Cindy is the accounts manager and has been at Waverly since it opened. Before becoming the accounts manager, Cindy was an infant-toddler teacher, preschool teacher assistant, bookkeeper, and receptionist at this school. With Waverly as her home away from home, Cindy says, “The daily laughter of the children is one of the most special things about working here.” Cindy’s two sons attended Waverly – Phillip and Jeremy ’12.
Alexis is the receptionist and administrative assistant at the elementary school. Alexis has an A.A. in communications from Rio Hondo College. Prior to coming to Waverly, Alexis served as a program leader for Think Together, a non-profit that seeks to create equitable opportunities in education for all children. What she enjoys most about working at Waverly is feeling inspired by all the teachers making an impact on the students. She adds, “And there is never a dull moment!”
Meg is the assistant to the head of school, helps run the school’s social media, and also works in development. She has been a member of the Waverly community since 2003. The school’s progressive pedagogy, commitment to collaboration, and endlessly creative students inspire her greatly. Meg says that at Waverly, “We are supported and encouraged to be whoever we are at whatever moment in time we’re at. That’s dear to me. I’m grateful.”
Vella is the enrollment manager and works closely with the admissions and business offices. She also manages the school database and the tuition assistance program. Vella received a B.A. in history from Virginia Tech. What Vella enjoys the most about working at Waverly is the community. She says, “I have found my home…Waverly is a place where I feel safe, valued, and where I am truly happy to be.” Vella has two daughters; her oldest daughter, Hazel, is in 1st grade.
Margaret is the administrative assistant for the business and development offices. She has a B.A. in English and master’s degrees in creative writing and library and information science. Having worked in various roles at the school, Margaret says the most gratifying part of working at Waverly is being part of a team. She explains, “I know that my colleagues and I have each other’s back. As a team, we help make the school run smoothly.”
Dionne is the student activities coordinator and administrative assistant for the high school. Dionne holds a B.A. from Pacific Oaks in human development with a minor in early childhood education. In addition to working closely with the high school students, Dionne teaches sewing in the elementary after-school arts enrichment program. What Dionne enjoys the most about working at Waverly are the students and “being there to watch them grow, excel, figure out life, and soar.”
Deborah Clark Yeseta
Deborah is Waverly’s registrar. She has a B.A. in English literature from the University of California, Irvine, and has been part of the Waverly community since 1995. Deborah enjoys the collaborative way all the faculty, staff, and students work together. She loves to read the thought-provoking books assigned to the high school students in English and hear what the students think about them. She adds, “Their insights often give me a different perspective on what we read.”