Viviana Palacio

As Interim Dean of Students at the high school, Viviana focuses on the academic, social and emotional support for individual students. This includes supporting Advisors on a number of priorities such as diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, partnering with our student support team, and involvement in the Community Norms Committee. As a UN child, her …

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Aimee Zvinakis

Aimee is a teaching artist. She grew up living in many different countries in Southeast and South Asia. After graduating high school on the Big Island of Hawaii, she moved to California to pursue studio art at UC Santa Cruz. Her pull toward education began as an outdoor educator working with edible gardening programs for …

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James Roberts

James received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington and his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. His graduate research focused on natural product total synthesis and developing methods to incorporate nitrogen into organic molecules. He strives to increase awareness of global problems and aims …

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Grace Lazzarini

With a passion for social justice and activism in the classroom, Grace brings eight years of experience teaching in both traditional and progressive schools. Her deep interest and application of systems thinking, project-based learning and design thinking has helped students find connections to what they are learning to the world around them. Grace completed her …

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Rebecca Figueroa

Rebecca taught college and high school English for three decades before deciding to pursue a master’s degree in Consciousness Studies at the Holmes Institute. In addition to teaching for many years at Oakwood and The Waverly School, she has designed and implemented integrated curriculum, spearheaded writing-across-the-disciplines programs, and advised numerous student clubs and publications. She …

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David Cutler-Kreutz

David brings nine years’ experience managing outdoors programs, guiding, and working as an outdoor educator. Most recently, David managed regional outdoor programming for Big City Mountaineers and worked as a staff trainer and manager for YMCA BOLD/GOLD. David has guided and taught climbing, kayaking, canoeing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, and outdoor skills to students and adults …

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Calina Ciobanu

Calina comes to Sequoyah after more than a decade of experience in higher education, both as a graduate student and an instructor. She has taught at institutions including Emerson College, the U.S. Naval Academy, and Duke University, where she received her Ph.D. in English. She also holds an A.B. from Harvard and an M.Phil. from …

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Kylie Obermeier

Kylie discovered her passion for teaching and childcare while working in the after-school program at Walden School in Pasadena. After having an idyllic summer as a cooking instructor at Sequoyah’s Summerhouse, Kylie is thrilled to be staying on as a member of the Daycare staff. She loves sharing her passions for food, writing, and sports …

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