ELEMENTARY FACULTY & STAFF

Administration

Meaghan A. Carr

Head of School

Sandra Cabouat

Assistant Head of School

Mandy Rizvi

Director of Admissions and Outreach

Cecilia Mitchell

Financial Coordinator

Taylor Carr

Campus Coordinator

Brian Srabian

Director of Recreation / Teaching Associate

Meaghan A. Carr

meaghan@serendipityschool.com

Education

B.S. in Business Administration — Notre Dame de Namur University
Minor in Sports & Leisure Management — Notre Dame de Namur University

E.C.E (Early Childhood Education) — 12 units

Relevant Experience

Head of School — Serendipity School: 2002 to Present
Assistant Preschool Administrator — Serendipity School – 1999 to 2002

Preschool Teacher — Serendipity School – 1997 to 1999

Sandra Cabouat

email@serendipityschool.com

Education

B.A. in Liberal Studies / Elementary Education – California State University Fullerton
Post-Graduate Certificate in School Leadership – The Principals’ Center at Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Research Thesis in Inclusive Education – Open University, U.K.

Relevant Experience

Assistant Head of School – Serendipity School: 2017 to Present
Assistant Principal – Tarbut V’ Torah Community Day School: 2013-2017
Head Teacher – Tarbut V’ Torah Community Day School: 2007-2013

Head Teacher – American School of Paris: 2003-2007

Mandy Rizvi

mandy@serendipityschool.com

Education

M.A. in Drama – San Francisco State University

B.F.A. in Theatre – The Hartt School of Performing Arts PTTP

Relevant Experience

Director of Admissions and Outreach – Serendipity School – 2014 to Present
Office Coordinator – Serendipity School – 2011 to 2014
Office Manager – The Hilldale School – 2007 to 2011
Executive Assistant – Steve Padis Jewelry – 2003 to 2007

Teaching Experience – Various Schools – 1995 to Present

Cecilia Mitchell

cecilia@serendipityschool.com

Education

Ed.D in Education – University of San Francisco
M.A. in Education – San Francisco State University

B.A. in Social Science – University of California, Berkeley

Relevant Experience

Business Manager – Facial Plastic Surgery Center, Los Altos
Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Medical Assisting Program – College Of San Mateo

Administrative Assistant – California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco

Taylor Carr

taylor@serendipityschool.com

Education

B.S. in Fine Arts, Fashion Design – Academy of Art University

Relevant Experience

Campus Coordinator—Serendipity School—2015 to Present

Design Assistant – BCBG Max Azria 2014-2015

Brian Srabian

brian@serendipityschool.com

Education

B.A. in Liberal Studies — San Francisco State University – In Progress

Relevant Experience

Director of Recreation, Teaching Assistant — Serendipity School – 2016 to Present
Director of Summer Program, Teaching Assistant – Serendipity School – 2007 to 2016
Physical Education Teacher — Rhythm and Moves, Burlingame – 2001 to 2005

Site Supervisor — Mateo Day Camp – 1997 to 2003

Classroom Teachers

Kim George

Kindergarten

Rita Mercado

1st Grade

Juliana Rossi

2nd Grade

Sonia Myers

3rd Grade

Kristen Kennedy

3rd Grade

Sasha Mills

4th and 5th Grade Math and Science

Michelle Atno-Hall

4th and 5th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

Kim George

kim@serendipityschool.com

Education

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential — St. Mary’s College
B.A. in Sociology — California State University Hayward

E.C.E. (Early Childhood Education) — 15 units

Relevant Experience

Kindergarten Teacher — Serendipity School — 2000 to Present
Kindergarten Teacher — St. Gregory School — 1998 to 2000

Preschool Teacher — Mills Montessori Child Day School — 1991 to 1997

Rita Mercado

rita@serendipityschool.com

Education

Graduate Coursework in Reading and Language Arts — Sonoma State University
Clad Certificate — Sonoma State University
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential — University of New Mexico

B.S. in Elementary Education with a Minor in Language Arts — University of New Mexico

Relevant Experience

1st Grade Teacher — Serendipity School — 2008 to Present
1st Grade Teacher — Quarry Lane School — 2006 to 2008
1st Grade Teacher — Highland Elementary School — 2005 to 2006
Kindergarten/1st Grade Teacher — New Temple Elementary School — 2004 to 2005

Substitute Teacher — Healdsburg Unified School District — 2002 to 2004

Juliana Rossi

juliana@serendipityschool.com

Education

California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential – BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute), University of the Pacific, Stockton
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction – BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute), University of the Pacific, Stockton

B.A. in Creative Advertising and Spanish – Southern Methodist University, Texas

Relevant Experience

2nd Grade Teacher – Serendipity School – 2016 to Present
2nd Grade Associate Teacher – The Carey School, San Mateo – 2014 to 2016

Substitute Teacher – The Urban School, San Francisco – 2013 to 2014

Sonia Myers

sonia@serendipityschool.com

Education

California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential – In Progress

B.A. in Liberal Studies – Notre Dame de Namur University

Relevant Experience

2nd Grade Teacher – Serendipity School – 2016 to Present
Teaching Assistant – Serendipity School – 2014 to 2016
Head JV Softball Coach – Half Moon Bay High School and Mercy High School – 2010 to 2015
Magazine Writer – Half Moon Bay Review – 2008 to 2013
Sports Writer – Half Moon Bay Review – 2015

Office Manager – Bologna’s Chiropractic – 2004 to 2007

Kristen Kennedy

kristen@serendipityschool.com

Education

M.S. in Elementary Education — St. Joseph’s Universtiy
K-6 Teaching Credential — St. Joseph’s University

B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Gender Studies — St. Joseph’s University

Relevant Experience

2nd, 3rd Grade Teacher — Serendipity School — 2009 to Present
5th Grade Teacher — Nueva School — 2009
2nd Grade Teacher — Mission Dolores Elementary School — 2004 to 2008
1st Grade Teacher — Marin Country Day School — 2003 to 2004
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher — The Children’s School at St. John’s — 2001 to 2003

Special Education Inclusion Aide — Summit Board of Education — 2000 to 2001

Sasha Mills

sasha@serendipityschool.com

Education

California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Florida Teaching Certification – University of Florida
M.A. in Elementary Education – University of Florida

B.A. in Business Administration – Florida International University

Relevant Experience

4th Grade Teacher – Serendipity School – 2014 to Present
5th Grade Teacher – Littlewood Elementary School – 2011 to 2014
3rd Grade Teacher (Magnet/Gifted program) – Joseph Williams Elementary School – 2010 to 2011

Substitute Teacher (grades K-6) – Miami Dade County – 2009 to 2010

Michelle Atno-Hall

michelle@serendipityschool.com

Education

M.A. in English — Notre Dame de Namur University
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential — Notre Dame de Namur University

B.A. in English — Whitman College

Relevant Experience

5th Grade Teacher — Serendipity School — 2007 to Present
8th Grade Teacher — Crocker Middle School — 2002 to 2004
5th Grade Teacher — St. Andrew’s Episcopal School — 1998 to 2002
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Teacher — Krouzian Zekarian Vasbouragan Armenian School — 1995 to 1998

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Teacher — St. Gregory Catholic School — 1994 to 1995

Teaching Associates and Teacher’s Aides

Brian Srabian

Director of Recreation / Teaching Associate

Nadine Batlin

Teacher’s Aide

Alvin Joya-Campos

Teaching Associate

Brian Srabian

brian@serendipityschool.com

Education

B.A. in Liberal Studies — San Francisco State University – In Progress

Relevant Experience

Director of Recreation, Teaching Assistant — Serendipity School – 2016 to Present
Director of Summer Program, Teaching Assistant – Serendipity School – 2007 to 2016
Physical Education Teacher — Rhythm and Moves, Burlingame – 2001 to 2005

Site Supervisor — Mateo Day Camp – 1997 to 2003

Nadine Batlin

Education

Relevant Experience

Serendipity After School Teacher—2004 to Present

Alvin Joya-Campos

alvin@serendipityschool.com

Education

B.A. in Global Studies – San Jose State University, San Jose

Relevant Experience

Teaching Associate, After School Teacher & Summer Program Head Counselor – Serendipity School – 2012 to Present

Coach – Skyhawks Sports Camps – 2012

Specialist Teachers

Ivee Hu

Mandarin Teacher

Constance Mathieu

Spanish Teacher

Todd Lanam

Enhanced Art Teacher

Joe Libin

Technology Teacher

Brooklyn Cook

Literacy Specialist

Keith Fongheiser

Music Teacher

Celia Zhang

Music Teacher

Shana Lapastora

Librarian

William Potter

Physical Education Teacher, & Website

Ivee Hu

ivee@serendipityschool.com

Education

A.S. Degree in Fashion Design – Fashion Institute of Technology

B.A. Degree in Accounting – Shicheng University

Relevant Experience

Mandarin Teacher – Serendipity School – 2012 to Present
Grade School Teacher – Beixing Chinese School, New Jersey – 2007 to 2010
Technical Designer – Gerson and Gerson Inc. New York – 2007 to 2012

Technical Designer – LT Apparel Group – 2000 to 2007

Constance Mathieu

constance@serendipityschool.com

Education

Diplomado

Relevant Experience

Spanish Teacher – Serendipity School – 2017 to Present
Language Coach (Spanish and French) – Various language programs in Norway and France

Todd Lanam

todd@serendipityschool.com

Education

BFA in Painting and Drawing – California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA

MFA in Painting and Drawing – San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Relevant Experience

Art Teacher – Serendipity School – 2012 to Present
Mentor Program Instructor – San Francisco State University – 2010
Substitute Teacher – San Francisco State University – 2009
Teaching Assistant – San Francisco State University – 2009 to 2010
Summer School Teacher – San Mateo School District – 2008 to 2009
Permanent Substitute Teacher – Bayside Middle School – 2008
Elementary Substitute Teacher – Foster City School District – 2007

Art Teacher – De Colores Children’s Art School, San Mateo, CA – 2005

Joe Libin

joe@serendipityschool.com

Education

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential – San Francisco State University

B.A. in Liberal Studies – San Francisco State University

Relevant Experience

Technology Teacher & On-site Substitute Teacher – Serendipity School – 2015 to Present
Teacher – California Virtual Academies – 2010 to 2015
Science and Art Teacher – Synergy School – 2008 to 2012

2nd Grade Teacher – Korematsu Discovery Academy – 2007 to 2009

Brooklyn Cook

brooklyn@serendipityschool.com

Education

California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential – San Jose State University
Special Education Credential – San Jose State University

B.S. in Elementary Education – Brigham Young University

Relevant Experience

Literacy Specialist – Serendipity School – Since 2016
Coding Teacher and Curriculum Developer – Empoder, Mountain View – 2016 to Present
Resource Specialist – Graham Middle School – 2015 to 2016
4th Grade Teacher – Mariano Castro Elementary – 2014 to 2015
Reading Intervention Specialist – Monta Loma Elementary School – 2014
ESL Teacher – MVLA Adult School – 2008 to 2009
6th Grade English/Social Studies Teacher – Carnegie Middle School – 2002 to 2004

3rd-6th Grade Teacher – Rose Park Elementary – 2000 to 2002

Keith Fongheiser

Education

Relevant Experience

Music Teacher—Serendipity School—2016 to Present
Music Teacher—Artis School of Music—2016 to Present

Music Teacher—Crystal Springs Uplands School—2016 to Present

Celia Zhang

Education

Master of Music, Choral Conducting—San Francisco State University
Master of Music, Orchestral Conducting—China Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Arts, Musicology—Beijing Union University

Relevant Experience

Music Teacher—Serendipity School—2016 to Present
Music Teacher—Artis School of Music—2016 to Present
Conductor—Crystal Children’s Choir—2016 to Present
Graduate Teaching Associate—San Francisco State University—2014-2015

Celia has worked around the world as a piano and vocal instructor, as well as a choral and orchestral director since 2009.

Shana Lapastora

Education

B.A. in Music—Patten University
M.A. in Education and Credential (in progress)—Grand Canyon University

Relevant Experience

Librarian—Serendipity School—2017 to Present
Substitute Teacher—Stockton Unified School District—2008 to 2017
Enrichment Teacher—Cornerstone Academy—2000 to 2006

William Potter

will@serendipityschool.com

Education

Single Subject Teaching Credential — In Progress

B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Education — San Francisco State University

Relevant Experience

Physical Education Teacher — Serendipity School — 2005 to Present
Presenter CAHPERD State Conference — 2015
Presenter CAHPERD Bay Area District Physical Education Workshop — 2014, 2015
Director 40th Annual Elementary Physical Education Workshop — 2013
Committee Member Elementary Physical Education Workshop — 2007 to 2015
Physical Education Teacher — the Nueva School — 2002 to 2005

Summer Day Camp Director — “Up and At’em” Summer Program — 2003, 2005