About MA
About MA

Faculty & Staff

Marin Academy has a talented and dynamic staff devoted to excellence in education. More than half of MA’s teachers hold advanced degrees, and many are practitioners in their fields outside of education, adding art, academic research, and public service beyond our MA community.

An average class size of 15 and a nine-to-one student/teacher ratio ensures a meaningful relationship between students and teachers. MA’s six-day, 75-minute period schedule enables teachers and students to cover material completely and effectively in each class, and daily tutorial periods allow for students to receive individual and group assistance from their teachers

MA's faculty and staff are integral to the positive climate that prevails on campus, which fosters an open, friendly community; please use the contact information below to contact any one of us.

Faculty & Staff Contact Information

Faculty & Staff Biographies

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  • Rebecca Abbey

    Director of Alumni Relations
    (415) 482-3201
    At MA since 2014

    Rebecca oversees the Alumni Engagement program in partnership with the Alumni Board. Rebecca is committed to ensuring Marin Academy alumni remain connected to MA today through student and young alumni mentorships, networking, events, reunions, and soliciting classmates for support of the Annual Fund.

    Prior to her arrival at Marin Academy, Rebecca managed the Hospitality and Events at Farmstead Restaurant & Long Meadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena, CA. Rebecca received her BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego.

    When she is not at work, Rebecca enjoys exploring modern architecture, listening to true crime podcasts, traveling, and living in San Francisco.
  • Maribel Albarran

    Lab Technician / Crossroads Program Coordinator
    (415) 482-3315

    Maribel joined Marin Academy Science Department in 2016 as the Laboratory Technician. In addition, she joined the Crossroads Department as a Program Coordinator in 2017. As a lab technician Maribel ensures that all labs are running up to protocol, offers in class support to students with their own labs and demonstrations. Maribel supports the science faculty in the daily running of their lab spaces and preparation for science symposium. As a Program Coordinator for Crossroads, Maribel assists in managing the after tutoring sessions and weekly elective courses for the program. She also provides Spanish/English translation services for the MA community.

    Maribel earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology and Limnology from San Francisco State University. While earning her degree she worked with the Romberg Tiburon Center and Smithsonian Environmental Research center conducting research on Phytoplankton physiology and invasive species in the bay area.

    When she’s not at work she loves to spend time with her family and friends.
  • Derek Anderson

    Library Director and History Teacher
    (415) 482-3211
    At MA since 1989
    Derek serves as the school’s library director and oversees research, collection development, and database purchases. He also serves as the school’s archivist and directs the Brizendine Scholars Program, which brings specialists to campus to enhance student classroom experiences. As a member of the History Department, Derek teaches a research-based world history elective called World Empires. During his time at MA, he has also taught AP European History, United States History, Modern American History, the Soviet Union, and the Middle East.

    Before coming to MA, Derek worked in the Bates College admission office and was a college counselor and history teacher at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Derek earned his B.A. from Bates College and his MLIS from San José State University.

    Derek often spends his vacations traveling and has been to 49 states and 49 countries….and counting! He is also working on a book and lives with his partner in Sausalito.
  • Anayansi Aranda-Yee

    World Language Teacher
    (415) 482-3265
    At MA since 1997

    Anayansi teaches Spanish in the world language department and serves as a freshman advisor. Anayansi began her classroom career as a Spanish teacher at the oldest boarding school in the state of California, The Elliott Pope Preparatory School. When TEPPS closed, Anayansi relocated to Colorado where she taught at St. Scholastica Academy in Cañon City and the Colorado Springs School in Colorado Springs.

    Anayansi earned a B.A. in Language Education at Louisiana University, an M.A. in Peninsular and Latin American Literature, and an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Southern California. Anayansi also attended pharmacy school at the Universidad de Panamá.

    A one-time cyclist, Anayansi now enjoys Tai Chi Chuan, yoga, and slow meditative walks as well as eating and creating gourmet food. She has a deep passion for the arts and enjoys photography, watercolor painting, and quilting.
  • Robert Awkward

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    (415) 482-3305
    At MA since 2019

    Robert Awkward joined MA in July 2019, most recently hailing from The Post Oak School—an IB-Montessori, PreK-12 school in Houston, Texas—where he directed a nascent college counseling program and successfully supported students in their transitions to a wide variety of post-secondary institutions.

    Professionally, his work has spanned across higher education admissions, independent school college counseling, and leading domestic and international youth education programming. Within these areas he has worked with institutions including Earlham College, Southwestern University, and the American Friends Service Committee. Robert also currently serves as Advisor to the Executive Director of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), and acts as an Ex-officio Board Member for this national organization.

    Robert earned his B.A. from Earlham College in Spanish & Hispanic Studies and Human Development & Social Relations, and his M.Ed. from the University of Houston in Higher Education Leadership & Policy. While studying at Earlham, Robert was selected as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar—a federal program dedicated to the academic achievement of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Connecting young people with their best fit opportunities is of utmost importance to him, particularly for first-generation or underrepresented students who often face institutional or situational barriers to educational attainment.

    Robert deeply enjoys, and would be happy to talk about live music, a good comic book, and accessible public transportation.
  • Jared Baird

    English Teacher and Class Dean
    (415) 482-3218
    At MA since 2010
    Jared joined the faculty in 2010 and is a teacher in the English Department as well as a class dean. He has a passion for curriculum design, innovation, and equity, inspired by his diverse teaching experiences and his graduate and undergraduate coursework.

    Jared’s undergraduate degree is in Classical Studies from Middlebury College, with a focus on Ancient Greek literature and philosophy. He earned a Masters in Education and his California English credential at Stanford University, and an M.Ed. in Private School Leadership from Teachers College/Columbia University. Jared also holds certification related to teaching multiple subjects in the International Baccalaureate Program.

    An active jazz drummer and band leader, he frequently collaborates with the music department.
  • Michelle Baird

    History Teacher
    (415) 482-3251
    At MA since 2010
    Michelle Baird is a full-time history teacher. Prior to MA, Michelle taught at Bentley Upper School in Lafayette, CA. While at Bentley, she helped to broaden the geographical diversity of the 9th grade Modern World History course while also creating a series of 11th and 12th grade history electives on South Asian history, gender and the British Empire, religious extremism, textual and material culture in Asia, and the history of Buddhism. Michelle also co-taught an interdisciplinary course on postcolonial literature and theory while at Bentley. Michelle began her teaching career at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, where she taught history and English for three years.

    As an undergraduate at Middlebury College in Vermont, Michelle double majored in history and English and she completed her M.A. in South Asian history at U.C. Berkeley.  

    Outside of the classroom Michelle regularly dances for crowds of over 500 people as a member of Dholrhythms, an all-female bhangra troupe that performs folk dances from northwestern India. Michelle also is a board member at SACHI, the nonprofit Society for the Art and Cultural Heritage of India, that hosts visual arts, performing arts, and literary events in the Bay Area that highlight Indian culture. This past summer, she used her weekly tutoring sessions in Hindi to write a children’s book for Reeva, her toddler.
  • Randi Bakken

    Science Teacher
    (415) 482–3282
    At MA since 2001

    Randi teaches in the science department and has taught a variety of classes. She currently teaches 9th grade biology and the anatomy and physiology course, which she implemented in 2002. In the past, she has taught Integrated Science I and II as well as AP Biology. She teaches a local minicourse, helps with the Medical Club, is a sophomore advisor, helps with ninth grade End of Year project, and is a past coach of the volleyball team.  

    Randi received her undergraduate degree at Colby College and is currently enrolled in a master’s program at Montana State University. Before coming to MA, she taught biology, served as a dorm parent and mountain biking coach, and began the volleyball program at New Hampton School. Her other experience includes working as an outdoor educator (teaching ropes courses, rock climbing, backpacking, and leading canoe trips) at Boston University's Sargent Camp and working as a research assistant at Colby College.  

    Randi enjoys road biking, hiking, and kayaking. Originally from New Hampshire, she now lives in Novato with her husband and two children.
  • Barry Beach

    Visual Arts Teacher
    (415) 482-3247
    At MA since 2012
    An instructor in our Visual Arts Department, Barry’s experience outside of MA includes the teaching of Introductory Art, Two-dimensional and Three-dimensional Art, AP Studio Art, and Freshman Foundations at schools and colleges including Head Royce and San Francisco Art Institute. He has served as an examiner for International Baccalaureate (IB) Studio Art courses and as a freshman applicant reviewer for U.C. Berkeley. He has also served as Director of Admissions at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Barry has presented at several conferences, including the Higher Education Consultants Association, the Oregon Art Education Association, and the Alaska Art Education Association.

    Barry has an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. His artwork is regularly exhibited at galleries including locals Headlands Center for the Arts, SOMArts and Art Works Downtown. Outside of MA, Barry does college advising, specializing in portfolio preparation.

    Barry lives in San Rafael with his wife and son, and enjoys cooking, traveling (he’s visited all 50 states), gardening, hiking, running, and snowboarding.
  • Leslie Beach '04

    Interim Outings Coordinator
    (415) 482-3286
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  • Stella Beale

    Dean of Faculty
    (415) 482-3227
    At MA since 2018

    Stella is the Dean of Faculty and a teacher in the English department. Prior to her arrival at Marin Academy, Stella worked at Windward in Los Angeles, California, serving during her years at the school as the Associate Director of Upper School, the Director of Studies, an English teacher, and advisor. Stella has also worked at independent schools in San Francisco, CA and Ann Arbor, MI, and she began her career in the public schools of her home state of North Carolina.  

    Stella earned her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her M.A. in Education from Wake Forest University, and her M.Ed. in Private School Leadership at Teachers College/Columbia University. Stella is also the proud mother of a first year student at Haverford College and an avid runner and hiker.

    When she's not in school, attending a CATDC workshop, or reading educational theory, she can most often be found pounding the pavement or hitting the trails.
  • Tania Bettis

    Science Teacher
    (415) 482-3268
    At MA since 2015

    Tania is a teacher in the science department with a specialty in biology and neuroscience. She also works with the Marin Academy Research Collaborative and enjoys sharing a passion for science.

    Tania received her B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavioral Sciences (with a minor in Latin) from U.C. Davis in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley in 2011. Prior to MA, Tania spent three years as the lab coordinator and developer for the introductory biology course at U.C. Berkeley. In that role, she designed new labs and worked with students to help them develop their own research projects. Tania has also lead workshops for biology laboratory educators. Whether with adults or students, Tania loves teaching.

    She and her husband live in Novato with two daughters. In her free time, Tania likes to hike and camp with her family and she is very interested in sustainable living practices.
  • Ellie Beyers

    Science Department Chair
    (415) 482–3277
    At MA since 2011

    Ellie is a member and chair of our Science Department, with a specialty in Chemistry. An avid outdoors-woman, Ellie has co-led a variety of minicourses from a triathlon minicourse and a cycling minicourse to lifeguarding and sailing minicourses. As a member of the Outings Committee, Ellie has also co-led a variety of school outings.

    Ellie began her teaching career in England, where she taught GCSE and A-level Chemistry at Lord Lawson of Beamish School. Here she became fully immersed in the life of the school, leading teaching workshops, mentoring a trainee teacher, and co-leading science clubs and music groups. She then taught Chemistry and Honors Chemistry at Crystal Springs Uplands School, where she designed the curriculum.

    Ellie received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemistry from Newcastle University, spending an exchange year at Waterloo University in Ontario, Canada. She was awarded her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), specialising in teaching Secondary School Science, from Newcastle University.

    Ellie loves the outdoors. Whether she is camping with her family and friends, hiking or running on trails, or cycling in Marin, she always likes to be active. Most of all, Ellie loves spending time with her husband, son and daughter.
  • Diane Boodrookas ‘10

    Senior Associate Director of Admissions 

    Diane, a graduate of Marin Academy, now works in the Admissions Department. Diane returns to MA from Mark Day School’s admission office. There she served on the school’s Diversity & Inclusivity Committee in addition to the Admission and Indexed Tuition Committees and is a former member of the Bay Area Directors of Admission Board of Directors.

    She holds a B.A. from Clark University in Sociology and International Development & Social Change. Diane loved her time as a student at MA and is excited to rejoin the community.
  • Katharine Boyd

    Visual Arts Teacher
    (415) 482-3235
    At MA since 1997
    Katharine is a member of the Visual Arts Department as a drawing and painting specialist. In addition to her work teaching art, she has also taught Modern Art History and Asian Art History at MA. She also led a student art trip to Italy to study Renaissance Art.

    Katharine received her B.A. from the University of Nevada Reno, with a focus in painting and drawing, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art/Performance studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been presented in a variety of art spaces including the Glasgow Museum of Contemporary Art, PS122 in New York and Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago.  

    Before teaching at MA, she taught drawing and painting with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Early College Program. Katharine also studied at the Atelier of Classical Realism in Oakland and at the California College of Arts and Crafts.  

    Outside of school, Katharine collects 1960s clothing, practices yoga, designs and makes clothing and has produced two graphic novels, Mod Tales 1 and 2. She also speaks French.
  • Jonathan Bretan

    Science Teacher and Cross Country Coach
    (415) 482-3236
    At MA since 2010
    Jon is a member of our science department and relishes the opportunity to introduce students to soldering irons and telescopes while teaching the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Astrophysics courses. Jon also gets to spend time outside with students while leading various Outings and running alongside the students as the head coach for the Boys Cross Country team.

    Before coming to Marin Academy, Jon taught at Novato High School (from where he graduated in 2000). Jon earned his B.A. in Physics & Astrophysics from U.C. Berkeley and his California teaching credential at Dominican University.  

    When Jon is not at MA, he may be found early in the morning running the trails and roads of Marin, in the evenings playing bass, keys or guitar with a few different bands or for local community theater, or spending time with his wife (who is also a teacher) and daughter.
  • Travis Brownley

    Head of School
    (415) 453-3616 x203
    At MA since 2008

    Head of School Travis Brownley brings to MA a demonstrated record of more than thirty years of educational leadership, accomplishment, and respect from current and former colleagues, students, parents, Heads of School, and trustees.

    Prior to her tenure at Marin Academy, Travis served as  Head of the Upper School at The Wheeler School, where she was responsible for the leadership and day-to-day operation of 335 high school students and 50 faculty members. In addition to being a member of the English department, she also taught the 9th grade core course Unity and Diversity. Prior to her tenure at Wheeler, Travis was the Dean of Students at University High School in San Francisco, where she also taught English. In addition, she supervised the Summerbridge program, an acclaimed academic enrichment program for public and parochial middle school students. Travis also taught English at The Winsor School in Boston, and she began her teaching career with her six years at The Groton School in Massachusetts where she taught 8-12th graders and served as Dean of Day Students. Throughout her career, Travis has valued her opportunities to coach athletic teams.
    As Travis shared in her Statement of Educational Philosophy, “The best schools, like the best teachers are both loving and rigorous. As a teacher, advisor, coach, Dean and Head of School, my goal has been to sustain and to build lasting traditions of excellence in the many worlds of a school, in the classroom and curriculum, with students, faculty and parents. In all those constituencies, I have found joy in the complexity that makes a school work and a community grow.”

    Travis received a B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia and a MALS from Dartmouth College. As the daughter of a submarine captain, she attended several different schools including a boarding school in Scotland at the age of 12.
  • Moriah Buckley '96

    College Counseling & Learning Services Assistant
    (415) 482-3221
    At MA since 2017

    A Marin County native, Moriah attended MA before enrolling at Colorado College and graduating with a degree in Romance Languages. She holds a CELTA certification from Cambridge and is certified as a Waldorf Language Arts Teacher and has taught English and Spanish locally and abroad. She has led and participated in community service trips locally and abroad. She serves as the assistant for both college counseling and learning services. In addition, she also serves as the assistant cross country coach, is a Wilderness First Responder and helps with outings and minicourse.

    In her free time, Moriah loves running and spending time with her husband and three children. She also enjoys dancing and has performed, taught and studied swing and salsa dancing in the Bay Area, Miami, Colorado, France, Spain and Sweden.
  • Frank Cassano

    Math Teacher
    (415) 482-3206
    At MA since 2019

    Frank Cassano begins this year as a teacher in the Mathematics Department. He will be teaching Calculus and Pre-Calculus. Prior to Marin Academy, Frank worked at The Taft School where he taught Advanced Mathematics for 3 years. Additionally, he acted as Mentor for the Penn Fellowship Program which helps to guide young teachers who are in their first years of teaching.

    Frank earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Union College and his M.Ed. in Secondary Education from St. Joseph’s University. 

    He lives in Marin County with his wife Danielle and two young sons, Theodore and Oliver. As a new Californian, he looks forward to exploring and learning more about California with his family.
  • Eugenie Chan

    English Teacher
    (415) 482-3125
    At MA since 2014
    Eugenie is a member of the English Department and especially enjoys bringing her playwright’s eye to English 1 and English 3. She has taught upper division electives, including Modern American Novel, Classical Drama, and Shakespeare and served as an advisor to the ASO and Yearbook. Eugenie also teaches at the University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts & Social Justice Department.

    Eugenie has a B.A. in Literature from Yale College and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University.

    When she’s not teaching, Eugenie runs Eugenie Chan Theater Projects, dedicated to telling the untold stories about the Chinese in the American West.
  • Candace Chen

    History Department Chair
    (415) 482-3304

    Candace serves as History Department Chair and has taught the freshman and sophomore world history courses as well as electives in the department. She also advises the school's Model UN Club and Amnesty International Club. As someone who cares deeply about educational equity, she is an active board member for the Northern California branch of POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools); she has received training from SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) and has presented at POCC (People of Color Conference).  

    She came to MA in 2017 from the Bentley School in Lafayette, CA, where she served as History Department Chair and history teacher. In addition to teaching sophomore US History, she also developed her own electives around a range of topics, such as global modernity, American radicalism, and Atlantic revolutions.

    Candace earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in History from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. in History from Yale University. Additionally, Candace was a Klingenstein Summer Institute Fellow through the Columbia University Teachers College.  

    Candace lives in Richmond and enjoys decorating cakes, reading non-fiction, and listening to podcasts. Among her life goals are to visit every national park and every James Turrell Skyspace.
  • Josh Cherner

    Math Teacher
    At MA since 2019

    Josh Cherner '01 began teaching math at MA in the fall of 2019. He grew up in the Bay Area and attended Marin Academy for high school. He earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and earned a master's degree in Educational Technology at the University of San Francisco.

    Prior to joining MA, Josh spent the last six years working in Berkeley at East Bay School for Boys, teaching 6th and 7th-grade math and working as the Director of Technology, Athletics, and Outdoor Education.  Josh also worked for a teen adventure travel outfitter for several summers and carries an array of outdoor and international leadership experiences. He was lucky enough to guide trips in Costa Rica, Tahiti, Fiji, Spain, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Morocco. 

    Prior to settling down in the Bay Area, Josh lived in Tahoe and worked for several years on the Professional Ski Patrol at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.  Additionally, Josh has worked as a math tutor for Compass Education Group, served as the Math Apprentice at the High Mountain Institute, and taught middle school math and science at the Tahoe Expedition Academy. 

    When he isn’t teaching, Josh loves to explore the Bay Area's vast network of trails on his mountain bike as much as possible and spend quality time with his son Teagan, wife Nicole, and dog Dakota.
  • Jamie Collie

    Math Teacher
    (415) 482-3278
    At MA since 2006
    Jamie is a member of the mathematics department and has taught courses ranging from Honors Geometry and Precalculus to Advanced Calculus since joining the faculty. Jamie has also coached Girls' Water Polo since arriving at Marin Academy. He loves sharing his passion for the sport and teaching the girls to be better athletes as well as water polo players. Jamie has also led outdoor minicourses in the mountains and deserts of California.

    Before coming to Marin Academy, Jamie taught and coached at the Savannah Country Day School in Savannah, Georgia, and the Webb Schools in Claremont, California. He received a B.S. from University of Richmond and is a wilderness first responder.

    Whether it be on the pool deck coaching olympic development water polo, riding the trails and roads of Marin, or out for a run, Jamie tries to enjoy what the Bay Area has to offer. When he is not outside, he likes working on projects at home and relaxing with his wife (fellow MA teacher Mary), his children, and his dogs, Riddle and Duke.
  • Mary Collie

    English Teacher and Girls Water Polo Coach
    (415) 482-3264
    At MA since 2006
    Mary is a member of the English Department as well as a class dean. She also coaches the Girls Water Polo team with her husband, MA math teacher Jamie Collie.

    Mary earned a B.S. in journalism from Southern Connecticut State University and later went on to earn an M.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Outside of school, Mary coaches with USA Water Polo's Olympic Development Program. She is currently the head coach of the Pacific Zone Cadet team.

    When not on the pool deck, she enjoys running, crossfit, reading and spending time with her husband, children, and two dogs.
  • Daniel Colón

    Spanish Teacher
    (415) 482-3287
    At MA since 2016

    Daniel Colón is part of the World Language Department where he serves as a Spanish teacher.

    Daniel received a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University, a Ph.D. in Spanish-American and Luso-Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and completed a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship in Salvador, Brazil in 2015-16. Prior to arriving at MA, he taught all levels of Spanish from level 1 through the senior seminar at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he was also the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

    As a new arrival to California, Daniel enjoys hiking with his family throughout Marin, surfing at Bolinas, and practicing capoeira, a non-contact martial art from Brazil, with his daughter Gabi.
  • Teal Conroy

    Director of Leadership Giving
    (415) 482-3272
    At MA since 2014

    Teal works in the Advancement Office, where she is Director of Leadership Giving. Teal focuses on building lifelong relationships with MA's alumni, parents and friends that will lead to significant and transformational philanthropic support for the school's top priorities.

    Teal received her B.A. from University of Redlands. Prior to joining MA, she held senior development positions at University of San Francisco, University of Washington and Santa Clara University. She has deep experience in capital campaigns, athletics, corporate partnerships and events.

    In her spare time, she enjoys time with friends, singing, running, travel, and hiking with her two dogs. Teal lives in Novato with her husband and their two young children.
  • Juliet Dana

    History Teacher and Class Dean
    (415) 482-3307
    At MA since 2016
    Juliet teaches in the history department and serves as a class dean. Juliet also works with student Identity and Equity clubs and the adult White Affinity group, and she sits on the MA Outings Committee. She co-leads the senior EOY (end-of-year) independent projects and culminating experiences.

    Juliet received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Carleton College. She is a graduate of the Stanley H. King Counseling Institute and the Minnesota Writing Project. Before coming to MA, she spent two years writing science and literacy curriculum for the Learning Design Group at U.C. Berkeley as part of the Amplify Science project. Her first years of teaching were in public schools in Oakland, Richmond, and Minneapolis and at outdoor science schools in Minnesota, Wyoming, and California. Juliet brings outdoor expertise and Wilderness First Responder training to our Outings Program—ask her about wilderness whitewater expeditions in the Canadian Arctic.

    Juliet enjoys canoeing and adventures of many sorts, good food, evangelizing about Minnesota, and well-told stories.
  • Whitney Davidson

    History Teacher
    At MA since 2019

    Whitney earned her B.A. from Grinnell College and her M.A. from Yale University. She teaches history at MA and has been teaching history for fifteen years and has loved every minute of it, ever since her time as a teacher-intern at Summerbridge San Francisco. She taught at LincolnSudbury Regional High School, Poly Prep Country Day School, and the Gill St. Bernard’s School. Although she’s sad to leave the East Coast, where she’s lived nearly most all of her life, she could not be more excited to join the faculty at Marin Academy.
  • Sachi Ariel DeCou

    Design and Technology Lead
    (415) 484-6718

    Sachi DeCou is the Design and Technology Lead and teaches Computer Science. She runs the Design Lab, a multi-purpose design/build/prototyping creative space, which serves as a resource for the entire MA community. In this role she works directly with both students and faculty to support and develop projects and curricula.

    Sachi has spent the last fifteen years pursuing a career in design for social impact, both in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and East Africa. She graduated with a degree in Environmental Chemistry and Latin American Studies from Hampshire College in 2000 and went on to spend many years working and collaborating on projects, from bicycle design to building solar charging stations. Inspired by a passion to further apply her work in design and technology, she returned to graduate school and received an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts in 2012. Throughout her career, teaching and mentoring has remained an important way for her to share her work with young people.

    Sachi lives in Oakland, CA where she thrives on dancing, working on her motorcycle and immersing herself in an ongoing array of art and design projects.
  • Chris Detrick

    Music Teacher
    (415) 482-3255
    At MA since 2014

    Chris teaches Foundations, American Roots Music, World Music, and the Advanced Band ensembles at MA.

    He earned his B.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley, focusing on theory and composition, and performed with the African Music Ensemble, studying under C.K. Ladzekpo. He also studied guitar and advanced music production with Ableton Live at the Berklee College of Music. He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, performing in several local bands on guitar, bass, drums and keyboards.

    Chris’ teaching philosophy is centered around empowering students to be actively involved in the process of becoming a better musician in order to develop an authentic musical voice.
  • Mary Kay Dolejsi

    Science Teacher
    At MA since 2015

    Mary Kay teaches in the Science Department. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Oregon. Mary Kay also has a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University.

    Before coming to MA in 2015, Mary Kay taught at Bainbridge High School in Bainbridge Island, Washington. She also taught at the University of Puget Sound and worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

    Mary Kay and her husband, Chris, who is a scientist with BioMarin, have two grown sons, Bill and Brad. She likes to hike, garden, cook, and read, and is explore Marin on her e-bike!
  • Lindsay Eckert

    Associate Director of Learning Services
    (415) 482-3223
    At MA since 2018

    Lindsay joins MA as the Associate Director of Learning Services, working closely with Rebecca Gustin, Learning Services Director. She joins us from Teach for America, where she was a Special Education teacher for two years in the San Francisco Unified School District. 

    Lindsay earned a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Teaching from the University of Virginia, as well as an Education Specialist credential from Loyola Marymount University. Having recently moved to San Francisco from the Washington D.C. area, Lindsay enjoys traveling around the West Coast and exploring the outdoors, whether it’s hiking, biking, or running.
  • Lise Eisenberg

    Cafe Manager
    (415) 482–3291
    At MA since 1993
    In 2000 Lise was hired as a chef for the catering company serving daily lunches to the MA community, and currently works as the Pastry Chef and Front of the House in the café.

    Prior to her time at MA, Lise ran an infant/toddler center for developmentally delayed children in San Rafael for seven years. She graduated from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, attended classes at College of Marin, and, through a scholarship, attended Artography Academy in Los Angeles.

    Lise has four grown children and three grandchildren with whom she spends as much time as possible. Her passions are reading and baking.
  • Annie Elias

    Performing Arts Department Chair
    (415) 482–3257
    At MA since 2000

    Annie has been teaching theater for over thirty years. In addition to her work at MA, Annie has taught as an artist-in-residence in Vermont. In Chicago she taught theater to mentally ill populations through City of Chicago Cultural Affairs grants. And she taught theater for five years at Concord Academy in Massachusetts. 

    She received her B.A. from Mills College where she graduated with honors in both her majors--Art History and English Literature. She also received prizes for fiction writing and journalism. She is the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a travel grant funding research in stone and wood carving motifs in Polynesia. Years later she studied dramaturgy and dramatic literature at the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. But Annie has learned the most about theater through its practice. She has been an associate artist for over thirty years at Phantom Theater in Vermont, where she has written and directed numerous original productions. She was a member of the acclaimed New Crime Productions theater company in Chicago. She is the recipient of a grant from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project for her dance/theater adaptation of the novel Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, a development grant from the Magic Theatre for her play Entranced, based on the Sleeping Beauty myth, among other grants and awards. 

    In 2011, Annie was commissioned by The Cutting Ball Theater to create and direct a documentary theater piece about San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The production, entitled Tenderloin, premiered in April 2012. She also directed Ionesco’s “The Chairs” at Cutting Ball Theater.
  • Ken Ellingboe

    (415) 482-3214
    At MA since 1998
    Ken is the controller in the Business Office. In addition, Ken spent many years as a varsity cross country coach at MA, and can remember many of his previous runners’ best times.

    Prior to coming to Marin Academy, Ken worked as a CPA for Lautze & Lautze. He earned his B.S. from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, where he was also a runner.

    Ken’s daughter was a member of the MA Class of 2009.
  • Hervé Ernest

    Director of Communications
    (415) 482-3289
    At MA since 2017

    Hervé, the Director of Communications, arrived at Marin Academy with a long track record of marketing, communications and development work in arts and education. Prior to his arrival on campus, Hervé worked for Partners in School Innovation, a national education reform non-profit based in San Francisco, where he created marketing strategy to support the national expansion of the organization. He has also served as Director of Communications for Intersection for the Arts, the oldest alternative arts organization in San Francisco. He also served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for First Graduate, a non-profit organization that helps young people finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college.

    After moving to San Francisco from New York City, Hervé joined KQED as a Development Officer and soon after founded the North Beach Jazz Festival which he led for 8 years as Co-Founder, Director of Marketing, Communications and Development, growing the festival from one day and a thousand attendees in its first year to nine days and over thirty thousand attendees before he left to found SF Noir, a multidisciplinary arts organization that celebrates African American contributions to arts and culture which was a direct response to an epidemic wave of “black flight” from San Francisco. He has also served as the Director of Development and Marketing for the San Francisco Conservation Corps.  

    When he is not at work, Hervé enjoys road trips with friends exploring California, hiking, going to live music and arts events, and volunteering with a number of non-profit organizations around the Bay Area.
  • Mike Fargo

    History Teacher
    (415) 847-0347

    Mike received a B.S. from Yale and a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley’s Law School (Boalt Hall). He spent the first five years after graduation practicing law in New York City—first as a Law Clerk to a Federal District Court Judge and then as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Having sampled life in the Bay Area during his law school years, Mike elected to return with his family and practiced law in San Francisco as a trial lawyer with Orrick Herrington. After practicing law for over 25 years, Mike embarked on a second career and answered a calling to teach that had been stirred years earlier by an inspirational high school English teacher.

    Prior to joining the MA faculty, Mike taught U.S. History and World History at the Mark Day School, where he coordinated the Mentor program and coached both the boys and girls flag football teams.

    Mike and his wife Sara, an educational counselor, live in Kentfield where they raised their three sons. In their free time, they enjoy playing golf, hiking, skiing, reading and spending time with their family.

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  • Abby French

    Crossroads Program Director & Spanish Teacher
    (415) 482-3248
    At MA since 2014
    Abby is the Crossroads Program Director and a Spanish Teacher in the World Language Department. She also serves on the MA Diversity Council and enjoys leading Outings. Abby began her career in education with Teach for America in Brooklyn, NY where she taught in a dual language immersion program. Prior to joining the MA faculty and staff, Abby spent her summers at MA as a Director and Humanities Teacher with the Aim High Program. She taught Spanish at Holy Names High School in Oakland and also worked as a nutrition and garden educator with several Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

    Abby received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a double major in Community Studies and Environmental Studies. She also has an M.A. in Bilingual Education from PACE University.

    When she’s not at MA, Abby can often be found dancing, cooking, or running. She loves to travel and go on adventures with her family and friends.
  • Aaron Fulk

    Director of College Counseling
    (415) 482-3222
    At MA since 2016

    Aaron serves as the Director of College Counseling and a member of the Administrative team. Prior to his arrival at Marin Academy, Aaron served as the Associate Director of College Counseling at Collegiate School. Before that, Aaron held the same position at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano. In both schools, his leadership was characterized by his care and concern for individual students, by a commitment to underrepresented students and an understanding of financial aid, along with an expertise in athletic recruiting. He has demonstrated great skill in utilizing data to shape a process that is both aspirational and informed.

    Prior to his work counseling families in independent schools, Aaron was an Admissions Counselor at Washington & Lee University where his work extended to collaboration with the Director of Diversity Recruitment and he also served as an evaluator for The Johnson Scholarship. Additionally, he acted as a seasonal undergraduate application reader for Stanford University.

    Aaron holds degrees from Washington & Lee University with a B.A. Cum Laude in English and a Masters in Education from Stanford University and also serves as the Strategic Planning Chair for the Association of College Counseling in Independent Schools.

    A California native, Aaron, his wife Kelly, and his dog Kiba are excited to be back in the west coast to join and support our community.
  • Joann Gatine

    Admissions Associate
    (415) 482-3311
    At MA since 2015

    Joann joined the Admissions Team in the Fall of 2015 and is very happy to be a member of the MA Community. As the Admissions Associate, Joann assists with the daily running of the Admissions Office, as well as supports the Admissions Team throughout the various phases of the admissions process. Joann also works with the Crossroads Team as Crossroads Coordinator  since the Fall of 2017. Joann came to MA after spending six years as a stay at home mother. Previously, Joann worked as a Program Assistant at the University of San Francisco. 

    Joann earned a B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz, where she double majored in History and Italian Studies, and was awarded the Merrill College Noche de Estrellas Latina Scholar Award. As an undergraduate, Joann spent a semester studying in Siena, Italy which later had a huge influence on her scholarly research. Joann also earned an M.A. in Humanities from Dominican University of California where she expanded upon her research on the modern Italian family. 

    When not working, Joann enjoys spending time with her husband James and their two children, Lucy and Nico. 
  • Aaron Gill '94

    Athletic Trainer
    (415) 482-3292
    At MA since 2009
    Aaron works closely with our student-athletes, coaches, and parents to assess, treat, rehabilitate, and prevent injuries. Aaron began his career in a physical therapy clinic in Walnut Creek that specializes in orthopedic and spine rehabilitation.

    He earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Athletic Trainer as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

    Aaron is working on becoming a grill-master and can be found doing pretty much anything related to volleyball when not at work. He's a huge fan of March Madness, and will stop everything to watch the following sporting events: the Little League World Series, FIFA World Cup, and the Winter or Summer Olympics.
  • Marisa Gomez

    English Department Chair
    (415) 482-3309
    At MA since 2018
    Marisa, the English Department Chair, originally hails from Fort Worth, Texas.  She has also lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York where she served as the English Department Chair at Poly Prep Country Day School. 
    Marisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Texas Christian University and is certified to teach secondary English and English as a second language, and her Master’s Degree in Private School Leadership as a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College/Columbia University. Given her career as an English teacher, it is not surprising that Marisa spends much of her personal time reading. 

    Marisa enjoys everything from contemporary fiction to books on science to literary classics. She also enjoys hiking through national parks, strolling through art museums, and visiting family and friends, who live all over the country. 
  • Pilar Gongora

    Spanish teacher
    (415) 482-3231
    At MA since 2002
    Pilar is a Spanish teacher in the World Language Department and serves as the Family Liaison for families who request interpretation. She is also the advisor for the Latinx Student Union. Pilar enjoys leading a ninth grade Service Minicourse to San Rafael Elementary Schools, as the MA students learn about day to day issues in local public schools while they work in classrooms with young children. 

    Before joining the MA faculty, she taught high school Spanish and led a summer program for middle school students at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. Pilar started her teaching career at Westtown School and Agnes Irwin School in Pennsylvania.

    Pilar earned a B.A. in English from The University of Virginia and an M.A. in Latin American Literature from UCLA. Originally from Perú and Costa Rica, Pilar now lives in San Rafael with her husband and two children. She is dedicated to learning about immigrant’s rights and sharing her knowledge with others.
  • Liz Gottlieb

    Science Teacher and Cross Country Coach
    (415) 482-3276
    At MA since 1999
    Liz teaches Biology, Chemistry and more in our Science Department. She also teaches online Bay Area Field Ecology (BlendEd Consortium). Liz coaches the Cross Country team, and serves as the BlendEd Coordinator. She is a Wilderness First Responder. She leads a number of running, hiking, camping and restoration outings and minicourses. 

    She received a B.A. from Colby College and also a Masters in Science from Montana State University. Liz began her teaching career by participating in Teach for America, where she taught seventh- and eighth-grade science at Roosevelt Middle School in Compton, California.

    Liz loves to run and to compete in races, from one mile to 50k. The Dipsea is her favorite local race, she has multiple black shirts and she has won the Winner of the Best Time award for women three times. Liz is also a California certified naturalist and enjoys leading hikes and nature tours around the Bay area. Liz has an identical twin sister who also teaches high school science, and Liz is married to a twin. Liz and her husband have two daughters and two whippets.
  • Marilou Graham

    Business Office Assistant
    (415) 482-3215

    Marilou works in the business office where she manages student accounts, generates the enrollment contracts for students, and manages accounts payable and purchasing. She also takes care of the textbook needs of Marin Academy.

    Marilou has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-Management from the University of the East, Manila, Philippines, and an A.A. degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from St. Joseph's College, Quezon City, Philippines. She has worked in guest services and accounting departments as an income auditor and assistant controller at Holiday Inn Union Square in San Francisco. She also worked briefly in accounting for Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital.

    Marilou loves to cook and bake and try new recipes. She also enjoys arts and crafts (including knitting and needlepoint), gardening (and cooking with her garden vegetables), and traveling with her husband.
  • Rebecca Gustin

    Director of Learning Services 
    (415) 482-3226
    At MA since 2001
    Rebecca works with a variety of students to develop strategies to empower them to become self-aware, reflective, and engaged learners. She also serves as a member of the Dean’s Group and is a member of the MA Admissions Committee.

    Rebecca received a B.A. from Pomona College in Biology and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University. She began her teaching career at Flintridge Preparatory School near Pasadena, where she taught biology and chemistry. She also taught ninth- and tenth-grade chemistry and biology at her alma mater, University High School in San Francisco. Before that, she was Tenth Grade Dean and taught seventh-grade human biology and tenth-grade chemistry at The Spence School in New York.

    Rebecca was born and raised in Marin County. She feels lucky that both she and her husband are Bay Area natives and that they are surrounded by so many family members and old friends. She lives in San Anselmo with her husband Josh and son Alexander, takes yoga classes, and spends as much time as possible outdoors, trail running, or hiking with friends and family.
  • David Gutierrez

    Operations Department Staff
    (415) 482-3239
    At MA since 2007

    David works in the Maintenance Department. Along with maintaining the physical plant, he actively manages the building automation systems and web based irrigation controls as well as coordinating maintenance activities at the McCluskey House.

    When not on campus, David enjoys riding along the back roads of west Marin on his motorcycle.
  • Robbie Gutierrez

    Advancement Database Coordinator
    (415) 482-3245
    At MA since 2011
    Robbie’s responsibilities in the Advancement Office include all areas of records management including updating families’ information in the school’s database, working on mailings, and assisting with department projects. Robbie spent much of her previous career in advertising, working in media planning for packaged goods accounts ranging from cleaning products to salad dressing.

    She earned her B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley.

    Robbie and her husband Phil have two children in high school and middle school in Marin. She enjoys reading fiction from the Lucky 7 shelf at the library, volunteering at Mark Day School, finding new cookie recipes to bake, and getting her turn to choose the movie for Family Movie Night.
  • Robert Gutierrez

    Operations Department Staff
    (415) 482-3109
    Robert works in the Maintenance Department and is responsible for closing the campus each day. In addition to his regular maintenance activities, he actively manages the school’s recycling programs and assists with fleet maintenance.

    When off campus, Robert trains and competes in  martial arts.
  • Lynne Hansen

    Dean of Students
    (415) 482-3249
    At MA since 1998
    Lynne works closely with the Head of School, the Academic Dean, and the Dean of Faculty, as well as with the grade level deans and the Dean of Multicultural Life.
    A Bay Area native, Lynne earned her undergraduate degree from Occidental College and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from UCLA, as well as her M.Ed. in Administration and Policy Studies in Education from UCLA. In addition she has a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from UCLA. Prior to returning to Marin, Lynne served as Dean of Students at La Jolla Country Day School. She played softball and when she first came to MA, she served as the school’s softball coach.

    Lynne is a parent of two children, one of whom is a member of the class of 2013 at MA. She is an avid sports fan, and follows the 49ers and the San Francisco Giants closely.
  • Julie Helmbrecht

    Communications Associate
    (415) 482-3294
    At MA since 2019

    Julie brings her passion for supporting education to her work at Marin Academy, where she is a Communications Associate in the Advancement Office.  She serves as the editor of Marin Academy’s weekly e-newsletter, This Week at MA (TW@MA), and acts as the liaison for the Marin Academy Parents Association, providing support in promoting MAPA’s many programs.

    Julie received her B.A. from UC Irvine in Social Ecology with an emphasis in Human Behavior.  She has spent much of her career furthering communication efforts in both public and independent educational institutions. Most recently, Julie has been involved in the San Francisco Unified School District, The Bay School, and the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC).

    When she is not at work, Julie can be found on the tennis court, exploring the outdoors with her husband and two teenagers, or in the kitchen baking something new and (hopefully) fabulous.
  • Alejandro Higareda

    Operations Department Supervisor
    (415) 482-3232
    At MA since 1996

    Alejandro serves as the school’s Senior Maintenance Supervisor and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the maintenance department. He works closely with the various departments to assure their maintenance needs are met, and as a member of the Board’s Infrastructure Committee, he provides input regarding campus condition and maintenance practices. Alejandro is certified in HVAC Controls & Air Distribution, has certificates from APPA in the Supervisor’s Toolkit and the Institute for Facilities Management.

    When away from campus, Alejandro enjoys weight training, running, snowboarding, soccer, skydiving, and motocross.
  • Leo Higareda

    Operations Department Staff
    (415) 453-4550 ext 111
    At MA since 2006

    Leo works in the Maintenance Department and is responsible for opening the campus each morning. In addition to his regular maintenance activities, he actively manages the school’s emergency supplies and assists with fleet maintenance. When away from campus, he takes pleasure in biking many of the off-road trails in Marin.
  • Ian Hodges

    Mathematics Teacher
    (415) 482-3283
    At MA since 2018

    Ian has spent the last several years working in Bay Area Charter schools teaching mathematics.

    Having majored in Mathematics and minored in Science and Mathematics education at The University of California, Berkeley, Ian has worked hard to build and develop curriculum, especially for students who have major gaps in their conceptual understandings or procedural fluency. He is dedicated to helping foster student growth and has a particular interest in restorative justice.
  • Hannah Hohle

    English Teacher
    At MA since 2019

    Hannah teaches English at MA and graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in American Studies and a minor in African American Studies. During her junior year, she studied abroad at the University of Hong Kong. After college, she taught middle school English Language Arts at a public charter school in Washington DC, where she completed her student teaching and earned her Masters of Education. Prior to her arrival at Marin Academy, she taught 9th and 10thgrade writing and literature at The Marin School in San Rafael. Hannah is also a Teacher Consultant for the Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) based at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Her passions, besides teaching, include reading, taking road trips and traveling with friends, volunteering at the Humane Society, and rock climbing. 
  • James Hughes

    Director of Community Action
    (415) 482-3295
    At MA since 2018

    James is the Director of Community Action and a teacher in the English Department. Most recently, James worked as the Director of Service and Experiential Learning at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California.  In this role, he was responsible for creating and sustaining community partnerships, grade-wide service projects, a summer service camp, and much more. 

    James will also teach English, and he has long experience in this area as well, having served as English Department Chair at Brentwood and Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton, California. James, who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English at the University of San Diego, also has a Master’s in English and Education, both from Stanford University.

    James is an active cyclist, hiker, swimmer, musician, and freelance writer in his spare time.
  • John Hutchinson

    History Teacher and Boys Lacrosse Coach
    (415) 482-3243
    At MA since 2014

    John teaches 9th grade Modern World History I, 10th grade Modern World II, and the Hidden Histories of Marin County elective. He recieved the 2017 Martha Ross Teaching Award from the Oral History Association for the work he's done incorporating Oral History Interviews into his classes. He is also a Sophomore Academic Counselor, member of the Diversity Committee, and coach for the junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams.

    Before coming to MA, John taught for eight years at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco and for two years at The Branson School in Ross.  While at Lincoln, he taught AP World History, Modern World History, U.S. History, Ethnic Studies and A.V.I.D (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and was an assistant soccer coach. He also brought the A.V.I.D. program to Lincoln and helped develop and pilot an Ethnic Studies program to be taught throughout the San Francisco Unified School District.  In addition to teaching U.S. History and Roots of Civilization at Branson, John ran the Community Service Department and coached the junior varsity soccer team and the varsity lacrosse team. John also coached the junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams at Lick-Wilmerding High School.

    John grew up in San Anselmo, attending White Hill Middle School and The Branson School. He received his B.A. in History and Philosophy from Tulane University, his M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and his teaching credentials from San Francisco State University.
  • Karen Jacobsen

    Registrar and Academic Program Coordinator
    (415) 482-3270
    At MA since 2015

    Karen serves as the school’s Registrar and Academic Program Coordinator. In addition to holding this role, Karen has also worked as the Assistant to the Head of School at Mark Day School.

    Karen studied film at the University of Iowa and Spanish at Universidad de los Andes in Venezuela. She worked in the film industry in Los Angeles before moving to the Bay Area.

    Karen lives in San Rafael with her son and daughter and her spoiled dog, Ringo. She enjoys independent cinema, running the dog on the beach, boogie boarding, and perusing food blogs.
  • Sarah Elana Janoff-Brinn

    School Counselor
    At MA since 2019

    Sarah Janoff-Brinn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and joined MA in the fall of 2019. She grew up in Marin County and is a proud Marin Academy alum from the class of 2003. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Educational Studies from Bates College in Maine and earned a Master's Degree in Social Work specializing in clinical work with children, youth, and families, from Columbia University.
    Sarah began working with teens at a youth development organization in New York. Sarah helped create and implement an academic and sports-based curriculum for inner city elementary, middle, and high school students in Harlem and the Bronx teaching communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. She also facilitated workshops for incarcerated teens at juvenile detention facilities in the Bronx and in Brooklyn. Sarah then worked in a therapeutic foster care program in the South Bronx and eventually transitioned to a more therapeutic role providing individual therapy to children and teens in the foster care system in New York City.
    Sarah then returned to the Bay Area. Prior to joining MA, Sarah worked as a clinician seeing children, teens, adults, and families for therapy at the Masonic Center for Youth and Families in San Francisco. She also saw adolescents and adults in her private practice in Marin.
    Sarah lives in Marin with her husband, Lior, and her daughter, Nora. She loves cooking, reading, and spending time outside with her family.
  • Francesca Johnson

    Director of Human Resources
    (415) 482-3303
    At MA since 2015

    Francesca was born and raised in Marin County, and attended Marin Catholic. She now lives in Corte Madera with her husband, Jeff; her three children, Alex, Kyle, and Amanda; and her two dogs and two cats. Francesca graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Business, and has worked for American Express and General Electric in Account Management, Reporting, and Training. In 2010, she moved into Human Resources, working at a local advertising company in Sausalito. Outside of work, Francesca is an avid trail runner and she has participated in many races, including Escape from Alcatraz. Her goal is to run a marathon one day! Francesca speaks Spanish fluently, loves cooking, and enjoys spending time with her family.
  • Mike Joyce

    Chief Financial Officer
    (415) 482-3213
    At MA since 1993
    Prior to coming to MA, Mike worked in oil and gas and precious metals exploration with various companies in Montana, Texas, and Alaska. Most recently, he also worked in the conservation real estate field with the Trust for Public Land, completing projects in California and Oregon. Mike earned a BA from Oberlin College, an MS in Geology from the University of Montana, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. When not in his office, Mike enjoys cycling, running with his dog Tucker, gardening, cooking, raising backyard chickens, and spending time with family.
  • Josh Kalkstein

    Assistant Athletic Director and Director of the Soccer Program
    (415) 482-3237
    At MA since 1997
    Josh is the Assistant Athletic Director and Director the Soccer Program. In addition to his work at MA, Josh is also currently Director of Coaching at Marin FC and is also a former Region IV ODP Head Coach. Josh earned his BA from UC Berkeley and holds a USSF "A" License and a NSCAA Premier Diploma.
  • Anton Karbushev

    Strength and Conditioning Coach
    (415) 482-3292
    At MA since 2019
  • Kyndra Kennedy

    Director of Annual Giving
    (415) 482-3202
    At MA since 2014 

    Kyndra works in the Advancement Office as the Director of Annual Giving. She focuses her efforts on developing meaningful relationships with MA’s community of parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends, and advancing the school’s longtime culture of generosity. Kyndra earned a B.A. in History from Reed College and continues to be an avid student of history. She came to MA after working in various fundraising roles at regional organizations including the Marin Humane Society, the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, and the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). Kyndra lives in San Rafael with her husband, their two young daughters, and their dogs, Brando and Stella. She loves hiking, playing soccer, trail running, and baking, and she is a novice knitter. 
  • Sara Kerr

    Photography Teacher
    At MA since 2019
  • Rachel Kernodle

    Math Department Chair
    At MA since 2015

    Rachel is the Math Department Chair and has taught math classes ranging from Geometry to Calculus. In addition, Rachel runs the California Math League contests at MA, serves as a coach for the MA Scholars program, and enjoys leading day hikes and other adventures in the Bay Area through the Outings program. Rachel received her B.S. from Vanderbilt University in Secondary Education and Mathematics and her M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership. She began her teaching career at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia, where in addition to teaching math, she coached the JV softball team. She then returned home to Tennessee to teach at her alma mater, Brentwood High School, before moving to the West Coast. Outside of school, Rachel enjoys connecting with other math teachers online through blogs and twitter, hiking, going on road trips, and reading on the couch with her cat, Gatsby.
  • Nicole Klaymoon

    Dance Teacher
    (415) 453-3616 x108
    At MA since 2010

    Nicole Klaymoon began working at Marin Academy as a guest choreographer in 2010. She is the Artistic Director-Founder of Embodiment Project (EP). She received a BA in dance from UCLA, and is currently in the Creative Inquiry MFA program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She has performed with her company and her one-woman show, “The Sixth Vowel,” at various venues across the US, Europe, and Africa. Nicole partnered with G.R.A.C.E. AFRICA to facilitate a performance-training program to help disseminate information around HIV/AIDS awareness in Kenya, which was sponsored by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Daedalus Project. She is a resident artist at the Red Poppy Art House and Dance Mission Theater. She teaches a company technique class at Dance Mission and is on faculty in the youth program at ODC dance school. Nicole is passionate about arts activism, education, and empowering youth through movement, spoken word, and performance. She is thrilled to be teaching a hip hop dance class at Marin Academy.
  • Carinne Lemaire

    French and Spanish teacher
    (415) 482-3229
    At MA since 2010
    Carinne teaches French II and V-VI, as well as Spanish I, and advises the French Club. Before joining the MA faculty, Carinne was an International Commerce Agent in France, a high school French teacher in a number of Marin County high schools, as well as a teacher of French at Miller Creek Middle School. Carinne earned her BA and MA from Lille III France and holds a teaching credential from Sonoma State University. Carinne moved to Marin County (and the United States) in 2003. Like so many, Carinne fell in love with California at first sight. She loves going for walks with her two dogs and her husband, taking care of her bees and her two horses, watching movies, reading, cooking, gardening, and swimming.
  • Anne Maurice

    Visual Arts Department Chair
    (415) 482-3252
    At MA since 1983
    Anne teaches two  classes of ceramics (200-, 300-, and 400-level) and one introductory visual classes in addition to providing leadership for the department. She is a junior advisor and co-leader for the Bay Area Art Museums (BAAM) minicourse, which explores Bay Area art museums, Di Rosa Reserve, and the glass blowing studio Public Glass. Anne received a BFA Michigan State University and an MFA George Washington University in Ceramics and Sculpture. She taught visual arts for two years on the high school level in Michigan and on the college level for three years in Washington, DC; Maryland; and Virginia. Anne moved to the Bay Area in 1980 and taught at Dominican College and Montessori school before joining Marin Academy in 1983. Anne has been travelling abroad since her early backpacking days during college. She has been particularly interested in learning about the roots of ceramic history, so she concentrated on Italy, Spain, Greece, the Middle East, and China culture. Much of her curriculum has been based on actual experiences to allow students a stronger global perspective. She also enjoys cooking and designing jewelry.
  • Jaime Meline

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    At MA since 2017

    Jaime serves as the Associate Director of College Counseling. She is also on the Diversity Council, adult advisor to the Jewish Student Organization, a junior advisor, and an outings leader. Jaime comes from an admissions background, having most recently served at Stanford University as Assistant Director of Admission. She is part of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, the Western Association for College Admission Counseling and serves as a part time reader for organizations such as the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Questbridge. Outside MA, Jaime serves on the University of Chicago’s counselor advisory board. As part of the college counseling team at MA, Jaime’s leadership is characterized by her love of working with students and her investment in their overall wellbeing. Jaime holds a Bachelors of Social Work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies from New York University and is a proud Violet alum. An Arizona native, Jaime lives in San Francisco and enjoys baking, traveling, and dancing.  
  • Bill Meyer

    History Teacher
    (415) 482-3219
    At MA since 2003
    Bill has taught Modern World History II, U.S. History Honors, and several electives including History, Culture, and Identity; Hidden Histories; Guns, Culture, and Policy; and American Government Honors. In addition to his work in the classroom, Bill is the co-creator and co-chair of the Marin Academy Conference on Democracy, has served as both Senior Class Dean and History Department Chair, and has also served on the Board of Trustees.  He loves teaching film studies-based minicourses and is always looking for new ways to bring filmmakers into discussion with MA students. Before coming to MA, Bill taught History and American Studies at the Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, from 1996 to 2003. He also taught elementary school at the Webster Magnet School in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned his BA from Macalester College and his MAT from Brown University. Someday Bill would like to finish the MA in English he is halfway through at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.

    When he is not at MA, Bill enjoys eating, cooking, hiking with his dogs, seeing live music and baseball with friends, devouring books and movies of all kinds and writing about them on his blog, and tending to the ever-growing menagerie of creatures that his wife MA Science teacher Stori Oates brings into their home.
  • Gerardo Molinari

    Spanish Teacher
    (415) 482-3212
    At MA since 2018

    Gerardo Molinari has worked for the past several years as a Spanish teacher at Buckingham Browne & Nichols. Having made the move from Massachusetts, he will join the language department as a full-time teacher of Spanish. Gerardo earned his undergraduate degree in Spanish Philology from the Universidad de Costa Rica, his Master’s in Romance Languages from Texas Tech, and his Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to his independent school experience, Gerardo has also worked as a college instructor; he has led service trips to Ecuador, Madrid, and Seville, and, most recently, he presented at the People of Color Conference in Anaheim, California. Gerardo is especially interested in social justice and philosophy. And when he is not reading or writing analytical essays, he enjoys camping.
  • Bijani Mizell

    English Teacher
    At MA since 2019
    Bijani is an English Teacher/ Instructional Coach. Prior to Marin Academy, Bijani worked at Branson for seven years as an Assistant Learning Specialist, Director of Community Engagement, Dean of Freshman, and most recently, English Department Chair. Bijani has worked as a journalist in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, as a fashion writer in London and San Francisco, and in book publishing in New York and San Francisco. She earned her B.A. in English from Princeton University and her M.A. in English Literature from King’s College London. Bijani lives in Marin with her husband Will and son Theoden. When not chasing after her newly running toddler, she is likely trying out a new recipe, dancing in a West African or Zumba class, or watching a British murder mystery. 
  • Michael Morris

    Director of Operations and Outside Services
    (415) 482-3228
    At MA since 1979

    Micky serves as the school’s Director of Operations and is responsible for maintaining the campus. This includes oversight of maintenance personnel; both in-house and contracted services, as well as identifying and planning for future campus needs. Prior to joining the School in 1978, Micky worked in industrial manufacturing, first as an electrician and then in control systems.

    When not on campus, he can be found tinkering in his home workshop, or indulging his grandchildren.
  • Sanjai Moses

    Human Development Department Chair; Dean of Multicultural Life
    (415) 482-3253
    At MA since 2002
    Sanjai teaches Human Development for ninth and tenth graders, oversees the department’s Teachers Assistant program and leads the department. In addition, in her role as Dean of Multicultural Life, she supports the Identity and Equity Student Organizations, trains student leaders, co-leads Peer Resources, advises the Queer Affinity student group and serves on the Diversity Council. Before coming to MA, Sanjai spent nine years as a health educator at The Center for Youth in San Francisco providing HIV prevention, substance use, and gender & sexuality education for youth and adults. She received a BA from New College of California with an emphasis in anti-racism in education and has participated in trainings focusing on harm reduction, positive sexual health education, restorative justice and challenging white supremacy. Sanjai enjoys interior design, gardening and doing art projects. 

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  • Betsy Muir

    History Teacher
    (415) 482-3267
    At MA since 2004
    Betsy teaches Modern World History I and II as well as a junior/senior electives on International Relations. In addition to her teaching, Betsy serves as a twelfth-grade advisor, Marin Academy Scholars coach, a leader of the sophomore EOY culminating experience, and as a representative on the Curriculum Advancement Committee. Betsy also served on the Marin Academy Board of Trustees and is a trained Facilitator with the Critical Friends Group.
    After earning a BA in Political Science at Denison University, Betsy worked as a scheduling assistant at the White House in Washington, DC, under President George H.W. Bush. She then nourished her love of the outdoors by working in the ski and bike industries in Aspen before enrolling at Stanford University’s School of Education. After earning her MA at Stanford, she taught for six years at Hillsdale High School, a public school in San Mateo, where she was part of the reform efforts to create smaller learning communities.
    When not working, Betsy loves to hike and bike with her dog and friends on the MA faculty, ski, and be outside. She also enjoys traveling, including visits to family in Michigan, and reading about history, including historical fiction.
  • María Guadalupe Muñoz

    Spanish Teacher
    (415) 482-3267
    At MA since 2018

    Maria Guadalupe is a member of the Spanish teaching faculty at MA. Prior to her time at Marin Academy, Maria Guadalupe spent several years working as an instructor at the College of Alameda. María Guadalupe, whose particular areas of interest include the pícaro, identity in 20th century Mexico, immigration and otherness in Mexican identity, and testimonial literature, holds a Bachelor’s in Spanish, a Master’s in Latin American Studies, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Spanish language Literature. In addition to her teaching experience, she has also worked as a Spanish tutor for students of all ages and a translator both in the United States and abroad. María Guadalupe  also enjoys long distance running and volunteers at the Berkeley Humane Society.
  • Trent Nutting

    Director of Admissions and Financial Aid 
    At MA since 2014

    Trent Nutting is Marin Academy’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.  He is also a member of the Diversity Council and the administrative team. 
    Trent joined Marin Academy from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. At Choate, Trent began as an English teacher and coach, then became the Director of Summer Programs, and then served as the Senior Associate Director of Admissions, with Northern California as one of his prime recruiting areas. Trent also served on Choate’s Strategic Plan committee and as a Residential Advisor.
    Trent holds a B.A. in English from Middlebury College where he received the College Scholar Award and the Charles Baker Wright Award for Excellence in English. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. 
    Trent and his wife, Sarah, along with their four daughters—Casey, Harper, Brooke, and Riley—live in Marin County. Trent is a fly fisherman, a published poet, and an avid skier. 
  • Lindsay Neville

    Attendance Coordinator
    (415) 482-3200
    At MA since 1998
    Lindsay is currently the Attendance Coordinator at Marin Academy. Lindsay received an AA degree in Hotel Management at West Kent College, England, and worked for three years at the St. James Hotel in London until she moved to California where she continued working in the hotel industry. Before moving to the Bay Area, she also worked for Pacific Bell. After working for Wells Fargo Realty Finance in the Transamerica Building, she moved to Oakland to work for Ahmanson Commercial Development Company as an executive assistant. At one point, Lindsay also served as an aerobics instructor! Lindsay has two children: a daughter who is an ER nurse and a son who is currently a junior at MA.
  • J O'Malley

    Junior Class Dean and English Teacher
    (415) 482–3223
    At MA since 2004
    J currently teaches English 3, African-American Literature, Modern American Novel, and Why War?.  Other electives she has taught include That’s Absurd and Golden Gate Literature.  J also works with the adult White Affinity group and sits on the Diversity Council.
    J received a BA from Mount Saint Mary's University and an MA in Liberal Studies from Loyola University. Before coming to MA, she worked at the Severn School in Annapolis, Maryland, where she taught American literature to juniors and British literature to seniors. She served as Senior Class Dean for her five years at Severn, worked as Senior Project Coordinator, and also coached girls JV basketball and boys' middle school soccer.
    Prior to the Severn School, J worked at Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. There she taught World Literature to sophomores and AP Literature to seniors. She also coached girls basketball and soccer. In addition, she served as English Department Chair, advised the student government, supervised the summer enrichment program, coordinated the senior internship program, and worked on the admissions committee.
  • Stori Oates

    Science Teacher
    At MA since 2014

    Stori is both a teacher and a research scientist. Stori received her B.S. in Biology (with a minor in Environmental Studies) from Santa Clara University and an M.Sc. in Marine Science from San Jose State University and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Before coming to MA, she taught General Biology and Human Biology at Hartnell College in Salinas, and worked at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz, CA. Stori maintains ties to the One Health Institute at the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she also worked to investigate the health and disease of marine species throughout California.
    Stori currently teaches Environmental Science, California Coastal Oceanography, and is the Marin Academy Research Collaborative (MARC) Program Coordinator. She also partners with organizations such as the River Otter Ecology Project and Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force to involve MA students in local citizen science projects.
    Stori lives in Fairfax with her husband, History teacher Bill Meyer, where they have a tripod dog, two cats, and seven tortoises. She has great stories to tell about the otters she has come across during her research.
  • Randee Paufve

    Dance teacher
    (415) 482-3217
    At MA since 2011
    Randee Paufve directs the Marin Academy Dance Company, which includes teaching all levels of dance technique, coaching student choreography, and directing the fall and spring Dance Assemblies, and the Spring Dance Concert. Randee is the co-founder and facilitator of the annual Bay Area High School Dance Festival, now in its 10th year.  Randee has served on the dance faculties of University of California Davis, Lewis and Clark College, University of San Francisco, California State University East Bay, and California State University Sacramento. She currently teaches at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, and in the MFA program at St. Mary’s College of California. In 2015 Randee received the prestigious Isadora Duncan Dance Award for her acclaimed solo show “Soil”, and has twice been awarded Marin Academy’s E.E. Ford grant for dance research in Europe. Randee holds a BA in Cross-Cultural Arts from Elmira College; an MA in Dance and Choreography from State University of New York at Brockport; and an MFA in Dramatic Arts from UC Davis.
  • Kevin Rees

    Math Teacher and Freshman Class Dean
    (415) 482-3260
    At MA since 2005
    Kevin is a member of the Math Department, the ninth-grade Class Dean and has taught courses from Advanced Algebra I through Advanced Topics in Calculus during his time at MA.  Since his second year at MA, he has co-led a ninth-grade minicourse, Exploring Marin, which involves students in hiking, kayaking and surfing, while focusing on environmental service, and the micro-climates and ecosystems of Marin County. He received a AB from Colgate University in Math and in History and an MS in Mathematical Sciences (with a focus in Statistics) from Clemson University.  Before coming to Marin Academy, Kevin taught at the Hill School, the American School in London and the International School in Luxembourg. 

    Kevin, his wife who is a 4th-grade teacher, and their two children live in Novato. Kevin enjoys mountain and road biking, hiking, and surfing. In the summers, he and his family return to the Finger Lakes region of New York.
  • Galen Rogers

    Taiko Teacher

    At MA since 2014

    Galen grew up in San Francisco and started studying taiko at the San Francisco Taiko Dojo when he was eight years old. He studied under Seichi Tanaka, the "father" of American taiko, and performed for five years with one of the top youth performing groups in the world.

    At Oberlin College, he co-founded a new taiko group, Oberlin College Taiko, that practices, performs, and teaches in the community of Oberlin, Ohio. It was in the context of this group that Galen first discovered his love of teaching taiko. At Oberlin College, Galen also received a BA in Ethnomusicology. His thesis explored the ways that American taiko changed after the original and most famous groups were well established, focusing on alternative and transforming understandings of American taiko.

    In 2012, Galen moved back to San Francisco and joined Jiten Daiko, a relatively new ensemble of post-collegiate taiko drummers. The members run their own practices, compose their own material, and aim to redefine taiko vocabulary. In 2013 he was elected as Artistic Director of the group. 

    Galen currently lives in Oakland, studies Balinese classical music, and practices Naharin's Gaga movement language. 
  • Angeline Saris

    Music Teacher
    At MA since 2019

    Angeline joins the Performing Arts Department as a part-time contemporary music teacher. Angeline has been a teacher and mentor for over twelve years to hundreds of Marin bass students ages 7-65. She has given dozens of clinics locally and internationally, and she is a touring bassist for Reggae and ska pioneer Ernest Ranglin, Grammy award-winning producer Narada, and an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute Zepparella (2011-2018). Angeline is a fixture of the Bay Area music community, regularly performing multiple genres including blues, folk, hip-hop, reggae, ska, R&B, soul, pop, jam band, funk, Motown, gospel, fusion, rock, jazz, Afro-Cuban, salsa, bluegrass, polka, surf-rock, flamenco, and speed-metal.
  • Aïda Schafer

    French Teacher and World Language Department Chair
    (415) 482-3230
    At MA since 2005
    Aïda teaches French and serves as the World Language Department Chair. During her years at Marin Academy, she has also taught Spanish. She serves as the faculty advisor to the group Mixed Ethnicity, and leads the minicourse "Bikram Yoga."  Before joining the MA faculty, Aïda taught French at Dunham Academy in Marin; she offered French conversational classes for Ross Recreation and Ross Middle School, and private tutoring for adults and high school students. Aïda is native from Paris, France. She earned her MA at University of La Sorbonne, France and moved to the United States in 1996. She is the mother of two MA Alumni (2016 and 2018). When she is not teaching, Aïda loves to practice “hot yoga,” travelling, interior design, and spending time with her family.
  • Kacie Schilling

    Athletic Director
    (415) 482-3256
    At MA since 2012
    Kacie directs MA’s interscholastic athletic program and she is also Head Coach for MA’s Junior Varsity and Assitant Coach for Varsity Girls’ Basketball teams.
    Kacie studied sports management, teaching, and coaching as a Kinesiology major at Whittier College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2010 and was honored as Most Outstanding Student in her program. A long-time advocate for teaching a dynamic state of wellbeing through fitness and wellness, Kacie created an Advocating Children’s Fitness Fair at Whittier College and implemented an intramural program for fourth- and fifth-grade students at Ocean View Elementary School in Los Angeles.
    Kacie has always been active in athletics. She played basketball and volleyball, and she has coached numerous youth basketball teams. In addition to playing and coaching, Kacie enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and reading.
  • Alex Schratter

    Assistant to the Head of School
    (415) 482-3203
    At MA since 2018
    Alex Schratter joins Marin Academy as the new Assistant to the Head of School. With her extensive background in personal assisting work, she is excited about the opportunity to be in the Independent School environment and become a part of the MA community. Her previous experience doing a multitude of different jobs is why she is perfectly fitted for this position at MA. She found her passion for assisting work while opening a hair salon and seeing everything happen behind the scenes. When Alex isn’t working she stays busy freelancing with event production, hiking with her dog, camping in the Sierras, and attempting to teach herself how to sew.
  • Meghann Schroers-Martin

    English Teacher

    Meghann is a part-time member of the English Department, where she has taught English II, English III, and an assortment of electives. Before her time at Marin Academy, she also taught for a decade at `Iolani School, an independent school in Honolulu, Hawai`i, and for three years at Hawai`i Preparatory Academy, a boarding and day school in Kamuela, Hawai`i. She received her BA and coterminal MA, both in English Literature, from Stanford University before heading straight into the classroom, where she was delighted to discover that, not only would she make use of her degrees each and every day, but that her career would require her to be a lifelong learner. She has served as an advisor to students, acted as a “course head” for both `Iolani and MA, supervised Shakespeare and poetry competitions, taught AP Literature, and has helped to choreograph and stage musicals, among other things. Outside of the classroom, Meghann is a runner, hula dancer, and equestrian.
  • Isaiah Schwerin

    Associate Athletic Director
    At MA since 2018
    Isaiah began work in the summer of 2018 as the Associate Athletic Director. Most recently, Isaiah has been working as the Member and Volunteer Liaison for Marin Villages, a non-profit based in San Rafael with a mission to help older adults remain independent in their own homes and communities. His role there involved on-boarding new members and volunteers, maintaining member, donor, and volunteer databases, and connecting clients to volunteer services.

    Isaiah earned his BA in English from Dominican University of California, and enjoys blogging about soccer and writing original song lyrics. Isaiah has been coaching soccer at MA since 2014, first as the JV coach for several years, and more recently as the Associate Head Coach for Varsity soccer.   
  • David Sinaiko

    Co-Director of Theater and Thoreau Faculty Chair for Sustainability
    (415) 482-3240
    At MA since 2000
    David Sinaiko joined the MA faculty as Co-Director of Theater in the Fall of 2000, after five years in the same position at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts. After graduating from the Undergraduate Drama Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts he founded the Dák Theatre in New York City, an experimental company basing its work in the physical theater style of Eugenio Barba’s Odin Teatret, and helped to start the Phantom Theater in Warren, Vermont. In Chicago he co-founded the critically acclaimed, award-winning, New Crime Productions, performing and directing “incendiary vaudevilles” in their modern commedia dell’arte style. He co-directs MA’s theater program with his life partner and frequent artistic collaborator, Anne Elias, with whom he received a grant from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project to develop a dance/theater adaptation of the novel Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman. From 2005-2008 David took a hiatus from MA to be the Director of the Theater Program at the Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School; as a professional actor David has earned professional stage, film, and television credits in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He can be seen frequently on Bay Area stages, including the Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse and San Francisco's Cutting Ball Theater where he is an associate artist; He is an avid Chicago sports fan. 
  • Nicole Stanton

    English teacher
    (415) 482-3241
    At MA since 2006
    Nicole Stanton joined the Marin Academy faculty in 2006, and she is a member of the English and Human Development departments. Nicole served as MA’s Dean of Faculty from 2011-2015. She currently teaches English III: American Literature, and has taught numerous electives, including Modern American Novel, African American Literature, and British Literature.  She also teaches 9t and 10th grade Human Development.

    Nicole is a freshman advisor, and serves as a faculty advisor to the Debate Club and the Young Women of Color Affinity Group.  Nicole grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and received her BA in American Civilization from Brown University and her MA in American Studies from the University of Michigan. Nicole began her teaching career as a Teaching Fellow at Phillips Academy.

    When she is not at MA, Nicole serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mark Day School, where she leads the Board’s Diversity and Inclusivity Subcommittee. Nicole enjoys browsing antiques, making jewelry, and of course, reading books.
  • Mark Stefanski

    Science teacher
    (415) 482-3275
    At MA since 1988
    After stints of working as a draftsman, mapmaker, deckhand, psychiatric aid, and physiological research assistant, Mark’s passion for biology led him to earn a Master’s degree in evolutionary biology and ecology from Cornell University in 1986. Earlier in life, Mark, a native of Buffalo, earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College, majoring in psychology and sociology, and he later took courses in science and math at Columbia University while working in Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center’s Human Infant Physiology Laboratory. He is the author and co-author of scientific research papers examining topics that range from the sleep physiology of human preterm infants to the energy metabolism of salamanders.

    Mark began his career as a science teacher in 1986, and he has been teaching science at MA since 1988.  For a number of years Mark served as the school’s inaugural H.D. Thoreau Faculty Chair for promoting education for sustainability, a position he holds again today.  He has been helping to lead MA’s Wilderness Quest (formally Vision Quest) program for the past 28 years, and in former years, Mark co-founded and co-chaired the Conference on Democracy and served as the MA Freshman Dean, JV Boys’ Soccer Coach, and Interim Head of the Science Department.  In 2016, he earned a credential as a mindfulness instructor, and since then he has been sharing mindfulness skills with students as part of the Human Development and Mind, Body, Brain curricula, the MA Outings Program, and the school’s Mindfulness Club. 

    Collaborating with colleagues outside of MA through the University of California Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley, Mark was a Teacher Advisor and Project Advisor for the Understanding Science website, winner of the 2010 Science Prize for Online Resources in Education from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also served as Teacher Advisor for the award winning Understanding Evolution website. Mark has served as the High School Director for the California Science Teachers Association and he is a member emeritus of the California Teachers Advisory Council (CalTAC), working with educators, industry leaders and policy makers to strengthen science and math education in California. He is the recipient of the Access Excellence fellowship, and he has received the Gustav Ohaus Award from the National Science Teachers Association for innovative teaching strategies in high school science. He is an editor of The Nature of Life: Readings in Biology, a widely used text published by the Great Books Foundation.
    Mark is a volunteer teacher for the Insight Garden Program at San Quentin State Prison, and he volunteers as a steward for the San Rafael Meditation Group, led by one of his mentors, Rick Hanson.  Mark serves on the Board of the Joyful Mind Project, a non-profit that helps young people of all backgrounds cultivate wellbeing, mental health and academic success.  In past years, Mark served on the Board of the Carr Educational Foundation, the nonprofit that helped to oversee Daraja Academy, a free boarding school for materially impoverished girls in Kenya. Along with his sweetheart wife and several MA colleagues, Mark twice led summer service learning trips to Daraja’s campus in Kenya for MA students.
    Mark owes the bulk of his ability to follow his bliss to his sweetheart wife, Johanna Stefanski, a retired middle school science teacher who now owns and runs a local vegan baking business. Together, Mark and Johanna live in San Rafael with their garden, two cats, and box turtle Wallace.
  • Mya Sullivan

    Dean of Equity and Inclusion

    (415) 482-3290
    At MA since 2018

    Mya Sullivan joined MA in July of 2018 as the Dean of Equity and Inclusion and is also a member of the mathematics faculty. Prior to arriving at MA, Mya was an administrator at a boarding school in Georgia and before that, directed equity and inclusion work at a school in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

    She has taught both mathematics and humanities courses, holding an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a Masters degree in American History and Government. When not working, Mya likes to spend her time traveling to see her grandchildren and testing her capacity for adventure.
  • Taylor Tan '06

    Math Teacher and Track Coach
    (415) 260-1489

    Taylor Tan graduated from Marin Academy in 2006. During his time as a student at MA, Taylor was the captain of the track team and a co-founder of the soul band that is to this day a staple component of our music program. During his junior and senior years, Taylor's passion for science and the environment was sparked by MA's Oceanography class and his work with Liz Gottlieb in AP Environmental Science. After MA, Taylor crossed the Bay to attend UC Berkeley where he majored in Conservation and Resource Studies. Taylor's work at Berkeley focused on California Fisheries. It was during his time at Berkeley that Taylor was drawn inextricably back to MA to coach track and field. Today, Taylor is MA's head track coach. Taylor joined the math department in 2014 and continues to coach track, lead outings, and is the co-advisor for the Asian Student Organization. Taylor is a proud snake owner and avid home-chef.
  • Molly Tanner

    Math Teacher
    (415) 482-3209

    Molly is a teacher in the Math Department. She is currently a senior academic counselor, serves as the faculty advisor for the Financial Aid IDEQ group, and enjoys leading outings through MA's Outings program. Molly received her B.S. from Vanderbilt University in Child Studies and Mathematics and her M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University in Child Studies. Prior to moving to the West Coast, she began her teaching career in her hometown of Nashville, TN before moving to Washington, DC and teaching at Flint Hill School. Outside of school, Molly enjoys knitting, playing piano, hiking, going on road trips, and getting back to Nashville to visit her family.
  • Marci Velando

    Communications Associate
    (415) 482-3312

    After graduating from UC Davis with a B.A.S. in Studio Art and Computer Science, Marci began her career working in the Art Department and film sets of renowned VFX studio Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm. Of late, she has been incorporating her lifelong love of movies into personal and professional projects that allow her to direct and produce short videos utilizing many of her learned skill sets from 13 years in the film industry. She was also recently nominated and elected to join the Visual Effects Society. Prior to her arrival at MA, Marci worked at Marin Catholic, where she was in both the Technology and Communications departments, as well as a Photoshop instructor. When she is not at MA, Marci enjoys watching lots of movies and spending time with her chubby French bulldog, Dori.
  • Kyle Vitale

    Director of Technology
    At MA since 2019
  • Peter Walker

    Visual Arts Department Chair
    At MA since 2019

  • Yinshun Wang

    Mandarin Teacher
    At MA since 2017

    Yinshun teaches all five levels of Mandarin Chinese classes. She is also the advisor for Asian Student Organization. She received a BA in public finance from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and an MBA from University of Maryland. After an exciting career as a management consultant in the financial services industry working with clients from many different countries, she was looking for a change where she could spend more time with her family. She began her teaching career in 2006. Yinshun discovered her hidden talent in deciphering the unspoken language of adolescents at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, where she taught Mandarin Chinese, coached students for Chinese speaking competitions and organized educational trips to China. She is a frequent presenter at world language conferences. Yinshun enjoys swimming, hiking, and good food.
  • KaTrina Wentzel

    Academic Dean
    (415) 482-3205
    At MA since 2015

    As Academic Dean, KaTrina oversees the academic administration of MA with particular responsibilities around curriculum, the master schedule, and the school calendar. She shares responsibility with the Dean of Students and class deans for student achievement, course placement, and communication with parents, and shares responsibility with the Dean of Faculty and department chairs for faculty development and hiring. KaTrina received her B.A. in English from the women's college, College of St. Catherine, and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. Before coming to MA, she was the Director of Studies at Mounds Park Academy (MPA) in Saint Paul, MN. During her tenure at MPA, she also served as Diversity Coordinator and taught in the English department including English 9, senior electives, and yearbook. Before her 14-year tenure at MPA, KaTrina was a teacher and curriculum coordinator for St. Paul Public Schools and worked for Free Spirit Publishing in acquisitions and editorial. As a Midwest native, KaTrina enjoys reading outside during all seasons, no longer needing an ice scraper, and discovering the hiking trails that abound in Marin.
  • Megan Wheeler

    Stewardship and Special Events Manager
    (415) 482-3271
    At MA since 2010
    Megan plans and implements special events for MA, and serves as a liaison with MA's Parents Association (MAPA). Before coming to Marin Academy, Megan worked in sales and marketing at San Francisco and St. Helena hotels and resorts for twelve years. She owned her own meeting planning company, Planit, for 18 years. Megan earned her BA from University of the Pacific. In her spare time, Megan enjoys gardening and cooking as well as trips to the beach, mountains, and Wine Country with her husband Jeff, son Cole, and their Bernese Mountain Dog.
  • Meg Wilson

    Director of Institutional Advancement
    (415) 482–3224
    At MA since 2011
    Meg is responsible for oversight of all fundraising activities, alumni engagement, community relations programs, website, and communications. This includes leadership and guidance in cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and the strengthening of alumni and parent engagement. She is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic plans and programs to attract financial support and maximize MA’s philanthropic potential.

    Meg received a BA from Rhode Island College and MEd from Pennsylvania State University. Before beginning her career in development, Meg was a teacher and administrator in Rhode Island, her home state. She has held advancement positions in independent schools in Massachusetts, Colorado, and Australia, as well as on the college level in southern California and for public television in Utah. Her professional skills have further been honed by her work with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), for which she has served in a variety of leadership, teaching, and speaking roles.

    She and her husband Don reside in Novato, while their daughter and new son-in-law live in southern Marin. She enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, and hiking with their two labs.
  • Chris Yee

    Math Teacher
    At MA since 2019