Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School is happy to welcome four new faculty and staff members for the 2019-20 school year.
Pictured from left to right:
Aaron Ziegler arrives at Catalina to teach Grade 7 English and Grade 8 history. He holds a B.A. in English from UCLA and a Master of Liberal Arts from Harvard University. Prior to Catalina, he was the English department chair at The King's Academy in Sunnyvale. He and his wife, also a teacher, have two young daughters.
Nikki Harding joins our Grade 4 classroom as a part-time teaching assistant. She holds a B.S. in early childhood education from Salisbury University and is working on her Master of Education from La Salle University. She previously taught fourth grade in Bahrain and kindergarten in Maryland. Her husband is in the Navy and is stationed at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Maggie Frey serves as our after-school supervisor for Grades 4-8. She holds a B.S. in elementary education from Eastern University and is currently working on a master's degree in special education curriculum and instruction for autism disorders. She and her husband, a Marine stationed at the Naval Postgraduate School, have a hound dog named Zach.
Brenda Bhaskar, no stranger to Catalina, has come on board as the Grade 5 assistant teacher. She started with Santa Catalina as a PreK parent in 1994 and since then has been a frequent substitute teacher, a volunteer in the PreK classroom, and an assistant teacher in Grade 4. She also had a career as a court reporter, and has degrees from the University of Florida and CSU Monterey Bay. She will continue to run our after-school Study Buddies class.
Not pictured, Zach VanHarn has joined our development team as the Director of Annual Giving and School Engagement, where one of his duties will be to assist the Parents Association. He has a B.A. in education from Northeastern State University and an M.S. in sports administration from the University of New Mexico. A former history teacher, he most recently served as director of advancement for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.
Learn more about everyone who makes Santa Catalina tick on our Faculty & Staff page.