Faculty & Staff

Menlo Park Academy faculty and staff members are passionate about gifted children and their education. They are creators and innovators who guide our students to learn creative problem-solving techniques, master higher-level thinking skills, and become critical thinkers. Faculty members write curriculum for their classrooms and master the enormous task of differentiating instruction based on each child’s skill level and readiness in each subject area. They share their knowledge about gifted children and gifted education through frequent presentations at local and national conferences.

Administration and Staff

Administration & Staff (New Layout)

Phyllis Robinson

Phyllis Robinson

Principal

Jessica Wilcox

Jessica Wilcox

Director of Curriculum and Enrollment

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Kennie Leonard

Dean of Students

Deborah Zeffren

Deborah Zeffren

Operations Director

Renee Dornan

Renee Dornan

Volunteer Coordinator

Jerry Kest

Jerry Kest

Development & Communications Coordinator

Jacqui Lee-Ivey

Jacqui Lee-Ivey

Executive Assistant

Rita Nelson

Rita Nelson

Front Office Coordinator

Kaitlyn Old

Kaitlyn Old

Admissions Coordinator

David Pannell

David Pannell

Facilities Coordinator

Carla Reale

Carla Reale

Front Office Coordinator

Carl Wagner

Carl Wagner

Operations Manager

Grades K-1

Teachers (Grades K-1) (New Layout)

Erin Peters

Erin Peters

K-1 Teacher

Rachel Schlosser

Rachel Schlosser

K-1 Teacher

Doug Thompson

Doug Thompson

K-1 Teacher

Grades 2-3

Teachers (Grades 2-3) (New Layout)

Kelly Baughman

Kelly Baughman

2-3 Teacher

Ali Elmore

Ali Elmore

2-3 Teacher

Caitlin Gessner

Caitlin Gessner

2-3 Teacher

Shannon Tagliarina

Shannon Tagliarina

2-3 Teacher

Grades 4-5

Teachers (Grades 4-5) (New Layout)

Lona Koppenhaver

Lona Koppenhaver

4-5 Teacher

Candace Loyd

Candace Loyd

4-5 Teacher

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4-5 Teacher

Grades 6-8

Teachers (Grades 6-8) (New Layout)

Starr Coulson

Starr Coulson

6-8 Teacher (Math)

caleb evans

Caleb Evans

6-8 Teacher (Math)

Yolanda Flores

Yolanda Flores

6-8 Teacher (Science)

jesse gross

Jesse Gross

6-8 Teacher (Humanities)

Jodell Ward

Jodell Ward

6-8 Teacher (Science)

Adam Williams

Adam Williams

6-8 Teacher (Humanities)

Encore

Encore Teachers (New Layout)

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Joel Black

STEM Teacher

Nicole D'Amico

Nicole D'Amico

Physical Education Teacher

Jaqueline Flores

Jaqueline Flores

World Cultures & Spanish Teacher

Adonai Henderson

Adonai Henderson

Music Teacher

Shuomei Hu

Shuomei Hu

World Cultures & Mandarin Teacher

Karen Sacco

Karen Sacco

Art Teacher

Aides and Substitutes

Aides and Instructional Assistants (New Layout)

Grace Coyne

Grace Coyne

1:1 Aide

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April Dickson

Building Substitute

Veronica Lacy

Veronica Lacy

Kimberley Overton

Kimberley Overton

Building Substitute

Social-Emotional Learning and Special Education

Social-Emotional Learning (New Layout)

christine brewer

Dr. Christine Brewer

School Psychologist

Sara Porras

Sara Porras

School Counselor

sylvia rimm

Dr. Sylvia Rimm

School Psychologist

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Intervention Specialist