ELEMENTARY FACULTY & STAFF

Administration

Meaghan A. Carr

Head of School

Mandy Rizvi

Assistant Head of School

Hilary Andaya

Director of Faculty and Curriculum

Taylor Carr

Director of Public Relations and Art

Janet Day

Project Manager

Cecilia Mitchell

Financial Coordinator

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: 10

mandy@serendipityschool.com

Education

M.A. in Drama – San Francisco State University

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

Two Year Program Completion, Graphic Design, and Illustration – Hartford Art School

Relevant Experience

Assistant Head of School – Serendipity School – 2021 to Present
Director of Admissions and Outreach – Serendipity School – 2014 to 2021
Office and Admissions Coordinator – Serendipity School – 2011 to 2014
Campus Manager – The Hilldale School – 2007 to 2011

Preschool and Elementary Teaching Experience – Various Schools – 1996 to 2011

Hilary Andaya

Years with Serendipity: 1

hilary@serendipityschool.com

Education

California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Administrative Services Credential, Certificate of Eligibility – University of San Francisco
M.A. in Education – University of the Pacific

B.A. in Communications Studies – University of Pittsburgh

Relevant Experience

Director of Faculty and Curriculum – Serendipity School – 2021 to Present

Literacy Coach – Iolani School, Honolulu – 2018 to 2021
Junior Staff Developer, The Reading and Writing Project – Columbia University, Teachers College – 2017 to 2018
4th & 5th Grade Teacher and Grade Level Head – Independent Schools Foundation Academy, Hong Kong – 2015 to 2017

Public School Core Subject Teaching Experience – San Carlos, Millbrae, and Stockton Unified School Districts – 2007 to 2015

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

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

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

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

Annie Russell Zinzuvadia

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Kim George

Kindergarten Teacher

Monica Molina

Kindergarten Teacher

Lisa Ratcliffe

1st Grade Teacher

Matt Mazzoni

1st Grade Teacher

Jessie Mills

2nd Grade Teacher

Courtney Gregory

3rd Grade Teacher

Jessica Haas

4th and 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher

Michelle Atno-Hall

4th and 5th Grade Humanities Teacher

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

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

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

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

Matt Mazzoni

Years with Serendipity:

matt@serendipityschool.com

Education

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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

Second Grade Teacher — Serendipity School — 2021 to Present

First Grade Remote Teacher — Serendipity School — 2020 to 2021

Private Elementary Tutor — San Francisco — 2020

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

Courtney Gregory

Years with Serendipity: 1

Education

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