Faculty & Staff 9-12

Arden Thomas

Arden Thomas has been an educator for more than 20 years, teaching English for ten years at Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, and English, humanities, and theatre at colleges and universities over another ten years. Arden has a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from Stanford, where she also directed plays and taught dance history, theatre …

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Ben Ede

Ben Ede, originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, earned bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Music from Cal State Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts in teaching from the Longy School of Music. Ben teaches classes in improvisation, music technology, and composition with the LA Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Program, and is a member of the Jazz …

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Viviana Palacio

Viviana is a multidisciplinary artist. Influenced by being born in Chile to Colombian parents and having grown up across the Americas, her works address ideas about borders, boundaries, and shifting identities. Viviana earned her BFA in Studio Practice and Art Education and her MA in Human Studies with a focus in Narrative. As a graduate …

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Peter Wallis

Peter Wallis will be present on both campuses – supporting design and technology in the K-8’s Thinkering Tank and teaching visual arts at the high school. Peter is an interdisciplinary artist and native son of the Green Mountains of Vermont. He has worked with students throughout the country teaching visual arts at independent schools and …

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Ilan Vaisman

Ilan Vaisman has been traveling the world since he was young. He was born and raised in Colombia, lived in Israel for nine years, had a four-year layover in New York City where he completed his BA in romance languages and economics at NYU. He also lived for four years in Madrid, Spain, where he …

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Marisol Perez

Marisol Pérez joins Sequoyah’s high school faculty as a founding Spanish teacher. Marisol holds a master’s degree from UCLA, and her doctoral studies focused on the intersection of Latin American Literature, Chicano Studies, and Women’s Studies. She brings more than 20 years experience teaching high school students, and creating curriculum and successful programs, including teaching …

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Julian Petri

A native of Germany, Julian Petri first came to California as a student at Deep Springs College in the high desert of the Eastern Sierra. Since then, he’s followed his interests in philosophy, history, and literature. He obtained a BA in Social Studies at Harvard and is presently completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton …

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Sean Hamidi

Sean Hamidi believes that a solid foundation in the humanities prepares us to more compassionately understand ourselves and our environment, more clearly communicate our emotional needs, and more powerfully express our vision for a better world. When he’s not geeking out over a beautiful piece of art, Sean can be found practicing yoga, playing improv …

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Lindsey Graham

Lindsey comes to Sequoyah from New York City, where she taught history at Dalton and Fieldston. Lindsey holds a BA in Political Science from Williams College and a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Outside the classroom, Lindsey grew up singing in a professional children’s chorus in NYC, where she performed with a …

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Ian Chang

Ian Chang began his teaching career at Sequoyah as a language arts specialist before migrating to the high school where he developed the Humanities curriculum. He has worked as a private tutor and college counselor, a journalist at ABC News, a venture capitalist at Millennium Technology Ventures, and a professional cook at Lucques. He has …

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