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 41st 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 fifth 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 now referred to as 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.

Señorita Dana

Lower School Head

Dana Goldberg Ganes


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

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

Dana Goldberg is a native San Franciscan who has worked in independent schools in the Bay Area for 19 years, at both the high school and elementary school levels. She recently completed a six year term on the Board of Trustees at Katherine Delmar Burke School 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. Dana served 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. She is a diehard San Francisco Giants fan through thick and thin.

Señorita Erika

Director of Enrollment Management

Director of Educational Technology

Erika Chapa


B.A., Early Childhood Education, University of Texas at Tyler, Summa Cum Laude

M.A., Educational Administration/Leadership, Concordia University, Summa Cum Laude

K-4 Multiple Subject Credential Certification, University of Texas at Tyler

Erika Chapa started her career at Marin Preparatory School eight years ago and is part of the founding team that helped develop the School from an idea to a thriving independent school. A proud native of San Antonio, Texas, Erika moved to San Francisco in 2010 and fell in love with the city’s culture (and world-class eateries). Prior to her current role as Director of Enrollment Management and Educational Technology, she served as the Spanish Language Director and taught 2nd grade, Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten, and Spanish. Her expertise and passion for enhancing student learning with the latest innovations in technology was sparked while attending a communications and technology magnet high school. Erika is also a former competitive university dancer and has been both practicing and teaching various styles of dance for over 15 years. A self-professed “travel junkie,” Erika has a goal to visit at least two new countries per year.

Señorita Raquel

Spanish Language Director

Spanish Upper School Teacher

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 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.

Señorita Emily

Director of Además

Emily Tedford


B.A., Ethnic Studies & Spanish, San Francisco State University

M.S., Education Policy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Señorita Sheila

Business Manager

Sheila Higbie


Señorita Edie

Office Manager

Edie Alejandre


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

Señorita Bridget

TK/ K Teacher (Clase Chávez)

Bridget Fox


B.A., Journalism, Texas Tech University

California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Texas Standard Teaching Certificate, Generalist (EC-6)

Señorita Adriana

Spanish Teacher (TK/Kindergarten)

TK/K Support Teacher (Clase Chávez)

Adriana Pfuhl


B.A., Early Childhood Education, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional

Postgraduate Certificate in Administration of Educational Institutions, Universidad de Tolima

Señorita Hilary

TK/K Teacher (Clase Quino)

Hilary Nelson


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

Señorita Monica

Kindergarten  Support Teacher (Clase Quino)

3rd Grade Spanish Teacher

Monica Amaya


Certificate in Children’s Services, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Australia

Associates Degree Preschool Teaching, Universidad Centroamericana Jose Simeón Cañas, El Salvador

Señorita Maillo

1st Grade Teacher (Clase Martí)

Mindfulness Coordinator

Erin Maillo


B.A., English & Spanish, University of California, Santa Barbara

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

Señor Allan

1st Grade Support Teacher (Clase Martí)

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 Sandra

2nd Grade Teacher (Clase Chambi)

Spanish Teacher

Sandra Durand


B.A., Mass Communication, Universidad de Lima

Señorita Anna

2nd Grade Support Teacher (Clase Chambi)

Spanish Teacher

Además Staff

Anna Torrent


Master in Pedagogy. Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)

PhD in Neuroscience

School of Medicine, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)

Master in Pedagogy, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)

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 Mickey

3rd Grade Support Teacher (Clase Picasso)

Además Staff

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 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

Señorita Stephanie

4th Grade Support Teacher (Clase Gaudí)

Stephanie Ponce


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

Señorita Katie

5th Grade Teacher (Clase Chang Marín)

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

6th Grade Teacher (Clase Menchú)

Jake Kaplove


B.S., Psychology and Spanish, Bates College

Señor Carlos

7th Grade Teacher

Carl Grennes


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

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 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

Science/STEAM 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 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 Martha


Martha Velez


B.A., Biology, Colombia

M.S., Biology Conservation, SFSU