Faculty & Staff

Santa Catalina faculty and staff are role models, mentors, and guides. As teachers, academic advisors, coaches, and resident faculty, they get to know each girl—her strengths, gifts, and goals. Highly qualified teachers bring expertise in their fields to the classroom, where small class sizes mean students get individual attention.

Get to know our faculty and staff by reading their profiles below. Here are a few highlights:

  • More than 75 percent of teachers hold advanced degrees.
  • About one-third of our 35 teaching faculty live on campus.
  • Our faculty have taught at more than 20 colleges or universities.
  • Faculty and staff bring experience and perspective from previous careers in architecture, engineering, hospitality, politics, journalism, scientific research, and more.
  • They have lived all over the world, including the U.K., China, Australia, Finland, Fiji, France, and Romania.


Faculty & Staff Directory


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Vanessa Newton

Vanessa Newton

PreK and Kindergarten Teacher
Sandy Nunnally

Sandy Nunnally

Accounts Payable/Payroll Manager
Broeck Oder

Broeck Oder

History Teacher
Noova Ongley

Noova Ongley

Math Teacher
Sarah Paff

Sarah Paff

Grade 8 English Teacher, Middle School Humanities Coordinator
Alexandra Pingree '12

Alexandra Pingree '12

Associate Director of Admission, PreK-Grade 8, Softball coach
Daniel Place

Daniel Place

History Teacher, History Department Chair
Kelsey Player '11

Kelsey Player '11

Assistant Director of Admission
Christy Pollacci

Christy Pollacci

Head of Lower and Middle School
Heidi Pratt

Heidi Pratt

Grade 1 Teacher
Sister Christine Price

Sister Christine Price

Mark Purcell

Mark Purcell

Music Department Chair, Music Teacher
Christian Reilly Ph.D.

Christian Reilly Ph.D.

Science Teacher

Susan Richards

Upper School Office Assistant
Blake Riley

Blake Riley

Religious Studies Teacher
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