Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

  GMS faculty or staff members can be contacted by:

 

Phone:

(650) 968-8338 and the extension listed with his/her name. 

E-mail:

use the first letter of the first name followed by last name @girlsms.org (Jane Doe =jdoe@girlsms.org)

Valerie Adelsheim | ext.112
Assistant to the Head of School

Valerie brings a wealth of experience in independent school administration to GMS. She has worked in administration in schools from Seattle, WA to Wilmington, DE and Anchorage, AK to Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, Valerie worked at an independent school in Elgin, IL.

Valerie received a BS from the University of Minnesota.

Valerie joined the staff of GMS in 2006. She assists the head of school.
 
 
 

William Akey | ext. 129
Technology Support Specialist

William received a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology/Agronomy from Iowa State University. William is Apple Certified for Help Desk Support and basic Systems Administration. In addition to prior experience as a Webmaster and tech support specialist, William most recently worked as a database designer.

William joined the staff of GMS in 2007. He is primarily responsible for maintaining staff and student laptops and providing technical support to students. Other duties include managing the mailing lists and building and managing GMS databases.

Wendy Angus | ext. 136
Business Associate

Wendy is a proponent of all girls education and is a proud graduate of the Sunset Hill School for girls in Kansas City. Wendy earned her BA from Oberlin College and her MA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  After retiring as an officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and San Francisco, Wendy started a financial operations consulting practice for small businesses.  Wendy joined the Business Office at GMS in 2013.

Maria Pérez Arons | ext. 102
Diversity Outreach Coordinator
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Spanish for Fluent Speakers

Maria was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She received a B.A. in Spanish Studies and History from Santa Clara University. She received a Master’s Degree in Spanish and Portuguese Literature from Stanford University.

Prior to GMS, Maria worked as a Spanish tutor with students from Castilleja, Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo, Corte Madera, and Palo Alto High School. Maria has also taught Spanish Literature courses at Stanford University's Upward Bound program. She worked as an interpreter for the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutorial program, the Santa Clara Law Services, and the Stanford University Hospital's language bank.
Maria joined the faculty of GMS in 2005. She is responsible for running the diversity program at GMS, providing outreach to elementary schools, and teaching the seventh and eighth grade fluent Spanish classes.

Jennifer Ayer | ext. 111
Head of School

Born in England and raised in New England,  Jennifer headed south for college.  She was a Morehead Scholar and earned a BA in English from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  A Luce Fellowship took her to live and work in Thailand.  She worked at McKinsey & Co in New York and then headed west for graduate school.  At UC Berkeley Jennifer completed the coursework for an MA in Asian Studies.  She finally came to rest on the Penninsula enrolling at Stanford and earning an MBA from the Graduate School of Business and an MA in Administration and Policy Analysis from the School of Education.

For nine years Jennifer worked at Menlo School serving as, among other things, Middle School Director.  During her tenure, Menlo's middle school went coed, added 6th grade and built a new campus.  The mother of three girls, Jennifer left the workforce for eleven years.  She continued to be involved in independent schools serving on the Board of Trustees for Groton School, Castilleja and Phillips Brooks.

A long time admirer of GMS Jennifer became a GMS parents in 2011.  She joined GMS at Head of School in 2013.

Andi Barlas | ext. 122
Director of Social and Emotional Learning
Guidance Advisor
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade SEL Teacher

Andi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist. Andi earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her Masters of Art Therapy/Behavioral Science from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont.

Andi's experience includes over 20 years as a counselor in both public and private schools. She maintains a private practice in Palo Alto, and is the parent of two daughters, both who have attended The Girls' Middle School.
Andi joined the faculty at GMS in 2000. Along with designing the curriculum and teaching  SEL to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders,  Andi  works to support the girls' academic, social, and emotional growth.  She is a support for families as well, and works to provide a  positive experience for all students. 

 

Stephanie Braun | ext. 113
Math Department Chair
8th Grade Algebra and Geometry

Stephanie received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences with a second major in Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. She earned her M.S. in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. She holds California Secondary teaching credentials in both Mathematics and Life Sciences. 

Prior to coming to GMS, Stephanie taught 7th and 8th grade math for three years at Immaculate Heart Middle School in Los Angeles. Previously, she taught 6th-8th grade math and science. Stephanie teaches all four sections of 8th grade math.

Thomas Brennan-Marquez | ext. 135
Woodworking Teacher

Thomas holds a B.A in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a professional software engineer, working at various companies here in Silicon Valley, for the last 30+ years. 

 
Thomas loves to teach and will gladly explain (sometimes in overwhelming detail) the fascinated facts he has uncovered in Engineering, Software Development, Science, Philosophy, Mathematics, or Physics. And, of course, woodworking.
 
Thomas joined the faculty at GMS in the Fall of 2012. 

Caitlin Cameron | ext. 114
7th Grade Humanities

Caitlin received a B.A. in History and American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She then taught 7th Grade Social Studies for two years in Montgomery, Alabama through the Alliance for Catholic Education while earning her M. Ed. at the University of Notre Dame.

Prior to GMS, Caitlin worked as the Assistant Director for Academics for the Alliance for Catholic Education where she mentored first year teachers and worked on school-wide curriculum development.

Caitlin joined the faculty at GMS in 2013 and teaches two sections of 7th grade humanities.

Alice Chang | ext. 140
Entrepreneurial Program Director

Alice received her B.S. in Computer Science with minor in Psychology and M.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alice has over ten years of experience at startup companies in the software industry.  Her expertise are in user interaction design and cross disciplinary teams.  She also has initiated training programs at the Cupertino Union School District in the area of critical thinking in mathematics, and worked closely in classrooms with teachers on various academic subjects.

Tiffany Chao | ext.127
Registrar and Program Coordinator

Tiffany earned an edM and Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA from Williams College in Psychology and Asian Studies. She is a licensed school counselor for grades preK-12. Prior to GMS, Tiffany was the Associate Director of International Students at Westover School in Middlebury, CT, and the Registrar at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA.

Erica Chesley | ext. 134
7th Grade Math

 Erica holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Classical Studies from Carleton College.

Before coming to GMS, she completed a two-year teaching fellowship at the Lawrenceville School, an independent boarding school in New Jersey, where she taught Geometry and Algebra II. She has also taught a variety of math courses for Johns’ Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth (CTY) summer programs.

Erica joined the GMS staff in 2012. 

Matt Cole | ext. 124
Athletic Director

Matt earned his B.A. in General Psychology at San Francisco State University.

Prior to GMS, Matt founded and ran Elevate Trucks, a skateboard products company. He then worked for Rhythm and Moves, as a contracted PE teacher to numerous schools in the Bay Area. Matt also owns and operates University of Surfing, a surf school in his hometown of Pacifica. Matt is a life-long athlete with special interests in surfing and skateboarding.

Matt joined the faculty at GMS in 2004. He runs the after-school athletic program and helps teach PE.

Kimberly Cook | ext.132
Ceramics Teacher

Kimberly completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University. She recently completed the MFA program at San Jose State University.

Kimberly has worked as an artist for eight years. Though her work is primarily based in the clay medium, she also works in textiles, photography, metal, and film, and has shown her work nationally and internationally. Kimberly has received three art scholarships for her work, which include the Sandra Johnstone Memorial Scholarship, the John French Scholarship, and the Elizabeth Heil Scholarship.  She also received a full graduate scholarship from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Cook also enjoys working in theatre and has performed professionally with City Lights Theatre, the Saratoga Drama Group, San Jose State University theatre, and MACLA.  She is also currently an adjunct professor at Foothill College, Mission College, and West Valley College.
 

Kimberly joined the staff of GMS in 2004. She teaches ceramics to all students.

Gretchen Davis | ext. 121
8th Grade Humanities

Gretchen received a B.A. in Theater from the University of Arkansas with an emphasis in directing. After working several years as a freelance theater artist, musician and copywriter, she returned to school for an M.A. in Educational Theater from New York University. She is certified to teach Drama K-12 and English 7-12. 

For the past five years, she taught 8th grade Humanities at East Side Middle School in NYC. At East Side, Gretchen also led their award winning Model United Nations program, coached softball and founded the school Glee Club. 

Gretchen joined GMS in 2013. She teaches two sections of 8th grade Humanities.

Elise DeYoung | ext. 104
Business Director

Elise brings to GMS a strong personal commitment to youth development and education.

She earned her B.S.C. and M.B.A.  from the University of Santa Clara and has a long and diverse history of experience in the corporate, academic and non-profit sectors.  Elise has served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for an international water purification company, a classroom instructor in K-12 public school classrooms, School Board Trustee for the Santa Clara Unified School District, and is currently active with several local education and community foundations.

Recently, Elise served as the National Operations Director for Girls For A Change, a Silicon Valley based national non-profit organization, serving middle school and high school girls across the country.

Elise joined GMS in 2013 and is responsible for the business management, IT and facilities operations.

Gaby DiMuro | ext.119
Humanities Department Chair
6th Grade Humanities

 Gaby holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University and an M.A. in English Education from Columbia University Teachers' College, where she also earned her New York State English Teaching Certificate.

Prior to GMS, Gaby taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade humanities for three years at M.S. 245 in New York City.
Gaby joined the faculty at GMS in 2002. She teaches two sections of 6th grade humanities.

Debbie Eastburn | ext. 107
Director of Development

Debbie earned a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  Her daughter, Carrie, graduated from GMS in 2012.  Debbie worked in banking and marketing before having children.  She has education fundraising volunteer experience with GMS, The Thacher School, Williams College, and Amherst College.  She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations.  Debbie joined the staff of GMS in 2012.

Renee Fadiman | ext. 109
Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair
6th and 8th Grade Art & Media
8th Grade Social and Emotional Learning

Renee is an honors graduate of Carleton College with a B.A. in English and Film. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts Degree at the Rhode Island School of Design, with a focus on Photography.

An award-winning artist and photojournalist, Renee also has over twenty years of classroom experience in area schools.

Renee is a founding member of The Girls' Middle School. She is responsible for the philosophy and direction of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. She teaches the 6th and 8th grade art and media classes and co-teaches the eighth grade SEL class.

Julie Goebel | ext. 139
8th Grade Humanities

Julie received a B.A. in American Studies from Oregon State University.  She returned to school after teaching at the Colegio Americano in Mexico City and received a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University.

Before GMS, Julie also taught at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland as well as the Catlin Gabel School and St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon.  She also founded Travelers Conservation Foundation, a non-profit helping the travel industry give back to culturaland environmental sites around the world.

Julie joined GMS in 2012.  She teaches eighth grade humanities.

Paul Grossi | ext. 144
8th Grade Science

Paul graduated cum laude from Carleton College with a BA in physics in 1989. 

Prior to coming to GMS, he taught physics, astronomy and integrated science in independent schools for 10 years. He then served as the Director of Education and Director of IT for RAFT, a San Jose-based education non-profit for 7 years, and worked for 1 year at Stanford University as the Associate Director of the Office of Science Outreach. 
He joined the GMS staff in 2009. He is also the parent of a GMS student from the class of 2012.

 

Anna Hannan | ext. 138
6th Grade Math

Anna joined the GMS staff in 2008.  She teaches all four sections of sixth grade math.

Anna taught her first lesson at age four, teaching math to her stuffed animals listening intently atop her childhood desk.  Anna’s enthusiasm for teaching flourished at Bucknell University.  She majored in elementary education and earned a B.S. in Education.  When she began her career in a sixth grade classroom, her zest for teaching middle school students was confirmed.

Anna has taught a wide range of ages in a variety of classroom settings.  Her experience as teacher and co-director of Parents’ Nursery School prompted independent study in the areas of temperament, discipline and motivation.  She enjoys pondering questions like, “If children are born curious, how do we preserve and encourage their innate love of learning?”  Her years at PNS solidified in her mind the importance of community in a family’s life, a value shared here at The Girls’ Middle School.

Connie Hansen | ext. 115
6th Grade Humanities

Connie holds her B.A. in Religion from Middlebury College in Vermont, and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Washington in her hometown of Seattle. She also holds her Master in Teaching from Seattle University, through which she received her Washington State teaching certificate in secondary education, with endorsements in English/Language Arts and Visual Arts. Connie has taught English and Art at the high school level. Connie joined the GMS faculty in 2012 and teaches two sections of 6th grade Humanities. 


Elizabeth (Lisa) Hjelm | ext. 117
Science Department Chair
6th Grade Science

Lisa holds an BS in Geology from Bates College and an MS in Geology from UWO. She earned a K-8 teaching credential with General Science Specialty from UVTI.

Prior to coming to GMS, she taught for thirteen years at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, NH. She has experience teaching upper elementary and middle school science, as well as fifth and sixth grade. Lisa is interested in bringing teachers, scientists and students together. She has participated in research experiences for teachers at SIO, NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program, and in 2009 became a teacher/researcher on a long term, NSF funded project to study Sierra Negra volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
 
Lisa joined the GMS staff in 2009.

 

Tricia Kellison | ext. 106
Computer Science Department Chair
8th Grade Computer Science
Educational Technology Manager

Tricia received her B.S. in Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her M.Ed. in Educational Technology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Prior to GMS, Tricia was a project manager in marketing and multimedia for eight years at Apple, and did technology training for staff and faculty at MIT. She is the mother of a GMS alumna and two sons.

Tricia joined the GMS staff in 2006. She is the chair of theGMS Computer Science Department, teaches 8th Grade Computer Science, and helps other teachers integrate technology into their classes.

Claire Ledwith | ext. 133
Assistant Director of Admission

Claire received her B.S. from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Prior to joining GMS, Claire worked for seven years in the Development Office of The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  While at Baldwin she  raised both capital and annual funds. 
Claire joined the staff of GMS in 2008.  She is responsible for helping families navigate the admission process and learn more about the terrific education offered at The Girls' Middle School.  Claire meets with prospective families, arranges shadow visits and interviews applicants.

Marjorie Lucks | ext. 126
Dean of Students

 Marjorie received her B.S. in Geological and Environmental Sciences and her M.A. in Curriculum and Teacher Education, both from Stanford University. She earned her Science Composite Teaching Credential from the University of Texas, Pan American.

Prior to GMS, Marjorie was a course coordinator for the Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Core at Stanford. She participated in Teach for America in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and has taught middle school math and science for a decade.

 

Marjorie joined the faculty at GMS in 2003 as a math and science teacher, and in 2009 transitioned in to administration as the Dean of Students. She is responsible for all aspects of student life, including the advisory program, electives, Student Council, after school programs, new student orientation, and discipline.

Walter Mayes| ext. 130
Library Media Specialist

Along with managing the GMS Library and working with the faculty to instill good research skills in our students, Walter is a popular performer known as Walter the Giant Storyteller. Walter also travels as a lecturer on the importance of books and stories for children and teens.

Walter is co-author of Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children and author of Walter the Giant Storyteller's Giant Book of Giant Stories.
Walter joined the faculty at GMS in 2001 when he came to perform at an assembly and liked it so much he stayed!

Veronica Meza | ext. 110
Spanish Department Chair
7th and 8th Grade Spanish

Veronica earned a bachelors degree in Literature and Drama from the National Autonomous University of Mexico with additional study at The National Institute of Arts in Mexico. She received an M.A in Spanish Education from Bennington College.

In addition to her creative and energetic work with the students at GMS, Veronica is a reporter at Alianza Metropolitan News. She has received an honorable mention from the National Association of Hispanic Publications for her education article about GMS in 2004, and a Gold Award for her education article about GED classes in 2009. In 2003, she created Teatro Nahual, a Spanish language theatre. Veronica is also a Spanish playwright, notably of "Strike Without Sticks."
Prior to GMS, Veronica was manager of the Spanish Literacy program at Harbor College Job Placement Center in Los Angeles. Before that, along with extensive theatre work in Mexico City, Veronica taught Spanish and drama to junior high and high school students.

Veronica joined the faculty at GMS in 2001. She leads the Spanish department and teaches sixth grade fluent Spanish speakers and eighth grade Spanish for those who speak Spanish as a second language.

Megan Miller | ext. 123
Director of Admission
6th Grade Social and Emotional Learning

Megan received her B.S. from the University of Delaware. 

Megan joined the admission staff at GMS in 2004. Prior to that she was involved in GMS as a parent of a student in the class of 2003 and she has taught art to elementary school age children.  She has the wonderful responsibility as the admission director, to meet perspective GMS families and assist them in the admission process.  In addition she co-teaches the 6th grade SEL.  

Sarah Miller | ext. 116
7th Grade Art

Sarah recently received a B.A. in Studio Art from Willamette University, located in Salem, Oregon. She is also a GMS graduate from the class of 2003 and is a co-author of Middle School: How to Deal. Her past 10 summers have been spent at Camp Wohelo, an all girls camp in Maine. At Wohelo she has been both the director of the painting studio and the silver jewelry shop. Sarah is thrilled to back at GMS; a community that has greatly influenced her life.

Alinne Ortiz | ext. 141
Development Associate

Alinne graduated from GMS in 2004 and went on to attend Sacred Heart Preparatory, where she graduated in 2008. She attended Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, studying Film & Social Justice, graduating Cum Laude in 2012. She is currently  pursuing a Master's degree in International Multicultural Education with a Human Rights Emphasis at the University of San Francisco. Before working at the Girls' Middle School, Alinne  worked for the Sophie's Scholars Program at Sacred Heart Prep, helping underserved children access equitable education. She joined the GMS staff in August 2013 and looks forward to giving back to the school which fueled her passion for human rights. 

Alberto Oseguera | ext. 101
Technology Manager

Alberto received his A.S. in Data Communications from Foothill College and his B.S. in Information Technology / Systems Administrations from the University of Phoenix. Alberto also has certificates in both Apple and PC hardware and software applications.

 Prior to joining GMS He spent 12 years in Redwood City School District installing and maintaining network infrastructures along with providing technical support to sixteen schools for student, teachers, and administrators
 
Alberto joined the staff of GMS in July 2009. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations in technology. This includes system administration, network infrastructure, application support and Macintosh and Windows support.

 

Chris Proctor | ext. 120
6th and 7th Grade Computer Science

 

Chris is thrilled to be the sixth- and seventh-grade computer science teacher. Previously, Chris taught high-school English at Paly and in Austin, TX and was a lead developer and head of the Interactive Learning Group at cK-12 Foundation, a nonprofit creating free open-source STEM content for secondary schools. 
 
Chris is passionate about reshaping schools for the digital age and using software as a tool for social change. When he's not reading, writing, coding, or teaching, you might find Chris baking bread, riding his bike, or off on a rafting trip.
 
Chris holds a BS in Symbolic Systems, a BA in English, and a MA in Education from Stanford, and is a National Board Certified Teacher. 

 

Laura Reeve | ext. 108
Assistant Head of School

Laura has a B.S. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master's degree in Structural Engineering from Stanford University.

She began her career as an engineer in the aerospace industry. Laura then worked for a decade in her own children's classrooms before joining GMS as a founding faculty member in 1998, teaching science and engineering.  
She is currently the Assistant Head of School and is responsible for curriculum and teaching.

Additionally, Laura is the proud parent of two GMS alumnae.

Kheaton Scott| ext. 118
Physical Education

Kheaton received a B.S.  From Howard University’s School of Education located in Washington, DC. He played Varsity basketball for Palo Alto High School, and during his senior year, the team won the CIF Division II state title. Prior to joining GMS, Kheaton was the Physical Education teacher at the Peninsula School located in Menlo Park, CA for 2 years. In addition to his roll in athletics at GMS, Kheaton also Coaches Varsity Boys Basketball at Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City, CA

Esther Selk | ext. 105
Alumnae Coordinator and Drama Teacher

Esther graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. degree in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution and an M.S. in Biology from the University of California San Diego.  Esther holds both a multiple subject K-12 and a single subject general science and biology California State Teaching Credential.

Prior to GMS, Esther was a Teach for America Corps Member at Edison McNair Academy in East Palo Alto, where she taught math, science, health, and reading.  Additionally, she served as both Senior Teacher and Science Curriculum Coordinator.
Esther joined the faculty of GMS in 2000.

 

Carl Siegel | ext. 125
6th and 8th Grade Spanish

Carl has a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Spanish Literature from Colorado College. He also completed his single subject Spanish credential with the Bay Area Teacher Center at San Francisco State University.

 
Before arriving at GMS, he administered summer middle schools at Aim High, instructed business communication at Shanghai University, managed tennis tournaments and music festivals in China, founded a promotions startup, and taught at San Francisco Friends School.
 
Carl joined the faculty in 2012. He teaches sixth and eighth grade Spanish.

Ann Smith | ext. 160
Communication and Admission Associate

Ann earned a B.A. in Biology from Colgate University and a M.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern.  She worked for many years in marketing at IBM in Chicago, before leaving to focus on her family.  Ann is the mother of a GMS graduate as well as a current 8th grader. For the last decade she's volunteered extensively in schools—in development and admission, as well as in the classroom. Ann joined the staff of GMS in 2011.

Kady Taylor | ext. 137
6th Grade Physical Education
Athletics

Kady graduated from Foothill College with an A.A. Degree in Anthropology, concentrating on Archaeology. She played varsity basketball in high school, played club ball for the San Jose Cagers, and was recruited to play for Foothill College, who was number 1 in Northern California for women's basketball at the time. After her playing career, she coached at various levels, helping out at camps and skills clinics. Kady first started at GMS as the VA basketball coach in January of 2011. After two successful seasons as Head Coach, she has joined us full time as the 6th grade P.E. teacher and will be coaching all seasons this year: JVA softball; as well as VA soccer, volleyball and basketball.

Annick Theoret | ext. 103
7th Grade Science

Annick holds a BS in psychology and a Certificate in Publicity from L'Université de Montréal. She has a Teaching Credential from L'Université du Québec à Montréal. After graduation, Annick worked intensively in various media and managed her own advertising business; she was also a news anchor for a Québec TV station.

Upon moving to California, Annick taught fourth through eighth grade science at Merryhill School. She spent a year teaching eighth grade science at Kennedy Middle School before joining GMS.
 
Annick joined the staff of GMS in 2008. She taught three sections of seventh grade science and one section of seventh grade math for 4 years and is now teaching four sections of 7th grade science.

Maria Valladares | ext. 100
School Receptionist / Office Coordinator

Maria graduated from GMS in 2003 and went on to attend Menlo High School, graduating in 2007. Throughout her high school years and after graduating, Maria worked at The International School of the Peninsula with children ages 1-13 as well as working as the assistant to the the Director of Summer Camps. She attended Santa Clara University until 2010 , taking a short break before returning to Foothill College. She is currently studying to receive an AA in Child Development.

Amoy Walker | ext. 128
7th Grade Humanities

Amoy has received a B.A. from Stony Brook University, later going on to earn her M.A. from Columbia University, Teacher's College.

Prior to joining the staff at GMS in 2008, Amoy taught history and economics for 2 years at The High School of Fashion Industries in New York City. She teaches seventh grade humanities. 

 

Holly Varian Zuklie | ext. 133
Director of Financial Aid
High School Placement Advisor

Holly graduated with honors from Bowdoin College with degrees in Art History and Russian Literature and Language.

Holly is a founding staff member of GMS. She works with the Admissions Department to support those families who apply for financial aid during the application process. Holly has spent her entire career in independent school administration. Prior to GMS, she was Director of Admission and later Vice Principal at San Domenico School in San Anselmo. Additionally, she spent her early career as a college admissions officer. She is a past President of the Board of Trustees at Peninsula School in Menlo Park.