JENNIFER LANGE, Kindergarten grade teacher holds a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She began her career as an educator teaching first grade for the Eau Claire School District. After eight years, she moved to California with her husband Clay to teach second grade for the Fremont Unified School District. Jennifer has a deep love for early literacy education and shared that passion for the next seven years as a professional developer for teachers. She worked for SRA as well as the Reading Lions Center in Sacramento.
To feed an additional passion, Jennifer earned a certificate as a Natural Chef and Nutrition Consultant from Bauman College. In the past 9 years, she cultivated a second career as a culinary and nutrition instructor for Bauman College as well as running her own personal chef and nutrition consultant business. Most recently she was the Nutrition Department Supervisor and Nutrition Faculty Supervisor for Bauman College.
She is very excited to have found her way back to the elementary classroom and to be a part of the THS community along with her daughter Chloe’. She looks forward to once again building a strong classroom community and fostering that life-long love of learning.
LINDSEY ROSE is thrilled to be part of the THS team! Lindsey has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State, a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish also from Sonoma State, as well as an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies from Santa Rosa Junior College. A native of Windsor, she has worked at Montessori Fun Preschool Program throughout her childhood and over the summer as an adult. Lindsey has worked at several schools in Sonoma County including Sonoma Country Day School, Healdsburg Community afterschool program, Montessori in Motion, and Kenwood Elementary. Most recently, she taught Spanish from preschool through 6th grade and was one of the 1st-grade classroom teachers at Kenwood Elementary School. Lindsey loves working in Kindergarten as she has a strong preschool background. She values every moment with each of her students as has realized throughout her years as a teacher that they really do grow up too fast! Lindsey speaks Spanish fluently and enjoys speaking Spanish at every opportunity. In her free time, she loves to hike, camp, and enjoy nature with her yellow lab, as well as spend time with friends and family.
First-grade teacher JEANETTE INNESS began teaching at The Healdsburg School in 2009. She grew up in Sonoma County and holds a BA in Liberal Arts along with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. Before THS she served as the summer camp director at the popular “Camp Wa-Tam”, substitute taught in grades K-12 and worked with special needs students at a speech-language pathology clinic.
Mrs. Inness loves to infuse technology, creative arts, theater and movement into her classroom. She knows a child’s education is the most valuable thing and she enjoys working with children to help them reach for their dreams through their education. She believes the most amazing thing as a teacher is to see or hear one of her students apply the skills that she has taught them and see the excitement on their face. Together with a team of amazing and creative teachers, she is committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.
When she is not at school, Mrs. Inness can be found exploring the Bay Area with her husband and two young sons, teaching a Zumba class, or eating seafood at the beach. Mrs. Inness also serves on the board for the Active 20-30 #205 Healdsburg Club which is a service organization that raises money for underprivileged youth in our local community.
First-grade associate teacher, APRIL MOLLISON, received her Multiple Subjects teaching credentials from California State University, Fresno. Working with children has been a passion and she has over 25 years experience teaching in public and private schools. She feels strongly about engaging children in hands-on learning and creating an atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm in her students. She has served as a Support Provider at THS in the North Coast Beginning Teacher Program (BTSA) providing ongoing guidance and support in working with new teachers to develop Individual Induction Plans that reflect their goals for professional development. Mrs. Mollison’s hobbies include gardening, wildflower photography, hiking and exploring the deserts of the southwest. Her biggest passion, however, is baseball and she is an enthusiastic fan of the San Francisco Giants.
DREW LICHTENBERGER is thrilled to be teaching second-grade at THS. Drew received her B.A. in Child Development at Cal. State Sacramento and her Multi-Subject teaching credential and Masters’ Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix. For most of her career, she taught second grade, although she has also taught first and third. Drew believes strongly in providing students with activities that stimulate and excite their curiosity and considers learning an active and affirmative process. All students in Drew’s class know their ideas are respected and that they are cared about as individuals. Through modeling, discussion, and awareness, she helps students make compassionate choices.
Drew is driven by the belief that children thrive in an environment where they can grow both academically and socially into strong, independent learners. Through positive guidance, her objective is to lead students to discover answers for themselves. Daily classroom activities help them develop their critical thinking skills and work collaboratively.
Drew enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. Going to live theater, playing word games, reading, antique store shopping, and exploring Sonoma County’s beautiful walking trails head her list of passions.
Second-grade associate teacher, MARIA TRICKEL holds a B.A. degree in Liberals Studies with an emphasis in education from Sonoma State. Maria is working on her multiple subject teaching credentials. She has always had a love for education and working with children. Maria joined the THS team as the after-school academy assistant and subbed for various classes. She is looking forward to expanding her horizon and working in the second grade. Being an educator has been a dream of hers since she was in high school. Aside from loving the joys of working with children, Maria loves to run in her free time and show basset hounds. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
Third-grade teacher, ANN WEBER is devoted to cultivating an environment of exploration, learning, and growth on creative, social, academic and emotional levels. She works to develop a circle of courageous, caring learners who are intrinsically motivated to learn about the world. Ann is invested in creating challenging and exciting inquiry environments to move her students to investigate and explore on their quests for truth, beauty, love, and learning. Ann taught in Japan for three years, Iran for one, and studied abroad in southern Spain. She visited other locales including Vietnam, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand, Greece, Italy, the Yucatan and Central America; she shares stories and artifacts from her travels with her students and hopes to inspire them to adventure as well. Ann holds four degrees from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: two Masters in education and community development, and two BAs in psychology and anthropology. She also holds two K-8, multiple subject teaching certificates (Michigan and California). She is ELD certified and has over twenty years of diverse teaching experience, from teaching at Pathways and Oxford Schools, to the Detroit and Takasaki Public School systems. Ann is married to a hobby-farming engineer – they care for three fantastic teenagers and a crowd of cats, canaries, and chickens. She loves to explore the natural world, do and teach art, cook for crowds, and read whatever she can get her hands on.
OLIVIA HILES, third-grade associate teacher, grew up in Healdsburg and enjoyed all the wholesome amenities our special town has to offer. Olivia is a recent graduate of Seattle University where she earned a Humanities degree with a teaching emphasis. She is currently pursuing her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Masters in Teaching at the University of San Diego. Her love for teaching began in high school and continued to grow as she worked and volunteered in various classrooms and grade levels. This past year Olivia was given the opportunity to reconstruct an after-school program at a local elementary school in Seattle. There, she discovered various ways to connect with students and incorporate their personal and outside interests into learning. She strongly believes in encouraging her students to explore curiosities and ask questions to help create excitement for life-long learning. In her spare time, you can find Olivia with her nose in the newest mystery book or enjoying an outdoor activity such as swimming, hiking or cycling.
BRITTA WINTER, the fourth-grade teacher is invested in creating an inspiring environment for children to learn, grow and discover as individuals. She promotes a classroom community where her students feel safe to take risks, inquire, investigate and collaborate. Britta was born in New Hampshire but has had the opportunity to live in a variety of locations throughout her life. During her middle and high school years, her family moved first to Waterloo, Belgium and later to Prague, Czech Republic. While there, Mrs. Winter attended International Schools where she was able to take part in the I.B. program. She later returned to the U.S. to attend Kenyon College in Ohio where she received a B.A. in English and then moved to San Francisco where she received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute. Mrs. Winter taught at several schools in the San Francisco area before moving to Sonoma County to join the THS community. When she isn’t teaching, Mrs. Winter enjoys cooking, reading, seeing live music, and exploring her new home with her husband Zach, a Sonoma County native.
JAMI TRINIDAD, fifth-grade teacher was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended UC Santa Barbara on a softball scholarship, where she majored in Sociology with a History minor. After graduation, she accepted a Graduate Fellowship at Whittier College, where she earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She worked for several years as a classroom teacher in the second and third grades in Anaheim and coached high school softball in Hacienda Heights. In 2012, Jami returned to Whittier College to complete a Master’s degree in Education, for which she did research and completed a thesis on youth civic engagement and the role of schools in developing civic knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
Jami has spent her entire adult life working with young people, as a teacher, a coach, and as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, and visiting museums. As a newcomer to Sonoma County, she looks forward to exploring all there is to offer, particularly outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and rafting.
LORI PATOCCHI, fifth-grade associate teacher, has enjoyed 20 years of experience working with K-8 students in various Healdsburg schools. She is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a B.A. Degree in Liberal Studies and is currently enrolled in the SSU Multiple Subject Credential Program. Learning is as much of a passion to Lori as teaching; therefore she believes that instruction should be driven by what students have to contribute to the learning environment. Lori is inspired and motivated by the individuality of her students and strives to help them achieve success in all areas of learning.
CHARLOTTE PERRINE, department head, and upper school math teacher is a native of New Haven Connecticut. Ms. Perrine comes from a long line of educators, and has spent the past 29 years teaching math and science from grades 5-7 in the Potomac School, Mc Lean, VA., St. Stephens and St. Agnes School, Alexandria, VA, The Beaver Country Day School in Boston and The Healdsburg School. She has been at THS since it opened as a K-8 school in 2008.
Ms. Perrine is a graduate of Westover School in Middlebury, CT, Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she received her BA, and Harvard University, where she received her MEd. She is a huge Red Sox fan, an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking and running, a lover of Broadway musicals, and is passionate about children and teaching.
She is a believer in bringing the real world into the learning experience. Walking the talk, she has helped create a whale curriculum for Montgomery County Schools, studied humpback whales with the Pacific Whale Foundation in Australia, received a summer grant to research and observe orcas with Earthwatch in San Juan Islands, traveled to New Zealand, Europe, Alaska, the U.S. and sailed for a month in Tahiti. Ms. Perinne has been a key person in organizing and running a math enrichment and support program and has been instrumental in creating math curricula.
From the moment MYRA LESLIE, upper school science teacher, walked on to the campus a THS, she was electrified by the staff and students alike. She is looking forward to becoming part of the THS community. Myra has over 10 years of teaching experience at the high school and college level. After graduating from Cal Poly, Myra spent 7 years teaching the sciences, from Biology to Biotechnology, at a high school in San Jose. It was there that she helped to develop the biotechnology program and implemented performance-based assessments. Myra has also worked for 2 years at Windsor High teaching Integrated Science in a ninth and tenth-grade core program.
After taking time off from the teaching profession in order to raise her two sons, Myra remained actively involved in education by volunteering extensively at her son’s elementary school. Myra helped to develop a school-wide garden, provided additional math support, coached a Science Olympiad team of 4th – 6th graders, and led her Odyssey of the Mind team to two first place finishes. It was through this volunteering that Myra found her passion for working with elementary school-aged students. Myra is excited to be teaching the sixth grade Earth Science class as well as the seventh grade Math class here at THS. She brings with her the ability to combine rigorous direct instruction with an interactive and innovative methodology.
JENNIFER FREESE, upper school language arts teacher Jennifer Freese is passionate about fostering a love of learning in all of her students. She holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley and later earned a Masters degree in Inclusive Elementary Education from Teachers College at Columbia University along with a multi-subject teaching credential. Jennifer taught fourth grade for several years in New York City before moving to Santa Rosa, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. Raised in Santa Barbara by a family of teachers, Jennifer was delighted to have the chance to return to the West Coast and begin teaching at The Healdsburg School.
Jennifer enjoys collaborating with her colleagues to ensure that her students receive the best education possible. She fosters a warm and creative classroom environment in which children feel safe to take risks, both academically and socially. She is an avid reader and writer and is currently finishing a young adult novel that she hopes to someday have published.
Upper school social studies and 7th-grade homeroom teacher MICAH PRICE is a certified educator with a Masters in Education from UC Santa Cruz. He is entering his third year at THS and his eighth year of teaching. He has taught courses in English, IB MYP Humanities, Geography and History to students from grades 6-11. He enjoys working with scholars from around the globe, having been employed at international schools in Thailand, China, and Switzerland over the course of five years before coming to work at THS. Last year he founded and coached the World Scholars Cup Club at THS, one of the first in Northern California, which had students competing in debate, writing and other academic skills. 8 upper school students competed in the Global Round in Athens, Greece last summer, and 5 students are moving on to the Tournament of Champions at Yale University this November. Carrying an enthusiasm for travel and immersion in a variety of cultures, he brings an especially international approach to the classroom. Additionally, he uses his strong educational background to provide a student-centered and progressive teaching methodology in class lessons, always holding his students to a high standard. Micah is overjoyed to be a member of The Healdsburg School team!
Spanish Teacher and Head of the World Languages Department DEBORAH FISCH (doña Deborah) has been teaching Spanish to children in grades K through eighth for over fifteen years. Her teaching style employs the Total Physical Response, as well as the Language Experience approach that results in a lively, engaging classroom atmosphere full of music, movement, and games. Deborah loves to write plays for her students with original songs in Spanish and English. She plays the guitar, ukulele, and piano,
She earned a BA in Spanish Literature and Culture, studied at a Translator’s University in Spain, and has attended sessions at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her work experience also includes serving as the Directory of Graduate Events for an experiential motivational organization throughout California. Deborah lives in Sebastopol with her husband, Ed, and their three dogs and two cats. She loves taking her dogs to the beach and learning about Native American ways, which includes an annual Vision Quest.
Lower school Mandarin teacher, ITING CHEN is a native Mandarin speaker from Kaohsiung, a large city in the south of Taiwan. She moved to the United States in 2006 and currently lives in Santa Rosa with her husband, Eric Chiu and two lovely daughters. Iting has more than 10 years of teaching experience, including 5 years teaching Mandarin, English, Science, and Music in Taiwan and 5 years teaching Mandarin at Bel Aire Magnet School in Napa, and 2 years at The Healdsburg School.
Iting has a degree in Veterinary Science from National Taiwan University, as well as a teaching credential from National Pingtung University in Taiwan. She also has a certificate from the School of Continuing Education, Chinese Culture University in Taiwan to teach Chinese as a Second Language. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys working with students from multiple backgrounds and encouraging them to explore the world in different languages.
ANNE JOHNSON upper school Mandarin teacher. She graduated from the University of Michigan with honors, majoring in Chinese. During college, she spent a year studying at Beijing University, and a year in Taiwan. After Case Western Reserve University law school in her home state of Ohio, she worked as an attorney in California, from 1999-2004. Missing all things Chinese, she returned to mainland China and taught public policy and law at Xi’an Jiaotong University from 2004-2006. She happily transitioned to teaching at an elementary school while living in Telluride, Colorado. She is passionate about inspiring children to grow through language exploration.
KRISTINA DORMAN considers her position at The Healdsburg School to be the synthesis of her enthusiasm for the arts and her love of teaching. She has worked with preschool – 8th-grade children in different capacities for the past 20 years, and as a sign painter for 15 years. Kristina is raising 3 school age children in Sonoma County along with her husband Ian. She holds a BA in Energy Managment and Design from Sonoma State University and does work as a local designer, artist, and sign maker. She also serves on the board of the Santa Rosa French American Charter School as a parent representative. During free time, Kristina enjoys yoga, film, and travel. She has visited Scandinavia, South East Asia, Mexico, Europe, Japan and has also enjoyed road trips with her family. In teaching, Kristina applies apprentice-style guidance in fundamental artistic techniques and prioritizes time for students immerse themselves in creative practice.
Music Director CONNIE SCHLOTTHAUER holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Music Education with an Emphasis in Kodály from Colorado State University, where she received the high honors award for her Kodály certification. She is a level three Kodály educator and has more than 25 years of professional musical experience as a music educator, performer, and private flute studio.
Mrs. Schlotthauer enjoys combining her love of music and creatively teaching children by incorporating music appreciation, theory, history, and performance through the Kodály and Orff Schulwerk methods. She is a member of The Organization of Kodály Educators, The American Orff-Schulwerk Association, The National Association for Music Education, and the National Flute Association. She also holds a degree in Office Administration from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California.
Her experience includes classroom music, band, choir, bell choir, musical productions, private brass and woodwind lessons, drama and multi-grade elementary classroom teaching.
Mrs. Schlotthauer enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. Her interests include flute performance, hiking, finding new music, new recipes, and shopping with her girls.
Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher, JUSTIN HERRGUTH joined The Healdsburg School in 2011. Mr. H has been an active volunteer with youth and high school sports programs for many years. A graduate of Healdsburg High, Mr. H attended Santa Rosa Junior College and Western Kentucky University as a student-athlete participating in baseball. He earned his bachelor degree in Business Management and is currently completing his master’s degree in Education with a teaching credential at the University of Phoenix. Justin enjoys every day with his lovely wife, Jennifer, and his three wonderful boys, Bryant, Ayden, and Joran.
Having worked as a parent volunteer at THS for the past three years, CAROLINE OTTO is excited to join the faculty as Garden Coordinator. She helped bring the garden to the next level and started harvest salad lunches with produce picked and prepared by the students. The garden brings together her passion for gardening, nutrition, delicious fresh food, nature, and art. Caroline uses her fine art and graphic design background to make the garden a beautiful sanctuary as well as a place to learn and grow. She looks forward to working with the lower school teachers to incorporate the garden into the IB curriculum. She believes that hands-on outdoor learning sparks curiosity and problem-solving and helps solidify what students learn in the classroom. She also hopes to help the students discover that healthy food is beautiful, delicious and fun to prepare and eat.
Caroline received her B.A. in Three-Dimensional Design from Middlesex University in the UK majoring in ceramics. She also has an Associates Degree in graphic design from Foothill College and worked for over ten years in Silicon Valley. Her gardening hobby has now grown into a vocation and she is excited to teach and learn with the students in the garden.
In her free time, Caroline enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, yoga, cooking and working in her own garden.