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Faculty & Staff

Administration / Staff

Kate Atmore

Position: Director of Development
Education: B.A. & M.A. in Social Psychology from Stanford University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 7 / 8

Jan Bruzzese

Position: Director of Communication
Education: B.A. in English from Notre Dame de Namur
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 16 / 16

Mariah Cannon

Position: Interim Extended Day Coordinator
Education: BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley

Maria de la Paz

Position: Business Assistant
Education: B.A. in Behavioral Science from Notre Dame de Namur
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 6 / 6

Ambera Delash

Position: Interim After School Assistant
Education: B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University

Katie Dlesk

Position: Middle School Curriculum Coordinator
Education: B.A. in History from Yale University; Ed.M. in School Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 1 / 7

Betsy Doss

Position: Head of Lower School
Education: B.A. in Environmental Biology and Psychology, Elementary Education Certification from University of Colorado, Boulder, M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 3 / 16

Katey Gath

Position: Interim After School Assistant
Education: B.S. in Psychology from University of Oregon
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 1 / 2

Douglas Ibey

Position: Controller
Education: B.S. in Business Administration with an Accounting Emphasis from University of Montana, B.S. in Computer Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 2

Ainsley Kelly

Position: Assistant Director of Development for Annual Fund and Database Management
Education: B.A. in English from Santa Clara University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 4 / 4

I-Han Liang

Position: Assistant Director of Admission and Outreach
Education: B.A. in English from Stanford University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 1 / 9

Michelle Mathers

Position: Senior Office Administrator, Lower School
Education: B.A. in Environmental Studies from San Jose State
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 5

Ryan Matyjasik

Position: Director of Information Technology
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education from Cleveland State University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 15

Sylvia Molina

Position: Middle School Office Administrator
Education: B.A. in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 4 / 5

Sara Poplack

Position: Lower School Curriculum Coordinator
Education: B.A. in Psychology: Neuroscience from Colby College, M.A. in Elementary Education from Fairfield University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 9

Larry Purcell

Position: Head of Middle School
Education: B.A. in Theatre from UC-San Diego; M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from University of Illinois-Chicago
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 6 / 15

Cody Schaffner

Position: Director of Auxiliary Programs
Education: B.A. in School Age-Child Development from San Francisco State University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 4 / 11

Alona Scott

Position: Head of School
Education: A.B. Religion Princeton University and Certificate in Teacher Education from Princeton University, M.S. Ed. Reading And Literacy from Bank Street College, M.S. Ed. Private School Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 3 / 19

Steve Smith

Position: Business Director
Education: B.A. in French/European Studies and Russian/Soviet Studies from American University, M.B.A. in International Management from Monterey Institute of International Studies; M.A. in Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 6 / 11

Dot Torgerson

Position:Lower School Before School Director
Years at Keys: 26

Jennifer Tyler

Position: Director of Admission
Education: B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, M.Ed. in Education from Pepperdine University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School (CA)
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 15

Steven Zeigler

Position: Technology Support Specialist
Education: B.A. in History from Cal State - Sacramento, Apple Certified Macintosh Technician and Google Certified Educator
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 8

Faculty

Darcey Angelo

Position: Middle School Counselor and Learning Specialist
Education: B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from University of Colorado (Boulder)
Ed.S. in School Psychology from University of Denver
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 3 / 15

Janet Bicker

Position: First Grade Associate Teacher
Education: B.A. in Economics from UC San Diego, M.A. in Teaching from University of San Francisco
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 3

Laura Camodeca

Position: Middle School Technology Curriculum Integration Specialist
Education: B.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University, M.S. in Recreation Administration from San Francisco State University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 12 / 25

Daniel Chanin

Position: Third Grade Teacher
Education: B.A in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, M.A in Education from Pacific - BATTI ( Bay Area Teacher Training Institute)
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 4

Natalie Chambers

Position: Middle School P.E. Teacher and Athletic Director
Education: B.S. and M.S. in Kinesiology emphasizing Physical Education from San Francisco State University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 3 / 6

Yael Cushman

Position: First Grade Teacher
Education: B.A. in Art History from University of Oregon, Teaching Credential from DeLeT Fellowship - Hebrew Union College
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 6

Megan DeRitis

Position: Kindergarten Associate Teacher
Education: B.A. in Psychology/Elementary Education & Special Education from Marist College, M.S. in Literacy Education from Fordham University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 1 / 4

Sharon Diamond

Position: Lower School Counselor
Education: B.A. in Sociology and Social Services from UC Davis, M.A. in Marriage, Family, and Counseling from the University of Southern California
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 15

Susan Essary

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Education: B.A. from University of Buckinghamshire, England; Education certificate from Brunel University, England
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 6 / 11

Claude Ferguson

Position: Middle School Art Teacher
Education: B.F.A. from North Carolina Central University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 11

Louise Fernquest

Position: Middle School English Teacher
Education: B.A. in Languages and Literature from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 18 / 21

Sarah Fleischer

Position: Middle School English Teacher
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University Bloomington, M.A. of Education from Johns Hopkins University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 4 / 14

Kathy Ford

Position: Lower School Learning Specialist
Education: B.M. in Opera from The Catholic University of America; M.A. in Psychology, University of the Rockies
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 6 / 21

Laura Greenlees

Position: First Grade Leave Replacement Teacher
Education: B.A. in Sociology from The Catholic University of America; M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College Columbia University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 1 / 7

Shermagne Gunn

Position: Lower School Physical Education Teacher
Education: B.A. in Physical Education from CSU-Chico; CA Teacher's Credential in Physical Education
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 18 / 28

Angie Higgins

Position: Lower School Drama and Middle School Dance and Theatre Arts Teacher
Education: B.A. in Creative Art, minor in Drama from San Jose State University; M.A. in Theatre Arts Education from San Jose State University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 15 / 16

Marisa Hodgett-Chiang

Position: Lower School Music Teacher
Education: B.A. in Music Education from Loyola University, New Orleans; Orff Certification - Level I
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 9 / 13

Benjamin Howe

Position: Lower School Technology Curriculum Integration Specialist
Education: B.H.A in Psychology and Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, M.Ed in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 4

Ashley Huckabone

Position: Second Grade Teacher
Education: B.S. in Childhood Education from SUNY New Paltz, M.S. in Literacy Education from Hunter College
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 8

Kathleen Jalalpour

Position: Middle School Math Teacher
Education: M.A. in Economics from the Free University of Berlin, CA Multiple Subject Credential
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 21 / 35

Matthew Krause

Position: Middle School Spanish Teacher
Education: B.A. in Spanish Literature from UC Santa Cruz, M.A. in Education from the University of San Francisco
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 9

Celeste Le Duc

Position: Lower School Art Teacher
Education: B.F.A. from California College of the Arts
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 1 / 5

Nat Lewis

Position: Middle School Math Teacher
Education: B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 15

Kelsey McMillan

Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
Education: B.A. in Integrative Studies: Art History/Women's Studies/Modern Dance from Guilford College, M.S. in Museum Education and Childhood General Education from Bank Street College of Education
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 8

Audrey Nelson

Position: Second Grade Teacher
Education: B.A. in English Literature and Spanish Language from Middlebury College; M.A.T. in Early and Elementary Education from Manhattanville College
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 1 / 8

Sandra Neveu

Position: Lower School Spanish Teacher
Education: B.A. in Education from the Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences - Santiago, Chile
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 13 / 21

Emily O'Keeffe

Position: Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Education: B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Davis; M.A. in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University; Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 11

Ivana Park

Position: Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Education: B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley, M.S.W. with a Concentration in Children, Youth and Families from Boston College
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 8

Marisa Park

Position: Middle School Library Teacher
Education: B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, East Bay, M.F.A. in Creative Writing from St. Marys College
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 3 / 5

Jeff Redlawsk

Position: Middle School Music Teacher
Education: B.M in Percussion Performance from Western Michigan University, M.A. in Percussion Performance from San Jose State University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 4 / 18

Kelly Ritz

Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
Education: B.A. in Elementary Education from CSU-Monterey Bay, M.A. in General Education from UC Santa Cruz
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 7

Maren Scheiner

Position: First Grade Teacher
Education: B.A. in French and Elementary Education from Middlebury College; M.A. from Bank Street College of Education, New York
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 4 / 9

Jenna Schmidt

Position: Lower School Math Specialist
Education: B.A. in American Studies and M.A. in Elementary Education from Stanford University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 6 / 7

Nina Scruggs

Position: Associate Kindergarten Teacher
Education: B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Chico
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 1 / 6

Holly Sheetz

Position: Third Grade Teacher
Education: B.A. in Early Childhood Education and General Science from Boston College, M.A. in Reading and Literacy from Boston College
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 7

Jennifer Short

Position: Middle School Mandarin Teacher
Education: B.A. in History from the National Taiwan University, M.S. in Computer Science from San Jose State University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 4 / 11

Jennifer Spaeth

Position: Middle School Science Teacher
Education: B.A. in Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz; M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Policy from the University of London, Wye College
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 8 / 25

Grace Ting

Position: Lower School Mandarin Teacher
Education: Master in TESOL from San Jose State University, California Single Subject Credential in Mandarin, San Jose State University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 3 / 15

Maresa Tucker

Position: Lower School Science Teacher
Education: B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley, M.A. in Education from University of California, Los Angeles
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 6

Kathryn Varda

Position: Lower School Reading Specialist
Education: B.Ed. In Education from Leicester University, England
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 12 / 31

Jackie VonFeldt

Position: Lower School Librarian
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education from Kansas State University, M.A. in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 20

Douglas Ward

Position: Middle School Physical Education Teacher
Education: B.S. in Physical Education & Health Science, Indiana University: Bloomington, IN. M.Ed. in Curriculum & Administration, University of Illinois: Champaign,IL. Diploma TESOL, St Michael's College of International Studies: Burlington, VT. Lifetime Teaching License from State of Indiana
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 1 / 30

Jackie Wyant

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Education: B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Cornell University, M.S. in Elementary Education from Northwestern University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 5 / 8

Joan Young

Position: Middle School Self Science Teacher
Education: B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine, M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 2 / 14

Katrina Zerga

Position: Middle School Science Teacher, Outdoor Education Coordinator
Education: B.S. in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Oregon
Years at Keys / Years in Education: 21 / 26
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