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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 bachelor's degree in philosophy and humanities from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master's degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University. Terry has been trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies. He and his wife have two sons, Cash (CDS ‘17) and Catcher ('23). Terry is an occasional writer of fiction as well as a local musician.
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Xochi Batlle

4th Grade Associate Teacher
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Xochi Batlle

4th Grade Associate Teacher
Xochi Batlle, Fourth Grade Associate Teacher, holds a bachelor of science in wildlife ecology and conservation and a bachelor of arts 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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Valentine Batra

2nd Grade Teacher
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Valentine Batra

2nd Grade Teacher
Valentine Batra joined the Second Grade team in 2019 after having worked in our extended care program since the fall of 2018. Valentine has a bachelor's degree in history from Lewis & Clark College and has worked as an educator on three different continents. She has been a volunteer English teacher in Nepal and a summer camp counselor in rural Spain, and in America she has served as a math tutor, an intern for children’s programs at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and a camp counselor and social media director at the Portland Children’s Museum. Valentine also volunteered for four years at a nursing home in New York.
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Julie Bruins

ECP & LS Music Teacher
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Julie Bruins

ECP & LS Music Teacher
Julie Bruins, Early Childhood and Lower School Music Teacher, joined CDS in 2019 with 15 years of experience at various Bay Area schools. She most recently served as the music teacher at Alta Vista School; prior thereto, she held the same job at Coronado Elementary School, Piedmont Avenue Elementary School, The Bentley School, and St. Elizabeth Elementary School. Julie holds a bachelor of music from NYU, majoring in flute performance and graduating cum laude, and she also possesses a Level III Orff Certificate and a World Music Drumming Level I Certificate. She is a board member of the Northern California chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
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Nicole Chin

4th Grade Teacher
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Nicole Chin

4th Grade Teacher
Nicole Chin, Fourth Grade Teacher, joined the CDS team in 2019. Nicole is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in economics and music and a minor in education. She worked for three years at the Peregrine School, initially as a chorus teacher working with all elementary grades and eventually adding duties as a Chinese immersion kindergarten teacher. Nicole is also a private violin instructor and has worked as an assistant conductor at Chanticleer Skills/Lab, a summer camp program for young singers. She is fluent in Mandarin.
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Jenni Choi

MS 5th/6th Math Teacher
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Jenni Choi

MS 5th/6th Math Teacher
Jenni Choi came to CDS in 2021 after spending seven years as a middle school math teacher at CICS Prairie and St. Nicholas Cathedral School, both in Chicago. At St. Nicholas, she also taught science and coding to middle schoolers, led an after-school coding and robotics club for lower schoolers, collaborated with the University of Chicago on a summer math camp, and served as the leader of a professional development program for teachers. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in urban elementary education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Caitlyn Connolly

3rd Grade Teacher
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Caitlyn Connolly

3rd Grade Teacher
Caitlyn Connolly joined the CDS team in 2019 after teaching students in grades 1-3 at Shanghai Community International School in China for five years. She has considerable experience in the Bay Area educational world: after receiving a bachelor's degree in history from Santa Clara and a master's degree in teaching from the University of San Francisco, she served as a kindergarten teacher first at Rosa Parks Elementary School in San Francisco and then at St. Timothy’s Catholic School in San Mateo, and later as a first grade teacher at All Souls Catholic School in South San Francisco. Caitlyn also served as a middle and high school basketball coach during her time in China.
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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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Guillermo Cortez

Preschool Teacher
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Guillermo Cortez

Preschool Teacher
Guillermo Cortez, Preschool Teacher, joined CDS in 2016 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; prior thereto he 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 bachelor's degree in child development from Tufts University and is trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies. Guillermo is fluent in Spanish. 
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Ryan Davis

4th Grade Teacher
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Ryan Davis

4th Grade Teacher
Ryan Davis joined the fourth grade team in 2021 with 15 years of experience teaching elementary classes. He most recently was a fourth grade teacher at Laurel School in Menlo Park and previously spent nine years teaching third and fourth grades at Bel Aire Elementary in Tiburon, where he was named the Rotary Educator of the Year for 2017 and served as the team lead of the Equity & Inclusion Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in education and instruction from George Mason University.
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Laura DiMonte

Preschool Specialist Teacher
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Laura DiMonte

Preschool Specialist Teacher
Laura DiMonte joined CDS in 2021 as our Preschool Specialist Teacher. She arrived with more than a decade of experience as an arts educator in New York and the Bay Area, including a tenure as an art studio lead teacher at Bright Horizons (where she won an Environmental Champion Award for leading environmental awareness in the workplace), as an arts specialist and after school coordinator at Mission Montessori, and an at-home preschool pod teacher at Happy Little School during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from Nazareth College.
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David Dobson-Smith

Lower School Director
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David Dobson-Smith

Lower School Director
David Dobson-Smith, Lower School Director, arrived at CDS in 2020 with a wealth of experience as a head of school, division head, administrator, and teacher. Most recently, David was the Director of School Success/Head of School for Higher Ground Education. Previously, he worked across the Bay Area and New York on the central administrative team at AltSchool as the Head of Student Support and Personalization. From 2008 to 2012, David was the Head of Early Years and Lower School at Phoenix Secondary and Primary School in London and later was the Deputy Head at Corbets Tey School.
 
David is currently earning a Master of Education in Special Needs (Autism) from the University of Birmingham in the UK and holds a Bachelor of Education in English and Special Needs from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. David lives in the Bay Area with his husband.
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Spencer Donaldson

LS Physical Education Teacher
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Spencer Donaldson

LS Physical Education Teacher
Spencer Donaldson, Lower School Associate PE Teacher, joined CDS in 2016 as a lower school classroom teacher before moving to the athletic department in 2019. He holds an master's degree in education and a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute at the University of the Pacific, as well as a bachelor's degree in English from Occidental College. 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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Mickael Drouet

MS 7th/8th Spanish Teacher
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Mickael Drouet

MS 7th/8th Spanish Teacher
Mickael Drouet, Spanish Teacher (grades 7-8), joined CDS in 2010 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 bachelor's degree in foreign languages and philosophy (English, Spanish and Italian).
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David Eastin

MS 7th Humanities Teacher
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David Eastin

MS 7th Humanities Teacher
David Eastin joined the CDS team in 2021 as our Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher. He had most recently served as a fifth-grade teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School (where he was a member of the Culture and Climate Team as well as the Digital Learning Facilitator Program) and sixth through eighth-grade humanities teacher at Spanish Infusion School. Prior thereto, he spent seven years in Spain as an English instructor at various local schools. David holds a bachelor’s degree in literary studies from Utah Valley University and completed master’s courses in English literature at St. Louis University in Madrid.
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Cristal Fiel

All School Librarian
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Cristal Fiel

All School Librarian
Cristal Fiel joined CDS in 2019 as our first-ever All School Librarian. Before coming to CDS, she was a Teacher Librarian at Frick Impact Academy in Oakland, where she worked to empower students with a love of reading by providing access to books and media that reflected their cultural environment. Previously, Cristal served as a Community Investments Senior Program Associate for the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), where she helped provide grants for historically marginalized communities. She also co-chaired the Cultural Equity Working Group at SFAC and served as a City and County of San Francisco representative in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). Cristal holds bachelor’s degrees in ethnic studies and sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s in library and information sciences from the University of Washington Information School.
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Jasmin Flores

Preschool Teacher
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Jasmin Flores

Preschool Teacher
Jasmin Flores, Preschool Teacher, joined CDS in 2015. She was a preschool teacher for 14 years at Buen Dia Family School in San Francisco, an arts-focused English-Spanish bilingual preschool program, and 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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Reggie Foldes

2nd Grade Teacher
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Reggie Foldes

2nd Grade Teacher
Reggie Foldes, Second Grade Teacher, joined CDS in 2012. Reggie received a multiple subject teaching credential and master's degree in curriculum and instruction through the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute at the University of the Pacific. Reggie also has a bachelor's degree 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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Greg Gardner

Preschool Teacher
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Greg Gardner

Preschool Teacher
Greg Gardner, Preschool 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 and has also been an instructor at the Thrive Foundation for Youth in San Francisco. He earned his Early Childhood Education credits from City College of San Francisco. Greg graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. In 2021, Greg was awarded the Molly Huffman Award for Teaching Excellence (named after former CDS Head of School Molly Huffman). He also owns his own independent record label, has performed with Conspiracy of Beards, creates children's songs and books about social justice issues, and designs graphics for the San Francisco Skate Club. He is the father of two children.
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Daven Gee

Digital Innovation Specialist
Technology Department
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Daven Gee

Digital Innovation Specialist
Technology Department
Daven Gee, Digital Innovation Specialist, is an experienced educator, administrator and digital media artist. He has a bachelor's degree in public communications and a master's degree in film production. Prior to joining CDS in 2018, he worked with Streetside Stories, co-creating curricula and co-teaching in Bay Area elementary and middle school ELA and ELD classrooms, integrating media arts practices.

Daven is especially interested in strengthening personal voice, community engagement, and social justice through creative expression and media literacy. In addition to pursuing this work as an educator, he has done so with many award-winning documentary films, including Regret to Inform, Blessed Is the Match, Scout's Honor, and the PBS documentary series  P.O.V. and Independent Lens.

Born in Southern California and raised on a farm in Northern California, Daven has long been interested in cross-cultural exchange. He is passionately engaged with family and community in the East Bay and is earning a TESOL certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Matt Goldberg

MS Art Teacher
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Matt Goldberg

MS Art Teacher
 

Matt Goldberg returned to CDS in 2019 as our Middle School Art Teacher after having served as a maternity sub for the first half of the previous school year. Matt holds bachelor’s degrees in studio art and art history from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before coming to CDS, Matt was the Resident Art Teacher at Town School while also working as a teaching artist for various institutions, including SFAI and SOMArts Cultural Center (where he serves as the Director of Ceramic Programs). He maintains his own studio art practice and regularly exhibits work. 
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Belinda Gray

1st Grade Teacher
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Belinda Gray

1st Grade Teacher
Belinda Gray, First Grade 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 M.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and a bachelor's degree in photography from Humboldt State University. She holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute at San Francisco State University. 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, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
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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 a master's degree 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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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 the San Francisco Unified School District. Catherine holds a California Teaching Credential in both Elementary Education (Multiple Subjects) and Special Education from San Francisco State University. She has a master's degree 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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PB Gutierrez

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
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PB Gutierrez

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
PB Gutierrez joined the transitional kindergarten team in 2019. They hold a bachelor's degree in child/adolescent development from San Francisco State and have taught for the past four years at Children’s Campus, the early childhood educational facility on the SF State campus. They also have served as an intern in the kindergarten classroom of Spruce Elementary School in South San Francisco.
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Katie Hart

ECP & LS Art Teacher
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Katie Hart

ECP & LS Art Teacher
Katie Hart, who joined us in 2018 as our Early Childhood Program and Lower School Art teacher, holds a master’s degree in urban education from Holy Names University, a bachelor's degree in visual arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a California Clear Single-Subject Art Teaching Credential. She is a practicing artist and has more than a decade of experience teaching art to students across all grades from kindergarten to high school. Before coming to CDS, she served for eight years as the K-6 art teacher at Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland.
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Analise Heid

MS Food & Agricultural Sciences Teacher
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Analise Heid

MS Food & Agricultural Sciences Teacher
Analise Heid, Food and Agricultural Sciences Teacher, joined CDS in 2014 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 bachelor's degree in forestry from the University of California, Berkeley, a California teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and a master's degree 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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Lindsay Hershenhorn

Director of Curriculum & Program Innovation
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Lindsay Hershenhorn

Director of Curriculum & Program Innovation
Lindsay Hershenhorn originally joined CDS in 2009 as a first grade head teacher. She left CDS in 2012 to pursue her doctorate in educational leadership. Lindsay returned to CDS in 2014, first as our Literacy Specialist, then the Assistant Lower School Director, and currently as the Director of Curriculum & Program Innovation. Lindsay holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ithaca College, an master's degree in early childhood education from New York University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Mills College.
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Jo Hoffman

MS 5th/6th Science Teacher
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Jo Hoffman

MS 5th/6th Science Teacher
Jo Hoffman joined us in 2021 as our 5th/6th Grade Science Teacher. She holds two bachelor’s degrees—one in environmental studies and another in ecology and evolutionary biology—from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a master’s in natural resources from the University of Idaho. Jo has worked in a variety of science education positions in the Bay Area, including as a science teacher at Achieve Academy, a professional learning specialist at the Lawrence Hall of Science, a program manager at KIDS for the BAY, and a field science instructor at YMCA East Bay Outdoor School.
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Stephanie Jack

1st Grade Teacher
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Stephanie Jack

1st Grade Teacher
Stephanie Jack joined the first grade team in 2021. She previously served as a TK/kindergarten lead guide at Guidepost Montessori, a foundational and lower elementary teacher at AltSchool, and a TK/kindergarten teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Madison, Wisconsin, where she established the full-day TK program and served on the Technology Committee. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin. She is also an abstract painter, a certified yoga teacher, and the leader of a rooftop gardening group.
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Tristan Jemiolo

Kindergarten Teacher
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Tristan Jemiolo

Kindergarten Teacher
Tristan Jemiolo joined the kindergarten team in the spring of 2017 after having served there as a maternity substitute earlier in the school year. Tristan holds a bachelor's degree 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. He was previously the Commissioner of the Boys U-13 and U-15 Divisions of the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association, and he has coached lacrosse, soccer, and basketball at Town School and at Stuart Hall for Boys.
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TJ Jin

3rd Grade Teacher
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TJ Jin

3rd Grade Teacher
Tianjia (TJ) Jin, who joined the third grade team in 2021, holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan and a master’s in learning sciences and technology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in a variety of educational settings, including as a lead guide for Guidepost Montessori at Fort Mason, a first grade student teacher at Burns Park Elementary School in Ann Arbor, and a curriculum developer for underprivileged children in China. TJ is bilingual in Chinese and English and plays two traditional Chinese instruments, the guzheng and hulusi.
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Lilyanne Kane

Preschool Teacher
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Lilyanne Kane

Preschool Teacher
Lilyanne Kane, who joined the CDS Extended Program in 2020 and moved to the Preschool team later that year, holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside and a master’s degree in creative writing from Mississippi University for Women. They have held a variety of childcare positions throughout California, including as a STEM teacher at the Sarah’s Science program in Berkeley, as a substitute teacher in the Orange County area, and as a nanny. Lilyanne has also worked as an event photographer and interned at the John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center as well as the San Bernardino County Museum.
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Jackie Katz

MS Drama Teacher
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Jackie Katz

MS Drama Teacher
Jackie Katz joined 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 the 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 a bachelor's degree in theatre studies from Dalhousie University and a master's degree in social practice and public forms from California College of the Arts. She is fluent in Hebrew and learning Arabic. 
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Marie Keating

1st Grade Teacher
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Marie Keating

1st Grade Teacher
Marie Keating, who joined us in 2021 as a first grade teacher, has previously taught first and second grades at Hamlin, Woodland School, and Convent of the Sacred Heart, as well as being an International ESL teacher in Thailand. She holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from the University of Colorado and is pursuing a master’s in leadership from Columbia University Teachers College. Marie has received extensive anti-racist education training and chaired the humanities department at Woodland, where she also founded the environmental committee and worked as a literacy coach.
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Radha Kindler

Preschool Teacher
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Radha Kindler

Preschool Teacher
Radha Kindler, Preschool Teacher, joined CDS in 2015. 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 18 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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Katie Klamm

Kindergarten Teacher
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Katie Klamm

Kindergarten Teacher
Katie Klamm joined the Kindergarten team in 2019 with a decade of experience working with children in a variety of roles. Before coming to CDS, she taught for five years at the Mission Preparatory School, first in kindergarten and later in transitional kindergarten. Previously, she worked as a teacher in the charter school network Rocketship Education, as a Teach for America educator, and as an administrative assistant at the Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley. Katie holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and an master's degree in education (Early Childhood Concentration) from Arizona State University.
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Anna Lee

1st Grade Teacher
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Anna Lee

1st Grade Teacher
Anna Lee, who joined the First Grade team in 2018, is a graduate of Swarthmore College and a former Teaching Fellow with Breakthrough Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that provides summer academic programming and school-year support to under-resourced students. Anna also possesses experience as a student teacher in multiple constructivist schools, has worked with students between third and sixth grades, and has designed interdisciplinary lessons focused on equity and equality. She is trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
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CJ Logel

2nd Grade Teacher
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CJ Logel

2nd Grade Teacher
CJ Logel joined the second grade team in 2021. He came to CDS after six years at The San Francisco School, where he taught first through third grades, helped found and lead the school’s Rainbow Alliance, and coached the middle school cross country team. CJ has a bachelor’s degree in dance from the University of California, Riverside and a master’s in education from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute at the University of the Pacific. He is also a professional contemporary dancer and a certified kids’ yoga teacher.
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Candy Mabry

Preschool Teacher
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Candy Mabry

Preschool Teacher
Candy Mabry, Preschool Teacher, joined the CDS preschool team in 1990. 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 bachelor's degree 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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Yari Mander

MS Music Teacher
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Yari Mander

MS Music Teacher
Yari Mander, Middle School Music Teacher, joined CDS in 2019 with more than two decades of experience at Bay Area schools. Before coming to CDS, he worked as a music teacher in the Oakland Unified School District; prior thereto, he served in the same position at Walden Center and School and Live Oak School, and also was a classroom teacher for grades 3-5 in the San Francisco Unified School District. In addition, he is the founder and lead instructor of the Oakland performing arts organization Heart of Rhythm. Yari holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from New College of California, a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and an Orff-Schulwerk Certification. As a musician, he has performed with artists and groups including Joan Baez, Gamelan X, the Chochmat HaLev Ensemble, Octopretzel, Lauren Arrow, Suzanne Sterling, the Agape International Choir, and Mikey Pauker.
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Genesis Manyari

MS 5th Humanities Teacher
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Genesis Manyari

MS 5th Humanities Teacher
Genesis Manyari, who joined the CDS team in 2020 as our Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher, is a first-generation college graduate from Saint Mary’s College of California with a bachelor’s degree in Justice, Community, and Leadership and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Before coming to CDS, she worked as a science teacher at De Marillac Academy. A proud Peruvian who grew up in the Mission District, she believes in the power of learning and is a passionate advocate for children and families.
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Daisy Martinez

Preschool Teacher
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Daisy Martinez

Preschool Teacher
Daisy Martinez, Preschool Teacher, joined CDS in 2019 as our ECP Extended Program Coordinator before moving to the preschool team later that year. Daisy is bilingual (English & Spanish) and holds a bachelor's degree in child and adolescent development from San Francisco State University. She has nine years of experience in the field of early childhood education working with children and families from diverse backgrounds, both as a lead preschool teacher and as a site supervisor.
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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 México and a bachelor's degree 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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Alex Miller

3rd Grade Teacher
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Alex Miller

3rd Grade Teacher
Alex Miller, Third Grade Head Teacher, joined CDS in 2013. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of San Diego and a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Phoenix. Previous to CDS, Alex worked as a 3rd grade intern and a 1st grade intern in the New Teacher Institute at Town School for Boys. 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 Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies. Away from school, Alex enjoys cooking and exploring new hiking trails with his dog, Bailey.
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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 a master's degree from the State University of Argentina and is trained in Developmental Designs.
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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 on science education and sustainable communities. An east coast transplant, Robin earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Fordham University and a master's degree 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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Darryl Owens

4th Grade Teacher
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Darryl Owens

4th Grade Teacher
Darryl Owens, Fourth Grade 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 bachelor's degree 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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Alicia Perdue

Preschool Teacher
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Alicia Perdue

Preschool Teacher
Alicia Perdue, Preschool Teacher, has been teaching at CDS since 1997. Alicia earned her bachelor's degree 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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Luisa Pinto

Kindergarten Teacher
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Luisa Pinto

Kindergarten Teacher
Luisa Pinto, Kindergarten Teacher, 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 a master's degree in early childhood education and a multiple subject teaching credential with a focus on early childhood education from Mills College, and holds a bachelor's degree 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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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 a master's degree in biology from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in biology from Oberlin College, and she holds a Massachusetts Foreign Language (Spanish) Preliminary License.
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Amanda Richard

High School Transition Counselor
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Amanda Richard

High School Transition Counselor
Amanda Richard, High School Transition Counselor, originally joined the CDS administration in 1993. Subsequently she worked in the CDS development office before joining the admission team in 2008. She added responsibilities as our High School Transition Coordinator in 2014 and began exclusively focusing on that position in 2019. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University and loves to spend the summers in Hawaii, her childhood home. Amanda is the parent of CDS alumnae Marina (’10), Serena (’13) and Ciara (’15) Richard.
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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 a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.
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Jill Rosenberg

MS Learning Specialist
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Jill Rosenberg

MS Learning Specialist
Jill Rosenberg joined CDS in 2018 as our Middle School Learning Specialist. She had served in the same position for the previous four years at Chinese American International School, and she has more than ten years of experience working in various roles in the teaching world, including as a classroom teacher, an administrator, and an educational therapist. Jill holds a master’s degree in educational therapy from California State University, Northridge, and a bachelor's degree in family & consumer sciences, early childhood education from San Francisco State University.
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Rhonda Ross

ECP & LS Physical Education Teacher
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Rhonda Ross

ECP & LS 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 bachelor's degree in exercise and sport sciences with a specialty in exercise science from Colby-Sawyer College and a teaching credential (physical education) from California State University, Hayward.
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Nick Saunders

Athletic Director & MS Physical Education Teacher
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Nick Saunders

Athletic Director & MS Physical Education Teacher
Nick Saunders joined CDS in 2018 as our Athletic Director and Middle School PE teacher. He has nearly two decades of experience in PE leadership roles, having served as athletic director at schools in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and California; before coming to CDS, he held that position at Redwood Day School in Oakland. Nick has a bachelor's degree in secondary physical education from Liverpool John Moores University in England. He is the husband of Second Grade Dolphins teacher Josephine Saunders and is father to Emily ('24) and Gabriel (Preschool Leaping Lizards).
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Courtney Schwass

Playground Supervisor & Summer Camp Coordinator
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Courtney Schwass

Playground Supervisor & Summer Camp Coordinator
Courtney Schwass joined the CDS team in 2021 as our Playground Supervisor and Summer Camp Coordinator. Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Westmont College and is currently enrolled in a master’s program from the Columbia School of Social Work. As a social work student, Courtney has developed skills in child play therapy as well as school social work. She has worked with a number of educational organizations throughout California, including Galileo Learning in Menlo Park, iD Tech in Orange County, and Cliff Drive Care Center in Santa Barbara; her responsibilities have ranged from engaging K-5 students in project-based learning to managing weekly camp operations for hundreds of students.
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Ami Sciarrillo

Kindergarten Teacher
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Ami Sciarrillo

Kindergarten Teacher
Ami Sciarrillo joined CDS in 2019, initially as a fourth grade teacher before moving to the kindergarten team in Fall 2020. Previously, she served as a third grade teaching assistant at San Francisco Friends School.  She has a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from San Francisco State as well as a master's degree in education and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through the University of the Pacific, Bay Area Teacher Training Institute. Ami has worked as a volunteer in multiple local schools, including Starr King Elementary School and Marshall Elementary School. She also has done educational work with Jumpstart and Amigos de las Americas. She is trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies, and she is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French.
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Anne Sculley

MS 7th/8th Science Teacher
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Anne Sculley

MS 7th/8th Science Teacher
Anne Sculley joined 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 bachelor's degree in education from the University of Canberra.
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Samuel Sevett

Innovation Lab Teacher
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Samuel Sevett

Innovation Lab Teacher
Samuel Sevett joined CDS in 2016 as the Innovation Lab Intern. Previously, 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 bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
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Elsa Townsend

Early Childhood & Lower School Library Specialist
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Elsa Townsend

Early Childhood & Lower School Library Specialist
Elsa Townsend joined CDS as our Librarian in 2005. Previously, 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 bachelor's degree in French language and literature from Goucher College. Elsa enjoys singing, gardening, reading, and cycling.
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Ngoc Tran

Preschool Teacher
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Ngoc Tran

Preschool Teacher
Ngoc Tran, Preschool Teacher, came to CDS in 2000 from Head Start, where she worked for five years. Ngoc received her associate 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.
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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. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon, and prior to joining CDS he taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math at the Hillcrest School in the East Bay. In his first year at CDS, Ryan was instrumental in creating math and statistics clubs designed to provide extracurricular challenges to students. He is a former semi-pro soccer player and has played professional soccer in Spain.
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Divya Vyas

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
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Divya Vyas

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Divya Vyas, Transitional Kindergarten 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's degree in psychology and child care from SNDT University, Mumbai, India, a master's degree in English literature from JNV University, and a master’s degree in early childhood education from San Francisco State University.
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Chris Wachsmith

Interim Middle School Director
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Chris Wachsmith

Interim Middle School Director
Christopher Wachsmith became our Middle School Director in 2021. Prior to joining CDS in 2015 as a Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher, 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's degree 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. In 2018, he received the first annual Molly Huffman Award for Teaching Excellence as the teacher whose work best exemplifies the core educational values of CDS: engaging students in critical and creative thinking, inspiring the joy of learning, challenging and inspiring students to do their best work, exhibiting high personal and professional standards, and engaging actively in professional development.
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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 bachelor's degree 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.
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Kay Washington

2nd Grade Teacher
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Kay Washington

2nd Grade Teacher
Kay Washington, Second Grade Teacher, joined CDS in 2011. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and child development from Mills College, as well as a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute at the University of the Pacific. Kay also has experience working in the elementary grades in the Oakland Unified School District. She is trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies, and is fluent in Spanish.
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Shelly Luke Wille

Head of School
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Shelly Luke Wille

Head of School
Shelly Luke Wille joined CDS as Head of School in 2018. A Bay Area native, she possesses a deep knowledge of and commitment to progressive education. Shelly holds a master's degree in special education and a bachelor's degree in diversified liberal arts (with an emphasis on math and science) from St. Mary’s College, California, as well as credentials in Multiple Subject Teaching and Special Education. Before coming to CDS, Shelly served as the Head of School at Chadwick International in South Korea, a K-12 school with 1,200 students. She was previously the Assistant Head and Elementary School Head at Chadwick before ascending to the Head position. She also served as Assistant Head and Lower School Head at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, California.

Shelly and her husband, Michael, are passionate believers in our child-centered, constructivist approach, so they were thrilled to find a mission-aligned school for their own children. Their two younger sons, Séamus and Braden, are Middle School students at CDS and their eldest, Kaffie, is a college student.
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Laura Wolfram

MS 6th Humanities Teacher
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Laura Wolfram

MS 6th Humanities Teacher
Laura Wolfram, who became our Sixth Grade Humanities Teacher in 2021, first joined CDS in 2015 as our Learning Resources and Middle School Curriculum Coordinator. Previously, 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 bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College, her master's degree in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City and an M.L.S. from Queens College, City University of New York.
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Arez Zamora

3rd Grade Teacher
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Arez Zamora

3rd Grade Teacher
Arez Zamora, Third Grade Teacher, holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. She came to CDS in 2019 from Carden Academy of Almaden, where she had served as the fourth grade teacher. Prior thereto, Arez spent more than a year working as an English teacher in Istanbul, first working with students between second to fifth grades at Ütopya Elementary and then teaching second grade at ENKA Okulları, a school with a focus on hands-on, inquiry-based, and experiential learning. She has served as a volunteer at Cottonwood Elementary School in Kansas and at the International Rescue Committee in Los Angeles. Arez has also studied abroad at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University and served as a volunteer tutor to students and Syrian refugees in Lebanon. She is trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies, and proficient in Spanish.

Community, Engagement, & Belonging

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Kristina Berman

Director of Enrollment Management
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Kristina Berman

Director of Enrollment Management
Kristina Berman joined CDS in 2014 as a first-grade teacher and in 2021 became our Director of Enrollment Management. She received her master's degree in education and her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California, Berkeley, and she has a bachelor's degree in history with a double minor in Spanish and education from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining CDS, Kristina taught kindergarten at Cherry Chase Elementary School in Sunnyvale, California. A Bay Area native, she is on the Lick-Wilmerding Alumni Board. Kristina is proficient in Spanish. She has two young children, including a son who attends the preschool at Children's Day School. 


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Serena Chen

Annual Fund & Events Manager
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Serena Chen

Annual Fund & Events Manager
Serena Chen joined CDS in 2019 as our Annual Fund & Events Manager. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in language studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she moved to Bali to teach English to young students through a nonprofit called Yayasan Bumi Sehat. Upon her return, she moved to San Francisco and enrolled at City College of San Francisco, earning an associate degree in hospitality management. Before coming to CDS, Serena worked for Project Open Hand as their Events and Community Relations Associate.

In her spare time, she enjoys discovering new hiking and camping spots, dabbling in yoga, and spending time by the ocean surfing or relaxing on the beach.
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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 bachelor's degree 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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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, where he made the Dean’s List four consecutive years, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. 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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Patricia Jameson

Assistant to the Head of School
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Patricia Jameson

Assistant to the Head of School
Patricia Jameson joined the CDS team in 2018 as the Assistant to the Head of School. Patricia has an associate degree in early childhood education from San Joaquin Delta College and a bachelor's degree from American Indian College. Before coming to CDS, she worked for the San Francisco Archdiocese as a Department Coordinator. She is also an artist and has been taking photographs since she received her own camera at the age of six.  She proudly found her exhibition start at the Lodi Grape and Wine Festival and grew up splitting her time between a cattle ranch in California with her mother and grandparents and the Navajo reservation with her father. These two very different places sparked her love of people and portraits.
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Derric Johnson

Assistant Head of Community, Equity, and Belonging
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Derric Johnson

Assistant Head of Community, Equity, and Belonging
Derric Johnson joined CDS in 2021 as our Assistant Head of Community, Equity, and Belonging. Previously, he was a senior administrator at The Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, where he founded the Equity and Justice Institute to oversee social justice advocacy and equity education on campus. Prior, he was a Senior Deputy for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, where he established the Civilian Oversight Commission of the Sheriff’s Department, led efforts to reform the Probation Department, worked to improve deficiencies in cultural competency and implicit biases, and procured funds to support restorative justice and community-based programs to divert youth from the juvenile justice system. In 2019, Derric was appointed as a Commissioner for the L.A. County Human Relations Commission. Derric is also on the executive council of Children’s Defense Fund-CA, a historic child advocacy organization. As a National Urban Fellow, Derric earned his secondary Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College-City University of New York, completed a Master’s in Business Management from Azusa Pacific University, and earned his bachelor’s from Pitzer College, where he serves on the Alumni Board.
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Josephine Saunders

Equity & Inclusion Coach
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Josephine Saunders

Equity & Inclusion Coach
Josephine Saunders, Equity & Inclusion Coach, holds a bachelor's degree in English with Qualified Teacher Status from Liverpool John Moores University in England. Prior to joining CDS as a second grade teacher 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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Jordan Wong

Advancement Coordinator
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Jordan Wong

Advancement Coordinator
Jordan Wong joined CDS in 2021 as a playground supervisor. A Bay Area native, he graduated from San Francisco State with a bachelor’s degree in business administration - marketing. Previously, he was a recreation leader and camp counselor at the Harker School, a K-12 private school in the South Bay. He has extensive experience creating after school programs and clubs for students and supporting emotional learning on the yard. He enjoys spending time outdoors, including backpacking, hiking, and surfing.
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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 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 master's degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in art history and psychology from UCLA. On weekends, she enjoys cooking and hiking with her husband and daughter.

Extended Day

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Lucy Beltran

Extended Program Teacher
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Lucy Beltran

Extended Program Teacher
Lucy Beltran joined the Preschool Butterfly program in 2019. A graduate of Balboa High School, she is currently studying child development at City College of San Francisco. She has worked as a high school teaching assistant and volunteered with buildOn, an organization that empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service. While with buildOn, Lucy provided childcare at a career center, worked at a food bank, and provided support to senior citizens.
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Alexis Carbajal

Extended Program Teacher
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Alexis Carbajal

Extended Program Teacher
Alexis Carbajal joined the after school team in 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Francisco State University and most recently served as a program leader for the after school and summer programs at James Denman Middle School. Alexis enjoys volunteering at a variety of local children’s organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, 5 Elements Youth Program, and Wheel Kids Bicycle Club.
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Nathaniel Catunao

Extended Program Teacher
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Nathaniel Catunao

Extended Program Teacher
Nathaniel Catunao joined our after school team in 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in teaching, both from the University of San Francisco. Nathaniel has worked in a variety of educational settings, including as a student teacher at Gateway Middle School and Balboa High School, a summer camp science teacher at Brandeis School, and an Explainer at the Exploratorium.
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Ty Chavez-Gallo

Extended Program Teacher
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Ty Chavez-Gallo

Extended Program Teacher
Ty Chavez-Gallo joined the aftercare team in 2020. A San Francisco native, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from CCSF and is fluent in Spanish. Ty comes from a long line of caregivers and previously worked as a babysitter for CDS families.
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Erin Dayton-Jones

ECP Extended Program Coordinator
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Erin Dayton-Jones

ECP Extended Program Coordinator
Erin Dayton-Jones, Extended Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Program, comes to the CDS community all the way from Syracuse, New York, where she attended Syracuse University, receiving a bachelor's degree 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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June Espinosa

Extended Program Teacher
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June Espinosa

Extended Program Teacher
June Espinosa joined our after school team in 2020. They graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health education with a minor in holistic health studies from San Francisco State University, where their activities included conducting a Community Health Assessment in the Mission District, creating a grant proposal to address mental health disparities among African-American youth, and designing a website with information about COVID-19. June has also interned at several local organizations, including the Holistic Health Department at SF State, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Mandela Partners.
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Emilyann Gervolino

Extended Program Teacher
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Emilyann Gervolino

Extended Program Teacher
Emilyann Gervolino joined the CDS aftercare team in 2019. A Bay Area native, she has worked in a variety of positions at local schools, including as a third grade student teacher at Frederiksen Elementary in Dublin, an assistant teacher in the extended day program at Murray Elementary School in Dublin, and as a teacher’s aide for the ChildCare Careers program in San Francisco. She is working on a bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development with a minor in special education from San Francisco State University.
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Linda Greiff

Extended Program Teacher
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Linda Greiff

Extended Program Teacher
Linda Greiff joined our Extended Program team in 2021 as a classroom support/substitute teacher and aftercare teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Queens College and a degree in textile design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Linda has spent extensive time in the design world, worked as an art instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, the Art Institute of California, and Academy of Art University, and taught art and music at Live Oak School.
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Brionna McGhee

Extended Program Teacher
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Brionna McGhee

Extended Program Teacher
Brionna McGhee joined the after school team in 2019. She has worked as a substitute teacher in local schools since 2016, and she has also served as a patient support assistant for UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay and as a hospital security officer. Brionna is currently pursuing an associate degree in business and fashion merchandising from City College of San Francisco.
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Jose Olmedo

Extended Program Teacher
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Jose Olmedo

Extended Program Teacher
Jose Olmedo joined the after care team in 2018. A bilingual Spanish speaker, he is currently a senior at SF State studying child psychology. Before coming to CDS, Jose worked for several years in the after school departments at St. Cecilia School and Mission Preparatory School.
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Caroline Parent

Extended Program Teacher
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Caroline Parent

Extended Program Teacher
Caroline Parent joined the extended program team in 2021. She has worked at several Bay Area educational organizations, including as a reading volunteer at Reader’s Gym and a volunteer for children and adolescents with autism at Independent Peer Socialization. Caroline is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in child development from San Francisco State and has taken courses in subjects ranging from nutrition to physical education to equity and diversity.
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Chris Teare

Director of Extended Program & COVID-19 Coordinator
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Chris Teare

Director of Extended Program & COVID-19 Coordinator
Chris Teare, who joined CDS in 2018 as the Director of the Extended Program, has a master's degree in education from Harvard and a bachelor's degree in modern literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has worked in teaching positions at numerous Bay Area organizations, including four years as a teacher and afterschool program director for the Jewish Community Center in Berkeley as well as afterschool positions at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz and Americorps in East Oakland. Most recently, he served as the program director for Compass Education Group, a local tutoring organization. Chris has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and is proficient in Spanish. Outside of work, Chris is a musician, photographer, and an outdoor sports enthusiast. In addition to his extended program duties, he is also the official coordinator for our response to COVID-19.

Operations

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John Castro

Director of Facilities
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John Castro

Director of Facilities
John Castro joined CDS in July 2015 as our 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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Gwen Hill

Human Resources Manager
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Gwen Hill

Human Resources Manager
Gwen Hill, who joined the CDS team in 2021 as our Human Resources Manager, is a Bay Area native raised in the East Bay. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. Gwen is an experienced professional with an extensive HR background. She loves family, music, being happy, working out, and most importantly peace and tranquility.
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Jeanne Jacobs-Gaffney

Director of Finance & Operations
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Jeanne Jacobs-Gaffney

Director of Finance & Operations
Jeanne Jacobs-Gaffney joined the CDS team in 2021 as our Director of Finance & Operations. Jeanne has 30 years of experience as a business officer in California schools, including Abraham Joshua Heschel school in Northridge, Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles, and The Center for Early Education in West Hollywood. Some of her projects have included managing the creation of an Innovation Lab and reimagining a summer camp program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from La Salle and a master’s in the same subject from California Lutheran University.
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Michael Lee

Systems Administrator
Technology Department
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Michael Lee

Systems Administrator
Technology Department
Michael Lee, Jr. joined our tech department as a systems administrator in 2020. Before joining CDS, Michael worked in IT for nine years, beginning at Apple where he worked as a senior tech and mentor; he then transitioned into desk-side support, which would soon become systems administration for a financial technology startup. He is passionate about technology systems and device management. In his free time, Michael enjoys time with his family, riding his bike, and his dog Zoe. Please feel free to say hello to him if you see him around campus!
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George Lopez, Jr.

Head Receptionist
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George Lopez, Jr.

Head Receptionist
George Lopez Jr., Head Receptionist, 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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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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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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Rico Tan

Director of Technology
Technology Department
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Rico Tan

Director of Technology
Technology Department
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; he played a key role in the Innovation Lab project for our 601 Dolores middle school building and helped implement a strong online home learning program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rico loves to travel, is an accomplished photographer and, of course, likes all things related to technology.


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Melissa Vainio

Database Administrator & Registrar
Technology Department
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Melissa Vainio

Database Administrator & Registrar
Technology Department
Melissa Vainio joined CDS in April 2012, having spent 12 years maintaining the databases at Windrush School. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in English from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in music (horn performance) from Sibelius Academy in Finland, combined with a minor in computer science from Helsinki University. She is also a professional handbell ringer and an amateur mosaic artist, and she has a black belt in karate. In 2017 Melissa left the Bay Area to live near family in New Hampshire, where she now works as an independent contractor, helping organizations (including CDS) get the most out of their databases.
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Lexi Villasana

601 Afternoon Receptionist
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Lexi Villasana

601 Afternoon Receptionist
Lexi Villasana joined CDS in 2018 as our 601 Dolores Afternoon Receptionist. A graduate of California College of the Arts with a bachelor's degree in illustration, she also works as a freelance creator of illustrations, paper goods, and window displays. Before coming to CDS, she worked as a buyer and sales associate at the San Francisco shops Rare Device and Foggy Notion.
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Afandie Winter

Technology & Network Support Specialist
Technology Department
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Afandie Winter

Technology & Network Support Specialist
Technology Department
Afandie Winter joined CDS as the Technology & Network Support Specialist in 2021. Before CDS, Afandie was with The San Francisco School’s technology department for six years. Born and raised in Singapore before moving to San Francisco in 2005, Afandie is passionate about food and is always exploring new cuisines. Outside of work, Afandie is a selector and DJ specializing in 60s reggae on original 7-inch vinyl records.