JENNIFER LANGE, Kindergarten 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.
KELLY BAILEY, Kindergarten Associate Teacher, joined The Healdsburg School in 2017. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Animal Science. She then served as a Veterinary Technician for sixteen years for various hospitals. Kelly enjoys working with both animals and children alike and has transitioned to focus on childhood education. Prior to joining THS, she helped design, maintain, and teach a garden program for an elementary school in Santa Rosa, where she also created and taught a science curriculum for kindergarten through sixth grade. Kelly is excited to return to the classroom after working in the office last year.
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 Kindergarten through high school, 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, KELSEY KESSNER, is excited to be part of the THS Team. Miss Kessner graduated from Montana State University-Billings, where she earned a B.A. degree in both Elementary and Special Education. She moved from Montana to Healdsburg after college to pursue her dream of becoming an Elementary teacher. Teaching has been her passion since she volunteered in the Elementary classrooms during her High School education. Miss Kessner believes students learn best by participating in a fun and engaging classroom. When she is not at school, Miss Kessner enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, swimming and playing basketball.
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.
Third 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.
MELISSA WALKER is excited to be at The Healdsburg School as the Fourth Grade Teacher. Ms. Walker attended the University of Puget Sound in Washington state, where she pursued a degree in psychology, focusing on disorders and child development. During her time in the northwest, she was able to discover her love for the outdoors, spending her free time hiking, camping and exploring. Upon graduating, Ms. Walker began working more directly with children and took a position as a psychiatric child care counselor at an inpatient facility in Washington. It was here that she found her passion working within the classroom and decided to pursue a teaching career– Ms. Walker returned to California and attended Sonoma State University, where she received a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. A Healdsburg native, Ms. Walker is thrilled to return to her hometown and incite the same “spark” in her students that she feels through learning.
KATE GUTHRIE, Fourth Grade Associate Teacher, attended the University of Oregon for her undergraduate degree on an athletic scholarship. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism and became an All-American in Track & Field. Kate earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Language Arts Teaching Credential at Pacific University. Kate previously taught language arts at Pleasant Hill Middle School in Oregon. In addition to teaching, she was the Head Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track & Field Coach at Pleasant Hill High School. She then spent four years coaching and teaching in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Currently the Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach at Healdsburg High School, Kate is excited to be back in the classroom. In her free time, she enjoys running, travel, and exploring Sonoma County with her husband and children.
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 for 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 walked on to the campus at THS, she was electrified by the staff and students alike. Myra has over fifteen years of teaching experience at the high school and college level. After graduating from Cal Poly, Myra spent seven 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 two 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 sons’ elementary school. Myra helped to develop a school-wide garden, provided additional math support, coached a Science Olympiad team of fourth to sixth 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 the Eighth Grade Homeroom Teacher as well as to be teaching sixth and eighth-grade science, eighth-grade math, and seventh-grade entrepreneurship. She also enjoys coaching the THS volleyball team. She brings with her the ability to combine rigorous direct instruction with an interactive and innovative methodology.
Upper school Social Studies and Seventh Grade Homeroom Teacher, MICAH PRICE, is a certified educator with a Masters in Education from UC Santa Cruz. He is entering his fourth 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 six to eleven. 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. 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. Eight upper school students competed in the Global Round in Athens, Greece last summer, and five 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!
LINDSEY ROSE is thrilled to be teaching Spanish at THS! Lindsey has been bilingual since she was a child, but it wasn’t until after studying abroad in Spain in 2006 that she decided to study Spanish Literature and Linguistics and ultimately receive a Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish from Sonoma State University. Lindsey also has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State, as well as secondary credential authorizing her to teach Kindergarten through 9th grade Spanish. Lindsey assisted the Spanish department at Sonoma Country Day School and taught Spanish from preschool through sixth grade at Kenwood Elementary. She provided translation services for Spanish speaking families and was the CELDT (California English Language Development Test) Coordinator for Kenwood School. Lindsey loved bringing baile folklorico dance, authentic Latin American games, art, and music into the Spanish program at Kenwood Elementary and hopes to do the same at THS. Lindsey believes the key to unlocking the door to other cultures is language and looks forward to keeping the students enthusiastic and engaged while learning Spanish. Lindsey lives in Windsor and has a yellow labrador retriever, Vino. In her free time, she loves to hike, camp, enjoy nature, as well as spend time with friends and family.
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 ten years of teaching experience, including five years teaching Mandarin, English, Science, and Music in Taiwan and six years teaching Mandarin at Bel Aire Magnet School in Napa, and three 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.
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 – eighth-grade students in different capacities for the past twenty years and cannot pick a favorite grade level as she enjoys them all. Kristina is raising three school-age children in Sonoma County along with her husband Ian. She holds a BA from Sonoma State University and does work as a local designer, artist, and sign maker. As a mom, Kristina is very involved in her children’s school doing murals and other artistic projects. During free time, Kristina enjoys yoga, film, woodworking, and travel. She has visited Scandinavia, South-East Asia, Europe, Japan and taken many epic road trips. Recently she has attended Spanish immersion school with her family in central America. In teaching at THS, Kristina applies an apprentice-style guidance in fundamental artistic techniques and prioritizes time for students to 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 twenty-five 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.
Artist and Mother of two THS students (Kinder and 1st grade), LESLIE MALIK is thrilled to be joining 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 of her family life and finding new and creative ways to involve her children is a fun and rewarding challenge. With a focus on health and sustainability, Leslie is looking forward to working hand in hand with the students of THS to widen their knowledge of where their food comes from and proving that anyone can grow food!
In her free time Leslie can be found reading, riding horses, or tending to her goat herd.