Faculty & Staff

Meet Our Team

We bring our expertise and years of experience to our mission of creating lifelong learners.

- Head of School -

Kara's Bio
  • BS in Liberal Studies – San Jose State University
  • MA in Educational Leadership and Administration – San Jose State University
    • Administrative Credential
    • Multiple Subject California Clear Credential
  • Started at Mulberry in 1990

Jane Murphy

Assistant Head of School
jmurphy@mulberry.org

Jane's Bio
  • BS in Elementary Education – Iowa State University
    • Minor in Psychology
    • Reading Endorsement
  • MA in Educational Leadership and Administration – San Jose State University
    • Administrative Credential
    • Multiple Subject California Clear Credential
  • Started at Mulberry in 1997

- Administrative -

Daniela's Bio
  • J.D., Lincoln Law School of San Jose

  • Started at Mulberry in 2017

Deanna Haugaard

Director of Enrollment Management
dhaugaard@mulberry.org

Deanna's Bio
  • BS in Mechanical Design – San Jose State University
    • Minor in Business Management
  • Started at Mulberry in 2010

Laurel Maguire

Chief Financial Operating Officer
lmaguire@mulberry.org

Laurel's Bio
  • BS in Organizational Behavior – University of San Francisco
  • M.Ed in Education – University of Massachusetts at Boston
  • MBA in Coursework (Finance) – Northeastern University
  • Started at Mulberry in 2011

 

Marna Grigorieff

Associate Director of Development
mgrigorieff@mulberry.org

Marna's Bio
  • BA in Finance and Marketing – University of Oregon
  • MBA & MS in Management Information Systems – Boston University
  • Started at Mulberry in 2016

 

Michele's Bio
  • BA in Art with Emphasis in Photography – San Jose State University
  • Started at Mulberry in 2012
Rob's Bio
  • Started at Mulberry in 2010

Stacey Acton

Director of Development
sacton@mulberry.org

Stacey's Bio
  • BA in Social Science – Northern Arizona University
  • MA in Political Science with a concentration in Survey Research – University of Connecticut
  • Started at Mulberry in 2011

 

Tora Troop

Technology & Enrollment Support Specialist
ttroop@mulberry.org

Tora's Bio
  • BS in Sociology – Santa Clara University
  • Started at Mulberry in 2016

- Student Services -

Sayrona Gifford

Director of Student Learning
sgifford@mulberry.org

Sayrona's Bio
  • A.B in Sociology/Anthropology and History – Colgate University
  • MS.ed in Elementary Education – University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia
  • Ed.M in Language and Literacy – Harvard University
  • Started at Mulberry in 2015

 

Denise Giotta

Curriculum Specialist/
Interim 1st Grade Teacher
dgiotta@mulberry.org

Denise's Bio
  • BA in Social Science with a Concentration in Child Development -San Jose State University
    • Minor in Psychology
  • MA in Educational Leadership and Administration – San Jose State University
  • Started at Mulberry in 1996

- Middle School -

Esther Trejo-Milioto

Middle School Art & Spanish Teacher
etrejomilioto@mulberry.org

Esther's Bio
  • BA in Spanish-Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

    • 6 years experience teaching middle school Spanish

  • Studies in studio art and art history-Occidental College and San Jose City College

    • over 10 years experience teaching art to students

  • Started at Mulberry in 2017

Mimi Lawler

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Teacher
mlawler@mulberry.org

Mimi's Bio
  • BS in Liberal Studies – San Jose State University
    • Minor in Math for elementary teachers,
      a supplementary authorization in Math and English education
  • MA in Educational Leadership
  • Certified Positive Discipline Trainer
  • Started at Mulberry in 2016

- Elementary School -

Amy's Bio
  • BA in Special Education – Southern Illinois University
  • Started at Mulberry in 2015

Debi Sabo

Junior Kindergarten Teacher & Cooking/Gardening Specialist
dsabo@mulberry.org

Debi's Bio
  • BA in Mathematics for Elementary Teaching Major – Eastern Michigan University School of Education
    • Early Childhood Education Minor
  • Credentials: – State of Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate 
    • Elementary K-5 All Subjects
    • Mathematics 6-8
    • Early Childhood Education Pre K-K
  • Started working at Mulberry in 2014.

Halina Gallagher

5th Grade Teacher &
Director of the STEAM Program
hgallagher@mulberry.org

Halina's Bio
  • BA in Architecture – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS in Building Science – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Minor in Art – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Minor in Math – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Positive Discipline Certified
  • Design Thinking Boot Camp – Tech Museum
  • EQ School Participant
  • Google Teacher Certification (in progress)
  • Teacher Institute Participation – Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • 3rd place winner of  2017Microsoft and the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College (KCI)
  • Started at Mulberry in 2002
Jennifer's Bio
  • BS in Education – University of Wisconsin

  • BA in Spanish and ESL – San Jose State University

  • Started at Mulberry in 2008
Judy's Bio
  • BA in English Literature – Chico State University
  • K-12 Teaching Credential – San Jose State University
  • MA in Educational Leadership and Administration – San Jose State University
  • Lindamood Bell Credential
  • Teacher Institute Participant – Monterey Bay Aquarium (Sessions 1 & 2)
  • Marilyn Burns Math Solutions
  • Life Lab Science and Gardening
  • Started at Mulberry in 1987
Kipp Trieu

Kipp Trieu

Kindergarten Teacher
ktrieu@mulberry.org

Kipp's Bio
  • BA in Communication – University of California, San Diego
    • Cum laude with Distinction
    • Minor in Education Studies
    • Minor in International Studies – French Literature
  • Diplôme du Program international – Sciences Po (Institute of Political Studies – Paris)
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction – University of California, San Diego
    • Thesis on social curriculum in the classroom
    • California Clear Multiple Subject Credential
    • California Clear Single Subject Credential – English
    • English Learner Authorization
    • Supplementary Subject Matter Authorization – Introductory French
  • EdD in Urban Leadership and Education – Johns Hopkins University
    • Expected 2018
  • Started at Mulberry in 2017
Trish's Bio
  • Mulberry School Alumni
  • BA in Liberal Studies – San Jose State University
  • Multiple Subject Credential – San Jose State University
  • Started at Mulberry in 2017

- Preschool -

Bonnie's Bio
  • BS in Elementary Education – Springfield College in Springfield, MA
  • Started at Mulberry in 2009
Cassie's Bio
  • AA in Child Development
  • Lindamood Bell Credential
  • Family Grief Counseling work
  • Work with Children with Disabilities (Hard of Hearing)
  • Started at Mulberry in 2015
Hoda's Bio
  • BS in Architecture – Science & Technology University, Tehran
  • BS in Computer Science, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • AA in Early Education – Foothill College
  • Started at Mulberry in 2016
Sue's Bio
  • Site supervisor permit – California State Teacher Credentialing
  • 4 Modules of Mental health training/early intervention – Oakland Children’s Hospital
  • 50 hours of Pyramid Training – West Ed
  • Started at Mulberry in 2017

- Classroom Aides -

Dena's Bio
  • Started at Mulberry in 2013
Liz's Bio
  • Started at Mulberry in 2012
Sophion's Bio
  • BA in Tourism – National University Management (NUM), Cambodia
  • Early Childhood Coursework – De Anza College
  • Computer Software Coursework – Mountain View Adult Education
  • Started at Mulberry in 2015

- Specialist -

Debbie's Bio
  • BA in Business – Michigan State University
  • Certified in PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance)
  • National F license soccer coach
  • Started at Mulberry in 2012

Lauren Graves

Dance & Movement Specialist
lgraves@mulberry.org

Lauren's Bio

 

  • BFA in Ballet Pedagogy – University of Oklahoma
  • MF in Dance/Movement Therapy –  Antioch New England Graduate School
  • Autism Movement Therapy Certificate
  • Started at Mulberry in 2016

Sara Tavernese

Performing Arts Director
stavernise@mulberry.org

Sara's Bio
  • BA in English and Gender Studies – Davidson College
  • Thomas J Watson Fellow
  • Started at Mulberry in 2010

- Extended Care -

Miles Lewis

Extended Care Manager & 5th Grade Aide
mlewis@mulberry.org

Miles' Bio
  • Started at Mulberry in 2011
Ian's Bio
  • Started at Mulberry in 2012