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Our faculty and staff are the heart of Keys School. 

A diverse and talented group of individuals, our faculty and staff bring their passions to the classroom and the entire school community. Whether they are artists, bakers, scientists, musicians, gardeners, or mathematicians, they all share a genuine dedication to education and a deep commitment to seeing every Keys student flourish.

Lower School Faculty

  • Cynthia Arnold
    Kindergarten Associate Teacher
    Cynthia Arnold Cynthia Arnold
    Kindergarten Associate Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Oregon; M.A. in Special Education from Notre Dame de Namur

    Years at Keys: 1


  • Jeff Berridge
    Lower School Physical Education Teacher
    Jeff Berridge Jeff Berridge
    Lower School Physical Education Teacher

    Education: B.S. in Business Administration from Notre Dame de Namur; Single Subject Credential in Physical Education from Notre Dame de Namur
    Years at Keys: 4


  • Carmen Centeno
    Lower School Spanish Teacher
    Carmen Centeno Carmen Centeno
    Lower School Spanish Teacher

    Education: B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela; M.S. in Bilingual Education and ESL from the University of Houston Clear Lake
    Years at Keys: 5


  • Patricia Chang
    Coordinator of Student Support and Lower School Learning Specialist
    Patricia Chang Patricia Chang
    Coordinator of Student Support and Lower School Learning Specialist

    Education: B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan; Ed.M. in School Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University
    Years at Keys: 5


  • Sarah Copeland
    First Grade Teacher
    Sarah Copeland Sarah Copeland
    First Grade Teacher

    Education: BA in Psychology from The University of Vermont, MA in International Education from New York University
    Years at Keys: 3


  • Yael Cushman
    First Grade Teacher
    Yael Cushman Yael Cushman
    First Grade Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Art History from University of Oregon; Teaching Credential from DeLeT Fellowship – Hebrew Union College
    Years at Keys: 7


  • Sharon Diamond
    Lower School Counselor and Self-Science Teacher
    Sharon Diamond Sharon Diamond
    Lower School Counselor and Self-Science Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Sociology and Social Services from UC Davis; M.A. in Marriage, Family, and Counseling from the University of Southern California
    Years at Keys: 10


  • Anastacia Elias Anastacia Elias
    After Care Assistant
    Anastacia Elias Anastacia Elias
    After Care Assistant

  • Susan Essary
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Susan Essary Susan Essary
    Kindergarten Teacher

    Education: B.A. from University of Buckinghamshire, England; Education certificate from Brunel University, England
    Years at Keys: 11


  • Laura Greenlees
    Third Grade Teacher
    Laura Greenlees Laura Greenlees
    Third Grade Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Sociology from The Catholic University of America; M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College Columbia University
    Years at Keys: 6


  • Angie Higgins
    Theatre Arts Teacher
    Angie Higgins Angie Higgins
    Theatre Arts Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Creative Art, minor in Drama from San Jose State University; M.A. in Theatre Arts Education from San Jose State University
    Years at Keys: 20


  • Elizabeth Hoang
    Second Grade Teacher - Leave Replacement
    Elizabeth Hoang Elizabeth Hoang
    Second Grade Teacher - Leave Replacement

    Education: B.A. in Mass Communications/Journalism from California State University; M.A. in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco

    Years at Keys: 1


  • Marisa Hodgett-Chiang
    Lower School Music Teacher
    Marisa Hodgett-Chiang Marisa Hodgett-Chiang
    Lower School Music Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Music Education from Loyola University, New Orleans; Orff Certification – Level I; Kodály Certification-Level I
    Years at Keys: 14


  • LaMonte Horston
    First Grade Assistant Teacher
    LaMonte Horston LaMonte Horston
    First Grade Assistant Teacher

  • Cameron Johnson
    Lower School Technology Integrationist and MakerSpace Coordinator
    Cameron Johnson Cameron Johnson
    Lower School Technology Integrationist and MakerSpace Coordinator

    Education: B.S. Public Relations from Northern Arizona University; M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from University of Maryland University College 
    Years at Keys: 2


  • Chiara Lama
    Second Grade Assistant Teacher
    Chiara Lama Chiara Lama
    Second Grade Assistant Teacher

    Education: A.A. in Early Childhood Education from Cuesta College; B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University of Northridge
    Years at Keys: 1


  • Katie Laughlin
    First Grade Associate Teacher
    Katie Laughlin Katie Laughlin
    First Grade Associate Teacher

    Education: B.S. in Public Health Science and Psychology from Santa Clara University
    Years at Keys: 1


  • Kelsey McMillan
    Fourth Grade Teacher
    Kelsey McMillan Kelsey McMillan
    Fourth Grade Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Integrative Studies: Art History/Women’s Studies/Modern Dance from Guilford College; M.S. in Museum Education and Childhood General Education from Bank Street College of Education
    Years at Keys: 7


  • Fiona Merridew
    Lower School Librarian
    Fiona Merridew Fiona Merridew
    Lower School Librarian

    Education: B.A. in Fine Arts from University of Witwatersrand; M.A. in Art Therapy and Family and Marriage Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur
    Years at Keys: 4


  • Kiri Nakamura
    Second Grade Teacher
    Kiri Nakamura Kiri Nakamura
    Second Grade Teacher

    Education: B.A. in English from University of Pennsylvania
    Years at Keys: 5


  • Maria Purcell
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Maria Purcell Maria Purcell
    Kindergarten Teacher

    Education: B.Ed. and Double Major in English Literature, Philosophy and World Religions from University of Wales College
    Years at Keys: 6


  • Daphne Razon
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Daphne Razon Daphne Razon
    Kindergarten Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Liberal Arts Education from Southern Adventist University
    Years at Keys: 3


  • Quinton Rief
    After Care Coordinator
    Quinton Rief Quinton Rief
    After Care Coordinator

    Education: B.A. in Outdoor Recreation from Indiana University Bloomington
    Years at Keys: 3


  • Kelly Ritz
    Fourth Grade Teacher
    Kelly Ritz Kelly Ritz
    Fourth Grade Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Elementary Education from CSU-Monterey Bay; M.A. in General Education from UC Santa Cruz; Cleared Credential from UC San Diego Extension
    Years at Keys: 10


  • Maren Scheiner
    Lower School Math Specialist
    Maren Scheiner Maren Scheiner
    Lower School Math Specialist

    Education: B.A. in French and Elementary Education from Middlebury College; M.A. from Bank Street College of Education, New York
    Years at Keys: 9


  • Holly Sheetz
    Third Grade Teacher
    Holly Sheetz Holly Sheetz
    Third Grade Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Early Childhood Education and General Science from Boston College; M.A. in Reading and Literacy from Boston College
    Years at Keys: 7


  • Anitha Sunder Ram
    After School Assistant
    Anitha Sunder Ram Anitha Sunder Ram
    After School Assistant

    Education: BA in English Language and Literature
    Years at Keys: 4


  • Manisha Tejura
    After School Assistant
    Manisha Tejura Manisha Tejura
    After School Assistant

    Education: MA in Commerce from Mumbai University
    Years at Keys: 4


  • Hayley Thirlwall
    Theatre Arts & Dance Teacher - Maternity Leave Replacement
    Hayley Thirlwall Hayley Thirlwall
    Theatre Arts & Dance Teacher - Maternity Leave Replacement
    Education: B.F.A. in Acting from Southern Oregon University
    Years at Keys: 1

  • Grace Ting
    Lower School Mandarin Teacher
    Grace Ting Grace Ting
    Lower School Mandarin Teacher

    Education: M.A. in TESOL from San Jose State University, California Single Subject Credential in Mandarin, San Jose State University
    Years at Keys: 8

     


  • Julien Tomasello
    Lower School Art Teacher
    Julien Tomasello Julien Tomasello
    Lower School Art Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Fine Art from Monmouth University & Parsons School of Design; M.F.A. in Visual Art from School of the Museum of Fine Arts; M.A.T. in Visual Art Education from University of the Arts, Philadelphia
    Years at Keys: 2


  • Maresa Tucker
    Lower School Science Teacher
    Maresa Tucker Maresa Tucker
    Lower School Science Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley; M.A. in Education from University of California, Los Angeles
    Years at Keys: 7

     


  • Joy Uzarraga
    Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
    Joy Uzarraga Joy Uzarraga
    Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Education: B.S. in Elementary Education and General Sciences from Andrews University in Michigan
    Years at Keys: 1

     


  • Kathryn Varda
    Lower School Reading Specialist
    Kathryn Varda Kathryn Varda
    Lower School Reading Specialist

    Education: B.Ed. in Education from Leicester University, England
    Years at Keys: 17


  • Jackie Wyant
    Second Grade Teacher
    Jackie Wyant Jackie Wyant
    Second Grade Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Cornell University; M.S. in Elementary Education from Northwestern University
    Years at Keys: 7


  • Steve Zehrung
    Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
    Steve Zehrung Steve Zehrung
    Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

    Years at Keys: 1


Middle School Faculty

  • María José Arrufat Marqués
    Middle School Spanish Teacher
    María José Arrufat Marqués María José Arrufat Marqués
    Middle School Spanish Teacher

    Education: B.A. in English Philology from Universitat Jaume I in Castello, Spain; M.A. in Teaching English in Multilingual Contexts from Universitat Jaume I in Castello, Spain; M.A. in Applied Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University; PhD in Applied Linguistics from Universitat Jaume I in Castello, Spain
    Years at Keys: 1


  • Khalid Birdsong
    Middle School Art Teacher
    Khalid Birdsong Khalid Birdsong
    Middle School Art Teacher

    Education: B.F.A. from Howard University in Washington D.C.
    Years at Keys: 8

     


  • Natalie Chambers
    Athletic Director & Middle School Physical Education Teacher
    Natalie Chambers Natalie Chambers
    Athletic Director & Middle School Physical Education Teacher

    Education: B.S. and M.S. in Kinesiology emphasizing Physical Education from San Francisco State University; Youth Exercise Specialist Certificate (YES), Climbing Wall Instructor Certificate (CWI), NASM Personal Training Certificate
    Years at Keys: 5


  • Chris Chiang
    Middle School Social Studies Teacher
    Chris Chiang Chris Chiang
    Middle School Social Studies Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine; M.A. in Teaching History from Stanford University; M.A. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University

    Years at Keys: 1

  • Louise Fernquest
    Middle School Language Arts Teacher
    Louise Fernquest Louise Fernquest
    Middle School Language Arts Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Languages and Literature from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Years at Keys: 23


  • Shermagne Gunn
    Middle School Physical Education Teacher
    Shermagne Gunn Shermagne Gunn
    Middle School Physical Education Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Physical Education from CSU-Chico; CA Teaching Credential in Physical Education
    Years at Keys: 20


  • Angie Higgins
    Theatre Arts Teacher
    Angie Higgins Angie Higgins
    Theatre Arts Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Creative Art, minor in Drama from San Jose State University; M.A. in Theatre Arts Education from San Jose State University
    Years at Keys: 20


  • Corrinne Lieu
    Middle School Math Teacher
    Corrinne Lieu Corrinne Lieu
    Middle School Math Teacher

    Education: BA in Marketing/Communications and English from Monash University in Australia, and a Certificate in Education from the National Institute of Education in Singapore
    Years at Keys: 7


  • Stephanie Norton
    Fifth & Sixth Grade English Teacher
    Stephanie Norton Stephanie Norton
    Fifth & Sixth Grade English Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University
    Years at Keys: 5


  • Zane Ranney
    Middle School Math Teacher
    Zane Ranney Zane Ranney
    Middle School Math Teacher

    Education: B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; M.A. in Mathematics Education from Kings College London

    Years at Keys: 1


  • Jeff Redlawsk
    Middle School Music Teacher
    Jeff Redlawsk Jeff Redlawsk
    Middle School Music Teacher

    Education: B.M in Percussion Performance from Western Michigan University; M.A. in Percussion Performance from San Jose State University
    Years at Keys: 9


  • Jennifer Short
    Middle School Mandarin Teacher
    Jennifer Short Jennifer Short
    Middle School Mandarin Teacher

    Education: B.A. in History from the National Taiwan University; M.S. in Computer Science from San Jose State University
    Years at Keys: 9


  • Kinga Sarmasi
    Extended Day Coordinator
    Kinga Sarmasi Kinga Sarmasi
    Extended Day Coordinator

    Education: B.A. in Teaching Math and Physics from West University of Timisoara, Romania
    Years at Keys: 3


  • Kelsey Simpson
    Middle School Social Studies Teacher
    Kelsey Simpson Kelsey Simpson
    Middle School Social Studies Teacher

    Education: B.A. in History from Western Washington University
    Years at Keys: 1

     


  • Jessica Snapp
    Middle School Spanish Teacher
    Jessica Snapp Jessica Snapp
    Middle School Spanish Teacher

    Education: BS in Secondary Education and Spanish from The State University of New York, Oneonta
    Years at Keys: 3


  • Jennifer Spaeth
    Middle School Science Teacher
    Jennifer Spaeth Jennifer Spaeth
    Middle School Science Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz; M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Policy from the University of London, Wye College
    Years at Keys: 13


  • Monica Sullivan
    Middle School Learning Specialist
    Monica Sullivan Monica Sullivan
    Middle School Learning Specialist

    Education: B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University; Special Education Teaching Credential from National Hispanic University
    Years at Keys: 5


  • Hayley Thirlwall
    Theatre Arts & Dance Teacher - Maternity Leave Replacement
    Hayley Thirlwall Hayley Thirlwall
    Theatre Arts & Dance Teacher - Maternity Leave Replacement
    Education: B.F.A. in Acting from Southern Oregon University
    Years at Keys: 1

  • Joan Young
    Middle School Counselor and Self Science Teacher
    Joan Young Joan Young
    Middle School Counselor and Self Science Teacher

    Education: B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine; M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University
    Years at Keys: 8


  • Steven Zeigler
    Middle School Technology Integrationist
    Steven Zeigler Steven Zeigler
    Middle School Technology Integrationist

    Education: B.A. in History from Cal State – Sacramento; Apple Certified Macintosh Technician and Google Certified Educator
    Years at Keys: 10


  • Katrina Zerga
    Middle School Science Teacher & Outdoor Education Coordinator
    Katrina Zerga Katrina Zerga
    Middle School Science Teacher & Outdoor Education Coordinator

    Education: B.S. in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Oregon
    Years at Keys: 26


Staff

  • Alyson Abrego
    Assistant Director of Development for Data Management
    Alyson Abrego Alyson Abrego
    Assistant Director of Development for Data Management

    Education: B.S. in Marketing from Santa Clara University; M.B.A. in Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley
    Years at Keys: 5


  • Kate Atmore
    Director of Advancement
    Kate Atmore Kate Atmore
    Director of Advancement

    Education: B.A. & M.A. in Social Psychology from Stanford University
    Years at Keys: 12

     


  • Jan Bruzzese
    Director of Communication
    Jan Bruzzese Jan Bruzzese
    Director of Communication

    Education: B.A. in English from Notre Dame de Namur University
    Years at Keys: 21


  • Maria de la Paz
    Business Assistant
    Maria de la Paz Maria de la Paz
    Business Assistant

    Education: B.A. in Behavioral Science from Notre Dame de Namur University
    Years at Keys: 12


  • Katie Dlesk
    Assistant Head of Middle School/Curriculum Coordinator
    Katie Dlesk Katie Dlesk
    Assistant Head of Middle School/Curriculum Coordinator

    Education: B.A. in History from Yale University; Ed.M. in School Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Years at Keys: 6


  • Betsy Doss
    Head of Lower School
    Betsy Doss Betsy Doss
    Head of Lower School

    “Keys students are caring and unique individuals. They have the confidence to be themselves and the willingness to accept and encourage others to do the same.”

    Education: B.A. in Environmental Biology and Psychology; Elementary Education Certification from University of Colorado, Boulder; M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University
    Years at Keys: 8


  • Ella Duncanson
    Director of Development and Alumni Coordinator
    Ella Duncanson Ella Duncanson
    Director of Development and Alumni Coordinator

    Education: B.A. in Law and Society from University of California, Santa Barbara; ABA/AALS from California Western School of Law
    Years at Keys: 5


  • Greg Engel
    Director of Finance and Operations
    Greg Engel Greg Engel
    Director of Finance and Operations

    Education: B.A. in Marketing and Accounting from the University of Saint Thomas; M.B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago

    Years at Keys: 1


  • Tevita Fakatou
    Facilities Manager
    Tevita Fakatou Tevita Fakatou
    Facilities Manager

    Education: A.A. in Athletic Training from Foothill College; B.S. in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University
    Years at Keys: 3


  • Manny Hernandez
    Lower School Maintenance Technician
    Manny Hernandez Manny Hernandez
    Lower School Maintenance Technician

    Education: Certified in Appliance Work, Lead and Asbestos Abatement, Mold Prevention; Graduate of Prospect High School, San Jose
    Years at Keys: 4


  • Douglas Ibey
    Controller
    Douglas Ibey Douglas Ibey
    Controller

    Education: B.S. in Business Administration with an Accounting Emphasis from University of Montana; B.S. in Computer Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University
    Years at Keys: 7


  • Victoria Kimball
    Assistant Director of Admission
    Victoria Kimball Victoria Kimball
    Assistant Director of Admission

    Education: A.S. from Valencia Community College
    Years at Keys: 4


  • I-Han Liang
    Director of Admission
    I-Han Liang I-Han Liang
    Director of Admission

    Education: B.A. in English from Stanford University
    Years at Keys: 6


  • Michelle Mathers
    Senior Office Administrator, Lower School
    Michelle Mathers Michelle Mathers
    Senior Office Administrator, Lower School

    Education: A.A. in Environmental Studies; B.A. in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Social Science
    from San Jose State
    Years at Keys: 10

     


  • Ryan Matyjasik
    Director of Technology
    Ryan Matyjasik Ryan Matyjasik
    Director of Technology

    Education: B.S. in Elementary Education from Cleveland State University
    Years at Keys: 10


  • Emily Nadler
    Middle School Office Administrator
    Emily Nadler Emily Nadler
    Middle School Office Administrator

    Education: BA in English with a Minor in Economics from the University of Puget Sound
    Years at Keys: 3


  • Lindsay Obringer
    Assistant Director of Advancement
    Lindsay Obringer Lindsay Obringer
    Assistant Director of Advancement

    Education: B.S. in Advertising from San Jose State University and M.S. in Communications from Purdue University
    Years at Keys: 4


  • Anisha Patel
    Assistant Director of Communication
    Anisha Patel Anisha Patel
    Assistant Director of Communication

    Education: BA in English Literature and Art from Vanderbilt University
    Years at Keys: 3


  • Larry Purcell
    Head of Middle School
    Larry Purcell Larry Purcell
    Head of Middle School

    “Keys is more than just a school at which to learn. Keys is an experience to live. I have worked in schools where curriculum, test scores and standards are the measure of success. At Keys, the measure of success is one of heart and head, of process not product, and of connection to community. Those qualities align with my philosophy as an educator and as a human being – perfectly.”

    Education: B.A. in Theatre from UC-San Diego; M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from University of Illinois-Chicago
    Years at Keys: 11

     


  • Heather Rogers
    Head of School
    Heather Rogers Heather Rogers
    Head of School

    “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Keys community because its mission resonates deeply with me. Every person I’ve met values intellectual engagement, cultivating authentic connection and relationship, and developing emotional intelligence. Students, teachers, and parents alike recognize that social emotional learning is essential to academic success – something I firmly believe in. The community knows that social emotional learning is critical to knowing oneself, and knowing oneself, as Aristotle posits, is the beginning of all wisdom. I’ve found the Keys community to provide an oasis in the heart of Silicon Valley where wonder of learning and childhood are sacred!”

    Education: B.A. English with a concentration in Medieval Literature from Dartmouth College; Teaching Fulbright in the Classics at the American Academy in Rome, Italy; M.Ed. Private School Leadership from the University of Hawaii, Manoa
    Years at Keys: 2


  • Kipp Trieu
    Assistant Head of Lower School and Curriculum Coordinator
    Kipp Trieu Kipp Trieu
    Assistant Head of Lower School and Curriculum Coordinator

"I love working at a school where everybody feels welcome. Our students are excited to learn and teachers know and care about the children not only as students, but also as individuals." Sandra, Lower School Spanish Teacher