Susan AdamsHuman Resources Manager
Perhaps Susan was destined for this career: her first job was working after school in the HR department...
Lupe BarraganAssistant to the Head of School
"I love overhearing the kids at the end of the day, sharing how awesome their classes were and how much they like their teachers."
Cassidy BrownSTEM Teacher
"This place is so different from other places I've worked—I love the mutual respect between students and teachers, the willingness to take risks..."
Rebecca BrownChief Operating Officer
"The accounting side of the position can be taught, but understanding the culture of schools is much more important."
Kelly CastañedaDean of Curriculum
Kelly knows a thing or two about design thinking, and not just because she is deeply engaged with current educational theory.
Kevin ChristensenAssociate Director of Ahtletics & Physical Education
Girls Varsity Basketball Coach
Kevin was hesitant to coach high school until...
Alissa CoenenSpanish Teacher
"Our goal in the language department is to create, provide, and encourage the chance for students to use the language learned in the classroom outside in the real world."
Jen CotéTheater Director
Jen believes that theater should make you think about the world and question humanity.
Danielle DelarioSpanish Teacher
Danielle might be found teaching Spanish, leading a yoga class, creating art, spending time with her two sons, or flying through the air on a trapeze.
Darren DuarteDean of Student Life
Darren loves the passing period between classes. He describes it as a "constant feeling of camaraderie."
Caitlin DuffySTEM Teacher
"I love to look up and see my windows and whiteboards full of figures, all the students working, debating, reasoning, and laughing together."
Founding Head of School
Janet still vividly remembers the day she walked into her "office" at Sonoma Academy, little more than the dream of our founding Trustees....
Ellie DwightAssistant Head of School
“SA is a school with genuine trust and affection between students, staff, and parents...”.
Kim EberDirector of Advancement
“I am blown away by the amazing level of respect everyone has for one another...”
Maitane ElorzaWorld Languages Dept. Chair & Spanish Teacher
"There is a deep sense of trust, compassion, and respect in the SA community."
Rodney FierceHumanities Teacher
"I want my students to develop their own voices, to engage with the voices in the text and find similarities. My goal is to get us to see history from different perspectives."
Travis FierceFacilities Technician
Lani FrazerSpeech & Debate Coach
Speech and Debate helps competitors develop critical thinking skills that allow them to grapple with and advocate for complex topics.
Sean FreeseDirector of Technology
Sean employs a philosophy that goes far beyond practical instruction, encouraging students to take a human-centered view of technology...
Rachel Glitz, JDAnnual Fund & Alumni Relations Manager
The best part of my job is all the crackerjack people I get to work with—so smart, so kind, and so welcoming.
Drew Gloger, JDHumanities Dept. Chair & Teacher; Honor Dean
I didn’t want to be pigeonholed as an English or History teacher. I wanted that real spectrum of all sorts of things...
Les GoodmanHead Chef, Flik Dining
Rebecca GordonSTEM Teacher
Both students and staff are able to have a lot of autonomy. I also really appreciate that I have chances here to show others about what I know, beyond math.
Amber GreerSTEM Teacher
Math and Art are my yin-yang balance. I guess the lesson is that you're allowed to change your mind. My college major and my graduate degree are very different...
Kerry HanlonHumanities Teacher
"At SA, I can teach material that I'm actually excited about, rather than having to manufacture excitement."
Margaux HardyAssociate Director of Advancement
Matthew HartDirector of Facilities
Jenn HuberAccounting Associate
Changa ImaraSTEM Teacher; Tech Help Desk
Changa came to Sonoma Academy after working in programming for years, but teaching wasn’t entirely new to him.
Daniel KarbouskySTEM Teacher
Dan’s favorite class to teach is Calculus because it is the pinnacle of mathematics; it requires students to use everything they have learned...
Kiska KosakowskiExperiential Curriculum Coordinator
"When I came to SA, I realized what schools could be. We take young people’s aspirations and turn them into reality."
Dot KowalDirector of College Counseling
"We give students a lot of freedom, and I think it makes for responsible students who can think for themselves."
Bruce LakovicShop Steward
“I love introducing kids to the process of imagining, planning, and problem solving.”
Tricia found her way to us after spending years managing finances for large companies. "Our small but mighty team is a change!”
David MahlakuA/V Technician
"I didn’t know that a high school experience like this existed. Students here are given freedom to explore, and it’s okay to make mistakes. I love that!"
Megan MaloneCommunications Associate
"Community Meeting is often an almost spiritual experience. We all come together to laugh, cry, applaud, and be inspired."
Kristy MarksburyAdministrative Support
"Our students are just so inspiring. It's amazing to see how much they grow during their time here."
Luc MartinAssociate Director of Admissions, Director of Summer Programs, Boys Basketball Head Coach
The story of Luc finding his way to us is almost like a fairy tale....
Michele MartinLibrarian; Director of Information Science
Michele’s career path wound through some unexpected places on the way to the library.
Carolyn McAleavyDirector of Counseling
When asked how her degrees in geology and counseling relate, Carolyn says "it's simply an interest in understanding why things are the way they are.”
Laila McClayHumanities Teacher
“There is nothing more rewarding in education than seeing the ‘light bulb’ turn on in the middle of a lesson.”
Amanda McFaddenMusic Director
Amanda has been teaching music for her entire professional life. She holds a teaching credential in music education...
Oona McKnightDirector of Academic Services; Registrar
Oona taught everything from Pre-Calc to AP Statistics, as well as Intro to Engineering, Applied Math, and Chemistry...
Cassandra McNallyFront Office & Attendance Coordinator
“I love to see how well the school is working for our students, and how our mission permeates everything we do.”
Colin grew up in a big family—the youngest of four boys. Every two to three years, his family took on new adventures and moved to different cities around the world...
Nancy Metzger-CarterGarden Educator & Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator
"We're encouraged to be bold, think big, and teach from the heart.”
Eric MoesSTEM & Visual Arts Teacher
“Teaching is the hardest job, but it’s also the most rewarding. It’s 90 percent planning and 100 percent improv!”
Marco MorroneHumanities Teacher
Using a system called “Disco Writing,” Marco helps students get their ideas down in notebooks to then develop them into essays....
Jamie MurrayHumanities Teacher
“Every new teacher who has stepped in has interpreted Humanities in their own way. It feels like a living, breathing entity, always adapting.”
Ramsey MusallamSTEM Teacher, Director of Summer Programs, Robotics Coach
"I am constantly amazed by how respectful, insightful and curious SA students are in all areas of community life."
Spencer NilsenDigital Media CoordinatorAfter running his own music production company for several years, Spencer pivoted into education...
Nichelle PassanisiAssociate Director of College Counseling
"Being a tiny piece of these students’ futures is very fulfilling."
Margie PughDirector of Student Support
"No one can predict where your potential will take you."
Mike RaudenbushFacilities Technician
Daniel ReiterMusic Teacher
From learning to play the drums as a child, to guitar, bass and keyboard as a teenager, Daniel has had a lifelong passion for music...
Educated first at the Sorbonne and the British Institute in Paris, then at Oxford for English and American Literature, Florence joined us as a French teacher in 2004.
Brandon SparsHumanities Teacher Brandon is our resident storyteller, and many of his stories first took shape in our classrooms as he taught about the places where he has lived and loved...
Irma SparsAcademic Services Associate
Beyond her administrative work, Irma is one of those staffulty who shares her interests and hobbies with the student community.
Sandy Stack, PhDDirector of Enrollment, Financial Aid, & Institutional Research
"I am inspired by our students..."
Jim SweeneySTEM Teacher
Jim's Applied Math students do interdisciplinary projects to gain insight into how mathematics affects their everyday lives.
Lily ThompsonDirector of Marketing & Communications
"The teenage mind is sharp, curious, questioning, and ready to engage with challenging concepts and ideas, and yet also fresh, new..."
Roy VegaAdmissions Associate
"What sets us apart from other schools is the people here; there are so many talented students and teachers."
Pam VincentMandarin Teacher
"I love the entire day! Especially teaching my fun and creative students."
Suzanna WashHumanities Teacher
Suzanna is always on the move: between campuses, between countries, and on the dance floor...
Ashley WolfeAdvancement Associate
"SA is special, because it really encourages the growth of the whole person."
Lin YeuSTEM Teacher
Lin loves to travel (she’s been to 28 countries and counting) and she is a fierce competitor on the volleyball court....
Hillary YoungloveArt Department Chair & Teacher
"...the arts are embraced here in a way that allows each student—and the community as a whole—to creatively evolve and try new things.”
Lisa Zavieh, PhDSTEM Dept. Chair & teacher
Lisa’s career has prepared her to teach many things: physics, engineering, mathematics, karate, and figure skating...
Chris ZiemerDirector of Athletics & PE; Girls Soccer Head Coach
"There is nothing I look forward to more tthan being on the field, coaching..."