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Ana Lucía Benítez-Stewart was born in Chicago and grew up in Ecuador. She is bilingual. She taught evolutionary biology to US college students and professors in the Galapagos and the Amazon. She taught Spanish to professionals in the wine industry in Mendocino before teaching Spanish at St Johns, and Healdsburg Montessori Preschool. She also taught Spanish […]


Michelle Patin, is originally from Sonoma County and has lived here in Healdsburg for the majority of her life. Michelle, attended Fresno State University where she earned her BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on Child Development. Michelle‘s heart has always been in Sonoma County. That’s why she decided to return after college so she can give back to […]


Deanna Bakker, kindergarten co-teacher, believes in cultivating a classroom community that is bursting with laughter, creativity, curiosity, and music. She grew up in the Bay Area and is excited to return after living in Southern California and Colorado for the last decade. Deanna has been exploring the world of education in many ways over the last 15 years. Her […]


Second grade Associate Teacher, Heather Reichel, joined The Healdsburg School in 2023. Heather grew up in San Luis Obispo and graduated from American University with a BA in Elementary Education. Following college, she worked as a Director of Education tutoring students and developing individual education programs. She also has earned a Master’s in Education in Guidance and Counseling and […]


Danny Brennan caught the tech bug while a junior at Louisiana State University in the late 90’s, and graduated right into the Y2K bubble and dotcom boom. Over the past 25 years, he has worked on many different software projects for clients in many different industries. He currently works with local clients to design and […]


Mr. Flores majored in Philosophy at Tufts University as an undergraduate, and continued his postgraduate education in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews this past year, which rests on the eastern cliffs of Scotland and was founded almost 350 years before Mozart was born! He deeply and genuinely enjoys spending time with students of all ages, but […]




SARAH LAW, Director of Resource Development and Marketing, joined the THS administrative team in 2016.  Sarah is passionate about our community, helping others, and bringing people together. Sarah’s background includes broad experience in business administration, communication, event planning, and design, from serving as an Executive Assistant in the medical and manufacturing industry to owning and […]


ANDY DAVIES, Head of School, brings over thirty years of experience to The Healdsburg School.  She has taught in public, independent, and alternative PK-12 schools as well as community college.  She served as Director of Curriculum and Assistant Head of Aspen Country Day School in Colorado, where she worked with faculty to revise and clearly articulate […]


Martha was born and raised in Tijuana, México where she attended the Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, graduating with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. In México, she taught ninth and tenth-grade math for four years. After working in Manufacturing and Corporate Finance in México and Los Angeles, she traveled with her family to Asia and Australia […]


JUAN CARLOS GARCIA, was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA. After graduating from Healdsburg High School, Juan Carlos studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Music. After graduating from MIT, Juan Carlos worked in the engineering industry but eventually left it to focus on creativity and […]


ALLY KULLER, TK Associate Teacher, is originally from Sonoma County and has lived in Healdsburg most of her life. When the opportunity presents itself, she enjoys spending time in the mountains and connecting with the outdoors through running, skiing, and biking. Ally appreciates being outdoors as much as she can be and enjoy incorporating the elements […]


Connie Schlotthauer is from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, in South Dakota. She 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. She is a Level lll Kodály educator and has received her Level lll Orff […]


Abby is thrilled to be teaching at THS in the TK classroom. During this pivotal year of education for children, she is passionate about cultivating a nurturing environment where children can grow and succeed through play-based learning as well as hands-on learning for kindergarten readiness in literacy and math.  Abby grew up in Harrison, New […]


ALEXANDRA HOLLOWAY, Director of Middle School Student Learning and Culture, was born and raised in the Bay Area. She traveled to Spokane, Washington to attend Gonzaga University where she majored in Political Science and History. Alex got into teaching through the Teach for America program which placed her in an inner-city school in need. Alex […]


CORINNE EFRAM, MA, LMFT, PPSC,  is excited to join the team this year as the School Counselor. She is eager to work collaboratively to support students and the entire THS community with her breadth of counseling experience, education, and skills to meet the moment. After receiving her B.A. in fine arts from Mills College, an […]


TASSLYN (Tazz) GESTER, Fourth Grade Teacher, graduated from UC Davis, receiving an undergraduate degree in Science and Technology Studies and Technical Writing, her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and her Master of Arts in Teaching. She worked for five years as a copy editor for a milk genomics publication and wrote software manuals before embracing her […]


TANYA BELLO, Dance Teacher, graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance and soon after became the Assistant & Liaison (at the Library of Congress) to the Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Co.  She taught and danced professionally with companies in New York City, Washington, DC and Italy before moving to the Bay […]


KARLA BECERRA, Middle School | Social Studies Teacher, was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY. She moved to California in 2018 settling in San Francisco where she taught Social Science (World History, Ethnic Studies, and American History) at the middle and high school level for two years. Karla received her BA in Middle Childhood […]


AMY RODGERS, First Grade Associate Teacher. Miss Rodgers loves first grade and The Healdsburg School! She was born and raised in Healdsburg and graduated from THS in 2013. Amy is very active in the Ag community and 4-H and currently helps her mom run the Lytton Springs 4-H club. Amy attended College in Phoenix, Arizona, […]


AMY CUNNINGHAM, Middle School | Sixth Grade Language Arts teacher.  Amy has been supporting our LA program over the past few years.  She stepped in as a teacher in the 2017-18 school year, and last year she worked with Mrs. Winter in 6-8 Language Arts. Amy holds a BA in English from the University of […]


Artist and Mother of two THS students, LESLIE MONTEIRO is thrilled to be part of the THS faculty as Garden Coordinator. With more than ten years of hands-on experience working and caring for children, three of which were spend managing and operating a successful in-home daycare. Gardening, harvesting, and preserving food has been an integral part […]


Physical Education teacher, JUSTIN HERRGUTH joined The Healdsburg School in 2011.  Justin has been an active volunteer with youth and high school sports programs for many years.  A graduate of Healdsburg High, Justin attended Santa Rosa Junior College and Western Kentucky University as a student-athlete participating in baseball.  He earned his bachelor degree in Business […]