2016-2017 Elementary School Faculty
At Waverly, students are led by knowledgeable, caring teachers deeply committed to a developmental approach. With their wide range of influences and belief in integrated learning, Waverly’s elementary teachers create engaging and dynamic classrooms. See the biographies below for specific information about education and credentials.
Richard Cervantes teaches young kindergarten. He has a B.A. in Fine Arts/Graphic Design from California State University, Los Angeles. Richard has an Early Childhood Development Credential from the State of California. Richard enjoys using puppetry, magic, storytelling, visual arts, and music in the classroom, and believes that play is the stepping stone to personal growth and development in young children.
Marina Dahlen teaches kindergarten. She has an A.A. degree from the College of the Redwoods with an emphasis in early childhood education. Marina is a professional pet-sitter, spends a good deal of her spare time working with dog rescue groups, and helps local “street dogs” find loving homes. Marina’s son Emmett is a graduate of Waverly’s class of 2008.
Molly Geller teaches fifth/sixth grade. She has a B.A. in Theology and Religious Studies from University of San Francisco, a teaching credential from Antioch University, and a Master of Education degree from Antioch. Molly graduated from Waverly in 2002 and became an associate teacher at Waverly in 2007.
Susan Hendricks is a co-lead teacher in young kindergarten. She has been active as an educator for more than 26 years. Credentialed through the State of California to teach preschool through adult and also as a reading specialist, Susan holds a Master of Science in Education specializing in Language and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Child Development Program Director Permit from the State of California. As an alumna and charter corps member of Teach for America, Susan continues to be an advocate for education equity and socio-historical justice.
Cheenu Kashyap teaches kindergarten. She has a B.A. from the Government College for Women in Punjab, India and has taken coursework in Early Childhood Development and Education at Pasadena City College and through U.C.L.A Extension. She has been a part of the Waverly community since 1986 as a preschool teacher at Fair Oaks Preschool (formerly Waverly Preschool). Cheenu loves to cook and she has two sons. One of them is a teacher at Waverly.
Hypatia Luna teaches first/second grades. Hypatia has a B.A. in Art History and the Visual Arts from Occidental College. In addition to being an assistant teacher for several years at Waverly, Hypatia was also the elementary school art specialist for two years. ________________________________________
Kevin Murawski is a first/second grade lead teacher. Kevin received a BFA from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. A creative, developmental, progressive educator, Kevin has spent the last eight years at Sequoyah, where he taught in kindergarten/first and third/fourth grade classrooms. A lifelong learner, Kevin has participated in workshops and conferences on diversity, child development, Writer’s Workshop, and Everyday Math. Prior to teaching, Kevin was an art director for a publishing company and at various animation studios. His work with children’s literature instilled a passion for inspiring young minds.
Josie Olson teaches instrumental and vocal music at the elementary and middle schools. Josie was born in Cuba and moved to the U.S. in 1961 with her family. During her middle and high school years, she studied violin. After studying languages at El Camino College, Josie sang professionally for ten years. She took time off to be a stay-at-home mother and in 1996, Josie returned to music as a vocal music teacher at Waverly with her husband, Michael. In 2010, Josie started the pop/rock instrumental music program for the elementary and middle schools. She is the proud mother of three children who all attended Waverly. Michelle and Dan, class of 2016, just started college and Allie is a music teacher. When not at school, Josie enjoys following politics and
watching cheesy sci-fi movies.
Alpheus Prime has taught physical education at Waverly’s elementary and middle schools since 1999. He has coached sports for the last ten years, working mostly with the girls’ teams. Alphe enjoys coaching everything from basketball to volleyball but loves girls flag football best of all. All the students at Waverly know that Alphe loves purple but they probably don’t know why. Alphe received the book Harold and the Purple Crayon from his grandmother when he was four years old and has loved the color ever since. When he’s not at work, Alphe likes to dabble with computers.
Rachel Rabideau is Waverly’s part-time learning specialist at the elementary school. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in Special Education from California Polytechnic State University at Pomona. Rachel is credentialed to teach grades 6-12 social studies and K-12 special education. She has an advanced certificate in Educational Therapy from the University of California, Los Angeles. When not working, Rachel loves to spend time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys cooking, reading, CrossFit, and all things outdoors.
Brittany Reynolds teaches third/fourth grades. Brittany has been at Waverly for over five years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Fine Art and Art History from Bucknell University, finished academic work for a Multiple Subject Credential through CalState TEACH and completed Early Childhood Education Units at UCLA.
Susan Roco teaches third/fourth grades. Susan has been teaching for more than fifteen years, first working with pre-k children, and now in her tenth year teaching at the elementary level. Susan attended Pacific Oaks College where she received a B.A. in Human Development and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential._____
Jenny Sirell has a master’s degree in Reading/Language Arts from Sonoma State University and Reading Specialist Credential from Los Angeles University. She has taught art, 5/6, and 1/2 at Wildwood School in Santa Monica, 7-12 grade English and history in the Solomon Islands as a Peace Corps. volunteer, at Sonoma Country School in Northern California, on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in New Mexico, and at Westland School. Jenny started teaching at Waverly in 1995 and is teaching one of our fifth/sixth classes this year. Jenny and her husband Steve were instrumental in getting the Waverly School farm started!
Elementary Associate Teachers:
Maria Brown (first/second grades)
Liz Emery (first/second grades)
Marie Harper (young kindergarten)
Holly Hibbard (third/fourth grades)
Sahaj Kashyap (fifth/sixth grades)
Emily Koss (third/fourth grades)
Bevan Young (fifth/sixth grades)
Miguel Alférez: Spanish
Maria Brown: Spanish
Tina Reimann-Stone: librarian
Josie Olson: vocal music and instrumental music
Michael Olson: vocal music
Ken Riddle: art
Alpheus Prime: physical education
Lisa Segarra: Spanish