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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 teaching assistants and Mini-Camp program leaders are working towards careers in teaching and are in graduate or undergraduate programs. Some have completed their credentials and are beginning their teaching careers.

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

    Ashley Garcia
    2nd grade Teacher
    Crossroads Faculty, 19 years
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 6 years
    Mount Saint Mary's College, B.A.

    Bianca Bracho '02

    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 2 years
    Substitute Teacher, Crossroads School
    Boston University School of Medicine, M.S.
    University of California, Los Angeles, M.P.H.
    Yale University, B.A.

    Cheryl Factor

    Drama Teacher
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 11 years
    Crossroads Faculty, 6 years
    University of California, Los Angeles, B. A., Sociology
    The Juilliard School
    Choreographer and director of children's theater for more than 20 years

    G.G.Castello

    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 3 years
    P.S. Science. Teacher
    Parker Enrichment, Teacher, 4 years
    Brigham Young University, BA, Elementary Education

    Jacquelyn
    Ayears
    Crossroads Faculty, 2 years
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 4 years
    Baylor University, B.B.A.

    Johana Barahona

    Technology Teacher
    Crossroads Faculty, 6 years
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 6 years
    CSU, Dominguez Hills, B.A.

    Karla
    Uminsky
    Crossroads Faculty, 2 years
    CSUC, Teaching Credential
    UCLA, BA
    LA Pierce College, AA

    Jolene Smith

    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 10 years
    Teacher, First Presbyterian Nursery School, Santa Monica
    University of California, Davis, B.F.A., Art Studio

    Leandra Rose

    Kindergarten Teacher
    Crossroads Faculty, 6 years
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 5 years
    Metropolitan State College of Denver, B.A.

    Lessa Grunenfelder

    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 3 years
    Teacher, USC Mission Science
    University of Southern California, PhD, MS, Materials Science, B.S., Astronautical Engineering

    Lisa Doyle

    Kindergarten Teacher, Crossroads Faculty, 17 years
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 5 years
    Antioch University, B.A.

    Mark Quinto

    5th Grade Teacher
    Crossroads Faculty, 12 years
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 6 years
    Northwestern University, Illinois
    M.S., Elementary Education
    College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, B.A.

    Matthew Michael

    Science Teacher
    Crossroads Faculty, 3 years
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 5 years
    Pepperdine University, M.A.
    Texas A & M University, B.S.

    Ricka Glucksman

    Dance Teacher
    Crossroads Faculty, 21 years
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Loretto Heights College
    Professional Dancer, Stage, Video and Commercial Choreographer

    Tammy Moran

    Crossroads Faculty, 2 years
    Cal State University, Northridge, B.A.
    Cal State University, Los Angeles
  • Summer 6-12 Faculty (A-L)

    Casey Baird '07
    Crossroads Faculty, 2 years
    Skidmore College, B.A.

    Christope Grice
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 4 years
    California State University, Dominguez Hills, B.S., M.S., Biology

    Collin Hertz '10

    Crossroads Summer Faculty
    Cornell University, BA, Marine Biology

    Cooper Bergdahl

    Crossroads Faculty, 2 years
    Loyola Marymount Univeristy, MEd., in progress
    California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, B.A.

    Dan Eldridge

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

    Daniel Jimenez-Afanador

    Crossroads Faculty, 8 years
    California State University, Northridge, B.A.
    Edward Peebles-Maxwell
    Crossroads Faculty, 1 year
    North Carolina State University, B.S
    Western Governors University, M.A.T

    Elyse Reardon '06

    Crossroads Faculty, 2 years
    University of California, Los Angeles, B.F.A

    Gary Ellenberg

    Crossroads Faculty, 4 years
    Teacher, Video Producton
    American Film Institute , M.F.A., Directing
    University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Dramatic Art

    Gina Aumock

    Crossroads Faculty, 3 years
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology,M.S.
    Mount Saint Mary's College, B.S.
    Holli Manzo
    Crossroads Faculty

    Ian Culbertson

    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 10 years
    Crossroads EOE Field Instructor, 9 years
    USC, Instructor, 2 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, 12 years
    Maimonides Academy, Faculty
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas, M.S., Mathematics
    Westminster College, B.S., Mathematics

    Jueun Hong
    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 3 years
    New Roads School Faculty, 7 years
    UCLA, M.A.Ed
    UC,Berkeley, B.A, Education

    Jory Schulman

    Crossroads Summer Faculty, 23 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, 28 years
    Columbia University, M.F.A.,
    State University of New York, B.A.

    Paul Case

    Crossroads Faculty, 2 years

    Rich Mudge

    Crossroads Faculty, 11 years
    Otis College of Art and Design, B.F.A., Ceramics
    Creative Fire Studio, Owner

    Ronnie Anderson

    Crossroads Faculty, 21 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.