Faculty and Staff


Malia Rives Smith, Lavender Kindergarten 
(email)

Malia Rives Smith has many years of experience teaching children of all ages (mostly at the Bridge School in Boulder, Colorado) and recently found her love in the Waldorf Kindergarten. “I look forward to continuing the beautiful and sensible system that is Waldorf and combining it with all that I love about teaching Kindergarten-age children. I believe that Early Childhood education is profoundly important and I have a reverence for maintaining the magic and sweetness that is a part of the Kindergarten years.”

Malia was born in Hawaii, raised in Encinitas, California, holds a degree from Humboldt State in Fine Art, and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is finishing her credential in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Rudolf Steiner College. Some of her passions include international travel, bike touring, sculpting with wool, metalsmithing, enameling, and ceramics. She was trained as a ballet dancer for many years, and has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1997. She looks forward to getting to know the community of MBCS!

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Jo Ann Holbrook, Morning Glory Kindergarten (email)

Jo Ann earned her B.A. and Clear California Teaching Credential from CSU Chico and her Waldorf Kindergarten Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. Mrs. Holbrook has been involved with Waldorf education on the Monterey Peninsula since 1986. Her roles and jobs have included parent, After School Care Director, Kindergarten Teacher, Kindergarten Mentor, and Substitute. She has also chaired and been a member of a variety of school councils and committees including the MBCS Governing Board.

Sierra Schlesinger, Rosemary Kindergarten 
(email)

Sierra received her BA in English from the University of California Berkeley, and earned her credential at CSU Monterey Bay.  She is earning her MA in Waldorf Education at Rudolf Steiner College.  Sierra attended the Washington Waldorf School from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Sierra has worked as an assistant in Apple Garden Kindergarten, a private Waldorf kindergarten in Napa, and as an assistant in Handwork at the Peninsula Waldorf School in Los Altos. She has also taught 8th grade English Language Arts at Seaside Middle School. Sierra is involved in the local food community in Santa Cruz county, where she has worked for a local farm for ten years selling healthy food and educating the public about local agriculture.  She loves to run on the beach, ride her bicycle, swim, and travel.

First Grade

Chandra Weaver 
(email)

Chandra received her BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara and her Multiple Subject Teacher Credential from Cal State Teach Monterey Bay. She also completed the Education Abroad Program at the University of Natal Durban in South Africa. She formerly taught 2nd grade at La Mesa Elementary in Monterey and was a 3rd/4th grade English Language Arts instructor at Highland Elementary in Monterey. She also taught English as a Second Language in Jeju Province, South Korea. Outside the classroom, she has used her passion for teaching to educate people about waste management, coach volleyball, and improve physical fitness.

Desiree Choy


Desiree' earned a BA in Psychology and Education at the University of California Los Angeles. She also completed a portion of her undergraduate coursework at the University of Wollongong in Australia. She completed her multiple subject teaching credential and Masters of Education from the University of California Santa Cruz. She began her teaching career as a founding teacher at Monterey Bay Charter School where she taught for 3 years. After teaching stateside, she decided to pursue her dream of teaching abroad. She spent two years living in Ecuador and teaching at Academia Cotopaxi International American School. Most recently, she has spent the last year traveling as a student with the world as her classroom. Desiree' enjoys travel, the outdoors, hiking, scuba diving, new adventures, delicious food and good people.

Second Grade

Andrea Jordan (email)

Andrea Jordan is excited to be joining the MBCS community. She holds a Bachelor of Music in opera from McGill University and was first introduced to Waldorf methods while pursuing a performing career in Austria. Her experiences there inspired her to study Education at the University of Southern California, where she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Andrea has taught meditation, empowerment and calming practices with the YES! for Schools program throughout the Bay Area and in Australia. She enjoys meditation as a personal practice and continues to make music, travel, learn languages and knit as often as possible!

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Rachelle Bellanger (email)

Rachelle earned a BA in Business and a BA in Spanish from Western Oregon University. She also completed some of her undergraduate course work at the University of Oviedo, Spain. She worked in finance with North Western Mutual and then moved to California to serve with an Americorps program, Monterey County United for Literacy, and received her multiple subject teaching credential through the Cal State TEACH program. During her time as an Americorps member she taught English to 1st through 3rd grade students in Alisal Unified School District. After completing her term of service she worked as a Site Director for MPUSD's Extended Learning Department. Along with a passion for education and learning, Rachelle loves to snowboard, attend yoga classes, read, hike, and volunteer at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Third Grade

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Giulie Garland 
(email)

Giulie received a B.A. from Union University, a California Teaching Credential, and a Waldorf Teaching certificate from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Giulie was MBCS' Office Manager for ten years when the school first opened in 1998.  For many years she taught needle felting, clay modeling and beeswax modeling to the children of the school. In 2008, she left the office job at the heart of the school to become the heart of her own first grade class. Giulie has been married 30 years and has three grown daughters, two of whom graduated from MBCS.  She also enjoys two grandsons, organizes workshops for educators and sings with I Cantori Choir. She serves as a faculty representative on the school's governing board.

Sneha K
olar (email)

Miss Kolar received her B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Hearing Impaired from San Jose State and a teaching credential from CSUMB. In addition, she holds a Masters from the University of Phoenix in Curriculum and Instruction and another M.A. in Computers in Education.

She has 17 years teaching experience at Carmel Unified School District and 3 years at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Carmel.

Miss Kolar loves handwork such as stitchery as well as hiking, scuba diving, traveling.  


Fourth Grade

Kelly Eblen (email)

Originally from the east coast, Kelly earned her B.A. degree in English and Human Rights from the University of Connecticut. Her love for literature inspired part of my undergraduate studies abroad in London. During my time at UConn, she discovered her passion for teaching after a variety of meaningful instructional experiences.

Kelly earned my Master of Science degree in Elementary Education as well as her Connecticut and California teaching credentials. She completed two years of service with the Monterey County United for Literacy AmeriCorps Program and taught second grade in San Francisco. Outside of teaching she enjoys running, reading, hiking, cooking, playing soccer, and traveling.

Aaron Joseph (email)


Aaron earned his B.A. in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and his M.Ed. from the UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, where he was awarded the school’s Dr. J Student Teacher Fellowship. With teaching credentials in English, Life Sciences, and Multiple Subjects. Aaron has a wide range of professional experience in education, from High School English, yearbook advising, special education, and ESL. He has lived, studied, traveled and taught throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand in addition to teaching positions in California. A father of four children, he found that his interest was in Waldorf education and two years ago began Waldorf teacher training and a 1st grade teacher at a public Waldorf school in Los Angeles. 

Fifth Grade

Laura McKenzie 
(email)

Laura received her B.A. in Speech Communications with a minor in Philosophy from CSU Chico, her teaching credential from Cal State TEACH, and Waldorf training at Steiner College in Fair Oaks. She previously taught sixth grade at La Mesa Elementary and Pacific Grove Middle School and fourth grade at Olson Elementary in Marina. She lived in England for six months during college and traveled throughout Europe. Laura’s interests include French language study, philosophy, bicycle riding, yoga, ballet, cooking, travel, and golf.

Laura Derby (
email)

Miss Derby holds a BA in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Kinesiology from California State University, Monterey Bay. She received her multiple subject teaching credential from Cal State TEACH. She taught for three years at MPUSD as a substitute and worked in the Jump into Math intervention program before starting at MBCS. Miss Derby is a California native who  attended a charter elementary school focused on whole child education in Sonoma County.

In addition to her passion for education, Laura enjoys traveling, PiYo classes, swimming, reading, outdoor activities, and spending time with her loved ones. Miss Derby is excited to work in a Waldorf-inspired charter school and bring her artistic and musical talents into the classroom. Having come from a close-knit community, Laura also looks forward to building new life-long relationships within the MBCS community. 

Sixth Grade

Anne Wyatt (email)

Anne is originally from the Bay Area and attended Santa Clara University on a theatre and dance scholarship, where she received a BA in 1998.  She worked for 10 years as the Artistic Director for the City of Milpitas, where she directed children’s theater, planned and coordinated special events, and was a co-founder of the Youth Program Team. She moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where she taught sixth, fourth and third grades at a charter school. She received Waldorf training at the Rudolf Steiner College.

Brittney Quon (email)

Brittney was first introduced to Waldorf when a teacher told her to come check out MBCS, and she hasn't left since!  Her passion lies in empowering children through education, and inspiring and challenging them to love learning. Brittney earned her Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential through Cal State University Monterey Bay, and a Master’s degree in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Central Lancashire. Brittney has lived in California her whole life, however she fancies herself a world traveler (she's visited 14 countries and counting!). Her hobbies and interests include everything from curling up with a good book to skydiving. She is also a die-hard Sharks fan, loves huskies, cooking, and sweating it out at the gym!


Seventh Grade

Lauren Gamblin (email)

Lauren holds a BA from CSU Monterey Bay in Integrated Studies combining Liberal Arts, Wilderness Education, and Visual and Performing Arts. Her major included studies in Outdoor Experiential Education with an emphasis in Child/Human Development and a minor in Earth, Science, Systems and Policy. With this unique, whole-learning, kinesthetic and artistic foundation, it allows her to serve students with a multi-faceted, inquiry based learning lens. Lauren enjoys hiking trails and waterfronts with her giant schnauzer Luci; gardening, swimming and free diving.
 

EigthGrade

Kara Gober 
(email)

Kara holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Humboldt State University and a California Teaching Credential from the CA Returned Peace Corps Program.  She spent two years teaching in the San Diego Juvenile Court and Community Schools, three years as an Environmental Educator with the U.S. Peace Corps in Lesotho (Africa), and three years teaching science with various outdoor education programs and with University study abroad programs in the Caribbean. While living in the Caribbean she did research on sea turtles, sharks, monkeys, and local fishing industries.

Subject Teachers

Handwork: Lili Blalock
 (email)

Lili has been teaching Handwork at MBCS since 2000 and a volunteer in Waldorf handwork classes since 1990.  Her handwork experience began as a child with sewing and knitting and progressed to include spinning and weaving. Lili's hand spun, hand-woven rugs and saddle blankets have received Best of Show awards at local fairs. She began working on her Waldorf Foundation and Special Subject teacher training at Rudolf Steiner in 2008 and has B.A. in Music from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught piano lessons since 1980 and performed with many soloists and chamber groups.



Handwork and Fine Arts Elective: Yoko Ballard (email)

Yoko received a B.A. from University of San Francisco with a major in Fine Arts and Illustration. She worked as an animator for 10 years until having two children, which is when she was introduced to Waldorf education.  Both of her children attended Waldorf schools in California until moving to Hawaii where they attended a small Waldorf-inspired school and Yoko was given an opportunity to teach Japanese, Art, and Handwork. She undertook Waldorf Teacher Training through the Kula Makua Program in Hawaii and decided to home school her children while teaching specialty classes. She completed Waldorf teacher training and continues to deepen her understanding while teaching classes at MBCS in Handwork (grades 1-2) and Fine Art (grades 6-8 elective.


Violin, Orchestra, Band, and Jazz Ensemble:     Michael Blackburn (email

Michael has played music since the age of four and has been giving private lessons to children since age sixteen. He has performed and directed at local theater and musical venues. He works with children at the School of Dramatic Arts at Pacific Reperatory Theatre and with Pacific Grove's Ragamuffin Theatre Company.


Malinda Minniear, Singing (email)

Malinda has been a private music instructor teaching violin/piano/ and voice for 21 years. She has been an Associate Music Director with Ariel Children's Theater in Salinas and has 12 years of experience teaching children's singing. Malinda has directed a regional adult choir for the past 20 years as well as developed and organized music events in the community. From 2009 to 2012, she worked with the Monterey High School orchestra as a guest conductor and String Specialist. Malinda is also an orchestral composer and plays violin with the MPC Orchestra. She also enjoys camping, hiking, and swimming with her family. She is thrilled to be singing with your children in grades1-4!


David Founds, Games (P.E.) and Woodworking (email)

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David attended Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo where he earned a BS in Industrial Technology and a MS in Industrial and Technical Studies. After college he worked for a year as an Industrial Engineer in Bogota, Colombia where he learned to speak Spanish. David has worked as an outdoor educator, naturalist and habitat restoration specialist for the Ventana Wildlife Society and sometimes leads backpacking trips for teenagers. David enjoys backpacking, listening to birds, rafting, making arrowheads, climbing and anything that involves exploring the natural world around him.



Stefanie Hazdovac, Games (P.E.), Grades 1-4 (email)

Stefanie has taught at schools for over 15 years at all levels, from adult education to kindergarten. She completed her education at MetroEd in San Jose where she received a Vocational credential in office occupations. She worked as a teacher of computerized office technology at MPUSD, at the Naval Postgraduate Schuol, and an after school aide at Oasis Charter School before joining MBCS. She love spending time with her grandchildren and is  excited that her joy of working out and exercising as well as participating in many 5-10K runs has enabled her to teach Games class.

Shervin Mader, Spanish (Grades 1-5)

Shervin received her B.A. in Speech Communication and minor in Spanish and French from the University of Wisconsin and her Masters of Arts in Communication from Marquette University. She speaks Spanish, French, and German. Shervin worked for many years in the international communication industry prior to teaching. She enjoys crafting, music, hiking, and travel.



Student Support

Darci Tronick, School Psychologist (email)

Darci attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison where she earned a BS in Psychology. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she earned an M.S.E and Ed.S in School Psychology.  After graduate school, Darci worked as a school psychologist in a small town in Minnesota working with PreK-12th grade students, returning to Wisconsin after a year where she worked in two middle schools near Madison, WI for approximately 15 years. Darci moved to California a few short years ago, currently working with MBCS as well as MPUSD. Darci is enjoying the year round amazing weather and with her husband enjoys hiking, whale watching and photography.


Resource Teachers

Elaine Baca, Reading Specialist (email)

Elaine was a public school teacher for 32 years in the Alisal Union School District in Salinas. She has a B.A. and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSU San Francisco. At AUSD, Elaine was a 4th-6th grade Literacy Facilitator and Coach for six years. She consulted with teachers, observed lessons, modeled lessons with students, and served as the upper grades teacher instructor. She had a similar assignment as Literacy Coach for K-3 teachers for four years. She has presented seminars with the California Association of Teachers of English, Asilomar Reading Conference, and Monterey County Office of Education. Elaine worked as a substitute teacher for MBCS before becoming the school's Reading Specialist. She enjoys reading, writing, exercise classes, and spending time with her husband gardening at their Monterey home.

Sara Elley, Reading Specialist (email)

Sara Elley earned her B.A. from the University of California in Santa Cruz, majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Education. After graduating, she moved to New Zealand where she worked as an elementary teacher’s aide in Special Education and earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Victoria University Teachers College. Sara enjoyed teaching middle school in Wellington New Zealand and living and traveling in this beautiful country. When she came back home to California she joined an independent STEM start-up school called Alta Vista in San Francisco as a founding first grade teacher. Sara is happy to be back in her hometown of Pacific Grove and joining the Monterey Bay Charter School.

Sara is passionate about using a whole-child approach to education. She enjoys bringing her interests in the arts, community building and environmental stewardship into her teaching. Her hobbies include hiking, running, painting, beading, dancing, being outdoors, traveling and walking by the ocean with her husband and new baby!

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Krista Clarke, Math Specialist (email)

Krista is a native of the Monterey Peninsula and attended Carmel public schools. In addition to her teaching credential, she holds a Masters in Education and a B.A. in English from UCSB. She has lived in New Zealand, Wyoming, and Santa Barbara. Krista is an avid sailor and in the summer of 2006 she sailed from Hawaii to California. In addition to Student Council Advisor and her other duties, Ms Clarke also serves on the MBCS School Board as a faculty representative.



Sandra Barton, Math Specialist (email) 

Sandra received her B.S. in Education from Northern Arizona University, continued studies at Delaware State University, and is currently attending California State University of Monterey Bay. She has experience teaching nontraditional and traditional learners from the ages 4 through 84. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, adult education teacher, educational therapist, and owned / operated her own tutoring business.  Even though she enjoys teaching all subjects, her passion is math, which led her here. Sandra enjoys traveling all over the country, spending time with her family, learning about people, and being outside.

Katie Hoops, Speech Pathologist -  (email)

Catherine Shirley, Occupational Therapist (email)

Catherine attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received a BS degree in graphic arts. She worked as the art director for a magazine in Reno, Nevada for two years prior to venturing off to Uganda for two years. Upon her return she pursued a master’s degree in occupational therapy, which she had never heard of prior to being in Uganda! As an occupational therapist Catherine worked first in head injury rehab, and later branched into pediatric and school based service. She has worked with people of all ages, newborns to adults. Catherine enjoys spending time with her kids and loves being outdoors hiking, biking and kayaking.

Joaquin Moreno, Inclusion Facilitator












Childcare and Aides

After School Childcare Supervisors

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David
Founds, Grades 3-8 (email)

David attended Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo where he earned a BS in Industrial Technology and a MS in Industrial and Technical Studies. After college he worked for a year as an Industrial Engineer in Bogota, Colombia where he learned to speak Spanish. David has worked as an outdoor educator, naturalist and habitat restoration specialist for the Ventana Wildlife Society and sometimes leads backpacking trips for teenagers. David enjoys backpacking, listening to birds, rafting, making arrowheads, climbing and anything that involves exploring the natural world around him.

 

Stefanie Hazdovac, Grades 1-2

Stefanie has taught at schools for over 15 years at all levels, from adult education to kindergarten. She completed her education at MetroEd in San Jose where she received a Vocational credential in office occupations. She worked as a teacher of computerized office technology at MPUSD, at the Naval Postgraduate Schuol, and an after school aide at Oasis Charter School before joining MBCS. She love spending time with her grandchildren and is  excited that her joy of working out and exercising as well as participating in many 5-10K runs has enabled her to teach Games class.


Mary Tanguilig, Kindergarten After-School Childcare Provider

Mary has more than 19 years instilling a love for learning in her classroom, which began spending her days playing outside on the family farm in Peoria, Illinois. Mary believes that environmental education is important to our future and has been certified by the Monterey Bay Spash Zone Teacher Institute to teach environmental awareness to children. Mary has been a teacher and curriculum facilitator at the Children's Creative Learning Center in Monterey and Trumpet Behavioral Health in Salinas.

Mauricio Lopez


Mauricio began working at MBCS in 2012 and attends California State University Monterey Bay, majoring in Environmental Studies. Originally from Guatemala, Mauricio has lived in the U.S. for 10 years. His interests include backpacking, soccer, and riding bikes. 






Kindergarten Aides

Tamara
Tamara Sommerville, Rosemary Kindergarten Aide

Tamara Sommerville has a B.A. in English Language Literature with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She has worked many years in Early Childhood Education from the position of teacher to program manager. She brings her love of classical music to her class time as she is a classically trained singer. When not teaching she sings with I Cantori di Carmel and The Carmel Bach Festival Chorus and especially loves time with her grandchildren.

 



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Jenny Wood, Morning Glory Kindergarten Aide

Jenny obtained her B.F.A. in Textiles with Distinction in 1985, and earned an M.A. in Art Therapy from the College of Notre Dame in 1992. Ms. Wood has held positions as an Art Therapist in hospitals over the last 10 years; prior to that she was a Textile Lab Assistant, Production Weaver and Camp Counselor. Ms. Woods has also been a very active volunteer as an Art Therapist in educational and convalescent environments since 1988. She became a Kindergarten Assistant in 2002.


Renee Stagnaro, Lavender Kindergarten Aide (email)

Renee has been part of the Waldorf School community since 1997. She worked as an afterschool care teacher at Corvallis Waldorf School in Oregon before moving to Monterey. She has been working at MBCS for six years in afterschool care, two years as coordinator of the program. Renee has a B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education and loves children, art, and music.



Sara Rose Munoz, Inclusion Facilitator 










First Grade Aides

Michelle (Missy) Leahy (email)

Missy received a certificate in Administration in Early Childhood Program at Cabrillo College. She worked as a Child Activities Director for the Watsonville YMCA, was an ROP Instructor at Careers with Children at Central Bay High School, and was the Director for the Teen-Parent Program at Central Bay High School. In addition, she has directed various infant/toddler, preschool, and after-school programs. Missy enjoys the outdoors, power walking, boxing and spending time with her husband and five children.

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Jenn Naccarrato















Administration

Cassandra Bridge, School Director 
(email)

Cassandra holds a Masters Degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University and has a wide variety of experience as a manager and educator.  She was educated and has worked in Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore. Her administrative experience includes working with the US Navy as the Program and Personnel Manager for remedial and college-level distance education courses for the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Japan.  As the MBCS Board Chair she was instrumental in securing the school’s charter and obtaining the school's $400K Implementation Grant in 2006. She became the school's Director in 2008.

Elisa Tacconi, Assistant Director
(email)

Ms.Tacconi responsibilities are similar to a school Principal, including working with instructional staff, students and families, helping students solve social and behavioral problems and working with parents through the Student Success Team (SST) and 504 process. She will also be organizing the after-school sports program, so contact Elisa if you are interested in volunteering to coach! Elisa has been an educator for more than 20 years. During her time in Ashland, Oregon, she received a Masters in Education Leadership and an Administrative Credential. In 2007, Elisa pursued a lifelong dream to teach overseas and worked as a primary P.E. teacher and athletics director in Istanbul,Turkey for two years. She has also worked as a teacher and principal at John Muir School, an arts and natural science magnet school and four years as principal at Bay View Academy charter school in Monterey.


Donna Kiernan, Assessments Coordinator,  (email)

Donna is a retired Elementary Principal. Her 22 year career in education includes being a Special Education Teacher, an Intervention Specialist, a Resource Specialist, and an Assistant Principal.  Following retirement, Donna supervised student teachers from both Chapman University and Northern Arizona University, and was a photographer for the P.G. Chamber of Commerce for 6 years. Donna has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, a Masters in Education in Educational Psychology from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, and a Masters in Education in Special Education Administration and Supervision from Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds clear California credentials in Administrative Services, Specialist in Special Education, Multiple Subjects, and life credentials as a Resource Specialist, and Community College Special Education Instructor. Her work experience includes 5 years at Hewlett-Packard where she trained new employees, coordinated advanced degree programs, did event photography, and wrote the HP Labs Division Newsletter. She has been a professional photographer for 25 years. Donna enjoys visits from her grandchildren, all activities in the outdoors, especially photographing family and ocean wildlife, and walking her Golden Retrievers in Pacific Grove and along the coastal bike trail..

Tim Miller, Communications and Development Manager (Email)

Before moving to the Bay Area in 2005, Tim worked in Los Angeles for ten years as an elementary teacher, drama teacher and as the director for a non-profit that offered after school drama productions to hundreds of children. In 1998, The La Cañada School District presented him with the Founder's Day Award for outstanding service to the community. He has also taught drama in Burbank and Eagle Rock, California, Indiana, and Osaka, Japan.  After moving to Northern California, Tim worked with severely emotionally disturbed teenagers and later autistic children.  He also achieved a Masters in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.  In 2006 he began his role as principal at the Wilkinson School in El Granada, California.  Over the next decade Tim lead the school through its first two rounds of WASC accreditation, launched a board of directors and non-profit and established a methodology anchored in individualized programs, tiered learning and a holistic approach.  The final year of his time at Wilkinson Tim served as Strategic Director in charge of branding, marketing and organizational growth.  He lives in Seaside with his wife and their two sons who are enrolled at MBCS.  


Kim King, Business Manager (email)

Kim brings over 10 years experience working in a school administrative setting, over 30 years experience in business management and a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Santa Clara.  She recently comes from Bay View Academy Charter School in Monterey where she served as it’s inaugural Office Manager for 4 years.  Kim has also worked in retail sales, banking, food service, medical offices, and ran her own small business.  Kim has also been an active volunteer at many local organizations.  Kim is 4th generation born and raised in Monterey. Kim enjoys time with her family and friends, reading, and exploring our local history and beautiful environment.

PerlaOffice Manager- Perla De la Torre (email)

Perla was born and raised in Salinas and attended Hartnell Community College. She worked for the Monterey County Office of Education as an Instructional Assistant in the Special Education Department, which she found rewarding. Perla completed a certified nursing program and worked with the elderly and with children and adults with disabilities. She loves working with children and families making their day better. Perla enjoys the outdoors, hiking, yoga, traveling and spending time with her husband and family