Meet the Faculty

2020-2021

Commit­ted to a human­is­tic approach, our high school teach­ers encour­age their students to be creative, self-disci­plined, and inde­pen­dent intel­lec­tu­als capable of high acad­e­mic achieve­ment and personal growth. Faculty share and model life­time learn­ing by devel­op­ing new classes and working with students on a range of activ­i­ties — from debate to Bolly­wood — outside of class.

Corey Fredman Fetzer 19 20

Corey Fetzer

Corey teaches Amer­i­can liter­a­ture and two junior/​senior liter­a­ture semi­nars. Corey, who attended a K‑12 progres­sive school, is strongly commit­ted to the Waverly philos­o­phy. She studied English and world liter­a­ture at Pitzer College and has taught language arts, writing, and liter­a­ture in a variety of settings. (Email)

Greg Harrison 19 20

Greg Harri­son

Greg teaches science at the high school. He has a B.S. in aero­nau­ti­cal and astro­nau­ti­cal engi­neer­ing from M.I.T. and an M.S. in aero­space engi­neer­ing from the Univer­sity of South­ern Cali­for­nia. Greg served in the Air Force and then worked at NASA’s Jet Propul­sion Labo­ra­tory as a space­craft engi­neer. Greg tran­si­tioned to becom­ing an educa­tor when he asked himself, What can I do to make the world a better place?” His answer: I am intensely curious about our natural world, and I love learn­ing new things and explor­ing deeper. I was drawn to educa­tion because I enjoy sharing my love of finding things out.” Greg’s sons attend Waverly – Eiji in 10th grade and Kazuo in 12th grade. (Email)

Bret Helvig 19 20

Bret Helvig

Bret teaches Spanish at the high school and is the 5th/​6th Spanish special­ist in the elemen­tary school. Bret earned a B.A. in French and Spanish and an M.A. in both languages from the Univer­sity of Hawai’i at Manoa. He enjoys sharing his passion for the Spanish language, its people, and its culture with his students and encour­ages them to use as much Spanish in the class­room as possi­ble to develop into confi­dent speak­ers. In his free time, he loves to travel, explore new places, and ride roller coast­ers. (Email)

Jennifer Johnson 19 20

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)

HS Bio Photo Shelbie Kelly 2

Shelbie Kelly

Shelbie teaches high school English as a long-term substi­tute. Shelbie has a B.A. in English – Creative Writing from Univer­sity of Central Florida, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Full Sail Univer­sity, and teach­ing certi­fi­ca­tion in high school English and drama. She has train­ing in liter­ary editing and, in her words, wants to instill a fasci­na­tion with language and story­telling” in her students. (Email)

Jack Knight 19 20

Jack Knight

Jack teaches high school math. He has a B.S. in math­e­mat­ics and physics from the Univer­sity of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, a Diploma in Math­e­mat­ics (part 1) from the Univer­sity of Auck­land (New Zealand), and a Diploma of Teach­ing in Math­e­mat­ics, Physics, and Chem­istry from Teacher’s College in New Zealand. Jack enjoys teach­ing at Waverly because the students are friendly and honest in sharing their thoughts.” (Email)

Joanna Marshall 19 20

Joanna Marshall

Joanna teaches science at the high school. She holds a B.S. and M.S., both in biochem­istry, from the Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Los Angeles, where she taught numer­ous under­grad­u­ate biochem­istry courses and worked in research labs in the fields of biochem­istry, organic chem­istry, and chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing. Joanna feels strongly about making science acces­si­ble and (with hope) fun for all students, and she believes Waver­ly’s focus on expe­ri­ence-based, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary learn­ing makes for an ideal envi­ron­ment for students to explore their scien­tific curios­ity and develop an appre­ci­a­tion for the often surpris­ing rele­vance of science to all parts of life. (Email)

Paul Nam 19 20

Paul Nam

Paul teaches history at the high school. He received a B.A. in history from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Korean history from the Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Los Angeles. Prior to coming to Waverly, he taught at Occi­den­tal College where he won the Donald R. Lofts­gor­don Memo­r­ial Award for Outstand­ing Teach­ing in 2014 and 2019. Paul’s primary peda­gog­i­cal goal is to support and spur students to become inde­pen­dent and crit­i­cal thinkers ready and eager to change the world. (Email)

Bio Photo Robyn Park

Robyn Park

Robyn is Waver­ly’s social justice and well­ness teacher and coun­selor. Robyn holds a B.A. in Justice and Peace Studies from Univer­sity of Saint Thomas and an M.A. in Clin­i­cal Psychol­ogy with special­iza­tions in Child Studies and Applied Commu­nity Psychol­ogy from Antioch Univer­sity. Robyn’s work with chil­dren, adoles­cents, fami­lies, trans-racial adop­tion and post-adop­tion matters, LGBT commu­nity issues, and trauma-informed coun­sel­ing are impor­tant aspects of Waverly’s focus on build­ing compas­sion­ate affin­ity spaces and mean­ing­ful profes­sional devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties in her areas of signif­i­cant exper­tise. (Email)

HS Bio Photo Kathy Repique

Kathy Repique

Kathy teaches high school math. Kathy has a B.S. in Math­e­mat­ics with a Minor in Music from Loma Linda Univer­sity, an M.A. in Applied Math­e­mat­ics from Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Santa Barbara, and an Ed.D. in Lead­er­ship for Educa­tional Justice from Univer­sity of Redlands. Addi­tion­ally, Kathy holds a Cali­for­nia single-subject teach­ing creden­tial in Math­e­mat­ics and certi­fi­ca­tion in cross-cultural language and acad­e­mic devel­op­ment. A self-described math nerd, Kathy lives in Los Angeles with her partner Jon and her dog Barney. (Email)

Andres Roblero 19 20

Andrés Roblero Villalobos

Andrés teaches Spanish and AP Spanish language and culture at the high school. He is a native of Costa Rica and grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of La Salle with a degree in busi­ness and inter­na­tional market­ing. Andrés loves to inspire students to deepen their under­stand­ing of crit­i­cal aspects of Hispanic culture and language. In turn, Andrés says, Waverly students inspire me because of their humil­ity, consis­tency, work ethic, and deter­mi­na­tion in every­thing they do.” (Email)

Amy Sedivy 19 20

Amy Sedivy

Amy teaches English and creative writing at the high school. She received a B.A. and M.A in English, with an empha­sis in writing from Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, North­ridge. Amy taught for over six years at the college level. Her fiction has been published in several liter­ary jour­nals, includ­ing Calyx and The Louisville Review. Amy’s son, Rylan, grad­u­ated from Waverly in 2010. (Email)

Nick Simmons 19 20

Nick Simmons

Nick teaches math in the middle and high schools. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree from the Univer­sity of Chicago, and a master’s degree from the Univer­sity of Tennessee, Knoxville, both in econom­ics. He has taught under­grad­u­ate courses and has been involved in a great deal of fasci­nat­ing research, includ­ing with profes­sors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, authors of Freako­nom­ics. Further, he attended a progres­sive school and believes deeply in build­ing strong rela­tion­ships with students and creat­ing learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties that allow students to connect deeply with the mate­r­ial. (Email)

Bennel Thompkins 19 20

Bennel Thomp­kins

Bennel teaches high school history. Bennel received his B.A. in Asian studies from Florida State and his J.D. from New York Univer­sity Law School. After leaving the prac­tice of law, Bennel shifted his focus to teach­ing. He employs the Socratic method of asking why” to his high school students at Waverly. (Email)