Lower School Faculty

B.A. Environmental Studies, UCSC
Kurt Almendras
5th Grade Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 324
B.A. Modern Literature, UCSC
M.A. Education, UCSC
Laurel Buss
3rd Grade Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 317
B.A. Early Childhood Education, Brandman University
Jonnie Cardinale
1st Grade Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 336
B.A. International Labor and Immigration History, Fairhaven College
Brandt Frandle
831.423.0341 ext. 334
B.A. English Literature, Bryn Mawr College
Ed. M. in Mind, Brain and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Kaia Huseby
5th Grade Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 323
B.A.I.S. Elementary Education, University of South Carolina
Nichole Murphy
2nd Grade Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 326
B.A. Religious Studies, Minor India Studies, Indiana University
M.A. Education, Indiana University
Rachel Sattinger
4th Grade Teacher
B.A. Human Development - Specialization in Early Childhood Education, Pacific Oaks College
Becky Stapp
Kindergarten Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 354
B.A. Feminist Studies, UCSC
M.A. Education, UCSC
Hannah Wikse
4th Grade Teacher

Middle School Faculty

B.A. Biology, Minor Environmental Science, University of Virginia
M.A. Education, UCSC
Allison Birkhead
Middle School Math; Middle School Science Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 330
B.A. NP.B, UC Davis
Julee Brinton
Middle School Math Teacher
B.A. Spanish, San Jose State University
B.A. French, San Jose State University, M.A. French, San Jose State University
Patricia Lucas
Middle School Spanish Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 329
B.A. Biology, Brown University
M.A. Education, UC Santa Cruz
Michael Matthews
Middle School Math; Middle School Science Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 313
B.A. English, Penn State
M.A. Transformative Leadership and Social Change, Maryland University of Integrative Health
Melanie Munir
Middle School Division Head; Middle School Humanities Teacher
B.A. Literature, UCSC
April Ochoa
Middle School Humanities Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 322

Co-Curricular Specialists

B.A. English Lit, UCSC
CA teaching credential - Elementary Education and Music Education, CSU Chico
M.A. Education, Oxford Brookes
David Cameron
Music Specialist
B.A. Environmental Studies, UCSC
Kirsten Mehl
4th - 8th Grade Physical Education Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 331
B.A. Psychology and Cultural Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara
Krissie Olson
Art and Technology Integration Specialist
831.423.0341 ext. 320
A.A. Liberal Arts, Santa Monica College
B.A. Art, UCSC
B.A. Psychology, UCSC
Master Gardener of California
Certified California Naturalist
Melody Overstreet
K - 2nd Grade Life Lab Science Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 309
B.A. Liberal Studies, Minor in Spanish, San Francisco State University
Ana Pena
Elementary School Spanish Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 337
ECE Credential Horticulture, Cabrillo College
Environmental Studies Program and Life lab Intensive Training, UCSC
Caprice Potter
3rd - 5th Grade Life Lab Science Teacher
831.423.0341 ext. 309

Instructional Staff

B.A. Liberal Studies, CSU Monterey Bay
M.A. Education, UC Santa Cruz
Kris Broek
Learning Specialist
831.423.0341 ext. 315
B.A. Social Work, San Jose State
CA Credential Education Specialist, San Jose State
Kristen Morrelli
Resource Support Coordinator
831.423.0341 ext. 345
B.S. Education, Indiana State University
Lisa Overman
Instructional Specialist
831.423.0341 ext. 321
B.A. African Studies, San Francisco State University
Zach Raney
Assistant Director of Extended Programs; Athletic Director
831.423.0341 ext. 334


B.A. English, Stanford University
Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Mills College
Zachary Roberts
Head of School
B.A. Feminist Studies, UCSC
M.A. Education, UCSC
Hannah Wikse
Assistant Head of School
831.423.0341 ext. 327
B.F.A. Graphic Design, Massachussets College of Art
Petra Bryan
Marketing and Communications
831.423.0341 ext. 357
B.A. Mass Communications and Journalism, Fresno State University
Megan Eldredge
Director of Extended Programs
831.423.0341 ext. 334
Nancy Eskilson
831.423.0341 ext. 300
B.S. Psychology, Emory University
Jen Graham
Director of Advancement
831.423.0341 ext. 332
B.A. Human Development and Family Interaction, Cal State University, Long Beach
Amy Hammer
Office Manager
831.423.0341 ext. 306
B.A. Politics, UC Santa Cruz
M.F.A. Creative Writing, Vermont College
Cindy Jones
Admissions and Enrollment
831.423.0341 ext. 302
B.A. Psychology, UCSC
Jeremy King
Director of Information Technology; Facilities Manager
831.423.0341 ext. 305
B.S. Engineering, Humboldt State University
Shawn Padilla
Director of Finance and Operations
831.423.0341 ext. 359
B.S. Social Work, Brigham Young University
M.S. Social Work, University of Wisconsin
Sara Rauch
Advancement Assistant
B.A. English Literature, Essex University
Yvonne Reynolds
Business Office Manager
831.423.0341 ext. 303