting curious minds. “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~Socrates

Mike Sinclaire

What Matters in Education is:
mindful listening. Assessment, feedback, and reflection guide my teaching practice.

Hannah Sippl

What Matters in Education is:
building empathy, critical thinking, and self-efficacy. That is how we fill the world with caring people who recognize issues and believe in their abilities to solve them.

Julia Shields

What Matters in Education is:
that each student’s world and heart is expanded.

Kendra K. Cass

What Matters in Education is:
our commitment to creating platforms which cultivate, empower and celebrate humanity through our shared experiences.

Stephen Cahill

What Matters in Education is:
growing to know yourself as a learner and as a community member.

Katherine Campbell

What Matters in Education is:
that every child can learn, especially when they are seen and supported.

Jared Briggs

What Matters in Education is:
community… a place of learning that feels like a second home filled with inquisitive faces.

Craig Jackson

What Matters in Education is:
fun! When activities are fun, students want to stay engaged which allows for true learning to happen.

Nori Grimes

What Matters in Education is:
cooperation. It may sound cheesy, but there really is no “i” in team, and education is a team sport.

Sonja Sutherland

What Matters in Education is
embodied learning. Embodied learning not only teaches through hands-on, experiential doing, but also uses moving as a means for learning how to form our actions and our futures.

Julianne Hughes

What Matters in Education is:
helping students understand themselves as learners through the process of art making.

Owen Roberts

What Matters in Education is:
trust between students, teachers and families; and an adaptable, challenging and engaging curriculum.

Jessica Ferrar


What Matters in Education is:

meaningful connection to what we are learning. When we connect knowledge and understanding, we can apply what we learn and contribute to society.

Yunoka Berry

What Matters in Education is:
is social awareness and engagement. What is taught should be ideals that can be applied to an evolving world.

Jenny Rodriguez


What Matters in Education is:

open-mindedness, a passion for knowledge, and a desire to understand and connect with our ever-changing world.

Yangling Hua

What Matters in Education is:
passion. A passionate teacher shows students she/he cares, students will likely try to do their best.

Middle School

MaryBeth Ventura

What Matters in Education is:
fostering a growth mindset. The most important things we can do as educators is provide students experiences that help them see that nothing is fixed and everything can change and grow.

Jared Briggs

What Matters in Education is:
community… a place of learning that feels like a second home filled with inquisitive faces.

Rebecca Greco

What Matters in Education is:
access and encouragement.

Ann Levinsohn

What Matters in Education is:
the personal relationship between teacher and student. Every student should be engaged and have fun!

Benicia Hill

What Matters in Education is:
learning by doing and sharing.
“A mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled” — Plutarch

Kim Huie

What Matters in Education is:
meeting students where they are and helping them discover their academic and personal promise.

Craig Jackson

What Matters in Education is:
fun! When activities are fun, students want to stay engaged which allows for true learning to happen.

Norman Johnson

What Matters in Education is:
opportunity and encouragement!

Nic Kaelin

What Matters in Education is:
empowering students to become caring and engaged members of their communities.

Tanya Madrid-Campbell

What Matters in Education is:
making connections with students and using those connections to motivate their learning.

Stephanie Mera

What Matters in Education are:
the three Rs: relationships, relevance, and rigor!

Loa Ortiz

What Matters in Education are:
relationships. Meaningful relationships with students, families and colleagues are critical.

Owen Roberts

What Matters in Education is:
trust between students, teachers and families; and an adaptable, challenging and engaging curriculum.

Jono Schrode

What Matters in Education is:
to prepare for both the world that is and the world that ought to be.

Jeff Sandler

What Matters in Education are:
relationships that foster caring and encourage curiosity and a love of learning.

Extended Day

Catherine De Vuono

What Matters in Education is:
curiosity. To teach is to create a nurturing environment where students feel free to ask questions and explore.

Rachel Gorham

What Matters in Education is:
a true opportunity to learn. We all have the capacity, desire, and ability to learn, but the opportunity to learn does not always come unhindered.

Rourke Healey

What Matters in Education is:
curiosity. Nurturing a student’s curiosity empowers them to direct their own learning.

Yunoka Berry

What Matters in Education is:
is social awareness and engagement. What is taught should be ideals that can be applied to an evolving world.

Jenny Rodriguez


What Matters in Education is:

open-mindedness, a passion for knowledge, and a desire to understand and connect with our ever-changing world.

Yangling Hua

What Matters in Education is:
passion. A passionate teacher shows students she/he cares, students will likely try to do their best.

Iwalani Venerable

What Matters in Education is:
having a safe and supportive environment that encourages self-expression.

Noushin Moghaddam

What Matters in Education is:
creating a space where kids feel safe enough to learn, make friends, and build strong social skills.

Catherine Guerlac

What Matters in Education is:
the passion and love for learning.

Niki Enriquez

What Matters in Education is:

 
 

Faculty Committees

Equity Committee

Sima Misra

What Matters in Education is:
supporting learners with mutually respectful community and thoughtful, meaningful assessment and planning by collaborative teachers.

Stephen Cahill

What Matters in Education is:
growing to know yourself as a learner and as a community member.

Claire Patterson

What Matters in Education is:
innovation, joy and creativity– building a supportive and safe community to create inspired learning.

Danette Swan

What Matters in Education is:
joy. With joy comes a freedom that allows magical, powerful, important learning experiences to take hold.

Emily Becerra

What Matters in Education is:
nurturing a child’s understanding of the world through exploration and self-expression.

Julianne Hughes

What Matters in Education is:
helping students understand themselves as learners through the process of art making.

Kirstie Mah

What Matters in Education is:
the freedom to create, grow, listen, question, make mistakes, wonder, belong, and build in a safe environment that values and challenges you.

Norman Johnson

What Matters in Education is:
opportunity and encouragement!

Tanya Madrid-Campbell

What Matters in Education is:
making connections with students and using those connections to motivate their learning.

Math Task Force

Kim Huie

What Matters in Education is:
meeting students where they are and helping them discover their academic and personal promise.

Ann Levinsohn

What Matters in Education is:
the personal relationship between teacher and student. Every student should be engaged and have fun!

Julia Shields

What Matters in Education is:
that each student’s world and heart is expanded.

Mike Sinclaire

What Matters in Education is:
mindful listening. Assessment, feedback, and reflection guide my teaching practice.

Sima Misra

What Matters in Education is:
supporting learners with mutually respectful community and thoughtful, meaningful assessment and planning by collaborative teachers.

Stephanie Mera

What Matters in Education are: the three Rs: relationships, relevance, and rigor!

Educator

Science & Technology Committee

Susan Winesmith

What Matters in Education is:
the freedom and encouragement to explore. When learners have the opportunity to freely explore an interest, magic happens.

Jeff Sandler

What Matters in Education are:
relationships that foster caring and encourage curiosity and a love of learning.

Jose Arellano

What Matters in Education is:
support. When you feel supported, you approach new ideas with an open mind.

Lisa Chung-Nguyen

What Matters in Education is:
igniting curious minds. “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~Socrates

Loa Ortiz

What Matters in Education are:
relationships. Meaningful relationships with students, families and colleagues are critical.

Owen Roberts

What Matters in Education is:
trust between students, teachers and families; and an adaptable, challenging and engaging curriculum.

Rebecca Blythe

What Matters in Education is:
relationships. Transformative learning does not occur in isolation. It occurs in relationship.

Rebecca Greco

What Matters in Education is:
access and encouragement.

Sima Misra

What Matters in Education is:
supporting learners with mutually respectful community and thoughtful, meaningful assessment and planning by collaborative teachers.

Social Emotional Learning Committee

Missy Barrow

What Matters in Education is:
belonging, play, friendship and learning as a lifetime joy.

Kate Claire

What Matters in Education is:
the courage of teachers and students to be dedicated members of a thriving world community.

Educator

Alice Hsu

What Matters in Education is:
guiding children to connect with their inner wisdom and adjusting the environment to the capacity of every child.

Andy Keating

What Matters in Education is:
using best practices to understand how each learner connects with the materials and lessons.

Craig Jackson

What Matters in Education is:
fun! When activities are fun, students want to stay engaged which allows for true learning to happen.

Hannah Sippl

What Matters in Education is:
building empathy, critical thinking, and self-efficacy. That is how we fill the world with caring people who recognize issues and believe in their abilities to solve them.

Hillary Bensky Schwartz

What Matters in Education is:
authentic, transparent, and relevant teaching and learning. Also, find joy in every day with every child!

Jared Briggs

What Matters in Education is:
community… a place of learning that feels like a second home filled with inquisitive faces.

Kimly Touch

What Matters in Education is:
teaching from your heart and constantly reflecting on why you love to teach and what inspires you to learn.

Nic Kaelin

What Matters in Education is:
empowering students to become caring and engaged members of their communities.

Susie Vavasour

What Matters in Education is:
engagement.

Professional Development Committee

Benicia Hill

What Matters in Education is:
learning by doing and sharing.
“A mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled” — Plutarch

Iwalani Venerable

What Matters in Education is:
having a safe and supportive environment that encourages self-expression.

Katherine Campbell

What Matters in Education is:
that every child can learn, especially when they are seen and supported.

Sima Misra

What Matters in Education is:
supporting learners with mutually respectful community and thoughtful, meaningful assessment and planning by collaborative teachers.

Teacher Leader Committee

Andy Keating

What Matters in Education is:
using best practices to understand how each learner connects with the materials and lessons.

Claire Patterson

What Matters in Education is:
innovation, joy and creativity– building a supportive and safe community to create inspired learning.

Kate Claire

What Matters in Education is:
the courage of teachers and students to be dedicated members of a thriving world community.

Educator

Kim Huie

What Matters in Education is:
meeting students where they are and helping them discover their academic and personal promise.

Loa Ortiz

What Matters in Education are:
relationships. Meaningful relationships with students, families and colleagues are critical.

Mike Sinclaire

What Matters in Education is:
mindful listening. Assessment, feedback, and reflection guide my teaching practice.

Missy Barrow

What Matters in Education is:
belonging, play, friendship and learning as a lifetime joy.

Norman Johnson

What Matters in Education is:
opportunity and encouragement!

Stephen Cahill

What Matters in Education is:
growing to know yourself as a learner and as a community member.

Sima Misra

What Matters in Education is:
supporting learners with mutually respectful community and thoughtful, meaningful assessment and planning by collaborative teachers.

Susan Winesmith

What Matters in Education is:
the freedom and encouragement to explore. When learners have the opportunity to freely explore an interest, magic happens.