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Faculty and Staff

Senior Administration

Peter Reinke

Head of School

  213-382-2315 ext. 222

B.A., History — Brown University (Providence, RI)
M.A., Education Leadership — Columbia University (New York, NY)

Senior Administrator Biographies

Elizabeth Desmarais

Assistant Head of School

  213-382-2315 ext. 276

B.A., Elementary Education with English concentration — Rhode Island College (Providence)
M.S., Administration — Pepperdine University
Clear California Teaching Credential

Senior Administrator Biographies

Chris Cook

Director of Advancement

  213-382-2315 ext. 309

B.A., Theater — UCLA

Senior Administrator Biographies

Pat Joseph Thomas, Ph.D.

Director of Preschool & Civic Engagement

  213-382-2315 ext. 284

B.A., Human Development — Pacific Oaks College
M.S., Community Counseling and Family Studies — Springfield College 
Ph.D., Child and Family Studies — Branston University 

Senior Administrator Biographies

The Rev. Canon Aidan Koh


  213-382-2315 ext. 250

B.A., Theology — Hankook Theological College
M.Div. — Hanshin Theological Seminary

Senior Administrator Biographies

Sarah Lougheed-Gill

Director of Admission

  213-382-2315 ext. 223

B.A., Theater — San Jose State University
M.A., Theater (ABD) — San Jose State University
International Advancement Professional Certification — Independent School Management

Senior Administrator Biographies

Najah Lowe

Chief Financial & Operations Officer

  213-382-2315 ext. 303

B.A., English Literature with Journalism minor — Cal State - Dominguez Hills
M.B.A., Human Resource Management focus — University of Phoenix (Reston, VA. Campus)

Senior Administrator Biographies

Faculty & Staff

Erika Alvarado

Preschool Teacher – KR4 (Tigers)

  213-382-2315 ext. 114

B.A., Child Development — Mount St. Mary’s Univ. 
Child Development Program Supervisor & Master Teacher Permit — California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Julie Amaya

Preschool Teacher - Dolphins

  213-382-2315 ext. 112

B.A., Studio Arts – California State University, Los Angeles
Child Development Teacher Permit - Commission on Teacher Credentialing          
Certificate of Achievement in Preschool Associate Teacher - L.A. Trade Technical Community College

Ana Araya

Courtesy Guard

  213-382-2315 ext. 284


Kelly Basham

School Nurse

  213-382-2315 ext. 229

B.A., Elementary Education — University of Wisconsin –Madison
Licensed Vocational Nurse — Casa Loma College

Marissa Boyle

Donor Relations & Advancement Event Coordinator

  213-382-2315 ext. 312

B.A., Journalism - Northeastern University (Boston, MA)

James Casey

Music Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 256

B.M., Organ & Church Music — Drake University
M.M., Organ — Yale University Institute of Sacred Music 
Kodály Certificate — Texas State University 

Luisa Cartagena

Band Director

  213-382-2315 ext. 256

B.M., Professional Music - Berklee College of Music

M.M., Music Education - University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Jennifer Cefaly

Academic Technology Specialist 
& After-School Enrichment Coordinator

  213-382-2315 ext. 272

B.A., Art History — James Madison Univ. (Harrisonburg, Va.)
M.A., Language Arts & Literacy Education — Loyola Marymount Univ. 
Google-Certified Educator

Kelli Chau

Kindergarten Co-Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 231

B.A., Early Childhood Education — Pacific Oaks College 
M.A., Education - Pacific Oaks College                                                                Google-Certified Educator

May Chung

Third Grade Co-Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 245

B.A., History, Diversified Liberal Arts Certification - UCLA
M.A., Education - UCLA
CA Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential

Jonathan Dar

Second Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 247

B.A., History — UCLA
M.A., History — UCLA
M.A., Education and Educational Administration — CSUN
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K–6)
California Foundational Mathematics Teaching Credential (K–10)
California School Administration Credential (Tier 1)

Michelle Deiotte

Preschool Teacher – Butterflies

  213-382-2315 ext. 111

Child Development — Pasadena City College

Nick DiPasquale

Physical Education & Health Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 251

B.A., Political Science — University of Southern California 

Brian Duggan

Fourth Grade Teacher 

  213-382-2315 ext. 248

B.A., History — Georgetown Univ. (Washington, D.C.)

Neilah Fleisher

Kindergarten Classroom Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 232

B.A., Literary Criticism — Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York Univ.

Sean Fleming

Play Facilitator & Science Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 230

A.A., English/Creative Writing – American River College (Folsom Lake)
B.A., English – California State University - Sacramento

David Flores

Preschool Teacher - Dinosaurs

  213-382-2315 ext. 113

B.A., English Education - University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona)
Arizona Secondary English Education Teaching Certificate (Grade 6-12))
Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Children - Columbia University Teachers College (New York, New York)

Nashelli Flores

Spanish Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 224

B.A., Spanish & Chicano and Latino Studies - Cal State University - Long Beach   M.A., Spanish Language and Culture - Universidad de Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain)

Josh Friedman

Art Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 239

B.A., Studio Art — Goucher College (Baltimore, Md.)
M.F.A., Ceramics/Mixed Media — Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Certificate — La Sorbonne (Paris, France)

Chenelle Geoffroy-Lindsey

Physical Education & Health Teacher, Diversity Coordinator

  213-382-2315 ext. 257

B.S., Exercise Science & Nutrition – Queens College (Flushing, N.Y.)
M.S., Exercise Physiology – Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Emmy Gilliam

Sixth Grade Teacher 

& Teacher Leader for Facilities Use and Logistics

  213-382-2315 ext. 242

B.A., English — University of Southern California 
M.Ed., Education — UCLA

Rosi Gonzalez

First Grade Classroom Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 236

Stephanie Guerra

Play Facilitator & Art Assistant 

  213-382-2315 ext. 239

B.A., Art - University of Southern California 

Nicéfero Guzman

Facilities Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 275

Nicole Hamilton

Second Grade Classroom Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 234

B.A., Ethics, History, and Public Policy — Carnegie Mellon Univ. (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Alenoosh Hartouni

Preschool Classroom Assistant – Tigers & Dinosaurs (KRP)

  213-382-2315 ext. 112

A.S. Child Development, Glendale Community College

Ed Hermeno

Mathematics Specialist

  213-382-2315 ext. 279

B.S., Environmental Engineering with English Literature minor – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge)
M.S., Environmental Engineering – UC - Berkeley
M.A., Education – Loyola Marymount 
California Single Subject Teaching Credential, Mathematics – Loyola Marymount 

Marissa Jackson

Admission Office Coordinator/Registrar

  213-382-2315 ext. 255

B.A., History & Comparative Literature — University of California, Santa Barbara

M.A., History  — California State University, Los Angeles


Maritza Jimenez

Human Resources Manager

  213-382-2315 ext. 304

B.A., Latin American Studies —UCLA

Paru Kammula

First Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 236

B.A., English — Madras Univ. (Chennai, India)
M.A., Psychology and Human Development — College for Developmental Studies 
California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Christine Kasem

Receptionist and Assistant to AHOS

  213-382-2315 ext. 249

B.S., Human Services – University of Phoenix

Robert Krueger

Fifth Grade Teacher
& Service Learning Program Coordinator

  213-382-2315 ext. 244

B.S., Elementary Education — Abilene Christian University (Abilene, Texas)

Alice Kuramoto

Third Grade Co-Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 245

B.A., Home Economics — Cal State L.A.

Lindsey Kuramoto

First Grade Classroom Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 237

B.A., English — Cal Lutheran University

Nari Kye

Assistant Director of Advancement

  213-382-2315 ext. 306

B.A., Art History — UC - Irvine

Alexa Laffen

Second Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 234

B.A., Global Studies with Italian minor — UC - Santa Barbara
M.Ed. – UC - Santa Barbara
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential — UC - Santa Barbara

Kerry Leikin

Preschool Teacher – KR5 (Dinosaurs)

  213-382-2315 ext. 113

B.S., Early Childhood Education — Ohio University
Generalist Endorsement in 4th and 5th Grade
Ohio Early Childhood Teaching License for PK–3rd Grade

Mei-Ling Leonard

First Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 237

B.A., Theater with Education minor — Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Penn.)
M.F.A., Theater Management — Wayne State Univ. (Detroit, Mich.)

Eura Lim

Kindergarten Co-Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 231

B.A., Liberal Studies — CSUN
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential — CSUN

Ricardo Lopez

Facilities Manager

  213-382-2315 ext. 275

Alex Marcoulides

Science Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 230

B.A., Psychology — Rutgers University
M.A., Educational Leadership — Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ashlee Morales

Third Grade Associate Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 246

B.A., Liberal Studies - California State University Northridge
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - California State University Northridge

Christina Olague

Librarian, Informational Technology and Media Specialist

  213-382-2315 ext. 274

B.A., English Single Subject Teaching Option – Cal State - LA

Karen Oquendo

Learning Specialist

  213-382-2315 ext. 280

B.A., Psychology — St. Francis College (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
M.S., Education — Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Erik Orozco

Facilities Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 275


Vanessa Ortiz

Play Facilitator & Fourth Grade Classroom Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 248

B.F.A., Fine Art — California State, Long Beach 

Sujatha Periasamy

Accounting Manager

  213-382-2315 ext. 301

M.Com., Accounting — Madras Univ. (Chennai, India)

Danielle Prestidge

Assistant to the Head of School

  213-382-2315 ext. 278

B.A., Voice – University of Kansas

Lauren Reynoso

Second Grade Classroom Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 247

B.A., Art & Technology — Cal State San Marcos

Lourdes Rodriguez

Procurement Manager

  213-382-2315 ext. 311

Hillary Rodgers

Sixth Grade Teacher 

& Teaching and Learning Institute Coordinator

  213-382-2315 ext. 240

B.S., Elementary Education - Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
Minnesota Teaching License, Elementary Education K-6
M.A., Educational Leadership - Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

Rocheleen Rosel

Preschool Teacher – Butterflies

  213-382-2315 ext. 111

A.A., Child Development — Los Angeles Valley Community College 
B.A., Child and Adolescent Development — CSUN
M.A., Human Development with specialization in Leadership in Education and Social Service — Pacific Oaks College 

Theppong Sae-Low

Third Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 246

B.A., History with Teacher Education Program minor — UCSD
California Single Subject Teaching Credential, Social Science — Cal State LA

Jacqueline Taylor

Fourth Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 235

B.A., History — Univ. of Utah 
M.Ed., Elementary Education — Univ. of Utah 

Ashley Samuels

Fifth & Sixth Grade Classroom Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 240

B.S., Elementary Education West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Linda Tellez

Preschool Classroom Assistant - Dolphins

  213-382-2315 ext. 112

A.A., Early Childhood Development — East Los Angeles College

Celia Trujillo

Communications Intern

  213-382-2315 ext. 305

B.A., Sociology — Mount St. Mary’s Univ. 


Yesi Urrea

Preschool Teacher – KR4 (Tigers)

  213-382-2315 ext. 114

B.A., History with Classical Studies minor — Cal State - Long Beach

Nancy Vermette

Kindergarten Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 232

B.A., Sociology — Cal State LA

Lynese Williams

Preschool Teacher – Butterflies

  213-382-2315 ext. 111

A.A., Early Childhood Development — El Camino College 

Chitra Wiltshire

Preschool Teacher – Dolphins

  213-382-2315 ext. 112

B.A., Psychology with minor in Child Development and Family Studies — Cal State - Long Beach

Andrew Wright

Creative Content & Communications Manager 

  213-382-2315 ext. 305

B.F.A., Theatre - University of Southern California 

Richard Yi

Fifth Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 243

B.A., Economics with Computer Science minor — Boston University
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Google-Certified Educator

Byron Zapata

Interim Director of Plant Operations

  213-382-2315 ext. 281

A.A., Education – University of Phoenix

Chris Zapata

Lead Play Facilitator

  213-382-2315 ext. 274