Faculty & Staff

Early Childhood Education

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  • Titicia Michaels

    ECC Teacher
    Titicia has been teaching children for over twenty-eight years. She has an ability to work, connect with children with exceptionalities.
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  • Erin Harrigan

    ECC Teacher
    Erin has been in the Education field for 7 years.  She taught Pre K primarily, but has experience in Pre K through 12th grade.  She is proud to hold a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.  
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  • Grace Placencia

    ECC Teacher
    Grace Plascencia joined the MUSE family in 2016. As the eldest of four, Grace exhibits the utmost motherly, caring, and nurturing instinct towards children.
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  • Karla Mejia

    ECC Teacher
    Bio & photo coming soon!
  • Randi Kearney

    Early Kindergarten Teacher, Early Childhood Manager
    Randi Kearney is in her 11th year as an Early Childhood Educator and her 2nd year as the Early Childhood Manager at MUSE.  
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  • Ashley Garretson

    Early Kindergarten Teacher
    Ashley Garretson has been working and volunteering for over 10 years in Early Education. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Studies at California State University, Channel Islands.
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  • Stephanie Share

    Early Kindergarten Teacher
    Stephanie is going on her third year at MUSE as an EK teacher! She has been teaching in Early Childhood Education for the past 8 years. She received an Associates Degree in General Sociology from Pierce College and studied Early Childhood Education through UCLA Extension. 
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  • Allison Braine

    Early Kindergarten Teacher
    Allison was born and raised in Michigan, where she developed her love for the outdoors- often exploring the forest, creek and animals in her backyard.
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  • Jenny Briesch

    Kindergarten Teacher
    Jenny is a California native and first began working with children in 2006. With a background in Psychology and a love for helping children flourish, she began providing in home respite and behavior therapy for children on the autism spectrum. 
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  • Leslie Nahaku

    Kindergarten Teacher
    With a passion for making connections and inspiring souls, Leslie is thrilled to start her first year at MUSE!
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Elementary School

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  • Denise Fan

    1st Grade Teacher
    Originally from New York, Denise received her degree in Psychology and Special Education at Marist College in 2008.  Upon graduation she discovered that NYC Public Schools were in the midst of a hiring freeze and relocated across a country and an ocean to teach in the Hawaii Public School System. 
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  • Katelyn Patterson

    2nd Grade Teacher, STEAM Coordinator
    Katelyn Patterson was drawn to working with children and the arts at a very young age. Katelyn pursued degrees in Elementary Education, Counseling and Psychology from the University of Alabama. 
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  • Jennifer Kaplan

    3rd Grade Teacher
    Born and raised right here in Southern California, Jen has spent the last ten years teaching at the elementary level.
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  • Yvette Andrizzi

    4th Grade Teacher
    Yvette was born and raised in Southern California. She has spent the last ten years working with children in many capacities, including tutor, mentor, behavioral therapist, and teacher.
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  • Karen Ford

    5th Grade Teacher
    Karen's motto is "Life's a Journey." Her journey has taken her to live in ten states and the country of Japan. Karen most recently came from Honolulu, Hawaii where she taught at Punahou School on the island of Oahu.
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  • Domineque Arias

    6th Grade Teacher
    Domineque is excited to be joining the MUSE team! Prior to Muse, Domineque spent the past 6 years teaching fifth graders at a full inclusion school.
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Middle School

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  • Tressa Wyner

    7th Grade Teacher, Master Teacher
    A dedicated middle school teacher since 2007, Tressa joined the MUSE community in the summer of 2015. She obtained her K-8 teaching license, as well as her BA in psychology, from Hamline University in Minnesota. 
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  • Edra Pantazes

    8th Grade Teacher
    Originally from north east, Edra is familiar with the Los Angeles area, having come often to visit family while growing up. She has lived a nomadic life staying in places such as New York, Turkey, Miami, and now L.A.
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High School

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  • Russell Mallen

    Middle & High Science Teacher
    Russ was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago and spent a good portion of his adult life in that area.
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  • Caitlin Cohen

    9th Grade Advisor, High School Math & Science Teacher 
    Caitlin graduated from Boston University with a double bachelor’s degree (BA in History and BS in Film/Television). She has tutored privately throughout Los Angeles for over three years, starting in ACT/SAT prep and branching out into anything from tutoring young children to read to assisting high school seniors with calculus.
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  • Haven Reininger

    10th Grade Advisor / Math Specialist
    This is Haven’s first year as MUSE’s dedicated Math Specialist. Haven graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Economics and a special concentration in Medieval History.
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  • JoAnn AuBuchon

    11th Grade Advisor
    JoAnn began teaching at MUSE in 2016. She was born and raised in St. Louis. She moved to Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee.
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  • Jeffrey Martin

    12th Grade Advisor, Human Rights Coordinator
    Jeffrey started teaching at MUSE in 2015. He is an experienced educator, having taught in private, parochial, and public charter settings since 1996.
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  • Ivo Spirov

    Art Specialist / Specialist Manager

    Ivo Spirov is an exhibiting professional artist.  His art has been featured in Japan, Europe and the US.
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  • Kim Lavoie

    Ocean / Maker Coordinator
    Prior to joining the MUSE family, Kim was an education specialist at a farm, teaching classes about gardening and sustainable living. Kim received her degree in Biology from CSU Channel Islands, and found her passion for ocean conservation through her coursework. 
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  • Rick Perillo

    Seed to Table Manager | Sustainability Coordinator
    After graduating from California State University, Northridge in 2006, Rick traveled to New Zealand to work on organic farms where he discovered his passion for growing food using methods that give back to the Earth.
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  • Alexys Romo

    Garden Educator
    Alexys has a background in Agriculture Education. She began her gardening journey while working in Southeast Asia, and decided to dive deep when returning to the states. She is passionate about urban farming, permaculture, and fighting against food injustice. 
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  • Eve Banuelos

    Music Teacher
    Eve was born and raised in San Francisco, where she graduated from the prestigious San Francisco School of the Arts with a concentration in Music. Eve moved to LA in 2006 to attend UCLA, where she majored in Flute Performance and minored in Music History. 
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  • Leidy Sierra

    Spanish Teacher
    Leidy was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, where she graduated from the prestigious Havana University with a bachelor’s degree in Law. Leidy lived in Beijing, China between 2005-2009, where she studied Chinese language in Beijing Language and Culture University. 
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  • Severine Faure

    French Teacher
    Born and raised in Paris, France, Severine has been the French Teacher at MUSE since 2018. She has a master's degree in marketing that she earned at the Université Paris Dauphine, France. After working a few years in marketing in the food industry in France, she moved to Los Angeles with her French husband and fell in love with California. 
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  • Albert Alcazar

    Kitchen Staff
    Hello! My name is Alberto Alcazar, I am the pastry chef here at MUSE. I started my culinary journey when I was 15 years old where I started my own cake business! 
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  • Analisa Crosthwait

    Analisa was born and raised right here in Los Angeles. She graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Unlearning and is dedicated to challenging preconceived notions and outdated systems. 
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  • Hilton Klitzner

    Kitchen Staff
    What up, it's the kitchens golden boy Hilton here. I've been in the culinary game since senior year of high-school and have worked/ been to school learning different styles of cooking & baking. 
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  • Mahtab Ivali

    Bus Driver
  • Mario Maldonado

    Kitchen Staff
    Hello my name is Mario Maldonado and I am the Saucier Chef for the kitchen at Muse. 
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  • Robin Swallow

    Head Chef
    Robin has been cooking plant based food for over 30 years.  In 1995, she and her husband bought Manna Restaurant, one of Europes oldest vegetarian and now vegan restaurant.  
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  • Charles Lee

    Sous Chef
    Charles has an AA in Fashion Textile from CSUN and he worked for a Knitting & Yarn Company as a sample maker and knitwear designer before coming to MUSE.
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  • Melissa Pampanin

    Operations & Technology Manager, Assistant to Head of School & Co-Founder
    Melissa has been with MUSE since February 2015. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Civic Engagement from UCLA.
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  • Eva Sanchez

    Admissions Coordinator
    Eva began working at MUSE in the summer of 2013. She shares her welcoming smile with students, parents and staff in the Prime Main Office.
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  • Kirsten Wasson

    College Counselor & Internship Coordinator
    Kirsten Wasson has joined the MUSE staff in the dual position of College Counselor and Internship Coordinator at MUSE Middle/High.
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  • Jimmy Calderon

    Facilities Manager and Bus Driver
    Jimmy manages the MUSE Facilities Team and is our School Bus Driver. He is a California Certified School Bus Instructor. In all, Jimmy has over 15 years of transportation experience. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys spending time with family and friends.
  • Francisco Argueta

    Security and Facilities
    Francisco has been working at MUSE since 2013. He is part of the Facilities/Security team at MUSE.
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  • Derek Seldeen