Athenian’s New Faculty and Staff

The Athenian School welcomes the newest members of our faculty and staff!  (The above photo shows new employees on an environmental tour of the school with Bob Oxenburgh, Director of Finance.)

New Upper School Faculty

Leslie Cushner, Humanities Dept – 9th grade teacher
M.A. in Indian Religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, IL
B.A. in Classics and Religion from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Leslie has taught a diverse range of Humanities courses including medieval history, ancient literature, world religions and philosophies, as well as ethics classes. Leslie is reading-proficient in multiple ancient languages such as Latin, Attic and Koine Greek, Sanskrit, and Biblical Hebrew. An avid volunteer, Leslie has taught ESL in India, and currently volunteers as an ESL tutor/teacher and publications editor for the Tibetan Association of Northern California.

Alicia Dantzker, Science Dept – Biology teacher
B.A. and M.A. from Stanford
Alicia has taught at three Bay Area independent schools: Marin Academy, Urban, and Head Royce.  She also worked for Aim High and the Exploratorium.

Andrew Glassco, Foreign Language Dept – Spanish teacher
M.A. with a specialization in Spanish education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Andrew spent four years abroad in Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, studying Spanish and teaching English. He led a group of students to the rainforests of Panama where they focused on projects pertaining to environmentalism and economic sustainability. Andrew has taught Spanish classes from elementary school level to college level and enjoys integrating technology into foreign language curriculum.

Gabe Hourcade, Foreign Language Dept – French
PhD in French literature from the University of California, Davis, CA
M.A. in French literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
B.A. in English literature from the University of Savoie, Chambery, France
Gabriel Hourcade joins Athenian after recently serving as an Assistant Professor of French at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Gabe has also taught English and French extensively throughout Europe (Austria, France, and Switzerland); when he lived in Switzerland, he taught snowboarding during the holiday season!

Mark Mendelson, Fine Arts Dept – Theater Arts Technical Director
B.F.A. in Theatre – Scenic Design from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Joining the Athenian drama department in a new position as Technical Director, Mark is an experienced award-winning set design professional. He has worked on many stage productions throughout the Bay Area as well as productions in the Hollywood / Los Angeles area, and in St. Louis, MO. Mark’s portfolio can be viewed at his website.

Adam Thorman, Fine Arts Dept – Photography
M.F.A. in Photography from Arizona State University
B.F.A. in Photography from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
An accomplished professional photographer whose works have been in numerous solo and group exhibitions, collections, and publications, Adam Thorman is an experienced instructor of photography and related disciplines ranging from digital retouching, image editing software and equipment to post-production and web design. Adam’s portfolio can be viewed at his website.

New Staff

Katrina Deliramich, Upper School Assistant Librarian
M.L.I.S. degree in Library Information Science from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
B.A. degree in History, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA
Katrina recently served as Library Media Technician for the Ukiah Unified School District. She is a dedicated volunteer, sharing her time and knowledge with children, home-bound elderly, and library patrons. Katrina will oversee the Athenian library in the late afternoons and during evening study hours with the boarders.

Vanessa Hourcade, Assistant to the Office of the Head of Upper School / Academic Dean
Castleton State College, Castleton, VT – completed coursework in Anthropology and Sociology
Vanessa has been working at Athenian since March of this year, nevertheless, we’d like to formally welcome her and share a little bit about her. Vanessa has worked in a variety of capacities at international boarding schools, including Agilon College, a Round Square school in Switzerland. She is dedicated to supporting students, faculty, administrators and staff as well as thrives on juggling multiple roles and tasks. Fluent in French and Italian languages, Vanessa embraces opportunities to interface with international students and very much enjoys multicultural environments. Vanessa sports a diverse range of interests, skills, and hobbies, including AASI Level II Snowboard Coach certification, carpentry, landscaping, sewing, drawing and painting.

Joanne Lee, Associate Director of Advancement, Annual Fund
M.A. in Organization and Leadership Studies from the University of San Francisco School of Education
B.A., New College of Florida
Joanne joined the Athenian Advancement team in April with a broad background in development, fundraising, philanthropy and giving campaigns. She is an avid supporter of volunteerism and enrichment programs that include music, the arts, languages, multiculturalism and professional development.

Margaret Perrone, School Nurse
We were unable to reach Margaret for her credentials and biography by the time of this publication.

Linda Rafferty, Director of Advancement
M.A. in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
B.A. in Politics from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Linda has 20+ years of experience in independent school work, primarily in development, but also in admissions and middle school teaching. Most recently, Linda served as Director of Development at McLean School of Maryland. Although most of her career has been in New York City and Washington DC schools, Linda is a 4th-generation Bay Area native who grew up in Moraga. She and her husband, Scott, and their two daughters, Annie (age 10) and Melina (age 7) are excited about experiencing this new chapter of their lives.

Dora Rodriguez, Transportation driver
Dora also joined Athenian earlier this year (April 2012). She has served our students well in getting them to and from school and events safely and happily. We warmly welcome her to the Athenian community.