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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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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 bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Texas, Austin and an master's degree in educational leadership from the University of the Pacific. She speaks Spanish, and 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 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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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's degree in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a bachelor's degree 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 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 Director of Finance and Operations. Cheryl worked as a Vice President for Finance in educational publishing beginning in 2004 and before that as a Director of Finance. She has a M.B.A. from the 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 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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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 bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. 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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Chris Teare

Director of Extended Program
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Chris Teare

Director of Extended Program
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.
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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 joined us in 2014 from Head-Royce School in Oakland. Anthony has a bachelor's degree in Asian studies from the University of California, 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 brought 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, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
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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.

Academic Support Program

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Lindsay Hershenhorn

Assistant Lower School Director
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Lindsay Hershenhorn

Assistant Lower School Director
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 at Mills College. Lindsay returned to CDS in 2014, first as our Literacy Specialist and currently as the Assistant Lower School Director. Lindsay holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ithaca College and an master's degree in early childhood education from New York University, and is in the process of completing her doctoral dissertation at Mills.
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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 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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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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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.

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 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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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 bachelor's degree 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, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
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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 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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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 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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Vanessa Edwards

PS Teddy Bears Teacher
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Vanessa Edwards

PS Teddy Bears Teacher
Vanessa Edwards, Preschool Teddy Bears Teacher, holds a master’s degree in international public health from the University of Sydney and a bachelor's degree 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, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies. 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 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 and is working towards a bachelor's degree in education from Grand Canyon University. 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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Shaye Shirinbab

PS Teddy Bears Teacher
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Shaye Shirinbab

PS Teddy Bears Teacher
Shaye (Shaghayegh) Shirinbab permanently joined the Teddy Bears team in 2018 after having previously served with CDS as a substitute teacher. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Bahonar University in Iran, a Montessori Early Childhood Diploma from the Toronto Montessori Institute, a master's degree in arts education from Concordia University in Montreal, and an Administration Early Childhood Certificate from City College of San Francisco. Shaye has served as a lead teacher at Toronto Montessori schools, an after school educator and administrator at the Golestan Center for Language Immersion and Cultural Education in Berkeley, and an art education intern at Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. She is the co-founder and program director of Multiverse Art Gallery, a showcase for multicultural works of art in the Bay Area.
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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 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.

Transitional Kindergarten Team

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Radha Kindler

TK Alligators Teacher
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Radha Kindler

TK Alligators Teacher
Radha Kindler, Transitional Kindergarten 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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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'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.

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 master's degree in education and her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California, Berkeley. 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 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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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 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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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 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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Andrea Gard

3rd Grade Quails Associate Teacher
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Andrea Gard

3rd Grade Quails Associate Teacher
Andrea Gard joined the Third Grade Quails team in 2018 while concurrently pursuing a master’s degree in education and California teaching credential through the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute. Andrea holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University with a dual degree in television & film production and English literature. An Emmy Award winner, Andrea is pursuing a career in education after two decades in the film industry, where she served as a sound editor for films such as The Iron Giant, Brave, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since 2006, Andrea has been a parent volunteer in her children’s classes at their San Francisco Unified School District schools.
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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 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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Tristan Jemiolo

Kindergarten Sequoias Teacher
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Tristan Jemiolo

Kindergarten Sequoias Teacher
Tristan joined the Kindergarten Sequoias 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 has coached lacrosse, soccer, and basketball at Town School and at Stuart Hall for Boys.
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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 master's degree 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 Kumar joined CDS full-time in 2017 after having previously served as a maternity substitute. She has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute at the University of the Pacific; a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Pomona College; and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute at San Francisco State University. 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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Christy Kyong

4th Grade Marbled Murrelets Associate Teacher
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Christy Kyong

4th Grade Marbled Murrelets Associate Teacher
Christy Kyong moved to the Fourth Grade Marbled Murrelets classroom in 2018 after three years with the Preschool Teddy Bears. She joined CDS 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 also has been a classroom and music teacher at Nomura School in Richmond and the Crowden School of Music in Berkeley. Christy earned her bachelor's degree in music and interdisciplinary studies in early childhood from University of California, Berkeley. She also has a M.M. in violin performance/pedagogy from Northwestern University, and she is pursuing a master's degree in education and a California teaching credential through the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute at the University of the Pacific. She is trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
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Anna Lee

1st Grade Owls Co-Head Teacher
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Anna Lee

1st Grade Owls Co-Head Teacher
Anna Lee, who joined the First Grade Owls team in 2018, is a recent 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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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 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, 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 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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Juliette Pinsky

Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head Teacher
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Juliette Pinsky

Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head Teacher
Juliette joined CDS in 2017 as our Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head Teacher with nearly a decade of experience in the classroom. After earning her bachelor's degree from Barnard College, Juliette enrolled at the Bank Street College of Education, where she earned her M.S.Ed. 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, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
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Luisa Pinto

Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head Teacher
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Luisa Pinto

Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head Teacher
Luisa Pinto, Kindergarten Redwoods Co-Head 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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Merritt Richmond

3rd Grade Pelicans Head Teacher
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Merritt Richmond

3rd Grade Pelicans Head Teacher
Merritt Richmond joined the Third Grade Pelicans team in 2018 with more than two decades of experience in the educational field, working as a lower school teacher at various schools in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Oakland. She holds a bachelor's degree in art history from Duke University and, since receiving her master’s degree in educational leadership in 2012 from Mills College, also has served as a professional development teacher and educational consultant. She chairs the Board of Trustees of the Cemala Foundation, a community charitable organization in Greensboro, NC, as well as SPEAK, our local Parent Education Collaborative.
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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 bachelor's degree 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 master's degree in teaching from the University of South Florida and a bachelor's degree 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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Ginny Spivey

3rd Grade Quails Head Teacher
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Ginny Spivey

3rd Grade Quails Head Teacher
Ginny Spivey returned to the Third Grade Quails classroom in 2018 after having served as CDS' K-4 Director of Teaching and Learning for four years. She originally joined CDS in 2006 after teaching in the Virginia public school system for five years. She also has worked as an instructional coordinator and assistant principal, and she piloted a partial Spanish immersion program in the Charlottesville City Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ginny has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in teaching (dual certification in special education and elementary education) from the University of Virginia, and she is National Board-certified. She is trained in Responsive Classroom, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
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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 bachelor's degree 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. 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.

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 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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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 bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a master's degree 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 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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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 master's degree in education, a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute at the University of the Pacific, and a bachelor's degree 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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Jonah Mandis

MS 5th/6th Science Teacher
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Jonah Mandis

MS 5th/6th Science Teacher
Jonah 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 he taught a hands-on science curriculum to grades K-8. Prior thereto, he taught sixth through eighth grade science for two years at Archway Middle School, also in Berkeley. He 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. Jonah holds a master's degree in entomology from San Jose State University and a bachelor's degree 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 a master's degree 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 bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree 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 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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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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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 in 2015, 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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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 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.

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 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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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 bachelor's degree in mathematics from Simmons College, a master’s degree in interdisciplinary computer science from Mills College, and a master’s degree in education from the University of California, 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 bachelor's degree 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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Matt Goldberg

MS Art Teacher
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Matt Goldberg

MS Art Teacher
Matt Goldberg is serving as our interim Middle School Art teacher in Fall 2018 while Colleen Flayler is on maternity leave. For the past two years, Matt has been the Resident Art Teacher at Town School; he also serves as a teaching artist for various institutions, including Clay Days, an adult education program which he founded. He won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from SFAI in 2015 and has designed more than two dozen art exhibitions in the past five years.
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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 Science Teacher
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Analise Heid

MS Food & Agricultural Science 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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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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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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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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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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Lisa Roberts

MS Music Teacher
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Lisa Roberts

MS Music Teacher
Lisa Roberts holds a bachelor's degree 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, an approach that implements classroom practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies. 
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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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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 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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Kindra Scharich

ECP & LS Music Teacher
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Kindra Scharich

ECP & LS Music Teacher
Kindra Scharich, Early Childhood and Lower School Music Teacher, is a seasoned musician and teacher with more than ten years of experience in a variety of settings. Before joining CDS in 2015, Kindra was a teacher for five years at the New Mozart School of Music in Palo Alto, and she 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 the 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

Innovation Lab Associate Teacher
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Samuel Sevett

Innovation Lab Associate 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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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's degree in food culture and communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy and a bachelor's degree 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 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.

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 holds a bachelor's degree in human resources management from Northeastern University. She brings over 25 years of human resources experience, including leading diversity and affirmative action programs at Kaiser, and she supports faculty and staff with all benefits- and human resources-related needs. 
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Daven Gee

Technology Integration Specialist
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Daven Gee

Technology Integration Specialist
Daven Gee, Technology Integration 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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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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Alyce Ide

Technology Support Specialist
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Alyce Ide

Technology Support Specialist
Alyce Ide joined the CDS team in 2017 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 associate 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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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 bachelor's degree in communicative disorders from San Francisco State University and is currently pursuing her master's degree in early childhood special education at San Francisco State.

Karla is passionate about youth, education, and social justice issues. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 7-year old daughter, husband, and friends in the SF Bay Area.
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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 bachelor's degree 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, 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. 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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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 bachelor's degree 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.

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's degree 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 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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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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Julius Cedeno

Extended Program Teacher
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Julius Cedeno

Extended Program Teacher
Julius Cedeno first joined the after school team in 2013 and returned in 2018 after a brief absence. He is a bilingual (Spanish/English) San Francisco native and has coached baseball at Stuart Hall Elementary School. Julius is experienced in infant care, motivating children, and being a team player. He is currently pursuing a degree in kinesiology at San Francisco State University.
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Nichole Davis

Extended Program Teacher
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Nichole Davis

Extended Program Teacher
Nichole 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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Jael Lacayo

Extended Program Teacher
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Jael Lacayo

Extended Program Teacher
Jael Lacayo has been with the after school program since 2016. She is a San Francisco native and graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology to pursue a career in physical therapy. Jael is bilingual in Spanish and English and has experience coaching soccer and tennis at Lycée Francais. In the future, she hopes to focus on working with younger children within the physical therapy field. 
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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 San Francisco 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.

Front Desk Reception

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Claudia Capistrano

St. Joseph's Hall PM Front Desk Receptionist
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Claudia Capistrano

St. Joseph's Hall PM Front Desk Receptionist
Claudia Capistrano, St. Joseph's Hall Afternoon Receptionist, joined CDS in 2018 with nearly twenty years of administrative experience. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her children, baking, and volunteering for different organizations, such as Walk out of the Darkness, the San Francisco Food Bank, Project Open Hand, and her local YMCA.
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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, 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.