Faculty & Staff 9-12

Omari Averette-Phillips

Omari Averette-Phillips is an educator from Long Beach, Calif. He has worked for many Southern California schools, but has always had great affection for the Sequoyah community. He has previously been a long-term Sequoyah substitute teacher at both the K-8 and high school campuses and has worked in the aftercare program as well. Omari has …

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Craig Schuetze

Craig Schuetze joins the Sequoyah School community after a decade in higher education. While pursuing two PhDs, he taught classes in creative writing, anthropology, philosophy, urban studies, Latin American Studies, Iyengar yoga, and capoeira in both the U.S. and Brazil. He speaks French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Having grown up working in his parents’ bookstore, Craig’s …

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Rosanna Llorens

Rosanna Llorens is joining us as our new director for college counseling. Rosanna has over 15 years of experience as a college counselor in public, alternative and independent schools. She is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools. Rosanna is a graduate …

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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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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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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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