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Alvarez, Gabriela
Anderson, Dr.
Core Teacher
Anderson, Ms. K.
Bailes, Ms.
Science Teacher
Barber, Ms.
Bayuk, Ms.
Core Teacher
Blalock, Mr.
Cary, Ms.
Contreras, Ms.
Cortright, Ms.
Core Teacher
Danilson, Mrs.
Datta, Mrs.
Detter, Ms.
Falcone, Alberta
Textbook Coordinator
Flint, Olivia
School Psychologist
Flowers, Mr.
English Teacher
Gavello, Ms.
Gilbert, Mr.
6th grade Learning Center Teacher
Gruen, Mr.
Gruen, Mrs.
Core Teacher
Herbert, Annette
Student Support
Holbrook, Marcia
School Secretary
Kamian, Mr.
Math Teacher
Keough, Katy
Lanuza, David
Assistant Principal
Laucher, Mrs.
Lezak, Mrs.
Core Teacher
Lichti, Ms.
Lockett, Ms.
Science Teacher
Lorie, Mr.
McDevitt, Mrs.
History Teacher
Nicolini, Mr.
History Teacher
Noel, Mr.
O'Neill, Mrs.
ELL Teacher
Oliver, Alisa
School Secretary
Olson, Mrs.
Core Teacher
Rosso, Margaret
Schultz, Cathy
Shimer, Mrs.
Math Teacher
Siu, Susanna
Spitz, Susan
Standring, Mrs.
Science Teacher
Steelman, Ms.
Tondi, Ms.
Science Teacher
Tsubota, Mr.
Warmboe, Ms.
History Teacher
Wayne, Mr.
Wesler, Ms. Moose
Wire, Ms.
Zerpa, Mr.


Gaby Alvarez

Gabriela Alvarez is our school counselor at J.M. Gaby received her teaching credential and masters degree in Education at Stanford University and served as an intern Spanish teacher for 1 year at ...more

Kristin Anderson

Lisa Barber

Sally Bayuk

S. Bayuk.png Sally Bayuk was born and raised in the heart of the city of Los Angeles. She benefitted from attending low performing schools, where she learned independence and how to push herself academically, ...more

Leslie Cary


Keith Christian

Irene Contreras

Joan Danilson

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Joan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University. After receiving her Single Subject in English and Physical Education ...more

Leslie Detter

This is my tenth year as a teacher. My teaching experience has been primarily in the Oakland Unified School District, where I taught multiple subjects in grades 3 through 5, 7th grade English, and ...more

Olivia Flint

Olivia is excited to be the School Psychologist at Joaquin Moraga. This is her 16th year of working in schools and with children. She taught in Osaka, Japan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mill ...more

Judi Gavello

Susanna Gomez

Susanna has been working in the Moraga School District for over five years, first as a TA and then as an one-on-one aide at Camino Pablo. Currently, she works at Joaquin Moraga as a Special Ed aide.

Jerry Gruen

Jerry Gruen teaches Physical Education at JM, and has led the eighth graders of Joaquin Moraga to Washington D.C. since 1996. Before coming to Moraga, he taught in the West Contra Costa Unified ...more

Marcia Holbrook


Marcia and her family moved came to Moraga about 14 years ago. Over the years Marcia has been very involved in our schools volunteering in everything from PTA President, Parliamentarian, Financial ...more

Kathy Jacobi

Harvey Kamian

I was born in Berkeley and raised in Lafayette. I attended UCLA for my undergraduate studies where I earned degrees in Scandinavian Literature and National and International Business Administration.

David Lanuza

Dawn Lezak

Dawn Lezak has been teaching in the Moraga School District since 1991. She earned her B.A. at Mills College in Economics and German Studies, her Teaching Credential and Masters in Teacher Leadership ...more

Danielle Manzi

Stephen Nicolini

Gina Olson

Mrs. Olson is stepping back into teaching as a Sixth Grade Core teacher. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies as well as a Multiple Subject and English Teaching Credential at Cal State Fullerton ...more

Erica Roesch

Mary Ann Shimer

Mary Ann Shimer, who teaches Math at JM, strives to foster a love of learning in her students. After receiving her degree in Math/Applied Science (Engineering) at UCLA, Mary Ann designed data ...more

Debbie Standring

Mrs. Standring teaches 6th grade and 8th grade Science at JM. Mrs. Standring attended the University of California, Davis and majored in Biological Sciences. She grew up in Walnut Creek and went to ...more

Karlene Steelman

Karlene Steelman is a ten year veteran math teacher at Joaquin Moraga. She also serves as a Teacher on Special Assignment for the Moraga School District. Karlene has been a Moraga resident since ...more

Michaela Tondi

Ms. Tondi teaches 7th grade science. Ms. Tondi attended UC Santa Cruz and majored in Marine Biology and minored in STEM Education. She then continued on at UCSC for another year and worked toward her ...more

Hongmei Wang

This is Hongmei Wang's third year to work for the Moraga School District as an intensive instructional aide. She has her masters egree in physics, and in her spare time, enjoys reading and walking.

Kerry Warmboe

Kerry Warmboe has always had a passion for history; she is delighted to be able to teach both 7th grade World History and 8th grade US History here at JM. Kerry grew up on the Central Coast. She ...more

Caitlyn Wire

Victor Zerpa

Hi everyone. I’m Mr. Zerpa. I moved to the Bay Area in the summer of 2009 and it was a great move for me. I love everything about the Bay Area. I am originally from Miami, Florida and my family ...more

Robin Anderson

Teaching in a variety of positions, Robin Anderson has been with the Moraga School District since 1991. Currently, she teaches Debate, Success Skills and sixth grade Core. Before teaching in Moraga, ...more

Mariam Atefi

Pam Bailes


Rachel Berger

Jim Bilafer

Jason Blalock

Mr. Blalock has been teaching at JMIS since 2011. He currently teaches Earth Science, Computer Science, and Drama. After attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and receiving his ...more

Julie Carlson

Julie is thrilled to be working at JM this year as a writing tutor for 7th and 8th graders. She's lived in Moraga for over 20 years and has two sons in college. Julie has a B.A. in English from ...more

Kristin Cortright

Pawan Datta

Pawan Datta has 12 years of experience as a Special Education (SPED) teacher. She has been the 8th grade Learning Center Teacher at JMIS since 2004. Prior to joining the JM community, Mrs. Datta ...more

Alberta Falcone

Jimmy Flowers

Jimmy Flowers has been an educator for nearly two decades. After earning an English education degree from Miami University he journeyed to Korea and Japan to teach ESL. After an extended stay abroad ...more

Jerry Gilbert

Lisa Gruen

Lisa Gruen is a Sixth grade Core teacher at Joaquin Moraga. She is happily married to one of JM’s Physical Education teachers and mother of two. This energetic, artistic, and gentle Hawaii-raised ...more

Annette Herbert

Moving back to the States from Singapore was a "re-entry" experience of epic proportion. Watching our children adjust to Moraga honed my compassion for students coping with all sorts of changes, and ...more

Katy Keough


Prior to joining the JM staff, Liz was the Library Media Specialist at Camino Pablo School.  She has lived in Moraga for over 20 years and has 2 children who attended Moraga Schools.  She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz.  She enjoys the outdoors, watching movies, and reading, of course!

Jill Lichti

Jill Lichti has been teaching for 29 years, all at the middle school level. She has taught English at JM for 18 years and before that taught for 11 years at Sullivan Middle School in Fairfield, CA.. ...more

Kim Lockett

Lockett.png This is Kim's 17th year teaching science at JM. She grew up in Los Angeles and has 1 sister. She moved up north for college, attending UC Berkeley. She was a double major in Integrative Biology and ...more

Brett Lorie

Entering my 16th year of teaching (all at JM), my excitement levels are just as high as they were on my first day of teaching. In those days, I had just completed my Master's degree and Teaching ...more

Jessica McDevitt

Jessica McDevitt is excited to be teaching history at JM to 7th and 8th graders. Before coming to JM, Jessica taught world and U.S. history at private high schools. She earned her master’s in history ...more

Adam Noel

Adam has taught Music in Moraga Schools since 2002. He teaches Band, Choir and Jazz Band, and continues to teach the Strings program he founded in his first year. Musically, Adam grew up in Lafayette ...more

Marie Olson

Marie is a speech therapist at JM and LP. She holds a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication from NYU and a Masters in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Cal State East Bay. Before ...more

Alisa Oliver

Pat O'Neill

Pat O’Neill is the English Language Coordinator for the Moraga school District. Her responsibilities include coordinating and teaching the English Language Development Program for the district ...more

Margaret Rosso

Cathy Schultz

Susan Spitz


John Tsubota

This is my 31st year teaching at JM and it has been an interesting ride. I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade Physical Education and I have coached just about every sport at JM as well as coaching ...more

Moose Wesler


Moo se Wesler has been a practicing artist since she was in her teens. Her art studies have taken her to London and Florence, Italy, and she has an MFA in printmaking and a Masters in Teaching. Ms. ...more

Ben Wayne

Ben Wayne has been teaching 7th and 8th grade English since 2000. He started his career with San Francisco Unified School District and has recently made the move to the East Bay. He has a degree ...more