Check out this year's fabulous team!
About the faculty and staff... The Head-Royce Summer Program team is made up of Head-Royce academic year teachers and interns and dedicated teachers from the broader community. Our beloved (and nicknamed) counselors range from rising high school juniors through college-aged students. All have participated in a rigorous hiring process and specialized training specific to our program needs.
Sarah Durantini: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am excited to come back to the Summer Program after taking a few summers off to raise my two little girls. I began working in the Summer Program as a counselor when I was a high school student at Head-Royce. After I graduated college and earned my teaching credential I began teaching lower school summer classes. I have been working in the Summer Program since 1998 and I have enjoyed being a part of such a fun, energetic, and joyful community. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I am a huge sports fan and I love spending time outdoors.
Rasheeda Turner: email@example.com
This will be my second time joining the spectacular summer team from Head-Royce. I have been teaching for seven years. Teaching in the summer is a wonderful way to explore new ideas in a relaxing environment. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and being a tourist in an unfamiliar city. I'm excited to meet my summer class!
First Grade Team
Antoinette Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi! My name is Antoinette Miller. I was born and raised in San Francisco. I have taught kindergarten, first, second, and fifth grade. I just finished my tenth year of teaching. This will be my second summer teaching at Head Royce. I have an eight year old daughter and cute cats. I enjoy spending time with my daughter, painting, drawing, reading, and writing poetry.
Tanja Gubser: email@example.com
During the school year, I’m a 4th grade teacher at Pacific Boychoir Academy. I’m also a mother to 3 wonderful girls, I also raise chickens, swim laps, camp in the woods, and read great books. The summer program at HRS is fun and energizing, and gives me a chance to work with great teachers and great kids. I am really looking forward to working with the little ones again in 1st grade. I bring to the classroom a passion for great children's books and fun math games.
Laura Drake: firstname.lastname@example.org
I teach Kindergarten at Piedmont Avenue Elementary school in Oakland. Before getting my teaching credential I taught preschool and Pre-K for 15 years. I grew up in the Bay Area and am now raising my 7.5 year old son, 10 year old stepdaughter and 13 year old stepson in Berkeley with my husband Eric. In our spare time we love going on local family explorations to Joaquin Miller Park, Tilden, the Berkeley Marina, free day at the Oakland Museum of CA, and hunting for treasures at Creative Reuse and Urban Ore. I cherish my crazy, noisy, fun, wonderful family. I enjoy working in summer programs that engage students in summer fun while providing opportunities to build on their academic knowledge from the school year. I also look forward to the community building and learning opportunities presented in joining a team of summer educators from a variety of schools.
Whitney Infelise: email@example.com
I am currently a full-time volunteer at The Gardner Pilot Academy, a public school in Boston, MA. I will be starting a job as a Kindergarten Resident Teacher at The Hillbrook School in Los Gatos in August. I love to sing and play music, cook, read, and travel. I am looking forward to returning to the summer program after a year off. I can't wait to meet my students and get to know them all. I recently completed my Master's in Early Childhood Education at Lesley University. While there, I had the opportunity to work with some fabulous kindergarten and 1st graders. I love incorporating art, music, dance, and theater into the classroom.
Sarah Gerber: firstname.lastname@example.org
I teach 2nd grade at St. Paul's Episcopal School. I have been teaching for 12 years, including preschool, kindergarten, third and fourth grades, as well as second. I enjoy hiking and playing board games. I look forward to joining the Head-Royce community and meeting students and teachers from the greater Oakland community. I am excited to play lots of math games and to create a fun, cooperative learning program in collaboration with my students. Developing a growth mindset and working together as a community drive my teaching in every moment.
Second Grade Team
Katie Reilly: email@example.com
I am coming from teaching 3rd grade at Amelia Earhart Elementary school in Alameda. This is my third year teaching 3rd grade, and my fourth summer as a teacher in Head Royce's Summer Program. In my free time, I enjoy backpacking, running, yoga, and reading books in the sunshine...and who doesn't love a good cup of coffee? Each summer, I look forward to meeting the new campers, seeing how the Summer Program has changed, soaking up the new knowledge I learn from other summer teachers, and seeing the returning staff I have met over the years.
Laura Hannum: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi! I'm Laura Hannum and most recently, I have been teaching middle school mathematics at Park Day School. While I love teaching math, I am excited to be teaching all subjects to 5th grade students at Cornell Elementary in the fall. This is my second summer at Head Royce. During my first summer, I specialized in teaching science and created programming for 1st and 2nd grade students. Outside of school, I love to take classes in latin dance, I enjoy running around the lake, reading at the beach, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Tomi Rael: email@example.com
During the school year I am a reading enrichment teacher at Amelia Earhart Elementary in Alameda. I challenge kindergartners, 1st, and 2nd graders to read and write in a fun environment! I also work after-school at Encinal High School where I help out with a credit recovery program for seniors. In my free time I love trying out new recipes! I have a huge sweet tooth, so I enjoy trying to make as many new desserts as I can. I also enjoy reading, training at the gym and keeping up with Tennessee football. Go Vols! I am really looking forward to meeting all the new smiling faces! I am excited to get to know each of the students and help them have a fun time this summer!
Piper Tracy: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the past two years I have been an assistant teacher at Prospect Sierra. I like running, playing sports and cooking. I am looking forward a super fun and interactive summer program!
Niesha Johnson: email@example.com
I have been working as a 2nd grade intern teacher at St. Paul's Episcopal School. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, eating, hiking, taking road trips, laughing and enjoying life to the fullest with family and friends. I am looking forward to joining a new faculty and school community. I am also looking forward to having an amazing time in the classroom, engaging student thinking and learning through integrated, hands-on learning experiences.
Third Grade Team
Stephi Deller: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the school year, I teach middle school in Martinez (I’m also the English Department Chair), but I have been teaching 3rd grade in the Head Royce Summer Program for thirteen years. I love teaching here, having fun, creating, and learning with the students! It doesn't get much better than that! When I am not teaching, I am usually walking, reading, or hanging out with friends and family! I'm looking forward to another fabulous summer with you all!
Douglas Evans: email@example.com
I have taught elementary school for 20 years in various setting ranging from a small logging town in Oregon to public schools in California; private schools in the East Bay to international schools in London and Helsinki. After the publication of my first children’s book, I became a full-time writer for children. Teaching summer school gives me the opportunity to return to the classroom and a profession I greatly love. More information about my children’s books and teaching career can be found on my web site at http://www.wtmelon.com.
Theresa Dyer: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have taught 3rd grade at a small rural school in the Sierra Mountains for 12 years. I enjoy hiking, fishing, and taking pictures of nature. I look forward to visiting my hometown each summer to teach eager-to-learn students. The community at Head Royce is very warm and welcoming. I am looking forward to spending time with eager learners. We will solve problems, expand our thinking, and work together as a class.
Lisa Shaner: email@example.com
During the school year I am a Librarian at the International High School in San Francisco. In my spare time, I love hiking all around California, writing stories, and reading lots and lots of books. And I'm taking up salsa dancing so by the end of summer I should have some moves! I'm looking forward to sharing stories, learning about diverse environments in our world, and studying inventors.
Shauna Revelli: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a 3rd Grade teacher at Thornhill Elementary School during the school year. During my personal time, I enjoy swimming, playing my violin, or going out on long hikes with my dog. I’ve taught at the HRS summer program for many years. I love coming back each year and seeing all the familiar faces I have seen from the years before! It is always so much fun to see how much the kids have grown.
Fourth Grade Team
Diane Driscoll: email@example.com
I’ve been teaching for ever 20 years! I'm currently a 4th/5th grade teacher at Crestmont School. I'm the only 4th and 5th grade teacher , so I'm looking forward to a larger community of colleagues and exchanging ideas for curriculum and content for my grade levels. As a Curriculum Coach at my school, I'm also interested in making connections with teachers of other grade levels so that I can connect my colleagues at Crestmont with a larger community of educators. I like teaching in the summer because I usually learn as much as I teach: new methods of group management, new games, new resources, etc. In my spare time, I run, salsa dance, garden and get in touch with my own creativity by painting, working with clay or other mediums. I have a 17 year old daughter who will be graduating from El Cerrito High School next year.
Kevin Deaton: firstname.lastname@example.org
I teach 2nd grade math, 4th grade science, and middle school social studies and humanities at Yavneh Day School in Los Gatos, Ca. In my personal time, I enjoy reading and looking for old books at used book stores, painting, hiking, running, weightlifting, and playing lots and lots of video games. I also enjoy spending time with my partner and our cat, Luna. I look forward to working with and learning from the diverse staff and students at Head Royce while sharing my love of art and the humanities.
Ronda Newt: email@example.com
I am an After School Educator for Boys and Girls Club as well as a community organizer and Operations Director for an educational non profit. In my spare time, I enjoy fitness and health activities. I am studying to become a fitness trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I also value spending time with friends and family. I’m looking forward to meeting new students and their families, supporting students on their journey to their new grade, and HAVING FUN!
Fifth Grade Team
Scott Thompson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott grew up in Birmingham, Michigan where he began swimming at the age of 6. Throughout all of his school years Scott continued swimming and ended his career as an Olympic Trials Qualifier and the Captain of the University of Florida swim team. After college Scott taught physical education in the Oakland Unified School District for three years before he came to Aurora in 2012. Scott brings a true love for fitness and teamwork to his work at Aurora. Outside of teaching physical education, Scott enjoys music, swimming, surfing, and running.
Myriam Godfrey: email@example.com
During the school year I teach English at Fairfield High School in Fairfield, CA. In my spare time I enjoy my cats, reading pretty much anything, hanging out with my 3 perfect children, taking cosy naps and bloody crime dramas. I am looking forward to working with younger children - I love their openness, their enthusiasm and their willingness to learn. I also love being extremely silly with kids and their total lack of cynicism.
Maimone Attia: firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd-5th - Movie Making Class
This class introduces students to the three main disciplines involved in creating a film: writing, shooting and editing. The students being by viewing a scene from an animated film that provides a clear example of visual storytelling. After a teacher-led discussion in which the instructor helps the students to understand how the scene's story is conveyed visually, students will form groups to write, act out, and film a short, non-dialogue scene. During this class, students will learn how to communicate ideas and emotions in the language of cinema. They will also be introduced to the basics of cinematography and narrative film editing.
Vickie Stoller: email@example.com
K-2 - Science
It's very exciting to a build a new community of learners from such a variety of school backgrounds. It's so much fun to watch the students learn. When curriculum is fun and exciting, content can become more meaningful.
Katrina Deliramich: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Session Librarian
I spend a lot of time Reading!! Spending time with my niece and family are also some of my favorite things to do, as well as vacationing in Disneyland! I’m looking forward to sharing my love of reading with a new group of students while learning about their favorite books and discovering a whole new collection of stories!
Elizabeth Price Patel: email@example.com
Second Session Librarian
Elizabeth will be returning to the Head Royce community where she was the Head Lower School librarian for many years. These days, Elizabeth is the head librarian at Redwood Day School.