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TEACHERS 2018-2019




Maggie Dawes  "Early Childhood Education is my favorite and my specialty.  I've spent over 20 years teaching Early Childhood, whether it's TK, Kinder, First, or preschool. I've worked at Canal Child Care Center, Bahia Vista, Gallinas (aka Venetia Valley) and Laurel Dell School for the past 30 years. My grandmother was the first female President of Students at San Rafael High (in 1927)"



Rebecca Finley                                  Danelle French                                     

Third Grade Teacher                         Third Grade Teacher                            



Diana Mendoza                                                               

Fourth Grade Teacher   



Jenae Casalnuovo "I am a Marin County native and Dominican University of California graduate. When I'm not teaching, I love writing poetry, hiking, camping, and taking photographs. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing my students make a positive difference in the world around them!"                               

               NEW COMER TEACHER

Jen Griffiths has worked for the San Rafael City School District for ten years. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Education, a clear California teaching credential and a Single Subject Authorization in English. This is Jen’s third year at Short School teaching reading intervention and ELD. In her free time, you may find her hiking or cycling with family and friends or curling up with a good book and her cat, Yo-Yo. Jen adores watching her students learn and grow from year to year and is proud to be a part of Short School!


                   TEACHER COACH 
Susan B. Katz has served as Spanish immersion, Elementary educator and Instructional coach for over 20 years.  Ms. Katz is an award-winning author with five published children’s books. She is also a (twice) National Board Certified Teacher. From 1998-2002, she taught at Gallinas (Venetia Valley) before spending 12 years in Berkeley Unified as an immersion teacher and literacy coach. Ms. Katz travels nationally and internationally delivering keynote speeches and facilitating professional development.  She is at Short School 50% of the time coaching teachers in Guided Reading, Readers and Writers Workshop and Differentiating Instruction. 




Katie Marek  "This is my second year at Short School, and I love working in this community! I lived in San Rafael as a kid (live in Petaluma now), and Gerstle Park is not only a beautiful neighborhood, but there is a lot of local history here. I enjoy learning about the history of schools, and I learned from doing a little detective work that there has been a school on this site since the late 1800s. If I weren't a teacher, I would probably be a historian."

MCOE STAFF 2017-2018



Katie Marek                                             Mamura Fayzieva                                   Helen Driscoll

MCOE Teacher                                         Para Educator                                         Para Educator 


Support Staff 2017-2018

Maria De Luna                                         Roxana Cruz                                       Laura Lasko

Administrative Assistant                       Community Liaison/ Librarian           IA /Campus Supervisor


Maria Pusel                                             Beth Bueker                                        Elizabeth Borberg 

School Counselor                                  Speech Therapist                               Resources Teacher 


Kelly Hourigan                                        Jen Griffiths                                        Hector Balbin

School Psychologist                              Intervention Teacher                          Leap Director