Meet the Faculty

2021-2022

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.

ES Milca Adamczyk 2021

Milca Adam­czyk

Milca is an asso­ciate teacher in the kindergarten/​1st grade class­room. Milca has a B.A. in art history with a minor in anthro­pol­ogy, an M.F.A., and a Multi­ple Subject Teach­ing Creden­tial from Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Los Angeles. Prior to coming to Waverly, Milca substi­tute taught in Spanish Dual Immer­sion class­rooms in South Pasadena USD and was on the faculty of the Creative World Art Camp held at our campus during summer. (Email)

ES Rebecca Blum 2021

Rebecca Blum

Rebecca is a 1st/​2nd co-lead teacher. She received a B.A. from San Fran­cisco State Univer­sity in psychol­ogy and art. With an inter­est in devel­op­men­tal psychol­ogy, Rebecca taught preschool for seven years, followed by teach­ing the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades in San Fran­cisco, Brook­lyn, and Los Angeles. Rebecca has partic­i­pated in diverse educa­tional train­ing over her 15-year career, includ­ing Jewish educa­tor train­ing, Reggio Emilia, Reader and Writer’s Work­shop, Respon­sive Class­room, Bill David­son Math, and anti-bias train­ing. When Rebecca isn’t teach­ing, she can often be found baking pie for her small pie company, called Piety. (Email)

Staff Lydia Boateng

Lydia Boateng

Lydia is Waver­ly’s school coun­selor. Lydia holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from Bing­ham­ton Univer­sity as well as an M.S. in Social Admin­is­tra­tion from Case Western Reserve Univer­sity. Lydia is a native of New York City and a recent trans­plant to the area, moving from north­east Ohio where she served in multi­ple roles, includ­ing school liaison, school based ther­a­pist, and asso­ciate teacher coun­selor. In her roles, she has coun­seled chil­dren and adoles­cents with mild to severe behav­ioral, mood, and trauma-stres­sor related disor­ders. She has provided indi­vid­ual and group sessions to K‑12 students, supported fami­lies with commu­nity resources, mental health tech­niques, and collab­o­rated with teach­ers and parents on devel­op­ing behav­ioral inter­ven­tions and emotional support for students. She is excited to join the Waverly commu­nity where she will be working collab­o­ra­tively to bring advi­sory program­ming to the high school. Lydia loves to serve in her church commu­nity, travel the world, and play sports in her free time. (Email)

ES Maria Brown 2021

Maria Brown

Maria is a kindergarten/​1st grade asso­ciate teacher and teaches Spanish in the elemen­tary school. Maria has worked with chil­dren for more than 25 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.” Maria’s two daugh­ters attend Waverly: Aaliyah in 8th grade and Natalie in 10th grade. (Email)

ES Stina Clinton 2021

Stina Clinton

Stina is a 5th/​6th lead teacher. Stina has a B.A. in English and a Cali­for­nia Single Subject Teach­ing Creden­tial in Language Arts from Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Los Angeles. Stina is commit­ted to creat­ing emer­gent, project-based social studies units that empha­size multi­ple perspec­tives and crit­i­cal think­ing and to engag­ing her students in service-learn­ing projects. She is passion­ate about progres­sive, student-centered educa­tion. (Email)

ES Elah Davidson 2021

Elah David­son

Elah (Waverly class of 2008) is a 5th/6th-grade asso­ciate teacher. She has a Bach­e­lor of Science in jour­nal­ism with a focus in envi­ron­men­tal commu­ni­ca­tions from Emerson College in Boston. Elah truly enjoys working with students in upper elemen­tary as they navi­gate their social dynam­ics, emotional growth, and take pride in their acad­e­mic work. She believes in the impor­tance of creat­ing a commu­nity where students culti­vate curios­ity and feel safe to try new things and make mistakes. Elah loves to bring her love of the natural world into the class­room, as well. (Email)

ES Oonagh Delaney 2021

Oonagh Delaney

Oonagh is a kindergarten/​1st grade lead teacher. Oonagh has a B.A. in Theater Arts and English Liter­a­ture and a Post Grad­u­ate Certifi­cate in Educa­tion from the Univer­sity of Manches­ter in the U.K., and Early Child­hood and Site Supervisor/​Program Direc­tor Certi­fi­ca­tion through the Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Los Angeles. She has over 25 years of expe­ri­ence in educa­tion and has been the owner, direc­tor, and lead teacher of the highly regarded The Little Preschool in North­ridge for 13 years prior to teach­ing at Waverly. Oonagh’s three sons grad­u­ated from Waverly: Sam​’20, Patrick​‘16, and Eamonn​‘15. (Email)

Molly Geller 19 20

Molly Geller

Molly (Waverly class of 2002) is a 5th/​6th lead teacher. She has a B.A. in theol­ogy and reli­gious studies from the Univer­sity of San Fran­cisco and a teach­ing creden­tial and a Master of Educa­tion degree from Antioch Univer­sity. Molly supports and chal­lenges her students by meeting them where they are emotion­ally, socially, and acad­e­m­i­cally. She explains, Some days they need support, other days a chal­lenge, but knowing they always have a teacher who will support them allows them to be their best selves.” (Email)

ES Lexa Grace 2021

Lexa Grace

Lexa is a 5th/​6th asso­ciate teacher. Lexa has a B.A. in the arts from The New School Univer­sity, an M.P.A. Certifi­cate in nonprofit manage­ment, and an M.A. in theatre from Villanova Univer­sity. Having taught in a variety of settings, Lexa has expe­ri­ence with anti-bias/anti-racist curricu­lum, Readers and Writers Work­shop, and Every­day Math­e­mat­ics. (Email)

ES Susan Hendricks 2021

Susan Hendricks

Susan is a 2nd/​3rd lead teacher. Creden­tialed by the State of Cali­for­nia as a teacher (preschool-12th grades) and 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. Susan chal­lenges the kinder­garten­ers by first support­ing them emotion­ally. She says, There is so much flux and trans­for­ma­tion taking place socially, emotion­ally, and cogni­tively at this point in their devel­op­ment, that my role is to listen, observe, and recog­nize when and where to push regard­ing their learn­ing expe­ri­ences.” (Email)

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Bryce Hopkins

Bryce is a 2nd/​3rd asso­ciate teacher. Bryce holds a B.A. in strate­gic commu­ni­ca­tions from North­ern Arizona Univer­sity. Prior to joining us in the class­room, Bryce was a camp coun­selor in Waver­ly’s summer camp. Bryce has previ­ously worked as a phys­i­cal educa­tion teacher at Chan­dler School, and he has also served as a para­pro­fes­sional for the La Cañada Unified School District. (Email)

Jennifer Johnson 2021

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer is the learn­ing special­ist for kinder­garten through 12th grade. Jennifer has a Cali­for­nia Teach­ing Creden­tial, a Master’s in teach­ing, and certi­fi­ca­tion as an educa­tional ther­a­pist. Led to a career in educa­tion by a life­long fasci­na­tion with the many differ­ent ways people think and learn, Jennifer is happi­est when around chil­dren and teens and believes that most kids are natu­rally curious and seek chal­lenges to stretch them­selves. To support them, she explains,​“Often, you just need to give them the time and space to follow their curios­ity. For chil­dren who may find them­selves facing tasks which are too chal­leng­ing, what is often needed is support in build­ing the skills to feel capable of meeting a chal­lenge.” (Email)

ES Sahaj Kashyap 2021

Sahaj Kashyap

Sahaj is a 3rd/​4th asso­ciate teacher. Sahaj has a B.A. in soci­ol­ogy from the Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Berke­ley and an M.A. in educa­tion admin­is­tra­tion and a 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 that lead to unique results and expe­ri­ences every year.” Sahaj enjoys Hatha yoga, playing basket­ball, and explor­ing science. (Email)

ES Dharinne Perera Myers 2021

Dharinne Perera-Myers

Dharinne is a 3rd/​4th lead teacher. Dharinne has a B.A. in human devel­op­ment and a Multi­ple Subject Teach­ing Creden­tial from Pacific Oaks College. She will complete a Certifi­cate in Educa­tional Therapy at Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, River­side this fall. In addi­tion to teach­ing in elemen­tary class­rooms, Dharinne has devel­oped and imple­mented eques­trian programs for Tom Sawyer Camps and has also served as a Behav­ioral Ther­a­pist in the B.L.A.S.T. Program. Dharinne has a back­ground in Visions Inclu­siv­ity Train­ing and Respon­sive Class­room, and she is commit­ted to child-centered educa­tion. (Email)

ES Brittany Reynolds 2021

Brit­tany Reynolds

Brit­tany is a kindergarten/​1st grade lead teacher. Brit­tany holds a B.A. in psychol­ogy and fine art/​art history from Buck­nell Univer­sity, a Multi­ple Subject Creden­tial from CalState TEACH, an Early Child­hood Educa­tion Certifi­cate from UCLA Exten­sion, and a Master’s in Teach­ing with a focus on social justice, multi­cul­tur­al­ism, and action research from Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Fresno. Brit­tany believes that all students should be given the space and oppor­tu­nity to love learn­ing and to realize that there is so much that can be uncov­ered through the learn­ing process. She says, The class­room is set up to meet varying student needs in a variety of learn­ing expe­ri­ences. In this envi­ron­ment, students are given the space and support to take risks, ask ques­tions, and express them­selves.” (Email)

ES Cory Williamson 2021

Cory Williamson

Cory is a 1st/​2nd co-lead teacher. Cory holds a B.F.A. in theatre perfor­mance from the Univer­sity of Idaho and grad­u­ated from the School at Step­pen­wolf’s Acting Program in 2016. Cory fosters a safe and creative envi­ron­ment for his students. He has embraced profes­sional devel­op­ment in Respon­sive Class­room, Every­day Math­e­mat­ics, and The National SEED Project (Seeking Educa­tional Equity and Diver­sity). He brings his theatre expe­ri­ence into the class­room to actively engage students during read-aloud, play­writ­ing, and poetry lessons. (Email)