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Lower and Middle School welcomes six new teachers
Lower and Middle School welcomes six new teachers

Santa Catalina faculty and staff returned to work this week to get ready for the 2017-18 school year, and in the sea of familiar faces were six new teachers in the Lower and Middle School. Please join us in welcoming them to the family!

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Front row from left:

Christine "Cris" Ford joins Marisa Tonini as a co-teacher in Grade 3. Ms. Ford holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge, an M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University, and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Most recently, she taught second grade at Stevenson School.

Bri Slama '07 moves into the Grade 5 classroom, coming to us from Spreckels Elementary School. Ms. Slama holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton and a Multiple Subjects Credential from CSU Monterey Bay. She is currently completing her M. Ed. in Learning and Technology from Western Governor's University.

Vanessa Newton is part of the PreK and Kindergarten team. She holds a B.S. in Child Development from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is currently working on her Multiple Subjects Credential through California State University, Los Angeles.

Top row from left:

James White is an assistant teacher in Grade 4 and coordinator of our after-school program for grades 4-8. Mr. White holds a B.A. in American Studies from Skidmore College in New York and is completing his M.A.T. from the University of Alaska with a K-8 Certification. Most recently, he taught at Fawn Mountain Elementary School in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Ross Dillon is the history teacher for Grades 6-7 and a seventh-grade advisor. Mr. Dillon holds a B.A. in Social Studies and Teaching and an M.A.T. in Secondary Social Studies from Bennington College in Vermont. Most recently, he taught sixth and seventh grades at Mare Island Technology Academy in Vallejo.

Charlie Dorf teaches English in Grades 6-7 and is a sixth-grade advisor. Mr. Dorf holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and an M.A. in Teaching English from Teachers College, Columbia University. Most recently, he taught at the Beacon School in New York.

Other faculty changes

Ms. Tonini moved to Grade 3 from the Kindergarten classroom.

Anthony Schipper, who had taught sixth-grade history, is now in Grade 8.

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