Faculty & Staff

ADMINISTRATION

Head of School

Shaharazad has been Spring Hill’s Head of School since 2010, and before taking the helm was a Lead Teacher for 21 years. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership as well as degrees in business administration and literature, and is an accomplished independent school leader. Under Shaharazad’s guidance, Spring Hill has become a premier private school in the Bay Area, with a holistic educational philosophy, an exceptional curriculum based on advanced science and creativity, and an emphasis on global education and bilingual programs. She has traveled internationally as an invited educator, teaching the psychology and philosophy of Montessori education and the impact of whole-child education, addressing academics, social-emotional learning, and leadership.

Shaharazad has lived on three continents and is fluent in three languages. She is passionate about learning and continuous education, world literature, painting, sculpture, photography, films, and cooking. She says, “My international background and life experiences have given me an understanding of the importance of preparing students for life. My goal for our students is that they become joyful and confident learners, well-rounded individuals, and leaders capable of making informed choices and fair judgments when they face the challenges and complexities of our world.”

Shaharazad and her husband Siamak are long-time residents of Petaluma and active in many community organizations. They are proud of their daughter Elica, an attorney and graduate of Spring Hill.

Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing

Tracy holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and a BA in speech communication, as well as a multiple subject K-12 California teaching credential and an administrative credential. As a long-time resident of Sonoma, Tracy is deeply rooted in our beautiful county. She is equally rooted in her dedication to education and student learning at K-8 grade independent schools. After 20 years’ experience in education, Tracy transitioned from teaching to administration at The Presentation School in Sonoma, where she taught, led admissions and marketing, and was Assistant Head of Curriculum and Instruction for 17 years. She is passionate about Spring Hill’s goal to prepare students to be lifelong, joyful learners, and active citizens of a global community. The school’s focus on respect for self, community, and the environment, as well as our commitment to global awareness and culturally inclusive learning, are personal passions for Tracy.

Assistant to the Head of School

Karen has been part of the Spring Hill family since 1990, supporting the school in a variety of areas with passion and expertise. She discovered Spring Hill as an involved parent of four students and has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee. Since 2012 she has been a member of Spring Hill’s administrative team. Karen holds a BS in applied economics from the University of San Francisco and has extensive administrative management and customer service experience. She is a member of the Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Directors of Admission.

Administrative Director, Elementary & Middle School

Sandra has been a member of the Spring Hill administrative team since 2014, managing the operations of the Elementary and Middle School campuses. She provides warm, enthusiastic support to faculty and families as well as the wisdom she gained as an involved Spring Hill parent for 11 years. Sandra is an experienced business professional and business owner, and has been involved in a number of community organizations, including Mentor Me and as the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. She is originally from the East Coast and has been a long-time Petaluma resident. She is the parent of two adult children, one a Spring Hill alum, and is now looking forward to her new adventure as grandmother!

Director of Operations & Finance

Pam’s career began at Lucas Film Limited in the Star Wars generation, where she worked in accounting and asset administration for 15 years. She then transitioned into education, working at Knowledge Universe Education (KinderCare Learning Centers) in many capacities including Director of Purchasing, and at Klemmer Leadership Seminars as Director of Operations and Finance. Pam is committed to nurturing community and educational access, having served on the board of the nonprofit organization Daily Acts and currently sitting on the board of the Mustard Seed Scholarship Fund. Pam and her husband Chuck live in Petaluma and have two grown sons. Pam enjoys gardening, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

Office Coordinator & Registrar
Classroom Support

TODDLER FACULTY

Bilingual Lead Teacher, Little Steps Toddler Class and Toddler Program Coordinator

Evelyn Martinez is a lead teacher and native Spanish speaker who has been a member of the Spring Hill Toddler faculty since 2009. After studying child development and earning an Associate Teacher Certificate, she completed her Montessori training with master Montessori teacher and mentors, as well as a teaching internship at Santa Rosa Junior College. Evelyn is an experienced, talented, and committed teacher who deeply cares about her students. She has been integral to the nurturing and loving environment that is so important in the Toddler classroom. Evelyn provides the consistency, care, love, and structure that they need to ensure that they have a positive, first-time school experience. She has created trusted relationships with her students’ parents through her caring interactions and her detailed communication each day. She is much loved by her students and their parents. Evelyn enjoys spending time with her husband and her son, a Spring Hill student—especially playing soccer.

Assistant Teacher, Little Steps Toddler Class

Reina Starke has been an important part of the Spring Hill community for 23 years: she has been member of the administrative team, an Elementary after-school program teacher, and a classroom substitute teacher. Reina’s mother was Spring Hill’s office manager when she was growing up, and when Reina welcomed her first child in 1992, she began working alongside her mother as an after-school teacher. With her mother’s passing in 2014, she is committed to carrying on her legacy of creating a warm and fun educational environment for the children of our community. Before joining Spring Hill, Reina worked in the telecom industry. Today she lives in Petaluma with her husband and two of her three daughters, all Spring Hill alumni. When she’s not with her Spring Hill family or her new granddaughter, Reina enjoys long walks, reading, and spending time at the beach

Bilingual  Lead Teacher, Little Stars Toddler Class

Eva Garcia has been a bilingual teacher since 2011, working with both Primary (ages 3–6) and Toddler (ages 18–36 months) students at Spring Hill. She has earned an Associate Teacher Certificate from Santa Rosa Junior College and is currently continuing her education in child development. Eva has a gentle teaching approach, encouraging her young students to feel secure and eager to learn, and engages children in all areas. A native Spanish speaker and fluent in English, her conversational Spanish in the classroom enables children to develop a crucial foundation for language learning. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Eva has led classes and performances at Spring Hill in Ballet Folklorico (folkloric dance) for preschool age children. Prior to joining Spring Hill, Eva was a program coordinator with the Boys and Girls Club, where she designed and directed programs and activities for young children.

Bilingual Assistant Teacher, Little Stars Toddler Class

Lead Teacher, Little Acorns Toddler Class

Nika earned an Infant Montessori Certificate from the North American Montessori Association and an Associate Teacher Certificate from Santa Rosa Junior College. Prior to joining Spring Hill, she spent four years as an Infant and Toddler Teacher in a Montessori school working with children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Nika is currently finishing her coursework for her Associates Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Santa Rosa Junior College. She lives in Sonoma with her husband and two sons, Riley and Sloan. She enjoys reading and spending time outside with her family hiking, camping, and exploring.

Music Teacher

Marianne is a Group Empowerment Drum Circle Facilitator and Early Childhood Music Educator. She is the founder of Adventures in Rhythm, a rhythm-based music program for all ages and abilities in Petaluma. With creativity, experience and a lifelong devotion to music, Marianne positively supports people of all ages and abilities along their journey of music making. Marianne is an authorized HealthRHYTHMS facilitator, trained by Dr. Barry Bittman, MD and Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC. HealthRHYTHMS is a research-based group drumming protocol which has demonstrated biological and pscyho-social benefits. The drum is used as a tool for communication and personal expression, and HealthRHYTHMS reduces stress, improves mood and boosts the immune system.

PRIMARY FACULTY

Lead Teacher, The Redwoods Primary Class

Debra holds a degree from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, in early childhood and elementary education; an Associate Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary diploma from the Northern California Montessori Teacher Training Center; and a certificate in preschool administration from Wheelock College. She is the founder of two AMI credentialed Montessori schools, where she was both teacher and director, and has taught for 38 years as a Montessori lead teacher and served 15 years as a Montessori school director. She has taught at Marin Montessori School, as well as on the south shore of Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and St. John, Virgin Islands.

Debra is a committed, passionate, and knowledgeable educator, and well-known in the Montessori community. She deeply cares about children and has an exceptional ability to guide and lead them in reaching their potential, gaining confidence in becoming self-motivated, engaged, and skillful in a safe and joyful manner. She believes in the power of the child and that the child never stops teaching us. One of Debra’s priorities is forming strong partnerships with parents, which is an important focus at Spring Hill. Debra is the mother of two Montessori daughters, each of whom have a daughter who attends a Montessori school.

Bilingual Assistant Teacher, The Redwoods Primary Class

Clara joined the Spring Hill faculty in 2018. She is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in both Spanish and English, and holds an Associate Teacher Certificate from Santa Rosa Junior College. She has worked with young children from infant to age 5 since 2009. Her experience ranges from home childcare to Loma Vista Elementary School in Petaluma.
Clara integrates conversational Spanish with an engaging curriculum and uses bilingual skills to create a positive and supportive learning environment. She loves working with children and is the mom of three busy children: son Ittai, daughter Sarah, and son Zair. She enjoys cooking, camping, playing volleyball and, most important, spending time with her family.

Lead Teacher, Bluebirds Primary Class
Mommy/Daddy & Me Instructor

Barbara has been working in early childhood education since 1991 and received her Primary Montessori teaching certificate in 2002 from Ursula Thrush, Montessori of the Golden Gate in San Francisco. She graduated from high school in Germany and came to the US as a physical therapist. She continued her training at the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) program Kaiser Hospital, Vallejo in 1985, and worked in physical therapy until she discovered Montessori and decided to pursue a career as a Montessori educator. Barbara offers a strong Montessori curriculum to her young students just entering the Primary grades, as well as detailed, theme-based lesson plans to Kindergarten children 5 and 6 years of age. One of her favorite topics is parenting, so if you can catch her between classes, start up a conversation about family values, sibling dynamics, or setting routines and habits by modeling. Barbara lives in Petaluma and, with her two sons, Dustin and Nick, she is actively involved in the CrossFit community.

Bilingual Teacher, Bluebirds Primary Class

Susan is a fluent Spanish speaker and offers her students an engaging introduction to Spanish and the opportunity to build Spanish language skills each day. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Santa Barbara City College as well as a California Child Development Teacher Permit and Site Supervisor Credential. Prior to joining the faculty at The Spring Hill School, Susan spent seven years as a Lead Teacher and Program Manager and two years as a Site Supervisor at North Bay Children’s Center. She was also the director and owner of her own preschool for 10 years, where Spanish language and multicultural activities were her focus. She has volunteered as an assistant coach for Sonoma County Girls on the Run and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member. In her free time, Susan enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, kayaking, bicycling, and being out in nature with her husband Larry, son Morgen, and daughter Maya.

Bilingual Lead Teacher, Marvelous Minds

Elizabeth has an Associate of Science degree from the University of Hayward and a Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society Institute of Advanced Studies. Prior to joining The Spring Hill School, she spent three years as a lead teacher at Montessori in the City in Sacramento, and three years as an assistant and Spanish teacher at St. Helena Montessori School. A fluent Spanish speaker, Elizabeth taught English for four years in Mexico—first in Cuernavaca, Morelos, where she discovered her passion for working with children; and then at Millaray Montessori in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, where she fell in love with the Montessori teaching philosophy. Elizabeth is a mother of four daughters and enjoys watching her children grow and experiencing life through their eyes. Providing guidance through their developmental stages is very rewarding to her.

Bilingual Teacher, Marvelous Minds Primary Class

Brenda is an experienced Montessori assistant teacher and received Montessori assistant teacher training at the Montessori Teacher Education Center. Prior to joining Spring Hill, she spent 4 years as a Teacher Assistant at Montessori de Terra Linda. Brenda is very passionate about her job and loves working with little ones, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Primary Program Floating & After-School Teacher

Reina Starke has been an important part of the Spring Hill community for 23 years: she has been member of the administrative team, an Elementary after-school program teacher, and a classroom substitute teacher. Reina’s mother was Spring Hill’s office manager when she was growing up, and when Reina welcomed her first child in 1992, she began working alongside her mother as an after-school teacher. With her mother’s passing in 2014, she is committed to carrying on her legacy of creating a warm and fun educational environment for the children of our community. Before joining Spring Hill, Reina worked in the telecom industry. Today she lives in Petaluma with her husband and two of her three daughters, all Spring Hill alumni. When she’s not with her Spring Hill family or her new granddaughter, Reina enjoys long walks, reading, and spending time at the beach.

Outdoor & Garden Education Coordinator

Fabiola is an experienced teacher and outdoor program educator who has been a member of the Spring Hill faculty since 2014. A native Spanish speaker, she offers an excellent bilingual program to her students, bringing Spanish to life in a natural “real world” manner. Fabiola integrates conversational Spanish with an engaging outdoor curriculum, offering students a rich learning experience. Fabiola’s positive energy always brightens the days of her students and everyone around her. She is a passionate early childhood educator and celebrates the joy her students’ find in their work. Fabiola has extensive outdoor education training and creates a welcoming and secure environment, giving children the confidence to explore, play, and learn. She enjoys spending time outside of school with her family.

Primary Program Bilingual Aftercare Coordinator

Rosie, a native Spanish speaker who is also fluent in English, has worked in early childhood education for ten years. She has an Associate Teacher Certificate and CNA certification (Certified Nursing Assistant). She also has a TALLK project certificate (Teacher Acquiring Language Learner Knowledge), a program that provides preschool teachers with training and coaching in specific strategies for interacting with English learner children to best support language acquisition.

Rosie is passionate about promoting children’s desire to read and write, and she focuses on engaging her young students in acquiring age-appropriate language skills. She brings to her students and colleagues a perennial positive outlook and good humor in approaching teaching and life. She is devoted to her young students and offers them a loving environment each day. She values the trusted relationships she develops with parents. Rosie’s greatest joys are her sons Anthony and George and her husband Tony. She loves spending time with her family, cooking for them, and cheering for her sons and husband when they play their favorite sport—soccer. An animal lover, she enjoys walking her five dogs and caring for her farm animals.


Music Specialist

Pablo Rodriguez is a well-known singer, guitarist, and teacher in the North Bay area. He has performed in a wide variety of styles including classical, Brazilian music, jazz, gospel, pop, and Eastern European music. He has collaborated for years with songwriters, poets, dancers, choirs, and multi-media artists in many venues. He is an experienced teacher both in classroom and private instruction.

Elementary & Middle School Faculty

Lower Elementary Teacher, Grades 1–2

Yoli has been a teacher and art education director at Spring Hill since 2013. She holds a BFA from University of California, San Diego, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and a Multiple Subject and Art Teaching Credential from University of California, Davis. Prior to joining Spring Hill, Yoli spent two years interning in five different extremely diverse bilingual and GATE (gifted and talented education) schools in San Diego and Davis. She also spent seven years as Head Teacher in a multiage age classroom at Sonoma Charter School was an assistant teacher at Napa Valley Montessori Children’s House. She has also taught art at Sunrise Montessori School, Sonoma Valley Schools, and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Yoli believes in teaching from the heart, and feels inspired by her students’ beautiful and interesting work every day. She is passionate about artistic expression and believes in teaching and learning art as a meaningful, deep discovery process of developing the creative mind. Personally, she enjoys painting in acrylic and encaustic, photography, many forms of world dance, and acting in community theater. Yoli is also passionate about wellness and enjoys, yoga and wellness and nutrition retreats. She loves the ocean, water activities, and sailing. Yoli is very proud of her two amazing, compassionate, and joyful daughters, Bella Rose and Zoe Blue, who enjoy equestrian sports, playing violin, creating things, and soccer.

Lower Elementary & Spanish Teacher, 1st & 2nd grades

Shannon holds a BA in arts and Spanish as well as a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She is a talented bilingual teacher committed to her students’ well-being and social and emotional learning. Over the past 5 years, Shannon has taught grades K-3 through interdisciplinary and project-based teaching methodologies in a learning environment focused on advanced and differentiated instruction. She has also taught hip-hop and modern dance classes for children ages 5–12. In addition to teaching in lower elementary, Shannon offers after-school, small-group reading to elementary students based on their strengths and needs.

Lower Elementary Teacher
Spanish Teacher, 1st – 4th grade

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Early Childhood Development from Sonoma State University. She is currently pursuing her Montessori Elementary credential. Cynthia has worked with students from 1st through 5th grade since 2009 in a variety of different capacities in the classroom, including as an after-school classroom leader; student support instructional assistant; behavior and education specialist; and tutor in many subjects. She is a native Spanish speaker and enjoys integrating cultural studies in her Spanish lessons. Cynthia believes it is important to encourage conversational Spanish throughout the school day as well as after school help to connect Spanish as a second language with real-life experiences and activities. She enjoys listening to her students sing and speak Spanish throughout the day. Cynthia lives in Sonoma County and enjoys cooking and baking, as well as hiking and camping with her husband. She absolutely loves being with children!

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher, 3rd & 4th grades

Tricia Garcia came to Spring Hill in 2017 with exceptional global teaching experience. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and brings a rich cultural perspective to her students. Tricia holds a BA in Applied Linguistics, a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification, licenses in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, and a Master of Education from Portland State University. She is an International Baccalaureate® certified teacher who brings years of experience applying inquiry and concept based teaching.  Before coming to Spring Hill, Tricia taught 3rd grade and English as a Second Language (ESL) at The American School Foundation in Mexico City. She has also taught ESL to adults through various community based programs and at Oak Grove Elementary in Oregon, and she taught kindergarten at Future Talent Academy in Ethiopia.

Upper Elementary Teacher—Math, Science & STEM, Grades 3–4

Danielle holds a degree from Sonoma State University in environmental studies with a concentration in restoration ecology and conservation science, along with minors in biology and geology. Prior to joining the Spring Hill faculty, Danielle spent seven years as an animal keeper and conservation specialist at Safari West. She still enjoys working with conservation organizations. Danielle is eager to share her knowledge and passions with her students. In her free time, she loves being with family and friends and spending time outdoors.

K-8 Resource Teacher
Digital Arts and Electives Instructor

Joseph holds a double major degree in English and communication, as well as a teaching credential for mild moderate special education. Joseph founded Common Sense Special Needs Tutoring in the Bay Area in 2012. His talent and passion for teaching for the past 15 years has led him to teach a variety of subjects, including K-12 math, biology, language arts, and digital arts. In addition, Joseph is currently a Mixed Martial Arts Instructor at Esteem BJJ in Petaluma. He is a musician and has taught music, an advanced chess player, and creator of educational short films and documentaries. Joseph’s calm, positive, and confident presence, his gift of connecting with students with different learning styles, enriched teaching experiences, and philosophy that each student should positively achieve 100 percent learning to fulfill their potential align with Spring Hill’s mission, vision, and teaching philosophy.

Middle School Lead Teacher, Grades 7 & 8
Advisory Coordinator & High School Placement Counselor

Jen brings to Spring Hill her passion and over 20 years of middle school teaching, leadership, and advisory experience, including 5 years of teaching in Pleasant Hill and San Francisco, 4 at the International School of Geneva, Switzerland, and 11 years at Marin Primary and Middle School in Larkspur. She holds an MA in educational administration and curriculum development, a BA in liberal studies, a California K-12 Multiple Subject Clear Teaching Credential, and a Giftedness: Realizing the Potential credential. Her wealth of training and certificates also includes a Clear, Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD), and she has focused her professional development on learning and the brain, global citizenship and humanities curriculum development, project-based learning, student leadership, and mindfulness. After moving to Petaluma six years ago, Jen is very excited to be working close to home so she can spend more time with her husband, Kevin; their always entertaining sons, Finn and Kai; and their adorable Cocker Spaniel, Zoe. She enjoys yoga, cooking, gardening, crafting, reading and most of all, exploring the world with her curious boys.

Lead Middle School Math Teacher

Pam loves helping students gain solid mathematical skills and become confident, capable problem solvers. She holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Johnson State College in Vermont. Her expertise is in middle and high school mathematics teaching and in education research of math and science curricula, assessment, teacher leadership, and professional development. Pam’s youngest daughter is a Spring Hill student and she enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities, and traveling.

K-8 Science Department Lead
Grades 7 & 8 Science Teacher
Educational Technology & Innovation Support Educator

Kristen holds an MA in education, a California multi-subject teaching credential, and a Maker certificate. For 25 years she has taught interdisciplinary studies across grade levels, including coding and programming, lab-based science lessons, making and tinkering, including video production and website creation. She has chaired science departments in the San Francisco Unified School District and at Sonoma Country Day School. Kristen nurtures 21st century problem-solving and inquiry-based skills in her students and fellow teachers, models lifelong learning, and develops relevant and rigorous curricula with an emphasis on student partnership and choice. She always seeks ways to integrate what students learn in the classroom with the world outside while making connections across content areas. She believes students learn best as members of diverse communities, giving structured and informal opportunities for them to work together in multi-age groups and thrive through differentiated instruction and assessment. Kristen greatly values community building and incorporating social-emotional learning into her daily routines, allowing the students to be fully present for their learning and each other. Explore Kristen’s professional e-portfolio here.

Athletic Director & PE Coach
Advisory Teacher

Zak holds a BA in business management and a teaching credential in physical education. He has years of experience as athletic director, PE and movement teacher and coach at independent schools in Silicon Valley. He has also led all seasonal sports, including baseball and basketball, and has a love for sports, health and nutrition, community, and team building. Zak is a motivated, personable, and skilled teacher who has worked with students of all ages. As an advisor he is passionate about reaching out and connecting with his students for maximum mentoring, coaching, and success. He is also passionate about music—at his previous school, Zak DJ’d dances and events!

Middle School Math Associate
After-School Lead Teacher

Christine holds a BS in biology with a concentration in marine science from Sonoma State University. Prior to joining Spring Hill, she worked as a student instructor at Sonoma State University as well as summer camp director. Christine enjoys scuba,  macrame, traveling, and watching true crime documentaries.

Public Speaking Coach

Cara has been a member of the international public speaking organization, Toastmasters, since 2005.  She has won numerous speaking and storytelling competitions over the years and has helped many others achieve the same success. These days her passion lies in helping younger people gain public speaking skills and confidence early on. Throughout the last four years, Cara has coached and co-coached a number of Toastmasters youth leadership programs throughout the Bay Area. She continues to co-coach public speaking sessions for programs such as Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and Chop‘s Teen Center.  She also co-coaches interviewing workshops for high school seniors involved with The Lime Foundation. Cara loves teaching public speaking to Spring Hill’s middle school students and is enthusiastically passing on her passion to others!

Middle School Lead Teacher, Grades 5 & 6
Spanish Curriculum Coordinator

Megan Shelton is the lead teacher for Spring Hill’s Middle School program. She focuses on humanities, Spanish, and our Global Outreach Program. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and Spanish from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in English as a Second Other Language from Fort Hays State University. Megan has also taught in Spring Hill’s Lower Elementary Classroom and led the school’s first international service learning project to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Before joining Spring Hill’s faculty team, she was Program Coordinator for the Volcanes Community Education Program in Mexico, where she lived eight years. She is a fluent Spanish speaker, and her experience living in Mexico contributes to her passion for global outreach. Megan continues to expand her capabilities: she recently attended training at the Equity and Inclusion Institute to enrich her lessons rooted in social justice. She enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, and riding horses. Her “teaching partner” is Buddy, a certified therapy dog whom she rescued while living in Mexico.

Music Specialist, Grades PK-4

Pablo Rodriguez is a well-known singer, guitarist, and teacher in the North Bay area. He has performed in a wide variety of styles including classical, Brazilian music, jazz, gospel, pop, and Eastern European music. He has collaborated for years with songwriters, poets, dancers, choirs, and multi-media artists in many venues. He is an experienced teacher both in classroom and private instruction.

Art Specialist, Grades 3–8

Barbara has 15 years of experience teaching comic and mixed media art using a wide array of artistic mediums in the US and Germany. She strives for positive and constructive teaching and cultivates strong relationships with her students. Barbara’s teaching has included 2D animation, digital art, plein air painting, live sketching, sequential cartooning, aquarelle art, acrylic art, soft pastel art, and mixed media. Barbara’s goal is to apply a mindful approach to technical instruction, ensuring each student reaches their full creative potential. Barbara works closely with teachers in support of their themes and projects.

Elementary Athletic Director
Community Engagement & Public Relations

After more than 20 years in the corporate world in marketing and business development, Kevin is now pursuing a liberal studies degree and teaching credential at Sonoma State University. His incredible motivation, creativity, and initiative to achieve inspires Spring Hill students and faculty alike. Kevin believes in establishing a team-spirited environment through a positive and proactive leadership style.

Elementary After-School Teacher

Caitlin holds a BA in political science. Her love for teaching led Caitlin to create Sunny Starts Home Childcare in San Francisco, which served children from 2.5–6 years old for 3 years. She also led a school gardening program. Caitlin has the highest respect for her students, their intelligence, and their capabilities. She loves gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, and brings many talents to our after-school program.

Math and Science Advisory Board

Siamak is Chair of the Math & Science Advisory Board. Siamak studied math and physics and earned an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Columbia University in New York. He has spent over 20 years in academia and the information technology sector, teaching, conducting research and developing strategic business plans for application of IT technologies to various industries, including energy, automotive and healthcare and life sciences industries.

Siamak meets with the Science teaching team on a monthly basis to overview the application of the Next Generation Science Standards in Spring Hill’s daily practices and education.

Anoosh is founder and past president of Solar Depot, a systems integrator and wholesale supplier of solar energy equipment with headquarters in Petaluma. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Solar Energy Industries Association and has also served as its president. Prior to founding Solar Depot, Anoosh taught science at San Rafael High School in Marin County. Before teaching, Anoosh was a Research Chemist at Stauffer Chemical Company. Anoosh earned his MS degree in Physical Chemistry from Kansas State University.

George is Principal Architect, AIM Associates, an architectural, consulting and integrated design team management firm serving the San Francisco Bay Area. He has given presentations on integrated design team management and sustainable architecture at Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan, Pacific Gas and Electric Energy Center, American Solar Energy Society National Conference, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy National Conference, US Forest Service, International Facility Managers Association, Russian Delegation of Building Designers, Stanford University, local chapters of the American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute, local schools and colleges.