Faculty

KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten 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. Jeanette 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, Jenette can be found exploring the Bay Area with her husband and two young sons, teaching a Zumba class, or eating seafood at the beach. Jeanette 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.

 

 


 

Kindergarten Associate Teacher, KELSEY KESSNER, is excited to be part of the THS Team. Kelsey 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. Kelsey believes students learn best by participating in a fun and engaging classroom. When she is not at school, Kelsey enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, swimming and playing basketball.

FIRST GRADE

KILEY CLARK KERBEL, First Grade Teacher, has been in education since 2007. Kiley is passionate about supporting students to make real-life connections and to help students develop their own, personal love of learning.

As an educator, Kiley is enthusiastic about bringing hands-on science into the classroom and making connections between life, learning, and across domains. “Being able to be part of a child’s journey is incredibly special.” Kiley believes the early years are some of the most important and that first grade should honor children, be fun-filled and hands-on, and most importantly, first-grade should always be magical.

Kiley completed her Masters in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at Sonoma State University, with an emphasis in Collaborative Learning and Best Literacy Practices. Her undergraduate degree includes Linguistics, with an emphasis in Childhood Development and French from San Diego State University. Kiley also holds a Site Supervisor Early Childhood and Teaching English as a Second Language teaching certificates. Before the Healdsburg School, Kiley taught at the Presentation School and in Bennett Valley Union School District.

 

 

 


 

KELLY BAILEY, First Grade 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. Before 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 this year as the First Grade Associate Teacher.

SECOND GRADE

 

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 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


KATE GUTHRIE, Third Grade 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.

 

 

 

 




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 of 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. April’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.

 

FOURTH GRADE


MELISSA WALKER 
is excited to be at The Healdsburg School as the Fourth Grade Teacher. Melissa 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, Melissa began working more directly with children and took a position as a psychiatric child 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– Melissa returned to California and attended Sonoma State University, where she received a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. A Healdsburg native, Melissa, is thrilled to return to her hometown and incite the same “spark” in her students that she feels through learning. 

 

 

 

 


 

 

JESSICA WEINMAN, Fourth Grade Associate Teacher, graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential the following year. Jessica began working for the YMCA during her undergrad as a before and after school teacher for grades TK-6 and continued this work- through her Credential Program. During her early undergrad, Jessica took an introductory course where she was required to observe a classroom for twenty-four hours during the semester and ended up completing over sixty because she loved being in the classroom; that is when she knew teaching was what she was destined to do.

In her free time, Jessica likes to go hiking, practice photography, and explore Sonoma County. She is thrilled to join THS as the new Fourth Grade Associate!

 

 

FIFTH GRADE


JAMI TRINIDAD,
Fifth Grade Teacherwas 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.  Jami 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 more than 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 completed 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.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

CHARLOTTE PERRINE, Department Head, and Middle School Math Teacher is a native of New Haven, Connecticut.   Charlotte comes from a long line of educators, and has spent the past 32 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. Charlotte 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.  Charlotte is a huge Red Sox fan, an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking and running, a lover of Broadway musicals and landscape photography, 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, Australia, Peru, Alaska, the U.S. and sailed for a month in Tahiti. Ms. Perrine 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 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.

 

 

 


Middle School English Language Arts Teacher, BRITTA WINTER, has been fascinated by the written word and its immense power for as long as she can remember. It makes sense then that she is driven to share this lifelong love with her Upper School students as they explore the art of reading and writing. Britta’s love of creative writing began as a small child when she would spend hours composing imaginative stories. She followed this innate passion throughout her studies and received a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing at Kenyon College. Britta then went on to earn her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an additional Single Subject English credential. Britta teaches with a workshop approach, and it is her goal to help each child realize his or her natural gifts, interests, and to ignite the spark that starts them on their lifelong journey as a reader and writer. Born in New Hampshire, Britta spent significant portions of her childhood attending school in Belgium and Prague. After college in Ohio, she followed the call of the west coast and settled in San Francisco for a time before moving north to Sonoma County to join THS, eight years ago. When she isn’t teaching or reading, Britta loves to spend time cooking, listening to music, and laughing as much as possible, outside in beautiful Graton where she lives with her two children and husband.

 

Middle 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 fifth year at THS and his tenth year of teaching overall. He has taught courses in English, IB MYP Humanities, Geography, History, and French to students from grades five to eleven. Micah’s core teaching philosophy is focused on the development of higher-order thinking skills, preparation for higher education, and cultivation of creativity around social sciences. Carrying an enthusiasm for travel and immersion in a variety of cultures, he brings an especially international and anthropologic 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. He has extensive experience working with scholars from around the globe, having been employed at international schools in Thailand, China, and Switzerland over five years before coming to work at THS. He founded and coaches the World Scholars Cup Club at THS, one of the first in California, which has students competing in debate, writing and other academic skills. In summer 2019, he was honored to earn the “Coach of the Year” award at a competition in the Netherlands where 51 countries were represented. His students have also competed in Global Rounds in Athens, Barcelona, and at Yale University, taking home an abundance of accolades. Micah never takes for granted how blessed he is to be a member of The Healdsburg School community and teaching team!

 

SPANISH AND MANDARIN

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 four 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.

ART AND MUSIC


Art Teacher, ANN WEBER has taught third and fourth grades at THS; she looks forward to her fourth year at the school. Ann has two graduate degrees from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; a Masters in K-8 education and an MSW in social work with a focus on community organization. She holds two BA degrees in psychology and anthropology from UM and holds current California multi-subject teacher certification, as well as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate. She studied design at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, STEAM education at SCOE, Ikebana at the Ohana Floral School in Tokyo, fresco-making in Florence, and miniatures painting in Tehran. She led several Andy Goldsworthy projects in Bali and Costa Rica, involving hundreds of participants. In 2016, she earned a grant from Creative Sonoma which gave access to local, underserved children to create a mosaic mural project at the Healdsburg Community Center, and a Target grant which gave DeYoung tickets to her art students. Ann was the director of art education at The Healdsburg Center for the Arts, where she taught and oversaw creativity camps, and coordinated classes and guest artists. Ann also has led the THS annual summer art camp for the past several years. She was a K-12 art instructor at Oxford Schools in Michigan for three years and was the K-12 art teacher for two years at Pathways Charter School in Rohnert Park before joining THS. Ann lives with three feisty teenagers, a hobby-farming, network engineer husband, and a crowd of cats and canaries. Art is one of her many passions; she can’t wait to share this love with the THS community!

 


 

 

 

Music Teacher MARYROSA RAMOS is excited to join The Healdsburg School! She is a music teacher with a passion for fostering a lifelong enjoyment of music through the development of musical skills. A certified K-12 Music Educator, her pedagogy draws upon the teaching methods of Zoltan Kodaly, Carl Orff, and Edwin Gordon, among others. Through her style, she seeks to develop creativity, ingenuity, and appreciation of music as an art form using age-appropriate activities including instrument playing, music theory, history, singing, dancing, movement, and games.

Maryrosa holds degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education, Choral Emphasis; and minors in Secondary Education, Dance, and Spanish from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. She holds a K-12 Music Specialist Certification, a Multiple Subject Teaching Certification.

With over 20 years of experience in both public and private schools, she has taught Elementary, and Middle School General Music has been Music/Choral/Theatre Director and Choreographer for Middle School and High School and has taught private piano lessons in Ohio and Texas. She is actively involved in professional organizations and holds memberships in OMEA, TMEA, TCDA, and NAME.

Maryrosa will join the THS Community in early October due to family obligations. For the first six weeks of school, Carlos Pereira will be our “Artist in Residence,” and share his musical expertise with students during music class one day per week in Lower School and lead our Middle School Chorus Program. Ann Weber will meet with students two days per week during this time as we launch our STEAM Program.

 


 

RON CHARLESWORTH, Middle School Band Teacher, is a seasoned musician with experience in several areas of the music industry. His versatility has allowed him to play the role of performer, songwriter, album producer, studio engineer, educator and tour technician. Ron (Mr. C) has a Degree in Music Performance from the University of Colorado where he graduated with honors.

Teaching others how to enjoy and perform music is the calling that keeps his music passion alive. He opened Speed of Sound Music in Healdsburg in 2012. Speed of Sound is the culmination of the various opportunities he has had in the music business brought to a brick and mortar location where he can share his knowledge of performing music. Music Education is paramount to all he does at Speed of Sound; teaching music students to interact collectively as an ensemble while also mastering their own instrument is the main focus at the music school.

Ron also loves to perform and record music. He started performing his first shows in public at age 12. Early in his career as a drummer, he performed with RCA Records recording artist Ty England whose first single “Should’ve Asked Her Faster” reached #2 on Billboards country charts. In addition to the hundreds of concerts he has performed in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., he has also made several TV appearances including “The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno,” “Conan O’Brien,” abroad on the “BBC” and on “CBS This Morning.”

Mr. C is looking forward to seeing – and hearing – the young eager musicians in the THS band grow individually as musicians as they also learn to perform together.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Athletic Director and 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 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.

 

 

GARDEN


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.