DIANA SOLOMON UPPER SCHOOL MATH TOPICS AND GEOMETRY TEACHER Diana Solomon joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Upper School Math Department as Upper School Math Topics and Geometry Teacher, under the direction of Rod Jemison, Upper School Director. Prior to working with LJCDS, Diana taught Biology at Gompers Preparatory Academy. Diana’s curriculum focused on genetics and genomics, animal behavior, bioethics, molecular biology, cell biology, and organic chemistry of life Prior to working at Gompers Preparatory Academy, Diana was a Mathematics teacher at Mira Mesa High School. For the last 5 years, Diana has been a mathematics tutor at La Jolla High School, the Bishops’ School, Francis Parker Middle School, and Muirlands Middle School. Diana received her teaching credential in Mathematics and Biology with BCLAD. She holds a Masters in Education from the University of California, San Diego, and received her Bachelors in Biochemical Sciences with a Secondary Field in Mathematics from Harvard University. TIMOTHY SINNOTT UPPER SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR AND TEACHER Timothy Sinnott joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Upper School as the Upper School Technology Coordinator and Teacher, under the direction of Rod Jemison, Upper School Director. Prior to joining LJCDS, Timothy worked at a private school in Stamford, Conneticut for eight years where he taught computer science and digital art. He also maintained the school's web site, functioned as an in-house graphic artist and programmer, and helped faculty brainstorm and implement technology related curriculum. Timothy also coached JV Lacrosse for a few years, helped start the Ultimate club, and was the advisor for the chess club. In 2008, Timothy completed a three week backpacking expedition in Alaska as part of an Outdoor Educator program with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Prior to teaching, he programmed computer systems in the corporate world of New York City. He graduated from New York University with a Bachelors of Arts in Architectural History. When he's not at work, Timothy loves spending time with his family, playing guitar, drawing, painting and writing programs for the iPhone. He also loves doing just about anything outdoors (except rock climbing which he has yet to do, outside of a gym). CYNTHIA TAMAYO CO-DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING Cynthia Tamayo joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Upper School College Counseling Department as Co-Director. She's been in the field of higher education for seven years and is happy to continue her professional journey at Country Day and work alongside Rod, Valencia, Karen, and Ginny. From 2007 - 2010, Cynthia served as Assistant Director of Admission at Princeton University. She oversaw the recruitment and evaluation processes for Southern California. Cynthia also worked closely with the QuestBridge National College Match program in which Princeton was a partner university. A California native, Cynthia grew up in Los Angeles County and received a B.A. in History at Occidental College in 2003. Prior to working at Princeton, she worked at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles for three years where she recruited regionally. She also holds Master’s degree Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Cynthia returns to sunny Southern California with her fiancé, Edward, a forensic chemist. KRISTY JOHNSON MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH AND DRAMA TEACHER Kristy Johnson joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Middle School English Department as the 5th Grade English and Drama Teacher, under the direction of Brian Murphy, Middle School Director. Prior to working with LJCDS, Kristy worked at Sacramento Country Day School as a Middle School History Teacher and Middle School Dean of Students. Before working at Sacramento Country Day School, Kristy was on faculty at The Bishop's School and was the Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach at The University of Chicago. While coaching, Kristy received her Masters in the Humanities with an emphasis in Art History from the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. She received her BSM in Marketing from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and going to the beach with her family. CARRIE ROSE CHORAL DIRECTOR Carrie Rose joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Visual and Performing Arts Department as the Middle and Upper School Choral Director, under the direction of Barbara Weinstein, Director of Fine and Performing Arts. Prior to joining La Jolla Country Day School, Ms. Rose was the High School Choir and Drama Director at Girard High School in Girard, Pennsylvania. While at Girard High School, she founded the school’s Show Choir and under her leadership, the ensemble competed and received many superior ratings and awards at the national level. In addition to her high school teaching efforts, Ms. Rose also has taught students abroad as she served as an English/Music teacher in Shengzhou, China. Ms. Rose holds a Bachelor’s of Music Degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. She is currently completing her Masters in Music Education at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ADAM HUBBARD LS ART TEACHER AND US CERAMICS TEACHER Adam Hubbard joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Visual and Performing Arts Department as Lower School Art Teacher and Upper School Ceramics Teacher under the direction of Barbara Weinstein, Director of Visual and Performing Arts. Prior to working with LJCDS, Adam was at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles working with the ceramics program in grades 9—12. He also brings a wealth of experience as a visual arts instructor in grades K—5 having worked with the Orange Country Performing Art Center, KCET and the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce and Cathedral Chapel School in Los Angeles. Adam is currently a member of the California Arts Council and is a judge for the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. He received his Master in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. Adam has a long list of professional exhibitions of his work in ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing. BLAIR OVERSTREET UPPER SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER Blair Overstreet joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Upper School as an Upper School History Teacher, under the direction of Rod Jemison, Upper School Director. Prior to joining La Jolla Country Day School, Blair was the 9th grade World Cultures teacher and Model United Nations sponsor at Chatham Hall Boarding School. While at Chatham Hall, Blair served as an Advisor, Off-Campus Activities Director, and Dorm Parent. Blair earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Alabama in European Studies with minors in both Art History and Italian. She received her Masters from Indiana University in Italian Literature, Film, and Pedagogy. Blair also taught Italian to all levels of learners, from Upper School students to graduate students. While working to complete her degrees, Blair studied and worked in Tuscany, Italy for two years. Prior to her undergraduate work Blair traveled with and worked for the non-profit organization Up With People, an international cultural organization known for their leadership program cultivated by musical shows performed by international casts consisting of an average of 70 students divided by approximately 20 countries. JUDY SPOELSTRA PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER AND COACH Judy Spoelstra returns to La Jolla Country Day School’s Athletics Department as a Physical Education Teacher who will be assisting in the women’s basketball program, under the direction of Jeff Hutzler, Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach. A former Pac-10 Head Coach, Spoelstra returned to the collegiate coaching ranks two years ago as assistant coach at the University of Washington for the first time since wrapping up a 10-year tenure as the head coach at Oregon State in 2005. While in Corvallis she was tabbed 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Prior to this, Ms. Spoelstra was a six-year coach at Montana State (1989-95). While at Oregon State, Ms. Spoelstra led the Beavers to the NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996 and four consecutive WNIT trips from 2001-04. Ms. Spoelstra earned her Bachelors of Science degree in physical education from Oregon State in 1983 and earned a Master's of Science degree in physical education from Idaho in 1992. Before beginning her collegiate coaching career, Ms. Spoelstra served as a player/coach in the Japan Women's League from 1983-86. She earned all-league honors three times and was MVP in 1984. JULIA KISTLER SCHOOL NURSE AND WELLNESS COORDINATOR Julia Kistler joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Operations Department as our School Nurse and Wellness Coordinator, under the direction of Mark Marcus, Assistant Head of School for Operations. Prior to joining La Jolla Country Day School, Ms. Kistler was a nurse in the critical care unit at Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center where she helped to treat children and adolescents suffering from a wide variety of illnesses. In addition to her duties as a critical care nurse, she also taught health education in elementary schools and city- wide health fairs. In addition to her professional work at Rady Children’s Hospital, Ms. Kistler volunteered along with other nurses to provide care and education to impoverished children in Africa in 2005. Julia Kistler earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Brigham Young University in Utah. She is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support in addition to BLS, AED and CPR training for healthcare providers. RICHARD STAHLEY INTERIM CONTROLLER Richard Stahley joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Business Office as Interim Controller during Controller, Kelly White’s maternity leave thru January 3, 2011, reporting to Bruce Nelson, Chief Financial Officer. Richard has been semi-retired and assisting clients of temporary agencies with short term projects including Controller, Accounting Manager, Forensic Accountant, SEC report writing, and special projects in a variety of industries for over 20 years. Richard’s professional career began as an accountant for a national CPA firm, Richard has been partner of a local CPA Firm, financial executive for two publicly held companies, and Certified Financial Planner. Mr. Stahley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from San Diego State University and was formerly licensed as a CPA and CFP. COURTNEY BEAN LOWER SCHOOL ASSOCIATE TEACHER Courtney Bean joins La Jolla Country Day School as a Lower School Associate Teacher, under the direction of Marna Weiss, Lower School Director. Prior to moving to San Diego, she taught third grade as a head teacher in both Scottsdale, Arizona and in Pensacola, Florida. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Courtney has other experience working with children outside of the classroom setting. She worked as a children’s ski instructor at Deer Valley Resort in Utah, and as an overnight camp counselor at Cheley Colorado Camps in Colorado. Courtney graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Additionally, she had the privilege to study abroad at The University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, allowing her the opportunity to immerse herself in another culture and travel throughout Europe. Courtney earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and also attained her Professional Ski Instructor of America Level II certificate. Being a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Courtney enjoys practicing and teaching yoga in her spare time. She also loves taking advantage of the beautiful southern California coast, and she and her husband are enjoying learning how to surf. ANDREA BOEHME LOWER SCHOOL ASSOCIATE TEACHER Andrea Boehme joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Early Childhood Center as a Lower School Associate Teacher under the direction of Maria Curtis, Assistant Lower School Director and ECC Program Director. Andrea began working in early childhood education in 2000. After taking a high school course which worked with local preschools, she developed quite an interest in teaching young children. She believes that early childhood education is both important and extremely rewarding. Andrea enjoys watching the children she teaches learn and grow, but most of all, what she learns from them. She had a brief and exciting career in radio, but decided to leave to pursue a career in child development. After leaving radio, Andrea became a substitute for many preschools in San Diego. She feels this has helped her to be a better teacher by acquiring great ideas from each school to aid her in creating the best learning environment for her children and classroom at LJCDS. When Andrea is not working, she enjoys jogging, watching wheel of fortune and shows about sharks. She enjoys travel of any kind whether it be a day trip, weekend getaway or international vacation. She is also a huge foodie who loves to eat and loves anything having to do with food. FELICIA TRIPOLI LOWER SCHOOL ASSOCIATE TEACHER Felicia Tripoli joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Early Childhood Center as a Lower School Associate Teacher under the direction of Maria Curtis, Assistant Lower School Director and ECC Program Director. Felicia Tripoli was born and raised in beautiful South East San Diego where she graduated high school from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. After graduation, Felicia attended San Francisco State University where she earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Family Studies. Though she loved her years in San Francisco, Felicia missed her family and decided to move back to San Diego. At this point, Felicia began to work as a Special Education Assistant and then became a Substitute Teacher where she discovered her passion for working with preschool aged children. Since then, she has worked diligently to earn her Masters in Teaching and focused her skills on beginning a career in Child Development. Felicia appreciates music and movement, arts and crafts, and is excited to join the ECC team as an Associate Teacher. STEPHANIE KUECKEN LOWER SCHOOL ASSOCIATE TEACHER Stephanie Kuecken joins La Jolla Country Day School’s Early Childhood Center as a Lower School Associate Teacher under the direction of Maria Curtis, Assistant Lower School Director and ECC Program Director Prior to joining LJCDS, Stephanie worked as Manager and Lead Teacher of JW Tumbles Point Loma and as Assistant Teacher at San Diego Unified School District’s Sherman Academy. Stephanie’s work at JW Tumbles encompassed management and instruction of all art, music, and physical development programs. In her position at Sherman Academy, Stephanie’s work focused on guided learning and exploration in a rich and engaging preschool environment. Before working at JW Tumbles and Sherman Academy, Stephanie held the position of Senior Marketing Communications Coordinator at Qualcomm. In her role at Qualcomm, she had the opportunity to plan, implement and lead programs at a global level during events such as the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Stephanie received her Associate Child Development Teacher Certificate from San Diego Mesa College. She also earned her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Stephanie’s interests and hobbies include music, yoga, painting, and travel. She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending time hiking, camping, and backpacking with her friends and family. ASHLEY FULLER AFTER CARE GROUP LEADER Ashley Fuller joins La Jolla Country Day School’s After Care Program as an After Care Group Leader under the direction of Maria Curtis, Assistant Lower School Director and ECC Program Director. Ashley worked as a Camp Counselor with the LJCDS Summer Camp this year and was tapped to join the After Care Program. Prior to coming to La Jolla Country Day School she was an Instructional Teachers Aide working with first and third grade children at St. Mary and All Angels, Aliso Viejo, California. Ashley began her student teaching at Santee School District’s Sycamore Elementary, where she taught kindergarten and first grade, and concluded her student teaching at Bird Rock Elementary School where she taught 3rd Grade. Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Chapman University, in Orange, California. She holds her Multiple Subject Credential from Chapman University in San Diego, California.
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