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Administration and Facilities

Julie Wiley, Administrative Director / Principal

Sandra Traub, Office Manager
Andrea Williford, Administrative Assistant & Enrollment Coordinator

Jeff Cortez, Facilities Manager

Teachers

Linda Bennett, Kindergarten
Shaun Gruber, First grade
Jessica Rice, Second grade
Lisa Fowler, Third grade (Looping Class)
Darlene Beal
, Third grade
Odile deFaymoreau, First-third grade
Karen Hansen, Fourth grade
Karen Mora, Fifth grade
Seth Lewis, Sixth grade
Michelle Faeth, Seventh-eighth grade Humanities
Brett Hagerman, Seventh-eighth grade Science and Math

Adjunct Teaching Staff

Mark Damiani, Physical Education
Mike Rindt, Music Instructor
Alisabeth Jarrett, Resource Specialist
Alison Guerin, Speech Pathologist
Vincent Rodriguez, Resource Aide
Susan Yambra, EL Teacher



Staff Biographies


Julie Wiley

Administrative Director/Principal [e-mail]

Julie Wiley graduated With Honors from California State Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Social Sciences. After completing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State and teaching briefly, Julie took time off to raise a family before returning to teaching in 1996.

When Julie returned to the classroom, she taught 6-8 grade humanities, integrating social studies with language arts curriculum for 18 years. She is a presenter with the Central California Writing Project, a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, and a member of the International and California Reading Associations.

Julie has a strong background in classroom teaching strategies and school leadership having served on a variety of advisory committees, grassroots community movements, and the Linscott Charter School Site Management Team.

Linda Bennett

Kindergarten, Hummingbird Hall

Linda first became involved with Linscott in 2006 when her two daughters began attending the school. As a parent, she loved being at Linscott and had always wanted to be very involved. She worked as a substitute teacher and member of the Site Management Team for two years, in addition to serving other roles in our Linscott parent community until her youngest daughter graduated in June of 2012.

Linda's educational background includes having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science at U.C. Santa Barbara in 1986, a Master’s Degree of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University in 1997, and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State Teach at CSUMB in 2007. She earned the Academic Achievement Award in 1996 in her Master’s Program at San Jose State University, and earned a Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certification from Cal State Teach. She just completed her professional development program through the Santa Cruz County Office of Education which has enable her to earn her lifetime teaching credential. In addition to these courses of study, she has attended many specialized trainings to enhance her ability to work with students of varying learning styles. She comes experienced in teaching all grades from preschool through fifth grades and am currently in her eleventh year of teaching.

"I am delighted to be working at Linscott, and very much look forward to meeting you and working with you and your child".  --Linda

Shaun Gruber

First grade, Heart Room

Shaun graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art.  After two years of being a college graduate and living in the UK for a period of time, she ended up back in Santa Cruz. Shaun began volunteering at two local elementary school classrooms (6th grade at Mar Vista Elementary and 5th grade at H.A. Hyde).  Literally, within days, she fell in love with the idea of becoming an elementary school teacher.  Six months later she was convinced that she needed to make this idea a reality.  Shaun entered San Jose State in 2012 and enrolled in their Multiplication Subject Teaching Credential program, where she was exposed to creative educators and an inspiring cohort of peers. While student teaching at Si Se Puede, a Rocketship parent-participation and college-prep charter school, she was trained in individualized instruction and was taught the importance of holding high academic expectations for her students. Shaun also became interested in public policy and making sure all children have access to quality education.

"I feel so lucky to be teaching such an amazing group of students at Linscott and having the chance to implement all of my new found skills, as well as developing many more!   I have grown so much already through my time at Linscott and my collaboration with both teachers and parents.  My love for teaching increases everyday and I am so thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful community of teachers, administrators, parents and students!" --Shaun               

Jessica Rice

Second grade, Discovery Room


Jessica graduated from California State University Monterey Bay with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Environmental Science and has been teaching at Linscott since 2009.  She completed her Master’s Degree in Education through UCSC, where she received excellent in class teaching experiences, the most current, and research based teaching practices. My training placed a heavy emphasis on English language development across the curriculum while concentrating on building academic success with all children.  She also holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  While pursuing a career in education Jessica volunteered in the Watsonville Cooperative Preschool, Aromas School, Mount Madonna School, and Linscott Charter School.  Jessica worked actively in many classrooms, taught an after-school science program with K-3rd graders, and taught an environmental education exploratory to middle schoolers.  She is very excited to be teaching at Linscott, a true community that is very special in her heart.   She was instantly drawn to the environmental educational philosophy and strong parent and school connection that makes Linscott unique. Teaching at Linscott provides a wonderful opportunity to bring student’s purposeful learning holistically, giving students a cross-curricular thematic teaching experience to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  Jessica  looks forward to teaching every day at Linscott because she builds a strong class community, working with students who are eager to learn and come to school.  Jessica’s students feel cared about, have multiple opportunities to learn within a collaborative team environment, and are guided to acquire new knowledge within a realm of creative arts and science based modalities.  Jessica feels very fortunate to be a part of the Linscott community.  As a parent of a student who attended Linscott, she knows that students here are getting the best possible educational experience.  

Lisa Fowler

Third Grade, Looping, Treehouse


Lisa has been a teacher in the Pajaro Valley School District since 1997. She has taught Kindergarten, first and second grade in addition to her 6 years as a reading and language development specialist.
One of the things she enjoys most about teaching is the opportunity she has to celebrate with kids as they read their first books and write their first words. Even after 15 years of helping kids learn to read it is always exciting and wonderful to participate in those “A-HA” moments!

Lisa builds upon the natural curiosity of  children with her year long theme “Exploring our World.” She teaches students how to “think like scientists,” observing, asking questions and making predictions about the animals and habitats here in Pajaro Valley and around the world. She uses field trips to give students hands-on experiences related to each unit of study. Units are developed based upon the California State Standards for Science and Social Studies. Literacy, science, social studies and math are integrated (interconnected) as much as possible. Art, music and hands-on science are an integral part of the "Treehouse Class" learning experience.

Darlene Beal

Third grade, Phoenix Hall


Darlene received her B.A. Cum Laude with distinction in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Child Development at California State University Monterey Bay. She holds a BCLAD credential and has taught third grade at Linscott Charter School since 2001. Darlene was a vision therapist for 8 years working with children and adults with vision related learning difficulties.

She worked with John Fleming at Developmental Learning Solutions for three years where she gained knowledge and experience working with many different learning styles. She is a graduate and support training staff of GLOBE (Global Observations to Benefit the Environment). For several years she has participated in the SCHELD (Science, Culture, History and English Language Development) Institute, first as a participant and then in the leadership training.

She loves teaching at Linscott Charter School because it allows her to address the whole child and provide hands-on integrated curriculum. She also values the parent, teacher, student collaboration which is fostered here. Darlene feels especially connected to Linscott because she and her children attended this school for 14 years before she finished her credential program and became a teacher.

Odile deFaymoreau

First - Third Grade, Rainbow Room


Odile has been teaching kindergarten at Linscott since 1997. Prior to that she spent 3 1/2 years as director of the Watsonville Cooperative Preschool, teaching students ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old, and parent education. In addition to teaching, Odile has served on the Mountain Elementary School Board of Trustees for 9 years, the Santa Cruz County Children's Commission for 5 years, and the Linscott Site Management Team for 5 years. She has been instrumental in developing Linscott policies and served as co-director at Linscott for two years. She returned to focusing on kindergarten through the 2007-2008 schoolyear. Starting with the 2008-2009 schoolyear, Odile is running Linscott's innovative Rainbow Room, a mixed grade classroom.

Karen Hansen

Fourth grade, Exploration Station











Bio Forthcoming



 


Karen Mora

Fifth grade, Research Room


Karen received a B.A. in Sociology from University of California at Santa Cruz and a multi-subject teaching credential from Chapman University. After college, she pursued an interest in dance and movement and became a member of the improvisational dance troupe, Discordance. During this same period she studied Yoga, and was fortunate to be able to travel to Pune, India to study with the Yoga master, BKS Iyengar. For almost ten years she taught Yoga and movement privately and through various institutions such as Cabrillo College, UCSC and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She also taught Adult Education classes throughout Santa Cruz County.

When her oldest daughter was four years old, she enrolled her in the Watsonville Cooperative Preschool located at Linscott School. Following preschool, she enrolled her in Linscott Magnet School. Excited and captivated by working in her daughter's classes as a parent volunteer, she returned to school to earn a multi-subject credential. Shortly thereafter, she began teaching a second/third combination class at Linscott. Both her daughters (now in high school and college) attended Linscott.

Karen has followed Linscott through its early days as a small magnet school, through its transition into a charter school into its position today as a successful, mature charter school. She has served on the Site Management Team (SMT) for many years. She now teaches 5th grade. Karen is committed to the idea that education is a family endeavor. She believes that all people, children and adults as well, learn best in a safe, but challenging environment, and that it is essential for children to engage in enriching experiences outside of a classroom.

Recently Karen was one of three California teachers to be accepted to the 2007 Mount Vernon Teachers' Institute held at Mount Vernon, VA. Along with 20 other teachers from around the US, she had the opportunity to live at Mount Vernon for a week, attending seminars with prominent scholars of George Washington, the Constitution and 18th century American life.

Seth Lewis

Sixth grade, Fox Landing


Seth has been working as an educator at Linscott Charter School since 2007.  His background and life experiences have fortuitously provided him with the skills and motivation to have an extremely positive impact on the both the students in the classroom, as well as the school. The following paragraphs give a brief introduction to who he is as a person as well as his philosophy as an educator.

In his youth, Seth spent time in Santa Maria, California, an agricultural community with startling similarities to Watsonville. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelors Degree in History in 2001.  Seth along with his wife, who is an environmental educator spent several years traveling, teaching, and learning in the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, and Central and South America. When he returned to the United States in 2005, he attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where he obtained his Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Education degree. Seth spent 2006-2007 in Burlington, Vermont while his wife completed her Master of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.

"As an educator, I have extensive experience teaching children from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds, teaching in multi-age settings, and working as an outdoor educator. In fact, six years orchestrating the surfing portion of UCSB's Eco-Surf and Kayak Camp taught me that experiences and engagement in the outdoor world are an irreplaceable form of education. I am particularly motivated by Linscott's community support, and vibrant atmosphere. I am enjoying integrating myself into the Linscott community, while I strive to inspire innovation and development".--Seth

Michelle Faeth

Seventh and Eighth Grade Humanities, Lion's Lair


Bio Forthcoming:

Brett Hagerman

Seventh and Eighth Grade Math and Science, Lion's Lair


Bio forthcoming.

Sandra (Sam) Traub

Office Manager [e-mail]

Sandra (Sam) has been working for Linscott since 2002 as the Office Manager. She enjoys working along side the parents, students and staff at Linscott assisting with any needs that arise. Her focus is on student records, personnel, purchasing and dispensing medications while providing medical assistance to students.  She provides support to staff, students and parents and although she always looks busy, she never minds stopping to help out in any way she can.

Sandra enjoys spending time with her family, husband Terry, sons Tyler and Trevor and daughter Xani (all former Linscott students)  Favorite activities include camping, dirt biking, Martial Arts and reading a good book! She is also the Director/Master Instructor of the Watsonville P.A.L. Martial Arts Program where many of our Linscott students study Taekwondo.

Andrea Williford

Administrative Assistant & Enrollment Coordinator [e-mail]


Bio forthcoming

Jeff Cortez (aka:Superman)

Facility Manager
Although I didn't realize it at the time I found my calling in 1995 when I was hired as Facilities Manager.  My responsibility is the maintenance of our site.  I come into contact with staff parents and students  and I truly enjoy the opportunity to interact them, assisting them with anything they may need.  I take an active roll in empowering students with knowledge about the little stuff.  I take my job seriously and feel it is a privilege to be here.

I am married have 2 sons who who attended middle school here and are now attending U C Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo College.


Mark Damiani

Elementary physical education


I showed up here at Linscott in 1990 as a parent. Both my children attended 2 years of preschool here at the co-op and they stayed here right through 8th grade. After filling many voluntary positions here at Linscott over the years, I hired on as the Physical Education Instructor. Over the last 13 years I have participated in some of the nation's top Instructors conferences and workshops.This has helped me to develop a Physical Education Program that is based in a mix of cooperative games, competition, character reveal, cross curricular activities as well as basic skills development. Along with specialized training in Physical Education and Development and Conflict Resolution, I also earned an AA and a BA in Liberal Arts, graduating Cum Laude and with distinction in the major. I have taught English as a second language in both Peru and Argentina. I am currently awaiting acceptance into a Masters of Education Counseling and Credential program. So much for qualifying myself...what I want you to know is that I come to work every day happy to be a part of Linscott. I love my job and I love the kids. I have the best job in the world. I get to be outside unless it rains which isn't often, I get to make Physical Education fun and exciting for your kids; which means that they will probably keep active and playing hard throughout their lives; which means I get to make a difference in this world! That is what is important to me, to be useful and joyful and to carry that message into my program and into the lives of your kids. Play hard, play fair and have fun!

Mike Rindt

Music Instructor


Bio Forthcoming

Susan Yambra

EL Teacher


Bio Forthcoming
Trevor Hutchison
Technology Specialist

Bio Forthcoming
RESOURCE STAFF
Alisabeth Jarrett, Resource Specialist / Vincent Rodriguez, Resource Aide / Alison Gurin, Speech
 

Bio's Forthcoming
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