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Meet the Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff bring a diversity of experience and expertise to our community. They work together to continue to learn from one another and enrich the students’ classroom experiences. In order to align with our progressive philosophy of creating a non-competitive, safe, and brave space for adults and students alike, we have steered away from posting individual biographies.

Jacquelyn Ayears

Jacquelyn Ayears

Director of Admissions & Outreach
Soyini Baten

Soyini Baten

5th & 6th Grade Science Teacher
Jessica Capra

Jessica Capra

Multi-Age 2 Teacher
Elizabeth Cunningham

Elizabeth Cunningham

5th & 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher
Ron Dotson

Ron Dotson

4th Grade Teacher
Gail Draper

Gail Draper

Librarian
Aaron Fielding

Aaron Fielding

Business Manager
Valeria Flores-Carrillo

Valeria Flores-Carrillo

Kindergarten Teacher
John Garcia

John Garcia

3rd & 4th Grade Teacher
Patty García Word

Patty García Word

Assistant Head of School
Melanie Godine

Melanie Godine

Operations & Security

Joshua Gonzalez-Hahn

Maker Teacher
Ted Hamory

Ted Hamory

Head of School

Bella Heagy

School Executive Assistant
Jennifer Lashley

Jennifer Lashley

Maker Lab Coordinator
Joanne Liu

Joanne Liu

Associate Kindergarten Teacher
Victor Molina

Victor Molina

5th & 6th Grade Math Teacher
Axel Navarro

Axel Navarro

Yard Supervisor & Aftercare Coordinator
Marilyn Parkin

Marilyn Parkin

Art Teacher
Roderick Pyatt

Roderick Pyatt

Security
LaNelle Sauceda

LaNelle Sauceda

3rd Grade Teacher
Anna Strauss

Anna Strauss

Resource Teacher, MA/1 & MA/2 and K-2 Math
Sherry Talsky

Sherry Talsky

PE Teacher
Erin Tompkins

Erin Tompkins

Music Teacher
April Vail

April Vail

Multi-Age 1 Teacher

Matthew Villegas

Maker Teacher