PACT school will not be today's success without these super dedicated teachers and other staff. In 2016-17 we are welcoming several new teachers to our community. Biographies and photos coming soon!

Natalie LaRosaRebecca Westover, Principal

I am ecstatic to be the new principal of Stevenson PACT Elementary School. I am a graduate of Gonzaga University and University of California Irvine where I earned my B.A., M.A and teaching credentials


Ms. BeanAmanda Bean, Instructional Coach

Amanda was born and raised in San Diego. She attended UC, Irvine for her undergraduate work in Dance and Education and danced professionally for Sea World to help pay her college expenses. At UCI she participated in ArtsBridge in which …

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Ms. Jennifer BritoJennifer Brito, Kindergarten

Ms. Brito joins us from Hoofer Elementary School in Palo Alto where she taught first grade. Jen is fluent in Spanish and was the lead teacher for two years at Stanford University’s multicultural Rainbow School where she worked with a wide variety of EL students. While at Hoover, Jen used Responsive Classroom to run morning meetings.

Ms. Jessica ChavezJessica Chavez, Kindergarten

Jessica was born in Hayward and grew up in the Bay Area. Her little sister, who is 14 years younger, inspired her to pursue a career in education. “I saw what an impact I had on her personally, and wanted to extend this to a class of children,” she said. Jessica attended San Jose State where she studied Child and...

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Ms. Danielle DeMaioDanielle DeMaio, Kindergarten

Ms. DeMaio is joining us from Griswold Elementary School, in Kensington, CT where she taught kindergarten and first grade. In addition to teaching Danielle created her own after school program of Musical Theater for 2nd through 5th grade. She is also a professional clown.

Ms. Theresa CoughlanTeresa Coughlan, First Grade

Ms. Coughlan has been teaching in the MVWSD for the past 19 years, most recently at Castro Elementary School, where she was also teaching first grade. She became interested in teaching around the time her son asked me to teach him how to read. She was motivated to join the Stevenson PACT community because of its dual commitments to...

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Ms. EngelhardtMaja Engelhardt, First Grade

I worked at a parent participation preschool in Palo Alto for eight years. During that time, I came to understand and believe in the value of parent involvement. Parent education topics that were covered in my class included discipline, limit-setting, conflict resolution, and the importance of play...

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Savitha SrivatsaSavitha Srivatsa, 1st Grade

Savitha has been a Stevenson parent for 6 years and is thrilled to be a teacher in the community that has been/ is home to both her sons....

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Ms. HygateTerri Hygate, Second Grade

Terri Hygate believes teaching is a vocation, a calling. And she’s been called to it twice. The first time was in New Zealand where she taught kindergarten, first, and second grade. Then she became a children’s librarian and spent ten years developing collections and programs to promote and advance literacy … 

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Natalie LaRosaNatalie La Rosa, Third Grade

Natalie LaRosa, originally from Thousand Oaks, recently graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is excited to begin her teaching career at Stevenson PACT Elementary. She thanks the wonderful teachers she had growing up for inspiring her to want to become a teacher herself...

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Stan AdermannStan Adermann, Third Grade

For Stan Adermann, the experience of multi-grade classrooms, thematic instruction, and parent participation in class began with his own schooling. His elementary school combined kindergarten through sixth grade. “It was a philosophical choice at the school to teach multiple ages together, not because …  

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Mr. Kyle HillebrechtKyle Hillebrecht, Fourth Grade

Kyle was born in Santa Monica, California, but has spent the majority of his life in San Jose. As a child, he attended Mulberry School, a co-op elementary school founded on a similar philosophy to Stevenson. Parent involvement and participation, arts education, a focus on social-emotional development and experiential learning, and a respect for all abilities quickly showed him that education is a communal endeavor…

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Ms. KatrinaKatrina Van Der Linden, Fourth Grade

Mrs. Katrina has taught various grades at PACT, and before that taught high school French and Social Studies. She was attracted to PACT because of the strong community and the philosophical model. As a parent she experienced a variety of schools with her…

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Justine HunterJustine Hunter, Fifth Grade

Justine was born and raised in Hollister, CA, an hour south of Mountain View. She was introduced to the joys of working with children when she was in high school and started working at a theater camp for kids every summer. Right away she saw how exciting and fulfilling it was to be a part of the learning...

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Ms. SarahSarah Loyola - Fifth Grade

Sarah Loyola says her parents prepared her for teaching. “They gave me the tools to succeed: parent involvement and their own love of learning,” says the teacher. Parent participation and involvement in children’s education is a key inspiration for student success. “In junior high, my dad sat with ...

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