Educators

Alex Haley
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Kindergarten Teacher
BA in Child Development, California State University, Sacramento

Alex, a Presentation alumn is thrilled to return to Presentation as a teacher! Alex is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento where she earned her BA in Child Development with an emphasis on Special Education, followed by her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. During her time with the Elk Grove Unified School District, Alex worked with K-5 students, with an emphasis on differentiated instruction.

Alex spent a year working as an Applied Behavior Analyst working with with varying degrees of behavioral challenges and children with autism. Returning to the Valley in 2011, Alex applied her curriculum development skills while at Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley, where she taught large group classes in science and literacy intervention.

Alex is also trained in Responsive Classroom, which means she is enthusiastically well-versed in helping children develop growth vs fixed mindsets. Born and raised in Sonoma and this town holds a very special place in her heart. When not teaching Alex loves spending time with her new husband Nick, family, hiking, painting and playing with her dog Jack.

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Meaghan Hengehold
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Kindergarten Associate Teacher
BS in Rhetoric and Communications, University of Oregon

A graduate of University of Oregon with BS in Rhetoric and Communications, Meaghan's first career was in Human Resources.

After children, she spent 9 years actively involved in their school helping run the art docent program, as well as working as a teacher's assistant in both first and second grades. It was there she began to hear the "calling" to the classroom and a new career. For the past year, Meaghan has been our "go to" visiting teacher, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her join us in the Kindergarten room.

Meaghan lives in Sonoma Valley with her husband Doug and two children Emily and Ryan, both students at Sonoma Valley High School. She enjoys reading, gardening, hanging out with her kids and hiking with her dog Kenzie. She also loves spending time in the summer with her family on the lake in McCall, Idaho.

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Teresa Caselli
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1st Grade Teacher
BA in Humanities / minor in Psychology, Dominican University

Ms. Teresa Caselli was born and raised in Sonoma and has been teaching at The Presentation School since 2003. Prior to that, she completed her student teaching and worked as a substitute for Petaluma City Schools, followed by a long-term substitute position at Prestwood Elementary School in Sonoma.

Teresa received a BA in Humanities with a minor in Psychology from Dominican University. She also received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Dominican.

In addition to ongoing education in a variety of subject areas, Teresa has been invited to be a visiting team member for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in California and Oregon.

Teresa taught 3rd grade for ten years at the Presentation School and began teaching 1st grade in 2013. She loves teaching the younger children and helping to foster their curiosity and creativity, as well as to guide their academic, social-emotional, and spiritual growth.

Teresa enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, hiking (with binoculars), and spending time with family and friends.

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Kiley Clark
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2nd Grade Teacher
Masters in Curriculum,Teaching and Learning, Sonoma State University
BA in Linguistics w/ emphasis Child Development and French, San Diego State University

Kiley is passionate about education, art, animals, and confesses an obsession for coffee. Beyond the classroom, she is an avid pilates and barre fanatic.

As an educator, she is enthusiastic about bringing science into the classroom and helping students make real life connections and to help students develop their own, personal love of learning. “Being able to be part of a child's journey is an incredible, special thing,” and Ms. Clark looks forward to getting to know your soon-to-be second grader!

Kiley completed her Masters in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at Sonoma State University, with an emphasis in Collaborative Learning and Best Literacy Practices. Her undergraduate degree includes Linguistics, with an emphasis in Childhood Development and French from San Diego State University. Kiley embodies her own sense of magic in the classroom and her love of art, science, and honoring children make her the perfect 2nd grade teacher. Prior to Presentation School, Kiley’s taught in Bennett Valley Union School District. She has taught preschool through 2nd grade.

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Melissa Yazzolino
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3rd Grade Teacher
M.Ed. National University
BA in Education, University San Diego

Melissa is originally from upstate New York and comes from a big, extended Italian family. She moved to Southern California when she was ten and has always wanted to be a teacher.

Melissa studied education at the University of San Diego where she received her bachelor's degree and credential. She also holds a M.Ed. with an emphasis in reading.

Melissa taught in San Diego for seven years until she met her husband and moved to the Bay Area in 2008. Her tenure includes 8 years teaching fourth grade at San Domenico School in Marin before joining Presentation School. Melissa believes in educating the whole child and teaching her students how to maintain a growth mindset when it comes to learning.

Melissa and her husband, Domenick, live in Petaluma with their two young daughters. Isabella attends Presentation School. Their four year old Gianna is in preschool in Petaluma. In her spare time Melissa enjoys park time with her kids, the beach, and visiting family in Orange County.

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Mary Galas

4th Grade Teacher
BS in Agricultural Science, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Mary was born and raised in Modesto, California. She grew up on an almond farm, where her family still farms almonds today. Mary studied Agricultural Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she received her bachelor's degree. She spent an additional year at Cal Poly, receiving her Multiple Subject teaching credential.

Mary moved to St. Helena from San Luis Obispo and started working in the wine industry before ultimately realizing her passion was in education. She taught 4th grade at St. Helena Catholic School before joining Presentation School. Mary loves to be in the classroom surrounded by her students. As an educator, she believes strongly in the value of a faith-based education. Each new day presents itself with new experiences, challenges, triumphs, failures as well as opportunities for growth and development. Creativity is one of her biggest strengths in the classroom. Her classroom fosters itself as a space filled with color and student work. Providing this successful and safe learning environment enables her student’s to dig deeper, promoting critical thinking through inquiry, problem-solving and reflection.

Mary currently lives in Calistoga and has grown to love this wonderful community and beautiful valley. In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her new niece Rosie. She loves to spend time outdoors- gardening, hiking or kayaking in Lake Tahoe. She has recently traveled to Bali and Ireland and has Greece, Italy, and Portugal next on her summer list!

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Tracy Walthard
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5th Grade Teacher
M. ED. Educational Leadership, Chapman University: Brandman
BA in Speech Communication, California State University, Fresno

Tracy is a long time Sonoma resident, having grown up in the valley.

Tracy received her BA in Speech Communication from California State University, Fresno and holds a Multi-subject K-12 credential. After 20 years in the classroom, she completed her Masters in Educational Leadership and has made the transition to administration.

Tracy and her husband Scott have three children, all graduates or currently attending The Presentation School. She is also an active member of St. Andrew Church and involved in Family and Children’s Ministry. In her down time Tracy enjoys vacations with her family, especially to Disneyland and the Oregon Coast and summer missions trips to Transylvania, Romania.

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Jamie Mitchell
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6th Grade Teacher
BA in Art, Sonoma State University

Jamie Mitchell was born in Minnesota and moved to California when she was nine, and has loved it here ever since! She lived in the East Bay before moving to Sonoma County to attend college.

Jamie graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor's degree in Art and a minor in Art History. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. She joined the Presentation family in 2009 and taught fifth grade for seven years before looping with the class of 2019 to the sixth grade. She enjoys coaching the Presentation Science Olympiad team and teaching the Yearbook elective each year. She is a Google Certified Educator.

She is married and has two children, a son and a daughter. When not at school, she is camping, swimming, hiking, traveling, or kayaking with her family.

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Gina Irvine
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7th Grade Teacher
M.Ed University of Oregon
BA Education, University of Oregon

A fourth generation Sonoma resident, Gina knew she wanted to be a teacher as she was sitting in her fourth grade class at Flowery Elementary School and "teaching" her brother lessons at home.

After graduating from Sonoma Valley High School, Gina attended the University of Oregon where she received her B.A.and M.Ed. with honors in Teaching and Learning.

Gina moved back to Sonoma with her husband Michael, a resource development manager for Boys and Girls Club of Central Sonoma County.

Mrs. Irvine was a founding faculty member at a Vallejo Charter School, EL Education, for eight years, teaching and developing student­ centered, project­ based learning curricula. Mrs. Irvine taught fourth grade at Sassarini Elementary School, and joined Presentation School’s dynamic middle school team in 2016. Like many Presentation School teachers, Gina is trained in Responsive Classroom techniques, and is excited to apply her passions in our community.

Gina believes in educating the whole child and pushing each one to reach their personal goals. In her spare time, Gina enjoys anything outdoors, including painting, gardening, hiking, and camping.

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Natalie Rentz
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8th Grade Teacher
BA in Liberal Studies, Point Loma Nazarene University

Natalie Rentz has been the eighth-grade teacher since 2008. Natalie was born and raised in Sonoma Valley, growing up in Glen Ellen. After graduating from Sonoma Valley High School she moved to San Diego for college. She attended Point Loma Nazarene University on a volleyball scholarship and received a B.A in Liberal Studies and a multi-subject teaching credential with an emphasis in English Language Arts.

Natalie welcomed her first child, Ruth, in 2016. When not in the classroom, Natalie enjoys taking long walks around Sonoma with her daughter and dachshund, Hanz. You can also find Natalie cheering on her favorite sports teams: San Jose Sharks and New England Patriots.

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Joel Kuschner
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Science and Math Teacher, Middle School
BA in Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University

Joel Kuschner grew up in a house of teachers. Joel's mother taught special education and his dad was a HS Physics teacher. Joel is a reflection of the great teachers he grew up with.

Alongside some of our other great teachers Joel has been at the front of our effort to develop a STEM curriculum that aims to inspire young people into fields where they can know and design the world they live in. There is an emphasis this year in bringing about real world scientific discovery. Through field experience, a new curriculum, and classroom speakers, students will get to learn much more about the role that science plays in our lives.

"I love my job and feel lucky to be working alongside some of the brightest, happiest, funniest, most inspiring people I have ever met. I'm talking about the kids of course, but the staff I have come to know as colleagues and friends aren't too far behind."

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Phil Amormino

Honors Algebra
BS Santa Clara University

Phil is a graduate of Santa Clara University and attended St. Louis University School of Medicine for two years before becoming a teacher, product designer, and entrepreneur. He taught for 10 years at Justin Siena HS in the subjects of Biology, Honors Algebra Trigonometry, Honors and AP Chemistry and Honors Physics.

While at Justin Phil received a monetary prize at the annual National Physics Convention when he demonstrated his innovative idea on how to teach the first derivative in Calculus with the use of Hot Wheels. And during his last year of teaching at Justin, he was a national nominee for High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the Chemical Manufacturers of America.

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Scott Walthard
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Pre-Algebra, STEM, and Instructional Technology Specialist
BS in Business Administration, California State University, Fresno

Scotty Walthard joined the Presentation School in 2013 and is a Certified Google Educator. Along with teaching Math to the 6th graders, Technology courses in the MIddle School Program, he is making sure every student understands and knows how to keyboard (typing) before graduating from the Presentation School.

Scotty is the STEM Coordinator for our STEM Team here at Presentation. After working side by side with Mary Favaro the last two years, Scotty is now leading our STEM program and has teamed up with the San Jose Tech Museum to bring STEM as a year long learning experience in our Science, Math and Technology classes. Learn more about the exciting year under our STEM Tab.

Scotty also is the school’s Technology Educationalist. In this role, he is supporting the teachers and students in all areas in their classrooms by making sure Technology is operational and working with Teachers and Students with assignments and projects that include online technology. Scotty’s role also includes educating the teachers and students on all of our online resources and curriculum.

Scotty moved to Sonoma in 1993 after graduating from CSU Fresno with a degree in Business Administration and Urban Land Economics. Two of his children are graduates of The Presentation School and his youngest daughter is now in the 8th-grade at Presentation.

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Teresa Lecuona
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Spanish Teacher, K-8
MA in Middle/High School Education, Instituto Nacional de Educaión Física
BA in Elementary Education, Instituto Nacional de Educaión Física

Ms. Lecuona is a native Spanish speaker and teacher who hails from Argentina with a wealth of hands-on instructional experience and multicultural knowledge.

Teresa has taught Spanish to K-8 in Marin County Schools, Novato, and San Rafael for eighteen years. She is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian. Ms. Lecuona comes to us from Blue Oak School in Napa.

"Tere" has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the Instituto Nacional de Educación Física, Universidad de Rosario, Argentina, and a Master of Arts in middle and high school levels from the same university. Additionally, Teresa has Spanish certifications at the middle school level from International Education System (IES) in Pleasanton City and at the elementary level with IES in Union City.

In addition to her love of Spanish, Teresa also enjoys fitness and dance and has taught classes to children and adults in her own studio. With such a rich and international background, we see only exciting things happening in Spanish in the years to come!

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Monica Mueller

Fine Art Teacher, 2-8
BA University of Wisconsin

Monica went to school at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee where she earned her Art Teaching credential and was encouraged to pursue an Education Specialist certification. Monica began teaching Special Education in Milwaukee public schools and then moved to California where she taught Special Education in both private and public schools before teaching Art in SFUSD. She has been teaching art to students in various settings ever since and is excited to join Presentation School.

Monica enjoys creating, gardening, going to the beach or hiking with her dog, and seeing live music performances. She has found home in Sebastopol but loves traveling and exploring.

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Debra Chambliss
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Performing Arts Teacher, K-8
College Marin

Debra Chambliss is a vocalist, pianist, instructor and Music Director who has worked in the Bay Area for the past 30 years. She began her singing career at 7 and became the accompanist for her church and K-12 private school at 10.

Debra Chambliss accompanied weekly Chapel services and won several awards as vocalist and accompanist for the MS and HS Competition Choirs.

Debra taught K-8th Grade music for the past 17 years in the SF Archdiocese at several schools, and directed the annual 8th Grade Play for St. Anselm. This work included leading several school choirs; teaching theory, history and genres; incorporating drums, chimes, and rhythm instruments into the classroom; as well as performances, and creating school-wide concerts twice a year. She will be bringing these skills to our music/performing arts department, as well as serving as Music Director for our annual all school Spring Musical, Guys and Dolls.

She has worked as an accompanist and Music Director at dozens of theaters, including SRT, The Mountain Play, and CCMT. Highlights have included playing keyboards at the Post Street Theatre for the national tour of The 20th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and at the Orpheum Theatre for the North American premiere of Edward Scissorhands, as well as directing music for the West Coast Premiere of Children of Eden.

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Kelly Amormino
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PE, Athletic Director, K-8
AA, Santa Rosa Junior College

Kelly was born and raised in Sonoma. She is one of four children in a big Italian family. After graduating from Sonoma High she went on to earn her Associate’s Degree in Education from Santa Rosa Junior College. During that time she was a Sales Manager for a local lighting company where she met her husband Ezra.

In 2003 they relocated to Shasta County where their three sons were born. In 2012 they moved back to Sonoma. Their sons, Dominic, 8th grade, Daniel, 5th grade, and Mason 2nd grade, all attend The Presentation School.

Kelly enjoys sports, coaching the school volleyball team and her sons in little league. She also enjoys playing sports herself, hiking, cooking, gardening, working out, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Sarah Hartnett
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School Counselor
MA in Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
BA in Spanish, DePauw University
Single Subject Teaching Credential (Spanish), Regis University

Sarah is a licensed MFT and serves as the school counselor two days a week. She is a great resource for extra support for the students where needed. She loves working with kids and wants to help them feel and be successful.

Administrative Staff

Scott Parker
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Head of School
MTS Education and Theology, Harvard University
BA in Political Science, Montana State University

Scott Parker came to Sonoma in 2013 to serve as the school's third Head of School. A native of Wyoming, Scott moved to Bozeman Montana to attend Montana State University, where he could ski between early morning and late afternoon classes.

After earning a BA from the Montana State University Honors Program, Scott skied in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho for a "gap year" before backpacking through Southeast Asia and Africa.

Scott moved to Boston to attend Harvard University, where he studied Religious Studies and Education. Scott came to the Presentation School from Woodside Priory School, where he served as a teacher, department chair, and Dean of Students.

Mr. Parker enjoys every minute with his wife, Alicia (a gifted educator and counselor) and his sons Rowan and Finn, whom he loves not coaching in soccer, baseball, and basketball.

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Tracy Walthard
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Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Development
M. ED. Educational Leadership, Chapman University: Brandman
BA in Speech Communication, California State University, Fresno

Tracy is a long time Sonoma resident, having grown up in the valley.

Tracy received her BA in Speech Communication from California State University, Fresno and holds a Multi-subject K-12 credential. After 20 years in the classroom, she completed her Masters in Educational Leadership and has made the transition to administration.

Tracy and her husband Scott have three children, all graduates or currently attending The Presentation School. She is also an active member of St. Andrew Church and involved in Family and Children’s Ministry. In her down time Tracy enjoys vacations with her family, especially to Disneyland and the Oregon Coast and summer missions trips to Transylvania, Romania.

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Lauren Miller
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Director of Admissions and Advancement
M. ED. Dominican University
BA in Theater Arts,Broadcasting Communications & Electronic Arts, CSU, San Francisco

After graduating from San Francisco State University, Lauren fulfilled the role of Development Manager for the Magic Theatre overseeing donor relations, special events, project management, and fundraising campaigns for the non profit organization.

Lauren furthered her career as Director of Administration at Crossroad Capital Investment, overseeing human resources, accounting, and marketing functions for the firm.

Having returned to school to earn her M.Ed. at Dominican University, Lauren joined Presentation in 2010, teaching first grade, and is currently introducing new students to the Presentation values as kindergarten teacher. Lauren will continue to support the kindergarten program in any way helpful.

In addition to overseeing curriculum in her own classroom, Lauren was instrumental in developing the kindergarten Sneak Peak Kindergarten Admissions Program to increase new family recruitment and student enrollment at the school. She also directs the school wide theater program, fostering enrichment, culture and community at Presentation.

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Shanna Rodgers
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Business Officer/ Well of Sanity
BS in Business Administration, Sonoma State University

Shanna has lived in the Napa Valley for over 30 years. She started her education at UC Santa Barbara but transferred to Sonoma State University where she earned a BS in Business Administration.

Shanna has worked in several wineries as well as a couple of accounting firms across the valley. Most recently she was the business officer for a private school in town. She appreciated the learning atmosphere, loved being around the kids, and enjoyed the challenge of daily tasks. She is excited to continue her work giving back to students.

Shanna enjoys spending time with her family. Her two daughters attend Sonoma Academy and are passionate about basketball and showing pigs. In her spare time, Shanna can be found swimming laps at the gym, reading books, or walking the three dogs.

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Emma Evanson
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Office Manager / Registrar
BA in Art History, Wheaton College

Emma moved to Sonoma in 2009 from the East Coast to work in residential child care. For the past three years served as the Assistant to the Principal & Registrar at a local Catholic high school.

Emma is excited to transition to a similar administrative role here at the Presentation School. A graduate from Wheaton College, in Norton, MA, Emma earned Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. She is certified in TIC (Trauma Informed Care) as well as CBI (Collaborative Based Interventions) school/community based practices. She and her fiance are looking forward to watching their family grow within the Sonoma community.

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