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Faculty and Staff

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ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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    Michelle Lewis

    Founder and Director of Development Michelle has worked in education for over 34 years ...
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    Jill Diaz

    Director of Admissions and Marketing Jill Diaz is a Bay Area native who has worked in s ...
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    Genevieve Jackson

    Director of Business Operations
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    Caitlin Kara

    Development Associate Caitlin Kara graduated from Northern Light School ...
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    Maria Brennan

    Development Associate Maria Brennan joined Northern Light School in 2012 ...
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    Lamaine Kitchen

    Campus Coordinator Lamaine Kitchen is an Oakland native and graduate ...

FACULTY LEADERSHIP TEAM

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    Peter Welch

    Director of Student Affairs and Middle School Math Teacher Peter Welch has been teaching at Northern Light Sc ...
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    Diana Taylor

    Director of Faculty Affairs and Middle School Writing Teacher Diana began her years of teaching at Northern Ligh ...
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    Becky Vertefeuille

    Dean of Grades 6-8 and Middle School Science Teacher Becky Vertefeuille has been teaching at Northern L ...
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    Tonya Taylor

    Dean of Grades 3-5 and Third Grade Teacher Tonya has been at Northern Light School since 2008 ...
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    Tracy Miller

    Dean of Grades PK-2 and Second Grade Teacher Tracy has worked at Northern Light School since 20 ...

PRESCHOOL FACULTY

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    Sherin Ameerdeen

    Preschool Lead Teacher Ever since she was a little girl, Sherin has alway ...
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    Evelyn Torres

    Preschool Teacher Evelyn Torres has been a preschool teacher at NLS ...
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    Maryam Nazari

    Preschool Teacher Maryam earned her “Bachelor Degree in Educat ...

LOWER SCHOOL FACULTY

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    Maureen Smith

    Lower School - Kindergarten Molly’s love of teaching began abroad as a ...
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    Jennifer Spain

    Lower School - Kindergarten Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studi ...
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    Melissa Avery

    Lower School - 1st Grade Melissa earned a BA in Elementary Education and ...
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    Tracy Miller

    Dean of Grades PK-2 and Second Grade Teacher Tracy has worked at Northern Light School since 20 ...
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    Tonya Taylor

    Dean of Grades 3-5 and Third Grade Teacher Tonya has been at Northern Light School since 2008 ...
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    Katheryn McGinnis

    Lower School - 4th Grade Katheryn graduated from the University of Califo ...
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    Amariah Hash

    Lower School - 5th Grade Amariah graduated from the University of Californi ...
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    Samantha Vax

    Lower School - Support Teacher Samantha graduated from Holy Names University wi ...

MIDDLE SCHOOL FACULTY

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    Becky Vertefeuille

    Dean of Grades 6-8 and Middle School Science Teacher Becky Vertefeuille has been teaching at Northern L ...
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    Peter Welch

    Director of Student Affairs and Middle School Math Teacher Peter Welch has been teaching at Northern Light Sc ...
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    Maija Wigoda-Mikkila

    Middle School-Math Maija serves as a Middle School Mathematics Co-Tea ...
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    Diana Taylor

    Director of Faculty Affairs and Middle School Writing Teacher Diana began her years of teaching at Northern Ligh ...
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    Josiah Majetich

    Middle School - History and Service Learning (K-8) Teacher Josiah began his years of teaching at Northern Lig ...
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    Ariel Cohen

    Middle School - Reading and Intervention Teacher Ariel attended undergraduate and graduate school a ...

SPECIALITY FACULTY

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    Maureen Marshall

    Exploratory - 8th Grade Maureen joined Northern Light School in 1991 as a ...
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    Michael Wellington

    Physical Education (PK-2) After moving to Oakland from Trinidad and Tabago i ...
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    Curtis Lee

    Physical Education (3-8) Curtis Junior Lee was born in 1966 in Fresno, Ca ...
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    Stephanie Hooper

    Spanish (K-5) Stephanie earned her bachelor's degree as an E ...
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    Melanie Rath-Keyes

    Music (K-5) Melanie is the K-5 Music Teacher for the wonderful ...

EXTENDED CARE STAFF

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    Lamaine Kitchen

    Campus Coordinator Lamaine Kitchen is an Oakland native and graduate ...
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    Curtis Lee

    Physical Education (3-8) Curtis Junior Lee was born in 1966 in Fresno, Ca ...
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    Samantha Vax

    Lower School - Support Teacher Samantha graduated from Holy Names University wi ...
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    Phillip Weatheroy

    Extended Care Program Instructor Phillip Weatheroy taught  for 13 years in San ...
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    Maureen Smith

    Lower School - Kindergarten Molly’s love of teaching began abroad as a ...
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    Jennifer Spain

    Lower School - Kindergarten Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studi ...