ELEMENTARY FACULTY & STAFF

Administration

Meaghan A. Carr

Head of School

Mandy Rizvi

Director of Admissions and Outreach

Cecilia Mitchell

Financial Coordinator

Taylor Carr

Campus Coordinator

Brian Srabian

Director of Recreation

Sasha Mills

Director of Staff and Curriculum

Rose Guerra

Office Coordinator

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

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— 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

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

Rose Guerra

rose@serendipityschool.com

Relevant Experience

Office Coordinator – Serendipity School – 2018 to present
Registrar – Woodside Priory – 2008 to 2018

Registrar – Mills Peninsula High School – 2004 to 2008

Classroom Teachers

Kim George

Kindergarten

Juliana Rossi

2nd and 3rd Grade Humanities

Sonia Myers

4th and 5th Grade Math and Science

Kristen Kennedy

2nd and 3rd Grade Math and Science

Michelle Atno-Hall

4th and 5th Grade Humanities

Annie Russell Zinzuvadia

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

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

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

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

Annie Russell Zinzuvadia

annie@serendipityschool.com

Education

Education
B.A. in Marketing Communications and Business Management—Notre Dame de Namur
University
Art History Courses—American University of Paris

ECE Certificate—Cañada College

Relevant Experience

Preschool Teacher—Serendipity School: 2007-2009 & 2011-present
Substitute Teacher—Bunker Hill Nursery School: 2009-2010
Preschool Teacher—Peninsula Temple Shalom Preschool: 2002-2005

Nanny Experience—various families: 1999-2006

Teaching Associates and Teacher’s Aides

Nadine Batlin

Teacher’s Aide

Alvin Joya-Campos

Teaching Associate

Erica Doubrava

Teaching Associate

Amanda Ryan

Teaching Associate

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

Erica Doubrava

erica@serendipityschool.com

Education

M.A. in Public Administration – Notre Dame de Namur University

Relevant Experience

Teaching Associate– Serendipity School – 2018 to Present

Teaching Assistant – Belmont Oaks Academy – 2008 to 2016

Instructional Assistant-San Carlos Charter Learning Center-2015 to 2016

Office Administrator—Connect Community Charter School—2009 to 2015

Preschool Assistant Teacher—Kindercourt Academy—2006 to 2009

 

Amanda Ryan

amanda@serendipityschool.com

Education

Multiple Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential – San Francisco State University

B.A. in Studio Art – University of Hawaii

Relevant Experience

Teaching Associate– Serendipity School – 2018 to Present

After School Teacher – Various Schools – 2016 to 2018

First Grade Teacher– George Washington Elementary– 2015 to 2016

First Grade Teacher– Grant Elementary School– 2014 to 2015

After School Program Director—Glen park Montessori—2012 to 2013

 

Specialist Teachers

Ivee Hu

Mandarin Teacher

Keith Fongheiser

Music Teacher

Celia Zhang

Music Teacher

William Potter

Physical Education Teacher, & Website

Eve Nagler

Literacy Specialist

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

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.

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

Eve Nagler

eve@serendipityschool.com

Education

P.D. in Reading— St. John’s University

M.S. in Journalism — Boston University

B.S. in Elementary Education — Emerson College

Relevant Experience

Literacy Specialist — Serendipity School — 2018 to Present
Reading Specialist — Forest Brook Elementary School — 2002 to 2018
Reading Specialist — New Vision School — 2000 to 2002
Reading Specialist — I.S. 252, Brooklyn, NY; P.S. 143, Queens, NY — 1998 to 2000

Contributing Writer— New York Times, Current Biography, US Kids, Archie Comics— 1990 to 2009
Freelance ELA item/passage writer — Key Data Systems— 2013-2013