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Tamara Arboit

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Tamara Arboit

Learning Specialist
 BA, UC Santa Cruz
tamara@presidiohill.org
Presidio Hill School offers students opportunities to develop personal learning styles through independent and collaborative work that is child-centered and project-based. Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge beyond the classroom setting. It is an honor to work at a school that truly lives out its mission.
Learning Specialist
tamara@presidiohill.org
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Jennifer Heifferon

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Jennifer Heifferon

Learning Specialist
MA, University of San Francisco
BA, Stanford University
jennifer@presidiohill.org
I feel honored to be part of a community dedicated to instilling a passion for not only learning, but global stewardship as well. PHS strives to recognize and celebrate the many facets that our students bring to the table and it is refreshing to be surrounded by faculty and staff that truly work as a team to address the needs of those they serve. I am thrilled to be able to work with PHS students on self-advocacy and resiliency - two skills that are critical for the future.
Learning Specialist
jennifer@presidiohill.org
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Brian Johnson

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Brian Johnson

English Teacher, 8th Grade, Learning Specialist
MA, Notre Dame de Namur
BA, CSU Stanislaus
brian@presidiohill.org
I want my students to love thinking, to enjoy toggling with ideas, and to be open to changing their minds. Learning is a messy process and, seemingly, has no end. I came to Presidio Hill so that I would be able to teach more openly and learn from a student body that feels comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions. 
English Teacher, 8th Grade, Learning Specialist
brian@presidiohill.org

Faculty

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Shannon McGilloway

Counselor
shannon@presidiohill.org
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Chelsea Lemon

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Chelsea Lemon

4th Grade Assistant Teacher
BS, San Francisco State University
lemon@presidiohill.org
As a San Francisco native, and as someone with lots of love for her city, to work in an environment representing a mosaic of this city is a dream. PHS is a place where children are given the opportunity of educational value in many forms. Instead of spending their day zoned into a textbook, the students of PHS are out of their seats exploring with hands on material and learning through appropriate discussions and debates; even at the age of 5! I value a school that lets its students know they can ask questions, or make comments without feeling embarrassed. PHS does its best to let all students know that they are welcome to be exactly who they choose, and a that acceptance gives students a greater desire to learn. I am grateful to be a part of a community that shares the same values as I do myself and look forward to the upcoming year!
4th Grade Assistant Teacher
lemon@presidiohill.org
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Jocelyn Luna

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Jocelyn Luna

5th Grade Apprentice Teacher
BA, University of San Francisco
jocelyn@presidiohill.org
I feel honored to be joining Presidio Hill and to be a part of incorporating a progressive curriculum! I believe that education is the key to creating a more equitable and just society. Changing the world starts with educating the next generation. I hope to inspire and expand the minds of my students. I am excited to be a part of the Presidio Hill community and to help carry out its mission.
5th Grade Apprentice Teacher
jocelyn@presidiohill.org
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Dezirae Malabed

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Dezirae Malabed

Assistant Teacher
Preschool Teacher at Imagination Station in Daly City
Therapist at Behavioral Intervention for Autism
dezirae@presidiohill.org
My favorite thing about working with kids is how bright they can be on a cloudy day. A child's love and honesty is priceless; I'm so blessed to have a job that I believe in. I am so fortunate for the opportunity to teach, learn & grow with the children at PHS. I'm excited to work in the Kindergarten classroom & I can't wait to learn and grow with all the children, families, staff and faculty at Presidio Hill School!
Assistant Teacher
dezirae@presidiohill.org
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Steve Manseau

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Steve Manseau

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
BA, San Francisco State University
steve@presidiohill.org
I enjoy the camaraderie of the other teachers at this school, including the openness to sharing advice and ideas, lending a hand to help out each other when necessary, and sharing a few laughs. The environment of the school allows the voices of students to be heard, and the curriculum is creative and in-depth. Parents work with teachers and administrators to support their children at PHS.
Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
steve@presidiohill.org
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Joshi Marshall

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Joshi Marshall

Music Teacher, 3rd-8th Grade
California State University, Los Angeles
Certified Orff Schulwerk Music Instructor
joshi@presidiohill.org
At PHS we foster a love of artistic expression in our students. We encourage them to explore, invent, take risks, and share who they are. In Music, the students will have total, active involvement in music making, releasing creativity that extends far beyond the music classroom. At PHS the community celebrates diversity and values and cultivates in its students compassion, empathy and respect. This creates a non-competative, fun, fertile environment for learning and making good music together.
Music Teacher, 3rd-8th Grade
joshi@presidiohill.org
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Katie McCormack

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Katie McCormack

Humanities Teacher, 6th Grade
MA, Lesly University
BA, Dartmouth College
katiem@presidiohill.org
I value teaching at Presidio Hill because I am able to tailor my curriculum to fit the needs and interests of my students. When my students’ stories and backgrounds are integrated into the classroom, the curriculum can act as both windows and mirrors for each of my students. This allows students to see themselves and understand their own identity as well as learn about cultures, perspectives, and ideas that are new and often different from their own. . 
Humanities Teacher, 6th Grade
katiem@presidiohill.org
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Sarah Myers

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Sarah Myers

Art Teacher
sarahm@presidiohill.org
I believe everybody has the potential to be a successful artist when guided through a mindful process. Mastering tools and techniques leads to confidence in ability and facilitates a growth mindset that can continue to be developed throughout life. When value is placed on curiosity and personal growth, our students are motivated to stretch themselves -- they become engaged in authentic learning.
Art Teacher
sarahm@presidiohill.org
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Kris Kifer

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Kris Kifer

2nd Grade Teacher
B.S., Colorado College
kris@presidiohill.org
I am delighted to join Presidio Hill School because I am committed to creating an inclusive learning environment where students can engage with each other and the world through hands-on projects. My favorite classroom is the outdoors, where students can move freely and make meaningful connections with nature. I am looking forward to being a part of this thoughtful and creative community.
2nd Grade Teacher
kris@presidiohill.org
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Feli Pulaski

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Feli Pulaski

Spanish Teacher
MA, Conservatorio Provincial de Música de Santa Cruz
BA, Instituto Superior del Profesorado, Joaquin V. Gonzalez, Buenos Aires
BA, Escuela Superior de Periodismo, Buenos Aires 
feli@presidiohill.org
At Presidio Hill School I feel that all ideas and creations are possible. I love the excitement students show when we start a new project and also how they come to me with suggestions about what we should do next. I have a lot of fun with the students!
Spanish Teacher
feli@presidiohill.org
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Anahi Ruiz-Mitchell

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Anahi Ruiz-Mitchell

Lower School Spanish Teacher
B.A., George Washington University
anahi@presidiohill.org
I love teaching and opening children's minds to the love of learning, the value of culture, and the skills to learning a language. Above all, I love having fun! I am thrilled to work at PHS, a school with a strong sense of community, humor, and cultural awareness.. I feel honored to work in such a motivating environment where faculty and students elevate each other on a daily basis.
Lower School Spanish Teacher
anahi@presidiohill.org
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Tim Vanier

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Tim Vanier

Athletics Director, PE Teacher
BA, University of New Hampshire
tim@presidiohill.org
We look to create a culture of keeping sports and physical education fun and to provide a platform for learning life lessons through sports. In PE classes, we promote sportsmanship, teamwork, and personal growth over a "must win" attitude. We also embrace the vital role that students play in helping design the curriculum in a supportive, caring and encouraging setting.
Athletics Director, PE Teacher
tim@presidiohill.org
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James Wygant

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James Wygant

Humanities Teacher, 8th Grade
MFA, New College of California
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
james@presidiohill.org
Presidio Hill values students' abilities as original thinkers and encourages them to take an active role in their community. I appreciate that the school culture encourages engagement with topics pertinent to our students' lives, building curriculum around what interests, inspires and motivates, rather than simply preparing them for their next academic steps.
Humanities Teacher, 8th Grade
james@presidiohill.org
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Annie Zesiger

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Annie Zesiger

Kindergarten Teacher
B.A., San Francisco State
annie@presidiohill.org
I find that an “inquiry based approach” whether it’s science, math or social studies, gives children ownership of their learning.  In my experience this approach ignites curiosity and a “can do” attitude.  By involving my students in building projects and simulations, their learning is fueled with personal passion, imagination and ingenuity.  There are many tools in my teacher toolbox that I draw upon: music, mindfulness, puppets, and theater improvisation to name a few.  I am excited to join the Presidio Hill School community, where my students and I will flourish and grow together.
Kindergarten Teacher
annie@presidiohill.org
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Cale Krise

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Cale Krise

3rd Grade Assistant Teacher
BFA, New York University
cale@presidiohill.org
Cale is thrilled to be joining the Presidio Hill School community as the 3rd Grade Assistant Teacher. Cale believes in treating each student as an individual. By meeting children at their present level we can best foster their interests, meet their learning needs, and encourage creativity, which is paramount to nurturing not only academic, but also social-emotional growth. He has recently been studying in CCSF’s Child Development Program and is excited to see progressive education in practice at PHS. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Cale spent close to a decade as a working actor in New York City, even appearing in the Book of Mormon on Broadway. Outside the classroom, he enjoys reading, hiking, board games, watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams lose, and seeing old movies at the Balboa Theater.
3rd Grade Assistant Teacher
cale@presidiohill.org
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Vanessa Lopez

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Vanessa Lopez

Art Assistant
BA, University of California, Berkeley
vanessa@presidiohill.org
Albert Einstein once said, "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." Education, to me, is the opportunity to be curious and then have the liberty to roll with that curiosity in order to satisfy it; curiosity alone then becomes the infinite fuel needed to become passionate about learning. My excitement for becoming a PHS member stems not only from the school's strong values committed to diversity, equity, and child-centered learning but from the opportunity, as a teacher, to help guide the curiosity of all the students that walk through the PHS front doors. It is my goal not only to further implement the values of PHS but to help instill a never-ending curiosity in all students that will motivate them to become lifelong learners.
Art Assistant
vanessa@presidiohill.org
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Brian Johnson

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Brian Johnson

English Teacher, 8th Grade, Learning Specialist
MA, Notre Dame de Namur
BA, CSU Stanislaus
brian@presidiohill.org
I want my students to love thinking, to enjoy toggling with ideas, and to be open to changing their minds. Learning is a messy process and, seemingly, has no end. I came to Presidio Hill so that I would be able to teach more openly and learn from a student body that feels comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions. 
English Teacher, 8th Grade, Learning Specialist
brian@presidiohill.org
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Ellie Bibas

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Ellie Bibas

Humanities Teacher, 7th Grade
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
BS, Boston University
ellie@presidiohill.org
John Dewey famously asserted that "education is not preparation for life, education is life itself" and the spirit of that maxim is alive and well here at Presidio Hill School, where children and adults embrace and learn from one another as symbiotic members of a distinct community of individuals. As I see it, the humanities classroom should be a place for students to actively explore, investigate, collaborate, and inquire about themselves and the world around them, past and present. I feel grateful to be part of the PHS community, where such exploration extends far beyond my classroom and in fact, is ingrained so deeply in the mission and overall ethos of our school. 
Humanities Teacher, 7th Grade
ellie@presidiohill.org
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Kiah Jeffries

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Kiah Jeffries

MS PE Teacher
Joined PHS: 2000
kiah@presidiohill.org
I was once a middle school student at Presidio Hill. I teach because I want to give PHS students all the positive experiences I enjoyed here. I am aware that I am a role model for them and strive to embody the traits I admired so much in my PHS teachers.
MS PE Teacher
Joined PHS: 2000
kiah@presidiohill.org
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Leticia Abeyta

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Leticia Abeyta

3rd Grade Teacher
MA, University of San Francisco
BA, University of California, Berkeley
leticia@presidiohill.org
I am ecstatic to join the PHS faculty this year!  I am passionate about cooperative learning - the more talking and interacting students do in school, the better!  I prioritize critical thinking, inquiry, autonomy, and reflection when creating our learning community.
3rd Grade Teacher
leticia@presidiohill.org
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Sara Anderson

7th Grade Humanities Long-Term Substitute
sara@presidiohill.org
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Jen Bamesberger

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Jen Bamesberger

Math and Science Teacher, 8th Grade
MA, University of Northern Colorado
BA, Humboldt State University
jen@presidiohill.org
As a teacher, Jen promotes intrinsic motivation by grounding students in a personal connection to the world. She makes content relevant and encourages students to figure out how the world works by getting their hands on it. Beyond teaching skills and concepts, she helps kids take an active role in their own education. They learn to manage time and choices, set goals and evaluate progress, and become effective communicators and team members. At PHS, she sees kids taking action to answer questions they ask themselves.
Math and Science Teacher, 8th Grade
jen@presidiohill.org
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Jennie Caniglia

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Jennie Caniglia

Librarian
MLIS, Syracuse University
MS, Dowling College
BA, Syracuse University
jennie@presidiohill.org
I am thrilled to be here as a new member of PHS!  Oprah Winfrey once said, "Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom."  I love the idea that books can transport you to wondrous places! My proudest moments as a teacher took place when everyone in the room worked to lift each other up, and help each other through, I am proud to join a community of learners who commit to investing in each other, and in our shared journey.
Librarian
jennie@presidiohill.org
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Natalie Crowley

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Natalie Crowley

1st Grade Teacher
M.Ed, University of Missouri, St. Louis
BA, UC Los Angeles
natalie@presidiohill.org
As a teacher my role is to guide students to create meaning and develop questions about the world around them. I believe that deep learning happens when students are given the opportunity to explore, create, play, experiment, and make mistakes. In my classroom there is equal emphasis on rigorous, engaging academic content and robust social emotional skill development. I prioritize creating a strong, caring community among students and facilitating the development of empathic, self-confident children. With the right balance of joy and perseverance, all students will reach their goals. I look forward to joining them on this journey.
1st Grade Teacher
natalie@presidiohill.org
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Colt Deese

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Colt Deese

Science Teacher, 6th & 7th Grade
M. Ed. University of Washington
B.S. Portland State University 
colt@presidiohill.org
Presidio Hill intentionally celebrates individual learning styles and unique viewpoints. This engenders an inclusive and caring community for all. I enjoy that students are provided the opportunity to reflect on their own learning and encouraged to become a part of the learning process. As a science teacher, the curriculum allows me to teach to my passions, this flexibility creates a program where I can respond to the needs and curiosities of the students. This approach allows students to build personal connections with the natural world, thus providing students with inspiration, skills and desire to become global of the world around them. 
Science Teacher, 6th & 7th Grade
colt@presidiohill.org
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Katherine Donnard

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Katherine Donnard

2nd Grade Assistant Teacher
MA, Middlebury College
BS, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
katherine@presidiohill.org
After teaching in multiple grade levels, and learning a second language as an adult, I’ve come to see the value in a truly balanced educational experience – one that embraces experiential and inquiry based learning, outdoor education, as well as developmentally appropriate practice with basic skills. I believe that having experiences with a variety of teaching methods and activities helps children to gain the confidence to move forward and builds a foundation for a lifetime of learning. I feel lucky to work in an environment that makes room for all types of learning experiences.
2nd Grade Assistant Teacher
katherine@presidiohill.org
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Taylor Garry

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Taylor Garry

5th Grade Teacher
B.A., University of San Francisco
M.A., School of Education, University of San Francisco
taylor@presidiohill.org
I was drawn to Presidio Hill School for its mission to provide children with an education that is creative and child-centered, and I am inspired by its community of open, welcoming, and passionate individuals. I believe that education should be ever-changing, where children and adults are working together to develop a lifelong love for learning. At PHS, students are able to develop their creativity, explore their own voice, and learn how we are all active members of our society. I believe learning can and should be fun! Dr. Seuss said it best, “You’ll never be bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do!”
5th Grade Teacher
taylor@presidiohill.org
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Jess Goldstein

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Jess Goldstein

Math Teacher, 6th-7th Grade
M.Ed, John Hopkins University
BA, Reed College
jess@presidiohill.org
I teach math because I believe everyone has the capacity to learn and practice, and become “a math person." I aim to make mathematics relevant to every individual student’s life. I’m thrilled to join PHS this year and become part of a community that values life-long learning. In middle school math, we’ll learn how to problem-solve in the real world and gain confidence!
Math Teacher, 6th-7th Grade
jess@presidiohill.org
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Dan Goldensohn

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Dan Goldensohn

Music Teacher, TK-2nd Grade
BA, Harvard University
dan@presidiohill.org
When my son was one year old, I came to work at Presidio Hill School, having been urged to apply by friends who knew my work with children. They told me how happy their kids were at the school, how wonderful the teachers, how exciting the lessons. My son is now a graduate of PHS, and I still feel the excitement and pride in being part of the progressive education provided at this school. It is a joy to communicate my love of music to children and families and to grow as a musician and a teacher by living with the deep emotions of children singing.
Music Teacher, TK-2nd Grade
dan@presidiohill.org
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Vicki Cho

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Vicki Cho

1st Grade Apprentice Teacher
B.A., San Francisco State University
M.A., Primary Education- in progress
vicki@presidiohill.org
As an adult I have always had the mindset that all students deserve the same opportunities, no matter what their background or demographic may be.  Students, as well as adults, should be able to accomplish their goals and dreams without societal limitations. I always strive to be a role model for young minds through honesty, consistency and understanding.  Although that may be difficult at times, I believe it is important to be transparent with students as much as possible.  I also think that risk is an experience that should not be terrifying for children.  Taking a risk means that there are opportunities to change for the better or to reevaluate and learn from our situation.  Personally, it rings true in life that there are no such thing as mistakes.  
1st Grade Apprentice Teacher
vicki@presidiohill.org

Administration

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Kevin Jacobson

Head of School
kevin@presidiohill.org
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Lisa Jeli

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Lisa Jeli

Assistant Head of School, Head of Middle School
BS, Portland State University
lisa@presidiohill.org
I continually strive to make Presidio Hill the best school it can possibly be. I am constantly inspired by the faculty to keep on this path; they take risks, try new things and are always looking to make things better for all learners. Of course, it's the day to day interactions with students and seeing their growth that makes PHS such a fun place to be. It's exciting to think that I have been here for about a quarter of our 100 year history!
Assistant Head of School, Head of Middle School
lisa@presidiohill.org
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Tony Cifra

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Tony Cifra

Lower School Director
MA, New York University
BS, Cornell University
cifra@presidiohill.org
I am inspired by a spirit of possibility imparted by my family, an understanding that success results from collective efforts, and a belief that one’s work is potentially limitless in scope. I believe that learners of all ages thrive when they experience ownership over their process, reinforcing an intrinsic motivation for lifelong, life-wide, and life-deep learning that extends beyond school walls. After first becoming acquainted with PHS over 10 years ago, I am thrilled to join a community defined by its warmth, commitment to progressive education, and spirit of collaboration.
Lower School Director
cifra@presidiohill.org
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Tony Morgan

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Tony Morgan

Director of Finance & Operations
BA, Carson-Newman College
M.Div., Texas Christian University
STM, Yale University
tony@presidiohill.org

I am so grateful to be a part of the PHS community; witnessing the daily interactions and shared learning among our students, parents, faculty and staff inspires and challenges me every single day.
Director of Finance & Operations
tony@presidiohill.org
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Kelly Dees

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Kelly Dees

Director of Admission
 BA, Occidental College
kelly@presidiohill.org
Presidio Hill School is an amazing place to work. The dedication of the teachers, administrators and staff that I witness daily is truly inspiring and the exhuberance of the students contagious. The parent community is smart, savvy, fun and diverse. All these factors and a progressive learning model make my job representing PHS an easy one!
Director of Admission
kelly@presidiohill.org
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Kenta Ferrin

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Kenta Ferrin

Director of Development
B.A., James Madison University
MEdT, University of Hawaii-Manoa
kenta@presidiohill.org
Presidio Hill School is an incredibly important institution as it has helped shape the minds and lives of students for 100 years in this progressive City. After working over a decade in both the classroom and administrative positions in public, charter, and independent schools, I have never found a school that captures the joy of learning like PHS. In my new role as Director of Development, I hope that I am able to honor the many ways in which community members support the work at PHS, as well as ensure that the resources and opportunities continue to grow for our students. I believe that the education provided by our teachers instills a lifelong love of learning, individual awareness, compassion, and the belief that one is capable of making a great and positive impact in their communities.
Director of Development
kenta@presidiohill.org
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Javier Perez

Director of Technology
javier@presidiohill.org

After School & Enrichment Program Staff

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Tania Odesho

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Tania Odesho

Morning Care Supervisor, After School Teacher
BA, San Jose State University
tania@presidiohill.org
Coming from an immigrant family of refugees, education has truly saved my life in many ways. Knowledge can not only pull people out of hardship, yet provide them with the resources and tools necessary to become a self-sufficient, well-rounded member of society. I believe in project-based, holistic education which I have found here at PHS; the entire community is involved in the well-being of the students' minds and hearts. After school programs are an opportunity for students to see that education is something not just in common core classrooms but in everything in life; learning is what makes us human. As an educator I love helping my students overcome insecurities; seeing a kid shine on stage or in front of the classroom is what makes me love my job as well as devote myself to teaching as passionately as I do. I feel very honored to use my imagination and creativity at PHS where the students can truly be themselves.
Morning Care Supervisor, After School Teacher
tania@presidiohill.org
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Kim Ying Walsh

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Kim Ying Walsh

Director of After School and Auxiliary Programs
kim@presidiohill.org
When I first came to Presidio Hill School, I was seriously amazed. I did not know communities like these even existed. For the last two years, I’ve been continually inspired by students through their kindness, inclusivity, and curiosity.  I’m happy that I have found a place where I can utilize my past management skills while also having a genuine sense of community and shared goals. I look forward to continuing to be apart of the PHS community school experience by engaging children in problem solving and critical thinking projects, ultimately creating and sustaining a quality child care and enrichment programs.
Director of After School and Auxiliary Programs
kim@presidiohill.org
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Evan Nance

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Evan Nance

Yard Duty Supervisor, After School Teacher
evan@presidiohill.org
My interest and focus has always been the social well being of children and their interactions outside the traditional classroom.  I have combined my love for filmmaking, art, photography, and being active to create courses and programs that get kids working together in positive, enriching and healthy ways. I am  excited to continue with these ideas at Presidio Hill School. I am also an avid skateboarder, surfer, snowboarder and cyclist.
Yard Duty Supervisor, After School Teacher
evan@presidiohill.org
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Mely Ann Bantilan

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Mely Ann Bantilan

Yard Duty Supervisor, After School Teacher
melyannb@presidiohill.org
I come to PHS with 10+ years working with school age children. I have worked in various recreation centers in the Bay Area and am excited to bring what I have learned to Presidio Hill School and am excited to know that I will continue making a difference and being a role model to students. I enjoy outdoor activities, arts and crafts, poetry, and music.
Yard Duty Supervisor, After School Teacher
melyannb@presidiohill.org
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Kathleen Cross

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Kathleen Cross

Morning Care Supervisor, After School Teacher
BA, City College of New York
kathleen@presidiohill.org
As Ms Frizzle once said, "Get messy, make mistakes!" And not only do I wholeheartedly agree, I can't think of any better sentiment to build an education program around. I am so excited to be joining the team at PHS because this core belief shows itself in any classroom you walk into, any person you talk to, and any project you see posted on the walls. I believe a school is a place of curiosity and discovery and challenges and questions, and I see that exemplified in PHS. When the impetus is on the process of learning itself, and what motivates it, rather than the end result, you will end up with a more meaningful and long-lasting education. I'm glad to be part of the PHS community who strive to give this kind of education to all students.
Morning Care Supervisor, After School Teacher
kathleen@presidiohill.org

Professional Staff

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Martin Gross

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Martin Gross

Front Office Administrator
AA Fine Art, Mesa College, San Diego
Studied Graphic Design at California College of the Arts, Oakland
martin@presidiohill.org
After a career in hospitality management, I came to PHS searching for a more community oriented environment, with the idea that I may want to pursue teaching. I found that I greatly admired the energy, commitment and creativity that I saw in our teachers each day. I quickly determined that teaching wasn't the right path for me, but have greatly enjoyed my various support positions at PHS for the past decade plus. 
Front Office Administrator
martin@presidiohill.org
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Sarah Gaffney

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Sarah Gaffney

Business Office Associate
Communication Coordinator
 BA, UC Berkeley 
sarahg@presidiohill.org
Presidio Hill School is an incredibly vibrant community of learners and I am proud and happy to be a member of such an amazing group of people. I came to PHS looking for a community that embodied all the aspects of administration and a progressive education that I love. At PHS there is engaged learning between teachers, students, families and administration, a commitment to be a social, global citizen, and an emphasis on people, rather than product. 
Business Office Associate
Communication Coordinator
sarahg@presidiohill.org
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Robyn Mandel

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Robyn Mandel

Admission Associate
B.A., Wheaton College
robyn@presidiohill.org
I have discovered that learning comes in many formats throughout our lives. It can change day-to-day, month-to-month, or decade-to-decade. Discovering what works for an individual and a group, and finding a way to bringing these two styles together can make a difference to a student’s education and life. In my personal experience it was Literature and Music that made all the difference. Whether it was relating to a character or putting hard material to music, I found a way to not only change how I viewed my education, but my life. It was at PHS where I was able to discover my educational balance and begin to believe that I could be successful in everything that I did. I am ecstatic to be able to assist students and families in finding that same balance.
Admission Associate
robyn@presidiohill.org
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Stephanie Kastner

Development Associate & Assistant to the Head of School
stephaniek@presidiohill.org