Administration and Facilities
Julie Wiley, Administrative Director
Sandra Traub, Office Manager
Jeff Cortez, Facilities Manager
Andrea Williford, Administrative Assistant & Enrollment Coordinator
Linda Bennett, Kindergarten
Shaun Gruber, First grade
Jessica Rice, Second grade
Darlene Beal, Third grade
Lisa Fowler, First-third grade
Josanne van der Wilk, Fourth 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
Lynn Steele, Speech Pathologist
Vincent Rodriguez, Resource Aide
Susan Yambra, EL Teacher
|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.
Kindergarten, Hummingbird Hall (email)
| 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
First grade, Heart Room (email)
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
Second grade, Discovery Room (Email)
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.
Josanne van der Wilk
Fourth Grade, Looping, Treehouse (Email)
Josanne graduated from UC Santa Cruz with her BA in sociology in 2014 and her Masters in Education and Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential in 2015.
Josanne loves to surf, swim, play disc golf and ultimate frisbee, take walks, camp, and go on long road trips.
Josanne was a college athlete for 5 years, swimming for UC Santa Cruz and Chabot Community College in Hayward. At the age of 16, Josanne became involved in coaching and swim lessons, which lead her to realize how much she genuinely loves teaching. There was nothing more rewarding than seeing a swimmer's smile when they swam their first independent lap or set a new personal record. Swimming and coaching lead Josanne to truly understand the value of hard work, perseverance, and helped her develop a philosophy that viewed failure as an opportunity to learn. This knowledge and passion carried her through her education, and she decided to pursue a teaching career after graduation.
Josanne's philosophy as an educator is shaped by both her experiences as a collegiate athlete and her time as student at a small alternative elementary school. Being a student at an experiential learning and parental involvement based school taught Josanne how crucial it is for teaching and learning to be viewed as an opportunity, not an obligation. Because of this, as an educator, Josanne understands how crucial and valuable it is for students to be passionate, engaged, happy, and appreciated.
This is the sort of environment Josanne has found at Linscott, which she feels so appreciative and fortunate to contribute to and be a part of.
Third grade, Phoenix Hall (Email)
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.
Multi-Age / First through Third Grade, Rainbow Room (Email)
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 "Rainbow Room" learning experience.
Fourth grade, Exploration Station (Email)
Karen received a BFA
degree in Graphic Design from Brigham Young University. She worked for several
years at Macy’s Department Store as a Visual Merchandising Manager, and for
Cost Plus World Market as a Store Reset Designer. Travel in between jobs, to
Europe and to South America has been important and enriching, too. Karen
returned to BYU in 1998, in order to be part of a specialized teaching
credential program for at-risk students. She worked for three years at
Stansbury Elementary, and for 14 years at Rucker Elementary School.
In her spare time, Karen is a
working ceramic artist. She has participated in many shows, and has had work
listed in local galleries. For the past five years, she has been juried into
Santa Cruz County Open Studios. Teaching kids the ceramic process is her way of
giving back to the elementary school teachers in her life, who first introduced
her to clay. She also likes to integrate art into social studies, science, and
math lessons. An avid reader, Karen hosts student Lunchtime Book Clubs, and a
weekly Lunchtime Scrabble Club in her classroom.
Her main goal each year, is to form
a personal connection with each student in the classroom. She also hopes to
help each child to feel successful.
Fifth grade, Research Room (Email)
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
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
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
Sixth grade, Fox Landing (Email)
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
Seventh and Eighth Grade Humanities, Lion's Lair (Email)
Michelle Faeth is a life-long learner who teaches 7th
and 8th grade Humanities. A
graduate of Michigan State University and CSU Monterey Bay, Michelle came to
teaching after raising two daughters and running an after-school daycare. Here at Linscott she enjoys the challenge of
the middle school curriculum, especially helping students become competent
writers and thinkers. She also has a
passion for History and enjoys making the lessons come alive with skits, artwork,
music and interactive projects. When not
grading papers or creating lesson plans, Michelle likes to travel, volunteer in
the community, read, and watch Jeopardy!
Seventh and Eighth Grade Math and Science, Lion's Lair (Email)
My name is Brett Hagerman. I
teach 7th & 8th Math & Science along with
Exploratories here at Linscott Charter. I graduated from CSUMB, May 2010 with
my teacher certification in secondary education with an emphasis in Biology
with my undergraduate work completed in Wisconsin at the University of
Wisconsin- Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Environmental
Studies as a minor.
I have worked at two outdoor
facilities as a cabin and field instructor and as a marine biology instructor and
have taught in other public schools and private schools working with students
from K-12th. My 15 years of teaching offers me a rich diversity of
teaching experiences to draw upon when working with the students, but
nonetheless I’m constantly evaluating and refining my techniques and trying to
find new ways to engage my students and continue to make learning interesting
I thoroughly enjoy working
with youth and building positive rapports with each individual. The job of
teaching is extremely diverse, constantly changing, and there is seldom a dull
moment. It is equally as rewarding as it is challenging. The real joy of
teaching comes from the growth and development that can be observed as a child
makes learning advancements socially and academically, positive life skill
shifts, or is unraveling the knowledge they possess within and realizing the
power and enjoyment of learning.
Sandra (Sam) Traub
Office Manager (Email)
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) and of course her granddaughter. Favorite activities include camping, dirt biking, Martial Arts, bonfires in the backyard with family and friends and reading a good book!
She also heads up the Watsonville P.A.L.
Arts Program where many of our Linscott students study Taekwondo.
Administrative Assistant & Enrollment Coordinator (Email)
Andrea has been at Linscott since 2004 as a parent volunteer and joined the office staff in 2007 as the Administrative Assistant. She is in charge of processing field trips for classes, tracking our parent participation including parent fingerprinting and driver clearances. Andrea handles all of our enrollment, is our former LFKF President (and is still actively involved in our parent organization). She puts together our Middle School Exploratory classes and facilitates our Breakfast/Lunch program amongst a million other things.
Jeff Cortez (aka:Superman)
Facility Manager (Email)
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.
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!
||Alisabeth Jarrett, Resource Specialist / Vincent Rodriguez, Resource Aide / Lynn Steele, Speech / Aurora Ortiz, Psychologist