Staff Interviews

Staff Interviews

Meet our Principal

Mr. Anderson

By Tech Teammates: Koto Takeda and Bella Pantaleon

Mr. Anderson

Did you have other jobs besides being a Principal? This is enough I think but I did teach grades 3-8, was a Middle School teacher and administrator. 

Do you have kids? Yes, I have a son named Jude. He is seven years old.

What pets do you have? Two cats, named Biggles and Melon.

Where do you live?  I live in Terra Linda.

Where were you born? I was born in San Francisco.

What do you like about being a Principal? I enjoy watching the students learn.

What was your favorite subject to teach? Social Studies and the American Revolution.

What is your favorite season? I like summer! 

What is your favorite food? Spaghetti!

How long have you been a Principal? Six years.

What is your favorite color? Blue 

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? Hawaii!

What do you do in your spare time? Play guitar and read!

 

Meet our Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Franklin

By Tech Teammates: Alessia Gatti and Ari Gupta

  Ms. Franklin

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher? I used to work in a Deli.

Do you have kids? No.

What pets do you have? No pets. 

Where do you live?  I live in Petaluma. 

Where were you born? I was born in Petaluma

What do you like about being a teacher? Everything!

What was your favorite subject to teach? I like teaching students to read.

What is your favorite season? I like summer!

What is your favorite food? All kinds of food!

How long have you been a teacher? Fifteen years.

What is your favorite color? Purple. 

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? Anywhere on the beach. 

What do you do in your spare time? Garden, cook and bake!

 

Meet  Mrs. Tanner!

by Tech Teammates

Koto Takeda and Bella Pantaleon

Mrs.Tanner
 

Did you have other jobs besides teaching?

I was a Pre-School Director  

Do you have kids?

Yes, I have two children, a daughter Alyssa 19, and a son, Jack 16.

What pets do you have? 

I have one dog named “Sami”. 

Where do you live? 

I live in Inverness. 

Where were you born? 

I was born in San Luis Obispo.

What do you like about being a teacher? 

I like learning new things and being with kids. 

What is your favorite subject to teach? 

Math.

What is your favorite season? 

My favorite season is Spring.

What is your favorite food?  

Filet Mignon 

How long have you been a teacher? 

I have been a teacher for 22 years, this is my first year teaching in an Elementary School.

 What is your favorite color? 

My favorite color is pink! 

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? 

My favorite place to vacation is Hawaii!

What do you do in your spare time?  

In my spare time I go hiking, watch movies and go to the beach with my family.

 

Meet Mrs. Madden

Kindergarten Teacher

by Tech Teammates

Alessia Gatti and Ari Gupta

 Madden

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher?

Yes, a Mom

Do you have kids?

Yes, three, Molly 11, Allie, 9 and Sean 6.

What pets do you have?

We have a dog-named “Karina”.

Where do you live? 

I live in Marinwood. 

Where were you born?

I was born in San Francisco.

What do you like about being a teacher?

I love seeing students learn, and I also like teaching them to be good citizens. 

What is your favorite subject to teach?

I like to teach Reading.

What is your favorite season?

My favorite season is Winter. 

What is your favorite food?

Ice cream!!! 

How long have you been a teacher?

8 years.

What is your favorite color? 

Red

Where’s your favorite place to vacation?

Lake Tahoe!!!

What do you do in your spare time?

Spend time with my family, cook, read, and to walk our dog.

Ms.DiGirolamo

 Meet Ms. DiGirolamo 3rd Grade Teacher

By Tech Teammates: Meredith case & Bella Pantaleon

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher?   I was  tutor

Do you have kids?  I have two children, Megan is 22 and Scott is 21

What pets do you have?  I have two cats, two, rabbits, and one Guinea pig

Where do you live?  I live Right next to school 

Where were you born? I was born in Alameds

What do you like about being a teacher? I love the kids, and teaching math, reading and art.

What was your favorite subject to teach? Writing

What is your favorite season? Spring

What is your favorite food? Milk Chocolate

How long have you been a teacher? 23 years 

What is your favorite color? Yellow

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? Akumal, Mexico 

What do you do in your spare time? Swim, bike, and run

 

VanDeusen

Meet Mrs. Van Deusen

Tech Teammates

By Jasmine Croco and Alessia Gatti 

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher?   A mom.

Do you have kids?  Yes, two. Lucas, (12) and Matthew (9) 

What pets do you have?  I have a hamster named Furball

Where do you live? I live in Novato

Where were you born? I was born in New Jersey

What do you like about being a teacher? I like the expression on a child’s face when they understand what I teach them

What is your favorite season? Summer 

What is your favorite food? Peaches

How long have you been a teacher?18 years

What is your favorite color? Purple

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? The beach

What do you do in your spare time? Read, cook, and run

Mrs. Charton  

Meet Mrs. Charton 1st Grade Teacher

By Tech Teammates: Koto Takeda & Bella Pantaleon 

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher?   I was a bank Teller

Do you have kids?  I have Casity 14, Jamie, 17 and three step kids

What pets do you have?  I have a bull dog named Dolce

Where do you live?  I live in  terra Linda

Where were you born? I was born in Oakland

What do you like about being a teacher? I love really getting to know the kids and their famailes

What was your favorite subject to teach? reading

What is your favorite season? Summer 

What is your favorite food? Ice cream 

How long have you been a teacher? 23 years

What is your favorite color? Purple

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? Hawaii 

What do you do in your spare time? get in my Hot Tub!

Mrs. Hu 

Meet Mrs. Hu 3rd Grade Teacher

By Tech Teammates: Koto Takeda & Bella Pantaleon 

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher?   A Mom

Do you have kids?  Yes, two, Jack and Audrey

What pets do you have?  I have a fish

Where do you live?  I live in Petaluma

Where were you born? I was born in Mountain View 

What do you like about being a teacher? Working with so many different types of students

What was your favorite subject to teach? writing

What is your favorite season? Fall

What is your favorite food? Ice cream

How long have you been a teacher? 14 years

What is your favorite color? Purple

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? The Mountains

What do you do in your spare time? Outdoor Play

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Meet Mrs. Case 3rd Grade Teacher

By Tech Teammates: Alessia Gatti & Jacob Meehan

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher?   Yes, I worked at the Gap and at a Medical School College.

Do you have kids?  Yes, two, Mitchell is 12 and Meredith is nine. 

What pets do you have?  Two cats that are sisters.

Where do you live?  I live in Marinwood.

Where were you born? Stanford Hospital.

What do you like about being a teacher? Watching students get excited about learning.

What was your favorite subject to teach? Math and Reading.

What is your favorite season? Fall

What is your favorite food? Sushi.

How long have you been a teacher? 18 years

What is your favorite color? Green 

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? Lake Tahoe.

What do you do in your spare time? Hang out with my family, hike, read and play guitar.

Hutchens

Meet Mrs. Hutchens 5th Grade Teacher

By Emma Kraus and Elizabeth Tervet

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher?   Yes, I used to rent cars for 6 months.

Do you have kids?  Yes, one, Landry

What pets do you have?  We have some fish.

Where do you live?  I live in Novato.

Where were you born? Escondido, California. 

What do you like about being a teacher? Working with the students. 

What was your favorite subject to teach? Social Studies.

What is your favorite season? My favorite season is spring

What is your favorite food? Steak! 

How long have you been a teacher? 14 years

What is your favorite color? Blue

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? Paris  

What do you do in your spare time? Play, read, and co-direct of a Mom’s Club.

 

Fedrighi 

 

Meet Mrs. Federighi English Language Development Teacher

By Tech Teammates Alyssa Gatti and Jacob Meehan 

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher?   A tutor, and a mother

Do you have kids?  Yes, three kids.

What pets do you have?  A dog named Kona

Where do you live?  I live in Bell Marin Keyes.

What do you like about being a teacher? Working with the students everyday.

What was your favorite subject to teach? English

What is your favorite season? My favorite season is summer.

What is your favorite food? Ice Cream!

How long have you been a teacher? 5 years

What is your favorite color? Orange-red

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? Hawaii!

What do you do in your spare time? Hiking, biking, and playing with my dog.

Sakellar

 

Interview with Mrs. Sakellar

by Tech Teammates Mark Schulist and Leo Manwaring-Muller 

Do you have any jobs bedsides a teacher? Yes! Nursing assistant and a graver.

Do you have any kids? Yes! Justin, Kate, and Maria.

What pets do you have? None

Where do you live? Point Reyes

What do you like about being a teacher? Love the kids!

What is your favorite subject to teach? Science

What is your favorite season? Spring

What is your favorite food? Pasta

How long have you been a teacher for? 23 years

What is your favorite color? Teal

What is your favorite to vacation? New Mexico

What do you do in spare time? Read, sew, hike, and making baskets

Mrs. Sutter

Meet Mrs.Sutter

By Tech Teammates, Tanner and Jake

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher? Masseuse

Do you have kids? two

What pets do you have? We have  We have one dog named Kobe.

Where do you live? I live in Terra Linda.

What do you like about being a teacher? Watching kids grow up.

What was your favorite subject to teach? Math

What is your favorite season? Spring

What is your favorite food? lentil soup 

How long have you been a teacher? Three years 

What is your favorite color? orange

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? Hawaii 

What do you do in your spare time? Practice Viola and cooking

Ms. Lim

Meet Ms. Lim

By Tech Teammates, Wesley and Kai

Did you have other jobs besides a teacher? A Mom

Do you have kids? Yes

What pets do you have? No pets

Where do you live? I live in Terra Linda.

What do you like about being a teacher? Love being with kids

What was your favorite subject to teach? History

What is your favorite season? Summer

What is your favorite food? Meat

How long have you been a teacher? 25 Years 

What is your favorite color? Red

Where’s your favorite place to vacation? Paris 

What do you do in your spare time? Cooking and Hiking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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