PACT school will not be today's success without these super dedicated teachers and other staff. In 2017-18 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. 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. 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.

Liz ParkElizabeth Park, Kindergarten

Elizabeth (Liz) Park was born in Mountain View and raised in San Jose, California. She completed her primary and secondary education in Cupertino public schools before attending the Benerd School of Education at the University of the Pacific. At Pacific, she studied Elementary Education and Human...

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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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Stan AdermannStan Adermann, Second 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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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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Ms. KatrinaKatrina Van Der Linden, Second 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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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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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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Brittany LuperBrittany Luper, Third Grade

Brittany Luper joined the Stevenson PACT community during the 16-17 school year after being a long-term sub the previous spring. She is originally from Southern California and has attended Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton. Brittany has completed...

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Zoe SharpZoe Sharp, Fourth Grade

Ms. Sharp joined the teaching staff during the 2017-18 school year as a member of the fourth-grade team. Ms. Sharp calls Santa Barbara home, although she is a dual citizen and spent 9 years of her childhood in New Zealand. She has been living and working in San Luis Obispo(SLO) for the past 5 years while attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Physical Science. She stayed in SLO to...

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Amand ClemAmanda Clem, Fifth Grade

Ms. Clem joined the teaching staff in the 2017-18 school year as a member of the fifth-grade team. Ms. Clem is originally from Redlands, California and has spent the last 6 years teaching at the International School of Stuttgart in Germany, where she assisted students in developing portfolios of self-assessment and learning while leading the student council and STEAM activities after school. Before moving to Germany, Ms. Clem taught...

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Sarah BarmazelSarah Barmazel, Fifth Grade

Ms. Barmazel joined the teaching staff in the 2017-18 school year as a member of the fifth grade team. Ms. Barmazel, who is originally from Santa Rosa, was most recently working I the Milpitas Unified School District teaching 4th grade. In addition, she has previous teaching experience...

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