ELEMENTARY FACULTY & STAFF

Administration

Meaghan A. Carr

Head of School

Mandy Rizvi

Director of Admissions and Outreach

Cecilia Mitchell

Financial Coordinator

Taylor Carr

Director of Public Relations and Art

Sasha Mills

Director of Staff and Curriculum; 4th and 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher

Janet Day

Project Manager

Natalie Ortega

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

Years with Serendipity: 9

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

Years with Serendipity: 9

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

Years with Serendipity: 5

taylor@serendipityschool.com

Education

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

Relevant Experience

Director of Public Relations—Serendipity School—2020 to present

Summer Camp Coordinator—Serendipity School—2020 to present

Director of Art—Serendipity School—2019 to present

Fine Art Teacher—Serendipity School—2017 to 2019

Campus Coordinator—Serendipity School—2015 to Present

Design Assistant – BCBG Max Azria 2014-2015

Sasha Mills

Years with Serendipity: 6

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

Director of Staff and Curriculum – Serendipity School – 2018 to Present

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

Janet Day

Education

B.S. in Speech Pathology — San Francisco State University, California

Relevant Experience

Project Manager — Serendipity School — 2019 to Present

Human Resource and Payroll Manager — Matterport, Inc— 2011 to 2018

Director of Admissions and Operations — Serendipity School — 2007 to 2011

Office Manager — Serendipity School — 2004 to 2007

Parent Volunteer — Serendipity School — 2002 to 2004

Raising three beautiful children who are Serendipity School Alumni

Natalie Ortega

Education

B.A. in Humanities — San Jose State University

Relevant Experience

Office Coordinator — Serendipity School — 2020 to Present

Front Desk Associate — Central YMCA of Silicon Valley — 2019 to 2020

Family Services Coordinator— Midpen Housing — 2014 to 2019

Front Counter Manager — La Patisserie — 2011 to 2014

Classroom Teachers

Kim George

Kindergarten Teacher

Lisa Ratcliffe

1st Grade Teacher

Audra Kelley

2nd Grade Teacher

Kristen Kennedy

3rd Grade Teacher

Sasha Mills

Director of Staff and Curriculum; 4th and 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher

Michelle Atno-Hall

4th and 5th Grade Humanities Teacher

Annie Russell Zinzuvadia

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Monica Molina

Kindergarten Teacher

Jessie Mills

1st Grade Remote Teacher

Kim George

Years with Serendipity: 20

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

Lisa Ratcliffe

Education

B.A. in Liberal Studies — California State University, Hayward
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential — San Francisco State University

Relevant Experience

1st Grade Teacher — Serendipity School — 2020 to Present
1st Grade Teacher — Laurel Elementary School — 2019 to 2020
Elementary School Teacher (K, 1st, 4th, and 5th) — White Oaks Elementary School, San Carlos — 1998 to 2019
1st and 2nd Grade Teacher — Parkside Elementary School, San Mateo — 1997 to 1998

Audra Kelley

Years with Serendipity: 1

Education

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

B.A. in English Education – San Francisco State University

Relevant Experience

2nd Grade Teacher – Serendipity School – 2019 to Present
1st and 2nd Grade Teacher – Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School, San Francisco – 2016 to 2019

6th Grade Humanities Teacher – AIM High Summer Enrichment Program – 2017 to 2018
Middle School and High School Volunteer Classroom Aide – 826 Valencia, San Francisco – 2014 to 2016

Kristen Kennedy

Years with Serendipity: 11

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

Years with Serendipity: 6

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

Director of Staff and Curriculum – Serendipity School – 2018 to Present

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

Years with Serendipity: 13

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

Years with Serendipity: 9

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

Monica Molina

Education

B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education — Linfield College, Oregon
M.A. in Human Rights Education — University of San Francisco

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

Relevant Experience

Kindergarten Teacher — Serendipity School — 2020 to Present

Dual Language Kindergarten Teacher— Echo Shaw Elementary School, Forest Grove, Oregon— 2016 to 2018

Dual Language Pre-Kindergarten Teacher — Mission Education Center, San Francisco — 1991 to 1997

Jessie Mills

Education

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Elementary) — University of Auckland, New Zealand

Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies; Bachelor in Marketing — University of Waikato, New Zealand

Relevant Experience

First Grade Remote Teacher — Serendipity School — 2020 to Present

Private Elementary Tutor — San Francisco — 2020

First Grade Teacher — St Thomas’s School, New Zealand — 2017 to 2019

Teaching Associates and Teacher’s Aides

Alvin Joya-Campos

Teaching Associate

Amanda Ryan

Teaching Associate

Dana Michaels

Teaching Associate

Alex Chen

Classroom Assistant

Alvin Joya-Campos

Years with Serendipity: 8

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

Amanda Ryan

Years with Serendipity: 2

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

 

Dana Michaels

Years with Serendipity: 1

Education

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

Teaching Credential — Cal State Teach — Fresno State University

Relevant Experience

Teacher Associate — Serendipity School — 2017 to Present

After School/Summer Camp Coordinator — Serendipity School

Camp Counselor/PE Teacher — Legarza Basketball Camp — San Carlos School District

Pre-school Teacher — Hillsborough School District

Alex Chen

Education

Attending Cañada College, Redwood City, California

Relevant Experience

Classroom Assistant — Serendipity School — 2018 to Present

After School Classroom Assistant — Serendipity School — 2016 to 2018

Summer Camp Junior Counselor— Serendipity School — 2016 to 2018

Specialist Teachers

Qimin Zhou

Mandarin Teacher

Paula Lucia

Fine Art Teacher

Jesse Torre

Music Teacher

William Potter

Physical Education and Technology Integration Teacher

Eve Nagler

Literacy Specialist

Estela Roldan

Spanish Teacher

Syd Hoffman

Mathematics Specialist

Kerry Krolicki

Literacy Specialist

Cheryl Pohl PhD

Mindfulness Instructor

Alisson Martinez

Onsite Custodian

Qimin Zhou

Education

Master of Science in Logistics – University of Wollongong, Australia

Bachelor of Management in Accounting – Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, China

15 Child Development Units – City College of San Francisco

Relevant Experience

Mandarin Teacher – Serendipity School – 2019 to Present
Madarin Lead Teacher – Francis Scott Key Elementary, San Francisco – 2017 to 2019
Center Coordinator – Zhong Bei Afterschool Center: Guilin, China – 2011 to 2015

Paula Lucia

Years with Serendipity: 1

Education

Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Art & Design – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Relevant Experience

Art Teacher—Serendipity School—2019 to Present

Studio Manager and Teacher – Marvegos Fine Art School – 2013 to 2020

Studio Artist – Root Division – 2016 to 2028

Guest Artist for four elementary schools- Art Docents of Los Gatos – 2018

Studio Artist, Sewing 101 for adults – Root Division – 2016 to 2018

Volunteer Art Teacher for children in Oncology waiting room – Kids & Art Foundation – 2018

Children’s Art Teacher since 2013

Jesse Torre

Education

B.A. in Music (Classical Guitar) — Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Relevant Experience

Music Teacher—Serendipity School—2020 to Present

Flamenco Guitar Transcriber — Eliteguitarist.com—2020 to Present

Music Teacher — Artis School of Music—2020 to Present

Music Teacher — Notes Music Academy—2020 to Present

Resident Advisor, Office of Residential Life — Eastman School of Music—2018 to 2020

Private Music Teacher — Guitar, Theory, Composition, Ukulele, Bass—2016 to Present

I have been teaching music privately to students of all ages for the past 5 years. During my time as a Resident Advisor at Eastman, I held monthly educational programs for my residents and peers.

William Potter

Years with Serendipity: 15

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

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

Estela Roldan

Years with Serendipity: 2

Education

A.S. Degree  – Institute

B.A. Degree  – University

Relevant Experience

Spanish – Serendipity School – 2018 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

Syd Hoffman

Education

B.A. Mathematics — Queens College, NYC New York

M.A. Math Education — Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

Relevant Experience

Mathematics Specialist — Serendipity School — 2020 to Present

12 years experience as K-8 Math specialist, taught K-12 math for over 30 years

Kerry Krolicki

Education

M.A. in Teaching — James Madison University

B.A. in Elementary Education — James Madison University

Relevant Experience

Literacy Specialist — Serendipity School — 2020 to Present

ESOL Specialist and Elementary Teacher — Carline Springs Elementary — 2018 to 2020

Senior Instructional Specialist — International Rescue Committee — 2015 to 2017

3rd Grade Teacher — Annandale Terrace Elementary — 2014 to 2015

4th/5th Grade Teacher — Las Terrenas International School — 2013 to 2014

Cheryl Pohl PhD

Education

Certified Mindfulness Instructor — Mindful Schools

Ph.D in Psychology — Pacific Graduate School of Psychology — Licensed Psychologist, 2003 – present

M.S. Water Resources Engineering — Stanford University

B.S. Civil Engineering — Stanford University

B.A. Anthropology — Stanford University

Relevant Experience

Mindfulness Instructor — Serendipity School — 2018 to Present

Clinical Psychologist with focus on child and adolescent psychotherapy — Private Practice — 2003 to Present

Proud Parent of Serendipity School Alum

Alisson Martinez

We are grateful for Alisson’s dedicated hard work to keeping our campus clean and sanitized in order to proactively minimize virus transmission within our learning spaces. We could not operate in-person instructions without Alisson’s work and we are humbled to have an onsite and full time custodian.