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
Van Driver, Admin Support
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.
Grace Fisher (Secretary) - Grace Fisher is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Marin. She also teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She began teaching meditation to teens in 2002, and currently leads a weekly women's class, different daylong workshops, and is the Resident Staff Dharma teacher. Grace is supporting North Bridge Academy in developing a school-wide Mindfulness Program. She's a member of the board at North Bridge Academy and has a daughter at our school. Grace is also a former lawyer with a Master's in Curriculum Development from Stanford.
Matt Kropp (Treasurer) – Matthew brings fifteen years of business experience to his position as Treasurer. Currently, he is a partner at Boston Consulting Group, advising for-profit and not-for-profit businesses on strategic planning and technology. In addition to his business acumen, his background in computer programming and content delivery will guide the technology integration planning process. In addition to his professional skills, Matt is the father of a dyslexic son.
Andrew O'Donnell - Drew brings to the board valuable experience in both business leadership and real estate. Drew works at LinkedIn helping to build and grow the LinkedIn Learning business and is passionate about creating life-long learners. Drew gives a generous portion of his volunteer time coaching youth soccer in Marin and helping North Bridge Academy in various capacities. As the functional head of our facilities committee, he is responsible for ensuring that our facility meets school needs, both for current and future growth. Drew provides significant guidance on shaping and communicating the school mission and philosophy to fellow parents of dyslexic children and to the general community. As a father of two North Bridge Academy students, a boy in 6th and a girl in 8th, he has a wide lens that affords deep insight into the parent community. Advocating for dyslexic learners has been a part of Drew's life as his mother was a reading specialist at the Benchmark School outside of Philadelphia for 30 years. Drew holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia.
Megan Potente - Megan is a dedicated advocate for students with dyslexia. Currently, she serves as a Decoding Dyslexia (California) Parent Support Group co-leader for San Francisco and is a member of San Francisco’s Community Advisory Committee for Special Education. In addition to her advocacy work, Megan has 20 years of experience working in elementary education, including roles as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, and teacher-on-special assignment in the department of Curriculum and Instruction for SFUSD. Megan holds a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning, a certificate in educational therapy, a California multiple-subject teaching credential and administrative services credential. She currently works as a Slingerland tutor and is a parent of a child with dyslexia.
Karen Rosenquist (President) - 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 a career in the 1990s as a project manager for several web design start-up companies. Karen holds a Master's in Education from Dominican University and a degree in Art History/French from UC Santa Barbara. She lives in San Anselmo with her husband and two sons, one of whom is dyslexic.
Dr. Nancy Cushen-White - Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco, Department of Pediatrics, a teacher, and a learning disabilities specialist
Dr. Surina Basho - Dr. Basho has expertise in cognitive neuroscience, executive function, and learning differences. She provides one-on-one individualized educational therapy to students; training teachers and schools in how to integrate executive function into the classroom for all students, and providing educational talks to the parent community.
Van Driver, Classroom Support
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.