M.Ed. Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College
BA in French, Rhodes College
Born and raised in southern Louisiana, Lauren is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, with a B.A. in French and a minor in Education. She went on to earn a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College.
Most recently, Lauren was a teacher at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis where she founded St. Mary's Place, a Reggio inspired program for two and three year olds. She later served as a Kindergarten teacher at St. Mary's where she continued to develop her passion for emergent curriculum. Lauren brings with her an enthusiasm for progressive, kid centered instruction, as well as a warm, loving and approachable personality.
Lauren and her husband John live in Napa, where John is the principal at Justin Siena High School. Their two children, Vivian and Benjamin both attend Presentation. Outside of the classroom, Lauren can be found with either a camera or paintbrush in hand or exploring the Bay Area with her family.
Lauren is joined by associate teacher, Meaghan Hengehold, providing two full-time teachers in our kinder program. With Lauren and Meaghan, Presentation School's kindergarten will remain THE kindergarten of choice in Sonoma.
I can still hear the sound of my teacher’s voice reading aloud while we enjoyed the sweetness of peanut butter and honey sandwiches at snack time! It reminds me that even snack time can be sacred and meaningful; and we shouldn’t forget to celebrate these small moments throughout the day!
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.
At the beginning of my Kindergarten year, I lost both of my front teeth right before picture day and I remember refusing to smile for the photo - my mom was so mad at me! Now as a mom, I totally understand...there's nothing like little kids with their toothless smiles....just priceless!
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.
My 1st grade teacher was Sister Juanita Mary at St. Francis Solano School in Sonoma. I remember her classroom and the respectful pace at which we were allowed to develop our academic and social-emotional skills. She was kind, but firm and had a natural ability to make learning fun and exciting, often through music, which she played for us on her acoustic guitar. Being a very shy child who clung to her mother for the first week or two of 1st grade, Sister Juanita Mary quickly won me over and made my memories of first grade warm and tender.
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.
The decision to become a teacher was never an overt one, rather something I always knew to be certain. Among my earliest memories, playing "teacher" is one of my favorites. Spanning hours, my friends and I would reenact the school day with gusto. My two children used to bicker over who got to be me, and sometimes, a close friend who taught next door. To date, there isn't much that amuses me more than watching children do the very same. And, if I am being honest, it is pretty funny to learn a thing or two from the styles and interpretations of mini teachers.
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.
My third graders are always teaching me and reminding me that I am a lifelong learner. Last year I realized just how special the bond is that we create when we spend almost 7 hours together each day. Though I know that my students thrive on our daily classroom routine, I always think that if I am out for a day, it is a nice little break for them. To my surprise, even if I was out for only a few hours in the morning, my students welcomed me with hugs and screams as if I was a movie star! To feel that kind of love when you enter a room is a treasure. It solidified for me the relationship we have as we grow and learn and share our year together.
4th Grade 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.
As a child, I was fascinated by rocks. Once I reached fourth grade though this interest expanded into gold! Much of my childhood was spent on my grandparents ranch in Ukiah where many afternoons were filled with hours of "panning for gold." A beautiful creek ran the entire length of the ranch, winding up into a canyon at the back of the property. These memories of "staking out my plot", perfecting my technique of swirling sand in a pie pan (most likely secretly "borrowed" from my Grandmothers kitchen) hoping for a speck of gold, have inspired me as I begin planning curriculum and our class overnight adventure! As an adult I still collect rocks; big rocks and small rocks, ones with lines, flecks of pretty color or even just a unique shape. I look forward to sharing my personal interests and curiosity as we study our unique California history, and the gold rush, with the 4th graders!
5th Grade Teacher
BS in Business Administration, California State University, Sacramento
Robin Cordano was raised in a farming community in California's Central Valley and feels right at home in Sonoma. Robin graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Science.
Robin Cordano received her Single Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University.
Robin has taught at Napa Valley College, St. Helena Montessori and Crescent Montessori. She substituted grades K12 for 2 years in the Sonoma Valley School District where she experienced the developmental and cultural span in today's classroom. "As a teacher, my goal is to remove obstacles and present an engaging environment where every child can reveal himself through his work." Robin's greatest strengths are her creative lessons, enthusiasm and organization in the classroom. She is motivated in life and teaching by connecting with people, building relationships and striving to "keep the flame of learning alive."
Outside of the classroom, you can find Robin riding her mountain bike, swimming, and skiing with her two boys.
I entered the 5th grade as a new student because my family moved across town. I spent most of my time at recess playing with the boys and I remember my teacher taking me aside and telling me it was time to settle down and be a polite girl. What's funny is you can still find me running around every morning in the gym with my 5th graders at Presentation.
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.
One of my favorite things about teaching is watching kids learn something new. At first a child may struggle with a new concept or idea, however there is a magic moment when their face will light up with understanding and excitement as the unfamiliar becomes the understood.
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.
One of the reasons I love to teach seventh grade is that the students know themselves and have strong interests and passions that follow them into the classroom. A few times during the year, I give a group assignment, along with specific learning targets or guiding questions. I then let the group decide how to present their information to the class. I will never forget the first time I gave this option to my class.
The variety of presentations was amazing. One group did a Slide Presentation, one group put together a rap, another created a picture book. But the group I remember most is one that put on a play, complete with script, props and costumes. I was able to sit back and admire the passion, joy and skill the students displayed. I laughed with the class and lost myself in their performance. These are the moments I teach for, and a huge reason I am at The Presentation School.
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.
Every spring I get the opportunity to take the 8th grade class across the country to Washington D.C. This is a week long trip with long, exhausting days that I spend with the students. I love this trip, not just for the academic, hands-on education that it provides the students, but because it allows me to see the students outside of the classroom and outside of their comfort zones. Every year, after the trip, I feel like I know my students on a different level. And they know me on a different level too. The trip not only builds learning, but relationships too!
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."
One of my favorite memories of school now and when I was a student, is the feeling of the first few days of school. The smells of new bark, clean classrooms, fresh lockers, and the excitement that accompanies it. The feeling of being a student or teacher at the beginning of school is one of excitement, nerves, wonder, and promise, and this feeling is one that I look forward to each year. There is such incredible promise in a new year, and the exciting buzz on campus is one of my absolute favorite memories, and favorite things about teaching.
MBA Stanford University
M.A. in Teaching, National Louis University, Chicago
BS in Business, University of Arizona
An integral member of our STEM Team at The Presentation School, Mary works with math, science and technology for our middle school students. Her goal is to ensure her students are engaged and confident problem solvers across the STEM curriculum.
Mary received her Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University in Chicago. Prior to joining the education world, she earned her MBA from Stanford University and spent ten years as a business consultant in Australia, England and the U.S.
Mary and her husband Paul have four children and have lived in Sonoma since 2007. Much to their surprise, they have become hobby farmers, raising chickens and producing olive oil. Outside of work, Mary loves to practice yoga and travel.
I was a decent, but not overly enthusiastic, math student in middle school. That is, until I met my 8th grade Algebra teacher, Mr. M. He taught us all the usual things, but also added these crazy stories about how different mathematicians solved “unsolvable” problems and all the incredible trouble they got into for their original thinking. He made math come alive and really sparked my interest in the subject. All these years later, I try to incorporate his approach into my math teaching!
STEM and Technology
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.
I love ketchup. I attended a Catholic School for Kindergarten. The nuns couldn’t get me to eat much lunch. It caused a stir in the lunchroom, but I absolutely refused. My mom got called in to talk with the head nun. When the nuns complained I refused to eat, my mom discovered it was because I was only allowed one packet of ketchup from the kitchen. They felt more was a waste and indulgence. The next day, I opened my lunchbox and had my own bottle of ketchup. Problem solved!
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!
Years ago when I was about 10 years old, at that time I did not know the reason, I liked to play having a little suitcase ready with clothes. My mother called me "the traveling little ant," an Argentine children's story. I think that, after my travels between Argentina and Italy, I already knew what my destiny would be .....
Art Teacher, 2-8
BFA, Massachusetts University of Art, Boston
Rosemary is a fine artist, teacher and art docent. She received a BFA from Massachusetts University of Art in Boston and studied at Philadelphia College of Art.
As a teaching artist for the A.R.T.S. (Art Rewards the Student) program, Rosemary has taught art at numerous elementary schools in Sonoma Valley. She introduced this program to Presentation 5th graders eight years ago and has since developed it into a core arts program at the school. This year we will include the 4th grade into the A.R.T.S. program and now, both 4th & 5th grades will exhibit their work at the SVMA in a spring student show.
Rosemary joined the Presentation School faculty 4 years ago, after serving as an art docent volunteer since the new campus opened. She is trained in VTS, (Visual Thinking Strategy). Rosemary’s vision is to build an art department that educates the students on classic masters and contemporary artists through active exploration of their techniques and visits to museums in Sonoma and San Francisco.
Rosemary and her husband Kevin have lived in Sonoma for 25 years and have been actively involved in arts and education philanthropy in the community. Rosemary served on the board of the Sonoma Valley Film Festival and is currently a board member and teaching artist at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Their daughter Hannah is a proud graduate of the Presentation School and a student at Sonoma Academy.
A fond and vivid memory back in 2006, teaching the first kindergarden (class of 2015) art in the kinder room, here at the new campus. We were studying Rembrandt, and we made 23 red velvet Rembrandt hats for the darling kinders to paint in, complete with giant white peacock feather pluming from each hat. Costumes while creating! Those sweet artists wore their hats while we painted on the tiny desks, they looked so brilliant like in a period movie, dressed for the part. I remember Hannah & Eva and Tessa and Skylar with the white blonde baby curls spilling from the hat, and the feathers moving like baby turkeys, flitting about, like feather pens, busy writing as the children moved and chatted and created their art!
Performing Arts Teacher, K-8
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.
I have always loved Disneyland (still do!); the diversity and talent of the musicians always fascinated me. As a child, when the pianist at Carnation Plaza let me play a ragtime song I knew (AT DISNEYLAND! :) - I knew music would be my great passion in life (even before great food, and wine, and - well, Disneyland).
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.
I have been coaching little league baseball since my 8th grader Dominic was in 1st grade. One of the best moments of my coaching career thus far was this year when my AAA Team The Rangers, (which included two of my sons Daniel and Mason), went undefeated in the post-season to win the league championship and go on to The District 53 Tournament of Champions. This same season my son Dominic's Majors team the Falcons went undefeated the entire regular season, 21 games! As a coach what I look forward to the most every season is being part of the development and growth of my players, whether we win or lose. And an extra bonus is getting to watch my three sons play baseball on the same fields I grew up playing on.
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.
School can be a rewarding and challenging experience for our students. At times, social/emotional issues may affect your child's performance in school. Therefore, we have Sarah Hartnett, a licensed MFT, as our counselor who is available for individual and/or group counseling services. Your children with get to know Sarah as she also visits all of the classrooms twice a month to teach lessons on empathy, which help students navigate social issues that may arise among their peers. Several areas will be discussed, including, but not limited to: navigating social media, teaching mindfulness, and developing mental muscle which enables students to think realistically, manage their emotions and take positive action. Sarah will be available to students and staff two days a week. Sarah enjoys skiing, yoga, hiking, and sailing with her family.
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.
I remember my Principal at Manor Heights Elementary School, BJ Rock Jr., would spend the majority of his free time smoking cigarettes in the janitor's closet, with the custodian, Mr. Goforth. We knew Mr. Rock was around if we could smell the smoke in the hallways. He also decorated his office walls with a selection of paddles. I found that the smallest one stung the most. Thank God, times have changed, but a non-smoking custodian would be pretty cool.
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.
Many of my most poignant memories of elementary or middle school are of being in trouble! It kind of tells you the student I was. I remember being in 2nd grade at El Verano School and falling in love with Ms. Jane Moehrke. She was so kind, and patient, and loved each and every student. She was the first teacher I remember smiling when I walked through the door and really seemed pleased I was there. Although never the calm presence of Ms. Moehrke, it's been my goal since 2nd grade to welcome each student everyday with a genuine smile that shows acceptance and true joy they are there!
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.
When I was in 4th grade my teacher announced that there was going to be a poetry-reading contest in the town. Many of the kids were interested and took a flyer. My teacher told me that she thought I was a great public speaker and she would help me find a poem. My poem was The Wreck of the Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; I met with her for week’s afterschool. Going over each verse, looking up each word until I really understand the meaning. This was the first time in my life that I discovered you can read something over and over but without a critical ear to the page, the true meaning might never be understood. After the contest, something changed in me; all of a sudden I got to live in another world. A world of books, plays and poetry. I could sail a raft with Huck and Jim, steal bread with Jean Valjean, and develop my first crush on Mr. Darcy. Every spring, I get to take a group of 20 middle school students into this world; a world from the past, with new cultures, experiences, and characters. We take a script line by line to understand and live in that other world for a few magical months.
Accounting Specialist/Business Office
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.
Personal memory, that is a difficult one....How about what I love to do when I am not working? I love hanging out with my girls, taking the dogs out for their daily runs, hiking and boogie boarding in Hawaii. One of my favorite places is Hapuna Beach on the big island. I could spend all day chasing the next perfect wave. Pretty great way to spend a day!
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.
I've been fortunate to have had several experiences of traveling abroad here and there. Several years ago, I signed up for a program called WWOOF- Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. A friend and I spent the summer in Italy, backpacking from farm to farm, working in exchange for our lodging. I didn't speak Italian and at the time though this hardly seemed like a setback, initially. We had an Italian dictionary, what could go wrong? Our first farm was rural and remote, and our dictionary was about as helpful as the compass my dad (seriously) gave me to use that trip. As a result, I weeded an entire acre of newly planted baby spinach and accidentally freed the prized family hen. We were relieved of our duties early that week, and I happily spent the rest of my time in Florence eating gelato. I still don't speak Italian and my gardening/farm skills are a work in progress.