Our faculty & staff
Kelli serves as the Operations Manager at North Bridge Academy. She brings with her four years of administrative experience and is currently enrolled at College of Marin for a degree in psychology. Kelli is passionate about helping our teachers, parents and children in a variety of her duties. On her free time she enjoys hiking and being active.
Over the last four years, James has fine-tune his curriculum into a STEM program that fosters creative confidence in students. He teaches a similar program at Cascade Canyon school in Fairfax. He first time at Bayside STEM Academy in San Mateo for five years, where he taught science, programming, robotics, and 3-D printing. James trained in design thinking at Stanford university's "D school" and developed curriculum for teaching design thinking using technology may popular through the maker movement. James has a BS in life science from Penn State University and holds credentials for teaching biology and chemistry.
Head of School
Annie has led small, private schools for students who learn differently for the past 20 years. Annie believes strongly in a strengths-based approach to education and that all children learn best with multi-sensory, direct instruction. It is her passion to lead school communities, holding collaboration, authenticity, diversity, and transparency as her highest ideals. Annie holds a BS in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MS in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University. When not at school, Annie enjoys spending time with her two children, Ella (17) and Chloe (13), and her partner, Tara. She loves walking on the beach, looking for sand dollars and sea glass, playing board games and bingo, riding her bike, and building Legos
Peter retired after almost 40 years in the corporate world and loves the change of pace and the sense of community at North Bridge Academy. A native San Franciscan, he and his family have lived in Novato for almost 30 years. During his free time he enjoys home improvement projects, almost anything relating to classic cars from the 60s and 70s, and getting away to Donner Lake. building Legos
Jennifer Katz, M.Ed has worked in the education field for over 15 years. She has a B.A in Early Childhood Education from Dominican University, a Masters in Education and a Certificate in Educational Therapy from Holy Names University. As an Educational Therapist, Jennifer works with students on phonics, reading fluency, reading comprehension, spelling, writing, math and organizational skills. Jennifer has been a lower school learning specialist at Cathedral School for Boys and Brandeis Hillel Day School, as well as having taught at Star Academy, Convent of the Sacred Heart, and Stuart Hall for Boys. Jennifer has a private practice in Educational Therapy and for the last six years has worked at Marin Country Day School tutoring students in grades K-6th. Jennifer is trained in Lindamood-Bell, Orton Gillingham, Wilson reading, Making Math Real, Read Naturally as well as having experience using programs such as Primary Phonics, Sitton Spelling, Handwriting without Tears, Great Leaps, Words their Way, Explode the Code and Structured Word Inquiry. Jennifer loves hiking in Marin where she grew up, playing the piano, listening to music, art, and spending time with family and friends. She is thrilled to be joining North Bridge.
Middle School English & Language Arts
David is a 6/7/8 teacher focusing on English and History/Social Studies, with a little PE mixed in. David moved to California two years ago and could not be happier living in Fairfax, CA. Prior to joining North Bridge Academy, David taught for six years in New Jersey, and spent the last two years teaching in the Ross Valley School District. David is excited to join the team at North Bridge Academy, bringing with him a love for words and literature. Outside of the classroom, you can find David on the ice as an avid hockey player, in the kitchen cooking up something delicious, or out seeing live music.
Middle School Art
Daisley is an artist and freelance art writer and editor. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, she spent 15 years working with contemporary art institutions in New York and Asia. She came to NBA three years ago through her dyslexic daughter who attended third and fourth grade here. Throughout her career, she has worked with students from kindergarten to college level and believes that exposure to and experimentation with a broad range of media, styles, and cultural and historical references enables the development of visual literacy, an active aesthetic consciousness, trust in curiosity and creativity, and a lifelong appreciation for the role of art in everyday life. Daisley holds an MFA in studio art from Claremont Graduate University and a BFA in art history from Vanderbilt University
Lower School Art
Adele is an art and educational therapist in private practice in Mill Valley. She is a visual artist, poet, and calligrapher with a deep appreciation for image and word. Adele received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a MA in Intuition Medicine. She is also a certified herbalist, teacher, and hang gliding instructor. A life long learner, Adele has studied with sculptor, Robert Arneson, the “Father of Funk Art”; painter and author of Creative Revolution, Flora Bowley; calligrapher and choreographer, Jenny Hunter Groat; and poet and author, Naomi Shihab Nye. Outside the classroom, Adele loves to travel, attend house concerts, and cook for friends.
Head Teacher, Grade 4
Felicia is thrilled to join the North Bridge Academy community. A former Pastry Chef, Felicia discovered her love of teaching through hosting culinary apprenticeships for San Francisco middle school students. Most recently, Felicia taught multiple grade levels as an Associate Teacher and Lower School Tutor at Marin Country Day School. She earned her Masters in Reading & Literacy Education from CSU Fullerton and is currently completing a post-graduate certificate in Educational Therapy from Holy Names University. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham methodologies as well as Structured Word Inquiry. Felicia brings both compassion and energy into the classroom, cultivating a culture of belonging through the Responsive Classroom approach and guided mindfulness practices. Outside of the classroom, Felicia enjoys spending time with her family, rescuing houseplants, and strolling through the Sunday Farmer's Market.
Asst. Admission Director and Learning Specialist
Julia has worked in the field of special education in Marin for the past 11 years, both as a classroom teacher and as a Slingerland Specialist. She is a Slingerland Certified Teacher (SCT) and an International Dyslexia Association Certified Dyslexia Practitioner. Julia is also
trained in Project Read’s Framing Your Thoughts curriculum and Structured Word Inquiry. Since 2012, Julia has owned a private practice in Marin where she tutors students using the
Slingerland Approach. Previously, Julia lived and worked in Washington, D.C, London, France, Belgium and Switzerland and holds an M.A. in both French Studies and International Relations. A former high school French and English as a Second Language teacher, Julia
enjoys teaching using the Slingerland approach due to its focus on the structure of language. When not teaching, Julia enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and dining out.
Middle School Math and
Christian has been working with students with learning differences since 2007. Previous to joining the North Bridge community he taught at Star Academy for 11 years, primarily in their middle school and high school. There he focused on writing skills, growing self advocacy, transitions and developing a science program centered around community involvement and project based learning. He has a B.A. from UCLA in Political Science and Multiple Subject and Education Specialist credentials from Dominican University of CA. He is also a certified naturalist from the UC California Naturalist program. Christian enjoys exploring the great outdoor opportunities throughout the Bay Area and beyond, playing music with friends and hanging with his wife and 3 year old daughter.
Hannah Grace Porter
Grade 4 Teacher and Singerland Teacher
Hannah Grace is a grade 4/5 teacher. She has been working with students with learning differences for the last 6 years. Prior to joining North Bridge Academy, Hannah Grace taught grade level subjects to students with dyslexia at two renown schools, Charles Armstrong and Jemicy School in Baltimore. Hannah Grace holds a degree in Special Education from the College of Charleston with certification in Learning Differences. Hannah Grace has a breadth of experience working with various Orton-Gillingham methodologies including Slingerland, Wilson, and Projects Read and Write. She also is trained in Making Math Real and Stanford's Mathematics Mindset course. In addition to her teaching expertise, Hannah Grace brings a love of music, the outdoors, ceramics and history to her classroom.
Grade 5 Teacher
Sachiko has worked in a wide range of both educational settings and grade levels, in both public and private schools. The bulk of her teaching experience is in grades 3 through 5. Most recently she taught in San Rafael Unified School District developing curriculum for literacy groups, grades K-5. Prior to that, she was a 3rd-grade lead teacher with San Francisco Unified (Alvarado Elementary) and an Associate Teacher at Marin Country Day School for 4th grade. At Mindful Schools, she worked with teachers and administrators training school staff on mindfulness strategies for their classrooms and school culture. Sachiko holds a Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies and in Sociology and has been involved in diversity, equity and inclusion work for over 15 years. Sachiko grew up in San Francisco in a bilingual, Japanese household and loves sharing and teaching about her Japanese culture. Outside of work, Sachiko most enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, dancing, listening to music and helping in her community.
Prior to founding North Bridge Academy in 2015, Karen was involved in board work for non-profits that provided low income students with educational and financial support. For the majority of her career, Karen was an executive in children’s digital and media companies including DreamWorks, Warner Brothers and Jim Henson Productions. Karen began her a career in the 1990’s as a project manager for several web design start-up companies. Karen holds a Masters in Education from Dominican University and degree in Art History/French from UC Santa Barbara. She lives with her husband and two sons in San Anselmo. She is very fond of mountain biking, traveling, yoga and knitting.
Head Teacher, Grade 2/3
Chrissy received her Teaching Certification from The University of Massachusetts with a BA in Early Childhood Education. She was the Director and Lead Teacher at Shalom Preschool in Carmel Valley, CA and taught at The University Lab School at Georgetown University. Chrissy became interested in working with dyslexic learners when her son was diagnosed several years ago. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham and has worked with students at Cascade Canyon School for the last four years. Chrissy has two children and lives with her family in San Anselmo.
Jacob is dedicated to team building, emphasizing sportsmanship through the various sports and games he teaches. Jacob is a Bay Area native, hailing from San Ramon. His life as a coach began at the ripe age of 15. Currently, Jacob studies biotechnology.
Van Driver, Classroom Support
Jim is a valued part of the Bridge Academy transportation team. He is a retired educator in Marin County with a 30+ year career. Having the depth of experience in the classroom, special education and administration, his skills are valued throughout the school community. Jim and his family live in Novato. In his free time, he enjoys travel, cooking, gardening and especially Lake Tahoe.
Head Learning Specialist
Priya Tjerandsen shares with NBA nearly twenty years of experience working with students with learning differences. She has been a classroom teacher for many of those years as well as a consultant to teachers and families. Priya has also worked with teams that provide assessment and diagnostic work to individuals with a variety of learning challenges. Her areas of expertise range from language-based learning differences (Dyslexia and Dysgraphia) to working with students who have attentional and/ or Executive Functions weaknesses. She is trained in Slingerland and Wilson methodologies as well as Making Math Real. Priya holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has worked with students in a classroom setting as well as doing individual and small group work. When not working, Priya enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and traveling.
Theatre Art Teacher
Peggy brings 38 years of teaching experience to the Theater Arts program, both within the classroom setting and as the director of the Student International Alliance program where communication through Theater, Art, Music and Dance was instrumental in building cultural bridges towards peaceful understanding. Also, as part of a Canada Council for the Arts grant, Peggy joined the Caravan Stage Company in Canada, as the Children’s Director, traveling by horse back and covered wagons, to bring the magic, joy and inspiration of live theater to the isolated towns and villages in the “outback”. Peggy holds a BA in linguistics (minor in Theater) from Stanford University and an MA in Special Education from San Francisco State University. In addition to her love of teaching, Peggy enjoys hiking, swimming in the ocean, dancing, making labyrinths, and being with family and friends.