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Jennifer LangeJENNIFER 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 for learning.


LINDSEY ROSE is thrilled to be part of the THS team! Lindsey has a Multiple Subject Teaching LindseyCredential 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.


0186JEANETTE INNESS is excited to be in her seventh year teaching at The Healdsburg School. 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 a summer camp director at the popular “Camp WaTam”, substitute taught in grades K-12, was an after-school day-care teacher, and worked in a speech-language pathology clinic.   Mrs. Inness loves to infuse technology, creative arts, theater and movement into her classroom. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an elementary school teacher and feels she was born to teach. Her goal is to change the world, one student at a time. In her free time, Mrs. Inness loves to dance and is a certified ZUMBA instructor, enjoys attending theater productions around the Bay Area, cooks for friends and family and goes on adventures with her husband and two sons.




First-grade associate teacher, APRIL MOLLISON, received her Multiple Subjects teaching credential 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.


DrewDREW 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 an0201 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.



0202JAMI TRINIDAD, third-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.

 brit-kelleheris overjoyed to continue working with The Healdsburg School this school year as the third-grade associate teacher, after working as the long-term associate substitute teacher in first grade and Mandarin last year. She has enjoyed working with kids for almost 10 years, as a tutor for children aged 3-17, as a teaching assistant in math and reading at Kumon Learning Center, and as a residential program assistant at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer programs.

Growing from her love of children, Brit is also dedicated to environmental and community issues; she attended the University of Vermont (UVM) and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Community Development and Applied Economics.  During a semester abroad in Costa Rica, Brit also designed an internship to collaborate with the students of the Centro de Educación Creativa, to raise awareness about wildlife passages in the fragmented rainforest.  In addition to appreciating all things sustainable, Brit loves reading, kayaking, hiking, yoga, meditation, cooking, planning her Tiny House, playing with her nephews, crafting DIY projects and riding her bike.



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.

 fourth-grade associate teacher is a Sonoma County native. She grew up as a competitive figure skater and even made her way to nationals as a competitor. Renée has also figure skated professionally for a few Charles M. Shultz Christmas shows. After a few years off the ice, she has chosen to return to the sport recently because fitness and health are important aspects of her lifestyle.

Renée was groomed to become a teacher. Her grandmother owned 4 private preschools “Woodside schools” in Santa Rosa. When Renée turned 18 she took on a role as a preschool and after-school teacher, continuing to teach in this position for several years. Working at Woodside West School required her to work with ages varying from 2-5 years old and 5-12 years old for the after school program.

Renée received a Bachelors Degree in 2010, from San Francisco State University with a major in Communicative Disorders and a minor in Special Education. She participated in a study abroad program to Paris, France and believes that traveling is an essential part of growing as an individual. This past summer, Renée traveled to Ireland and she looks forward to traveling to visit family in The Republic of Georgia this next summer!

Prior to attending Graduate school, Renée coached the Special Olympics for over 2 years. During that time, she also worked as a Behavior Assistant for a 5th grade student with special needs through Anova. Renée went on to continue her education by attending Dominican University of California’s graduate program in the school of education. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential this year in 2016. While attending Dominican, she was the recipient of two academic scholarships based on her 4.0 GPA. As a part of the program, Renée was required to complete rigorous student teaching hours at Kenwood Elementary School in both the 5th and Kindergarten classrooms. Renée’s future goals include finishing the final 3 courses of her Masters degree in Education and continuing her growth as a professional at THS!



JENNIFER FREESE, fifth-grade 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.



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.

UPPER SCHOOL (6th-8th)

 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.


0190From 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.


0196Originally hailing from Los Angeles, upper school humanities teacher, JEFF RAVINE recently returned to California after seven years teaching abroad.  He discovered the joy of working with students  as a tutor for the Upward Bound Program and realized teaching was his future.  Jeff started his career as a sixth-grade humanities teacher at Chadwick School in the Los Angles area.  After Chadwick, Jeff taught middle school humanities and history at international schools in Israel, South Africa, Vietnam and most recently Egypt.  In addition to having taught grades six, seven and eight, Jeff served as a department chair, grade-level coordinator, and helped develop the middle school advisory program at the American International School Johannesburg.

Jeff received a BA in History from Cal Poly Pomona and a MA in Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne.  He is very excited to bring his joy of teaching and experiences with world cultures back to California.  No matter the school or the nationality of the student, Jeff fosters a classroom environment for kids to meet and exceed all expectations.  A Southern Californian at heart, he is looking forward to exploring the northern part of the state.  When not teaching, Jeff enjoys supporting Dodger baseball, running, biking, and reading.

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 11.52.45 AMUpper school language arts teacher MICAH PRICE, having been born into a family of teachers, is a certified teacher with a Masters in Education from UC Santa Cruz. He is now entering his sixth year of teaching and 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 previous 5 years. His previous school, an IB school near Geneva, Switzerland, was a start-up school, and he developed the whole curriculum on his own for English from grades 6-9, co-taught the Humanities curriculum and lead the World Scholars Cup club, hosting regional round at the school. Carrying an enthusiasm for travel and emersion 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!



Upper school math and science teacher, CARRIE SMITH grew up in San Diego and attended school at the University of California at Davis. After earning her B.S. in Biology and her teaching credential from U.C. Davis she moved back to San Diego where she taught seventh and eighth grade science at Carmel Valley Middle School for five years. During her time at Carmel Valley Middle School, Carrie chaired the science department, coached various sports, and started a lesson study program that is still in place today.

Mrs. Smith took some time off of classroom teaching to care for her two children. During this time she began her online teaching career with California Virtual Academics. She began as a teacher of Earth Science and Physics for California Virtual Academics and was quickly promoted to the science department chair before finally assuming the role of vice principal of the High School.

She is passionate about her students and happy to be working with them face-to-face in the physical classroom at THS. She has a strong background in math and science and is looking forward to bringing the enthusiasm she has for these subjects to the students.



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  which results in a lively, engaging classroom atmosphere full of music, movement and games. Doña 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 Directory of Graduate Events for an experiential motivational organization throughout California. Doña 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.

ItingLower 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 8 years of teaching experience, including 5 years teaching Mandarin, English, Science and Music in Taiwan and 3 years teaching Mandarin at Bel Aire Magnet School in Napa.

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.


0188ANNE JOHNSON upper school Mandarin teacher.  She graduated from 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.


LaurenArt teacher LAUREN FROST is delighted to be joining the faculty of The Healdsburg School. Lauren holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from The University of Kansas and a Single Subject Credential in Art from Dominican University, California. She also studied drawing and printmaking at Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy.

She has taught in Sonoma County since 2003 when she served as Director of Music and Activities for grades K-8 at Brush Creek Montessori School. She was a resident environmental science teacher for middle school students from the Bay Area at Caritas Creek, in Occidental, CA. In 2006, Lauren began teaching fine art at Ursuline High School, Santa Rosa. Two years later she joined the faculty at Cardinal Newman High School where she taught advanced classes in art and graphic design. She implemented an AP Studio Art program for CNHS and assisted with the development of annual arts celebrations for both schools. Most recently she taught visual arts for Healdsburg High School and Junior High, where she also served as a district Technology Coach.

Ms. Frost is committed to an inter-disciplinary approach to art education, in which all subjects are intertwined to increase students’ understanding of art and she looks forward to collaborating with other teachers at THS. She is determined to prepare students for their futures in the 21st century, and frequently use technology in the art classroom, but also provides the benefits of academic fundamentals such as drawing from nature.  She intends to foster a fun and engaging learning environment that effectively teaches art techniques, promotes creativity, and encourages art appreciation.

She is passionate about arts education, and as a member of the National Art Educators Association, she had the privilege of attending the 2011 NAEA conference in Seattle and the 2013 convention in Ft. Worth, Texas. In addition to teaching, she also freelances graphic design for local community events and organizations, and continues to work as an exhibiting artist. She and her husband Steve Pile, a musician and Healdsburg native, enjoy live music, hiking, cooking, and spending time with their new baby.


Music Director CONNIE SCHLOTTHAUER holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from the 0198University 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.


0185Athletic 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.




Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 11.25.07 AMBRIENNA DOHERTY, lower school Physical Education teacher has worked at The Healdsburg School since 2008 and has taught Physical Education since 2011. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Brienna absolutely loves teaching Physical Education and sharing her passion for health and fitness with her students.

Brienna is an avid runner and participates in many local half and full marathons. Last year she ran the Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland.


caroline-ottoHaving 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.