List of 48 frequently asked questions.

  • Iliza Abbe

    Lower School Drama

    Iliza Abbe is the new Lower School theater teacher. Since 2002 she has served as the Director of Miss Tilly's Theater Arts division. Iliza trained with ACT Young Conservatory and with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and has worked as a first grade and preschool teacher. Iliza studied English at the University of California, Los Angeles where she also served as a peer writing tutor. She is the parent of three Town alumni, Jamie Gates '11, Mac Gates '14 and Sedge Gates '09, as well as current student Huck Hooper '24.
  • Sophia Abrams

    Third Grade Resident Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I have been working as a preschool teacher for the past couple of years and love spending my days working with children. It has long been an interest of mine to teach elementary school and I like the mentoring opportunity that the New Teacher Institute at Town provides. 

    What keeps you at Town?
    I grew up in San Francisco and am so excited by the chance to get to give back to the city where I was raised by teaching and guiding the boys that are growing up here as well. The school has an amazing feeling of community and the staff are all welcoming and supportive.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I enjoy spending my free time baking and learning old family recipes, and I love to do DIY crafts. 
  • Neri Acosta

    Maintenance and Security

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I was working with the Loss Prevention Group and they assigned me to Town School for Boys because I was the most qualified security officer due to my experience. After completing a year of service at Town through LPG, the school offered me the opportunity to be a full time school employee, an offer I could not refuse!

    What keeps you at Town?
    Though I retired from both AT&T Inc. and the U.S. Air Force, I wanted to keep working and be busy at all time. I really enjoy my job  and everyone in the school community is so nice.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I'm easy to get along with and always have a smile on my face!
  • Nicole Agostinelli

    Payroll & Benefits Manager

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I've worked in the music and clothing industries as well as in interior design. I'm a curious person and I love to work and learn in different environments. A school seemed like a perfect place for a curious person!

     
    What keeps you at Town? 
    Town has a wonderful community and a lovely environment to work in. I hope to be here for a while!

     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know? 
    I love to make things! I make all my own organic lotions, lip balms and scents. I'm always looking for new craft projects.
  • Julie Alonso

    Librarian

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I started working at Town School as a part-time library assistant while I was in graduate school. I feel lucky to have been hired as Librarian a year later after obtaining my MLIS degree.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I love being a part of a community where I get to work with the boys across grade-levels, learn their interests, and continue to support their love of reading as they get older.  I also really enjoy working with my colleagues and supporting curriculum, research, and literacy. Plus, working with Kim is super fun.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I took a career aptitude test in high school and was told I should become a librarian. I scoffed and ignored the advice until ten years after undergrad. Turns out, it really is the perfect job for me!
  • Roger Arevalo

    Physical Education

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    Soccer has been the catapult for me to find opportunities in my educational career.  In 2004 I was coaching a soccer team comprised of Town school families.  When a Physical Education teacher's position opened up at Town, a parent  insisted that I apply as he felt I would be a good match for the school.  I got the job and have been teaching and coaching at Town for ten years.  

    What keeps you at Town?
    There are many reasons I choose to stay at Town School. The students are amazing and always keep me on my toes. They are creative, full of energy and love coming to Town. My two sons, Roger ‘18 and Fernando ‘23, attended or attend Town. They have received a great education and developed lifelong friendships.  I am also lucky to have the best coworkers I could possibly have!  In addition, there are so many wonderful families at Town School who really appreciate the work I do.   

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    When I interviewed with Brewster, he told me something that I will never forget because it has become a reality.  He said, "Roger, when you walk into Town School every morning, I want you to feel like this is a great place to work."  Up until this day, I feel like Town School is for me the best work place!  
  • Gregory Beaudoin

    After School Program Lead Teacher

    Gregory Beaudoin is the Extended Day Program lead teacher. Gregory holds a BS in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has worked as the Dean of Students and Instruction at the John Henry High School and Richmond Charter Academy in Richmond, California, and as a student support specialist at Prospect Hill Charter Academy. Gregory coaches AAU basketball at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco.
  • Corbyn Berryman

    History 7/8

    Corbyn Berryman is the seventh and eighth grade history teacher. Corbyn graduated from the University of Redlands where he earned a BA in Creative Writing. He also earned an MA from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. Previously, Corbyn taught middle and high school history at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy in Arizona.
  • William Bocheff

    Woodworking

    What brought you to Town School or to educational institution?
    My house was the house everyone came to fix your bike or work on projects. I have always been a teacher, and teaching woodworking was the highest paying job on the job board when I was in college. It helped put me through school.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The high quality of the people I get to work with. This is my 27th year, and I still like teaching.

    What is something about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I am pretty sure I was dog in a former life.
  • Jessica Boualavong

    Lower School STEM and Technology Integration

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    My journey as an educator began after my first year in college as a pre-med student. That summer I worked as a head counselor for 400 girls scouts. The theme for the summer was ‘Girls play in the dirt’. I had an amazing time teaching and working with children. After that incredible summer I saw teaching at the bridge that connected my love of science with my love of making things. I couldn’t imagine not being surrounded by fun kids (and turtles).

    What keeps you at Town?
    There is an electric atmosphere of collaboration between the teachers here at Town, enabling greater connections between disciplines.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    My mom kept my kindergarten ‘Hopes and Dreams’ poster, which listed my goals of running away from home, joining the circus and training tigers. While I didn’t end up running away from home, I am ironically teaching Town tigers.
  • Kiko Breiz

    Maintenance and Security

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I was working at an AV company that went out of business. I was looking for work and Nelson Mena needed some help. I started out part time for a few months and a few months became nine years.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The people, the staff, and my son who is in first grade.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I have run a comedy show for the last ten years at a few different rooms in San Francisco. I have five brothers, two sisters, twenty two nieces and nephews, and and three grand nephews and three grand nieces.
  • Aaron Brill

    Director of Technology Integration and Engineering

    Aaron J. Brill comes to Town as the Director of Technology Integration and Engineering Thinking. He has a Master of Arts in Digital Media and Learning from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Aaron has served as the Technology Integrator at San Francisco Day School, where he also worked as a soccer coach, 5/6 Math teacher, and Outdoor Education coordinator. Aaron is a Wilderness First Responder.
  • Maddie Cargas

    Associate Director of Events

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I've worked in nonprofit institutions for years and have been drawn to education more recently. Town has an incredible reputation as an educational institution, as a community, and an employer. I knew I had to apply as soon as I saw an opening, and I'm really enjoying my time here.
     
    What keeps you at Town?
    Everyone has been so kind, welcoming, and organized. The delicious meals in the lunch room don't hurt either!
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I have a one-eyed cat named Ziggy and we are big soccer fans. We watch every single World Cup game together.
  • Elle Casey

    Second Grade Resident Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
     
    I love the passion and energy that is found within the classroom; helping students learn and grow throughout the year is what inspires me to teach. I was drawn to the way Town creates an energetic and engaging environment throughout the whole school, therefore creating a cohesive community. I look forward to embarking on my teaching career with the support of a mentor teacher, and I am excited to be able to do this at Town! 
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?

    I have lived all over the place; I was born in Northern California, spent my childhood in Austin, moved to England for middle school, and finally attended high school in San Francisco. In addition to teaching, I am an artist. I primarily focus on printmaking and watercoloring. 
  • Chris Ceci-MacGillis

    Stem 5/6 Head Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I have always had an appreciation and passion for the natural world and developing this curiosity in children. My first interaction with Town was when I worked at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito in their education department. The Town School second graders came and they were so curious and engaged and enthusiastic that I thought to myself, “I want to work at Town!”

    What keeps you at Town?
    The inspiring and smart people that I work with keep me here. Creativity and growth are the hallmark of Town School’s faculty.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I love to work with my hands. I sew, knit, felt, work with clay, and garden. I especially love when visual arts merge with science and nature.
  • Ruben Cerda

    Head of Security & Building Maintenance

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I wanted to be a part of my community and I wanted my work to benefit a greater good. I love what I do and I wanted to make a bigger impact with my years of experience.
     
    What keeps you at Town? 
    The children and the Town School family. How can you not love walking into work every morning, seeing our future, knowing that whatever you do today will impact them tomorrow? It is a great responsibility but an honor to be a part of it.
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I served 10 years in the Marine Corps, but I'm terrified of spiders.
  • Aidan Coffino '04

    Fourth Grade Head Teacher

    Aidan Coffino, Town alumnus '04, joins Town as a Fourth Grade Lead Teacher. Aidan has an MA. in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Pacific, and a B.A. in Sociology from Willamette University with a minor in American Ethnic Studies. Aidan has worked at Marin Country Day as a Fourth Grade Lead Teacher and as a Musical Production Stage Manager. He has coached basketball at schools including Town, Urban, Lick Wilmerding. Aidan volunteers at San Quentin in the Prison Sports Ministry Program.
  • Danny Cole

    Fourth Grade Resident Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I worked at a public elementary school for two years while attending NYU. I worked as a teacher's assistant and spent most of my time there working with English Language Learners. The time I spent with them was incredibly rewarding, as I was able to notice their progress each and every week. I realized that this phenomenon was not exclusive to English language learners and that I could adapt this experience to teaching at Town School.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The community that Town has created has drawn me in. It is easily evident that a great deal of attention is paid to each and every student and that the school is dedicated to constantly growing and improving. Many schools do not have such a strong commitment to progress.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know? 
    I attended Town for nine years! I graduated in 2009 and believe that I have a unique perspective on how students progress through the different phases of Town School education.
  • Michael Conte

    Math 7/8

    What brings you to Town or to an educational institution? 
    Town brings me back to my roots in teaching students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help middle school boys learn how to be leaders for a whole school.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I am an Assistant Director at a boys' sleep away camp in Maine! There, we have the same mission and values of Town. I also love being able to live on both coasts during the year!
  • Jackie Cvar

    Spanish 7/8


    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I love to open up a bigger world to my students so they not only learn a new language, but also see how things can work in ways they never imagined.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The students, staff and faculty keep me here, along with the fact that it’s fun, and creative, and I am constantly learning to be a better teacher.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I am originally from Uruguay, and I have lived and worked in many countries including Costa Rica, France, Spain, Martinique and Madagascar. I love international dancing, zydeco, cajun, and contra dancing, kayaking and hiking.
  • James de Carion

    Lit Writer 7/8

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    The New Teacher Institute. I heard about it while on a backcountry ski trip in Tahoe. I had been working with pre-adjudicated and adjudicated youth for a number of years in Wyoming and was looking for a way to transition back home to the the Bay Area and into education. 
     
    What keeps you at Town?
    The freedom to explore and grow with my students and colleagues. Learning how to analyze and write well are the most important academic skills I can imagine teaching.
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I like to dance.
  • Javin deMello-Folsom

    STEM 7/8 Resident Teacher

    Javin deMello-Folsom, STEM Resident Teacher, BA in Biology from Reed College, has worked as a Lead Science teacher in the Reed College Science Outreach Program and has worked as a Counselor and Tutor in the Upward Bound Program at Boston University.
  • Thomas De Tore

    Upper School Music

    What brought me to Town or to an educational institution.
    I've always wanted to teach and I've always loved San Francisco.  It's been a great match.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The students and their families keep me at Town. There is a motivation to learn, succeed and move forward that is a positive force on this school.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    There is probably not one classic rock band that I haven't seen in concert. I can cook! Mahler's Resurrection Symphony is the only piece of music that moves me to tears. I take adult Italian classes here in SF. Ciao bella!
  • Rachel Dionne

    Second Grade Head Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    A desire to create a lasting impact on the world brought me to Town. I decided to follow my instincts and the lineage of teachers in my family to become a teacher myself. I began my teaching career as an intern at Town and the passion that I observed from the fellow teachers has kept me here ever since.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The energy of the boys keeps me young! I love supporting the learning of boys and their specific needs. The sense of community and the respect among colleagues at Town is truly special. I appreciate how closely the families work with the teachers in support of their son’s education.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I have a passion for music. I play guitar and sing, both for the boys and in a band outside of school. You can sometimes find me tearing it up at karaoke night!
  • Jennifer DiStefano

    Development Associate

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    Luck! I was looking to move back to the Bay Area from Chicago, and was interested in re-shifting my career from the legal world into youth education. I applied to Town on a whim, knowing that it was a competitive school for employment. Fortunately, I was offered a position and have enjoyed every day here.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The ability to work in a supportive community alongside people who mentor me and help me grow professionally and socially. Working in a single gender school has given me much joy and is very rewarding. I also really appreciate Town’s involvement in the community, as it aligns with my own personal values.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I played D1 softball in college. I am a fan of all old-school hip hop music. I was class president from 6th through 12th grades and student body president in  8th and 12th grades!
  • Nancy Doty

    Chief Financial Officer

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    The last company I worked for moved their headquarters to Miami and I really wasn’t going to move there!  Three of my friends who had connections to Town told me I should apply for the Business Manager job opening - proof that networking really works and it was the best career decision I ever made!

    What keeps you at Town?
    This is the first place I ever worked where everyone seems really happy to be. My job has continued to change and expand over time which keeps me challenged.  And, I have an awesome team to work with.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    My husband and I renovated a historic downtown apartment hotel many years ago and it instilled a love of buildings in me.
  • Nicole Doumeng

    Second Grade Resident Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I spent the past two years working with a reading intervention program in an elementary school, and I knew I wanted to get closer to the classroom and to have more time with students. The New Teacher Institute really pulled me to Town because of the layers of support that are available to resident teachers. I am so happy to be a part of the Town community!   

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I was born and raised in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Growing up in the Caribbean means I love warm weather and days at the beach. I love living near the water in San Francisco, but it's not quite the same at the beaches here because I think the water here is freezing!  
  • Lorri Hamilton Durbin

    Head of School
  • Brett Elebash

    Reading Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    When I was a little girl I had an imaginary school and read books to all of my imaginary friends. That practice lay dormant as I grew older, until after working in a bank for 2 years I realized I wanted to teach and work with children. I have a lot of energy and am more of a kinesthetic and visual learner. Being in an all boys school nourishes my passion of being curious about the world in which we live and exploring it through inquiry and experiential learning.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I love the collegiality, and I love working with the perspectives and personalities  of everyone. Each boy, each faculty member, and each parent brings out something different in me.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I love being in nature and have been a beekeeper, an entomologist, ornithologist, and herpetologist.
  • Marc Fiorillo

    Lower School Learning Specialist

    Maric Fiorillo worked as a fourth grade head teacher at Town prior to becoming the Lower School learning specialist. Marc has a New York state teaching certificate in Childhood Education and another for Students with Disabilities. He has an MS in Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College New York, and a BA in Business Management, with a minor in History, from Siena College in Loudonville, New York.
  • Angela Folger

    Humanities 6 Resident Teacher

    Angela Folger is a graduate of Dominican University, where she majored in history and minored in psychology. She worked as a student teacher with El Dorado Middle School in Concord, California and was a Head Sensory Motor Teacher at the Brain Balance Achievement Center in San Francisco. 
  • Louisine Frelinghuysen

    Kindergarten Head Teacher

    What brought you to Town or an educational institution?
    Growing up I was a person who loved going to school. Even though I initially worked in the magazine industry in New York City, there was a part of me that was always drawn to teaching. Shortly after I moved to San Francisco I was introduced to some Town School families who encouraged me to apply to the New Teacher Institute program.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The people here keep me at Town. I work with a dynamic faculty who inspire and challenge me to grow as an educator. The parent community is also extremely supportive and deeply cares about their boys’ academic and emotional well being. Each boy I teach is a unique little person, and it is so rewarding to play a role in his growth and development.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I cannot snap my fingers.
  • Annie Ganem

    First Grade Head Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    During my senior year of college I taught at a school for children with severe emotional disorders and learning disabilities in Lewiston, Maine. The classroom felt like a natural and comfortable place and my experience in Maine inspired me to pursue a career in teaching.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I stay at Town because of the wonderful, welcoming community. I am inspired by the people I work with and I’ve met many of my best friends here. Town offers so many opportunities for learning and professional growth and I am excited to come to work every day. As a teacher, I’ve been able to witness firsthand the incredible programs the school offers and now I am able experince Town from a parent’s perspective since my son is now in second grade!

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I’ve been skydiving!
  • Curt Goehring

    Director of Athletics

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    Town provides an amazing opportunity to work with young boys and develop character through competition and physical activity.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I love the energy that the boys bring to school each day. In my time in education, I have never experienced the kind of joy for school these boys and families have for Town.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know? 
    I have a very broad range of interests beyond sports. Recently, I taught myself to program in Java and taught AP Computer Science.
  • Bret Goldman

    Physical Education

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I wanted to teach full time in an excellent school with a great sports program, and I wanted to specialize in Elementary Physical Education.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I would not work anywhere else. I can't wait to get to Town everyday and teach. I get to play all day and the boys are quite enthusiastic .I love the other teachers and staff.  The parents are great also. I love that all of the boys in the school have physical education every day.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    When I was younger I ran and juggled 3 balls for the entire length of 3 Bay to Breakers races.   I spent 1 semester of college at NC State and 1 semester in Hilton Head, SC.  So I was able to hit both of the Carolinas during my junior and senior years of college.
  • Jimena Gomez-Lobo

    Math 5/6

    What brought you to Town?
    Initially, I came to Town to cover for a Maternity Leave.  When that person did not return, I jumped at the opportunity to remain part of this dynamic community.

    What keeps you at Town?
    Truly, the community, especially the students and the faculty, keep me here.  The students are naturally curious and eager to learn,  the faculty is warm and interesting, and the opportunities for professional development are fulfilling.  

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    My family is from Chile and I have lived in both Chile and Brazil. I speak three languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese.  I walked the Camino de Santiago by myself!
  • Becca Guindi

    Third Grade Resident Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I have spent the past two years nannying for a Town alumus's family, and he introduced me to the New Teacher Institute. I have always known that I wanted to teach, and I could not have asked for a greater school or program to begin my teaching career.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I am grateful for the opportunity to grow as an educator and coach under incredible mentors. The curiosity and silliness of the boys paired with the uplifting Town community keep me here. 

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know? 
    In college, I had a pet kitten named Moses that was rescued from a Taco Bell drive-thru after being hit by a car. Surprisingly, he did not enjoy crunch-wrap supremes.
  • Maurine Halperin

    Director of Communications

    What brought you to Town School?
    When I first moved to to SF I used to take my toddler son to Alta Plaza Park. Kindergarten teacher Anne Ayers was often there with her class, and after watching her with them I decided I wanted my son to go to Town School.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The people and the fact that every day is wildly different!

    What is something that people don’t know about you?
    I am from Madison Bumgarner’s hometown, Hickory North Carolina! Actually he’s from my hometown.
  • Amela Hardie

    Assistant Director of Development

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I have worked in nonprofits my entire professional career. I got my first job in an educational institution by chance. I really enjoyed working at that school, so when I moved to San Francisco I knew I wanted to work at a local school. Luckily, an opportunity at Town opened up which has been a perfect fit.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The Town School community is truly special, and makes for an environment that people want to be in. It’s hard work and fun at the same time. It is pretty incredible to work with alumni of an elementary school who continue to be engaged and are so supportive of the school long after they graduated.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I am a Foodie and I love country music. I won the spelling bee in 4th grade.
  • Kalea Henry

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Kalea Henry has a BA in Communications from Mississippi State University and a Special Education teaching certificate from the University of Mississippi. Prior to coming to Town she worked as a special education teacher at Kossuth Alternative School in Lafayette, Indiana and at Center Hill Middle School in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
  • Rachel Hollister

    Kindergarten Head Teacher


    What brought you to Town?
    I started out as a parent to three Town boys and was an active volunteer in the Town Community. As my boys got older I decided to return to teaching and began as a long term guest teacher in kindergarten. Meanwhile I was also the head of the Town School Parents’ Association. It was definitely a busy time! When my guest teaching role was over I realized how much I enjoyed being back in the classroom and how much I loved the Town community. I jumped at the opportunity to return as the lead teacher in kindergarten when an opening became available.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The Town Community has always been such a wonderful place for me as a parent and now as a teacher. Teaching kindergarten is amazing and keeps me on my toes. I really feel I have found my permanent calling.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    My husband and I are very handy and we remodeled our house using our own two hands.
  • Courtney Hurley

    Assistant to the CFO and Admissions Associate

    What brought me to Town School?
    I had been working downtown for a commercial real-estate development company and was looking for a change. My longtime friend, Kai Doyle, who was working at Town at the time, knew of a position opening up in the front office and introduced me to Town School. I loved the idea of working at a school and being around the kids.

    What keeps me at Town School? 
    There really are so many reasons. One of the main reasons are the people of this community: my colleagues, the lifelong friends I’ve made, the parents. As a working mom, I have to say the support, the flexibility, and the understanding make it possible for me to work and still feel like I can maintain a balance between my family life with my working mom life.

    What’s something unique that people might not know about me? 
    I staring working here at Town School back in 1998. I left in March of 2006 to raise and spend time with my own three boys. Several years ago when there was a need for addition support in the office, I was thrilled when Nancy Doty called to see if I was interested in returning to Town. 
  • Diane Jackson

    Dolby Family Center for the Performing Arts Tech Manager

    What brought you to Town?
    I was working in theater here in San Francisco and heard that Town was looking for someone to help out with theater technology. I loved what I saw at Town and was happy some years later to be hired as the school’s Drama teacher.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The Town community: the parents, the administration and my colleagues are so supportive. Every single group of boys surprises me and is different.

    What is something unique about you that others don’t know?
    While in Italy on a scholarship to learn Italian and studying commedia dell’ arte mask -making, I swam from town to town on the Amalfi Coast.
  • Megan Janson

    Third Grade Head Teacher
  • Vanessa Jasso

    Art Resident Teacher

    Vanessa Ramirez Jasso, Art Resident Teacher, has a B.A. Educational Studies from Principia College, Elsah, IL, with a Studio Art minor. Native proficiency in Spanish. Vanessa was a collegiate soccer player and has worked as a teaching intern and outdoor education counselor.
  • Brooke Jenkins

    Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I came to Town School through the New Teacher Institute. I knew I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher and during my second year in the NTI a head teacher position opened up. I leapt at the chance. I spent an amazing 13 years as a kindergarten teacher, and while there realized I had a strong interest in and passion for the kindergarten screening process. After a lot of thought, I decided to take a different path and moved into the Director of Admission and Tuition Assistance role.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I have had an amazing time working at Town School because of the strong community. I see how well the faculty and staff work together, how the families have helped create a warm community, and how the boys thrive when everyone is working together.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    One thing people may not know about me is that I love adventure! My most exciting adventure has been cage diving with great white sharks!
  • Katie Johnston

    STEM 5/6 Resident Teacher

    What brought you to Town School?
    I taught in the outdoors for two years and I loved it, but I wanted to build more on lesson planning and rapport with children. I had worked with Town through Naturalists at Large so when I decided to pursue a more institutional setting I was interested in the New Teacher Institute at Town. I am so pleased this group of lovely people has given me the opportunity to grow and expand as an educator.
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I hiked the Camino de Santiago and I am an avid kayaker/rock climber.
     
  • Rebeccah Kilian

    Director of Secondary School Counseling, Latin 7

    What brought you to Town?
    After growing up and working for a number of years on the East Coast, I felt it was time to experience something different. I also wanted to work at a school with student-centered teaching, where students lead by exploring their interests. Town provided this sort of model, so I moved with my partner to San Francisco, excited to explore a new coast.

    What keeps you at Town?
    Because Town is always seeking to better its practice and create a more robust learning and thinking culture among the faculty, whatever I want to explore, Town wants to explore with me.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I am passionate about Harry Potter and YA fiction, especially fantasy novels. I am also an avid backpacker. I started training early as an outdoorswoman with my three brothers and have now spent many summers as a geology field assistant in the Big Horn and Beartooth Mountains of Montana and Wyoming. The Outdoor Education trips at Town are the highlight of my year!

List of 48 frequently asked questions.

  • Dana Kuper

    Upper School Counselor

    Dana M. Kuper, working as the Upper School Learning Specialist, has an M.S.Ed. in Childhood Special Education, Learning Disabilities, from Hunter College, School of Education. She holds teaching certification from New York State in Childhood Education and in Students with Disabilities. Dana graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. She has most recently worked as a Learning Specialist at the Synapse School in Menlo Park, and has worked as a girls’ lacrosse coach, camp counselor, and as volunteer coordinator at Team Roaring Mouse, a Bay Area bicycle racing team.
  • Kari Kussmann

    Spanish 7/8

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I have always loved working with young people, and after a few years as a soccer coach I decided to try out teaching and absolutely loved it. I was drawn to Town because of the demonstrated commitment to foreign language and small class sizes. I was also extremely impressed with all of the colleagues I met and how much everyone seemed to enjoy their job.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I have really loved working with the boys. They are so inquisitive, hard working and fun. Also, I have been so lucky to find a mentor and collaborator in my fellow teacher, Jackie Cvar. I am also grateful for all the support teachers receive from one another and from the Upper School Head.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    Spanish was my most challenging subject in school. It certainly didn't come easily and has required a lot of work and practice to master. It also is one of my proudest accomplishments. I can definitely identify with my struggling students.
  • David Kyle

    Humanities 6 Head Teacher

    What brought you to Town School?
    When I was 15, I taught the Political Science merit badge in Boy Scouts during summer camp. All of the kids earned the badge and I loved it. Right there was the defining moment: I knew I wanted to be a teacher. My soul feels settled in the classroom to this day.  

    What keeps you at Town?
    I have a degree of freedom to pursue what’s best for my students. I can change curriculum to suit the exact needs of my guys. There’s a feeling of respect from the parents and the administration for teachers at Town. I am expected to continue to grow and improve as a teacher, and I really like that. I have to bust my butt to keep up with the passionate professionals around me.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I can juggle flaming torches
    I’ve run the NYC marathon in a tuxedo
    I’ve gotten air on a quad-bike off the dunes of Namibia
    I have shipped over 150,000 books to libraries around the world
    I volunteer in the medical tent at rock concerts to keep my EMT skills sharp
    I’m on the board of Seeds of Learning, a non-profit that does educational work in Nicaragua
  • Lizzy Laidlaw

    Math 5/6

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I love teaching all boys! I started my career at an all-boys school on the East coast, but I always wanted to live in San Francisco, and Town had been a place where I’ve wanted to work since I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to end up at Town because of it’s amazing reputation, its dedication to celebrating boyhood, and its commitment to keeping all decisions centered around how boys best work, learn, and play.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The support teachers receive from parents, the administration, and other faculty is truly incredible. It is such a joy to work at a school where everyone is happy to be; the students come in smiling and the teachers are excited.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    At some point in my life, I’d love to live on a farm. My goal is to have dogs, cats, a mini pig, goats, and chickens!
  • Ivy Lavie

    Upper School Counselor

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I come from a family of teachers. Personally, the school counselor role gives me a sense of purpose that is very satisfying. It is especially rewarding to see students grow over time and gain new skills and understanding.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    Something unique about me people might not otherwise know is that I love honey and I am an aspiring bee keeper.
  • Tammy Leong

    School Receptionist

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    Tyler and Trevor brought me to Town. Since my daughter Niki was at Burke's, Ron and I wanted a school with the same nurturing environment for our sons Tyler and Trevor. The motto for Town at that time was "Kind Kids Count at Town."

    What keeps you at Town?
    The teachers, of course! The Town Community is very engaging, enthusiastic and warm. I knew that I would enjoy every free hour that I had by volunteering at Town.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know? 
    I love doing 3000-piece jigsaw puzzles with my children every summer while listening to Harry Potter.
  • Edgar Liu

    Director of Information Systems & Network

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I started at Town as a summer intern in 2000. I love technology and I love to help people. I joined the Help Desk part-time in 2002 and I greatly enjoyed working within the Town School community.  I became the System Administrator in 2012.  

    What keeps you at Town?
    I really enjoy working with the teachers at Town. It is a very welcoming environment and community. I can explore so many opportunities and interests that I love doing and share these interests and ideas with the community. I have grown both professionally and personally at Town. Now I have both my sons here; they enjoy every day at school learning and making new friends.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I really enjoy extreme sports. I love snowboarding and have been to most of the ski resorts on the west coast. I used to work for Americorps. I served in an underprivileged community in West Oakland.  
  • Jennifer Liu

    Director of New Teacher Institute

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I am originally from the east coast where I taught fourth grade in both public and private school, as well as preschool. Sparked by a curiosity about the San Francisco area, I was excited to find my professional home at Town School teaching fifth grade humanities.

    What keeps you at Town?
    Town’s community of engaging and supportive faculty and staff has helped me become a better educator. As NTI Director, I have a window into the K-8 classrooms, where I get to see the dedication of the faculty firsthand.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I have seen four different stage productions of Les Miserables in four different cities, but never in San Francisco.
  • Reggie Love

    Physical Education
  • Sarah Mabie

    Fourth Grade Resident Teacher

    Sarah Mabie, Lower School Resident Teacher, previously worked as an Associate Teacher in Town’s Extended Day Program. Sarah is currently working on a Master’s degree in Classics from San Francisco State University, and she has a BA in Classics from SF State, and a California state teaching certificate in Latin. She has worked as a cataloguer of photography.
  • Mary Mack

    First Grade Resident Teacher
  • Nick Malick

    Head of the Upper School

    Nichols Malick, Town’s Upper School Head, earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon and a BA in Philosophy from Colby College. Nick is currently working towards a Master of Education in Independent School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. He most recently served as the Dean of Students (Grades 5 - 8) at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito and as the at the Coordinator of Middle School Life (Grades 6 – 8) at Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette. Prior to that Nick was a 7/8 Humanities teacher. Nick is a published fiction writer. “Town’s philosophy of weaving together integrity and empathy with critical thinking and creativity is essential to helping young men discover who they are and how they can be a positive productive force in their world.”
  • Hilary McArthur

    Math 7/8

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I was about to go into Peace Corp in Africa post-college, but ended up working in outdoor education with at-risk and adjudicated youth. I realized I really liked teaching and working with young people.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of the boys and I love helping kids realize that a positive attitude towards math (and life) makes all the difference. I also love seeing the older boys be positive role models for the younger boys in my reading buddies elective, where we partner with younger students at a local public school.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I love to be outdoors backpacking, surfing, kayaking, running, climbing or playing sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer and softball. It doesn’t matter, as long as it is outside!
  • Leigh McMonigle

    Reading

    Leigh McMonigle joins Town as a Reading Teacher. She has worked most recently at St Stephen School and at at St Vincent de Paul School, both in San Francisco, as a First Grade Teacher. Leigh graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and she holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of San Francisco, as well as a CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Leigh has two young children and “uses curriculum planning, differentiated instruction, and professional communication with parents and school resource teachers to maximize academic and social growth for each student and develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of aptitude.”
  • Nelson Mena

    Head of Custodial Services

    What brought you to Town?
    I came here very casually at first. Ms. Dorfler told my mother about a temporary job, and I came here to work for a month to work when Floyd was sick. He was not able to come back so I have kept the position since 1984. I like this kind of work and I always wanted someday to open my own business, which I did in 1988 (Mena Janitorial Service).

    What keeps you at Town?
    For me Town School is part of my family; I feel like a part of the community because of the way everyone treats me.

    What is something about that others would be surprised to know?
    Sometimes I am very childish. I was an accountant in my country (El Salvador), and I never liked mathematics.
  • Rodrigo Monteiro

    Humanities 5 Head Teacher

    Mr. Rodrigo M. Monteiro teaches Fifth Grade Humanities. Rodrigo has a Master’s degree in Education from Bridgeport University and a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in English Literature from Fairfield University. He has been teaching middle school history overseas for 14 years, including at the Colegio Maya, the International School of Guatemala; the International School of Dakar (Senegal); the Ibn Khuldoon National School (Bahrain); and the International College of Beirut (Lebanon). Rodrigo’s interests in schools include debate, student government, music and drama, and he is a native speaker of Spanish. “Rodrigo does not just teach history; he lives it every day, making connections between course content and current events, from pop culture to politics.”
  • Flora Mugambi-Mutunga

    Director of Community Building & Inclusion

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    Growing up in Kenya I relished being around children and their families. I pursued an education that would further cultivate my interest in working with youth. The early days of my career found me working as an early childhood educator and mental health clinician in private and public settings. With an ongoing interest in understanding how embracing diversity in all its forms can be value-adding to individuals, communities and organizations, I was fortunate to become a member of Town School.
     
    What keeps you at Town?
    It is  joyous to be part of an institution where collegiality, collaboration and a genuine love of educating students and learning from one another are apparent and transparent.
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    My daughter and I share a birthday. I was a founding administrator at a local independent school. I enjoy zumba and kick-boxing.
     
  • Carly Nathan

    Fourth Grade Head Teacher

    Carly Nathan, returns to Town as a Fourth Grade Lead Teacher, having recently earned a Master’s degree in Education and a CA Multiple Subjects credential from UC Berkeley. Carly graduated from Pitzer College with a B.A Psychology and Spanish. She has worked as a First Grade Student Teacher at John Muir Elementary School and as a Fourth Grade Student Teacher at Thousand Oaks Elementary School, both in Berkeley. She is a graduate of Town’s New Teacher Institute, where she worked as a Resident Teacher in first and third grades. Carly played soccer at Pitzer and has worked as a soccer and basketball coach.
  • Kary Norton

    Controller

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?

    I have lived my entire life on the East Coast. I was born in New Jersey, attended college in Virginia, and worked in New York City. I was looking for an adventure and a new city, and when my boyfriend moved out to San Francisco that opportunity became a reality. I started looking at independent schools in the area, and after one interview with the school's CFO I knew I had found a new home in Town. That feeling has only solidified as the faculty, staff, and students have filled the building with energy and life.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    As a kid, I went to the Junior Olympics for swimming and was captain of my high school sports teams (Field Hockey, Swimming, Softball). I was a tour guide at my college, Virginia Tech, and needed to build endurance to walk backwards for an hour at a time. I also enjoy long breakfasts, needle pointing, and crosswords.
  • Jaymie Oppenheim

    Lower School Counselor

    What brought you to Town School?
    I was fortunate enough to receive an education in a wonderful and nurturing environment, much like Town School for Boys. The faculty members I learned from and the friends I made have influenced my life in incredibly positive ways. I have always longed to work in a similarly supportive and engaging school setting and I am thrilled to have joined Town's unique community.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I am the middle child of five, with 1 brother and 3 sisters. When we were growing up, our home was action-packed and always full of friends, dogs and and extended family members. To this day, my favorite times of the year are when all of 5 us return home and relive the madness that we experienced as children.
  • Christine Park

    Lit Writer 7/8

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    While working in public relations after college, I began volunteering with an individualized reading support program. I worked with a little girl whose smile and enthusiasm melted my heart. Seeing her gain in confidence and skills was unlike anything I had ever experienced and I was hooked.

    What keeps you at Town? 
    I love the energy and humor of the boys and value the professional and personal relationships I've developed at Town. I also appreciate that I have a degree of freedom to explore new ideas, projects and approaches in the classroom. Town's faculty is always innovating and the boys and my colleagues keep me on my toes!

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know? 
    I'm scared of heights but I love roller coasters and loved skydiving. I refused to eat macaroni and cheese on principle until I was 27. How can cheese come out of a cardboard box?? I enjoy wikihopping.
  • Terrence Paschal

    Dance Instructor

    Terrence Paschal is the K-6th grade dance teacher. A self-taught dancer who later trained in freestyle and improvised movement, Terrence has danced professionally in two companies, Embodiment Project and PUSH Dance. He has toured to New York and Oregon with Embodiment Project. 
  • Kimberly Paton

    Ltin 8, History 7

    What brought you to Town School or to an educational institution?
    I have taught Ancient Greek and Latin in a variety of grades from 3rd-college, and from that experience and my research in graduate school on the benefits of Latin on English literacy, I knew that a K-8 school was where I wanted to be. Town was ideal because of the value that the community places on Latin and their student-centered and inquiry-based approaches. 
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    My love for Classics is all-encompassing. My cat is named Julius Caesar, and my dog is named Penelope. Cicero is my hero. I also regularly investigate the etymology of English words, and I am always learning a new alphabet. 
  • Heidi Perez

    Reading

    What brought you to Town School?
    My son is an alumnus, so that is what first brought me to Town. I started working here because Town gave me the opportunity to teach what I love to children. I also enjoy the fact that I get to work part time.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The boys, the Town community which is like family, and my love for reading and the reading program keep me here.

    What is something unique about you that people may be surprised to know?
    I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I facilitate children's grief groups.
  • Finn Pillsbury '94

    STEM 7/8

    Finn C. Pillsbury is a Town School alumnus, Class of '94. He joins us as a Seventh and Eighth Grade STEM Lead Teacher. Finn has a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Iowa State University and a B.A. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He has most recently worked as a 7th-9th grade Science Teacher at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy in Arizona, and has worked as a Youth Group Leader at churches in Arizona and New Mexico. While completing his Ph.D. Finn used computer simulation models to study climate change in the Southwestern United States.
  • Tiffani Quick

    Director of After School Programs

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution? 
    Since I was a teen, I knew my career would be in the field of youth development. Knowing that I am contributing to the success of the future by helping to shape the youth of today fulfills my life's purpose. After working many years in a coeducational setting, I wanted to get a different experience by working in a single-gender setting.

    What keeps you at Town?  
    Since I am a newbie to Town, I am looking forward to this new venture in my life that will allow me to grow personally and professionally.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?  
    I am the product of a single parent household; my father raised my older brother and me.
  • Edward Roberts

    Director of Development & Alumni

    Edward Roberts has worked as a development professional in a variety of schools include the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut; Northwestern University: Yale University: and George Washington Law School. Edward has a BA in Political Science e from Northwestern and a Master of Divinity from Yale.
  • Maria Roca

    Spanish 5/6

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    My passion to share the Spanish language and culture with middle schoolers brought me to Town.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I have a special interest in an all boys’ school and I love the Bay Area,  where I was originally a student 25 years ago.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I was a professional singer and actress in Buenos Aires. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a reporter and writer for several publications in Buenos Aires, I was awarded a Long Life Membership to the Argentine Society of Writers and Composers for some of my poetry and song writing, and  I had the honor of interviewing the great Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona twice. I am the proud mother of a son named Francisco Leon.
  • Laura Ruppert

    Lower School Music Teacher

    Laura Ruppert has worked at the San Francisco Youth Chorus as the Children's Choir Director at the Episcopal Church of St. Marty the Virgin, and as a Music teacher at Ring Mountain Day School in Mill Valley, where she designed a music curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grade. Laura has a Master of Music from Holy Names University, a Master of Music in Performance from Portland State University, and a BA in Music, also from Portland State University. 
  • Caitlin Shapiro

    First Grade Head Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution? 
    I grew up in San Francisco. The first time I was here was when I was 2 weeks old! (My mother is the Registrar.) I grew up coming to camp at Town School. When I was old enough I taught in Town’s summer camp and coached tennis here.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know? 
    I am an only child and a British citizen!
  • Marie Shapiro

    Registrar

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    When I came to look for my first real job in the U.S. I didn't want to be part of a stuffy corporate environment and I loved the idea of being around children on a daily basis.  I had strong administrative skills as well as training and experience working with children in a residential social care setting. I registered with a recruitment agency and this was the first job they sent me on 29 years ago!!

    What keeps you at Town?  
    What keeps me at Town is the vibrant nature of the school and the variety in my job.  We also have a wonderful community of staff, students and parents.  

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?  
    I love opera and when I was younger I wanted to be an opera singer. 
  • Corbett Simons

    Director of Teaching, Learning & Innovation

    Corbett Simons returns to Town as the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. Corbett has an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Corbett has most recently worked as the Director of Managed Services at Bellwether Technology in New Orleans; prior to that he was the Middle and Upper School Principal at the Metairie Park Country Day School and the Upper School Director at Town School, from 2002-2007.
  • Yan Soe

    Help Desk Analyst

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I started out as Quality Control Inspector in one of the probe card manufacturing companies in Silicon Valley, but I have always been passionate about troubleshooting network and computer issues since college. The amazing IT team at Town has helped me pursue my passion, IT knowledge.
     
    What keeps you at Town?
    We have a very energized and enthusiastic IT team, faculty, and staff, and I find it a great privilege to work with them. I have been working at Town for 10 years, and I am hoping to work with them for many more years.
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    My mom always told me that I have a superhuman sense of smell.
  • Antona Stanley

    Humanities 5 Resident Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    A commitment to education and to the importance of learning is what brings me to Town. In order to be the best teacher, I need to be able to teach all kinds of students. Teaching boys will be a great adventure.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know? 
    For the last two years, I have been teaching fourth grade at Katherine Delmar Burke School for Girls. I spend my summers running a Summer Camp I started in 2015 with a friend. Notes on Nature is a science and writing camp that focuses on local ecology and nature writing. This year we partnered with the Randall Museum for two weeks of camp.
  • Kim Stuart

    Director of Library Services

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I started as a 6th grade teacher for 7 years in public schools. I made a career change to librarian because I always loved organization and research.

    What keeps you at Town?
    My Town School colleagues, especially Julie Alonso, the other librarian! We have a motivated group of people who are high achievers and willing to collaborate.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I am originally from Florida and I take a ballet class.
  • Lawana Sweetland

    Director of Learning Services

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?  
    I have always known that I wanted to work with kids. I started teaching in college and realized I had found my calling. You never know what adventure you will be on from one day to another!

    What keeps you at Town? 
    Town is a unique place where you find people who really care about what they are doing and understand the impact they make on the lives of each of the students and families. I have formed lifelong connections with people I respect and trust. There are great things happening in every nook and cranny of the school.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I wanted to be an actress. I took acting and singing classes as a child. I performed in plays, musicals and sang in a traveling glee club through high school. I secretly use my acting and singing skills when I'm working with kids to make them smile and laugh.
     
  • Leslie Ren Terry

    Upper School Art Teacher, Director of Studio Arts

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I was a working as a ceramic artist and was a new mom. A  good friend of mine, fellow mom and skilled artist, was hired to teach ceramics at Town’s Summer School program. She asked me to look after her daughter during the mornings she taught. She actually knew very little about ceramics, and she used me as her coach. Every afternoon she’d tell me how her lessons went, and I’d give her a new plan for the next day. When her family relocated to Seattle, she recommended me to teach the program the following summer. Six years later, the previous art teacher left Town, and I was offered the school year position of teaching all art classes, grades 1-8.

    What keeps you at Town?
    I love what I do. I love the freedom to create our own unique program. I am blessed to work with wonderful art teachers, and I learn and grow through my interactions with all faculty members. It’s gratifying to witness a boy connecting to a lesson and discovering what it means to be an artist.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I spent some time in Kathmandu, Nepal, running a restaurant/gallery with Nepalese street children.
  • Sierra Trees

    First Grade Resident Teacher

    Sierra Trees, Lower School Resident Teacher and an alumna of Burke’s, has a BA in Art History from Fordham University with a minor in English. Sierra has volunteered at Burke’s as a second grade assistant teacher and worked as a camp counselor.
  • Susan Turner

    Lower School Art

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I grew up in the world of independent schools as the daughter of a school head. In elementary school I developed a passion for art, and pursued that passion all the way through college.  After working in video and film production, I had a brief stint in the wine industry. Soon thereafter, I decided to follow my heart and return to a school community and an atmosphere of learning.

    What keeps you at Town?
    My position in the art department is a dream come true because I get to work with knowledgeable and lovely teachers as well as pursue my passion for art. The best of all is that I can share this passion with boys and the greater Town community.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I am currently taking a ukulele class.
     
  • Hayden Vick

    Kindergarten Resident Teacher

    Hayden Vick has a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a minor in Education. Hayden has worked as a camp counselor and as a classroom volunteer in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
  • Emily-Jean (EJ) Wagner

    Thihrd Grade Head Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    Growing up, I knew that teaching was the career for me. Being surrounded by young minds, passionate educators, and amazing families is, to me, one of the best things in the world. Town offers all of this and more!
     
    What keeps you at Town?
    After moving to San Francisco, I was eager to find a school that promotes the learning styles and needs of students, is committed to continual growth, and supports its entire community in meaningful ways. One of my passions is teaching mindfulness and character development to children in simple and effective ways. When I discovered Town, I knew this was the school I had been looking for!
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?  
    I have lived in all three states that begin with the letter “C”! Can you name them? 
  • Sarah Wagner

    Second Grade Head Teacher

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    While working in television production, I began volunteering with a local nonprofit focusing on enriching young lives. I realized I looked forward to my time with the students on the weekends far more than my days in the office. At that point, I decided to pursue a career in education and began working toward my Master's at University of San Francisco and also became a member of the New Teacher Institute at Town School. My experience in NTI solidified my decision to become an educator. I also realized how much I love the Town School community; I have learned so much from my colleagues and the amazing community.
     
    What keeps you at Town?
    I feel continually supported by my colleagues and the entire community. I continually feel inspired by the people I work with and love the amazing professional growth opportunities the school encourages. I look forward to coming to work each day knowing that I get to work with curious, engaged students. It is truly impossible to have a bad day once the boys enter the classroom. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious. 
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    I am left handed and always looking for strategies to help my little left handed students improve their handwriting!
  • Rollie Warner

    Economics

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    My scouting experience with boys in Sea Scouting and Boy Scouting got me interested in teaching, and I thought I might have the most impact working with 12-14 year olds.
     
    What keeps you at Town? 
    As long as I can grow professionally, I can partake of the culture of the school. Except for a five-year stint at Branson School as Principal of their boys' school, that idea has worked well for me.
     
    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?
    The Navy assigned me to work with the French Foreign Legion in Tourane Bay (Danang) in French Indo-China during Operation Passage to Freedom in 1954.
  • Jennifer Warren

    Head of Lower School

    What brought you to Town or to an educational institution?
    I look forward to working with children every day. I enjoy building relationships with them and understanding what they are passionate about and what excites them. The best part of my job is when I get to help or see a child have an “ah-ha” moment in which he learns something new and interesting. The joy for me is in being a part of this amazing process.
     
    What keeps you at Town?  
    Town is a special environment that feels like a large family, with the faculty, staff, and parents working together to create wonderful opportunities for our boys. That partnership is a special thing.

    What is something unique about you that people would not otherwise know?  
    I love to travel and explore different areas of the world. Seeing new locations through the eyes of a local is something that inspires me to broaden my perspectives and continually gain new knowledge of other people, places, cultures, and experiences. I am an avid photographer and truly enjoy the time I spend behind the lens of my camera. Capturing moments in time brings me great joy.
  • Eric Wild '86

    Technology Integration Specialist

    What brought you to Town?
    I was working at University High School and became interested in educational technology. When a position opened at Town that seemed a natural fit, as it offered more opportunity to teach.

    What keeps you at Town?
    The community. I feel like I’ve been a twelve-year intern. I learn so much from my fellow teachers, and I love the intersection of technology and digital arts. A lot of learning occurs when you allow students to be creative.

    What is something unique about you that people wouldn’t otherwise know?
    I love language, learning about different cultures and travel. I speak English and German fluently, and I have a working knowledge of Arabic, Farsi, French and Spanish. I think a global education is so important.
  • Kevin Wolfe

    Security
  • Cara Wood

    Assistant to the Head of School

    Cara Wood has a BS from Tufts University in Psychology and Child Development, and she has studied at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen. Cara moved to San Francisco from Madison, Wisconsin, where she worked at Epic Systems testing functionality and usability of electronic health record software. Cara has also worked at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and as an intern and assistant teacher.
  • Matt Wyatt

    Lower School STEM and Technology Integration

    Matt Wyatt takes on a new position at Town, LS STEM & Technology Integration, working with Jessica Boualavong and the entire STEM team. Matt has a Master’s degree in Education focusing on Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Pacific’s Bay Area Teacher Training Institute, and a B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management: Conservation Biology from Louisiana State University. Matt has worked as a Fourth and Fifth Grade Teaching Assistant and Extended Day Teacher at The San Francisco School and as a Teacher Naturalist and a California Condor Restoration Intern; his interests include DIV+ Tinkering: Microcontrollers (Arduino, Raspberry Pi).