About MA
About MA

Faculty & Staff

Marin Academy is fortunate to have a talented and dynamic faculty and staff. They are devoted to excellence in education and at the same time, are writers, artists, scientists and coaches dedicated to their fields. More than half of MA’s teachers hold advanced degrees, and many staff do as well.

Throughout the curriculum, teachers urge students to try, to explore, to risk and to work hard. 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, 80-minute period schedule enables teachers and students to cover material in an interdisciplinary manner, and more completely and effectively in each class.

MA faculty have an open-door policy for students who desire extra help with a class. Teachers are available during tutorial, a dedicated period for faculty/student meetings, held three times a week. The faculty at MA are integral to the open climate that prevails on campus, which fosters an open, friendly community. For MA students, their teachers are educators, role models, and mentors.

Faculty & Staff Contact Information

Faculty & Staff Biographies

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  • Rebecca Abbey

    Stewardship and Special Events Manager
    rabbey@ma.org
    (415) 482-3201
    At MA since 2014

    Rebecca will plan and implement special events for MA, oversee and implement a comprehensive donor stewardship program, and serve as the liaison with MA's Parents Association (MAPA).
     
    Most recently, Rebecca managed the Hospitality and Events at Farmstead Restaurant & Long Meadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena, CA. Prior to that, she worked as an Inventory Planner for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Rebecca received her BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego.
     
    Rebecca loves to read, hike, travel and considers March Madness her favorite time of year.
  • Maribel Albarran

  • 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. Originally, Derek came to MA as the school's first full time college counselor. He earned his BA 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 III and Spanish IV and is an academic counselor, co-leader the Asian Treasures minicourse, and Vision Quest leader.
     
    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 TEPP 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 BA in Language Education at Louisiana University, an MA in Penibsular and Latin American Literature, and an MA 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, Bikram yoga, and slow meditative walks as well as eating and creating gourmet food. She has a deep passion for the arts and is a self-taught painter, sewer, and tailor. She loves photography 
  • Jared Baird

    English Teacher and Sophomore Class Dean
    (415) 482-3218
    At MA since 2010
     
    A teacher of both English II and "Freedom, Choice, and Obligation", a senior English elective, Jared joined the faculty in 2010. He has served as the sophomore class dean since 2012. He has a passion for curriculum design, innovation, and equity, inspired by his diverse teaching experiences and two Master’s degrees in education (Stanford '04 and Columbia '15).
     
    He has advised the young men's identity and equity group Be MORE since its founding in '13, and currently serves on the Curriculum Advancement Committee.
     
    An active jazz drummer and band leader, he frequently collaborates with the music department. 2017-18 will be his sixteenth year in the teaching profession.
  • Julie Barnes

    Outings Director and Math teacher
    jbarnes@ma.org
    At MA since 2013
     
    Julie Barnes is MA’s Outings Director, and has been working with the Outings Program since 2011. Julie is also a member of the math department, teaching two sections of Algebra II.
     
    Julie received an MA in Divinity and an MA in Spirituality from the San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she focused on how spiritual practices can affect one’s capacity to transform trauma. Julie also holds a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College. At Bowdoin, Julie served as captain and 3-time varsity letter winner on the Women’s Soccer team. After graduating from Bowdoin, Julie ran and coached the college’s JV Women’s Soccer program and served as the Assistant Director of Residential Life. Julie has also taught math at Holderness School, the Andover Summer Session, Quest Academy (an IDEA charter school), and at Chalet Holibi’s Winter Term. Julie is an experienced wilderness trip leader who has led trips for Marin Academy in addition to the Center for Nature and Spirituality, Point Reyes Outdoors, Homer Ocean Charters, the Chewonki Foundation, Holderness School, and the Bowdoin Outings Club. Julie is an experienced leader of backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, and skiing trips, in addition to vision quests.
     
    Julie lives in San Anselmo and enjoys traveling with friends and family in Alaska and the lower forty-eight. Julie is also a recreational photographer, rogue quilter, and hopeful tri-athlete.
  • Barry Beach

    Visual Arts teacher
    (415) 482-3247
    At MA since 2012
     
    Barry has instructed visual art at MA since 2012. Before ​coming to ​MA, Barry taught 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 UC 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.
     
    Outside of MA, Barry does college advising, specializing in portfolio preparation, and enjoys creating and exhibiting his artwork. Barry lives in San Rafael with his wife and son, and he enjoys cooking, traveling (he’s visited all 50 states), gardening, hiking, running, and snowboarding.
  • Tania Bettis

    Biology Teacher
    tbettis@ma.org
    At MA since 2015

    Tania will join the science department as a biology teacher and as one of the two coordinators of the Marin Academy Research Collaborative. Tania received her B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavioral Sciences (with a minor in Latin) from UC Davis in 2000 and her PhD in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2011. Tania joins us from UC Berkeley, where she spent three years as the lab coordinator and developer for the introductory biology course. In that role, she designed new labs and worked with students to help them develop their own research projects. This summer, Tania is leading a workshop for other biology laboratory educators on a primate phylogeny lab, which she developed. Tania loves teaching, and she is excited to join the Marin Academy community. She and her husband live in Pinole with two daughters and a small flock of chickens. In her free time, Tania likes to hike and camp with her family, or train for triathlons.
  • Ellie Beyers

    Science Department Chair
    ebeyers@ma.org
    (415) 482–3277
    At MA since 2011

    Ellie currently teaches Chemistry, is a sophomore advisor, and chairs the Science Department. Ellie has co-led a variety of minicourses from a triathlon minicourse and a cycling minicourse to a lifeguarding minicourse and most recently a sailing minicourse. As a member of the Outings Committee, Ellie has co-led a variety of school outings: backpacking outings up and down the coast, car camping and canoeing trips on the Russian River, the Redding Marathon Relay, Western Pacific Half Marathon, and Marin Half Marathon events, a natural building outing in the fall, a sunset moonrise hike in the winter, and surfing outings in the spring. In previous years, Ellie has taught Advanced Chemistry and Environmental Science and coached the MA Science Bowl team.
     
    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. Additionally, Ellie was co-class sponsor for 10th grade, she chaired the Professional Growth Committee and served on three other Committees: the Judiciary, the Safety, and the Curriculum, she coached badminton, and chaperoned cultural exchange programmes to China and Thailand. 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. As part of this teacher training, she taught at Walker Technology College and Thomas More Catholic School.
     
    Ellie loves the outdoors. Whether she is camping with her family and friends, hiking, climbing, running trails, cycling, training for triathlons or Ironman, or trying out a new adventure, she always likes to be active. She also enjoys playing and listening to music of all sorts: classical, alternative and world music. Most of all, Ellie loves spending time with her husband and son.
  • Katharine Boyd

    Visual Arts teacher
    (415) 482-3235
    At MA since 1997
     
    Katharine teaches Visual Art I as well as all of the upper level drawing and painting classes. She has also taught Modern Art History and Asian Art History at MA. Katharine helps to lead the Bay Area Art Museums minicourse and the Art Club. While she has advised all grades during her time at MA, she is currently an academic counselor for seniors.
     
    She received her BA from the University of Nevada Reno, with a focus in painting and drawing, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Katharine also spent five years studying human anatomy and figure drawing at the Atelier of Classical Realism in Oakland and has taken numerous courses at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Before coming to MA, Katharine worked for the Goat Island performance group as an administrative assistant and at the Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago as a library research assistant/indexer.
     
    Outside of school, Katharine collects 1960s clothing and shoes, rides a Vespa, and is currently working on a graphic novel. She is also a Francophile and is learning to speak French.
  • Jonathan Bretan

    Science teacher and Cross Country Coach
    jbretan@ma.org
    (415) 482-3236
    At MA since 2010
     
    Jon currently has a lot of fun introducing students to soldering irons and telescopes while teaching the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Astrophysics, and Advanced Physics 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 (where he graduated in 2000), and before that he earned his BA in Physics & Astrophysics from UC Berkeley.
     
    When Jon is not at MA, he may be found either early in morning running the trails and roads of Marin, or in the evenings playing bass, keys or guitar with a few different bands or for local community theater.
  • Alexandria Brown

    Librarian
    abrown@ma.org
    At MA since 2016

    Alexandria joined MA in the fall as a Librarian. Alexandria attended Mills College where she received a BA with honors in anthropology and sociology, and San Jose State University where she received a Masters in Library & Information Science. Alexandria also received an MA in U.S. History from Adams State University. Prior to coming to MA, Alexandria was Head of the Research Library at the Napa County Historical Society and has held several other librarian positions throughout Sonoma and Marin Counties. Alexandria considers herself a “pop culture obsessive” and enjoys taking history-focused vacations. She is also an aspiring author, and blogs and reviews books, TV shows, movies, and comic books.
  • Travis Brownley

    Head of School
    travis@ma.org
    (415) 453-3616 x203
    At MA since 2008

    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.
     
    As Head of the Upper School at The Wheeler School, Travis 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. During her nine years at The Winsor School in Boston, Travis taught English, including both core courses and electives in poetry, expository writing and the 20th-century novel. Her teaching career began 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 BA 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. Travis’s partner Liz Katz, an educator and writer, received her AB from Vassar College and an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop.

    Read Travis's blog, Heads and Tales.
  • Moriah Buckley '96

    College Counseling & Learning Services Assistant
    At MA since 2017
    mbuckley@ma.org

    A Marin County native, Moriah attended MA before enrolling at Colorado College and graduating with a degree in Romance Languages. She serves as the assistant for both college counseling and learning services. In addition, she also serves as the assistant cross country coach. In her free time, Moriah loves running and spending time with her husband and three children.
  • Nghiem Bui

    Assistant Director of Admissions
    nbui@ma.org
    At MA since 2015

    As the Assistant Director of Admissions, Nghiem outreaches to prospective schools, supporting students and families through the application process, reads files, conducts interviews and oversees the Admissions Fellows and Daily Visit programs. He is also the assistant coach for the boys' varsity basketball team, founded and advises the Young Men of Color group, and serves on the Diversity Council. 
     
    Nghiem graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Theology with a focus in social justice and ethics. After graduating, he went on to teach in Chicago Public Schools where he was a teacher’s assistant, lead teacher and mentor teacher for grades Kindergarten through fourth. Nghiem has his M.Ed from Northwestern University, where his thesis project explored how technology can bridge the gap between low-income families and student achievement. 
     
    Nghiem is a Marin native, raised in San Rafael and the Canal area. Outside of work, Nghiem can be found exploring the Bay Area with his family and friends, watching and playing all types of warm-weather sports, trying new types of food, and on the dance floor where he's been known to do a pretty good Bruno Mars impression.
  • Eugenie Chan

    English Teacher
    echan@ma.org
    (415) 482-3125
    At MA since 2014
     
    Eugenie is thrilled to have returned to Marin Academy to teach English 1.  From 1995 – 2007, she was a member of MA’s English Department, an advisor to Asian Club and to the Yearbook, and she taught a whole lot of students how to cook Chinese food during Minicourse. Since then, she has been teaching at the University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts & Social Justice Department and San Francisco State University’s Creative Writing Department, and has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Duke University, and Skyline College. Eugenie is also a playwright whose work has been produced across the country, from San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater and the Houston Grand Opera, to New York’s Public Theater. Recently, she completed a seven-year residency at New Dramatists in New York.  Eugenie has a B.A. in Literature from Yale College and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University.
  • Winston Chou

    Director of Technology and Visual Arts Teacher
    wchou@ma.org
    At MA since 2013
     
    Winston helps Marin Academy define its academic technology program and information technology services to support the school’s vision for teaching and learning in the 21st century. He teaches the Architecture and Technology course in the Visual Arts Department.
     
    Winston graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Before coming to MA, Winston was the Associate Director of Information Systems at the Oakland Museum of California. Prior to working at OMCA, he was the Director of Technology and a computer science teacher at the Bentley School in Oakland, CA., and the Director of Technology and a math teacher at the Rivers School in Weston, MA. He taught under-graduate studio courses at the Boston Architectural Center (now Boston Architectural College) for several years. Winston has also worked in the corporate world; he served as the Vice President/Director of Product Development for ETC Music, the Technical Director/Producer for Sunburst Technology, and the Director of Technical Services at Houghton Mifflin Interactive.  
     
    A recent transplant from the Boston area, he now lives in Berkeley and is an avid baseball fan.
  • Doreen Clark

    Math Teacher
    (415) 482-3283
    At MA since 2003
     
    Doreen received a BA in Mathematics Santa Clara University and an MAT in Mathematics UC Davis. She began her teaching career at Sacramento City College and has also taugth seventh through twelfth-grade math at Albuquerque Academy.
     
    She enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, and hanging out with husband and four sons.
  • Laurie Clark

    English Teacher
    lclark@ma.org
    (415) 482-3306
    At MA Since 2013
     
    Laurie Clark teaches English III, Poetry, Creative Non Fiction, and 20th Century American Novel. She is also a junior academic counselor, a study coach, and a member of the admissions committee.
     
    Before MA, Laurie taught English at Savannah Country Day School in Georgia, Hathaway Brown School in Ohio, the Episcopal High School in Virginia, the Sage Hill School in California, and Hebron Academy in Maine. She received her BA in English from Bates College, an MA in Secondary English Education from the College of William and Mary, and an MA in English Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Laurie has served as an AP Reader for the College Board, reading English literature and composition exams, and she participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute on Literature and Writing in a Manuscript Collection: Dickens, Fitzgerald, Welty, O’Connor, and Twain. She has also coached a variety of sports, including field hockey, basketball, softball, cross country, and rock climbing.
     
    Laurie lives in San Rafael with her husband. She enjoys cooking, cycling, hiking, canoeing, and traveling. 
  • Jamie Collie

    Math teacher; Senior Class Dean
    (415) 482-3278
    At MA since 2006
     
    Jamie teaches Honors Geometry and Precalculus and has taught a variety of other course in the math department since joining the faculty. He has 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 BS 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), son, and dogs Riddle and Duke.
  • Mary Collie

    English Teacher and Girls Water Polo Coach
    (415) 482-3264
    At MA since 2006
     
    Mary teaches English 2 and a variety of upper-level electives. She also coaches the Girls Water Polo team with her husband, MA math teacher Jamie Collie.
     
    Outside of MA, 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, son and two dogs.
  • Shawn Cole

    Physics Teacher
    scole@ma.org
    At MA since 2016

    Shawn joined the Science Department this fall to teach Physics. Shawn earned a BS in Physics with a Mathematical Emphasis from Tougaloo College and is in progress toward a PhD in Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology from Louisiana Tech University. Prior to MA, Shawn lived in Memphis where he worked as an Adjunct Physics Instructor at Baptist College of Health Sciences. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys saxophone, dancing, sketching, iPhone photography, traveling,  listening to music, and spending time with his fiancé and their fuzzy “daughter,” Reese.
  • Daniel Colón

    Spanish Teacher
    dcolon@ma.org
    At MA since 2016

    Daniel Colón is part of the World Language Department and serves as a Spanish teacher. Daniel received a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University and a PhD in Spanish American and Luso-Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to coming to MA, Daniel spent time in Salvador, Brazil completing a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • Teal Conroy

    Director of Leadership Giving
    tconroy@ma.org
    (415) 482-3272
    At MA since 2014

    Teal works in the Marin Academy 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 playing golf, running, travel, and playing with her bulldog. Teal lives in Novato with her husband Kevin and their two young children.
  • Krista Curtis

    Mathematics Teacher
    (415) 482-3288
    At MA since 2006
     
    Krista teaches Algebra II, Pre-Calculus Honors, Calculus Honors, and has also taught Geometry, Advanced Algebra I, and Applied Math, where she helped to develop new curriculum for the course.  Krista serves as an advisor, a coach for the MA Scholars Program, and she has helped coach the JV Cross Country team in the past.  In addition, she represents the Math Department on the Curriculum Advancement Committee.  Krista also has led a variety of minicourses, including the one that she currently leads with a math colleague and fellow foodie that focuses on food in the Bay Area.  

    Krista started her career teaching at Dominican High School in her home state of Wisconsin.  From there she went to work for a publicly-funded math and science program called Upward Bound, whose mission was to support and encourage low-income and/or first-generation college students getting into and completing college.  After earning an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Krista moved to the Bay Area to work for The Clorox Company in Oakland, where she was a marketing researcher, but finally returned to her first love of teaching when she came to MA in 2006.  Krista graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston College with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education.

    Krista and her husband, Craig, love spending time with their four-year-old son, Cole.  In her “spare” time, Krista enjoys hiking and running, but most of all she enjoys being with the people she loves, whether here in the Bay Area or in Wisconsin and San Diego where her family resides. 
  • Juliet Dana

    History Teacher
    At MA since 2016
     
    Juliet teaches Modern World History II (10th grade) and U.S. History (11th grade), in addition to leading a lively advisory of 9th graders, guiding outings near and far, and working closely with the Identity and Equity Organizations in her role as advisor to the Jewish Student Organization (JSO).
     
    Juliet earned a BA in American Studies and educational studies from Carleton College. Before coming to MA, she spent two years writing curriculum for the Learning Design Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC-Berkeley, and she spent several years teaching in public schools in the East Bay and at outdoor science schools in Minnesota, Wyoming, and California.

    Juliet enjoys canoeing and adventuring of many sorts, good food, evangelizing about Minnesota, and well-told stories. Juliet brings outdoor expertise and a Wilderness First Responder skillset to our Outings Program (ask her about canoeing rivers in the Canadian arctic). Juliet and her partner recently moved over to Marin from Berkeley; while they miss the EBRPD, they are excited about easy access to Mt. Tam and west Marin. 
  • Sachi Ariel DeCou

  • Chris Detrick

    Music Teacher
    cdetrick@ma.org
    At MA since 2014

    Chris is joining the Marin Academy Performing Arts Department in the fall of 2014 as Bob Schleeter’s sabbatical replacement. He will be teaching the World, Roots, and Contemporary (Rock, Acoustic, Soul) music classes.
     
    Chris earned his B.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley, focusing on theory and composition, and performing with their African Music Ensemble. 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 founded and runs MY AMP, an after school “school of rock” music program in San Rafael. The guiding principle of the program is to help students find their musical voice through the process of working towards a performance, and Chris is excited to bring his ten years of band coaching experience to MA’s stellar music department.
  • Mary Kay Dolejsi

    Science Teacher
    mdolejsi@ma.org
    At MA since 2015


    Science Teacher
    At MA since 2015
     
     
    Mary teaches Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, and is a senior Academic Counselor. 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, Mary Kay taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry 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 enjoying exploring Marin on her new e-bike!.
  • Lise Eisenberg

    Attendance Office Assistant/Receptionist
    At MA since 1993
     
    In 2000 Lise was hired as a chef for the catering company serving daily lunches to the MA community their daily lunches. She currently works as Pastry Chef and Front of the House in the café. Lise joined the MA staff in 2007 as an after school receptionist in the attendance office. Since 2002 she has taught the cooking class offered through minicourse.
     
    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
    aelias@ma.org
    (415) 482–3257
    At MA since 2000

    Annie teaches playwriting as an English department elective and specializes in ensemble playmaking—working with a group of actors to compose new plays from interviews, improvisations, adapted texts, and original writing—and has created numerous pieces in this mode with her students at MA. Among those were four documentary theater pieces at MA, including Moon Over MarinWrite a Book…Epiphany, and Gone Awry, that used transcripts of interviews as the basis for scripts focused on cultural issues.

    Annie has been teaching theater for 25 years including as an artist-in-residence in Vermont, through City of Chicago Cultural Affairs grants, and at Concord Academy in Massachusetts.  She received a BA from Mills College and studied dramaturgy and dramatic literature at the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. She was also a Thomas J. Watson fellow.

    Annie credits her experience as a practicing artist primarily for her education in theater. She was an associate artist for over twenty-five years at Phantom Theater in Vermont, where she wrote and directed numerous original productions. 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, and of development support from the Magic Theatre for her play Entranced, based on the Sleeping Beauty myth. 

    In 2011, Annie was commissioned by The Cutting Ball Theater to create and direct a documentary theater piece about San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. This production, entitledTenderloin, premiered in April 2012.
  • Ken Ellingboe

    Controller
    (415) 482-3214
    At MA since 1998
     
    In addition to his work in the Finance office, Ken has been a long-standing boys’ 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 BS from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, where he was also a runner.
     
    Ken’s daughter is a member of the MA Class of 2009.
  • Hervé Ernest

    Director of Communications
    hernest@ma.org
    (415) 482-3289
    At MA since 2017
  • Mike Fargo

    History Teacher
    mfargo@ma.org
     
    Mike received a B.S. from Yale and a J.D. from the 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 representing the United States in the Federal courts.

    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.
  • Josh Frechette

    Athletic Director and Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach
    (415) 482-3269
    At MA since 2007
     
    In addition to his work in athletics, Josh is member of the Administrative Team, the Diversity Council and the Admissions Committee. 
     
    Josh began his career in education at Pomona College, where he was an assistant football coach from 1995 to 1997. He was also a long-term substitute teacher in the Chino Unified and Pomona Unified School Districts during his time at Pomona. After two years at Rye Country Day School, Josh moved to the Salisbury School (CT) where he was a College Counselor and senior electives in Expository Writing, Contemporary Short Story, and Beat Literature. While at Salisbury, Josh also served as a dorm parent and member of the disciplinary council. He also coached Salisbury's Varsity Football and Varsity Lacrosse teams. After Salisbury, Josh moved to Los Angeles and taught seventh- and eighth-grade English at the Harvard-Westlake School and coached the Freshman Football team. Upon moving to the Bay Area, Josh taught ninth- and eleventh-grade English and coached the Varsity Football team at St. Ignatius in San Francisco. He earned his BA in American Studies from Williams College and his MA in English from Middlebury College.
     
    Josh spends his time outside of MA with his wife, Trixie, and their children, Teaghan and Quinlyn. They like to explore all that Marin County and the Bay Area have to offer, including hiking and spending time at the beach.

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  • Abby French

    Crossroads/Aim High Program Director
    afrench@ma.org
    At MA since 2014
     
    Abby is the Crossroads/Aim High Program Director.  Abby received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a double major in Community Studies and Environmental Studies.  Abby also has an M.A. in Bilingual Education from PACE University.  She began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Brooklyn, NY where she taught in a dual language elementary school program.  Abby taught Spanish at Holy Names High School in Oakland, and before officially joining the MA faculty and staff, she worked as a Director and Teacher with the Crossroads and Aim High Program at MA.  Abby has also taught cooking and nutrition classes to students and families as the Nutrition Program Director with the San Rafael based non-profit LIFT/Levántate.

    Abby lives in Oakland with her husband Jeff and her son Jonah. When not at MA, Abby can often be found cooking, dancing, or running. She loves to travel and spend time outdoors with her family and friends.
  • Aaron Fulk

    Director of College Counseling
    afulk@ma.org
    At MA since 2016


    Aaron serves as the Director of College Counseling and a member of the Administrative team. He comes to us from Richmond, Virginia where he 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 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.
     
    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

    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.

    In the Fall of 2017, Joann will also be joining the Crossroads Team where she will serve as Crossroads Coordinator.

    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 UC 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 a 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. 
  • Marcos Garcia

    English Teacher
    mgarcia@ma.org
    At MA since 201

    Marcos is a member of the English Department and teaches English 1 and senior/junior electives. Marcos was teaching at UC Berkley where he earned his PhD in English and Medieval Studies. Prior to his time at Berkeley, Marcos received an MA in English from Pennsylvania State University and a BA in English from Colorado State.
  • 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 specialized in orthopedic and spine rehabilitation. He earned a BA 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.
  • Pilar Gongora

    Spanish teacher
    (415) 482-3231
    At MA since 2002
     
    Pilar current teaches Spanish II, V, and V/VI Honors. She is the Community Liaison for Spanish-Speaking Families and the advisor for the Latino Student Union. She enjoys leading a ninth grade Service Minicourse to Sun Valley Elementary, as the MA students get to 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 BA in English from The University of Virginia and an MA in Latin American Literature from UCLA.
  • Liz Gottlieb

    Science teacher and Cross Country Team Coach
    lgottlieb@ma.org
    (415) 482-3276
    At MA since 1999
     
    Liz teaches Biology, Chemistry, EED and Environmental Science. 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 BA 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
    mgraham@ma.org
    (415) 482-3215

    Marilou has worked in the business office of Marin Academy for 15 years. 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 AA 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

    Learning Services Director
    (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 BA from Pomona College and an MA 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
    At MA since 2007
  • 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 BA in English from UC 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.
  • 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 MA in Counseling Psychology from UCLA as well as her Med 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.
  • Alejandro Higareda

    Operations Department Supervisor
    At MA since 1996
  • Leo Higareda

    Operations Department Staff
    At MA since 2006
  • John Hutchinson

    History Teacher
    jhutchinson@ma.org
    (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
    kjacobsen@ma.org
    At MA since 2015

    Karen is returning to MA to serve as Registrar and Academic Program Coordinator, a position she held from 2007 thru 2011. For the last four years, she was 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.
  • Francesca Johnson

    Director of Human Resources
    fjohnson@ma.org
    (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 corporations in Montana, Texas, and Alaska. Most recently, he also worked in the conservation real estate field with the Trust for Public Land in both 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 indulges in his passions for cycling, running, gardening, cooking, raising backyard chickens, coaching youth soccer, and spending as much time as possible with his spouse and two daughters.
  • Josh Kalkstein

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

    Director of Annual Giving
    kkennedy@ma.org
    (415) 482-3202
    At MA since 2014 

    Kyndra Kennedy works in the Advancement Office as the Director of Annual Giving.  Kyndra received a B.A. in History from Reed College, and she has worked in development for numerous years, including roles at the Marin Humane Society, the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, and the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) in Palo Alto.
     
    Kyndra lives in San Rafael with her husband, Iain, and their two dogs, Brando and Stella.  She loves hiking, playing soccer, trail running, and baking, and she is a novice knitter.  She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and she currently chairs the membership committee of AFP's Wine Country Chapter.
  • Rachel Kernodle

    Math Teacher
    rkernodle@ma.org
    At MA since 2015

    Rachel teaches Algebra 2 Honors and Precalculus and runs the California Math League contests at MA. She is currently a senior academic counselor, serves as a coach for the MA Scholars program, and enjoys leading day hikes 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
    nklaymoon@ma.org
    (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.
  • Evie Koh

    Senior Associate Director of Admissions
    (415) 482-3225
    At MA since 2011

    Evie has served the past four years as MA's Registrar and is looking forward to transitioning this year to the Admissions office. As Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Evie manages the day-to-day Admissions Office operations and staff, participating in all phases of the admission process, and maintaining responsibilities for outreach, recruitment, and financial aid. Evie supports the Admissions office in developing a vision for recruitment. 
     
    Prior to coming to MA, Evie worked at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division for five years. Evie earned a BM in cello performance from The Juilliard School and an MM in cello performance from The Manhattan School of Music.
  • Joani Lacey

    School Counselor
    (415) 482-3262
    At MA since 2001
     
    Joani’s primary role is providing ongoing support for students and intervention for those in crisis. This support may include short term therapy with students and providing recommendations for outside resources as requested or needed. She also consults with faculty and staff on issues involving individual students and student community issues. In addition, she runs workshops for the freshman Human Development classes on managing stress. In the sophomore Human Development classes, she facilitates the students’ study of their own group dynamics prior to their class's examination of sensitive issues of adolescence.
     
    Joani co-leads Peer Resources and WISE (Women in Support and Empowerment). With Sanjai Moses, Joani organizes Communications Evening each fall. She is an active member of the Deans Group and is a member of the MA Crisis Response Team.
     
    Joani earned a BA in Art from California State University at Long Beach and an MA in Clinical Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. After completing her Masters degree, she was awarded the Post Graduate Clinical Art Therapy Fellowship at Cedars SInai Medical Center: Outpatient Family Mental Health Division, where she honed her clinical skills with some of the top psychiatrists and psychologists in the country. During her time there she received intensive training in adolescent treatment working under the direction of noted adolescent psychologist Elaine Leader. Her clinical training was primarily in LA County Mental Health Clinics, including outpatient and day treatment centers. She also maintained a private practice for fifteen years working with adolescents and their families. At the same time, Joani consulted for schools and was eventually hired by The Westridge School as a counselor. After moving to the Bay Area, she worked at The Urban School of San Francisco.
     
    Before returning to school to get her Masters degree, Joani designed and built furniture in her San Diego studio. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association and is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist.
    Joani is also in the process of becoming certified in Interpersonal Neurobiology through UCLA's Mindsight Institute headed by psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Siegel.
     
    Joani and her husband Bruce have twins who graduated from MA in 2006. She loves anything having to do with making art and is committed to the creative process in her daily life. Being outside is a big part of her life, and she is always up for a hike.
  • Lisa LaHorgue

    Communications Associate
    llahorgue@ma.org
    (415) 482-3294
    At MA since 2014 

    Lisa LaHorgue is a Communications Associate at Marin Academy, where she supports the efforts of the Advancement Office.  As Communications Associate, Lisa works as the editor of Marin Academy’s weekly e-newsletter, This Week at MA (TW@MA). She also acts as the liaison for the Marin Academy Parents Association, providing support in promoting MAPA’s many programs.
     
    Lisa received her B.A. from UC Santa Barbara in English, French, and Film Studies. As the parent of two MA graduates (Eloise ’11 and Joe ’14), Lisa has been a part of the MA community since 2007.  She served as MAPA’s VP of Communications for two years before becoming an official member of the Advancement team. She still loves the movies and reading, and is a life-long francophile. She recently joined the board of Adopt a Family of Marin.
  • Carinne Lemaire

    French and Spanish teacher
    (415) 482-3229
    At MA since 2010
     
    Carinne teaches French II and V as well as Spanish I and advises the Francophone 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, and most recently 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 2000 and became a US citizen in April 2011. Like so many, Carinne fell in love with California at first sight. She loves going for walks with her two dogs and her husband, watching movies, reading, cooking, gardening, and swimming.
  • Pamela Maffei

    Freshman Class Dean and History Teacher
    pmaffei@ma.org
    (415) 482–3251
    At MA since 1983

    Pamela teaches ninth-grade Modern World History I and the junior/senior electives Middle East Studies, Justice in America, and American Government. Over the years she has taught US History, Latin American Studies, American Democracy, and Modern American History. She is the Freshman Class Dean and helps lead the ninth-grade Exploring Marin minicourse. Pamela helped to create and lead the culminating end-of-year project for the ninth grade.
     
    Pamela received a BA from UC Berkeley and an MA from Columbia University. Before coming to MA, she taught at the Fieldston School and Prep for Prep in New York City. She also worked as a paid intern for the Women's Action Program in the Office of Education and for Bella Abzug during her time in the House of Representatives. 

    Her two children are MA alumni: Cecilia, Class of 2010, and Luke, Class of 2012. Pamela enjoys making art of various media, sewing, cooking, and gardening. She volunteers with Loaves and Fishes, a nonprofit organization that provides dinners for the homeless. She loves to walk her dog Koby while listening to books on tape and can't learn enough about brain science as it applies to teaching and learning.
  • Randi Martin Bakken

    Science teacher
    rbakken@ma.org
    (415) 482–3282
    At MA since 2001

    Randi teaches ninth-grade biology and honors human anatomy and physiology. She designed the anatomy and physiology course in 2002. In the past, she has taught Integrated Science I and II as well as AP Biology. She teaches a cycling minicourse, helps with the Science Bowl team, leads Outings (including the Mendocino Mystery Outing), is a senior advisor, helps with junior project, and is a past coach of the volleyball team. 

    Randi received her undergraduate degree at Colby College. 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, and now lives in the Bay Area with her husband Jim Bakken, dog Cleo, and new baby.
  • Anne Maurice

    Visual Arts Department Chair
    (415) 482-3252
    At MA since 1983
     
    Anne teaches three classes of ceramics (200-, 300-, and 400-level) and two introductory visual classes in addition to providing leadership for the department. In addition, she is a sophomore 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. 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. Much of her curriculum has been based on actual experiences to allow students a stronger global perspective. She also enjoys cooking and designing jewelry.
  • Henrik Meng

    Communications Associate, Social Media
    hmeng@ma.org
    At MA since 2015

    Henrik comes to MA having been the Social Media Community Manager for Wells Fargo in San Francisco and for BT Financial in Sydney, Australia. As a result, he can attest firsthand to how amazing the beaches are in Oz, having performed a great deal of field research at all of them. In addition to his social media marketing work, he also has a background in broadcast journalism, having served as the radio producer for the Golden State Warriors (sadly, when they were absolutely terrible), as a producer and assignment desk editor for KGO-TV, and as a radio producer for Youth Radio in Oakland. Long before all that, he taught high school English, too. 
     
    He is a proud National Champion and World silver medalist in Ultimate Frisbee (retired), and enjoys playing bass and guitar, cycling, cooking, social storytelling, and making random pop culture references.


  • Bill Meyer

    History Department Chair
    (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, Vietnamese History, 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.  He also loves teaching film studies-based minicourses and is always looking for new ways to bring filmmakers into discussion with MA students. For six years, Bill served as the Senior Class Dean and he is currently the Chair of the History Department.
     
    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 dog, 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. 
  • Michael Morris

    Director of Operations and Outside Services
    (415) 482-3228
    At MA since 1979
  • 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 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 Mixed Ethnicity student group, serves on Admissions Committee and the Diversity Council, supports the Parents of Students of Color group, and leads the Get Crafty minicourse.
     
    Before coming to MA, Sanjai spent nine years as a health educator at The Center for Youth in San Francisco leading HIV prevention education workshops for youth and young adults. She received a BA from New College of California.
     
    Sanjai enjoys engaging with friends and colleagues about social and racial justice. She loves to garden, do craft and art projects, collect vintage junk, and spend time with her partner.

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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.
  • Natalie Naranjo

    Math Teacher
    nnaranjo@ma.org
    At MA since 2016

    Natalie Naranjo joined the Math Department in the fall to teach Geometry and Calculus Honors. Natalie relocated from New York City where she completed her second year of the Progressive Education Lab Fellowship at the Calhoun School in Manhattan. A graduate of SUNY Geneseo, she received a BS in biophysics. Natalie enjoys hiking, running and dancing and is looking forward to all the Bay Area has to offer.
  • Trent Nutting

    Director of Admissions and Financial Aid 
    tnutting@ma.org
    415-482-3216
    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 worked for the Head of School at MA for three years. After her son was born, she spent some time at home with him before returning to MA as Attendance Coordinator.
     
    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 at College of Marin studying to be a nurse and a son at Glenwood Elementary school who loves to play soccer and basketball. She loves to garden and Jazzercise.
  • J O'Malley

    Junior Class Dean and English Teacher
    jomalley@ma.org
    (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
    soates@ma.org
    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.S. 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 is the director of the Marin Academy Dance Company, which includes teaching intermediate/advanced level dance technique, composition, and coaching student choreography projects. Randee also directs the fall and spring dance assemblies, as well as the Spring Dance Concert. Randee is the co-founder and facilitator of the annual Bay Area High School Dance Festival, now in its sixth year. Along with theater teacher and department chair Annie Elias, Randee co-leads yearly dance-theater minicourses. Randee takes the dance company on several outings per year to view professional dance companies at venues such as San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall.
     
    Randee has served on the dance faculties of UC Davis, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, University of San Francisco, CSU East Bay, and CSU Sacramento. She currently teaches at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and in the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College of California. Randee has taught workshops and master classes for organizations including Dancers’ Group, Axis Dance, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.  Randee received the 2015 Isadora Duncan Dance Award for her acclaimed solo show ‘Soil’, and is also the director of Paufve|dance, an Oakland-based dance company. Randee earned her Bachelor’s degree from Elmira College; a Master’s Degree in Dance from State University of New York at Brockport; and a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts from UC Davis.
  • Kevin Rees

    Math Deparment Chair
    (415) 482-3260
    At MA since 2005
     
    Kevin has taught all math courses in the MA curriculum from Algebra I through Multivariable Calculus (now known as Advanced Topics in Calculus). He advises ninth grade students and is the co-leader of a ninth-grade minicourse, Exploring Marin, which takes students hiking, biking and surfing in order to learn more about the micro-climates and ecosystems of Marin County. He received a AB from Colgate University and an MS in Mathematical Sciences (with a focus in Statistics) from Clemson University.
     
    Kevin began his teaching career at the Hill School in Pennsylvania, where he coached water polo and diving in addition to his teaching duties. After two years he took a position at the American School in London where he taught math, coached baseball and swimming, and most importantly, met his wife Jennifer (a lower school teacher). After five years in London, they moved to the International School in Luxembourg where Kevin taught GCSE and International Baccalaureate mathematics while continuing to coach swimming. After three years in Luxembourg, Kevin and his family wanted to return to the states to be closer to family.
     
    Kevin, his wife, and their two children live in Novato. Kevin enjoys mountain and road biking, hiking, and is learning to surf in the surprisingly cold waters of Northern California. In the summers, he and his family return to the Finger Lakes region of New York where he grew up to enjoy warmer (sort of) water.
  • Cheyenne Robertson

    Director of Community Action and Human Development Teacher 
    crobertson@ma.org
    At MA since 2014 

    Cheyenne is Marin Academy’s Director of Community Action as well as a Human Development teacher.  Cheyenne serves as a Senior Academic Counselor and on the Curriculum Advancement Committee. Additionally, Cheyenne has recently stepped in as an assistant coach for both the Women's Basketball program and Track and Field teams. 
     
    Cheyenne received her B.A. in Sociology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and then later earned a M.A. in Organization & Leadership from University of San Francisco. Before coming to MA, she worked at Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Atherton, where she taught Human Development and worked one-on-one with students with learning differences. She was the junior varsity girls' basketball coach there, and she has also coached at University High School in San Francisco and at the The Bush School in Seattle, WA. 
     
    She lives in San Rafael with her husband, Ian, and their two young sons, Liam and Kai, as well as their lovable golden retriever, Miles. Cheyenne loves to play basketball, ski, garden, cook, travel, and lives dangerously close to Johnny Doughnuts. Plus, she's never too busy to talk about her beloved San Francisco Giants.
  • Galen Rogers

    Taiko Teacher
    grogers@ma.org

    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. 
  • Trixie Sabundayo

    English Department Chair
    (415) 482-3290
    At MA since 2000
     
    Trixie teaches Sophomore English, Junior English, Creative Non-Fiction, and Power and Resistance. She has taught 20th Century Novel, Reading and Writing the Short Story, and American Dreams and Realities. Prior to her role as English Department Chair, Trixie served as Sophomore Class Dean and served on the MA Board as a Faculty Trustee. In her role as English Department Chair, she co-directs LitFest, MA’s literary festival held each February. Trixie has also led or worked with a number of MA affinity groups including Women in Support and Empowerment (WISE), Folks, and Mixed Ethnicity.
     
    Before coming to Marin Academy, Trixie taught high school English at Park School in Baltimore, Isidore Newman in New Orleans, and Harvard-Westlake in Los Angeles. She earned her BA from Johns Hopkins and her MA in English from Middlebury College. She earned her Sivananda teaching certificate in Kerala, India and is trained as an Anusara teacher in Berkeley.
     
    Trixie loves her lifestyle centered on practicing yoga, gardening, oil painting, hiking, and creating art. Most of all, she loves being with her family, making meals with her husband, MA’s Athletic Director, Josh Frechette, and raising their son, Teaghan.
  • Aida Schafer

    French teacher
    (415) 482-3230
    At MA since 2005
     
    Aida teaches French and has also taught Spanish. She is a faculty advisor to the group Mixed Ethnicity, a study coach, and has co-lead the minicourse "Bikram Yoga" with Stephen Baldwin for the past four year.
     
    Before joining the MA faculty, Aida taught French for three years at Dunham Academy in Marin. Prior to Dunham, she offered French conversational classes for Ross Recreation. Aida earned her MA at University of La Sorbonne.
     
    Aida is the mother of two children and is married to Jean-Marc who teaches Physical Education in Kentfield.
  • Kacie Schilling

    Associate Athletic Director
    kschilling@ma.org
    (415) 482-3256
    At MA since 2012
     
    Kacie works with the Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director to direct MA’s interscholastic athletic program. She schedules athletic facilities, arranges transportation, organizes team photos, maintains the school’s inventory of uniforms and equipment, and oversees the athletics webpages. 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.
  • David Sinaiko

    Theater and English Teacher; Co-Director of Theater
    (415) 482-3240
    At MA since 2000
     
    David teaches Theater 1, Theater 3/4, and Shakespeare in the Performing Arts and English Departments and has taught History, Culture, and Identity in the History Department. He co-directs MA’s theater program with his life partner and frequent artistic collaborator, Anne Elias.
     
    Before joining the faculty at MA, David held many positions including Director of the Theater Program at the Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School; Co-Director of Theater at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts; Associate Artist with San Francisco's Cutting Ball Theater; and founding member of Chicago's New Crime Productions Theater Company. He earned professional stage, film, and television credits in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He received a BFA in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is an avid Chicago sports fan. 
  • Josh Smith

    Photography Teacher
    jsmith@ma.org
    At MA since 2016

    Josh Smith joined the Visual Arts Department to teach Photography and Foundation Arts. Previously Josh was working at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, CA. In addition to being a practicing artist with shows throughout the Bay Area, Josh earned his MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and his BFA in Photography from Missouri State University. Josh, his wife, and their two children live in Pacifica. Josh is an active exhibiting artist and continues to pursue photographic projects. Currently he’s engaged in a project exploring the complex nature of family life. He’s a Golden State Warriors fan, enjoys traveling immensely, and is a great lover of music and avid collector of vinyl records.
  • Glenn Stanfield

    Spanish Teacher
    gstanfield@ma.org
    (415) 482-3212
    At MA since 1978
     
    Glenn Stanfield joined the MA faculty in 1978, shortly after receiving a BA from Humboldt State University. He teaches Spanish II and Spanish III Honors classes. Outside the classroom, Glenn enjoys the time he spends with students on outings and mini-course trips. 
     
    Glenn and his wife, Jan, have two children, Kelly and Chris, and two grandchildren, Christopher and Phoebe. He enjoys fly-fishing, cycling, snowboarding, gardening, carpentry, and spending time with all three generations of his family.
  • Nicole Stanton

    English teacher
    (415) 482-3241
    At MA since 2006
     
    Nicole Stanton, a member of the English department, teaches English I (9th grade) and English III (11th grade). She has also taught electives including Modern American Novel, African American Literature, and British Literature. Nicole is a freshman advisor as well as a member of the Diversity Council and the Professional Growth Task Force. She is also a Study Coach and faculty advisor to the Young Women of Color Affinity Group. Nicole served as Dean of Faculty from 2011-2015, and this year marks her eleventh year at Marin Academy.
     
    Nicole grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended the Bryn Mawr School. She received her BA in American Civilization from Brown University and her MA in American Studies from the University of Michigan. At the University of Michigan, Nicole served as Graduate Teaching Consultant at the Center Research on Learning and Teaching. While there, she participated in a theater group — the CRLT Players — that performed around the country using interactive theater to spark important conversations about issues of diversity and the role it plays in shaping teaching and learning. Nicole began her teaching career as a Teaching Fellow at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, 1996-1997.

    Nicole enjoys browsing antiques, making jewelry, and attending theater productions, and like many English teachers, she is as avid reader. She lives in San Rafael with her dog, Sula.
  • 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. Mark serves as the school’s inaugural H.D. Thoreau Faculty Chair for promoting education for sustainability and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. He has been helping to lead Senior Vision Quest for the past 20 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. He currently assists in teaching the school’s Garden Stewardship elective, and he is the faculty advisor to the school’s Eco-Council and Peace and Justice Club.
     
    Collaborating with colleagues outside of MA through the University of California Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley, Mark is 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 serves 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, one of the texts used in MA’s Advanced Biology Honors course.
     
    Mark is a volunteer teacher for the Insight Garden Program at San Quentin State Prison, and he serves on the Board of the Carr Educational Foundation, the nonprofit that oversees Daraja Academy, a free boarding school for materially impoverished girls in Kenya. Mark helps to lead summer service learning trips to Daraja’s campus in Kenya for MA students.
     
    Mark is a past Board member of Marin Organic, an association of local farmers promoting a healthy, sustainable relationship with food. He also serves on the advisory board of Teens Turning Green, a national organization based in Marin that promotes healthy, sustainable schools. Mark volunteers as a steward for the San Rafael Meditation Group, led by one of his mentors, Rick Hanson.
     
    Mark owes the bulk of his ability to follow his bliss to his wife, Johanna Stefanski, a retired middle school science teacher who now works part-time as a vegan chef and professional organizer. Together, Mark and Johanna live in San Rafael with their garden, three cats, and box turtle Wallace.
  • Taylor Tan '06

    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. Today, Taylor is MA's head track coach.
     
    Beginning in 2014, Taylor joined the MA faculty as a long term substitute teaching Advanced Algebra I. Taylor continues to teach Advanced Algebra I at MA in addition to coaching track, leading outings, serving as a house manager for performances, and acting as a trusted substitute teacher across our curriculum.
  • Molly Tanner

  • Yinshun Wang

    Mandarin Teacher
    ywang@ma.org
    At MA since 2017
  • KaTrina Wentzel

    Academic Dean
    kwentzel@ma.org
    (415) 482-3205
    At MA since 2015

    As Academic Dean, KaTrina oversees the academic administration of MA with particular responsibility for day-to-day operations, curriculum, 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. 

    At Marin Academy, KaTrina will be teaching Sci-Fi and the Politics of Imagination and Film andLiterature, two junior/senior English electives. Being a Midwest native new to California, she is looking forward to 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 will plan and implement special events for MA, oversee and implement a comprehensive donor stewardship program, and serve as the 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 has also worked as a meeting planner since 1997. 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 Dogs.
  • Meg Wilson

    Director of Institutional Advancement
    mwilson@ma.org
    (415) 482–3224
    At MA since 2011
     
    Meg is responsible for oversight of all fundraising, community relations programs, and communications. This includes leadership and guidance in cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and the strengthening of alumni and parent relations, both as part of the fundraising program and in order to reinforce ties with MA’s various constituencies and the local community. She also develops and implements 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 in 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 San Rafael, while their daughter lives over the bridge in the city. She enjoys reading, cross-country skiing, and hiking.
  • Karsten Windt

    Chamber Music Program Assistant
    kwindt@ma.org
    (415) 482-3293
    At MA since 2010
     
    Born in Berlin, Germany, Karsten was first violinist with the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra (DSO), performing regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and touring all over Europe, Asia, North and South America. He graduated from the Universitaet der Kuenste in Berlin and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and attended the masterclass of Nathan Milstein in Zurich, Switzerland. With the DSO, Karsten won a Grammy in 2011 for the best opera recording under the baton of Kent Nagano. As a freelance player, Karsten has joined the NDR Symphony Hamburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Oslo Opera, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Kammerakademie Potsdam, Orchestra de la Communidad de Valencia, Spain, Silicon Valley Symphony, as a co-leader the Rostock Philharmonic and as principal and co-principal the Berkeley Symphony.
     
    Karsten lectures about music in English, French, and German. In 2006, 2007, and 2009 he introduced and played in a series of concerts at Forest Hill Musical Days, a chamber music festival in San Francisco under the direction of internationally-acclaimed pianist Mari Kodama and maestro Kent Nagano. After acquiring his residency in the US, he transferred his creative base from Europe to the San Francisco Bay Area, where in addition to teaching violin and assisting in MA’s Chamber Music program, he directs his concert series Salon Classique, gives private recitals, and works as an independent musician and event organizer. Karsten especially enjoys working with young people. He was invited to moderate DSO concerts for children and youth—both chamber music and symphonic repertoire—because he understands that the future of classical music lies not only with our young musicians but also with our young audiences. In his free time, Karsten is a passionate sailor.
  • Tom Woodward

    History Teacher
    (415) 482-3208
    At MA since 1989
     
    Tom has taught US History and Modern World History as well as electives in Russian History, Constitutional Law, European History, 20th Century American History, and Economics. He serves as an academic counselor and leads the Bay Area History minicourse. During his time at MA, he served for fifteen years as Senior Class Dean, spent one year as a college counselor, and coached numerous teams, including golf, tennis, and basketball.
     
    Tom received a BA from Bowdoin College and an MA from Wesleyan University. Before coming to MA, he worked at the Thacher School in Ojai, where he taught, coached, and served as a dorm head. Tom also taught for three years at the Bel Air Prep School in Hollywood.
     
    Tom is an ardent supporter of MA students out of the classroom and is a regular presence at games, plays, and concerts, particularly the Chamber Gladiators performances. He enjoys reading, golfing, fishing, biking and hiking, and he has a 29- year-old son. During summer breaks, Tom enjoys visiting his family in Vermont.
  • Scott Young

    Dean of Faculty and Science teacher
    syoung@ma.org
    (415) 482–3227 
    At MA since 2011
     
    As Dean of Faculty, Scott oversees the academic administration of the school as it pertains to faculty and pedagogy, with particular responsibility for evaluation and professional development of the faculty; hiring, recruiting, and retention of faculty, as well as staffing issues. Scott shares responsibilities with the Academic Dean for initiating and overseeing strategic advancements in the curricular program, including collaborative, interdisciplinary initiatives.
     
    Scott received a ScB in Neuroscience from Brown University and an EdM in School Leadership from Harvard University. Prior to joining the MA faculty, Scott was the Upper School Dean of Students and Academic Dean at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. During his time at Potomac, Scott taught a senior science elective in neuroscience and advanced ninth-grade biology. Before attending graduate school, Scott was Science Department Chair and a physics instructor at the Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. During his time at Rocky Hill, Scott designed and directed two Association of Independent Schools of New England conferences on teaching and learning with technology and started the school's summer academic program.
     
    Scott, his wife Katie, and their two children Peter and Caroline live in San Anselmo. He enjoys mountain biking, road cycling, trail running, and gardening.