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Faculty & Staff


PS1 Pluralistic School teachers are firestarters. Working together in teams of two, each classroom is enriched with their collaboration, innovation and experience.

PS1 teachers are devoted to making a difference in the lives of their students, helping students discover their passions and express their own voices, setting them on a path of lifelong learning. CLICK HERE to view the PS1 faculty/staff directory.

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Our Teachers


Each summer the faculty members embark on a journey of exploration sharpening their teaching skills through professional development. See below for a list of recent workshops and institutes attended by our faculty.

Faculty Professional Development

Advanced education, institutes, workshops, events and programs in alphabetical order

Aim High Conference for Independent School Communicators, New Haven, CT

Annual Fund Boot Camp, Fountain Valley School of Colorado

“Best Friends, Worst Enemies” Workshop by Michael Thompson

CAIS Head/Trustee Conference

“Circuits Galore” Workshop by The Exploratory

Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) approach to mathematical thinking

Container Gardening Workshop by Emi Carvell

Critical Thinking Institute (K-8), UCLA Lab School

Design and Maker Colloquium, Windward School

Educators Tour at Park Century

Electricity Workshop by The Exploratory

Elementary Physical Education Workshop, California Polytechnic State University

First Aid Training

“Gender and Digital Life” Workshop by Common Sense Media

Greater Good Summer Institute for Educators, UC Berkeley

Inquiry Based Learning Workshop, UCLA Lab School

iPad Exploration Workshop

ISBOA – The Independent School Business Officers’ Association Conference

“The Latest in Brain Research and How it Informs Teaching, Learning and Parenting” Workshop by Joann Deak

Lindamood Bell "Seeing Stars" Program for Reading Fluency

Masters Degree in Education (with specialty in Literacy), Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

“Never Too Young Engaging Elementary Age Social Activism” Workshop

Orton Gillingham Institute for Multi-Sensory Education

Responsive Classroom Institute, Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.

“The Science of the Meaning of Life” Workshop by Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative

Shared Inquiry Instruction Workshop by Great Books Foundation

“Show and Grow” Workshop by Educators Consortium of Service Learning

SoCal POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools) Professional Development Day featuring Angela Davis, Tim Wise, and Steven Jones

Solar In-service by Matt Henigan, City of Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and Stuart Cooley, Professor of Renewable Energies, SMC

“Sun, Planets and Rockets” Workshop by The Exploratory

Teachers College Writing Institute, Columbia University

Teachers College Reading Institute, Columbia University

“Teaching and Learning at Home and at School” by the Center for the Future of Elementary Education

“Zoobiquity, the Science of Healing” workshop by the Friends of the Semel Institute