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 outside of class.
Immaculata teaches humanities in the high school. Immaculata was born and raised in Nigeria and has been living in the U.S. for over 16 years. She received her Bachelor’s in public health from the University of Washington and her Master’s in anthropology, with a focus on global health and studies, from Case Western University. In her spare time, she enjoys poetry, traveling, dancing, reading, and engaging in research. As a scholar of anthropology and its impact on public health, and with the highest of confidence, she is convinced that Nigerian Jollof rice (not any other jollof) will change everyone’s life for the better!
Tony teaches English in the high school.
Alex is the middle and high school learning specialist. Alex has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a Master of Arts in teaching from the University of San Francisco. In addition, he is currently completing his Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Therapy from California State University, Northridge. Alex has a range of experience at the middle, high school, and collegiate levels. He has worked as a writing coach, learning specialist, and English teacher for many years. Alex brings a deep passion for supporting students and helping teachers. (Email)
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)
Kate teaches science and math in the high school. Kate earned her B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and obtained her M.A. in multicultural education from Sacramento State University. Kate aims to make education interesting, engaging and accessible for everyone. She has been working in education for almost 20 years, and has taught courses on the collegiate level and most recently at Tree Academy, a progressive school in West Hollywood. When not teaching or researching about education, Kate can be found traveling, walking for hours through cities, the countryside, or the forest taking photos and making art.
Alicia teaches science in the high school.
Kathy teaches middle and 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)
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)
Ryan teaches U.S. history/APUSH and 9th grade English. Ryan received his Bachelor’s in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He continued his passion for history and English, completing both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Exeter, in England, focusing his research and studies on literary study and translation with his thesis titled: “Chronicle and Conflict in Twelfth-Century León‑Castile.” Prior to coming to Waverly, Ryan taught history as an adjunct professor at Long Beach City College. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys surfing, reading, and spending time with his family.
Briana teaches psychology, art history, and human nature (philosophy) at the high school. She also serves as the coordinator of the wellness program and teaches weekly yoga classes for students. Briana holds a B.A. in art history, an A.A. in developmental psychology, and has graduate-level experience in social work. She encourages her students to adopt a broad lens on human behavior and history, utilizing the spectrums of a micro/macro lens. She encourages students to unpack the intricacies of what it means to be human with curiosity, self-reflection, and compassion.