About

Faculty & Staff

Early Childhood Education

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • 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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Specialists

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Staff

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  • Analisa Crosthwait

    Receptionist
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Security/Facilities

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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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