Señor Escabar

Head of School

Jeff Escabar


B.A., Political Science, University of San Francisco

Teaching Credential, University of San Francisco

M.A., Educational Leadership, Concordia University

Jeff Escabar is an experienced educator, serving in his 42nd year in education that has included teacher, Director of Admission and Head of School. Jeff’s career began at Marin Country Day School (36 years) and he is in his sixth year as Head of Marin Preparatory School. Jeff is past President of the Board of the national Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (A.I.S.A.P.) and frequently presents to educators on enrollment management topics: ethics in admissions, elementary assessment and standards and competencies. Jeff also serves on the board of Saint Luke’s School(SLS) in San Francisco.  Jeff’s guiding principle is to ask the question, “Is the decision I am about to make in the best interest of our students.”  He also loves tap dancing.

B.A., American Studies, Occidental College, w/ Honors

M.A., Education, Organization & Leadership, University of San Francisco

Dana Goldberg Ganes is a native San Franciscan who has worked in independent schools in the Bay Area for over 20 years, at both the high school and elementary school levels. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees at Katherine Delmar Burke School (Burke’s) where she not only lead successful efforts to re-write the mission statement but also defined and measured success in the areas of financial aid, cultural competency and environmental sustainability. After completing her six-year term, she continued to work on Burke’s Gender Inclusion Committee as part of the Diversity Task Force. Dana was a leader on the Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA) Board, as Chair of the Policy & Guidance Committee, during her tenure as an Admission Director. At Marin Prep, she is committed to building an inclusive school community and loves working with students and teachers to help them think outside the box and realize their potential. Dana is a diehard San Francisco Giants fan through thick and thin.

Señorita Cameron

Director of Admissions and Staff Engagement 

Cameron Story

BA Spanish from University of Oregon
Graduate Program: Spanish Immersion at Middlebury College

Cameron has worked in education for more than 20 years, specifically with emphasis on Spanish language acquisition. Some of her previous work experience includes assisting in the development of the Language Arts program for ESL students at King’s Beach Elementary School in Lake Tahoe, founding ¡SABOR!, an after school language enrichment program in SF, teaching Spanish at Los Altos High School, and ultimately becoming one of the founding faculty members at Marin Preparatory School in 2009. This will be Cameron’s 7th year as Director of Admissions at MPS, having returned after taking some time off to live in Costa Rica with her family. She is very excited to be back in admissions along with embracing her additional role as Director of Staff Engagement. Cameron lives in Mill Valley with her husband and three children. The mountains are her happy place.

Señorita Raquel

Language Director & Technology Support

Raquel Vizcaino


B.A., Education, University Complutense, Madrid

M.A., Educational Psychology, University Complutense, Madrid

Child Development Certificate, City College of San Francisco

Supervision and Management Certification, City College of San Francisco

Raquel is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with more than 10 years of experience in education. She exhibits a deep understanding and passion for the language and culture of Spanish speaking countries. Raquel started her career in Madrid as a P.E. teacher and basketball coach. She then became a Middle School Lead Teacher for students with learning disabilities and special needs. In 2012, she moved to the Bay Area to teach Spanish. Raquel brings talent and joy to Marin Preparatory School in her role as Director of our Spanish Infusion Program.

Señor Wick

Learning Specialist

Wick De Young


B.S., Fine Arts, University of Oregon

Early Childhood/Elementary Special Education, Teaching Credential, University of Oregon

M.S., Special Education, University of Oregon

Señorita Edie

Office & Communications Manager

Edie Alejandre


B.A., Political Science, San Francisco State University

Señorita Talia

TK/ K Teacher (Clase Chávez)

Talia Arnon


Señorita Ana

TK/K Support Teacher (Clase Chávez)

Ana Araya

Señorita Hilary

TK/K Teacher (Clase Dalí)

Hilary Nelson


B.A., Spanish and Child Psychology, University of Maine, Orono

Señorita Gaby

Kindergarten  Support Teacher (Clase Dalí)

Gaby Galvan


B.A., Psychology, California State University, Stanislaus

Señor Dane

1st Grade Teacher (Clase Martí)

Dane Peterson


B.A., History and Political Science, University of California Los Angeles

K-8 Multiple Subjects Credential, University of the Pacific/Bay Area Teacher Training Institute

M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of the Pacific/Bay Area Teacher Training Institute

Señor Allan

1st Grade Support Teacher (Clase Martí)

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Spanish Teacher 

Allan Avila


B.A., Psychology & French, California State University, Bakersfield

M.A., Sociology/Sexuality Studies (Sexuality and Health Education in Developing Countries), San Francisco State University

Señorita Katie

1st Grade Co-Teacher (Clase Cisneros)

Katie Cohelan


B.A., International and Intercultural Studies & Spanish, Pitzer College

BCLAD Teaching Credential, San Francisco State University/Bay Area Teacher Training Institute

Señorita Adriana

1st Grade Co-Teacher (Clase Cisneros)

Adriana Pfuhl


Señorita Martiza

2nd Grade Teacher (Clase Chambi)

Maritza Guterrez

B.A. Liberal Studies, San Francisco State University

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, San Francisco State University

Señorita Momo

2nd Grade Support Teacher  and Spanish Teacher(Clase Chambi)

3rd Grade Spanish Teacher (Clase Picasso)

Monica Amaya 


Señorita Lacosta

3rd Grade Teacher (Clase Picasso)

Ingrid Lacosta


B.A., Elementary Education, Florida International University

K-6 Multiple Subject Credential Certification

M.A., Curriculum & Instruction with a Concentration in Reading, American College of Education

Señor Joseph

3rd Grade Teacher (Clase Picasso)

2nd Grade Support Teacher (Clase Chambi)

BATTI Resident
B.A., Music, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Summa Cum Laude

Señorita Jordan

4th Grade Teacher (Clase Gaudí)

Jordan Drosd


B.A., Sociology, University of California, Riverside

K-8 Multiple Subjects Credential, University of the Pacific/Bay Area Teacher Training Institute

M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of the Pacific/Bay Area Teacher Training Institute

Señora Ady

4th Grade Support and Spanish Teacher

Adriana Hurtado


Señorita Katie

5th Grade Teacher (Clase Alhambra)

Katie Haylon


Bachelor of Science, Recreation Management, and Policy – University of New Hampshire

Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education (1-6) — Simmons College

Massachusetts Teaching License Confirmed: 2014

Señor Jake

Upper School Science Teacher 

Jake Kaplove


B.S., Psychology and Spanish, Bates College

Señor Carlos

Upper School Humanities Teacher 

Carl Grennes


B.A. History, University of Texas at San Antonio

Señorita Meena

Upper School Mathematics Teacher 

Meena Nachammai


Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience, Monash University, Australia

Postgraduate in Secondary Education, (Teaching Methods: Mathematics, Biology, Science), Latrobe University, Australia

Señorita Sandra

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Sandra Suarez


B.A., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, University of Barcelona, Spain

M.A., Educational Psychology, International University of La Rioja, Spain

Señorita Stephanie

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Stephanie Ponce


B.A., Consumer and Family Studies, San Francisco State University

Señorita Farrar

Art Teacher

Amelia McGeorge Farrar


B.F.A, Illustration, Virginia Commonwealth University

B.F.A, Art Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

Coach Matt

Athletic Director

Matt Carrico


B.A., Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy, University of Northern Colorado

M.A., Educational Leadership, American College of Education

Señor Daniel

Music/ Performing Arts Teacher

Daniel Owens


B.A., Music, Sonoma State University

California Teaching Credential, San Francisco State University; UCLA

Señorita Gitana

Lower School Science Teacher

Gitane Royce


B.A. Biological Sciences- Plant Physiology, University of California, Santa Cruz

M.S. Hydrologic Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno

STEAM Certification- Professional Development & Curriculum Writing

Señor Mickey

School Counselor

Mickey Rosenberg


B.A., Spanish & Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, St. Giles International

M.A., Integral Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies

Señorita  Jeanette

Además Director

Jeanette Mancilla


BFA, Art Education, Academy of Art, San Francisco. 

MPS Board 

Scott Halstead


A current Marin Preparatory parent. Scott Halstead is an advisor, director, and investor including serving on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit and Investment Committees of The Stuart Dean Company. He is a Trustee, Treasurer, and member of the Executive Committee of Vital Strategies, a non-governmental organization that builds large-scale health programs around the world. He also serves as a Founding Director of Tabula Health, a technology startup addressing patient payments in health care. He has been building technology-enabled service businesses for the past 25 years as a CEO, COO, and CFO. Previously, Scott was the CFO of Viator, now a TripAdvisor Company. Prior to that, he served as the CEO of WageWorks. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Greg Hausler


A current Marin Preparatory parent. He is the Co-Founding Partner and Managing Director of Probitas Partners, an independent, global placement advisory firm that partners exclusively with leading managers of alternative investment products seeking to raise capital from sophisticated institutional investors. Prior to founding Probitas Partners, Greg worked at Credit Suisse First Boston, Banc America Robertson Stephens, La Salle Advisors, and Prudential-Bache Capital Funding. Greg is a former president of the Calvary Foundation and a former trustee of the Lawrenceville School.  He is currently an elder at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco.  Greg earned a BA in Political Science from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Hesslein


A current Marin Preparatory parent. He is the President and founder of High Tree, LLC. He has led the acquisition, disposition, and asset management of a variety of real estate asset classes including office, industrial, and land over the last eleven years. Prior to his involvement in commercial real estate, he was a research scientist in cancer and molecular immunology. David holds a BS in Biology from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Yale University. David enjoys camping, canoeing, swimming, skiing, reading, and socializing with friends.

Alison Hills


A current Marin Preparatory parent. She is a writer and writing coach. She writes fiction, personal essays, plays, and literary criticism. She has helped writers develop memoirs, novels, plays, and regular writing practices. She has taught bi-lingual 4th grade, high school ESL Humanities, and middle-, high- school, and college English. She has a background in educational administration. She was the coordinator of Castilleja School’s service learning and human development programs in Palo Alto. She has also taught mindfulness. She completed professional development programs in mindfulness with Inner Kids and The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society. She earned her B.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy from Harvard University, M.A. in English from Stanford University, and Ph.D. in English from UCLA.

Sharon Murphy

Sharon has been a part of Marin Preparatory School since her daughter joined the kindergarten class in 2010. As one of the initial families, Sharon has worn many hats as the school grew – both formally and informally. She’s been actively involved in new parent initiatives, school community programs, fundraising and ultimately ending up on the Board of Trustees.   After graduating from McGill University, Sharon’s career took her through various capacities in the finance and investment industry.  As the technology wave began to take hold, Sharon returned to studies, completing the executive technology program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC and prior to moving to San Francisco worked in leadership positions at Fusepoint Management Services.

Kim Pannell

Kim is a current Marin Preparatory School parent. Kim is Assistant Vice President, Senior Producer of Digital Experience Design at Wells Fargo, where she drives product design and delivery for consumer financial products. She has held key roles in various software companies where she managed teams, projects, and processes. Kim is also keenly aware of the value and challenges of traditional education and sees the promise of exploring alternative education approaches in order to meet the needs and interests of all children.

Jenene Slatt

Jenene is a current Marin Preparatory School parent. Jenene is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in children/adolescent issues and parenting. As a school-based mental health counselor, Jenene has offered individualized psychotherapy to students and their families, as well as clinical consultation for school faculty in schools across the Bay Area for over 15 years. Jenene is the co-founder of Well Beyond Academics, Inc. (WBA), a non-profit that places sexuality education and substance use prevention in K-8 schools. Beyond her responsibilities of CEO of WBA, Jenene creates curriculum, trains educators, and presents to parent communities. As a researcher, health educator, behavioral interventionist, and licensed psychotherapist, Jenene’s career spans a wide breadth of settings and populations. From the analysis of cognitive development in preschoolers to the investigation of how exercise and nutrition directly influence positive outcomes in overall physical health, Jenene is well versed in transforming research into practice.