Our Academic Team

Pacific Ridge School attracts teachers who are passionate about their craft. Our faculty members come from around the country and around the world, having studied at top universities. They bring with them a wealth of experience, global perspectives and a desire to innovate.
 
In addition to academic disciplines, teachers are organized into grade-level, collaborative teams that meet twice weekly to share instructional best practices, discuss ways to integrate the curriculum and ensure that each student is challenged and supported to reach his or her potential.

Academic Leadership

Dr. Bob Ogle, Head of School/English
Tim Betzala, Dean of Faculty/World Languages
Allegra Molineaux, Head of Upper School/History
Alfie Hobbs, Assistant Head of Upper School/Computer Science
Luke Michel, Head of Middle School/History
Sarah Peeden, Assistant Head of Middle School/English
John Comforto, Dean of Studies and Student Life/Science

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  • Grade-Level Teams


    To support academic integration and better understand the student experience, faculty are organized into grade-level teaching teams. These teams meet twice weekly to discuss curriculum and holistically review each student's progress.
    7th-Grade Team
    Luke Michel, History/Head
    Sarah Peeden, English/Asst. Head
    Kelsey Babin, English
    Chris Brennan, Spanish
    Michael Chirgwin, Athletics
    Ellen Cothran, Librarian
    Scott Dohrman, French, History
    Alex Frumovitz, Science
    Hillaire O'Hallaron, History
    Hunter Pashkow, Robotics & Arts
    Ann Zerlaut, Mathematics
     
    8th-Grade Team
    Luke Michel, History/Head
    Sarah Peeden, English/ Asst. Head
    Christine DeHaven, Mathematics
    Steve Dziekonski, Arts
    Graham Elsdon, Athletics
    Ceci Enge, History
    Amy Fu, Chinese
    Liza Neptune, Athletics
    Ray Oakes, Arts
    Brooks Park, Science
    Jen Pashkow, Science
    Jeremy Rosen, English
    Scott Silk, History
    Jed Stotsenberg, Athletics
     
    9th-Grade Team
    Allegra Molineaux, History/Head
    Alfie Hobbs, Comp. Sci./Asst. Head
    Alison Lahl, English/Dean
    Julia Gonda, Mathematics
    Brook Haley, English
    Julian Jones, French
    Jamie Kelso, Science
    Scott Lyman, English
    Liz O’Brien, Science
    Preston Peeden, History
    Anna Pietrowski, Arts
    Cecilia Shrivastava, Spanish
    Claire Tam, History
    Casey Wheel, Athletics

    10th-Grade Team
    Allegra Molineaux, History/Head
    Alfie Hobbs, Comp. Sci./Asst. Head
    Susan Woods, History/Dean
    José Ayala, Mathematics
    Meredith Brady, Spanish
    Peyton Bray, English
    Lisa Campillo, Spanish
    Noel Ellis, Science & Mathematics
    Jennifer Fenner, History
    Brooke Hartley, Arts
    Danny Irving, College Guidance
    Tara Kheradyar, Science
    Ray Oakes, Arts
    Steve Stella, French

    11th-Grade Team
    Allegra Molineaux, History/Head
    Alfie Hobbs, Comp. Sci./Asst. Head
    Hans Richter, English/Dean
    Alison Behr, Arts
    Martha Belo, Electives
    Todd Burckin, Science
    Michelle Clark, Arts
    Tim Kent, History
    Craig Lowry, Spanish
    Ai-Lien Nielsen, Chinese
    Rachel Petrella, College Guidance
    Tim Rosenwong, English
    Justin Symington, History
    Johnny Thieken, Mathematics

    12th-Grade Team
    Allegra Molineaux, History/Head
    Alfie Hobbs, Comp. Sci./Asst. Head
    Julian Jones, French/Dean
    Jennifer Bicknell, History
    Drew Burges, Music
    Chris Burman, Spanish
    Hans DeCrop, History
    Fredreka Irvine, Arts
    Andrea Juskaitis, English
    Olga Koroleva, Mathematics
    Emily Moscol, College Guidance
    Diane SageMathematics
    Eva Schmidt, Arts
    Melissa Symington, Science

Faculty Fun Facts

English

List of 13 members.

  • Photo of Kelsey Babin

    Kelsey Babin 

    English
    University of Notre Dame - B.A.
    National University - M. Ed.
    Bio
  • Photo of Peyton Bray

    Peyton Bray 

    English
    Swarthmore College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Katy Cannata

    Katy Cannata 

    English
    New York University - M.A.
    Arizona State University - B.F.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Elizabeth Grossman

    Elizabeth Grossman 

    English & 11th/12th-Grade Academic Dean
    University of California, San Diego - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Brook Haley

    Brook Haley 

    English
    University of California, Irvine - Ph.D.
    Louisiana State University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Andrea Juskaitis

    Andrea Juskaitis 

    English
    Westminster College - M.Ed.
    University of California, Santa Barbara - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Allison Lahl

    Allison Lahl 

    English
    Columbia University - M.A.
    University of California, Berkeley - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Scott Lyman

    Scott Lyman 

    English
    Metropolitan State University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Bob Ogle

    Bob Ogle 

    Head of School & English
    Columbia University - Ed.D., M.Ed., M.A.
    University of California, Davis - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Sarah Peeden

    Sarah Peeden 

    Assistant Middle School Head & English
    University of Virginia - M.A., B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Hans Richter

    Hans Richter 

    11th Grade Dean & English
    Loyola College - M.Ed.
    Dartmouth College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Jeremy Rosen

    Jeremy Rosen 

    English
    University of San Diego - M.Ed.
    San Diego State University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Timothy Rosenwong

    Timothy Rosenwong 

    English Department Chair
    University of California, Irvine - Ph.D., M.A.
    University of California, Santa Cruz - M.A., B.A.
    Bio



History

List of 14 members.

  • Photo of Jen Bicknell

    Jen Bicknell 

    History
    Claremont Graduate University - M.A.
    Chapman University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Hans Decrop

    Hans Decrop 

    History
    Ghent University, Belgium - M.A., B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Scott Dohrman

    Scott Dohrman 

    World Languages, History
    Brigham Young University - B.A.
    Brigham Young University - M.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Ceci Enge

    Ceci Enge 

    History
    Boston College - M.Ed.
    Harvard University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Jennifer Fenner

    Jennifer Fenner 

    History
    University of California, San Diego - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Tim Kent

    Tim Kent 

    History
    Claremont McKenna College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Luke Michel

    Luke Michel 

    Middle School Head & History
    George Mason University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Allegra Molineaux

    Allegra Molineaux 

    Head of Upper School & History
    University of Chicago - M.A.
    Barnard College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Hilaire O'Hallaron

    Hilaire O'Hallaron 

    History
    University of San Diego - B.A.
    University of Southern California - M.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Preston Peeden

    Preston Peeden 

    History
    University of Tennessee - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Scott Silk

    Scott Silk 

    History Department Chair
    DePaul University - M.Ed.
    Denver University School of Law - J.D.
    University of Michigan - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Justin Symington

    Justin Symington 

    History & Global Programs Director
    Columbia University - M.A.
    Lafayette College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Claire Tam

    Claire Tam 

    History
    University of California, Berkeley - M.A.
    Wellesley College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Susan Woods

    Susan Woods 

    History,10th-Grade Dean & Interim Director of Community & Inclusion
    University of San Diego School of Law - J.D.
    University of Northern Colorado - B.A.
    Bio

Student Support Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Erika Pike

    Erika Pike 

    University of San Diego - M.A., B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Juan Trevino

    Juan Trevino 

    Eastern Michigan University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Marcy Ryan

    Marcy Ryan 

    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - B.A.
    Antioch University - M.S.
    Bio

Mathematics

List of 14 members.

  • Photo of Jose Ayala

    Jose Ayala 

    Mathematics
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - B.S.
    University of Southern California - M.A.T.
    Bio
  • Photo of Christine DeHaven

    Christine DeHaven 

    Mathematics
    Whitworth University - B.S.
    Pepperdine University - M.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Omar El Maaroufi

    Omar El Maaroufi 

    Mathematics & Economics
    Pomona College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Noel Ellis

    Noel Ellis 

    Mathematics, Science
    University of California, Santa Barbara - B.S.
    University of Pennsylvania - Ph.D.
    Bio
  • Photo of Jacqueline Fremgen

    Jacqueline Fremgen 

    Mathematics
    University of California, San Diego - M.Ed., B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Joanna Gonda

    Joanna Gonda 

    Mathematics
    Whitman College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Olga Koroleva

    Olga Koroleva 

    Mathematics
    University of California, San Diego - Ph.D.
    Leningrad Institute of Fine Mechanics & Optics - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Rajshree Mudaliar

    Rajshree Mudaliar 

    Mathematics
    Indian Institute of Technology - M.S.
    University of Madras, India - M.A., B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Diane Sage

    Diane Sage 

    Mathematics
    Sonoma State University - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Susan Tadder

    Susan Tadder 

    Mathematics
    University of California, San Diego - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Johnny Thieken

    Johnny Thieken 

    Mathematics
    Arizona State University - Ph.D.
    Old Dominion University - M.S.
    Northern Arizona University - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Amy Wasserman

    Amy Wasserman 

    Mathematics Department Chair
    Stanford University - M.A.
    University of California, San Diego - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Chris Wright

    Chris Wright 

    Mathematics
    Stanford University - Ph.D., M.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Ann Zerlaut

    Ann Zerlaut 

    Mathematics
    University of San Diego - B.A.
    Bio



World Languages

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Tim Betzala

    Tim Betzala 

    Dean of Faculty & World Languages
    Middlebury College, Madrid - M.A.
    Fairfield University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Meredith Brady

    Meredith Brady 

    World Languages Department Chair
    Georgia State University - M.A.
    University of Richmond - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Christopher Brennan

    Christopher Brennan 

    World Languages
    San Francisco State University - B.A.
    University of California, San Diego - M.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Chris Burman

    Chris Burman 

    World Languages
    San Francisco State University - M.A.
    University of San Diego - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Lisa Campillo

    Lisa Campillo 

    World Languages
    University of San Diego - M.A.
    University of Notre Dame - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Scott Dohrman

    Scott Dohrman 

    World Languages, History
    Brigham Young University - B.A.
    Brigham Young University - M.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Amy Fu

    Amy Fu 

    World Languages
    University of California, Irvine - B.A.
    Concordia University - M.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Julian Jones

    Julian Jones 

    World Languages & 11th/12th-Grade Student Dean
    University of California, Davis - M.A.
    University of California, Davis - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Craig Lowry

    Craig Lowry 

    World Languages
    Middlebury College - D.M.L.
    University of Notre Dame - M.A.
    DePauw University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Ai-Lien Nielsen

    Ai-Lien Nielsen 

    World Languages
    Texas A&M University - Ph.D., M.Ed.
    National Chengchi University, Taiwan - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Cecilia Shrivastava

    Cecilia Shrivastava  

    World Languages
    University of Pittsburgh - M.S., M.A., B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Steve Stella

    Steve Stella 

    World Languages
    University of California, Los Angeles - M.A., C.Phil.
    Cornell University - B.A.
    Bio



Electives

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Martha Belo

    Martha Belo 

    English & Psychology
    University of California, Hastings College of the Law - J.D.
    Santa Clara University - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Alfie Hobbs

    Alfie Hobbs 

    Assistant Head of Upper School & Computer Science
    University of Florida - Ed.S.
    North Carolina Central University - M.B.A.
    Hampton University - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Darren Lawlor

    Darren Lawlor 

    Financial Literacy
    Syracuse University - B.S.
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst - M.B.A.
    Bio

Science

List of 14 members.

  • Photo of Todd Burckin

    Todd Burckin 

    Science Department Chair
    University of California, Santa Cruz - Ph.D.
    University of California, San Diego - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of John Comforto

    John Comforto 

    Dean of Studies and Student Life & Science
    Stanford University - M.A.
    Williams College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Noel Ellis

    Noel Ellis 

    Mathematics, Science
    University of California, Santa Barbara - B.S.
    University of Pennsylvania - Ph.D.
    Bio
  • Photo of Alexandra Frumovitz

    Alexandra Frumovitz 

    Science
    University of California, Los Angeles - M.Ed.
    University of California, Berkeley - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Tristan Green

    Tristan Green 

    Science
    University of California, Berkeley - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Julie Gunther

    Julie Gunther 

    Science & NExT Program Coordinator
    University of California, San Diego - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Jamie Kelso

    Jamie Kelso 

    Science
    University of Florida - M.Ed.
    Florida State University - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Tara Kheradyar

    Tara Kheradyar 

    Science
    Stanford University - Ph.D.
    University of California, Berkeley - M.A.
    California State University, Long Beach - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Justin McCabe

    Justin McCabe 

    Science & STEAM
    University of California, San Diego - Ph.D., M.S., M.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Liz O'Brien

    Liz O'Brien 

    Science
    University of California, Davis - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Brooks Park

    Brooks Park 

    Science & STEAM
    Tufts University - M.S.
    Occidental College - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Hunter Pashkow

    Hunter Pashkow 

    Robotics & Arts
    San Diego State University - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Jen Pashkow

    Jen Pashkow 

    Science
    University of Redlands - B.S.
    National University - M.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Melissa Symington

    Melissa Symington 

    Science & Sustainability Coordinator
    Suffolk University - M.A.T.
    Montana State University - M.S.
    Duke University - B.S.
    Bio



Arts

List of 14 members.

  • Photo of Alison Behr

    Alison Behr 

    Digital Media Arts & Director of Service Learning
    Savannah College of Art & Design - M.F.A.
    Bowdoin College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Drew Burges

    Drew Burges 

    Music
    Longwood University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Michelle Clark

    Michelle Clark 

    Dance
    University of Pittsburgh - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Steve Dziekonski

    Steve Dziekonski 

    Arts Program Director, Music & STEAM
    California State University, Northridge - M.A.
    Berklee College of Music - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Gianna Hamilton

    Gianna Hamilton 

    Vocal Music
    San Diego State University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Justine Hansen

    Justine Hansen 

    Bio
  • Photo of Brooke Hartley

    Brooke Hartley 

    Studio Art
    University of Arizona - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Fredreka Irvine

    Fredreka Irvine 

    Theater
    University of Central Florida - M.F.A.
    Florida A & M University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Abby Miller

    Abby Miller 

    Digital Media Arts
    Towson University - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Raymond Oakes

    Raymond Oakes 

    Digital Media Arts & Studio Art
    California state University, Northridge - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Hunter Pashkow

    Hunter Pashkow 

    Robotics & Arts
    San Diego State University - B.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Anna Pietrowski

    Anna Pietrowski 

    Photography & Yearbook
    DePaul University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Eva Schmidt

    Eva Schmidt 

    Digital Media Arts
    University of Texas, Austin - B.A.
    University of San Diego - M.Ed.
    Bio
  • Photo of Christopher Simon

    Christopher Simon 

    Digital Filmmaking
    Stark State College of Technology - B.A.
    Bio



Library

List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Ellen Cothran

    Ellen Cothran 

    Librarian & Media Specialist
    San Jose State University - M.L.I.S.
    Lake Forest College - B.A.
    Bio