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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

Brooke Gadasi, CFRE

Director of Advancement

  213-382-2315 ext. 309

B.A., Psychology, Sociology, Thomas Hunter Honors — Hunter College

Senior Administrator Biographies

Joan Hester

Director of Admission

  213-382-2315 ext. 223

B.M., Music — Catholic Univ. of America (Washington, D.C.)
M.A., Curriculum & Teaching — Columbia Univ. Teachers College (New York, N.Y.)

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

Amy Schlecter

Chief Financial Officer

  213-382-2315 ext. 303

B.A., Political Science, Chinese Literature & Language — University of California - Berkeley
M.B.A., Business — University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

Senior Administrator Biographies

Faculty & Staff

Al Alvarado 

School Custodian 

  213-382-2315 ext. 275


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. 300


Kim Baudoin

Preschool Assistant Classroom Teacher - Butterflies

  213-382-2315 ext. 111

Alicia Cardoza, RN


  213-382-2315 ext. 229

A.A, Nursing - Kaplan College

Luisa Cartagena

Wind Ensemble Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 256

B.M., Professional Music - Berklee College of Music
M.M., Music Education - University of Massachusetts - Amherst

James Casey

Teacher & Music Department Chair

  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 

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

Fourth Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 235

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

Erica Clare 

Preschool Teacher - Butterflies 

  213-382-2315 ext. 111

B.A., Theater Arts - City University of New York 
M.S., Primary Education - Cal State Los Angeles 
Certificate - Site Supervisor Permit 

Jonathan Dar

Sixth Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 240

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)

Jamie Dean Carley 

Communications Manager

  213-382-2315 ext. 305

B.A., History - Louisiana State University 

Michelle Deiotte

Preschool Teacher – Butterflies

  213-382-2315 ext. 111

Child Development — Pasadena City College

Melissa De Guzman

Executive Assistant to Head of School

  213-382-2315 ext. 285

A.S., Healthcare Administration — West Coast University
B.A., Healthcare Administration — West Coast University 
M.A., Healthcare Administration — West Coast University 

Karen De Vore

Preschool Assistant Classroom Teacher - Dolphins

  213-382-2315 ext. 112

A.A., Early Childhood Education - Santa Monica College
B.A., Human Development - Pacific Oaks College
Master Teacher Credential - Santa Monica College 

Catherine Diaz

Spanish Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 224

B.A., Spanish - UCLA
M.A., Administrative Leadership - Cal State Los Angeles 
National Board Credentialed Teacher
Bilingual Certificate (USC)

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 Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 232

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

Sean Fleming

Playground Teacher & Science Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 230

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

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

Associate Director of Admission for Middle School Matriculation

  213-382-2315 ext. 556

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

Rosi Gonzalez

First Grade Classroom Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 236

Stephanie Guerra

Playground Teacher & 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 Teacher – Dinosaurs 

  213-382-2315 ext. 113

A.S. Child Development, Glendale Community College

Ed Hermeno

Six Grade Teacher/Mathematics Specialist

  213-382-2315 ext. 242

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 

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

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

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

Second Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 247

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

Ricardo Lopez

Facilities Manager

  213-382-2315 ext. 275

Ashlee Morales

Third Grade Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 246

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

Nati Nava de Lopez

School Custodian 

  213-382-2315 ext. 275


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


Eileen Payoyo

Kindergarten Co-Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 231

B.A., English - University of California Irvine
M.A., Education - National University 
Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential 

Sujatha Periasamy

Accounting Manager

  213-382-2315 ext. 301

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

Lauren Reynoso

Second Grade Classroom Assistant

  213-382-2315 ext. 247

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

Dionne Riddle

Admissions Associate/Registrar 

  213-382-2315 ext. 255

Studied at Pacific Oaks College

Lourdes Rodriguez

Procurement Manager

  213-382-2315 ext. 311

Rocheleen Rosel

Preschool Teacher – Dinosaurs

  213-382-2315 ext. 113

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

Ashley Samuels

Sixth Grade Teacher/ Assistant Community Service Director

  213-382-2315 ext. 242

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

Dr. Bryan Sanders

Academic Technology Specialist 

  213-382-2315 ext. 272

B.A., Literature - UC Santa Cruz 
M.A., Education - Loyola Marymount University 
Education Leadership for Social Justice - Loyola Marymount University 
CA State Teaching Credential 
National Board Certified Teacher

Ayanna Scott

Science Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 230

Masters of Arts in Teaching, Language Arts and Science - Otterbein University 

Yesi Urrea

Preschool Teacher – KR4 (Tigers)

  213-382-2315 ext. 114

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

Linda Tellez

Preschool Teacher - Dolphins

  213-382-2315 ext. 112

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

Nancy Vermette

Kindergarten Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 232

B.A., Sociology — Cal State LA

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

Director of Security & Plant Operations

  213-382-2315 ext. 281

A.A., Education – University of Phoenix

Chris Zapata

Lead Playground Teacher

  213-382-2315 ext. 313