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Faculty & Staff

The Oaks School’s faculty and staff are passionate about providing an inspiring and enriching education to our students. They are dedicated and highly qualified: Nearly half of The Oaks’ faculty and staff have advanced degrees from respected universities, including Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Pepperdine and Vanderbilt.

Our faculty works in Co-Teaching teams that feature two lead teachers in every classroom. This allows for deeper connections with students, differentiated instruction, and highly engaging projects and units of study.


Carole Beren

Carole Beren

Music Teacher
Kacie Chaney

Kacie Chaney

Multi-Age Teacher
Dana Clavin

Dana Clavin

Drama Teacher
Elizabeth Cunningham

Elizabeth Cunningham

3rd Grade Teacher
Ron Dotson

Ron Dotson

6th Grade Teacher
Gail Draper

Gail Draper

Librarian
Virginia Espinueva

Virginia Espinueva

Reading Coach
Kathleen Falvey

Kathleen Falvey

Multi-Age Teacher
Jared Fortunato

Jared Fortunato

4th Grade Teacher
Molly Garcia

Molly Garcia

4th Grade Teacher
Patty García Word

Patty García Word

Assistant Head of School
Stevie Gere

Stevie Gere

6th Grade Teacher
Melanie Godine

Melanie Godine

Operations and Security
Ted Hamory

Ted Hamory

Head of School
Johnna Hampton-Walker

Johnna Hampton-Walker

5th Grade Teacher
Kamilah Hatcher

Kamilah Hatcher

Kindergarten Teacher
Jimmy Hawkins

Jimmy Hawkins

Security Officer
Tanynya Hekymara

Tanynya Hekymara

Director of Admissions and Civc Engagement
Mary Jimenez

Mary Jimenez

Admissions & Enrollment Associate
Vance Lanoy

Vance Lanoy

Technology Coordinator
Jess Lichtenstein

Jess Lichtenstein

Multi-Age Teacher
Katie Moran

Katie Moran

5th Grade Teacher
Marilyn Parkin

Marilyn Parkin

Art Teacher
Dharinne Perera-Myers

Dharinne Perera-Myers

3rd Grade Teacher
Roderick Pyatt

Roderick Pyatt

Security Guard
Sherry Talsky

Sherry Talsky

Physical Education Teacher
Angel Topete

Angel Topete

Teacher Assistant
April Vail

April Vail

Multi-Age Teacher
Lorena Varela

Lorena Varela

Finance Assistant
Ester Vargas

Ester Vargas

Teacher Assistant / Yard Coordinator
Isabel Vargas

Isabel Vargas

Administrative Coordinator
Sarah Willis

Sarah Willis

Kindergarten Teacher
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