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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Stephanie Kendall
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1st Grade Teacher
BA in liberal studies elementary education/emphasis in Child Development, Humboldt State University

Stephanie was born and raised in Eureka, California. She has been a regular visitor to Sonoma for the last 3 years and is happy to now call it home! She loves the small-town community and is excited to be a part of The Presentation School family.

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Teresa Caselli
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2nd 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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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
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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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Jamie Mitchell
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5th 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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Keefe Durgin
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6th Grade Teacher

Keefe was born and raised in rural New England to parents who were both independent school educators. With an additional two uncles and an aunt being teachers, his family gatherings served as his initial inspiration to join the educator’s community. Following his family’s move to California at age 17, Keefe attended the University of California, Santa Cruz and has made the Bay Area his home ever since.

After graduating, he worked in the organic foods industry for eight years before making the transition to an environmental education nonprofit. It was when he began leading students on extended outdoor education trips to the High Sierras and Mojave Desert that his desire to become a teacher really took root. To follow that calling, Keefe completed the teacher preparation program at Dominican University and spent a year student-teaching at Miwok Valley elementary school in Petaluma. Keefe also worked as a counselor for nature therapy programs aimed at helping at-risk children.

Keefe enjoys extended backpacking trips in wilderness areas throughout the country and hopes to inspire students to learn and grow by connecting them to the greater natural and human community that surrounds them.

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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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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
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Fine Art Teacher, 1-8
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.

She has worked as an accompanist and Music Director at dozens of theaters, including SRT, The Mountain Play, and CCMT. Currently, she is the Director of the Marin Symphony Children's Chorus. 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.

In 2003 they relocated to Shasta County where their three sons were born. In 2012 they moved back to Sonoma. Her oldest son Dominic graduated from Presentation in 2018 with Academic Excellence, received the President's Award for Academic Excellence, and the STEM scholarship to Justin-Siena High School. He is currently a freshman at Justin-Siena, is in the engineering program, and plays on the JV baseball team. Her other sons, Daniel, 6th grade, and Mason 3rd grade, both attend The Presentation School, play soccer and baseball for the Sonoma Little League Falcons.

Kelly enjoys playing and coaching sports; both kids at school or her sons on the baseball field, hiking, cooking, gardening, exercising, snowboarding, reading, and spending time with her big Italian family.

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Sarah Tasker
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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.

Additionally, Sarah goes into each classroom 1-2 times per month and teaches lessons on mindfulness and empathy.

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Reiley Obedin
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Teaching Associate
BS in Human Development and Family Studies / Minor in Elementary Education, University of Rhode Island

Reiley was born and raised in Burlingame, California. Her family moved to Sonoma in 2015 and she instantly fell in love with Sonoma County. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Education. During her college career, Reiley worked in multiple grades in classrooms throughout the state of Rhode Island. Her passion has always been to teach and teaching runs in her family.

Last year, Reiley had an active role with us at Presentation through her substitute teaching. She is now well known to many students and parents alike. Reiley believes in creating a learning environment where students strive to reach their full potential and their own unique learning styles. She aims to bring consistency, diligence and warmth to the classroom in a fun and inspiring way. As a recent graduate, she shares fresh ideas from her East Coast experience to integrate with our existing philosophies and guiding principles.

Reiley played Varsity Women’s Lacrosse and Basketball in high school and has coached at the elementary school level. She looks forward to being involved in elementary athletics and is a huge Golden State Warriors fan! She enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

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Kailee Silacci
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Teaching Intern

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Jessica Kepley
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Teaching Intern

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Administrative Staff

Jacqueline Gallo
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Head of School
University of Cambridge, PhD Candidate in Anthropology of Education
University of Oxford, Master of Science in Education
Mercy College, Master of Science in Elementary Education
University of Missouri, Bachelor of Arts

A midwestern native, Jackie is excited to begin this next chapter of her life in Sonoma and at The Presentation School. After nearly a decade abroad working and living in Italy, the UK, Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria, Jackie is energized to lead The Presentation School community and strives to fully embody our values as a mission-based school community.

Outside of school, you might find Jackie exploring Sonoma’s wineries and local businesses. She loves to play soccer, tennis, practice photography, and globe trot around the world.

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Shanna Rodgers
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Business Officer
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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Director of Enrollment Management and Marketing
BA in Art History, Wheaton College

Emma grew up in New England and has spent the last decade living here in Sonoma with her husband and two young children. Before coming to Presentation, Emma spent time working with at risk youth with a focus on trauma informed care and rehabilitation. She is certified in TIC (Trauma Informed Care) as well as CBI (Collaborative Based Interventions) school/community based practices. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time in administration at Presentation and getting to know the students and their families.

Outside of school, you can find Emma at Dillon Beach with her family, baking in her kitchen, or on the couch trying to “perfect” another cord on her acoustic guitar which she purchased on a whim during the stay at home order last spring.

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Meaghan Hengehold
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Office Manager & Registrar
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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