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Jennifer Arnest

Lower School Head
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Jennifer Arnest

Lower School Head
Jennifer grew up in Chicago, Baltimore, and Pasadena—for this, she considers herself tri-coastal. In her East Coast chapter, she and her two brothers attended Baltimore Friends School. Jennifer’s father is a professor, and her mother was a teacher, and Jennifer felt like a “school person” from her earliest years. Jennifer brings over twenty years of teaching and administrative experience to SFFS, from Children’s Day School in San Francisco, to the International School of Tanganyika in East Africa, to University Child Development School in Seattle, and The Nueva School on the Peninsula. She has taught kindergarten, first and second grades, and has served as Assessment Committee Chair and faculty Board representative at the Nueva School. Before coming to the Friends School, Jennifer worked at the Children's School at Mills College, in the School of Education, where she taught and supervised the work of the graduate students entering the profession. Jennifer and her partner Martin live in the East Bay, and are the parents of two children, Sofia (SFFS class of 2018) and Luca (SFFS class of 2022).
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Amity Bacon

Director of Communications
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Amity Bacon

Director of Communications
Amity joined SFFS in the summer of 2016 after working in public affairs and marketing for the KIPP Foundation. She has also worked as a communications specialist for Bay Area non-profits such as United Religions Initiative and the San Francisco Zen Center, using her training as a journalist to help create content for online campaigns, blogs and social media. Amity attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, majoring in Community Studies and Journalism, and later received an MA in Journalism from the University of Westminster in London. Raised in Northern Nevada and Southern California, she has enjoyed living in San Francisco for the past 10 years, as the weather is in her Goldilocks zone. Amity enjoys hiking and camping, live music and theater, and freelance writing in her spare time.
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Ramiro Hernandez

Facilities Staff
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Ramiro Hernandez

Facilities Staff
Ramiro is a long-time San Francisco transplant from the land of mariachi music, Jalisco, Mexico. He was raised on a ranch outside the municipality of San Juan de los Lagos and moved to the United States in 1983. Ramiro spent twenty years as general laborer on construction projects and is no stranger to how facilities operate, as he helped build many buildings in San Francisco, including the Four Seasons Hotel. At SFFS, he puts his experience to good use maintaining our school. Ramiro enjoys his wife's cooking and spending time with his four children. His youngest son is in elementary school and his three older children have all graduated from high school; one of them is a Marine. Ramiro loves spending time on his property in Jalisco where he enjoys the fresh air and the beautiful scenery.
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Andrea Richerson

Academic Administrative Assistant
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Andrea Richerson

Academic Administrative Assistant
Andrea is an East Bay native who attended college at UC Davis where she graduated with a double B.A. in International Relations and Spanish. In her time at college she studied abroad in Granada, Spain for nine months, establishing her love for Spanish and Latin culture. After graduating, Andrea worked as a teaching assistant at an elementary school in El Sobrante, interned at the Sierra Club, Kiva, and other non-profit organizations, and traveled the world. She was previously the Admissions Assistant at Friends School, and moved into the role of Academic Administrative Assistant in the 2014–15 school year. She loves to try different foods, hike, spend time with family and friends, and think about her next travel destination.
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Katherine Preston

Mental Health Specialist
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Katherine Preston

Mental Health Specialist
Katherine joined our developmental support team in the spring of 2011. She collaborates closely with teachers, advisors, learning support staff, and parents. Katherine has maintained a private practice in San Francisco for many years, and also teaches lifespan development, systems theories, and other graduate level classes at Sofia University in Palo Alto. Katherine has worked with youth and families for over 20 years, holding clinical leadership positions overseeing and providing treatment, training, and supervision for therapeutic services throughout the Bay Area. She lives in Pacifica with her husband, Alex. They have two children: Sam and Isabelle. Katherine also facilitates workshops in Marin focused on psychology and spirituality.
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Kim Plough

Director of Finance and Operations
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Kim Plough

Director of Finance and Operations
Kim is a New Jersey native who received her BA in Economics from Middlebury College in Vermont. After a quick detour to New York to start a career in banking, Kim transferred to the West Coast. She completed her MBA at Stanford and joined The Boston Consulting Group where she worked to improve business operations across a wide range of industries before turning her attention to managing the internal operations of BCG. Kim led the San Francisco office support teams including finance, HR, operations and graphic arts and managed global marketing for the consumer and retail practice. In her spare time, Kim has pursued her interest in education. She led the PTO for nine years and participated on numerous projects for her local school district, supported the founding team for a local charter school and consulted (pro bono) to a local independent school to optimize their summer programs. Kim continues to support Bay Area non-profits as a member of the board of ACT, a pro bono consulting group organized by Stanford Business School. When Kim steps away from the office, she enjoys hiking in the local hills with her girls—two human and one canine—or relaxing with a book at the beach.
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Veronica Oberholzer

Horizons/VISTA
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Veronica Oberholzer

Horizons/VISTA
Veronica was born and raised in Oakland, California. She has recently returned from a four-year sojourn on the East Coast where she earned her B.A. in Economics with a minor in Philosophy from Smith College. Volunteer work, especially in the fields of food justice and education, has always been her passion, and she enjoyed serving on the Student Executive Board of the Community Service Office at Smith. She has volunteered with children on both coasts and is excited to continue helping students realize their dreams as Horizons at SFFS’ first ever AmeriCorps VISTA Associate. When not at work you can find her reading, swimming, or playing the violin.
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Tracie Mastronicola

Academic Dean
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Tracie Mastronicola

Academic Dean
Tracie excitedly returned to SFFS as our Academic Dean in the summer of 2016. Tracie brings her enthusiasm and 16 years of experience in and around the classroom to her new role at SFFS. After finishing her own education on the east coast, the native New Yorker packed up her car and drove out west where she's been acting like a tourist in San Francisco ever since. Tracie's first introduction to teaching was at the Nueva School; it was there that she realized the innovative, dynamic, and sometimes chaotic nature of a school was where she felt most at home. Tracie dove into both teaching and learning, spending the next two decades focusing on science and math curriculum, project-based learning, advising young adults, and leading service learning trips with students to far off places. After teaching in the classroom at SFFS, Tracie most recently worked with a team designing science simulations at CK-12 Foundation, an educational non-profit organization aimed at providing free material to students and teachers. In her free time, Tracie loves eating and, subsequently, running through Golden Gate Park. Tracie, her wife Alyssa, and their twin boys live​​ and play in San Francisco.
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Danny Massingale

Maintenance Engineer
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Danny Massingale

Maintenance Engineer
Danny has been a Maintenance Engineer at Friends School for the past four years. Before Friends, she worked as an engineer at the San Francisco Jewish Community High while also running a painting company that worked on several Victorians throughout the city. Prior to that, Danny was a stationary engineer for the Academy of Sciences and the Steinhart Aquarium. A native of Washington state, Danny grew up on a farm where she enjoyed boating and horseback riding. She later moved to Seattle and went to school for electronics and blueprint, later working in the engineering department for the City of Seattle. In her spare time, Danny enjoys live music and cabaret, flea markets, circus events, and art showings. 
 
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Kitty Martin

Front Desk Clerk
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Kitty Martin

Front Desk Clerk
Kitty Martin is a native San Franciscan who came to the Friends school in 2015 after having served eight years in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she worked as an HR Assistant for a human services agency that provides help to the homeless population of San Francisco. Kitty holds a B.A. in American History from the University of San Francisco and has a deep appreciation of both history and current events. In her free time, Kitty enjoys running, playing music, and traveling.
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Grecia Lacayo

Lower School Administrative Assistant / Admission Asst.
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Grecia Lacayo

Lower School Administrative Assistant / Admission Asst.
Grecia was born and raised in Los Angeles. She initially moved to San Francisco to attend the University of San Francisco and majored in Biology where she discovered a passion for conservation biology. After working as a marine research assistant in Thailand, she went on to receive an MSc in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. It was during this time that she worked in Colombia on her MSc thesis and realized that she had a passion for both conservation biology and education. For nearly 10 years now, Grecia has worked as a tutor and as site coordinator for an afterschool program. She is excited to work in a school that teaches its students to engage the world with kindness and one that teaches the importance of an environmentally aware, just society. Grecia loves traveling, reading crime and science fiction novels, spending time outdoors, and is a film enthusiast.
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Shane Hihara

Technology Systems Support Administrator
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Shane Hihara

Technology Systems Support Administrator
Shane is a Southern California native who recently returned to the Bay Area after half a decade in New York City. Shane is a graduate from U.C. Santa Cruz where he was on the Dean’s List and worked in the Jean Fox-Tree Lab, supporting innovative studies and experiments in psycholinguistics. After graduating, Shane moved to NYC to work at the intersections of education, sports, IT, and non-profit industries, including leading institutions such as the Trevor Day School, Manhattan Kickers, and Millennium Development. When not at SFFS Shane can be found playing soccer all over the Bay Area, supporting charities and non-profits through grant writing and program management, and stopping randomly to pet dogs.
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Ed Hewitt

Director of Facilities
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Ed Hewitt

Director of Facilities
Ed is a Bay Area native who brings over ten years of facility management experience to the SFFS, most recently working as the Assistant Director of Maintenance for the San Rafael City Schools. Early in his career, Ed pursued his passion for woodworking and took a position working for a custom furniture maker as an apprentice. He has always had an interest in education, and was fortunate to work for a non-profit teaching woodworking and vocational skills to disabled adults for over ten years. In his work he strives to make the educational environment exceptional and supports teachers any way he can. Ed lives in San Rafael with his partner Susan, and when he isn’t working on the house, he enjoys sailing on San Francisco Bay in his boat.
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Mike Hanas

Head of School
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Mike Hanas

Head of School
Mike joined Friends School in the summer of 2016, previously working as the Principal of Carolina Friends School (CFS), a pre-K­–12 Quaker school in Durham, North Carolina. A born teacher and a lifelong learner, Mike grew up on Chicago’s Southside, where he was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and his Master’s degree in Education Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. Mike has taught Latin, Greek, and humanities, served as a college counselor and assistant director of admissions, and coached basketball, football, and lacrosse teams at Tabor Academy, St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, and Durham Academy in addition to CFS and SFFS. He also serves currently on the Board of Trustees for the Friends Council on Education. Mike and his wife, Sue Gouchoe, met when they were coaching competing girls’ varsity basketball teams (Sue’s team won). Mike and Sue have two children: their daughter, Kyle, is a graduate of Smith College and faculty member at the Friends School of Wilmington (NC), and their son, Matt, currently attends UNC Chapel Hill, where he captains Darkside, UNC's ultimate frisbee team. Mike’s interests include reading, art, travel, outdoor adventure, the music of Bruce Springsteen, the Chicago Cubs, and long conversations with good friends.
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Abby Rovner

Director of Horizons Program
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Abby Rovner

Director of Horizons Program
Abby Rovner served as the Friends School's Middle and High School Transition Coordinator from 2011 to 2015. In this role, she led the high school transition process, welcomed and oriented students and families new to the middle school, spearheaded the launch of the new Friends Community Scholars program, and strengthened partnerships with a range of Mission based education and youth development agencies. Prior to coming to Friends, Abby started and ran "I Have a Dream" — San Francisco (IHAD-SF), a nonprofit college and career preparedness program that served 65 youth from San Francisco's Mission and Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhoods. During her 12 years as Executive Director of IHAD, Abby and her team helped “Dreamers” grow up healthy, educated, and college bound. Abby earned a B.A. in Modern Thought and Literature and an M.A. in Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Stanford University. Bilingual in Spanish and English, she has taught language arts, literature, and English as a Second Language to recently immigrated middle school students, worked in the administration of a community charter school, and served as mentor and guide for Waking the Village, a nonprofit that brought eighteen at-risk and homeless youth on a cross-country bicycle trip across the country. She is proud to build the first west coast Horizons program, providing enrichment opportunities for underserved children with the collaboration of the Mission community, the guidance of the Friends School's vision and values, and the support of its talented and committed faculty and leadership.
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Kim Gitnick

Learning Specialist
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Kim Gitnick

Learning Specialist
For over twenty years Kim has taught first through fourth grades, and has been a learning specialist in the Bay Area. Most recently she taught first grade at San Francisco Day School where she helped faculty deepen their understanding of Structured Word Inquiry (SWI), an approach for teaching word structure, vocabulary and spelling. Kim has worked extensively with Pete Bowers, the designer of this inquiry-based approach. Kim is originally from LA and attended UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. She is the busy mother of her teenage son, and likes to practice yoga, run, hike, fly fish, and go on travel adventures with her son.
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Suzanne Geller

Lower School Librarian
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Suzanne Geller

Lower School Librarian
Raised in Curaçao in the Caribbean, Suzanne is fluent in Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamentu and enjoys using her Spanish with the students, staff, and families at SFFS. A graduate of Smith and Bank Street College of Education, Suzanne has more than 20 years of experience as an educator and administrator—she has worked at the International School in Curacao, at Corlears and Ethical Culture School in New York City, and at Santa Catalina, Nueva, and Ring Mountain Day School here in California. Suzanne enjoys guiding students in discovery and learning and is thrilled to be doing so with books in the library. She lives in San Francisco with her partner, Stephen, and their son, Anemo (SFFS class of 2021).
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Ryan Gallagher

Director of Educational Technology
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Ryan Gallagher

Director of Educational Technology
Ryan grew up in Washington State and received his Bachelor of Business Administration at Stetson University in Florida. He made his way north to New York City where he served in leadership roles at several NYC technology startups. Drawn to education, Ryan became Senior Systems Coordinator at the The School at Columbia University, working with architects, construction staff, and vendors to create the teaching and learning environment of the newly constructed K–8 school and deploying and supporting the school’s 1:1 laptop program. In 2006, Ryan came west to work as Director of Technology at Stanford New Schools, managing technology operations, faculty training, professional development, and the integration of technology into the newly-founded Stanford University sponsored charter school’s developing curriculum. When he is not pointing and clicking on a computer, he enjoys cycling, skiing and exploring the Northern California landscape.
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Frances Dickson

Developmental Support Coordinator and K–4 Learning Specialist
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Frances Dickson

Developmental Support Coordinator and K–4 Learning Specialist
Frances joined the SFFS team in 2008 after working for five years at The Nueva School as a reading specialist and for thirteen years at San Francisco Day School as a classroom teacher and learning specialist. Originally from Kentucky, Frances began her career in as a third grade teacher in a rural public school in Central Florida. After relocating to San Francisco, she completed her M.A. in Learning and Instruction at USF and has since attended professional development workshops to keep up with the developments in the understanding of learning. Frances has been active with the Northern CA branch of the International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA) for many years and is currently the branch president. She has an extensive background in structured literacy, specifically the Slingerland approach, and is riveted by her new learning of Structured Word Inquiry, an approach that expands structured literacy and reaches a broad range of learners. Frances enjoys gardening, yoga, Burn—an indoor bootcamp of sorts—eating, and traveling. She and her partner live in Pacifica with their two teenage daughters, Grace and Vivianne, and their two elderly cats, Roses and Gracie.
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Kristen Daniel

Director of Middle School and High School Transition
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Kristen Daniel

Director of Middle School and High School Transition
Kristen Daniel brought nine years of teaching experience to our founding sixth grade team when she joined SFFS in 2007. She attended Brown University and jumped immediately into the classroom at Summit Middle School to fulfill her New Jersey Governor’s Teaching Scholarship. She taught language arts and social studies in a mixed seventh/eighth grade, and attended Rutgers to complete her master’s degree. After six years at Summit, Kristen moved into New York City, and joined the faculty at Intermediate School 413/School of the Future. During her two years there, she trained at the Columbia University Teachers College Writing Workshop, developed a portfolio assessment program, and supervised both student teachers and first-year teachers. She is now delighted to work with both students and parents, supporting them in their transition into middle school and with the high school application process. Kristen enjoys the beach, reading, and cooking for her partner, Jeff, and daughters, Lily (SFFS class of 2015) and Clementine (SFFS class of 2017).
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Leah Daffner

Development Associate
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Leah Daffner

Development Associate
Leah is from Northern Virginia where she grew up attending Shiloh Quaker Camp every summer in the Appalachian Mountains. While attending Creighton University, she studied Medical & Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on public health and community development. She acquired development experience through internships with various local non-profits, and even volunteered for a summer at a Burmese migrant school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She recently moved to San Francisco to start her career in development work. Her previous experiences with the Quaker values and traditions stayed with her and ultimately led her to begin her work at SFFS. When Leah is not working, she enjoys hiking, doing yoga, and going to see live music.
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Omar Cotom

Janitor
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Omar Cotom

Janitor
Eswin “Omar” was born and raised in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala, along with his five brothers and sisters. After graduating with a technical degree as a lathe operator, Omar married his wife Gloria and had three children before coming to the United States. Omar now has over twenty years of experience working as a school custodian. Omar and his family have found their spiritual home at Ministerios Cosecha (Harvest Ministries). Omar loves to help with his community and he is currently studying theology at Latin University of Theology.
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Gloria Cotom

Janitor
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Gloria Cotom

Janitor
Gloria was born and raised in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala, where she married and started a family with Eswin Omar. Gloria loves children and works closely with them at her family’s spiritual home, Ministerio Cosecha. In her spare time, Gloria enjoys cooking traditional Guatemalan dishes in her kitchen, reading about spirituality, and making original greeting cards. Her oldest daughter, Lorenis, lives in Guatemala. Her son Osmar is a graduate of City College of San Francisco and her youngest daughter, Tanya, is a student at San Francisco State University and a lower school teaching assistant here at SFFS. Gloria loves working at San Francisco Friends School.
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Violet Borowski

Assistant to the Head of School
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Violet Borowski

Assistant to the Head of School
Violet came to SFFS in 2012 from Southern California, where she earned her B.A. in Graphic Design from CSU San Bernardino. She made San Francisco her home in 2005, and has worked as a kindergarten assistant teacher at Hamlin, as well as over three years as an Executive Assistant for PACT, an educational nonprofit specializing in free collegiate assistance to underprivileged youth. Before joining Friends, she had the opportunity to immerse herself in the world of stationery stores, working at The Desk Set and Cherish in San Francisco. Violet speaks fluent Spanish and enjoys spending time with family and friends, warm sunny days, and exploring the many activities and treasures the city has to offer. She calls the Inner Sunset home, where she lives with her husband and daughter.
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Yvette Bonaparte

Director of Admission
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Yvette Bonaparte

Director of Admission
Yvette came to San Francisco Friends School thirteen years ago as part of its founding staff with experience as an office manager and conferencing coordinator at The WELL, an online discussion community. She studied classical violin at the Manhattan School of Music, graduated from State University of New York at Purchase and has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. A published journalist and short story writer, Yvette has taught English at USF and Skyline College. She represented San Francisco Friends School at the 2003 National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference and served as co-clerk of the SFFS Diversity Committee in 2003 and 2004. Yvette also served on the board of the Bay Area chapter of POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools) in 2005–06. She is a member of the school's Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and represented SFFS at the 2015 National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference. Yvette lives with her husband Mark, and has two sons, Elijah (SFFS Class of 2025), and Liam (SFFS class of 2013). In her spare time she is an online Scrabble fiend, enjoys farmer's markets, and loves to make unique ice cream flavors from the many ice cream recipe books she owns.
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Virginia Romero

Evening Front Desk Clerk
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Virginia Romero

Evening Front Desk Clerk
Virginia Romero is a native San Franciscan, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, and joined SFFS in 2016. Virginia brings over 10 years of experience working with children and families, where she has experience as a teacher assistant and substitute teacher, along with administrative experience. Virginia also attended City College of San Francisco, where she studied Early Childhood Development. She started her career as an assistant teacher at Mission Learning Center and then taught at Presidio Preschool. Virginia spends her free time enjoying outdoor adventures and spending quality time with her kids.
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Andrew Salverda

Middle School Head
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Andrew Salverda

Middle School Head
Andrew Salverda joined the SFFS team in 2008 with more than fifteen years of middle school teaching, coaching, and administrative experience. For eleven years, he worked at the Nueva School in many roles: teaching humanities, serving as interim middle school head, coordinating the Innovation Lab (in partnership with Stanford University’s Design School), managing the advising program, coaching basketball, co-founding the Nueva Drama Conservatory, and leading trips into the wilderness and to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. Andrew has experience in many realms of school design. In the winter of 2012, he served as Acting Head of San Francisco Friends School. Andrew graduated from Allegheny College and earned a Master’s in Literature from The Bread Loaf School at Middlebury College. Andrew and his partner, Sarah, live in San Francisco and are parents of twins, Bram and Lucia (SFFS class of 2022), and daughter Cora. Before he became a parent, Andrew enjoyed photography, woodworking, and fly-fishing, which he looks forward to enjoying with his kids.
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Guybe Slangen

Director of Community Engagement
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Guybe Slangen

Director of Community Engagement
Guybe comes from an international family of educators—his father (from Belgium) was a professor for nearly three decades and his mother (from the Philippines) taught in public schools for many years. Guybe joined SFFS in 2009 from the Head-Royce School where he was the Dean of Students. Prior to that he worked at independent schools in both Colorado and New York. Whether leading students to China on summer trips or taking them to serve meals at homeless shelters, Guybe believes strongly that learning has the greatest impact through experience. At Friends, his work centers around building and sustaining strong relationships between the school and the greater community. He also manages grade-level trips and supports diversity and service efforts throughout the school. Guybe is a graduate of Dickinson College and completed his Master’s in Educational Leadership at Columbia University’s Teachers College. He has served on the boards of the Northern California POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools), the Asian Educators Alliance, and presented workshops nationally on the topics of leadership, diversity, and community engagement. Guybe lives in Oakland with his partner Susan and their daughter Livi.
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Cathy Wickboldt

Controller
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Cathy Wickboldt

Controller
Cathy received a BSC with an emphasis in Accounting from Santa Clara University. Her early years were spent in public accounting as an auditor, but the bulk of her career has been spent working in the business as a finance officer of non-profit organizations including Castilleja School in Palo Alto and Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. She and her husband are long-time residents of San Ramon where they raised their two sons. When not at working, Cathy enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and kayaking with family and friends.
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Marina Vendrell-Ouali

Director of Extended Day & A3
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Marina Vendrell-Ouali

Director of Extended Day & A3
A native of the Bay Area, Marina attended Humboldt State University, where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts, and California College of the Arts, where she completed her Master’s in Fine Arts. She has taught children and adolescents and served as a guest artist, artist-in-residence and lecturer at the San Francisco Day School and Marin Academy. She has directed the Extended Day Program here at Friends for over a decade. Marina is trained in the Responsive Classroom teaching method and has delved into the joys of play with Playworks. She served as an assistant in the very first Friends School Summer camp in 2003, and then directed the school’s growing summer camp for seven years. Marina and her 5-year-old son, Rezki, are deeply inspired by the Maker Movement, and spend their time making everything from granola to solar cars to paper monsters.
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Jayla Tharp

Accounting Clerk
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Jayla Tharp

Accounting Clerk
Born and raised in Oakland, Jayla now lives in San Leandro with her three children. Jayla brings over 15 years of accounting experience to SFFS and holds a B.A. in Social Science (with a concentration in education) from Ashford University. She loves to help others and serves as a volunteer in her Oakland community, teaching young girls and women through ministry. After seven years of temping, Jayla was thrilled to start calling Friends home in the 2012–13 school year. Though she loves crunching numbers, Jayla also hopes to explore a career as a teacher or counselor in the future. She loves to dance!
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Jason Stone

Learning Commons Coordinator
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Jason Stone

Learning Commons Coordinator
Born to a school teacher mother and a Baptist minister father, Jason grew up in a small town in North Carolina before attending Duke University to study the German language and Medieval art history. In 1994, after returning from teaching at a school in southern Germany, he moved to the Bay Area and began working at San Francisco Day School. During his first role there as an assistant librarian, Jason discovered his passion for helping children and adults learn to use technology as a tool for learning, discovery, and play. After helping to formalize the technology department, he eventually accepted the role of Director of Technology and helped SFDS integrate the rapidly evolving world of educational technology into its classrooms. In addition, he cherished the relationships he developed through his role as a sixth and seventh grade advisor. He joined Friends School in 2012 as the Learning Commons Coordinator. When not at school, Jason resides in the outer Richmond with his partner, Adra, and their cat Chester McMeowypants. Jason has been known to play bass guitar in the SFFS teacher band Testimony, and enjoys motorcycling and bicycling on any rain-free weekend.
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Emma Sonduck

Annual Fund and Alumni Manager
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Emma Sonduck

Annual Fund and Alumni Manager
Emma joined Friends in 2015 from California College of the Arts, where she oversaw their annual giving for five years. She began her career in development over ten years ago as a grant writer for small arts organizations in San Francisco; from there, she worked for Family Service Agency San Francisco and the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. Originally from Massachusetts, she moved the the Bay Area after earning her BA from Mount Holyoke College. Emma resides in Oakland with her partner Christopher and their two cats. She enjoys cooking, going to the movies, and cheering for Oakland sport teams.
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Marlene Sloger

Director of Development
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Marlene Sloger

Director of Development
Marlene joined SFFS in 2008 with more than a decade of development experience as the Associate Director of Leadership Gifts at Princeton University, the Director of Development at the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Common Cause, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization working for open and accountable government. Marlene grew up in suburban Maryland outside of Washington, D.C., the second daughter of two scientists. Perhaps due in part to her proximity to great museums, she developed an early love of history and pop culture, earning her undergraduate degree in American Studies at Eckerd College and Master’s in American Civilization from Brown University. Her first experience with Quaker education came at age seven when she attended a Quaker summer camp in the mountains of western North Carolina. The five glorious summers spent at Camp Celo were instrumental in her finding her way to SFFS. A Mission resident, Marlene is usually on the go with her husband, Hans, and sons Julian (SFFS class of 2021) and Hank.

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Marina Vendrell-Ouali

Director of Extended Day & A3
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Marina Vendrell-Ouali

Director of Extended Day & A3
A native of the Bay Area, Marina attended Humboldt State University, where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts, and California College of the Arts, where she completed her Master’s in Fine Arts. She has taught children and adolescents and served as a guest artist, artist-in-residence and lecturer at the San Francisco Day School and Marin Academy. She has directed the Extended Day Program here at Friends for over a decade. Marina is trained in the Responsive Classroom teaching method and has delved into the joys of play with Playworks. She served as an assistant in the very first Friends School Summer camp in 2003, and then directed the school’s growing summer camp for seven years. Marina and her 5-year-old son, Rezki, are deeply inspired by the Maker Movement, and spend their time making everything from granola to solar cars to paper monsters.
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Courtney Wilde

1st Grade Teacher
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Courtney Wilde

1st Grade Teacher
Courtney grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Tulane University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree. She began teaching elementary school in the New Orleans charter school system as a Teach for America corps member. Courtney then grew as an educator, union organizer, comedian, and meditator. A spiritual calling to focus on her meditation practice brought her to Green Gulch Farm in Marin for a year and a half of Zen practice. Courtney really impressed us with her intellect, intuition, pure joy, thoughtfulness, and her way with the children in her teaching practice. We a re thrilled that she has decided to join us and the first grade team at SFFS this fall, and she is excited to be of service to our school community and home.

 
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Amabelle Sze

3rd Grade Teacher
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Amabelle Sze

3rd Grade Teacher
Amabelle grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and the suburbs of Chicago. She was inspired to become a teacher early on by her first and second piano teachers, Barbara Tiao and Olive P. Endres. Amabelle attended the University of Southern California and received her B.F.A. from the University of Illinois. In 2000, she migrated to San Francisco, a city she had fallen in love with after her first visit. She began as an assistant teacher in second and fourth grades at Stuart Hall for Boys and then taught third grade at Cathedral School for Boys while earning her teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Amabelle came to the faculty of SFFS in 2006, becoming part of the founding fourth grade team. She has participated in Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University’s summer programs and webinars, Responsive Classroom’s institute, Harvard's Project Zero Summer Institute, as well as the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference. In the spring of 2015, Amabelle received the Herbst Award for Teaching Excellence. Amabelle spends her free time bouldering with her partner, Matt, and daughter, Maddy, outside near Lake Tahoe, or indoors at Dogpatch Boulders.
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Maxwell Raynard

Lower School Teaching Assistant
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Maxwell Raynard

Lower School Teaching Assistant
A native of San Francisco, Max grew up in the Mission and Sunset Districts. After receiving a degree in history from San Francisco State University, he moved to Japan where he worked as an English teacher in rural Japanese public elementary  schools for two years.  Later he moved to work at an international school with a heavy arts and project based learning focus, teaching at the kindergarten level.  He is passionate about a career in education and returned to San Francisco in 2017 to pursue this dream.  Max's interests include Japanese culture and history, baseball, and music.
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Jessie Radowitz

2nd Grade Teacher
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Jessie Radowitz

2nd Grade Teacher
Jessie grew up in Washington, D.C. and attended a progressive independent school where she first fell in love with learning. Jessie joined the SFFS team in 2013 after completing her Master’s in Elementary Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She previously taught first grade for two years in the Mississippi Delta as a Teach For America corps member. In addition to exploring every corner of the US, Jessie’s love of travel has led her to work and study in India, Tanzania, and Belize. While at Kenyon College, she was a member of the all-female a cappella group, The Owl Creeks, and has continued her solo career in various rooms of her apartment. In her free time, she enjoys painting, cooking, and exploring the endless hiking trails of the Bay Area.
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Hilary Palanza

Dance/Drama Teacher
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Hilary Palanza

Dance/Drama Teacher
Hilary Palanza is the artistic director of San Francisco’s Palanza Dance. Hilary's earliest training was in Santa Fe, NM, with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Gisela Genschow and teacher/choreographer Sue West. In 2006, Palanza graduated with a BA in dance from the Colorado College. Palanza Dance has created many works, performing at the DeYoung Museum, ODC Theater and Dance Mission Theater. In 2006, Hilary received her certificate of teacher training from the National Dance Institute, working directly with New York City Ballet’s Jacques d’Amboise. She has since directed the year-round dance program at the Crested Butte School of Dance in Colorado, and has taught master classes in Colorado, Maine, New York, and India to children ages 2–16. Hilary worked with Corrine Nagata in San Francisco for over 5 years. In 2010 Hilary opened Children's Center for Dance in the Presidio and taught in satellite programs in many of San Francisco's schools.
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Gavin Odabashian

Lower School Teaching Assistant
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Gavin Odabashian

Lower School Teaching Assistant
Gavin was born and raised on the Peninsula by her two loving moms. She and her family have been active in the fight for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights since she was young. Gavin received her B.A. in Sociology from Scripps College in 2013, with a focus on gender and women’s studies. Most recently, she worked with middle schoolers in a variety of out-of-school-time programs that aimed to develop both academic and social and emotional learning at Peninsula Bridge, a nonprofit that serves low-income students in the area. Gavin is fluent in Spanish and has just returned from four months of travel in Colómbia, Chile, and Argentina—a dream of hers after she lived and studied abroad in Chile in 2012. Gavin is passionate about social justice and playing an active role in caring for and supporting the needs of children and families from a variety of backgrounds. In her free time, she loves cooking, hiking, painting, and spending quality time with loved ones. Gavin lives in Berkeley and attends the Berkeley Friends Meeting regularly.
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Nick McGrane

Kindergarten Teacher
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Lisa McEachron

PE Teacher
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Lisa McEachron

PE Teacher
Lisa joined the SFFS staff in 2009. Lisa taught P.E. at Katherine Delmar Burke School in the mid-1990s for three years. Previous to that, she taught in the East Bay at an elementary school and at a K–12 school for emotionally troubled students. Lisa brings a host of physical education skills to our school—she is a seasoned bike tour leader, an experienced coach, and an events coordinator. Lisa pioneered our first Field Day in the spring of 2010. She is an ardent believer in preparing students for lifelong fitness and physical activity. Lisa has both a B.A. (Cal State, Chico) and M.S. (Cal State, Hayward) in Physical Education, and an abiding interest in health education. She is an avid camper, hiker, and biking enthusiast, having biked 2,000 miles from Oregon to Colorado. She enjoys reading, gardening, and cooking. Lisa has two children, Elizabeth and Annie (SFFS class of 2011).
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Tracie Mastronicola

Academic Dean
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Tracie Mastronicola

Academic Dean
Tracie excitedly returned to SFFS as our Academic Dean in the summer of 2016. Tracie brings her enthusiasm and 16 years of experience in and around the classroom to her new role at SFFS. After finishing her own education on the east coast, the native New Yorker packed up her car and drove out west where she's been acting like a tourist in San Francisco ever since. Tracie's first introduction to teaching was at the Nueva School; it was there that she realized the innovative, dynamic, and sometimes chaotic nature of a school was where she felt most at home. Tracie dove into both teaching and learning, spending the next two decades focusing on science and math curriculum, project-based learning, advising young adults, and leading service learning trips with students to far off places. After teaching in the classroom at SFFS, Tracie most recently worked with a team designing science simulations at CK-12 Foundation, an educational non-profit organization aimed at providing free material to students and teachers. In her free time, Tracie loves eating and, subsequently, running through Golden Gate Park. Tracie, her wife Alyssa, and their twin boys live​​ and play in San Francisco.
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Ben Lopez

Lower School Teaching Assistant
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Ben Lopez

Lower School Teaching Assistant
Ben is a Bay Area Teacher Training Institute student. He earned his B.A. in English at San Francisco State University. Ben was the caretaker of his grandparents for ten years, helping him to develop compassion, empathy, and patience. More recently Ben worked for six years as a bookseller at Christopher’s Books, where he found joy in community and art. Ben strives for balance within himself and the outside world, practicing mindfulness and meditation regularly. An avid reader and Giants fan, Ben lives with his partner Ema and their daughter Mika in Potrero Hill.
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Erin Kendrew

1st Grade Teacher
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Erin Kendrew

1st Grade Teacher
Erin Kendrew was born and raised in New Zealand, graduating with her B.A. in English and History from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. She went on to receive her teaching diploma, and launched her career immediately. In more than a decade of teaching, Erin has taught kindergartners in Wellington and Christchurch in her home country, first and second graders in Egypt and England, and kindergartners in Oakland. Erin was trained with Harvard’s “Project Zero” curriculum and year-long fellowship with the Making Math Real program, and has experience in numerous reading, writing, and literacy programs. At Head-Royce School, Erin coordinated with two Oakland public schools to implement a service-learning program. Erin moved to the Bay Area with her Dutch husband, Dieuwe, and young daughter, Ava, in 2007 and has taught kindergarten and first grade here at SFFS.
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Kent Jue

Music Teacher
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Kent Jue

Music Teacher
Kent joins San Francisco Friends School performing arts team with over 20 years of music teaching and administrative experiences in public and independent schools in California and Massachusetts. Previous leadership roles include supervising teachers, developing curriculum, coordinating the San Francisco Day School music department, serving on the professional services committee of the California Association of Independent Schools, and conducting children's  and youth choruses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Kent has also performed and recorded with the Gay Men's Choruses of San Francisco and Boston, and the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific, his Master of Music in Music Education degree from Holy Names University, and earned additional certifications in Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies. In addition to conducting the choruses at SFFS, Kent is an active member of the bay area choral community and is in demand as a guest clinician, adjudicator, and workshop presenter. He also currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director for the Ragazzi Boys Chorus.
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Mike Hanas

Head of School
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Mike Hanas

Head of School
Mike joined Friends School in the summer of 2016, previously working as the Principal of Carolina Friends School (CFS), a pre-K­–12 Quaker school in Durham, North Carolina. A born teacher and a lifelong learner, Mike grew up on Chicago’s Southside, where he was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and his Master’s degree in Education Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. Mike has taught Latin, Greek, and humanities, served as a college counselor and assistant director of admissions, and coached basketball, football, and lacrosse teams at Tabor Academy, St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, and Durham Academy in addition to CFS and SFFS. He also serves currently on the Board of Trustees for the Friends Council on Education. Mike and his wife, Sue Gouchoe, met when they were coaching competing girls’ varsity basketball teams (Sue’s team won). Mike and Sue have two children: their daughter, Kyle, is a graduate of Smith College and faculty member at the Friends School of Wilmington (NC), and their son, Matt, currently attends UNC Chapel Hill, where he captains Darkside, UNC's ultimate frisbee team. Mike’s interests include reading, art, travel, outdoor adventure, the music of Bruce Springsteen, the Chicago Cubs, and long conversations with good friends.
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Katy Hill

Lower School Teaching Assistant
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Katy Hill

Lower School Teaching Assistant
A native of the Bay Area, Katy graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in World Arts & Cultures. Following college, she spent a year teaching English at an elementary school in Spain before entering the advertising world as an interactive producer and project manager. Over the past five years she’s worked on digital design projects for clients ranging from Google to Girls Who Code, both in San Francisco and New York. Katy is excited to return to the West Coast to join the Friends School community and to participate in the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) program to earn her master’s and teaching credential. She loves to dance, cook, see live shows, and explore the outdoors.
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Angie Gonzalez

Lower School Teaching Assistant
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Angie Gonzalez

Lower School Teaching Assistant
Angelica was born and raised in Los Angeles. She moved to the Bay Area in 2012 to attend San Francisco State University where she earned a B.A. in Latina/o Studies and a minor in Race & Resistance Studies. Angie started her career in education at 19 years old when her high school coach asked her to be the Academic Decathlon assistant. To this day, the Academic Decathlon program is very dear and near to her heart, and she continues to volunteer at the Regional and State competition. Since then, she worked with Transitional Kindergarten and Newcomer High School students from Central America. Most recently, she has worked with middle school students through the Aim High program, and as a first and second grade after school teacher at Paul Revere Elementary. During her free time she visits her family in L.A as often as she can, loves to cook, and runs in small (5K, 12K, 15K) races all over the city. She aspires to one day run a full marathon and to be a culturally relevant and critically conscious educator.
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Suzanne Geller

Lower School Librarian
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Suzanne Geller

Lower School Librarian
Raised in Curaçao in the Caribbean, Suzanne is fluent in Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamentu and enjoys using her Spanish with the students, staff, and families at SFFS. A graduate of Smith and Bank Street College of Education, Suzanne has more than 20 years of experience as an educator and administrator—she has worked at the International School in Curacao, at Corlears and Ethical Culture School in New York City, and at Santa Catalina, Nueva, and Ring Mountain Day School here in California. Suzanne enjoys guiding students in discovery and learning and is thrilled to be doing so with books in the library. She lives in San Francisco with her partner, Stephen, and their son, Anemo (SFFS class of 2021).
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Anhvu Buchanan

2nd Grade Teacher
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Anhvu Buchanan

2nd Grade Teacher
Anhvu served for two years as a Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) intern in both 2nd and 3rd grades at Friends before spending two years in the lead teaching position at The Berkeley School (TBS), where he has thrived in a combination 1st and 2nd grade classroom. Hailing from Virginia, Anvhu has two master’s degrees, one in Education from UoP, and one in Creative Writing from SF State. A published writer, he spent several years as a Writer’s Corps volunteer in the Juvenile Justice Center teaching poetry. Anhvu has been drawn to Quaker education for some time; while he was here, he committed himself to the ideals of the school by working with Horizons. While Anhvu has truly enjoyed his time at TBS, he describes Friends as a pull he could not deny. We are so happy to welcome him back to the team.
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Beth Espinoza

Technology Integrator
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Beth Espinoza

Technology Integrator
Beth is a Bay Area native, born and raised in Pacifica. Her interest in black and white photography has taken her on a path of discovery of filmmaking and media literacy, culminating in eight years’ experience as a K–5 technology integrator in Marin County and as a fourth grade teacher in Daly City. She has a B.A. in Education from CSU Humboldt and her teaching credentials from SFSU. Along the way she partnered with media organizations such as the San Francisco Film Society, KQED, Common Sense Media, and Glide Memorial to produce community-inspired media projects. She has shared this passion of integrating engaging best practices into the classroom with various professional learning communities, presenting at CUE conferences and networking with various educational Meetups, Edcamps, and online communities. When not collaborating with her PLC, Beth enjoys traveling the world as well as hiking and biking Bay Area trails with her partner Mateo.
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Nina Eckhoff

Lower School Teaching Assistant
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Nina Eckhoff

Lower School Teaching Assistant
Nina started working with children in 2010, when she become part of the Glenridge Cooperative Nursery School community. Since then, she has worked at Pacific Primary School, and in 2016 joined SF Friends as a substitute teacher in the lower school. Nina lives in San Francisco with her husband and son, and enjoys camping and baking with her family. Most weekends, you can find Nina attempting new moves in a big dance class.
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Frances Dickson

Developmental Support Coordinator and K–4 Learning Specialist
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Frances Dickson

Developmental Support Coordinator and K–4 Learning Specialist
Frances joined the SFFS team in 2008 after working for five years at The Nueva School as a reading specialist and for thirteen years at San Francisco Day School as a classroom teacher and learning specialist. Originally from Kentucky, Frances began her career in as a third grade teacher in a rural public school in Central Florida. After relocating to San Francisco, she completed her M.A. in Learning and Instruction at USF and has since attended professional development workshops to keep up with the developments in the understanding of learning. Frances has been active with the Northern CA branch of the International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA) for many years and is currently the branch president. She has an extensive background in structured literacy, specifically the Slingerland approach, and is riveted by her new learning of Structured Word Inquiry, an approach that expands structured literacy and reaches a broad range of learners. Frances enjoys gardening, yoga, Burn—an indoor bootcamp of sorts—eating, and traveling. She and her partner live in Pacifica with their two teenage daughters, Grace and Vivianne, and their two elderly cats, Roses and Gracie.
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Karina Diaz

Lower School Spanish Teacher
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Karina Diaz

Lower School Spanish Teacher
A native of Peru, Karina joined our Lower School staff to teach Spanish. She has been an early childhood educator, bilingual and second-language Spanish teacher for more than fifteen years, most recently at Ring Mountain Day School. Karina brings music and stories into her teaching, loves working with young children, and collaborating with her fellow teachers. Karina and her husband live in San Francisco.
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Tanya Cotom

Lower School Teaching Assistant
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Tanya Cotom

Lower School Teaching Assistant
Tanya was born in Guatemala and raised in San Francisco, California. She will receive her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University this upcoming May, and plans to begin her Master's Degree in Psychology next year. She is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish. Tanya has worked at San Francisco Friends School as a middle school tutor for the past two years now and has joined Camp Friends at SFFS to lead Spanish classes and conduct arts and crafts workshops. She has worked with different non-profit organizations and after school programs, gaining experience with academics and behavior management. Tanya loves art, music, reading, and running. She loves to spend her free time with her family.
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Tracy Coleman

1st Grade Teacher
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Tracy Coleman

1st Grade Teacher
Tracy was born and raised in London, England. She attended college in the United States and received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Vermont. Following graduation, she came out west as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer to work in Richmond, CA at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and subsequently completed her M.A. in Elementary Education at San Francisco State. Over the last 20 years, Tracy has taught kindergarten at the French American International School, first grade at Discovery Center School, and a kindergarten/first multiage class at White Oaks School in San Carlos. She joined the faculty of SFFS as the lower school drama teacher in 2006 and is now a first grade teacher. Tracy is also a supervisor of student teachers for the BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute) program. Tracy, her husband, Jordy, and their two sons (ages seven and nine) live in San Francisco. In her free time, she serves on the parent board and volunteers at her children’s school. She loves baking and chocolate and spends as much time skiing with her family as possible.
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Mick Colburn

Director of Athletics, PE Teacher
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Mick Colburn

Director of Athletics, PE Teacher
Mick brings over decade of coaching and teaching experience to SFFS. He worked as a coach, P.E. instructor, and Athletic Director at the San Francisco Waldorf School and as the Youth Athletic Program Coordinator at the JCCSF. For two summers he returned to his native Massachusetts to teach in a summer school program that included both morning P.E. classes and an after-school program focused on character building through sports and teamwork. Recently, Mick has been directing an after-school arts enrichment program serving 135 kids from twelve different San Francisco public schools. When he’s not working, Mick loves to take care of his orchids, cook with his wife, and explore San Francisco.
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Sunné Clarke

PE Teacher
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Sunné Clarke

PE Teacher
Sunné Clarke started teaching PE in the charter school world, first in her hometown of Chicago then in New York City. She spent twelve years in the Big Apple, ten of which were at the Trevor Day School teaching lower school PE and coaching. Sunné also taught health and wellness and built out Trevor’s athletic program to include track and field and rugby! A competitive swimmer in high school, Sunné is passionate about teaching students to be life-long learners in fitness as well as tapping into each child’s unique inner spirit. At Friends she teaches lower school PE, middle school electives, health classes, and coaches in our athletic program. Sunné has a degree in English with a minor in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Jon Burnett

3rd–8th Grade Drama Teacher
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Jon Burnett

3rd–8th Grade Drama Teacher
Jon started acting early—he fondly remembers performing at the Pacific Yearly Meeting of Friends while growing up in a Quaker family. Jon has performed Shakespeare in Hungary and Kafka in Slovakia, taught drama in Tennessee, Washington, and California, directed theater productions at the Willows Theater camp, and performed locally at La Luna Theatre. Along with his work here at SFFS, Jon teaches Improvisation, Middle School Performance Ensemble and Play Creation at the Berkeley Rep School of Theater. He lives in El Cerrito with his partner, Rebecca, and their son, Leo.
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Vicky Bui

Lower School Teaching Assistant
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Vicky Bui

Lower School Teaching Assistant
Victoria was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s in international relations in 2012 from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s in international studies in 2015 from the University of San Francisco. Most recently, she worked at the University of San Francisco as a grants assistant where she assisted professors funding their research projects as well as funding scholarships for students. Victoria is passionate about increasing educational opportunities for women and ethnic minorities. She has worked for two summers at the Summer Institute for the Gifted as a teaching assistant and resident counselor. In her free time, she works as clue staff in escape puzzle rooms; she also enjoys traveling, practicing improv and spending time with her family.
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Noah Bowling

Kindergarten Teacher
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Noah Bowling

Kindergarten Teacher
Noah joined the Friends School team in the 2003–04 school year after teaching for three years in the Riverside Unified School District in Southern California and at Jump Academy, a charter school in San Francisco. Noah received his B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Boston College, and served as an assistant teacher in public schools in the Boston area. He has worked with children from preschool through third grade as both teacher and mentor. Passionate about baseball, Noah coaches baseball at the Urban School of San Francisco. He directed SFFS “Friends in Nature” Summer Camp during the summer of 2004, and traveled to Japan with a Fulbright Memorial Fund Grant in the fall of 2005. Noah and Danielle St. Amand were married on the shore of Narragansett Bay in 2007 and reside in Pacifica with their son Liam. Noah recently completed his master’s at Notre Dame de Namur University with his thesis about empathy entitled “Caught or Taught?”
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Jake Ban

3rd Grade Teacher
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Jake Ban

3rd Grade Teacher
Jake taught in upper elementary school classrooms at the Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School for four years. He earned his master's and teaching credential at Stanford and his bachelor's degree at Swarthmore College (a Quaker college), and spent a summer as an English instructor in La Joya, Ecuador, funded by a Swarthmore Summer Social Justice grant. Since 2013, Jake has been active with Teachers College at Columbia University, piloting curriculum and attending five institutes for reading, writing, and content literacy. He has mentored a student teacher from the Stanford Teacher Education Program as well as pursued additional literacy coursework in at Stanford’s Center for Excellence in Teaching. Jake hails from St. Louis, and currently resides with his partner, Grady, in Noe Valley. Jake has a background in piano and song, having studied piano for over 20 years.
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Jennifer Arnest

Lower School Head
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Jennifer Arnest

Lower School Head
Jennifer grew up in Chicago, Baltimore, and Pasadena—for this, she considers herself tri-coastal. In her East Coast chapter, she and her two brothers attended Baltimore Friends School. Jennifer’s father is a professor, and her mother was a teacher, and Jennifer felt like a “school person” from her earliest years. Jennifer brings over twenty years of teaching and administrative experience to SFFS, from Children’s Day School in San Francisco, to the International School of Tanganyika in East Africa, to University Child Development School in Seattle, and The Nueva School on the Peninsula. She has taught kindergarten, first and second grades, and has served as Assessment Committee Chair and faculty Board representative at the Nueva School. Before coming to the Friends School, Jennifer worked at the Children's School at Mills College, in the School of Education, where she taught and supervised the work of the graduate students entering the profession. Jennifer and her partner Martin live in the East Bay, and are the parents of two children, Sofia (SFFS class of 2018) and Luca (SFFS class of 2022).
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Garth Applegate

Instrumental Music Teacher
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Garth Applegate

Instrumental Music Teacher
Garth joined SFFS in the fall of 2008. Since that time, he has built the instrumental music program to include an orchestra and world music ensemble in every grade of the middle school, a middle school jazz band, a beginning fourth grade band program, and various other smaller ensembles. Prior to teaching at Friends, Garth attended the Westtown School and went on to receive his B.A. in music education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After touring as part of various bands in North Carolina, Garth moved to San Francisco where he taught music and visual art to youth on probation at the Principal Center’s Collaborative. Garth keeps busy writing and performing around the Bay Area and, in the summer of 2012, completed “Muse at Eleven,” his debut CD of solo classical guitar pieces.
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Caren Andrews

K–4, 7/8 Art Teacher
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Caren Andrews

K–4, 7/8 Art Teacher
Caren is a practicing Teaching Artist with over 25 years of working with both children and adult learners. In addition to teaching kindergarten through fourth grade, and a 7/8th grade elective at SFFS, she is a faculty member for the Alameda County Office of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program. Caren holds a B.F.A. from UCLA and a Master's Degree in Education specializing in Arts Integration from Lesley University. She lives (and paints) in Oakland with her husband, Mike. They have two daughters.

Middle School

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Jon Burnett

3rd–8th Grade Drama Teacher
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Jon Burnett

3rd–8th Grade Drama Teacher
Jon started acting early—he fondly remembers performing at the Pacific Yearly Meeting of Friends while growing up in a Quaker family. Jon has performed Shakespeare in Hungary and Kafka in Slovakia, taught drama in Tennessee, Washington, and California, directed theater productions at the Willows Theater camp, and performed locally at La Luna Theatre. Along with his work here at SFFS, Jon teaches Improvisation, Middle School Performance Ensemble and Play Creation at the Berkeley Rep School of Theater. He lives in El Cerrito with his partner, Rebecca, and their son, Leo.
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Sabrina Brooks

Middle School Humanities Teacher
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Sabrina Brooks

Middle School Humanities Teacher
Sabrina joined the original SFFS team in 2010 after teaching middle school at The Town School in New York City for nine years. In her time at Town, Sabrina taught and created curriculum for social studies and English classes in the sixth and eighth grades and served as an advisor. Outside of the classroom at The Town School, Sabrina worked to improve student assessment and design faculty evaluations. She also co-chaired the school’s accreditation process, worked with the diversity committee, and helped design curriculum. Here at SFFS, Sabrina pioneered an eighth grade trip to the Central Valley of California, and worked with her colleagues to design a fully integrated curriculum around immigration, agriculture, and water policy. Sabrina has taught middle-schoolers for many years and particularly loves the curiosity and energy of this age group. A native of the Bay Area, Sabrina is happy to be back in California; she lives in Marin with her partner, Andy, and their two children, Charlie and Hannah.
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Diali Bose-Roy

Middle School Math Teacher
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Diali Bose-Roy

Middle School Math Teacher
Diali joined the SFFS team after completing her Master’s in Education Leadership at Columbia. The daughter of a nuclear engineer and a civil engineer, Diali grew up just outside of Los Angeles. Her extended family hails from Kolkata, India, and her family speaks Bengali at home. Diali and her older brother both attended public schools, and Diali went on to study biology at Scripps College, where she was drawn first to medicine, and eventually to documentary filmmaking. Upon graduation, Diali worked for several years in television production and postproduction until deciding to begin her journey as an educator, first running an after-school enrichment program in southern California and then enrolling at Boston’s Lesley College elementary education graduate program. When Diali is not studying or teaching, she goes underwater—scuba-diving in the Caribbean or on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, exploring the lava tubes of Hawaii, or shark diving in Belize.
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Kelsey Barbella

Middle School Math Teacher
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Kelsey Barbella

Middle School Math Teacher
Kelsey Barbella is a New Jersey native who followed her heart and moved to the city four years ago. While living on the east coast, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering at the University of Connecticut. She then volunteered with AmeriCorps, where she not only served as an ambassador for the watersheds of New Jersey, but also educated over 2,500 students, pushing them to explore, analyze, and solve water issues themselves. This work sparked a love of teaching and a hunger for adventure outside of the program. As soon as the program ended, Kelsey moved to SF to begin teaching middle school math at Convent Elementary School. Kelsey strives to bring real-world, 21st century math into her classroom and integrates play as much as possible. She believes all students are able to learn math at the highest levels and views collaboration and values exploration as fundamental to learning. Kelsey lives in the Sunset with her boyfriend Shaun and two cats, Harrison and Patty Cake.
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Ester Azucena

Middle School Spanish Teacher
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Ester Azucena

Middle School Spanish Teacher
Originally from El Salvador, Ester became a San Franciscan at age four. After attending public schools in the city, she earned her B.A. in both Liberal Studies and Spanish at San Francisco State University. Ester began teaching Sunday school at the age of thirteen and has remained connected to kids ever since. As a teenager, she also worked as a receptionist and an intern with the Private Industry Council of San Francisco, a local organization that specializes in supporting low-income youth and families. Ester has taught Spanish and served as an administrator for “Language in Action,” a preschool and elementary language immersion program. She taught lower school Spanish before joining the middle school team in the fall of 2012. Each spring, Ester accompanies SFFS seventh-graders on their trip to Nicaragua.
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Raymond Artis

Middle School Humanities Teacher
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Raymond Artis

Middle School Humanities Teacher
The son of a teacher, Raymond grew up in Orlando, Florida in an environment that encouraged learning, exploration and self growth. Raymond went on to receive a master's degree from Belmont University in Nashville and taught middle school for three years there. He also worked at Worker's Dignity, a non-profit organization that helped low-wage workers—most of whom recently immigrated to the U.S.—to recover their stolen wages. Later, Raymond moved to San Francisco and taught at Live Oak School. He was drawn to Friends School because of its Quaker principles and commitment to an holistic approach to education. He is enthusiastic about fostering a love of learning and creating a sense of community with his students. His goals include getting his students become avid readers, helping them find the intrinsic value of their work, as well as the power of their writing and creative projects. He hopes to help students realize that they have a voice, and can impact and change the world they live in.

 
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Garth Applegate

Instrumental Music Teacher
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Garth Applegate

Instrumental Music Teacher
Garth joined SFFS in the fall of 2008. Since that time, he has built the instrumental music program to include an orchestra and world music ensemble in every grade of the middle school, a middle school jazz band, a beginning fourth grade band program, and various other smaller ensembles. Prior to teaching at Friends, Garth attended the Westtown School and went on to receive his B.A. in music education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After touring as part of various bands in North Carolina, Garth moved to San Francisco where he taught music and visual art to youth on probation at the Principal Center’s Collaborative. Garth keeps busy writing and performing around the Bay Area and, in the summer of 2012, completed “Muse at Eleven,” his debut CD of solo classical guitar pieces.
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Caren Andrews

K–4, 7/8 Art Teacher
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Caren Andrews

K–4, 7/8 Art Teacher
Caren is a practicing Teaching Artist with over 25 years of working with both children and adult learners. In addition to teaching kindergarten through fourth grade, and a 7/8th grade elective at SFFS, she is a faculty member for the Alameda County Office of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program. Caren holds a B.F.A. from UCLA and a Master's Degree in Education specializing in Arts Integration from Lesley University. She lives (and paints) in Oakland with her husband, Mike. They have two daughters.
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Luz Andino

Middle School Spanish Teacher
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Luz Andino

Middle School Spanish Teacher
Luz grew up in Argentina where she studied psychology and communication and received her degree in education from the College of Italian Culture in Buenos Aires. Over the next ten years, she taught elementary-aged students in an array of subjects including music and English literature. She moved to Mallorca, Spain, where she studied art at the Joan Miro Art Institute and where her daughter Clara was born. Luz has taught Spanish for the past eleven years to both adults and children at San Francisco Friends School, French American High School, the Hamlin School, and Children’s Day School. Luz’s passion and concern for the environment led her to pursue her certification in permaculture design; she completed an internship in Taos, New Mexico learning bio-construction. She enjoys working in her backyard, where her two chickens and 500,000 bees reside.
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Mick Colburn

Director of Athletics, PE Teacher
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Mick Colburn

Director of Athletics, PE Teacher
Mick brings over decade of coaching and teaching experience to SFFS. He worked as a coach, P.E. instructor, and Athletic Director at the San Francisco Waldorf School and as the Youth Athletic Program Coordinator at the JCCSF. For two summers he returned to his native Massachusetts to teach in a summer school program that included both morning P.E. classes and an after-school program focused on character building through sports and teamwork. Recently, Mick has been directing an after-school arts enrichment program serving 135 kids from twelve different San Francisco public schools. When he’s not working, Mick loves to take care of his orchids, cook with his wife, and explore San Francisco.
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Sunné Clarke

PE Teacher
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Sunné Clarke

PE Teacher
Sunné Clarke started teaching PE in the charter school world, first in her hometown of Chicago then in New York City. She spent twelve years in the Big Apple, ten of which were at the Trevor Day School teaching lower school PE and coaching. Sunné also taught health and wellness and built out Trevor’s athletic program to include track and field and rugby! A competitive swimmer in high school, Sunné is passionate about teaching students to be life-long learners in fitness as well as tapping into each child’s unique inner spirit. At Friends she teaches lower school PE, middle school electives, health classes, and coaches in our athletic program. Sunné has a degree in English with a minor in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Kristen Daniel

Director of Middle School and High School Transition
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Kristen Daniel

Director of Middle School and High School Transition
Kristen Daniel brought nine years of teaching experience to our founding sixth grade team when she joined SFFS in 2007. She attended Brown University and jumped immediately into the classroom at Summit Middle School to fulfill her New Jersey Governor’s Teaching Scholarship. She taught language arts and social studies in a mixed seventh/eighth grade, and attended Rutgers to complete her master’s degree. After six years at Summit, Kristen moved into New York City, and joined the faculty at Intermediate School 413/School of the Future. During her two years there, she trained at the Columbia University Teachers College Writing Workshop, developed a portfolio assessment program, and supervised both student teachers and first-year teachers. She is now delighted to work with both students and parents, supporting them in their transition into middle school and with the high school application process. Kristen enjoys the beach, reading, and cooking for her partner, Jeff, and daughters, Lily (SFFS class of 2015) and Clementine (SFFS class of 2017).
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Robelene Novero

4th Grade Teacher
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Robelene Novero

4th Grade Teacher
Robelene was an independent on-campus reading specialist here at SFFS for three years, where she worked with children in 1st–5th grades in foundation support to help them excel in the regular classroom program. In the fall of 2014, Robelene became a lead teacher. She has deep skills to meet a range of learners, and brings a depth of experience to our upper elementary team. Robelene received her Master's in Reading Leadership and earned her B.A. and teaching credential at Sacramento State University focusing primarily on multicultural education. She’s a first generation, SF-born, public-school-raised kid, who recalls wanting to be a teacher from her earliest years. She and her partner, Irman Arcibal (an art teacher at Riordan High School), live near Land's End and love to hike, salsa dance, and root for the Giants and the Warriors. Robelene is a life member of the United States Judo Association.
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Christine Tantoco

Middle School Science Teacher
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Christine Tantoco

Middle School Science Teacher
Christine grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, to study biology as a part of the Golden Apple Teacher Education program. While teaching in Chicago, she earned her Master’s degree in Science Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Christine has taught middle school students for over a decade, most recently at the Overlake School in Seattle, where she taught science, served on the technology committee, and sponsored a variety of extracurricular activities for her students. She and her partner Marshall have two children, Olivia and Alexander. In her free time, Christine enjoys reading, dancing, crafting, and playing strategy board games.
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Jennifer Stuart

Middle School Art Teacher
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Jennifer Stuart

Middle School Art Teacher
Jennifer grew up in Chappaqua, New York. In the center of the town was a statue of Horace Greeley (a Quaker) with the inscription "Go west young man.” Jennifer promptly moved to the Bay Area in her early twenties bringing with her a philosophy of art education that grew from her undergraduate experiences at Rhode Island School of Design and was formalized at Columbia Teachers College, where she received her master’s degree. Jennifer came to our fine and performing arts department from the California College of Arts where she taught courses on art education to undergraduate students as well as public school teachers from Alameda County. Jennifer has also taught at Mills College and Harvard’s Project Zero Summer Institute. Her teaching career includes eight years at San Francisco Day School, where she directed the advisory program, the student council, and a school-wide service-learning program. Jennifer co-founded Out of Site, a nonprofit dedicated to serving youths from public and charter schools where there is no arts instruction. A believer in meaningful arts integration, Jennifer has co-edited a book on the subject called “Artful Teaching.” She has presented her work in education at national conferences and various universities. Jennifer lives on Potrero Hill with her partner Josh and her son Erez, who is a student at SFFS (class of 2020). When she's not making art or playing cowboy with her son, Jennifer likes to travel, practice her Spanish speaking skills, cook, and read.
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Jason Stone

Learning Commons Coordinator
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Jason Stone

Learning Commons Coordinator
Born to a school teacher mother and a Baptist minister father, Jason grew up in a small town in North Carolina before attending Duke University to study the German language and Medieval art history. In 1994, after returning from teaching at a school in southern Germany, he moved to the Bay Area and began working at San Francisco Day School. During his first role there as an assistant librarian, Jason discovered his passion for helping children and adults learn to use technology as a tool for learning, discovery, and play. After helping to formalize the technology department, he eventually accepted the role of Director of Technology and helped SFDS integrate the rapidly evolving world of educational technology into its classrooms. In addition, he cherished the relationships he developed through his role as a sixth and seventh grade advisor. He joined Friends School in 2012 as the Learning Commons Coordinator. When not at school, Jason resides in the outer Richmond with his partner, Adra, and their cat Chester McMeowypants. Jason has been known to play bass guitar in the SFFS teacher band Testimony, and enjoys motorcycling and bicycling on any rain-free weekend.
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Caro Spring

Middle School Spanish Teacher
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Caro Spring

Middle School Spanish Teacher
Caro grew up in SF and earned her bachelor’s degree in history at Dartmouth College. During a stint as a National Park Ranger guiding tours at the Statue of Liberty, she realized that she wanted to be an educator. Caro got her master’s degree in Spanish at Middlebury College School in Spain and taught Spanish for the next 12 years at the Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland. While there, she engineered a more robust Spanish program and shifted the pedagogy toward Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) and started a flamenco dance program and a salsa dance team. For fun, Caro listens to podcasts, cooks (poorly), and teaches salsa rueda to adults in the Mission. Caro lives in the city with her favorite people: her partner Camilo (also a middle school Spanish teacher), her son Roque, and her daughter Belén. They love to spend summers at the beach and visiting relatives in Argentina, Spain, and Hungary, but during the school year they can be found most afternoons playing soccer in Golden Gate Park.
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Andrew Salverda

Middle School Head
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Andrew Salverda

Middle School Head
Andrew Salverda joined the SFFS team in 2008 with more than fifteen years of middle school teaching, coaching, and administrative experience. For eleven years, he worked at the Nueva School in many roles: teaching humanities, serving as interim middle school head, coordinating the Innovation Lab (in partnership with Stanford University’s Design School), managing the advising program, coaching basketball, co-founding the Nueva Drama Conservatory, and leading trips into the wilderness and to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. Andrew has experience in many realms of school design. In the winter of 2012, he served as Acting Head of San Francisco Friends School. Andrew graduated from Allegheny College and earned a Master’s in Literature from The Bread Loaf School at Middlebury College. Andrew and his partner, Sarah, live in San Francisco and are parents of twins, Bram and Lucia (SFFS class of 2022), and daughter Cora. Before he became a parent, Andrew enjoyed photography, woodworking, and fly-fishing, which he looks forward to enjoying with his kids.
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Jasmine Redmond

Middle School Teaching Assistant
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Jasmine Redmond

Middle School Teaching Assistant
Jasmine is a San Francisco native beginning her first year with Friends as a Middle School TA. Jasmine graduated from International High School in San Francisco and went on to attend Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her academic interests include African-American literature, social-emotional development in early childhood, and contemporary social justice movements. In her free time she enjoys listening to podcasts and exploring local farmer's markets.
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Jeff Porter

Middle School Math Teacher
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Jeff Porter

Middle School Math Teacher
Jeff was born in the Panama Canal Zone. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a Master's of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Arts Institute. He has taught in independent and public schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty years, joining the SFFS team in the school's second year. Jeff has devoted seven summers to Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and is honored to be a member of the Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability, a two year science teacher training program at the California Academy of Science. He is working with Stanford and Cal Academy on developing an instructional tool for teaching science in lower school grades. In addition, Jeff has studied with Harvard’s Project Zero and has taken courses on teaching math taught by Jo Boaler, David Berg, and Ron Ritchhart. Jeff was a member of the 2011–2013 cohort of the Friends Council on Education SPARC (Spirited Practice and Renewed Courage) program. In his free time, he loves to travel, read, write, and garden.
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Beth Pollak

Middle School Humanities Teacher
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Beth Pollak

Middle School Humanities Teacher
Beth is a Chicago native who likes to consider herself a citizen of the world. She has spent the last ten years living in New York City, where she has taught English and Science to middle school students. She most recently worked at P.S. 126 – Manhattan Academy of Technology in Chinatown (Manhattan) where she taught English to sixth graders. Beth has a Master's Degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In college, Beth majored in Broadcast Journalism and was a Hispanic Studies minor at Northwestern University. She also spent a year abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has traveled to many countries throughout Latin America and elsewhere. Beth loves reading and teaching literature, and encouraging students to find their voice in writing. In her free time, Beth enjoys fashion, art, music, dance, strolling around parks, and practicing her guitar.
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Jodi Pickering

Middle School Humanities Teacher
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Jodi Pickering

Middle School Humanities Teacher
Jodi brought twenty years of experience as an educator to San Francisco Friends School where she was part of our founding middle school team. Prior to joining SFFS, she served as Middle School Dean of Students at Abington Friends School, where she coordinated academic and behavioral support for students, created the schedule, led the service learning, advising and assembly programs, taught English and health, and coached softball. At Germantown Friends School, Jodi was Director of Non-Academic Affairs (activities, projects, and special events) and at Plymouth Meeting Friends School she taught Spanish. On the West coast, Jodi has taught English and Social Studies at Windrush School, and coached soccer at Urban. She is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jodi’s partner, Tony, is a Spanish teacher at The Bay School and her daughter, Sophie is a graduate of SFFS (class of 2013).
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Rich Oberman

4th Grade Teacher
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Rich Oberman

4th Grade Teacher
A Speech and Communications graduate of San Francisco State University, Rich began his work as an educator as the coordinator of the after-school program at Schools of the Sacred Heart, and continued as third grade teacher at Stuart Hall. He has devoted three summers to the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and completed Making Math Real training with David Berg. In the spring of 2010, Rich received the Herbst Award for Teaching Excellence for his commitment to excellence in the classroom. The child of a Japanese-Hawaiian mother and German father, Rich has a long-standing passion for Taiko drumming and is also a trained medic with extensive experience as a first-aid teacher.
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Mitch Neuger

Middle School Learning Specialist
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Mitch Neuger

Middle School Learning Specialist
Before joining the SFFS community, Mitch worked with elementary, middle, and high school students as a classroom teacher, tutor, and educational therapist. Mitch has a B.A. in American Studies from Yale, a teaching credential from San Francisco State, an M.Ed. in educational therapy from Holy Names, and sore wrists from the Academy of Art. He is trained in Making Math Real and the Slingerland Language Approach. Since childhood, he has loved doodling (“cartooning”), playing in the dirt (“gardening”), and singing in the car with the doors and windows closed.
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Beth Espinoza

Technology Integrator
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Beth Espinoza

Technology Integrator
Beth is a Bay Area native, born and raised in Pacifica. Her interest in black and white photography has taken her on a path of discovery of filmmaking and media literacy, culminating in eight years’ experience as a K–5 technology integrator in Marin County and as a fourth grade teacher in Daly City. She has a B.A. in Education from CSU Humboldt and her teaching credentials from SFSU. Along the way she partnered with media organizations such as the San Francisco Film Society, KQED, Common Sense Media, and Glide Memorial to produce community-inspired media projects. She has shared this passion of integrating engaging best practices into the classroom with various professional learning communities, presenting at CUE conferences and networking with various educational Meetups, Edcamps, and online communities. When not collaborating with her PLC, Beth enjoys traveling the world as well as hiking and biking Bay Area trails with her partner Mateo.
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Sara Melman

Middle School Science Teacher
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Sara Melman

Middle School Science Teacher
Sara is a native San Franciscan and graduate from University High School. She attended Cornell University and graduated in 2006 with a degree in geological sciences, teaching middle school science in NYC while earning her master’s in secondary science from City College of New York. In 2008, Sara took a teaching position at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning High School (WHEELS), where she taught high school earth science, started a drama program, a student government program, and developed an outdoor education program. Sara moved back to SF in 2015 and began teaching high school biology; recently, she’s been focused on integrating technology into science labs and projects as a vehicle for student thinking and problem solving. We are delighted to have Sara on our team here at SFFS teaching middle school science. Sara lives in the city with her partner and 8-month old son.
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Lisa McEachron

PE Teacher
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Lisa McEachron

PE Teacher
Lisa joined the SFFS staff in 2009. Lisa taught P.E. at Katherine Delmar Burke School in the mid-1990s for three years. Previous to that, she taught in the East Bay at an elementary school and at a K–12 school for emotionally troubled students. Lisa brings a host of physical education skills to our school—she is a seasoned bike tour leader, an experienced coach, and an events coordinator. Lisa pioneered our first Field Day in the spring of 2010. She is an ardent believer in preparing students for lifelong fitness and physical activity. Lisa has both a B.A. (Cal State, Chico) and M.S. (Cal State, Hayward) in Physical Education, and an abiding interest in health education. She is an avid camper, hiker, and biking enthusiast, having biked 2,000 miles from Oregon to Colorado. She enjoys reading, gardening, and cooking. Lisa has two children, Elizabeth and Annie (SFFS class of 2011).
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Tracie Mastronicola

Academic Dean
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Tracie Mastronicola

Academic Dean
Tracie excitedly returned to SFFS as our Academic Dean in the summer of 2016. Tracie brings her enthusiasm and 16 years of experience in and around the classroom to her new role at SFFS. After finishing her own education on the east coast, the native New Yorker packed up her car and drove out west where she's been acting like a tourist in San Francisco ever since. Tracie's first introduction to teaching was at the Nueva School; it was there that she realized the innovative, dynamic, and sometimes chaotic nature of a school was where she felt most at home. Tracie dove into both teaching and learning, spending the next two decades focusing on science and math curriculum, project-based learning, advising young adults, and leading service learning trips with students to far off places. After teaching in the classroom at SFFS, Tracie most recently worked with a team designing science simulations at CK-12 Foundation, an educational non-profit organization aimed at providing free material to students and teachers. In her free time, Tracie loves eating and, subsequently, running through Golden Gate Park. Tracie, her wife Alyssa, and their twin boys live​​ and play in San Francisco.
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Adam Macalister

Middle School Teaching Assistant
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Adam Macalister

Middle School Teaching Assistant
Adam is a New England native, having spent most of his life living in the Boston suburbs before deciding to move to the West Coast at the opportunity to work at the San Francisco Friends School. After studying film photography in New York City, Adam transferred to Wesleyan University in Connecticut where he graduated with a degree in Government. In his free time Adam enjoys running, cooking, hiking, kayaking, photography, and gardening. In the past he has worked on a variety of different farms around the country, and he periodically packs up his bags to go camping in the wilderness. Adam first fell in love with teaching while working as an English language teacher in a fifth grade Dutch classroom during a semester abroad and hopes to one day lead his own classroom.
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David Louis

Middle School Math Teacher
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David Louis

Middle School Math Teacher
David grew up in Southern California always enjoying school and always moving—playing soccer, swimming, and running. After graduating from Pomona College and starting his teaching career, he escaped to the Bay Area where he studied Math Education at Stanford. While there, he had a number of influential experiences, including research, writing, curriculum development and helping students engage in meaningful mathematics discourse. He has worked as a math teacher for over 20 years in both public and private schools and came to SFFS in 2009. He loves math and enjoys engaging young people in true mathematical thinking. David also teaches teachers and recently helped teach a summer course on “Thinking Like a Mathematician” through the Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative. Finally, he is also a fierce advocate of outdoor education and has reveled in leading backpacking trips with the eighth grade. David and his partner, Eleanor, have two children, Aliza (SFFS class of 2015) and Aaron, (SFFS class of 2019).
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Eliza Kingsley-Ma

Middle School Teaching Assistant
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Eliza Kingsley-Ma

Middle School Teaching Assistant
Eliza Kingsley-Ma joined the SFFS community in the fall of 2017. Most recently, Eliza worked as Program Coordinator at Horizons at SFFS supporting students, faculty and program staff. Before joining Friends, Eliza was the 5th Grade Assistant Teacher at Prospect Sierra School for two years. Eliza has worked with students outside of schools, farming at Slide Ranch, writing at Breakthrough Collaborative and producing youth radio at WESU Middletown. Eliza earned her B.A. in American Studies and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University. Born and raised in San Francisco, Eliza finds great pleasure in thick fog and hidden city trails.
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Kent Jue

Music Teacher
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Kent Jue

Music Teacher
Kent joins San Francisco Friends School performing arts team with over 20 years of music teaching and administrative experiences in public and independent schools in California and Massachusetts. Previous leadership roles include supervising teachers, developing curriculum, coordinating the San Francisco Day School music department, serving on the professional services committee of the California Association of Independent Schools, and conducting children's  and youth choruses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Kent has also performed and recorded with the Gay Men's Choruses of San Francisco and Boston, and the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific, his Master of Music in Music Education degree from Holy Names University, and earned additional certifications in Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies. In addition to conducting the choruses at SFFS, Kent is an active member of the bay area choral community and is in demand as a guest clinician, adjudicator, and workshop presenter. He also currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director for the Ragazzi Boys Chorus.
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Mike Hanas

Head of School
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Mike Hanas

Head of School
Mike joined Friends School in the summer of 2016, previously working as the Principal of Carolina Friends School (CFS), a pre-K­–12 Quaker school in Durham, North Carolina. A born teacher and a lifelong learner, Mike grew up on Chicago’s Southside, where he was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and his Master’s degree in Education Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. Mike has taught Latin, Greek, and humanities, served as a college counselor and assistant director of admissions, and coached basketball, football, and lacrosse teams at Tabor Academy, St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, and Durham Academy in addition to CFS and SFFS. He also serves currently on the Board of Trustees for the Friends Council on Education. Mike and his wife, Sue Gouchoe, met when they were coaching competing girls’ varsity basketball teams (Sue’s team won). Mike and Sue have two children: their daughter, Kyle, is a graduate of Smith College and faculty member at the Friends School of Wilmington (NC), and their son, Matt, currently attends UNC Chapel Hill, where he captains Darkside, UNC's ultimate frisbee team. Mike’s interests include reading, art, travel, outdoor adventure, the music of Bruce Springsteen, the Chicago Cubs, and long conversations with good friends.
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Annie Gwynne-Vaughan

Middle School Humanities Teacher
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Annie Gwynne-Vaughan

Middle School Humanities Teacher
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Annie lost her Southern accent by spending 14 years teaching middle and high school in New York City. She holds a B.A. in English from Warren Wilson College and a Master's in Education from The New School for Social Research. Annie has received grants from NEH and Fund for Teachers to travel the country in an ‘88 Volvo and develop curricula in American History. Before leaving NYC, Annie also administered a federal grant that encouraged collaborative problem-solving and restorative justice practices in public schools. Annie, her partner Lauren, and son Henry (SFFS class of 2022) enjoy finding specimens in the wilds of San Francisco.
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Evelyn Florin

Middle School Humanities Teacher
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Evelyn Florin

Middle School Humanities Teacher
A native San Franciscan from Noe Valley, Evelyn has three degrees from UC Berkeley: a B.A. in both Anthropology and Economics, and a Master’s in Business Administration. She spent nearly decade as a business manager at Hewlett Packard, and then took time to raise her two children. Evelyn then attended San Francisco State for a multiple-subjects teaching credential and taught at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School here in San Francisco and at the Ethical Culture School in New York City. Evelyn’s professional development includes attendance at the White Privilege Conference and Reading and Writing Institutes at Teacher’s College. Evelyn and her husband, Larry, have two grown children—Jennifer, who is involved in a multitude of artistic pursuits in Brooklyn, NY, and Peter, who just graduated from Cal with a Master's in Engineering degree focusing on renewable energy.
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Marina Vendrell-Ouali

Director of Extended Day & A3
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Marina Vendrell-Ouali

Director of Extended Day & A3
A native of the Bay Area, Marina attended Humboldt State University, where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts, and California College of the Arts, where she completed her Master’s in Fine Arts. She has taught children and adolescents and served as a guest artist, artist-in-residence and lecturer at the San Francisco Day School and Marin Academy. She has directed the Extended Day Program here at Friends for over a decade. Marina is trained in the Responsive Classroom teaching method and has delved into the joys of play with Playworks. She served as an assistant in the very first Friends School Summer camp in 2003, and then directed the school’s growing summer camp for seven years. Marina and her 5-year-old son, Rezki, are deeply inspired by the Maker Movement, and spend their time making everything from granola to solar cars to paper monsters.