Faculty/Staff

Administration

Cassandra Bridge

Director

Cassandra holds a Masters Degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University and has a wide variety of experience as a manager and educator. She was educated and has worked in Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore. Her administrative experience includes working with the US Navy as the Program and Personnel Manager for remedial and college-level distance education courses for the U.S. Pacific Fleet while based in Japan. As the MBCS Board Chair she was instrumental in securing the school’s charter and obtaining the school’s $400K Implementation Grant in 2006. She became the school’s Director in 2008.

Jessica Guzzi

Interim Assistant Director

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Donna Kiernan

Assessment Coordinator

Donna is a retired Elementary Principal. Her 22 year career in education includes being a Special Education Teacher, an Intervention Specialist, a Resource Specialist, and an Assistant Principal. Following retirement, Donna supervised student teachers from both Chapman University and Northern Arizona University, and was a photographer for the P.G. Chamber of Commerce for 6 years. Donna has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, a Masters in Education in Educational Psychology from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, and a Masters in Education in Special Education Administration and Supervision from Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds clear California credentials in Administrative Services, Specialist in Special Education, Multiple Subjects, and life credentials as a Resource Specialist, and Community College Special Education Instructor. Her work experience includes 5 years at Hewlett-Packard where she trained new employees, coordinated advanced degree programs, did event photography, and wrote the HP Labs Division Newsletter. She has been a professional photographer for 25 years. Donna enjoys visits from her grandchildren, all activities in the outdoors, especially photographing family and ocean wildlife, and walking her Golden Retrievers in Pacific Grove and along the coastal bike trail.

Tim Miller

Communications and Development Manager

Before moving to the Bay Area in 2005, Tim worked in Los Angeles for ten years as an elementary teacher, drama teacher and as the director for a non-profit that offered after school drama productions to hundreds of children. In 1998, The La Cañada School District presented him with the Founder’s Day Award for outstanding service to the community. He has also taught drama in Burbank and Eagle Rock, California, Indiana, and Osaka, Japan. After moving to Northern California, Tim worked with severely emotionally disturbed teenagers and later autistic children. He also achieved a Masters in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University. In 2006 he began his role as principal at the Wilkinson School in El Granada, California. Over the next decade Tim lead the school through its first two rounds of WASC accreditation, launched a board of directors and non-profit and established a methodology anchored in individualized programs, tiered learning and a holistic approach. The final year of his time at Wilkinson Tim served as Strategic Director in charge of branding, marketing and organizational growth. He lives in Seaside with his wife and their two sons who are enrolled at MBCS.

Kim King

Business Manager

Kim brings over 10 years experience working in a school administrative setting, over 30 years experience in business management and a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Santa Clara. She recently comes from Bay View Academy Charter School in Monterey where she served as it’s inaugural Office Manager for 4 years. Kim has also worked in retail sales, banking, food service, medical offices, and ran her own small business. Kim has also been an active volunteer at many local organizations. Kim is 4th generation born and raised in Monterey. Kim enjoys time with her family and friends, reading, and exploring our local history and beautiful environment.

Perla De La Torre

Office Manager

Perla was born and raised in Salinas and attended Hartnell Community College. She worked for the Monterey County Office of Education as an Instructional Assistant in the Special Education Department, which she found rewarding. Perla completed a certified nursing program and worked with the elderly and with children and adults with disabilities. She loves working with children and families making their day better. Perla enjoys the outdoors, hiking, yoga, traveling and spending time with her husband and family.

Faculty/Staff

Faculty

Malia Rives Smith

Lavender Kindergarten

Malia Rives Smith

Lavender Kindergarten

Malia Rives Smith has many years of experience teaching children of all ages (mostly at the Bridge School in Boulder, Colorado) and recently found her love in the Waldorf Kindergarten. “I look forward to continuing the beautiful and sensible system that is Waldorf and combining it with all that I love about teaching Kindergarten-age children. I believe that Early Childhood education is profoundly important and I have a reverence for maintaining the magic and sweetness that is a part of the Kindergarten years.”

Malia was born in Hawaii, raised in Encinitas, California, holds a degree from Humboldt State in Fine Art, and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is finishing her credential in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Rudolf Steiner College. Some of her passions include international travel, bike touring, sculpting with wool, metalsmithing, enameling, and ceramics. She was trained as a ballet dancer for many years, and has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1997. She looks forward to getting to know the community of MBCS!

Email: m.rivessmith@mbcharterschool.org

Jo Ann Holbrook

Morning Glory Kindergarten

Jo Ann Holbrook

Morning Glory Kindergarten

Jo Ann earned her B.A. and Clear California Teaching Credential from CSU Chico and her Waldorf Kindergarten Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. Mrs. Holbrook has been involved with Waldorf education on the Monterey Peninsula since 1986. Her roles and jobs have included parent, After School Care Director, Kindergarten Teacher, Kindergarten Mentor, and Substitute. She has also chaired and been a member of a variety of school councils and committees including the MBCS Governing Board.

Email: j.holbrook@mbcharterschool.org

Aaron Joseph

Kindergarten Teacher

Aaron Joseph

Rosemary Kindergarten Teacher

Aaron earned his B.A. in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and his M.Ed. from the UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, where he was awarded the school’s Dr. J Student Teacher Fellowship. With teaching credentials in English, Life Sciences, and Multiple Subjects. Aaron has a wide range of professional experience in education, from High School English, yearbook advising, special education, and ESL. He has lived, studied, traveled and taught throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand in addition to teaching positions in California. A father of four children, he found that his interest was in Waldorf education and two years ago began Waldorf teacher training and a 1st grade teacher at a public Waldorf school in Los Angeles.

Email: a.joseph@mbcharterschool.org

Jenn Naccarrato

First Grade Teacher

Jenn Naccarrato

First Grade Teacher

Jennifer Naccarato received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement from Ball State University, Muncie, In. Upon graduation she worked as a long-term substitute teacher in third and sixth grades. In 2001, Jenn married Vince, a Naval Aviator. This began 17 years of many adventures and moves. Most notably was 3 years overseas in Atsugi, Japan. She had the opportunity to use her love of early literacy to teach English to Japanese children and adults. She most enjoyed teaching English to sixth grade Japanese students at the local Japanese Junior High School.

Jenn’s first experience with Waldorf Education came in the fall of 2012. Vince received orders to attend Naval Postgraduate School. Their son, Dominick joined Ms. Weaver in his 4th grade year. Jenn and her family became smitten with the education, musical and theater opportunities that were offered to Dominick. The family was blessed to receive military orders that would keep the family here in Monterey. Her youngest son, Jack joined MBCS in the 1st grade. Jack is now in the 4th grade. Jenn loved Waldorf Education so much that she became an Aide for the First Grade. Jenn spent 3 years in the classroom learning all she could while working alongside 3 lovely, talented, and knowledgeable teachers. When not teaching, she enjoys hiking, trips to the beach, knitting, watching baseball, and spending time with her family. Vince is now retired from the Navy and working with Northrop Grumman. Jenn, Vince, and the boys live in Seaside.

Email: j.naccarrato@mbcharterschool.org

Janaka Stagnaro

First Grade Teacher

Janaka Stagnaro

First Grade Teacher

Janaka has been a Waldorf teacher for over 20 years. He has taught in private, charter and public Waldorf schools, including teaching at MBCS over 12 years ago. Janaka credits his Waldorf training in fostering his talents in storytelling, art, drama and music. He is the author of five books for adults and three for children and youth. His Peace Corps service in Cameroon, West Africa, and subsequent world travels and studies has given him an appreciation for world cultures and religions. He says he is a fun-damentalist, that is, if he is not having fun in the classroom, most likely the children are not either. Education is an adventure of world and self-discovery. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and his son, Aiden (13) in Carmel Village, having just returned to the Peninsula.

Email: j.stagnaro@mbcharterschool.org

Chandra Weaver

Second Grade Teacher

Chandra Weaver

First Grade Teacher

Chandra received her BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara and her Multiple Subject Teacher Credential from Cal State Teach Monterey Bay. She also completed the Education Abroad Program at the University of Natal Durban in South Africa. She formerly taught 2nd grade at La Mesa Elementary in Monterey and was a 3rd/4th grade English Language Arts instructor at Highland Elementary in Monterey. She also taught English as a Second Language in Jeju Province, South Korea. Outside the classroom, she has used her passion for teaching to educate people about waste management, coach volleyball, and improve physical fitness.

Email: c.weaver@mbcharterschool.org

Desiree Choy

Second Grade Teacher

Desiree Choy

First Grade Teacher

Desiree’ earned a BA in Psychology and Education at the University of California Los Angeles. She also completed a portion of her undergraduate coursework at the University of Wollongong in Australia. She completed her multiple subject teaching credential and Masters of Education from the University of California Santa Cruz. She began her teaching career as a founding teacher at Monterey Bay Charter School where she taught for 3 years. After teaching stateside, she decided to pursue her dream of teaching abroad. She spent two years living in Ecuador and teaching at Academia Cotopaxi International American School. Most recently, she has spent the last year traveling as a student with the world as her classroom. Desiree’ enjoys travel, the outdoors, hiking, scuba diving, new adventures, delicious food and good people.

Email: d.choy@mbcharterschool.org

Andrea Jordan

Third Grade Teacher

Andrea Jordan

Second Grade Teacher

Andrea Jordan is excited to be joining the MBCS community. She holds a Bachelor of Music in opera from McGill University and was first introduced to Waldorf methods while pursuing a performing career in Austria. Her experiences there inspired her to study Education at the University of Southern California, where she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Andrea has taught meditation, empowerment and calming practices with the YES! for Schools program throughout the Bay Area and in Australia. She enjoys meditation as a personal practice and continues to make music, travel, learn languages and knit as often as possible!

Email: a.jordan@mbcharterschool.org

Rachelle Bellanger

Third Grade Teacher

Rachelle Bellanger

Third Grade Teacher

Rachelle earned a BA in Business and a BA in Spanish from Western Oregon University. She also completed some of her undergraduate course work at the University of Oviedo, Spain. She worked in finance with North Western Mutual and then moved to California to serve with an Americorps program, Monterey County United for Literacy, and received her multiple subject teaching credential through the Cal State TEACH program. During her time as an Americorps member she taught English to 1st through 3rd grade students in Alisal Unified School District. After completing her term of service she worked as a Site Director for MPUSD’s Extended Learning Department. Along with a passion for education and learning, Rachelle loves to snowboard, attend yoga classes, read, hike, and volunteer at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Email: r.bellanger@mbcharterschool.org

Giulie Garland

Fourth Grade Teacher

Giulie Garland

Third Grade Teacher

Giulie received a B.A. from Union University, a California Teaching Credential, and a Waldorf Teaching certificate from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Giulie was MBCS’ Office Manager for ten years when the school first opened in 1998. For many years she taught needle felting, clay modeling and beeswax modeling to the children of the school. In 2008, she left the office job at the heart of the school to become the heart of her own first grade class. Giulie has been married 30 years and has three grown daughters, two of whom graduated from MBCS. She also enjoys two grandsons, organizes workshops for educators and sings with I Cantori Choir. She serves as a faculty representative on the school’s governing board.

Email: g.garland@mbcharterschool.org

Sneha Kolar

Fourth Grade Teacher

Sneha Kolar

Third Grade Teacher

Miss Kolar received her B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Hearing Impaired from San Jose State and a teaching credential from CSUMB. In addition, she holds a Masters from the University of Phoenix in Curriculum and Instruction and another M.A. in Computers in Education. She has 17 years teaching experience at Carmel Unified School District and 3 years at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Carmel. Miss Kolar loves handwork such as stitchery as well as hiking, scuba diving, traveling.

Email: s.kolar@mbcharterschool.org

Susan Lewis

Fifth Grade Teacher

Susan Lewis

Fifth Grade Teacher

Susan completed her BA at Duke University in French. Then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) from Lesley University. She taught a 3rd/4th grade class at Satori School in Galveston, Texas. Several years later, her family moved to Maine. After having her second child, she switched to part-time teaching and tutoring in a variety of areas. She tutored children in her home, taught French in a public school (K-8), taught after-school art programs, was a children’s librarian, and even worked as a handwork teacher at a nearby Waldorf school. Once her children entered high school, she and her husband began working and living at independent boarding schools. Susan worked in the Learning Center, tutoring students in reading and writing, and also taught a freshman English class to international students. In the last few years, she became a certified yoga instructor and taught at a studio several times a week. Susan recently moved to the Monterey Bay area and had the opportunity to substitute at MBCS many times last year. She has three sons; her youngest son still lives at home and attends PG High School. Susan loves yoga, painting, knitting, gardening, reading, sailing, and snowboarding.

Email: s.lewis@mbcharterschool.org

Kaila Padovich

Fifth Grade Teacher

Kaila Padovich

Fifth Grade Teacher

Kaila received her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno State University. She continues her studies through Cal State Teach. Her passion for education started when she had the opportunity to teach children engineering in an after school program. Kaila has spent the past year at MBCS learning the Waldorf curriculum as a substitute teacher.

Kaila was raised in Oakhurst, where she enjoyed growing up so close to Yosemite National Park. Her greatest adventures have been hiking half dome, backpacking through 8 countries in Europe and a road trip to Northern British Columbia, Canada. If she is not in the classroom, then she is soaking up the sun hiking, cycling, playing soccer or traveling.

Email: k.padovich@mbcharterschool.org

Laura Derby

Sixth Grade Teacher

Laura Derby

Fifth Grade Teacher

Miss Derby holds a BA in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Kinesiology from California State University, Monterey Bay. She received her multiple subject teaching credential from Cal State TEACH. She taught for three years at MPUSD as a substitute and worked in the Jump into Math intervention program before starting at MBCS. Miss Derby is a California native who attended a charter elementary school focused on whole child education in Sonoma County. In addition to her passion for education, Laura enjoys traveling, PiYo classes, swimming, reading, outdoor activities, and spending time with her loved ones. Miss Derby is excited to work in a Waldorf-inspired charter school and bring her artistic and musical talents into the classroom. Having come from a close-knit community, Laura also looks forward to building new life-long relationships within the MBCS community.

Email: l.derby@mbcharterschool.org

Greg Sanders

Sixth Grade Teacher

Greg Sanders

Sixth Grade Teacher

Greg holds a Masters in theatre from The National Theatre Conservatory and a BA in theatre from University of Southern California. After three years with the Denver Center Theatre Company, Greg moved to Los Angeles to act and teach with Theatre Junkies. Greg is a certified Tesol instructor and taught ESL, in Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Los Angeles. Last year Greg taught History, Drama, and ELA to the middle school students at Gilroy Prep school in Gilroy, CA. An avid hiker and backpacker, Greg is originally from Los Gatos California, and is very happy to be back in Northern California, and especially thrilled to be part of the warm, intelligent community that is MBCS.

Email: g.sanders@mbcharterschool.org

Brittney Quon

Seventh Grade Teacher

Brittney Quon

Sixth Grade Teacher

Brittney was first introduced to Waldorf when a teacher told her to come check out MBCS, and she hasn’t left since! Her passion lies in empowering children through education, and inspiring and challenging them to love learning. Brittney earned her Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential through Cal State University Monterey Bay, and a Master’s degree in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Central Lancashire. Brittney has lived in California her whole life, however she fancies herself a world traveler (she’s visited 14 countries and counting!). Her hobbies and interests include everything from curling up with a good book to skydiving. She is also a die-hard Sharks fan, loves huskies, cooking, and sweating it out at the gym!

Email: b.quon@mbcharterschool.org

Gelavij Myrold

Seventh Grade Teacher

Gelavij Myrold

Seventh Grade Teacher

Mrs. Gelavij Myrold is the holder of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (Concentration: Mathematics) from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota. Gelavij has several years of teaching experience in diverse and dynamic public and independent elementary school settings. Before MBCS, she taught 4th Grade at All Saints’ Day School. Gelavij has also taught Preschool, 2nd and 5th grades, and has engaged in extensive professional development throughout her career. She has also worked with families to provide support in the areas of health & nutrition education, parenting skills, psychosocial, and mental health. Gelavij’s spouse is the Director of Tennis at Carmel Valley Ranch, and she is mom to two children, both of whom attend Monterey Bay Charter School.

Email: g.myrold@mbcharterschool.org

Kara Gober

Eighth Grade Teacher

Kara Gober

Eigth Grade Teacher

Kara holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Humboldt State University and a California Teaching Credential from the CA Returned Peace Corps Program. She spent two years teaching in the San Diego Juvenile Court and Community Schools, three years as an Environmental Educator with the U.S. Peace Corps in Lesotho (Africa), and three years teaching science with various outdoor education programs and with University study abroad programs in the Caribbean. While living in the Caribbean she did research on sea turtles, sharks, monkeys, and local fishing industries.

Email: k.gober@mbcharterschool.org

Lili Blalock

Subject Teacher: Handwork

Lili Blalock

Subject Teacher: Handwork

Lili has been teaching Handwork at MBCS since 2000 and a volunteer in Waldorf handwork classes since 1990. Her handwork experience began as a child with sewing and knitting and progressed to include spinning and weaving. Lili’s hand spun, hand-woven rugs and saddle blankets have received Best of Show awards at local fairs. She began working on her Waldorf Foundation and Special Subject teacher training at Rudolf Steiner in 2008 and has B.A. in Music from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught piano lessons since 1980 and performed with many soloists and chamber groups.

Email: l.blalock@mbcharterschool.org

Robert Ballard

Subject Teacher: Woodworking

Robert Ballard

Subject Teacher: Woodworking

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Email: r.ballard@mbcharterschool.org

Yoko Ballard

Subject Teacher: Handwork & Fine Arts Elective

Yoko Ballard

Subject Teacher: Handwork & Fine Arts Elective

Yoko received a B.A. from University of San Francisco with a major in Fine Arts and Illustration. She worked as an animator for 10 years until having two children, which is when she was introduced to Waldorf education. Both of her children attended Waldorf schools in California until moving to Hawaii where they attended a small Waldorf-inspired school and Yoko was given an opportunity to teach Japanese, Art, and Handwork. She undertook Waldorf Teacher Training through the Kula Makua Program in Hawaii and decided to home school her children while teaching specialty classes. She completed Waldorf teacher training and continues to deepen her understanding while teaching classes at MBCS in Handwork (grades 1-2) and Fine Art (grades 6-8 elective.

Email: y.ballard@mbcharterschool.org

Melinda Nakagawa

Subject Teacher: Environmental Education

Melinda Nakagawa

Subject Teacher: Environmental Education

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Email: m.nakagawa@mbcharterschool.org

Michael Blackburn

Subject Teacher: 5th grade Violin, Orchestra, Band & Jazz Ensemble, After School Theater

Michael Blackburn

Subject Teacher: Violin, Orchestra, Band & Jazz Ensemble

Michael has played music since the age of four and has been giving private lessons to children since age sixteen. He has performed and directed at local theater and musical venues. He works with children at the School of Dramatic Arts at Pacific Reperatory Theatre and with Pacific Grove’s Ragamuffin Theatre Company.

Email: m.blackburn@mbcharterschool.org

Malinda Minniear

Subject Teacher: Singing and 4th grade Violin

Malinda Minniear

Subject Teacher: Singing

Malinda has been a private music instructor teaching violin/piano/ and voice for 21 years. She has been an Associate Music Director with Ariel Children’s Theater in Salinas and has 12 years of experience teaching children’s singing. Malinda has directed a regional adult choir for the past 20 years as well as developed and organized music events in the community. From 2009 to 2012, she worked with the Monterey High School orchestra as a guest conductor and String Specialist. Malinda is also an orchestral composer and plays violin with the MPC Orchestra. She also enjoys camping, hiking, and swimming with her family. She is thrilled to be singing with your children in grades1-4!

Email: m.minniear@mbcharterschool.org

Karen Shihadeh

Subject Teacher: Garden

Karen Shihadeh

Subject Teacher: Garden

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Stefanie Hazdovac

Subject Teacher: Games (P.E.), Grades 1-4

Stefanie Hazdovac

Subject Teacher: Games (P.E.), Grades 2-4, STEAM Elective and Childcare

Stefanie has taught at schools for over 15 years at all levels, from adult education to kindergarten. She completed her education at MetroEd in San Jose where she received a Vocational credential in office occupations. She worked as a teacher of computerized office technology at MPUSD, at the Naval Postgraduate Schuol, and an after school aide at Oasis Charter School before joining MBCS. She love spending time with her grandchildren and is excited that her joy of working out and exercising as well as participating in many 5-10K runs has enabled her to teach Games class.

Email: s.hazdovac@mbcharterschool.org

Shervin Mader

Subject Teacher: Spanish (Grades 1-5)

Shervin Mader

Subject Teacher: Spanish (Grades 1-5)

Shervin received her B.A. in Speech Communication and minor in Spanish and French from the University of Wisconsin and her Masters of Arts in Communication from Marquette University. She speaks Spanish, French, and German. Shervin worked for many years in the international communication industry prior to teaching. She enjoys crafting, music, hiking, and travel.

Email: s.mader@mbcharterschool.org

Megan Williams

School Psychologist

Megan Williams

School Psychologist

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Email: m.williams@mbcharterschool.org

Linda Temple

Performing Arts Coordinator

Linda Temple

Performing Arts Coordinator

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Email: l.temple@mbcharterschool.org

Elaine Baca

Resource Teacher: Reading Specialist

Elaine Baca

Resource Teacher: Reading Specialist

Elaine was a public school teacher for 32 years in the Alisal Union School District in Salinas. She has a B.A. and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSU San Francisco. At AUSD, Elaine was a 4th-6th grade Literacy Facilitator and Coach for six years. She consulted with teachers, observed lessons, modeled lessons with students, and served as the upper grades teacher instructor. She had a similar assignment as Literacy Coach for K-3 teachers for four years. She has presented seminars with the California Association of Teachers of English, Asilomar Reading Conference, and Monterey County Office of Education. Elaine worked as a substitute teacher for MBCS before becoming the school’s Reading Specialist. She enjoys reading, writing, exercise classes, and spending time with her husband gardening at their Monterey home.

Email: e.baca@mbcharterschool.org

Sara Elley

Resource Teacher: Reading Specialist

Sara Elley

Resource Teacher: Reading Specialist

Sara Elley earned her B.A. from the University of California in Santa Cruz, majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Education. After graduating, she moved to New Zealand where she worked as an elementary teacher’s aide in Special Education and earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Victoria University Teachers College. Sara enjoyed teaching middle school in Wellington New Zealand and living and traveling in this beautiful country. When she came back home to California she joined an independent STEM start-up school called Alta Vista in San Francisco as a founding first grade teacher. Sara is happy to be back in her hometown of Pacific Grove and joining the Monterey Bay Charter School. Sara is passionate about using a whole-child approach to education. She enjoys bringing her interests in the arts, community building and environmental stewardship into her teaching. Her hobbies include hiking, running, painting, beading, dancing, being outdoors, traveling and walking by the ocean with her husband and new baby!

Email: s.elley@mbcharterschool.org

Krista Clarke

Resource Teacher: Math Specialist

Krista Clarke

Resource Teacher: Math Specialist

Krista is a native of the Monterey Peninsula and attended Carmel public schools. In addition to her teaching credential, she holds a Masters in Education and a B.A. in English from UCSB. She has lived in New Zealand, Wyoming, and Santa Barbara. Krista is an avid sailor and in the summer of 2006 she sailed from Hawaii to California. In addition to Student Council Advisor and her other duties, Ms Clarke also serves on the MBCS School Board as a faculty representative.

Email: k.clarke@mbcharterschool.org

Sandra Barton

Resource Teacher: Math Specialist

Sandra Barton

Resource Teacher: Education Specialist

Sandra received her B.S. in Education from Northern Arizona University, continued studies at Delaware State University, and is currently attending California State University of Monterey Bay. She has experience teaching nontraditional and traditional learners from the ages 4 through 84. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, adult education teacher, educational therapist, and owned / operated her own tutoring business. Even though she enjoys teaching all subjects, her passion is math, which led her here. Sandra enjoys traveling all over the country, spending time with her family, learning about people, and being outside.

Email: s.barton@mbcharterschool.org

Katie Hoops

Resource Teacher: Speech Pathologist

Katie Hoop

Resource Teacher: Speech Pathologist

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Email: k.hoops@mbcharterschool.org

Catherine Shirley

Resource Teacher: Occupational Therapist

Catherine Shirley

Resource Teacher: Occupational Therapist

Catherine attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received a BS degree in graphic arts. She worked as the art director for a magazine in Reno, Nevada for two years prior to venturing off to Uganda for two years. Upon her return she pursued a master’s degree in occupational therapy, which she had never heard of prior to being in Uganda! As an occupational therapist Catherine worked first in head injury rehab, and later branched into pediatric and school based service. She has worked with people of all ages, newborns to adults. Catherine enjoys spending time with her kids and loves being outdoors hiking, biking and kayaking.

Email: c.shirley@mbcharterschool.org

Mary Tanguilig

Childcare Supervisor: Kindergarten After-School Childcare Provider

Mary Tanguilig

Childcare Supervisor: Kindergarten After-School Childcare Provider

Mary has more than 19 years instilling a love for learning in her classroom, which began spending her days playing outside on the family farm in Peoria, Illinois. Mary believes that environmental education is important to our future and has been certified by the Monterey Bay Spash Zone Teacher Institute to teach environmental awareness to children. Mary has been a teacher and curriculum facilitator at the Children’s Creative Learning Center in Monterey and Trumpet Behavioral Health in Salinas.

Email: m.tanguilig@mbcharterschool.org

Mauricio Lopez

Games Teacher and Childcare

Mauricio Lopez

Childcare Supervisor

Mauricio began working at MBCS in 2012 and attends California State University Monterey Bay, majoring in Environmental Studies. Originally from Guatemala, Mauricio has lived in the U.S. for 10 years. His interests include backpacking, soccer, and riding bikes.

Email: m.lopez@mbcharterschool.org

Renee Stagnaro

Kindergarten Aide: Lavender Kindergarten

Renee Stagnaro

Kindergarten Aide: Lavender Kindergarten

Renee has been part of the Waldorf School community since 1997. She worked as an afterschool care teacher at Corvallis Waldorf School in Oregon before moving to Monterey. She has been working at MBCS for six years in afterschool care, two years as coordinator of the program. Renee has a B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education and loves children, art, and music.

Email: r.stagnaro@mbcharterschool.org

Jenny Wood

Kindergarten Aide: Morning Glory Kindergarten

Jenny Wood

Kindergarten Aide: Glory Kindergarten

Jenny obtained her B.F.A. in Textiles with Distinction in 1985, and earned an M.A. in Art Therapy from the College of Notre Dame in 1992. Ms. Wood has held positions as an Art Therapist in hospitals over the last 10 years; prior to that she was a Textile Lab Assistant, Production Weaver and Camp Counselor. Ms. Woods has also been a very active volunteer as an Art Therapist in educational and convalescent environments since 1988. She became a Kindergarten Assistant in 2002.

Email: j.wood@mbcharterschool.org

Sara Rose Munoz

Kindergarten Aide: Inclusion Facilitator

Sara Rose Munoz

Kindergarten Aide: Inclusion Facilitator

Email: s.munoz@mbcharterschool.org

Anastasia Eichorn

First Grade Assistant

Anastasia Eichorn

First Grade Assistant

Anastasia is grateful to be a part of a Waldorf-inspired school here on the Monterey peninsula! As a child, she attended the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara and has carried a love of music, art, and creative learning with her through the years. She was raised in a farming family in the coastal town of Carpinteria, California, and has spent the past decade studying, teaching, and playing in San Francisco. Anastasia earned her BA in both Environmental Studies and Spanish at the University of San Francisco and was inspired by the urban farming and school garden movement. For two years she worked with Education Outside and lead the gardening program at Bret Harte Elementary School in the Bayview neighborhood. For the past three years, she taught gardening at the San Francisco Waldorf School and attended the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training.

When Anastasia isn’t teaching at MBCS, you can find her painting, gardening, surfing, writing songs, or hiking the local trails.

Email: a.eichorn@mbcharterschool.org

Jessica Stroh

First Grade Assistant

Jessica Stroh

First Grade Assistant

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Email: j.stroh@mbcharterschool.org

Michelle (Missy) Leahy

First Grade Assistant

Michelle (Missy) Leahy

First Grade Assistant

Missy received a certificate in Administration in Early Childhood Program at Cabrillo College. She worked as a Child Activities Director for the Watsonville YMCA, was an ROP Instructor at Careers with Children at Central Bay High School, and was the Director for the Teen-Parent Program at Central Bay High School. In addition, she has directed various infant/toddler, preschool, and after-school programs. Missy enjoys the outdoors, power walking, boxing and spending time with her husband and five children.

Email: m.leahy@mbcharterschool.org

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