Faculty

Meghan Barnes — French, History, English
Meghan Barnes blended her love for travel, music and language when she moved to Massachusetts with her indie rock band after earning a BA in French and teaching credential in California. She went on to earn a Master's in Applied Linguistics at UMass Boston with a focus on English Language Learners. She has been teaching for fifteen years and is passionate about every aspect of language learning. She enjoys anything that involves oceans, traveling, and playing bass/singing whenever possible!

Tim Bearden — Math Department Chair, Math, Science, History, Social Science
Tim graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in History. He has experience in data analytics, as well as over seven years' experience teaching and tutoring. Tim has worked with a broad array of students, from elementary-aged students practicing their reading skills to professionals brushing up on their math to pass professional certification tests. He has a lot of experience working with high school students, and he enjoys working closely with students to tailor his lessons to their specific needs. In his free time, Tim enjoys reading, writing, programming, being outside, and watching the Warriors.

Jim Fish — Math, Science
Recovering from an inability to sit still and be quiet in class, Jim managed to enter University of Florida’s Invitational Honors Program and eventually graduate with a BA. He went on to do lab tech work for USDA and then earned a Primary Certification from the AMI, Montessori’s international organization. Jim mixed teaching in private and public schools with tutoring and subbing as well as jobs for fun, like soda jerk, movie usher, and professional magician. Jim has a Masters in Education from Dominican, and certifications in Math and Science. He prefers working with students one to one, in partnership. He also paints and creates bonsai.

Eden Frazee — English, History, Math, Art
Eden Frazee graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in the History of Art and Visual Culture in 2015. While in college, she was able to explore her academic love for the arts, writing, and even ecological sustainability, on which she facilitated a student-led course. Eden is deeply curious about alternative forms of education, and has instructed in a variety of environments, including teaching Yoga and Mindfulness, leading classes for grades pre-K-8 at an educational summer camp, and doing private tutoring. She is dedicated to learning from her students, always remaining curious to how they may best grow and face challenges confidently. Her passions include art and creative pursuits, social justice, mental health, mindfulness, and self-expression. When not at school, you can expect Eden to be cooking up a vegan feast, hiking around the hills of the Bay, experimenting with arts and crafts, or exploring local museums and galleries.

Kathryn Garcia — Math, Science
Kathryn was born in Visalia, CA but raised in Des Moines, IA. She received her B.S. in Biology from Saint Mary’s College of California, and her M.A. in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from Case Western Reserve University. Kathryn previously taught High School Science in the central valley of California, and she strives to instill curiosity and engage students based on their personal interests in the field of science. She enjoys reading, cooking, binge-watching shows, and traveling!

David Goodlett — English, History, Math
Born in San Francisco, but raised in Philadelphia and Omaha, David has a B.A. in English with minors in Philosophy and Religion from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. David has taught preschool, elementary, middle, and high school in public, private, and charter schools throughout the Bay Area, working with students in general education, special needs students, and gifted populations. Additionally, David has also tutored extensively, done CAHSEE and SAT prep, taught STEM courses for middle schoolers and helped aspiring teachers pass CSET and CBEST tests. David’s greatest academic joy is teaching history. Among his many pursuits, David enjoys meditation, hiking, exercise, playing guitar, songwriting and recording and he performs throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

Mei Li Isaacson — English, Mandarin
Mei Li has always loved helping students with their school work, both as a peer tutor when she was a student herself, and now as a Mandarin teacher. She graduated from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a B.A. and concentration in foreign language, dance, and cultural studies. Since then, she has been a language teacher in the U.S., China, and Japan. She has experience teaching Mandarin to elementary and middle school students as well as teaching English as a Second Language to kids, high school and college students, and adults. Mei Li particularly loves connecting with students one-on-one where she is able to cater learning to their individual needs. Aside from teaching, Mei Li loves to dance Cuban salsa, swim in the SF Bay, and travel to Asia.

Aron Kingsbook — Science Department Chair, Math, Science, PE
Aron was born and raised in Oakland, California. He received his Bachelor of Sciences in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since then, he has occupied a variety of educational roles in both outdoor and classroom settings with people of all ages and backgrounds. He has worked as a scientific-diver for NOAA, a kayak guide in Monterey Bay and the San Juan Islands, a professional team-builder for companies in the Silicon Valley, a marine science teacher for middle school and high school students, and most recently, partnering with Americorps to teach math at his old Middle School in Oakland. Aron believes that fostering curiosity and exploration is the best path toward a lifetime of discovery and learning. He enjoys surfing, backpacking, cooking, reading, drawing, guitar and species-identification (especially birding!)

Katherine Lehmann — English, History
Katherine graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and a lifetime teaching credential in English and History for the secondary level (grades 6-12). She also has a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language) certificate, and has taken graduate courses in education at USC. Katherine has more than 15 years of experience teaching middle and high school students, and especially enjoys teaching writing and grammar, and American literature and history. She taught English at Xian Medical University in China, Um Al Emirate High School in the UAE, and to Tibetan monks and Russian Jewish emigres in the San Francisco Bay Area. The mother of two dyslexic daughters (one with ADHD), Katherine also has experience working with students with many learning differences and “all kinds of minds.” She is a professional proofreader, who was hired to proofread two different books, and several master’s theses, for publication. When not teaching, Katherine is usually watching movies on Netflix or at the Rafael Theater, taking walks, and is a lifelong student of world religions.

David Maynard — English Department Chair, Math, Science, English, History, Social Sciences
After attending a STEM-focused high school in Nashville, David switched gears to the ALPHAS (arts, literature, philosophy, history, anthropology, and semiotics) receiving his B.A. in Classics from Carleton College. His career path has meandered from coffee shops to accounting firms to educational behemoths—working at both Pearson and ACT—but he always returns to teaching and tutoring and now has over twenty years of experience working with students of all ages and backgrounds. As an independent scholar, David has published on satire, finance, and independent filmmaking, and in his free time he plays chess and enjoys the beauty of the Bay Area.

Jenny Montañez — English, History, Social Science, Science
Jenny is a Bay Area native who grew up in the beautiful city of Pacifica. After working in cosmetics sales for almost a decade (including 5 years at Sephora as a Fragrance Master and Color Expert) she decided to return to school to study Early Modern European History. Jenny completed her studies at UC Berkeley in 2017 with a B.A. in History. While studying, she tutored and taught English and History, particularly at the college and high school levels, and was integral in piloting the Supplemental Instruction Program at Skyline College. In addition, Jenny participated in the Jump Start program, which helps struggling and/or disadvantaged high school students with mentoring and academic assistance. More recently, she tutored inner city elementary school students with reading and writing through the BUILD Literacy Program at UC Berkeley. She has a passion for working with students and helping them achieve their fullest potential. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys reading Historical fiction (especially if it's about the Tudor Monarchy!), hanging out with her cat Scarlet, freelancing as a makeup artist, and delving into independent research projects.

Brett Nava — Spanish, English, History
Brett graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and a minor in Spanish. Brett has worked with students of all ages, from 3rd and 4th graders to high school students. His goal for every student is that they become life-long learners. Brett has a passion for literature, art, and history. He is originally from LA.

Todd Plummer — Math, Science
Todd holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is near completion of an M.S. degree in Wildlife Resources at the University of Georgia, where he studied bird population dynamics and habitat management. Todd ran a tutoring business for 12 years specializing in math and science. His approach to teaching is to meet individual students’ needs by addressing unique learning differences, and temperaments. He has worked for numerous conservation organizations over a 30-year career. He worked as a wildlife biologist in the Sierra Nevada and spent four years researching pharmacological interventions for age-related diseases at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. A California Certified Naturalist, Todd has led hundreds of bird hikes and nature outings and taught many outdoor ed classes for nature-lovers of all ages. He is the author of two science books for children, “I’ve Discovered Force” and “I’ve Discovered Energy.” He enjoys birding, hiking, kayaking, writing poetry, and reading.

Alistair Rogers — History Department Chair, English, History, Social Sciences
Alistair was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and enjoyed History from an early age. He earned his B.A. in History from UC Santa Cruz, which included a semester studying at Leiden University in the Netherlands and seeing all the things he was studying firsthand. Alistair earned his M.A. in History from San Francisco State University in 2010, and spent some time teaching at the collegiate level and also taking graduate level coursework in education at UC Santa Cruz. After two years working in the bikeshare world, he is back in education and sharing in his joy for history with students. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his bike around San Francisco, reading history (especially anything by and about Winston Churchill), hiking around the Bay Area, and attending both SF Giants baseball games and Cal football games.

Chizuki Squiers — Japanese
Chizuki Squiers was born and raised in Japan and graduated from Meiji University with a B.A. in English Literature and acquired her teaching license in TESOL in 1993. After teaching in Japan, Chizuki moved to the U.S., where she graduated from San Francisco State University with a M.A. in Mass Communication. Additionally, Chizuki wrote for the Hawaii Pacific Press newspaper as a journalist/columnist during her time in Hawaii and later in Oregon. Currently, she lives in Sausalito, CA with her husband and two daughters, and has been teaching at San Francisco Japanese school since 2014. In her free time, Chizuki enjoys playing piano, listening to music, reading, cooking, and walking her dachshund.