About the Staff

Summer at Crossroads provides you with talented and diverse instructors and a low student-to-teacher ratio in the classroom.
We select qualified individuals based upon their experience in teaching students or instructing or coaching children in their areas of specialty. Most of our deans, program coordinators, and teachers are current Crossroads faculty and hold current CPR and First Aid certificates. Others are returning Summer at Crossroads faculty, or teachers and instructors who come to us from area colleges or other independent, private, or public schools.

Many of our K-5 program assistants are college students, Crossroads alumni, or current Crossroads School students. Many Crossroads alumni return to teach or assist in our programs. The majority of these program providers have teaching, camp, or childcare experience.

The Aquatics staff holds current certifications in Water Safety Instruction, and/or Lifeguard Training, and Community CPR and First Aid. They also have experience teaching swimming at all skill levels. Aquatics and K-5 staff participate in training during the week prior to the opening of the summer programs.

Refer to our course descriptions for our most current faculty placements.

Our Summer Faculty

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  • Summer K-5 Faculty

    Andy Putnam, Teacher
    Crossroads Elementary School, Science

    Bethel Moges
    , Teacher
    University of London, M.S.
    University of California, Berkeley, B.A.

    Bryanna Brock
    , Teacher
    Crossroads Dance Faculty
    California Institute of the Arts, B.F.A

    Cheryl Factor, 
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 15 years
    Crossroads Faculty, 9 years
    University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
    The Juilliard School
    Choreographer and director of children's theater for more than 20 years

    Cori Snelson, Teacher
    Kennesaw State University, M.A.Ed
    Miami University, B.S

    Daniel Jimenez Afanador, Teacher
    Crossroads Middle and Upper School Faculty

    Emily Stewart, Teacher
    Crossroads Faculty & Director K-12 Strings/EMMI

    Gary Ellenbery, Teacher
    Crossroads MS Faculty
    American Film Institute, M.F.A
    University of California, Berkeley, B.A.

    Johana Barahona, Teacher
    Crossroads ES & MS Faculty, 11 years
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 11 years
    CSU, Dominguez Hills, B.A.

    Keely Collins, Teacher
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 3 years
    Pepperdine University, M.A.
    CSU, Long Beach, B.A.

    Jenna Bach, Teacher
    Crossroads Elementary School, Counselor

    Liz Schulcz '12, Teacher
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 2 years
    New York University, B.S.
  • Summer 6-12 Faculty (A-L)

    Cooper Bergdahl
    Crossroads Faculty, 3 years
    Loyola Marymount Univeristy, MEd., in progress
    California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, B.A.

    Dan Eldridge

    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 5 years
    Crossroads Substitute Teacher, 4 years
    Crossroads EOE Trip Leader, 15 years
    University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A.

    Daniel Jimenez-Afanador

    Crossroads Faculty, 9 years
    California State University, Northridge, B.A.

    Edward Peebles-Maxwell
    Crossroads Faculty, 2 years
    North Carolina State University, B.S
    Western Governors University, M.A.T

    Gary Ellenberg

    Crossroads Faculty, 5 years
    Teacher, Video Producton
    American Film Institute , M.F.A., Directing
    University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Dramatic Art

    Gina Aumock

    Crossroads Faculty, 4 years
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology,M.S.
    Mount Saint Mary's College, B.S.
    Holli Manzo
    Crossroads Faculty

    Ian Culbertson

    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 11 years
    USC, Instructor, 3 years
    City of Santa Monica Lifeguard
    Certified American Red Cross Lifeguard
    University of California, Santa Cruz, B.S., Marine Biology

    James Katseanes

    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 13 years
    Maimonides Academy, Faculty
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas, M.S., Mathematics
    Westminster College, B.S., Mathematics

    Jueun Hong
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 4 years
    New Roads School Faculty, 8 years
    UCLA, M.A.Ed
    UC,Berkeley, B.A, Education

    Jory Schulman

    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 24 years
    Santa Monica College Faculty
    El Camino College Faculty
    California State University Northridge, Music Teaching Credential
    University of Southern California, M.M.
    Berklee College, B.M.
    08-09 Recipient, Mr. Hollands Opus Grant, Victor Elementary School, Torrance
  • Summer 6-12 Faculty (M-Z)

    Nika Cavat
    Crossroads Faculty, 29 years
    Columbia University, M.F.A.,
    State University of New York, B.A.
    Rich Mudge
    Crossroads Faculty, 12 years
    Otis College of Art and Design, B.F.A., Ceramics
    Creative Fire Studio, Owner

    Ronnie Anderson

    Crossroads Faculty, 22 years
    Salve Regina College, B.A.
Middle and Upper School: 21st Street Campus | 1714 21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 829-7391
Elementary School: Norton Campus | 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 828-1196
Summer at Crossroads is open to the public and provides progressive and fun K-12 summer camps, classes and programs.