OUR TEAM

Credentialed, dynamic and rigorously-trained teachers. Passionate, seasoned administrators. Really nice people. We can't wait to meet you and your child.

“There’s no exclusion, everyone’s included, everybody works together. We're a close-knit family. We help each other out and support each other.”​

 

- “Coach” Wiggins

 

OUR HEAD OF SCHOOL

Wendy Xa

Head of School

Two-time school founder. Neuroscientist. Former Goldman Sachs VP. Mom.

 

Terra Marin is Wendy’s “encore project” after founding Presidio Knolls, the award-winning private Mandarin-immersion school in San Francisco.

 

“I created my first school, Presidio Knolls, to be the school I wanted for my own two children. It was incredible to watch it become everything I dreamed of. Then, over ten years working with hundreds of students and teachers, I learned how to create something even better. That’s what Terra Marin is.”

 

OUR TEACHERS

Jessica Yang
Preschool

Boxer. Concert Pianist. Master educator.

Riva Zippin
K-1

Contagious laugher. Doting aunt. Ms. Frizzle Dress-Alike.

Mike Burkett
Science, 5-8

Permaculture gardening enthusiast. Proud owner of Charlie the Science Dog. Renaissance man.

Connor Hawkins
Math, 7-8 & Aftercare Manager

Patience of a saint.  Math wiz.

Edith Szendrey
Music, Preschool - 4

Water spirit. Nature enthusiast. Secretly aspiring to be a star.

Diamond Dahlstrom
Earth Education Director

NOLS alumni. Jokester. REI junkie.

Tianxing Yao
Preschool

Talented poet. Dog lover. Amusement park enthusiast.

Malia Laurelin
2-3
Nutritional Microscopist. Lover of crafting.  World traveler.
Leslie Roberts
English, 5-6 & Social Studies 5-8

Word nerd. Animal lover. Happiest exploring off the beaten path.

John Serena
Math, 7-8

Lover of numbers. Tutor extraodinaire.

Ryan Hickey
Music Director
Passionate traveler. Often found on a music stage. Loves learning languages.
Haku Asaki
PE & Earth Education, K - 8

Playful. Honorable. Yūgen. 

Melody Zhao
TK

Easy-going. Musical. Animal lover.

Andy Trapp
4
Rock band drummer. Skiing addict. Does a killer impersonation of a baby.
Heng-i "Vicky" Lu
Math, 5-6, Mandarin, K-8
Lover of people, animals & nature.
Lesley Fisher
Humanities, 7-8

Backpacking enthusiast. Dancing fool.

Aidan Gavet
Creative Arts & Drama

Music video producer. Hairdo freestyler.

 

OUR ADMINISTRATORS

Bruna Strapazzon
Admissions
Queen of multi-tasking. Always cheerful. Multilingual.
Shauna Sullivan

Assistant Head of School

Kind-hearted. Lover of all children. Book hound.

Kim Hawks

Director of Strategic Planning, Operations

Uber-organized. Hill runner. 

David Huey

IT 

Fix It Felix.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORS

Wendy Xa, Board President
Lily Shields, Board Treasurer
Jen Guittard, Board Member
Levi Leavitt, Board Member
Simona Chongo, Board Member
Jen Guittard, Board Member & Advisor
Jane Camblin, Advisor
Levi Leavitt, Advisor

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The Terra Schools admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.