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Meet Our Faculty & Staff

What Our Teachers Appreciate About The Carden School of Santa Cruz

Our small, caring community

Our focus on values and character development

The foundational curriculum that builds through the grades

Individual attention that meets the needs of each student

Our reading of classic literature French, Latin, Chess, Drama, Music, Art and P.E.

The broad and deep Language Arts curriculum

Our emphasis on critical thinking skills

Teachers trained in the Carden teaching method

After school care and enrichment activities

Our supportive and involved parent body

Our focus on listening and comprehension skills

Our attempt to maintain the innocence of childhood

 

 




Kristin Rao
Co-Founder
Academic Advisor

Kristin Rao
Kristin Rao has had over 25 years of experience in the classroom. She has taught students in all the grade levels from Pre-Kindergarten through the Eighth Grade. Having graduated from a Carden School herself, Mrs. Rao went on to open her own Carden School in the Silicon Valley. She ran the school successfully until merging it with the Carden School in Santa Clara. Mrs. Rao is now the President and Vice Principal at the Carden School in Santa Clara. Under her care, the school has grown and held firmly to the principles on which it was founded. She is also an officer of the Carden Educational Foundation, based in South Carolina.



Marcia McManus
Co-Founder
Advisor

Marcia McManus
Marcia McManus founded the Carden School in Santa Clara in 1973. Prior to founding the school, she was the head administrator at the St. Andrews School in Santa Clara. Mrs. McManus has worked tirelessly to bring the Carden method of education to as many children as possible in the Silicon Valley. Mrs. McManus currently acts as an advisor to the Santa Clara and Santa Cruz schools. She also serves as Vice President of the Carden Educational Foundation, based in Connecticut.



Haydi Danielson
Co-Founder

Haydi Danielson
Haydi Danielson attended Viewpoint, a Carden School in Calabasas, California, as a student in elementary and junior high school. She went on to earn her BA in Geography from UCLA and two Master's degrees from Yale University, in Public and Private Management and in Forest Science. For fifteen years, Mrs. Danielson made her career in the field of natural resource management, primarily in urban forestry. She has participated in making public policy related to California's urban forest management, and has worked as a high level manager in the wholesale plant growing business. When her children reached school age, she was unable to find a school that met her high standards for elementary education. In 1998, Mrs. Danielson redirected her professional efforts and co-founded the Carden School of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz. She acted as Director of the Santa Cruz school from 1999 to 2008.



Mrs. Lalanne
Director

Mrs. Lalanne

Mrs. Lalanne has been teaching young children since 1993. She brings to our Carden school extensive experience in working with children from the ages of three to six. Having worked in private schools all of her career, she is embraces the high standards for excellence that we have at Carden. Mrs. Lalanne earned her B.A. in Italian Studies from Santa Clara University, spending a year in Florence along the way. Mrs. Lalanne is passionate about gardening and loves to go to college football games with her family. She also loves to cook, run, and travel. She lives in Aptos with her husband and two teenage sons.

Mrs. Lalanne started as Director in August 2008. Previously she worked as our Assistant. Director in charge of curriculum and as our 1st grade teacher. Spending the first ten years of her carreer as a Retail Buyer in San Francisco has given Mrs. Lalanne the business background needed to run the day to day operations of the Carden School.




Jessica Eymann
Office Manager

Jessica Eymann
Mrs. Eymann comes to us from Kennolyn Camps, where she worked as the Office Manager and Registrar. Prior to joining Kennolyn, she ran her own wedding planning business for two years. She also worked at the Watsonville Cooperative Preschool, when her sons were small. Mrs. Eymann grew up in the Santa Cruz area, attended Watsonville High School, Cabrillo College, where she studied nursing, and Chico State University, where she studied English Literature. Mrs. Eymann is here at Carden to support students, teachers and parents in every way from applying bandages to publishing the newsletter. She lives in Aptos with her husband and two boys. She enjoys the outdoors, is passionate about cooking, reading, and her family.



Susan Japinga
Pre-Kindergarten

Mrs. Japinga teaches our mixed-age 4 year old/kindergarten class. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University with an emphasis on early childhood education. She has taught both elementary and preschool over the years and really enjoys working with young children. In her spare time she likes to read, play tennis and she recently learned to sail. She married and lives in Aptos and is the proud mother of two sons.....



Cassia Laffin
Teacher, First Grade

cassia Laffin
Mrs. Laffin teaches our First Grade class with joy and enthusiasm. Having earned her California teaching credential from Bethany College, she has worked at Gateway School, MacQuiddy Elementary School and Twin Lakes Christian School, and has acted as President of the Soquel Co-op Nursery School. She loves to paint on canvas, play guitar, garden and bike. She lives high on the ridge in Soquel with her husband and two children.



Virginia Sullivan
Teacher, Second Grade

Mrs. Sullivan received her B.A. from Western Montana College of Education. She has had many teaching experiences through the years. While her husband went to college and accepted coaching positions, she taught in surrounding communities. Second grade is by far her favorite and she feels fortunate to have spent two years with the second graders at Carden Santa Clara. She lives in Soquel with her husband and mother.



Donna Newman
Teacher, Third Grade

Donna Newman
Mrs. Newman brings a love of history, science, reading and writing to her third grade classroom. Having grown up in the San Jose area, she earned her B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University and her Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Newman worked in the computer software business for many years, and is now fully committed to her second career as a teacher. She has taught students from Kindergarten through the sixth grade, and enjoys every grade for a different reason. Mrs. Newman lives in Capitola, and enjoys golfing, gardening, and reading.



Tara Manjunath
Teacher, Fourth Grade

Tara Manjunath
Ms. Manjunath brings a love of children and learning to her fourth grade classroom. Mrs. Manjunath earned her B.A. in History at UCSC and her Masters in Education at National University. She is certified to teach Positive Discipline Parenting Skills and Positive Discipline in the Classroom. Mrs. Manjunath is an accomplished pianist, trombonist, flautist and vocalist, and enjoys writing, photography, swimming and mothering her two young boys.



Irina Silva
Teacher, Art

Irina Silva
Irina Silva is a native of Italy. She graduated with her International Baccalaureat, with a concentration in Painting and Art History, from the Instituto Statale d'Arte in Rome. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bennington College in Bennington, Vermonth, and her Master of Fine Arts, with a concentration in Painting, from Hunter College in New York. She has been studying education since 2003, and began teaching art in the classroom in 2004. She has exhibited her artwork at galleries, studios and universities from New York to Spain, and Italy to Santa Cruz.



Gjon Feinstein
Teacher, Chess

Gjon Feinstein
Gjon Feinstein is a U.S. National Chess Master and offers formal chess instruction in several public and private schools in Santa Cruz County. He has organized county-wide and inter-school chess tournaments in which he encourages his students to participate. Gjon has been playing chess since 1972 and teaching since 1995. He uses a building block approach to the teaching of chess, teaching with patience and consistency. Gjon wants to share with his young students the idea that the more you know about chess, the more you realize how much there is to learn. Chess mirrors life in this respect.

We are thrilled that Gjon is part of our faculty, bringing the wonderful game of chess to our students. We are the first school in Santa Cruz County to offer chess during school hours. Chess is a valuable tool for developing critical thinking skills and the ability to visualize. The game demands forethought, logic, math skills, and fosters creative thinking.




Sherri Alejandro
Teacher, Drama

Sherri Alejandro
Sherri Alejandro has been involved in theater and dance since she was a child. In 2002, when she brought her daughter Ysabella to our school, she began putting her talents to work through our Great Pumpkin Day, Talent Shows and school plays. In the spring of 2004, Mrs. Alejandro produced and directed the wonderful performance of Peter Pan at our Carden school.



Kirsten Wimp
Teacher, French

Kirsten Wimp
Kirsten Wimp has taught French at our Carden school since 2002. Through a mosaic of lessons, games, songs, conversation and literature, Madame Wimp exposes her students to the magic of foreign language and culture. Madame Wimp earned her B.A. in Language Studies at UC Santa Cruz, majoring in French. She spent a quarter abroad in Nimes, France. Madame also speaks Spanish and German.