Inspired experience based college preparatory education for creative and intellectually curious students
Early childhood through twelfth grade

Faculty

2017-2018 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_CervantesRichard 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. Molly’s eldest son Aiben starts Waverly as a preschool student this fall!

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. Susan’s daughter Ellycea is a Waverly middle schooler.

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_LunaHypatia 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-murawskiKevin 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-2016Josie Olson teaches instrumental and vocal music at the elementary school.  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.    And has been a vocal music teacher at Waverly with her husband, Michael since 1996.   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,  are college students and Allie is a music teacher.  When not at school, Josie enjoys following politics and watching cheesy sci-fi movies.

rachel-rabideau-2016Rachel 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_ReynoldsBrittany 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.

Photo Not AvailableSarän Richard is a third/fourth grade lead teacher new to Waverly this fall! Sarän has a BA in Psychology from UCLA and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. She is currently working on a Master of Science in Educational Counseling from the University of La Verne. Sarän has twelve years of experience in independent school teaching, including four years as a lead fourth through sixth grade teacher at The Country School in Valley Village. In recent years, Sarän has worked as a consultant in media and technology education. Sarän brings a commitment to progressive education and lifelong learning, infectious enthusiasm, and great warmth to her work with students.

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:

Marie HarperMarie Harper is the associate teacher in our preschool class and runs our Preschool Afterschool Program.  She has a BA in Psychology, an MA in Human Development with Specialization in Leadership in Education and Human Services, and an MS in Early Childhood Studies with Specialization in Teaching and Diversity in Early Education.  Marie has worked with children for more than twenty years; this is her third year at Waverly. Marie enjoys hiking, reading, kayaking, skateboarding, and listening to music.  She wishes she could play the guitar like Nancy Wilson!

Photo Not AvailableVictoria Fox is an associate teacher in a first and second grade classroom. She has worked in various Waverly classrooms since 2015 and has been teaching private voice and piano lessons for the last six years. Before coming to Waverly, Victoria worked for the Department of Education and Community Engagement at LA Opera where she taught youth acting and singing classes, sang in outreach performances, and was the lead research assistant for Maestro James Conlon. Victoria has a Master of Music degree from The USC Thornton School of Music and loves performing opera in and around the Los Angeles area. She is an enthusiastic hiker and she practices yoga daily.

Maria BrownMaria Brown is an associate teacher in a first and second grade classroom and teaches Spanish in both first and second grade classes.  Maria has worked with children for twenty-eight years and has been with Waverly since its days as a preschool. Of her work, Maria says, “It gives me joy to watch the children grow year after year and see how they become passionate artists, confident speakers, talented musicians, and kind young adults who love us all for being part of their journey.” Outside of school, Maria enjoys the beach, road trips, new restaurants, and spending time with her daughters, Aaliyah in fourth grade and Natalie in sixth grade.

Photo Not AvailableEmily Koss (Waverly Class of 2008) is an associate teacher in a third and fourth grade classroom. This is Emily’s third year teaching at Waverly. She received her BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Anthropology from CSU Monterey Bay, and she started her MA in Anthropology with a concentration in Biological Anthropology this summer. Emily loves working with kids because “they are so fresh and real, their ideas and opinions are fascinating, they are hilarious and adorable, and they give [her] hope for humanity.”

Holly HibbardHolly Hibbard is an associate teacher in a third and fourth grade classroom. She has been working with children for twenty-three years, the last two at Waverly. Holly has a BA in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. She loves working with children because “they remind [her] of the good in the world” and appreciates the opportunity to watch them grow and discover their potential. Holly is currently very involved with her own children, particularly attending her older son’s running events.

Photo Not AvailableMegan Griffiths is an associate teacher for fifth and sixth grade. She has served as a substitute in various classrooms and iss a familiar face to most families as the site leader for Tom Sawyer After School Camp here at Waverly. Megan has a BA on Child Development from Cal State Northridge which sparked her interest in how each child grows and develops differently. During the summer months, Megan is an Assistant Director of the Equestrian program at Tom Sawyer Camps. She loves short get-aways to the beach or mountains and spending time with family.

Sahaj KashyapSahaj Kashyap is an associate teacher in a fifth and sixth grade class. He has been working at Waverly for eight years. Sahaj has a BA in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Educational Administration and teaching credential from California State University, Northridge. He appreciates working at Waverly because “academics can be approached differently to include all learning styles.  The classroom is a chemistry experiment in and of itself.  We have distinct personalities and diverse mixtures which lead to unique results and experiences every year.”  Sahaj enjoys Hatha yoga, playing basketball, and exploring science.

Elementary Specialists:

Maria Brown: Spanish
Allison Gilman: Spanish
Tina Reimann-Stone: librarian
Josie Olson: vocal music and instrumental music
Michael Olson: vocal music
Michelle Dakan: art
Ken Riddle: art
Patrick Delaney: PE

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