2012-2013 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.
Liz Emery teaches first/second grades. She has a B.A. in English and a B.Ed. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and an E.C.E. from York University in Toronto, Canada. Liz has credentials in senior elementary/middle school (History and English), and kindergarten/junior elementary, from the Ministry of Education (Quebec, Canada). Liz’s daughter Emily is a graduate of Waverly’s second graduating class.
Molly Geller teaches third/fourth 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.
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.
Tina Landesman teaches first/second grades. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Dance, and an elementary teaching credential from New York University. She is a member of the National Association of Montessori Teachers, a dance teacher at Dance West, and a private ballet and jazz teacher. Tina has been teaching for more than 25 years.
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. ________________________________________
Erin Palfrey teaches fifth/sixth grades. Erin has a B.F.A in Fine Arts from the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, and a multiple subject teaching credential. Erin has taught for eight years at various grade levels, ranging from preschool to twelfth grade. Erin is an artist as well as an educator.
Brittany Reynolds teaches young kindergarten. This is Brittany’s fifth year at Waverly. 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. Brittany welcomes the opportunity to inspire, support, and encourage growth and learning.
Susan Roco teaches third/fourth grades. In her first ten years of teaching, Susan worked with pre-k children. Susan is in her ninth 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._____
Cheri Siddons teaches fifth/sixth grades. Cheri has a B.A. in Art History from University of California, Los Angeles with a major in Pre Columbian Cultures and a minor in Greek and Roman Antiquities, a California Multiple Subjects Credential, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. She has taught in private elementary schools for more than 16 years.___________________________________
Elementary Associate Teachers:
Anne Flores (fifth/sixth grades)
Maria Brown (first/second grades)
Sahaj Kashyap (third/fourth grades)
Kerry Marhefka (third/fourth grades)
Bevan Young (fifth/sixth grades)
Wendy Cross: librarian
Ken Riddle: elementary art teacher
Josie Olson: vocal music and instrumental music
Michael Olson: vocal music
Eddie Thomas: physical education