This is Alix's second year as 7th grade math teacher at Julia Morgan. She has taught middle school math, science, and art in Oakland since 2004. After two years in Ireland studying art, Alix received her B.A. from Mills College. She later returned to school and earned her California teaching credential and M.A. in Education from Alliant International University. Alix enjoys intertwining math, science, and art in the classroom. Outside of teaching, Alix is a professional artist and loves to work creatively. She enjoys the outdoors and hiking with her husband and two young children - Mason, 5 and Eliza Grace, 2 1/2. Alix is very excited to be part of the JMSG family!
Marcia, a graduate of Simmons College with a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Wheelock College, brings a wealth of experience to the position. Before coming to JMSG, she was the Director of Admissions at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco for five years. Prior to this, she was the Director of Admissions and Public Relations at St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley. Earlier in her career, she served as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for Simmons College School of Social Work. Marcia also worked in San Francisco at Public Affairs Management, an environmental and public relations consulting firm from 1990 to 1994. Marcia served on the JMSG Board since the "founding days," and has been committed to our Mission even before the School opened by helping create admission and financial aid practices.
Suzanne is an Oakland native and has been teaching middle school science for ten years. She received her B.S. in Biology with minors in English and Art History from U.C. Davis. Suzanne then lived and worked in France for a year, before returning to earn a Biology credential from St. Mary's College. She began her teaching career at JMSG in 2005, but left four years later to pursue other adventures. During her time off teaching, Suzanne became a river rafting guide on the Rogue River in Oregon, biked through northern Europe, and spent four months in Central America. Suzanne returns to JMSG after five years teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley. She is thrilled to be part of the JMSG community again!
Laura graduated from Michigan State University where she studied English, History, and Education. For the past 15 years, her passion for sports as a vehicle for empowerment has led her to work with girls and young women in athletics. She has experience directing residential camps and coaching multiple sports at the middle school, high school, and club level. Before moving to California, Laura worked at an organization in Detroit, M.I. serving girls and supporting families to make positive choices. There she facilitated workshops in poetry, leadership, conflict resolution, relationships, performance, and many other topics that help foster self-esteem and community building. Most recently she spent five years working to empower athletes of all abilities as the Vice President of Regional Sports for Special Olympics Northern California.
Monika holds a B.A. in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley. She discovered a creative outlet as a floral designer and worked in this field for several years before joining JMSG as a founding staff member. While at JMSG, she has worn many hats including: Administrative Assistant, Registrar, and unofficial School Nurse. She currently manages all school communications and brings her gift of design to many facets of the School. When she's not in front of her computer, Monika might be found capturing school moments on film, managing events for the JMSG community, or taking a break on the beautiful Mills campus with her two (dog) office mates.
Jess is passionate about the transformational power of girls education, and she brings a perspective shaped by her own experience of attending an all girls' school from 7th-12th grade at The Marlborough School in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Brown University where she studied English, lived abroad in India, and completed a teacher education program. Prior to coming to JMSG, Jess taught seventh and eighth grade English at Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey and worked for a wilderness therapy program for at-risk youth in Connecticut during her summers. While at JMSG, in addition to serving as an advisor every year, Jess has taught 8th grade English, GO GIRL, Drama, SEL, Test Prep, PE (Quidminton: Quidditch-Badminton), and 7th grade Creative Expression. Every few years, Jess commits to learning something new and challenging, in part so that she can remain connected to the experiences of being a student. Most recently, she took Chemistry at Laney College, and currently she can be found floundering through swim lessons every Monday at the Mills College pool.
Liz is a graduate of Marlborough School for Girls in Los Angeles where she later taught mathematics for two years. She received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her M.Ed. from U.C.L.A. Before coming to JMSG, Liz taught middle school math at the Athenian School in Danville. She was the seventh grade team leader and created the Athenian Middle School Service Program. A JMSG founding teacher with over 24 years experience working in middle schools, Liz’s experience includes being the founding math teacher and advisor at JMSG. Liz taught all three grades while here over the 12 years she was a faculty member. Liz also founded the JMSG Summer Camp for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Moving to LA for three years, she taught math at Westside Neighborhood School. Once back in the Bay Area, Liz became the Director of Admission at The Girls’ Middle School in Palo Alto where she held that position for two years. During her career, she lived in Spain and taught at the American School of Madrid. Liz now resides in Oakland and enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family.
Phil is a Berkeley native, composer, performer, studio musician, and music teacher. He received his B.A. in music composition from Yale University and has since composed and musically directed shows for the Young Actor’s Workshop, Berkeley High School, and the Berkeley Playhouse. Phil taught the band class at Park Day’s Community Campus for several years. Previously, he worked at Berkeley’s Camp Kee Tov for a total of twelve years, starting as a Junior Counselor, finishing as Camp Director. When not creating or teaching music, Phil might be found at the A’s game, on the frisbee field, camping in the mountains, or maybe in the kitchen cooking some vegetarian delights!
Lisa holds a Masters in Fine Arts and an M.A. in Theology & The Arts. She has a teaching credential, is a certified Yoga Education instructor, possesses a Yoga Alliance Teacher certification, and has many years of experience as an artist and educator. She has taught yoga, poetry, storytelling improvisation, dance, and movement. Lisa has taught at Athenian and Redwood Day School, the East Bay Center for Performing Arts, Cal Shakes- Summer Conservatory for Young Artists, and the College of Marin.
Sandra Luna was the founding Head of School at Children’s Day School (CDS) in San Francisco, working with a group of parents to transition the for-profit preschool to a non-profit, independent school in 1996; she initiated the vision of a preschool through eighth grade school grounded in principles of social justice. Her work included establishing a Board of Trustees, hiring and evaluating teachers, curriculum development, and day-to-day operations. While Sandra was Head, CDS became the first public or private school in San Francisco to be honored by the San Francisco’s Mayor Office for its dedication to creating a “green” school through its daily practices, its curriculum, and its connection to the broader Mission District community. Sandra also served as Project Manager at The Link to Children, a non-profit organization that provides mental health services for families with young children.
She has served on several boards, including the Center for the Childcare Workforce (CCW) in Washington, D.C. where she represented all childcare and preschool providers in the U.S. CCW has since become a part of the American Federation of Teachers. Sandra received her B.A. and her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco. This is her 9th year at Julia Morgan School for Girls and her 6th year as Head of School.
A native from Mexico, Lupe has lived almost her entire life in Oakland, California. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. After many years of working in the financial services field, she returned to school to pursue an M.B.A. from U.C. Davis. Before joining JMSG, she was involved with Lincoln Child Center in Oakland, California supporting the Development department with its fundraising efforts and database maintenance. Her interests include international travel, running, bicycling, golf, and volunteering.
Pam is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University. She also earned a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Cruz. Before coming to JMSG, Pam worked in energy conservation for a non-profit community service agency in the Bay Area. She also spent several years working in the high tech industry as a software engineer and then as a project manager at Stanford University. Pam has been the Business Manager at JMSG since 2001. She enjoys reading, yoga, and cycling.
Maryann Molinari has been a part of the JMSG faculty for the last five years. Currently teaching the STARS classes, directing The Scholars Studio (JMSG’s after school study program), and serving as a 7th grade advisor, she is a committed educator whose focus is to help middle schoolers in their academic life and personal development. A graduate of Pacific Oaks College in the field of Human Development and a Certified Educational Therapist through Holy Names University, she is currently completing her master’s thesis regarding the importance and impact of empathy in the lives of ADHD students. Maryann has also raised two children, which gives her the “real life” understanding of both the richness and responsibility of being a parent.
Danica received her B.A. in English from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.F.A. in Poetry from Hunter College. Prior to joining the faculty at JMSG, she taught poetry, fiction, and composition at the City University of New York colleges, and created bullying prevention curricula for a national safe schools organization. As a visiting artist in Brooklyn elementary schools, she developed her passion for helping young people become devoted writers and readers. She moved to Oakland two years ago, and loves her new city and teaching the girls of JMSG. Danica's poems have been published in literary journals, and she has been the recipient of writing fellowships and awards. Outside of work, she enjoys beach walks with her husband and three dogs, learning ceramics, and spending entire afternoons on complicated recipes.
Raymundo, a Mexican native, moved to California when he was sixteen years old. In 2006, Raymundo joined JMSG as an integral member of our Facilities team. When he's not at JMSG, Raymundo is busy managing the kitchens of two local restaurants in Oakland. He enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Maria and four wonderful daughters: Giselle, Tania, Daymi, and Alany.
Laurie has a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Davis. She went on to study Clinical Psychology at JFK University. For the past several years, Laurie has worked with the American Lung Association teaching Open Airways asthma management classes to elementary and middle school students all over the Bay Area. She has also worked as a substitute teacher in the elementary school grades. Laurie has two JMSG alumnae daughters, Kiley who graduated in 2009 and Chloe who graduated in 2011.
Lorraine has over 20 years teaching experience. She received her B.A. in History and Graduate School in African Studies from UCLA. She holds a secondary Social Studies credential from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo as well as a single subject California credential. She traveled to France in an intensive language study to perfect her French speaking skills in order to work in archeological and historical research in Togo, West Africa. Lorraine taught U.S. history, world history, geography and psychology at the high school level on the Big Island in Hawai’i for eight years before continuing her teaching career in California. She taught at High Tech High Bayshore in the South Bay, and was a co-administrator prior to this at Aurora Charter High School.
Chris is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara, and has a PPS School Counseling Credential from Saint Mary’s College of California. Highlights of her nine years experience as a school counselor include creating and implementing school-wide social/emotional curricula, providing individual and group counseling and leading art therapy groups on self-esteem, body awareness, and social skills. Chris enjoys working closely with school staff and parents to address the academic and social/emotional needs of students. When not at work, she delights in spending time with dogs and in nature.
Katie has been the Director of Technology at JMSG since the first year. She teaches technology and media literacy to the girls and supports teachers with using technology in all classes. Katie received her B.A. from Trinity College and her California teaching credential from Chapman University. She also holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In addition to her teaching experience, Katie worked at the Associated Press in Rome, was the senior planner for Western International Media, traded stock, taught brokers computer systems at Kidder, Peabody and was a founding member of the Media Guaranty software company. Her favorite class to teach is Movin' It!, a Lego Kinetic sculpture class. She often bribes her two daughters, aged 7 and 10, to accompany her to her favorite engineering destination - Legoland, CA!
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