Meet our new faculty and staff for the 2017-18 School Year
(In alphabetical order)
Monica Bojalil, The Caring Place Infant and Child Care Facilitator
After graduating from the University of Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, Monica spent four years at the Center for Educational Therapy in Puebla where she worked with young children with special needs. Additionally, Monica spent four years at the Early Years Center of the British School in Mexico where she was the team leader responsible for teacher coordination, planning, parent-teacher conferences, and reports. While in Britain, Monica worked as an assistant teacher in the nursery of St. Agatha's School, in Kingston-upon-Thames, London. In the US, Monica did volunteer work for three years with pre-school students at Nazareth School in San Diego.
Joseph Caldarella, Daycare Teacher
Raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, after college Joseph began substitute teaching in Lexington schools, including serving as a long-term substitute teacher for seventh and eighth grade Spanish classes. He was also an instructional assistant at Bowman Elementary School in Lexington and taught in the afterschool program there. A songwriter and guitarist, Joe has led music groups for children and taught guitar and songwriting. Joe is also fluent in Spanish.
NZINGA GOODWIN, EC2B Associate Teacher
Nzinga has worked as a behavioral interventionist with children with autism spectrum disorders and/or developmental delays, implementing programs that focus on increasing social, communication, and adaptive skills. Nzinga has served in a variety of roles at the Boys and Girls Club. She has been a volunteer program coordinator providing college-aged tutors for the youth-to-college initiative, as well as created an art expression group to provide students with increased opportunities for effective communication. Nzinga has also worked as an assistant teacher for a kindergarten classroom at Linda Vista Elementary in San Diego. She has a BA in sociology from the University of San Diego.
SHARON GREENE, Sixth Grade Social Studies
Sharon has been an educator for the last 15 years and has taught at every grade level and at international schools in Africa, Europe and Asia. For the past three years, Sharon taught sixth and seventh grade humanities and served as advisory coordinator at Wildwood Community School. Prior to that, she was the middle school dean and taught sixth and seventh grade at Bridges Academy in Studio City for seven years. She finds it challenging when asked where she's from because she grew up in a military family and moved around overseas and throughout the US every two years. But if she had to answer, Texas is home.
RYAN HENRY, Physical Education
Ryan has coached middle school students in football, basketball, and track at the The Willows Community School for the past five years where he has also served as the school's yard director for the past three years. Ryan has also taught a Sport Psychology course as a middle-school elective. Prior to his time at The Willows, Ryan spent two years teaching PE and coaching basketball at Overland Elementary School through the Star Education organization. Ryan attended the University of Hawaii on a full athletic scholarship, where he pursued his love for football and higher learning. Graduating with a BA in communicology, he went on to complete a Master of Education with an emphasis in positive coaching, through the University of Missouri's online program. For the past three years, Ryan has also coached the California Ballers, a 10U club basketball team. Ryan was born and raised in Los Angeles with his mother and father just down the street from CEE.
Adam Koneman, Upper Elementary Learning Specialist
Adam was the special education department co-chair at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, a middle school serving students in grades five through eight. His role included delivering small group reading and writing support as well as department leadership and instructional coaching. In New York, Adam also served as the associate director of special education for Uncommon Schools, providing program development and instructional support across 21 schools in Brooklyn. Adam previously worked at a variety of schools in Boston following his graduation from Boston College's Lynch School of Education with majors in Human Development and Philosophy. He later completed a master's in moderate special needs at UMASS Boston. Adam has also served as a member of the Teacher Advisory Council with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Don Macatangay, Sixth Grade Associate Teacher
Don received his BS in mathematics with a concentration in education from Illinois State University. After college, Don moved to Los Angeles where he started working with Inclusive Education and Community Partnership as a behavioral therapist, as well as a pre-school teacher at Art Zone Children's Studio, and as a tutor in geometry, algebra, and calculus. Additionally, Don helped to establish the Southern California Youth Ultimate, a nonprofit organization that runs Ultimate Frisbee leagues, clinics, and tournaments for children around the Los Angeles region.
Mat Scollon, Early Childhood PE Teacher
Mat has spent the last 15 years teaching and working with children, beginning as a swimming teacher at Aqua Safe. He then became a lead teacher and trainer at My Gym, the world's largest children's fitness franchise, where he was an expert in teaching basic gymnastics, sports skills, and various group games and relays for children between one and 13 years old. Mat then began developing his own programming that focused on pre-school and kindergarten-aged children.
Lauren Trammell, Upper Elementary Science Teacher
Lauren served as The Pilgrim School's K – 6 grade science teacher for the past five years. Throughout her time at Pilgrim, Lauren designed, planned, and implemented a challenging and fun K-6 science curriculum, complete with interactive lab activities with engineering components. She designed lab activities so that students practiced real-world science skills and concepts through collaborative learning, inquiry, and model building. Lauren received a BS at the University of California at Davis and an MA and teaching credential from the University of Southern California.
Eileen Wasserman, Director of Upper Elementary
Eileen's career in public and independent school education includes over four decades of upper elementary and middle school experience, as both a teacher and an administrator. She has taught in self-contained upper elementary classrooms, as well as middle school computer science, ethics, mathematics and world religions courses. Eileen has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions at Campbell Hall, including mathematics and performing arts department chairs, grade level dean, middle school principal, and served as their assistant head of school for the past ten years.
Karen Weng, Second Grade Teacher
Karen has taught multiple grade levels ranging from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, with the bulk of her experience being as a second grade teacher. Karen has spent the last few years coaching new teachers in classroom culture and management as well as working with students in a small group setting providing reading and math intervention at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. Karen has an MA in elementary education from Loyola Marymount University. She also holds a certificate in gifted and talented education from UC-San Diego as well as a BA in applied learning and development from the University of Texas, Austin.
Kate Wexler, Infant and Child Care Facilitator
Kate has worked as a teacher at Temple Isaiah Preschool in Los Angeles, both in Pre-K (four and five-year olds) and with "community toddlers" (two and three-year-olds). Kate has degrees from L'Université de Provence, a French university in Aix-en-Provence, France. She also obtained a certificate in basic early childhood education through UCLA Extension and studied Early Childhood Education at Santa Monica College. She also holds a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Katie Williams, Fourth Grade Teacher
Katie taught fourth grade at the Marymount School of New York in Manhattan for the past four years. Marymount is an independent, Catholic day school for young women. As a member of the Marymount community, Katie took on leadership opportunities outside of the classroom, leading the strategic planning committee with two other colleagues as a part of the academic council. Additionally, for two summers, Katie served as the STEAM Coordinator for the Marymount Summer program. Prior to relocating to New York City in 2013, Katie served as an assistant teacher at the Latin School of Chicago and taught at the LaSalle Language Academy in Lincoln Park. Katie received a BA in history and an MA in elementary education from DePaul University.
Maggie Yolen, Fourth Grade Teacher
Maggie served as a third and fourth grade teacher of students with language-based learning disabilities at an independent Quaker school in Brooklyn, New York for the past four years. In addition, she has provided private tutoring and consulting services to families outside of the school, helping to seek out services to better support their students with learning disabilities in a general education setting. Maggie earned a bachelor's degree in peace and conflict studies from Colgate University, and a dual master's in early childhood general and special education at Hunter College. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Maggie has spent time as a program manager at the Center for Architecture/American Institute of Architects New York, working with students and architects to promote the understanding and appreciation of architecture and design through educational programming.