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Molly Huffman

Head of School
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Molly Huffman

Head of School
Molly Huffman joined CDS as Head of School in 2010 with more than 20 years of distinguished experience in preschool, elementary, and middle school education, including particular expertise in curriculum and teacher development. Prior to joining CDS, Molly was Head of School at The Children’s School in La Jolla, California, for nine years. While Head at The Children’s School, Molly secured the school’s first long-term lease of its site and added a middle school program. 

Molly previously served as Head of School at the Touchstone School in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Assistant Head and Division Head at the French American International School in Portland, Oregon, and she currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Drew School. A graduate of Scripps College with a BA in history and international relations, Molly also holds a MPA in public and educational administration from Lewis & Clark College and has teaching and administrative credentials from the State of Oregon. Molly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire. She has two adult children: Michael, who lives in Oakland, and Brooke, who lives in Austin.
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Rebecca Kroll

Assistant Head of School & Lower School Director
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Rebecca Kroll

Assistant Head of School & Lower School Director
Rebecca Kroll, Assistant Head of School, joined CDS in 2005 after completing the graduate-level Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. Previously, she taught fifth grade with Teach for America in Long Beach, CA and also served as the Academic Program Coordinator for the “I Have a Dream" Foundation in San Francisco. Rebecca has a BA in English literature from the University of Texas, Austin and speaks Spanish. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, travel, and studying U.S. history.
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Antonette Greene

Early Childhood Program Director
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Antonette Greene

Early Childhood Program Director
Antonette Greene, Early Childhood Program Director, joined CDS in 2016 with many years of experience in the area of early childhood education. Antonette completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Mills College and also has an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Mills. As a classroom teacher and assistant director for 18 years at Kumara School in Mill Valley, she served in many roles, including teaching, mentoring classroom teachers, partnering with the director to develop curriculum and program priorities, and presenting the program and curriculum to families. She has also worked as a teacher trainer, helping set goals for teacher growth and developing content and materials for trainings.
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Ed Rhee

Middle School Director
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Ed Rhee

Middle School Director
Middle School Director Ed Rhee has previously served as an administrator, teacher, and coach for nearly twenty years on the east coast.  Ed has a master of education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a BA in English and drama from Kenyon College. He and his wife Katie, along with their two sons Emerson and Lachlan (both CDS students), enjoy traveling and exploring new places.
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John Castro

Facilities Manager
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John Castro

Facilities Manager
John Castro joined CDS in July 2015 as our new Facilities Director, bringing more than twenty years of experience in facilities direction and management. For the previous eight years, he was the Director of Facilities at Salesian College Preparatory School in Richmond. He also worked for many years as the building manager for KRON TV-4 in San Francisco.
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Cheryl Ewers

Director of Finance and Operations
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Cheryl Ewers

Director of Finance and Operations
Cheryl Ewers joined CDS in May 2016 as our new Director of Finance and Operations. Cheryl worked as a VP for Finance in educational publishing beginning in 2004 and before that as a Director of Finance. She has a MBA from University of Michigan, serves on the board of St. Brendan School, and lives in the West Portal neighborhood.
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Andrei Ferrera

Director of Communication
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Andrei Ferrera

Director of Communication
Andrei Ferrera, Director of Communication, joined CDS in November 2012. Previously, he was Director of Communications for ten years at Head-Royce School, a K-12 independent school in Oakland. Andrei earned a BA in music from Sonoma State University. Away from work, he enjoys playing bluegrass music with friends, cooking, and going to the beach with his wife and their dog, Maggie.
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Diane Larrabee

Director of Admission
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Diane Larrabee

Director of Admission
Diane Larrabee, Director of Admission, joined CDS in 2005. Diane has a BA in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She was a commercial litigator for ten years before leaving the practice of law to pursue nonprofit interests. Diane has served as a trustee for several nonprofits, including Compass Family Services and Town School for Boys, where she chaired the diversity committee for four years. Diane enjoys cooking, writing, and reading.
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Rico Tan

Director of Technology
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Rico Tan

Director of Technology
Rico Tan, Director of Technology, received his education in business and computer science at the Indonesian Business Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to joining CDS in 2009, he worked at 3Com Corporation, leading their Customer Briefing Center, and also at Heller Ehrman LLP, leading their Worldwide Video Conferencing technology department. At CDS Rico has overhauled the technology infrastructure and introduced Apple desktop computers, laptops, and iPads to staff, faculty, and middle school students. He keeps the CDS Technology Department moving at a very fast pace, and played a key role in the Innovation Lab project for our 601 Dolores middle school building. Rico loves to travel, is an accomplished photographer and, of course, likes all things related to technology.
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Anthony Witte

Director of Inclusion
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Anthony Witte

Director of Inclusion
Anthony Witte, Director of Inclusion, is an experienced educator, administrator, and diversity practitioner who joins us from Head-Royce School in Oakland. Anthony has a B.A. in Asian studies from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree in education, equity, and social justice from San Francisco State University, and has studied abroad in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou. He brings with him 10 years of independent school and community experience and possesses a skill set that includes restorative justice, design thinking, differentiated instruction, and social justice theater. Anthony is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Call to Action, a national think tank on diversity, and has been a facilitator, presenter, and blogger at the NAIS People of Color Conference. He is the co-author of Diversity Work in Independent Schools: The Practice and the Practitioner. Anthony is trained in Responsive Classroom.
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Jeanna Yoo

Director of Advancement
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Jeanna Yoo

Director of Advancement
Jeanna Yoo, Director of Advancement, joined CDS in September 2012 from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), where she was the Chief Advancement Officer. Prior to MCASD, she was the Director of Individual Giving at the California Academy of Sciences, where she helped to raise $500 million to open the new building in Golden Gate Park. She was also previously the Membership Director at SFMoMA. She has a MA in art history and museum studies from USC and a BA in art history and psychology from UCLA. On weekends, she enjoys cooking and hiking with her husband and daughter.

Academic Support Program

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Ginny Spivey

Lower School Director of Teaching & Learning
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Ginny Spivey

Lower School Director of Teaching & Learning
Ginny Spivey, K-4 Director of Teaching and Learning, joined CDS in 2006 after teaching in the Virginia public school system for five years. She has also worked as an instructional coordinator and assistant principal and piloted a partial Spanish immersion program in the Charlottesville City Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ginny has a BA in Spanish and a master in teaching (dual certification in special education and elementary education) from the University of Virginia, and is National Board certified. She loves to travel, read, eat great food, and explore San Francisco.
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Lindsay Hershenhorn

Assistant Lower School Director
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Lindsay Hershenhorn

Assistant Lower School Director
Lindsay Hershenhorn is our Assistant Lower School Director and Elementary Literacy Specialist. Previously, Lindsay was our first grade Hawks head teacher for several years before returning to school to pursue her doctorate in educational leadership at Mills College, where she currently teaches in the education department.
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Kate Corliss

Lower School Counselor
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Kate Corliss

Lower School Counselor
Kate Corliss joined CDS in January 2017 as our Lower School Counselor. She holds a master’s degree in School Counseling from George Washington University and has more than a decade of experience in a variety of positions and grade levels. At various schools in Washington, D.C. and Maryland from 2004-2012, she served as a Pre-K classroom teacher, as a K-8 art instructor, as an administrator for a Summer Academy program targeted at failing and below-proficient students, and as a counseling intern for District of Columbia public schools. After moving to the west coast in 2012, she served as a case manager for the Raphael House of San Francisco, where she developed an implemented a wide-ranging counseling program for homeless children and families. 
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Catherine Grove

LS Learning Specialist
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Catherine Grove

LS Learning Specialist
 

Catherine Grove, Lower School Learning Specialist, joined CDS in 2017 after 14 years as a teacher with SFUSD. Catherine holds a California Teaching Credential in both Elementary Education (Multiple Subjects) and Special Education from San Francisco State University. She has a M.A. in Special Education with an emphasis on Mild/Moderate Learning Disabilities from San Francisco State.

Catherine is trained in Slingerland Multisensory Structured Language Approach, Project Read, LindaMood Bell, Making Math Real, and Social Thinking Curriculum.

Outside of teaching, Catherine enjoys biking, reading, and playing at the beach with her two children.
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Trudy Hamm

MS Learning Specialist
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Trudy Hamm

MS Learning Specialist
Trudy Hamm, Learning Specialist, joined CDS in 2009. Trudy earned multiple subject and special education teaching credentials at San Francisco State University, as well as a master’s degree in special education. Trudy is trained in Lindamood-Bell and All Kinds of Minds, and completed a two-year internship at the Pediatric Diagnostic Clinic at Langley Porter. She has been a mentor teacher for the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program of SFUSD. She has completed Responsive Classroom training. Prior to CDS, Trudy was the Reading Specialist and shared the Learning Specialist position at Creative Arts Charter School. She enjoys watching movies with her son.
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Wendy Macias Walker

MS Counselor
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Wendy Macias Walker

MS Counselor
Wendy Macias Walker, Middle School Counselor, holds a M.Ed. in Secondary Counseling from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Sociology-Anthropology and Spanish from Knox College in Illinois. Before joining CDS in 2016, Wendy spent 18 years at Punahou School, a K-12 independent school in Hawaii, first as a teacher and subsequently as a teacher and counselor. During her 13 years as a counselor at Punahou, Wendy maintained long-term counseling relationships with students, developed curriculum, taught psychology, provided ninth grade guidance, peer helping, and advanced peer helping, and served as an advisor to the school’s Neuro Club. Prior to her work at Punahou, Wendy worked as a teacher at various schools in Tennessee, South Carolina, Michigan, and Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish.

Preschool Team

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Candy Mabry

PS Teddy Bears Head Teacher
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Candy Mabry

PS Teddy Bears Head Teacher
Candy Mabry, Teddy Bear Head Teacher, joined CDS in 1990 as a preschool teacher. During the 2004-2005 school year, Candy was the Assistant Head of School, and from 2006-2008 she taught kindergarten. During the 2003-2004 school year, Candy served as the early childhood representative for the California Association of Independent Schools Northern Professional Services Committee. Candy earned her BA in music at San Francisco State University and received certificates from City College of San Francisco in early childhood education and early childhood administration. Candy is certified in the Project Approach and has received training through All Kinds of Minds. Prior to joining CDS, she spent eight years as a head teacher at the Jewish Community Center, Rosenberg Early Childhood Center in San Francisco.
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Gretchen Ott

PS Starfish Head Teacher
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Gretchen Ott

PS Starfish Head Teacher
Gretchen Ott, Starfish Head Teacher, began serving as a preschool teacher at Children’s Day School in 2000. She received her BA in child development from California State University, Humboldt. Gretchen served as a faculty representative on the CDS Committee on Inclusion and Diversity for over five years. She has been a presenter at the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Regional Conference and in 2011 authored an article for the CAIS quarterly publication on using online blogging as a communication tool to make preschool learning visible to parents. Gretchen is certified in the Project Approach, a teaching approach where teachers guide students through in-depth studies of real-world topics, and she is trained in Responsive Classroom.
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Alicia Perdue

PS Leaping Lizards Head Teacher
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Alicia Perdue

PS Leaping Lizards Head Teacher
Alicia Perdue, Leaping Lizard Head Teacher, has been teaching at CDS since 1997. Alicia earned her BA in elementary education from Grand Canyon University. She has a child development master teacher permit with the State of California, is certified in the Project Approach, trained in the Responsive Classroom, and in 2004 served as the early childhood representative for the California Association of Independent Schools Northern Professional Services Committee.
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Guillermo Cortez

PS Starfish Spanish Teacher
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Guillermo Cortez

PS Starfish Spanish Teacher
Guillermo Cortez joined CDS in 2016 as a Starfish Teacher after holding various teaching positions in San Francisco and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most recently, he was a first grade co-teacher at San Francisco Day School, and prior thereto was a paraprofessional teacher at Presidio Early Education School, an inclusive Reggio Emilia preschool, and a lead science instructor at Galileo Innovation Camp for Kids. He holds a BA in Child Development from Tufts University and is trained in Responsive Classroom. Guillermo is fluent in Spanish. 
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Vanessa Edwards

PS Teddy Bears Teacher
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Vanessa Edwards

PS Teddy Bears Teacher
Vanessa returned as a Preschool Teddy Bears Teacher in the fall of 2017 after a one-year maternity leave. Vanessa holds a master’s in international public health from the University of Sydney and a BS in health sciences from Duquesne University. After eight years working in international health and development, Vanessa decided to pursue a career in early childhood education. She holds a Montessori Early Childhood Credential from St. Mary’s College and joined CDS in 2013 after working at Glen Park Montessori Preschool. Vanessa is trained in Responsive Classroom. In addition to English, she speaks French and Spanish.
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Jasmin Flores

PS Leaping Lizards Spanish Teacher
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Jasmin Flores

PS Leaping Lizards Spanish Teacher
Prior to joining CDS as a Leaping Lizard Teacher in 2015, Jasmin was a preschool teacher for 14 years at Buen Dia Family School in San Francisco, an arts-focused English-Spanish bilingual preschool program. Prior thereto, she taught at Guided Discovery, an inclusion preschool that is a program of the YMCA in Boise, Idaho. Jasmin earned her Early Childhood Education units through City College of San Francisco and has received training in mindfulness in education. She is fluent in Spanish. 
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Greg Gardner

PS Starfish Teacher
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Greg Gardner

PS Starfish Teacher
Greg Gardner, Starfish Teacher, joined us in 2012 from Presidio Early Education School, an inclusive Reggio Emilia preschool. Prior to that, he was a substitute for special ed/child development classrooms through San Francisco Unified School District. He also owns his own independent record label, has performed with Conspiracy of Beards, and has been an instructor at the Thrive Foundation for Youth in San Francisco.
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Christy Kyong

PS Teddy Bears Teacher
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Christy Kyong

PS Teddy Bears Teacher
Christy Kyong joined the Teddy Bears team in 2015 after working for five years at the Bentley School String Academy, where she created and taught a curriculum for violin and cello instruction. She has also been a classroom and music teacher at Nomura School in Richmond and the Crowden School of Music in Berkeley. Christy earned her BA in music and interdisciplinary studies in early childhood from University of California, Berkeley. She also has a MM in violin performance/pedagogy from Northwestern University.
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Ngoc Tran

PS Leaping Lizards Teacher
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Ngoc Tran

PS Leaping Lizards Teacher
Ngoc Tran, Leaping Lizard Teacher, came to CDS in 2000 from Head Start, where she worked for five years. Ngoc received her AA degree in child development and a certificate in child development administration from City College of San Francisco, and she has a child development site supervisor permit with the state of California. Ngoc is certified in the Project Approach and trained in Total Physical Response (TPR). She continues to pursue child development coursework and classes in English as a Second Language. Ngoc has two children and, in addition to English, she speaks and writes Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Mandarin. She enjoys sewing and is passionate about sharing her culture and learning about other cultures in the CDS community.

Transitional Kindergarten Team

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Radha Kindler

TK Alligators Teacher & Butterflies Head Teacher
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Radha Kindler

TK Alligators Teacher & Butterflies Head Teacher
Radha Kindler, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, joined CDS in 2005. Radha earned an Associate Degree in Child Development and a Certificate in Child Development from City College of San Francisco. She has 10 years of experience teaching according to the Reggio Emilia philosophy at the Jewish Community Center and over 15 years of teaching experience altogether. Most recently, Radha has been the Lead Volunteer and Childcare Coordinator for Project Homeless Connect, an agency that connects San Franciscans experiencing homelessness with the care and support they need to move forward.
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Divya Vyas

TK Alligators Head Teacher
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Divya Vyas

TK Alligators Head Teacher
Divya Vyas, Transitional Kindergarten Head Teacher, joined CDS in 2014 with more than ten years of experience in curriculum planning, classroom teaching, and documentation of different early childhood settings. Divya earned a bachelor of arts in psychology and child care from S.N.D.T University, Mumbai, India, and a master of arts in English literature from J.N.V University. In May 2014, Divya earned her master’s in early childhood education at San Francisco State University.

Lower School Team

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Kristina Berman

1st Grade Hawks Co-Head Teacher
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Kristina Berman

1st Grade Hawks Co-Head Teacher


Kristina Berman, First Grade Co-Head Teacher, received her MA in education and her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California at Berkeley. She has a BA in history with a double minor in Spanish and education from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining CDS in 2014, Kristina was the lead teacher in kindergarten for four years at Cherry Chase Elementary School in Sunnyvale, California. Kristina has served as a site director for the Aim High summer program at The Urban School campus in San Francisco. She is proficient in Spanish. Kristina is trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
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Taryn Colonnese

3rd Grade Pelicans Head Teacher
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Taryn Colonnese

3rd Grade Pelicans Head Teacher
Taryn Colonnese, Third Grade Head Teacher, joined CDS in 2015. She holds a BA from Swarthmore College with a Special Major in educational studies and sociology/anthropology and a masters in education and California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from University of the Pacific, Bay Area Teacher Training Institute. Taryn is trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies. Prior to joining CDS, Taryn taught hands-on science, cooking, and sustainability to kindergarten through fifth grade students at Spring Valley Science School through Education Outside, a nonprofit organization that advances science education and environmental literacy by teaching outdoors in public schools. Prior thereto, she student-taught in second grade in Costa Rica. Taryn is proficient in Spanish.
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Spencer Donaldson

4th Grade Hummingbirds Associate Teacher
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Spencer Donaldson

4th Grade Hummingbirds Associate Teacher
Spencer Donaldson, Fourth Grade Associate Teacher, joined CDS in 2016. He holds a BA in English from Occidental College and is in his second year of the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute, a masters and teaching credential program through University of the Pacific. He has been a counselor at various camps for elementary-aged children, including working with third grade students at the summer academy of Growth and Learning Opportunities (GLO), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower youth and families to be leaders toward equitable communities. Spencer is an experienced podcaster, blogger, and writer, focusing on sports topics, and an accomplished musician.
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Reggie Foldes

1st Grade Hawks Co-Head Teacher
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Reggie Foldes

1st Grade Hawks Co-Head Teacher
Reggie Foldes, First Grade Co-Head Teacher, joined CDS in 2012. Reggie received a multiple subject teaching credential and MA in curriculum and instruction through the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI). Reggie also has a BA in history with a minor in education studies from The Colorado College. She brings experience teaching environmental education to elementary-aged children with Vida Verde Nature Education, The Marine Mammal Center and the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary, with a focus on hands-on, inquiry-based and experiential learning. When not teaching, Reggie loves to hike in beautiful places, listen to bluegrass music, and cook delicious fresh foods.
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Belinda Gray

1st Grade Owls Co-Head Teacher
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Belinda Gray

1st Grade Owls Co-Head Teacher
Belinda Gray, First Grade Owls Teacher, joined CDS in 2014 with nine years of teaching experience, including six years lead-teaching first grade at the San Francisco Day School and at the Keys School in Palo Alto. Belinda has an MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in photography from Humboldt State University. She holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through the San Francisco State University, Bay Area Teaching Training Institute. Belinda has received mindfulness curriculum training through Mindful Schools, a leading nonprofit in the field of mindfulness in education. She is trained in the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Workshop at Columbia University Teachers College and in Responsive Classroom.
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Tristan Jemiolo

Kindergarten Sequoias Teacher
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Tristan Jemiolo

Kindergarten Sequoias Teacher
Tristan Jemiolo joined the Kindergarten Sequoias team in the spring of 2017, after having served there as a maternity substitute earlier in the year. Tristan holds a BA in Film from Vassar College and is a graduate of the New Teacher Institute at Town School for Boys. While at Town School, Tristan was an intern teacher in kindergarten and in third grade, where his duties included supervising digital literacy classes and lessons on Scratch coding. He currently is Commissioner of the Boys U-13 and U-15 Divisions of the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association, and has coached lacrosse, soccer, and basketball at Town School and at Stuart Hall for Boys. 
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Melissa Kline

3rd Grade Quails Teacher
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Melissa Kline

3rd Grade Quails Teacher
Prior to joining CDS in 2016 as a Third Grade Quails Teacher, Melissa Kline was with Education Outside (a nonprofit organization that advances science education and environmental literacy by teaching outdoors in public schools), first as a kindergarten through fifth grade teacher at Sherman Elementary School and subsequently as a Program Manager. She also has taught K-12 science and environmental education at nonprofits in Colorado, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Melissa holds a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an MA in Environmental Education from Prescott College in Arizona.
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Jodi Kraning

Kindergarten Sequoias Head Teacher
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Jodi Kraning

Kindergarten Sequoias Head Teacher
Jodi Kraning joined the Kindergarten Sequoias team in 2015. Jodi has held a variety of teaching roles, including positions at The Children’s School in La Jolla, CA, St. Therese Community Preschool in Sydney, Australia, and the Boulder Journey School in Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with an emphasis on the young child from Michigan State University. Jodi also holds an MA in education and human development from University of Colorado, Boulder Journey School with a specialization in literacy. 
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Jessica Kumar

2nd Grade Dolphins Co-Head Teacher
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Jessica Kumar

2nd Grade Dolphins Co-Head Teacher
Jessica joins CDS full-time this year after having previously served as a maternity substitute. She has an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from University of the Pacific, Bay Area Teacher Training Institute; a BA in Religious Studies from Pomona College; and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, Bay Area Teacher Training Institute. Jessica has been a lead teacher in first grade at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito, California, and at Ormondale School in Portola Valley, California. She also has taught kindergarten and fourth grade and was a teaching fellow in fifth grade at Epiphany Middle School, an independent, tuition-free middle school serving children from low-income families in the Boston area.
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Madeleine Lavender

Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head Teacher
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Madeleine Lavender

Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head Teacher
Madeleine Lavender, Kindergarten Co-Head Teacher, joined CDS in 2013 as a first grade teacher and moved in 2017 to the kindergarten team. She has a BA in child development with an emphasis on early childhood education from Tufts University, as well as a master in education and California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the Stanford University Teacher Education Program. Madeleine has co-taught in kindergarten and third grade classrooms in the South Bay and was a teaching intern for kindergarten through fourth grade at the San Francisco Friends School. She is trained in Responsive Classroom.
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Alex Miller

2nd Grade Octopuses Co-Head Teacher
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Alex Miller

2nd Grade Octopuses Co-Head Teacher
Alex Miller, Second Grade Co-Head Teacher, joined CDS in 2013. He earned a BA in communication studies from the University of San Diego and an MA in elementary education from the University of Phoenix. Previous to CDS, Alex worked as a 3rd grade intern and a 1st grade intern at the Town School for Boys-New Teacher Institute. Alex has extensive experience in athletics, serving as a head coach for 6th grade baseball and soccer, 8th grade basketball, 5th-8th grade golf, and 1st grade baseball. He also was a 5th grade after school teacher with Growth & Learning Opportunities in San Francisco. Alex is trained in the Responsive Classroom. Away from school, Alex enjoys cooking and exploring new hiking trails with his dog, Bear.
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Darryl Owens

4th Grade Marbled Murrelets Head Teacher
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Darryl Owens

4th Grade Marbled Murrelets Head Teacher
Darryl, Fourth Grade Marbled Murrelets Head Teacher, joined CDS in 2017 from Presidio Hill School, where she was the maternity leave substitute in fifth grade for over a year. Prior thereto, Darryl taught fourth and fifth grade for four years at the Kennington Junior Academy in England, and previously was a summer volunteer teacher with Art in Tanzania, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that promotes the development of vulnerable communities in Tanzania through education, arts and health and environmental programs. Darryl holds a BA and Qualified Teacher Status in Primary Education from Canterbury Christ Church University in England. She is trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
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Juliette Pinsky

Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head Teacher
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Juliette Pinsky

Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head Teacher
Juliette joins CDS as our Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head Teacher with nearly a decade of experience in the classroom. After earning her BA from Barnard College, Juliette enrolled at the Bank Street College of Education, where she earned her MSEd in early childhood and childhood general education. While working on her master’s degree, Juliette worked as a student teacher in both public and independent schools in New York City. During the 2012-2013 school year, Juliette taught kindergarten at CDS in the Sequoias classroom, and the year prior to that taught at CDS in the Leaping Lizards preschool classroom. From 2013 to 2017, she taught kindergarten at the Peregrine School in Davis. She is fluent in French and Spanish and trained in Responsive Classroom.
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Luisa Pinto

1st Grade Owls Co-Head Teacher
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Luisa Pinto

1st Grade Owls Co-Head Teacher
Luisa Pinto, First Grade Owls Co-Head Teacher, joined the first grade team in 2017 after teaching for nine years in the Kindergarten Redwoods classroom. Luisa came to CDS in 2008 after teaching kindergarten, first, and second grades at Ring Mountain Day School in Mill Valley. She previously taught elementary school at The Nueva School in Hillsborough. Luisa has an MA in early childhood education and a multiple subject teaching credential with a focus on early childhood education from Mills College, and holds a BA in liberal studies from San Francisco State University. She is fluent in Portuguese and enjoys yoga, traveling, cooking, and biking to the beach.
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Christine Poon

4th Grade Marbled Murrelets Associate Teacher
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Christine Poon

4th Grade Marbled Murrelets Associate Teacher
Christine Poon, Fourth Grade Teacher, holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining CDS in 2016, Christine was a Youth Development Professional with the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Monica, where she developed and executed educational programming. Christine also has worked as a Head Specialist/Counselor at UCLA UniCamp, a nonprofit organization that provides summer camp programming to underserved children ages 10-17; and she was a volunteer teacher at Sustainable Youth at UCLA, where she taught environmental sustainability to fourth graders at Warner Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles. Christine is trained in Responsive Classroom. 
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Josephine Saunders

2nd Grade Dolphins Co-Head Teacher
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Josephine Saunders

2nd Grade Dolphins Co-Head Teacher
Josephine Saunders, Second Grade Dolphins Teacher, holds a BA in English with Qualified Teacher Status from Liverpool John Moores University in England. Prior to joining CDS in 2016, Josephine was a third grade teacher at Concord Hill School in Chevy Chase, Maryland for two years. Prior thereto, she was at The British Schools of America for 12 years, where she held several positions, including classroom teacher for various grades, Instructional Coach, Literacy Subject Leader, International Primary Curriculum Coordinator, and Director of Lower School. She also taught elementary grades at St. Margaret Mary’s Primary School in Liverpool, England. Josephine has received extensive professional development in the area of multicultural education and while at Concord Hill School was the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. 
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Skye Scarbrough

4th Grade Hummingbirds Head Teacher
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Skye Scarbrough

4th Grade Hummingbirds Head Teacher
Skye Scarbrough, Fourth Grade Head Teacher, joined CDS in 2015 with seven years of classroom teaching experience in California as well as Georgia and Florida. Most recently, Skye was a third grade teacher at Stratford Elementary School in San Francisco. Skye has a MA in teaching from the University of South Florida and a BA in public policy from Georgia State University. In addition to her work in schools, Skye was a lobbyist for the Georgia state judicial system and has been a project manager in both the public and private sectors.
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Hannah Thompson

3rd Grade Pelicans Associate Teacher
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Hannah Thompson

3rd Grade Pelicans Associate Teacher
Joining CDS as the Third Grade Pelicans Associate Teacher in the fall of 2017, Hannah is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, where she received a BA in English. Hannah has served as a volunteer/assistant at Lokrantz School in Reseda, California (a public special education center designed to serve K-5 students with physical and/or developmental disabilities) and at La Famiglia Preschool in Ventura, California (a Reggio Emilia program). During the summer of 2016, she was a volunteer with The Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, a large-scale archeological exploration in Israel. Hannah is conversational in Hebrew.
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Kay Washington

2nd Grade Octopuses Co-Head Teacher
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Kay Washington

2nd Grade Octopuses Co-Head Teacher
Kay Washington, Second Grade Co-Head Teacher, joined CDS in 2011 and holds a BA in English literature and child development from Mills College, and an MA in curriculum and instruction and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of the Pacific, Bay Area Teacher Training Institute. Kay also has experience working in the elementary grades in the Oakland Unified School District. She is trained in Responsive Classroom and is fluent in Spanish.
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Colette Zee

3rd Grade Quails Head Teacher
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Colette Zee

3rd Grade Quails Head Teacher
Colette Zee, Third Grade Head Teacher, holds a multiple subject teaching credential from San Francisco State University, a master of music in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor of music from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Prior to joining CDS in 2007, Colette taught first grade for five years at Keys School in Palo Alto.

Middle School Team

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Terry Ashkinos

MS 8th Humanities Teacher
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Terry Ashkinos

MS 8th Humanities Teacher
Terry Ashkinos, Eighth Grade Homeroom & Middle School Humanities Teacher, was the middle school social studies and journalism teacher at Everett Middle School for six years before joining CDS in 2005. Prior to working at Everett, Terry was an ESL teacher in Los Angeles and Bratislava, Slovakia. He has a BA in philosophy and humanities from UC Santa Barbara and an MA in philosophy from San Francisco State University. Terry has been trained in the Responsive Classroom. He and his wife have two sons, Cash (CDS ‘17) and Catcher. Terry is an occasional writer of fiction as well as a local musician.
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Barbie Brannon

MS 5th Humanities Teacher
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Barbie Brannon

MS 5th Humanities Teacher
Barbie Brannon joined CDS in 2016 as a Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher with more than ten years of teaching experience, most recently at St. Philip Elementary School in San Francisco and prior thereto at St. John School in San Francisco. While at St. John School, she was a lead teacher in second and fourth grade, taught fifth grade history for four years, taught fifth and sixth grade language arts in the 2007 summer program, and was principal of the summer program in 2009. Barbie holds a BA in psychology from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Cross Cultural Education and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University.
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Mickael Drouet

MS 7th/8th Spanish Teacher
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Mickael Drouet

MS 7th/8th Spanish Teacher
Mickael Drouet, Spanish Teacher (grades 4-8), comes to CDS from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a French instructor. Prior to college teaching, he taught English and Spanish to middle school students. He has a master’s degree in language arts and commerce (English and Spanish) from the University of Caen (France) and a BA in foreign languages and philosophy (English, Spanish and Italian).
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Frances Elsberry

MS 5th/6th Math Teacher
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Frances Elsberry

MS 5th/6th Math Teacher
Frances Elsberry, Fifth & Sixth Grade Math Teacher, holds a MA in education, a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of the Pacific, Bay Area Teacher Training Institute, a BA in Politics from Pomona College. Prior to joining CDS in 2017, Frances was a co-teacher in fifth grade at San Francisco Day School, where she taught differentiated lessons in math using the Universal Design for Learning framework to develop conceptual understanding, estimation techniques, effective communication of reasoning, and application to real life situations. Prior thereto, she was an intern teacher at Breakthrough Collaborative, an intensive academic enrichment and support program for motivated San Francisco students with limited educational opportunities, and previously was a team leader and corps member for Jumpstart (Americorps), a pre-kindergarten program for children from under-resourced communities. Frances is trained in Developmental Designs, an approach that builds student skills and engagement in three key areas of school life: social-emotional, relationship and community, and academic. Frances is proficient in Spanish.
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Jenna Mandis

MS 5th/6th Science Teacher
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Jenna Mandis

MS 5th/6th Science Teacher
Jenna Mandis, Fifth & Sixth Grade Science Teacher, joined CDS in 2017 with 15 years' experience teaching science, most recently for three years at The Academy School in Berkeley, California, where she taught a hands-on science curriculum to grades K-8. Prior thereto, she taught sixth through eighth grade science for two years at Archway Middle School, also in Berkeley. She also has taught chemistry, biology, environmental science, and AP Honors Physics at the School for Independent Learners, was a K-1 science teacher at the Nueva School, and has been a science educator for nonprofits such as Coyote Point Museum, the Aquarium of the Bay, and Camp Galileo. Jenna holds an MA in Entomology from San Jose State University and a BS in Plant Ecology from San Francisco State University.
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Paola Nou

MS 5th/6th Spanish Teacher
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Paola Nou

MS 5th/6th Spanish Teacher
Paola Nou, Fifth & Sixth Grade Spanish Teacher, joined CDS in 2017 after teaching Spanish for 12 years at Presidio Hill School. She has taught Spanish at Live Oak School (middle school), Greenwood School in Mill Valley (grades K-8), and Gateway High School. She also has served as a Spanish-language crisis line volunteer at Casa de las Madres, a nonprofit organization providing support and services to women and children experiencing domestic violence. Paola holds an MA from the State University of Argentina and is trained in Developmental Designs.
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Art Oloresisimo

MS 6th Humanities Teacher
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Art Oloresisimo

MS 6th Humanities Teacher
Art Oloresisimo joined CDS in 2016 as a Sixth Grade Humanities Teacher after teaching middle school social studies for nine years at St. Philip School in San Francisco. He also has taught social studies in middle and high school with the San Francisco Unified School District, and has taught advanced reading to adult ESL students at the College of San Mateo. Art holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language as well as a Single-Subject California Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. 
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Anne Sculley

MS 7th/8th Science Teacher
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Anne Sculley

MS 7th/8th Science Teacher
Anne Sculley joins CDS in 2017 as our 7th/8th Grade Science Teacher. She has previously served as a middle school science teacher and department coordinator at St. Cecilia School, a 7th-12th grade science teacher at Waverley College in Sydney, Australia, and a science teacher and department head at St. Vincent’s College in the same city. Additionally, she has worked as a preschool teacher and fundraising chair at Miraloma Cooperative Public School, a teacher for English language learners at Transworld School, and a production executive in the film and television industry for more than a decade. She holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Canberra.
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Ryan Trutner

MS 7th/8th Math Teacher
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Ryan Trutner

MS 7th/8th Math Teacher
Ryan joined CDS in 2016 as our Seventh & Eighth Grade Math Teacher. A graduate of Head-Royce School and the University of Oregon, Ryan previously taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math at the Hillcrest School in the East Bay. Ryan is a former semi-pro soccer player and has played professional soccer in Spain.
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Chris Wachter

MS 7th Humanities Teacher
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Chris Wachter

MS 7th Humanities Teacher
Christopher Wachter is our Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher. Prior to joining CDS, Christopher was a language arts and math teacher at St. John School in San Francisco. He also has teaching experience abroad, having worked as an English as a Second Language Instructor for high school-aged students in Pokhara, Nepal. Christopher earned a master of arts in teaching from the University of San Francisco and also holds bachelor’s degrees from San Francisco State University in psychology (child development) and literature.
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Laura Wolfram

Learning Resources and Middle School Curriculum Coordinator
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Laura Wolfram

Learning Resources and Middle School Curriculum Coordinator
Laura Wolfram, Learning Resources and Middle School Curriculum Coordinator, joined CDS in 2015. Most recently, Laura taught at the Town School for Boys, where she was the Inquiry Project Coordinator for Town School’s eighth grade cross-curricular course. She has also served as a seventh and eighth grade English teacher at Town and was the school’s Directory of Library Services. Her prior teaching experience includes positions at The Marymount School and Horace Mann School in New York City. Laura earned her BA from Swarthmore College, her MA in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City and an MLS from Queens College, City University of New York.

Specialist Teachers

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Xochi Batlle

Farm & Garden Teacher
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Xochi Batlle

Farm & Garden Teacher
Xochi Batlle, Farm & Garden Teacher, holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Florida. Prior to joining CDS, Xochi taught a science-based curriculum to preschool through fifth grade students at Fairmount Elementary School through Education Outside, a nonprofit organization that advances science education and environmental literacy by teaching outdoors in public school. Most recently, she taught life sciences at SF Expeditionary School, a small school providing individualized instruction to students in grades 4 through 7. She also has been a lead teacher at Aim High, a summer learning and enrichment program that serves under-resourced middle school students, and a teacher-in-residence at Slide Ranch, leading outdoor experiential learning programs that emphasized farming, cooking, caring for animals, and exploring the wilderness and the coast. 
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Diana Bennett

ECP & LS Physical Education Teacher
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Diana Bennett

ECP & LS Physical Education Teacher
Diana Bennett, Lower School Physical Education Teacher, comes to CDS in 2015 with previous experience serving as the Director of Athletics at Buffalo Seminary High School in New York and as a personal trainer and wellness instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, Diana worked at Lycée Français de San Francisco as a physical activity coordinator and staff trainer. Diana earned a BA in American Studies from Boston University.
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Jeri Countryman

MS Director of the Innovation Lab
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Jeri Countryman

MS Director of the Innovation Lab
Jeri Countryman, Director of the Innovation Lab, brings to CDS a rich and diverse background in technology, innovation and design thinking. Previously, she was a senior project manager at Chabot Space & Science Center and has served as a curriculum and technology consultant for various educational organizations. Jeri earned a BS in mathematics from Simmons College, a master’s degree in interdisciplinary computer science from Mills College and a master’s degree in education from UC Santa Cruz. Jeri is a parent at CDS.
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Colleen Flayler

MS Art Teacher
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Colleen Flayler

MS Art Teacher
Colleen Flayler, Art Teacher, has a BA in art education and a master’s degree in informational graphics and publication design. Before joining CDS, Colleen taught K-5 art, was a project assistant for a technology consulting company, and was a designer/outreach ambassador for a new art startup. She loves traveling and experiencing new adventures. She and her husband once went on an epic road trip in the west for 80 days, covering 14,000 miles.
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Analise Heid

MS Food & Agricultural Science Teacher
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Analise Heid

MS Food & Agricultural Science Teacher
Analise Heid, Food and Agricultural Sciences Teacher, comes to us most recently from the Nueva School where she taught science and coordinated the School Garden program. Since 2009, Analise has served as a master teacher in the STEM Teacher and Researcher Program at the Center for Excellence in Science & Mathematics Education at Cal Poly State University. Prior to that, Analise worked for 10 years as the Nature and Environmental Science Program Director as well as a naturalist, science and math teacher at the Greenwood School in Mill Valley. She has a BS in forestry from UC Berkeley, a California teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and an MA in secondary science education from San Francisco State University. Analise is an outdoor enthusiast and in her free time enjoys surfing, gardening, hiking and traveling to update her guidebooks, and hiking and backpacking Big Sur, Sierra South, and Backpacking California.
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Jackie Katz

MS Drama Teacher
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Jackie Katz

MS Drama Teacher
Jackie Katz joins CDS in 2017 as our Middle School Drama Teacher, having formerly worked as a teaching assistant at the California College of the Arts, a lead teacher with Renegade Girls Club after school program, an Education Coordinator at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and a facilitator of Visual and Social Practice Art at Centre 3 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (her hometown!). Jackie has also been a volunteer teacher in refugee centers in Toronto, New York, and the Bay Area for over 12 years. She is the founder of Play:ground, an adventure playground on Governor’s Island in New York, and of Stellarvisions, a creative arts program that has been implemented in multiple cities. She holds an Honors B.A. in Theatre Studies from Dalhousie University and an Honors M.A. in Social Practice and Public Forms from California College of the Arts. She is fluent in Hebrew and learning Arabic. 
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Gabriela Martinez del Campo

Lower School Spanish Teacher
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Gabriela Martinez del Campo

Lower School Spanish Teacher
Gabriela Martinez del Campo, Middle School Spanish Teacher, joined CDS in 2015 with more than 25 years of experience in teaching and curriculum development. Gabriela has a master’s degree in social communication from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico and a BA in education from Universidad Nacional Autinoma de México. She also earned a Certificate from the National Conservatory of Music in México.
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Elizabeth McClellan

ECP & LS Art Teacher
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Elizabeth McClellan

ECP & LS Art Teacher
Elizabeth McClellan, Art Teacher, has been teaching art at CDS since 1991. She has been a guest artist at the Museum of Crafts and Folk Art at Fort Mason, as well as a guest artist in ceramics for the children’s workshop at the Anderson Art Ranch. She received her BFA from the University of California at Davis and is trained in the Responsive Classroom. She is the illustrator of a children’s book, Stop This Birthday, published by Chronicle Books in 2005, and is an accomplished Etch-A-Sketch artist with artwork in several private collections including the Ohio Art offices in New York.
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Lauren Menschel

MS Art Teacher
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Lauren Menschel

MS Art Teacher
Lauren Menschel joined CDS in 2018, serving as the Middle School Art Teacher during Colleen Flayler's maternity leave. From 2002-2017, Lauren taught art at Town School for Boys in San Francisco, working with students from all grades between kindergarten and eighth. Lauren also enjoys being a part of the CDS community as a parent. For the last three years, she has lent a hand at the craft booth at the Country Fair and assisted with displays in Saint John's Hall.
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Robin Ostenfeld Adams

ECP & LS Farm & Garden Manager
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Robin Ostenfeld Adams

ECP & LS Farm & Garden Manager
Robin Ostenfeld Adams, Farm & Garden Manager, joined CDS in 2015 with more than ten years of experience teaching in inquiry-based and materials-driven environments. Previously, Robin has served as a fourth and fifth grade science teacher, service learning coordinator, and an adjunct professor. In addition, Robin was an instructor for several summers in the cloud forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica, working with K-8 teachers from Bank Street College of Education in an immersion program that focused science education and sustainable communities. An east coast transplant, Robin earned a BS in Business Administration from Fordham University and an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. Away from school, Robin enjoys gardening, cooking, yoga, surfing, and hiking with her dog, Olivia.
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Sonia Pinto-Scherstuhl

Lower School Spanish Teacher
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Sonia Pinto-Scherstuhl

Lower School Spanish Teacher
Sonia Pinto-Scherstuhl, K-4 Spanish Teacher, joined CDS from the Head-Royce School in Oakland and has extensive experience teaching elementary, middle school, and high school Spanish. A native Spanish speaker, she has an MA in biology from Boston University, a BA in biology from Oberlin College, and holds a Massachusetts Foreign Language (Spanish) Preliminary License.
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Lisa Roberts

MS Music Teacher
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Lisa Roberts

MS Music Teacher
Lisa Roberts holds a B.S. in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining CDS in 2016 as our Middle School Music Teacher, she taught fourth and fifth grade music in the Cupertino Union School District and, prior thereto, taught music and vocal music for four years in several public schools in Virginia, including serving as a long-term substitute middle school and high school string teacher. She holds a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music, a Virginia Pre-K through 12 Vocal/Choral Music Certification, a Pennsylvania K-12 Music Certification, and an Orff-Schulwerk Certification. Lisa is trained in Responsive Classroom. 
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Lori Roberts

LS & MS Physical Education Teacher
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Lori Roberts

LS & MS Physical Education Teacher
Lori Roberts, Middle School Physical Education Teacher, joined CDS in 2015 after more than ten years at Beacon Day School in Oakland, where she taught physical education in kindergarten through eighth grade, coached after-school sports, and managed the after-school program for all grades. Lori holds an AA degree in liberal arts from Taft College and a BS in business management from University of Phoenix.
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Rhonda Ross

ECP & LS Head Physical Education Teacher
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Rhonda Ross

ECP & LS Head Physical Education Teacher
Rhonda Ross, Physical Education Teacher, joined us from St. Paul’s School in Oakland, where she taught P.E. for twelve years. She also served as a basketball and volleyball coach. Before St. Paul’s, she taught P.E. at Chinese American International School. She has a BS in exercise and Sport Sciences with a specialty in Exercise Science from Colby-Sawyer College and a teaching credential (physical education) from CSU Hayward.
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Kindra Scharich

ECP & LS Music Teacher
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Kindra Scharich

ECP & LS Music Teacher
Kindra Scharich, Lower School Music Teacher, is a seasoned musician and teacher with more than ten years of experience in a variety of settings. Kindra was a teacher for five years at the New Mozart School of Music in Palo Alto and also has worked as a teaching artist with the Los Angeles Opera. Most recently, she was the music director at Woodland School in Portola Valley. Kindra earned a bachelor of music and a master of music in vocal performance from University of Michigan and holds a post-graduate degree in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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Samuel Sevett

Maker Associate Teacher
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Samuel Sevett

Maker Associate Teacher
Samuel Sevett joined CDS in 2016 as the Innovation Lab Intern. Before joining CDS, Sam was a teaching assistant for two years at Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles, where he worked with elementary and middle school students in programming, 3D modeling, computer simulations, and other STEM learning. Prior thereto, Sam served two years as the Sports and Judaic Studies Program Developer at Sinai Temple Religious School in Los Angeles, where he created a unique curriculum blending aspects of traditional Judaic values with sports and athletics. While in Los Angeles, Sam also was a Hebrew tutor at Temple Israel of Hollywood. Sam holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
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Lily Sheridan

MS Food & Agricultural Science Teacher
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Lily Sheridan

MS Food & Agricultural Science Teacher
Lily Sheridan, Food & Agricultural Sciences Teacher, joined CDS in 2016 with a Master in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy, and a B.A. in sociology from Bates College.  Previously, she worked for two years as a Food Educator with Cooking With Kids, a Santa Fe, New Mexico nonprofit that uses hands-on learning to educate and empower children and families to make healthy food choices. She has been an active volunteer in organizations such as The Boulder Valley School Foods Project, a nutrition education program; Local Foods for Lewiston, where she was a research partner assisting with a community food assessment to determine the need for emergency food providers; and the Trinity Jubilee Soup Kitchen in Lewiston, where she worked with Somali refugees in an after school homework and literacy education program.
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Elsa Townsend

Lower School Librarian
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Elsa Townsend

Lower School Librarian
Elsa Townsend, Librarian and Farm & Garden Teacher, joined CDS as our librarian in 2005. Prior to joining CDS, Elsa was the head librarian at Sherman Elementary School for five years. Elsa volunteers in various organizations, serving on the board of directors of Blind San Franciscans, Inc. and The Welcome Ministry, non-profits providing services for blind and homeless people, respectively. She has a BA in French language and literature from Goucher College. Elsa enjoys singing, gardening, reading, and cycling.
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Molly Whittaker

MS Athletic Director & PE Teacher
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Molly Whittaker

MS Athletic Director & PE Teacher
Molly Whittaker, Athletic Director, joined CDS after teaching at the Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, where she was a physical education teacher and a middle school coach for girls’ volleyball, basketball, and soccer. Molly earned a master of science in kinesiology from James Madison University and a bachelor of arts in French from Colgate University.

Professional Staff

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Ellen Everitt

Human Resources Manager
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Ellen Everitt

Human Resources Manager
Ellen Everitt joined CDS in 2016 as our Human Resources Manager. Ellen brings over 25 years of human resources experience, including leading diversity and affirmative action programs at Kaiser. She supports faculty and staff with all benefits and human resources-related needs. 
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Jack Hamm

Communications & Marketing Associate
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Jack Hamm

Communications & Marketing Associate
Jack Hamm joined CDS in 2016 as our Communications & Marketing Associate. In 2015, Jack graduated from University of Chicago with a degree in English, where he made the Dean’s List four consecutive years. Before coming to CDS, Jack served as Hospitality Coordinator for the New Orleans Film Festival and as a development intern for the San Francisco Film Society.
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Alyce Ide

Technology Support Specialist
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Alyce Ide

Technology Support Specialist
Alyce Ide joins the CDS team as the Technology Support Specialist with over 15 years’ experience of educational technical support in the Oakland Unified School District, Laney College, and California College of the Arts. She is an Oakland native and holds AA degrees in Asian/Asian American Studies and Applied Design from Laney College.

In her spare time, she freelances as a graphic designer for nonprofits and community service organizations that help low-income and minority groups.
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Veronica Kopelevich

Advancement Associate
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Veronica Kopelevich

Advancement Associate
Veronica Kopelevich, Advancement Associate, joined CDS in 2016, having worked in Development at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. Veronica has over seven years of experience in the independent school world, in both Business and Human Resources at Sierra Canyon in Los Angeles. Veronica attended UCLA for her BA in sociology and, though she is an L.A. native, the Bay Area is her new favorite place! On the weekends, Veronica enjoys seeing live music and spending time with family and friends.
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Karla Martinez-Cuellar

Admission Assistant
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Karla Martinez-Cuellar

Admission Assistant
Karla Martínez-Cuéllar, Admissions Assistant, joined CDS in 2016. Karla holds a B.A. in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education at San Francisco State University.

Karla is passionate about youth, education, and social justice issues. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 5-year old daughter, husband, and friends in the SF Bay Area.
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Lindsay Meltz

Assistant to the Head of School
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Lindsay Meltz

Assistant to the Head of School
 

Lindsay Meltz joined the CDS team as the Assistant to the Head of School in the spring of 2018. Lindsay holds a BA in American Studies, with a Concentration in Cultural Inequality and Education, from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Education and California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of Pacific, Bay Area Teacher Training Institute. Lindsay was an associate kindergarten teacher at The Hamlin School from 2015-2017. While at Berkeley, Lindsay was the coxswain for the Women’s Varsity Rowing Team and is a three-time PAC-12 champion as well as a 2014 gold medalist in the U-23 World Championships with the United States National Women’s Rowing Team.
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Simone Octigan

Annual Fund & Events Manager
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Simone Octigan

Annual Fund & Events Manager
Simone Octigan, Advancement Associate, joined CDS in 2015 from the Academy of Art University, where she was the Alumni Coordinator. She has a BA in Art History and Arts Management from the University of San Francisco. When she’s not at work, you can find Simone running the streets of San Francisco training for a marathon.
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Cristobal Perez

Facilities Team
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Cristobal Perez

Facilities Team
Cristobal Perez has worked at CDS for eight years. In addition to helping maintain our beautiful CDS campus, Cristobal also works with MC Janitorial Services. Cristobal is a resident of the Mission in San Francisco.
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Amanda Richard

Associate Director of Admission & HS Transition Coordinator
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Amanda Richard

Associate Director of Admission & HS Transition Coordinator
Amanda Richard, Associate Director of Admission and High School Transition Coordinator, joined CDS in 2006. Amanda worked in the CDS administration from 1993-95, has been a CDS parent since 1998, served as a PTTA officer, and has participated in countless CDS events as a volunteer. She received her BA in psychology from Boston University and loves to spend the summers in Hawaii. Amanda is the parent of Marina (‘10), Serena (‘13) and Ciara (‘15) Richard.
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Melissa Vainio

Database Administrator & Registrar
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Melissa Vainio

Database Administrator & Registrar
Melissa Vainio, Database Administrator, joined CDS in April 2012, having spent 12 years maintaining the databases at Windrush School. Melissa has a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in music (horn performance) from Sibelius Academy in Finland. She is also a professional handbell ringer, an amateur mosaic artist, and is working toward a black belt in karate. Melissa and her husband are the proud parents of two teenage daughters.
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Will Valle

Technology Assistant
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Will Valle

Technology Assistant
Wilfredo Valle, Technology Support Specialist, comes from a Galaxy Far, Far, Away — Apple, with almost 10 years of tech support and one-to-one training experience. He is a graduate of the Academy of Art University with a BFA in Web Design and New Media.  He freelances as a photographer and videographer and consults on design projects. Wilfredo lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and son.

After School/Extended Program Team

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Paige Anderson

ECP Extended Program Coordinator
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Paige Anderson

ECP Extended Program Coordinator
Paige joined CDS in 2017 as the ECP Extended Program Coordinator. Paige was a lead pre-kindergarten teacher at Bright Horizons Children’s Center in Renton, Washington, and prior thereto taught fifth through eighth grade music in the Tacoma Public Schools in Washington. Most recently, she taught fourth grade in the Everett Public Schools in Washington. Paige received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Central Washington University and holds a Washington State Residency Teacher Certificate with Elementary Education and K-12 Instrumental Music Endorsements.
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Erin Dayton-Jones

Extended Program Coordinator
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Erin Dayton-Jones

Extended Program Coordinator
Erin Dayton-Jones comes to the CDS community all the way from Syracuse, New York, where she attended Syracuse University, receiving a B.S. in Education and Child and Family Studies. She is an experienced educator and caregiver and loves helping kids work through problems. She is passionate about acceptance, tolerance, and diversity in education.
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Emmanuel Bakheit

MS Extended Program Teacher
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Emmanuel Bakheit

MS Extended Program Teacher
Emmanuel Bakheit joined the afterschool program team last fall. Emmanuel is a member of the Sudanese diaspora who immigrated to the United States as a teenager in 2006. He holds a B.A. in Global and American Studies from Marymount California University and is an active volunteer at a variety of social justice and refugee transitional programs, including coaching for Soccer with Borders. In his free time, he loves playing soccer.
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James Bannister

Extended Program Teacher
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James Bannister

Extended Program Teacher
James Bannister, After School Butterflies Teacher, had been a substitute teacher at CDS for ten years prior to joining the school in 2008 as a Starfish Teacher. He received his BA from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and studied early childhood education at San Francisco City College. When not teaching, James is a musician and a singer/songwriter.
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Justin Boyer

Extended Program Teacher
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Justin Boyer

Extended Program Teacher

Justin Boyer, who joined the after school team in 2017, has a background in landscaping, horticulture, and outdoor education, and is looking to expand his experience with preschool-age children. Most recently, Justin worked as an instructor with the Trackers Earth program in Berkeley, helping students aged 5-8 to develop their outdoor skills. Justin loves farming and is passionate about environmental politics.

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Nicole Davis

Extended Program Teacher
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Nicole Davis

Extended Program Teacher
Nicole Davis, who joined the after school team in 2017, has a longtime love of plants and loves sharing her knowledge with kids through hands-on activities in Farm and Garden Club. When not at CDS, you can find her  leading educational programs in the Children's Garden at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens.
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Lili Greene

Extended Program Teacher
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Lili Greene

Extended Program Teacher
Lili Greene, who joined the Extended Program team in 2018, is a USF student who is currently taking a semester off to gain more experience working with children. Lili is bilingual in Spanish/English and has lived in Mexico where she taught young kids how to garden. She has also worked at summer camps and volunteered at an orphanage and animal shelter. Lili enjoys rock climbing and belays kids at a local climbing gym.
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Jael Lacayo

Extended Program Teacher
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Brittany Reedus

Extended Program Teacher
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Brittany Reedus

Extended Program Teacher
Brittany Reedus, who joined the after school team in 2018, is from Southern California and currently studies at SF State University. She loves working with diverse communities while helping children reach their highest potential. She enjoys sports and art. Brittany hopes to expand her knowledge and experience in working with youth and eventually become a full-time educator.
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Dorian Sun

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Dorian Sun

Dorian Sun joined the extended care staff in 2017 after two years of teaching for the San Francisco Unified School District. As a San Francisco native, Dorian has developed a passion for coaching and teaching youth in the city. Before joining CDS full-time, he led academic camps for six weeks during the summer.

Front Desk Reception

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Sibinee Jokela

601 Receptionist
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Sibinee Jokela

601 Receptionist
Sibee Jokela, Assistant to the Middle School Director and 601 Receptionist, joined CDS in the summer of 2016. Upon graduating from Claremont McKenna College, she relocated to the Bay Area, seemingly in search of weather more comparable to the North Dakotan climate from which she hails. Outside of CDS, Sibee enjoys training for obstacle course races, cooking, exploring San Francisco, and trying new things. She also possesses a love for travel, laughter, and craft brews, and acts as a freelance graphic designer.
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George Lopez, Jr.

Head Receptionist
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George Lopez, Jr.

Head Receptionist
George Lopez Jr., Head Receptionist and Admission Events Coordinator, joined CDS in June 2014 after spending many years in the retail management/customer service and film industries. Originally from Southern California, he moved to San Francisco in 1994 and currently lives in the Lower Haight with his partner. George enjoys cooking, creating art, visiting local museums, and spending time with his partner’s family.
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Laura Picciarelli

601 Receptionist
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Laura Picciarelli

601 Receptionist
Laura Picciarelli, 601 Receptionist, joined CDS in September 2016. Originally from Georgia, Laura graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. In 2013, she moved to San Francisco with her husband and her dog Teddy. Laura enjoys playing softball, taking her dog on long walks around San Francisco, and traveling whenever she gets the chance.
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Carol Rives

Front Desk Receptionist
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Carol Rives

Front Desk Receptionist
Carol joined CDS in spring 2016 as our Afternoon Front Desk Receptionist. Previously, Carol worked for more than twenty years at Prepress, Inc. in San Francisco, where she served in a variety of roles and administered all aspects of print production for a diverse group of clients, including Via Magazine, Mother Jones, Yoga Journal, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Sierra Club Books, and Chronicle Books. For the past six years, Carol has been on the Board of Directors of Exceptional Women in Publishing. She earned a BA in Film from San Francisco State University. Carol’s son attended CDS beginning in 1992.