Faculty & Staff

Anne Aldridge-Peacock, Social Psychology

Anne grew up in Rochester, NY and went to college at Yale University where she played basketball for all four years. After graduation she moved to Chicago to work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and then on to Washington, DC to work with young adults who were experiencing homelessness. It was there that she began teaching life skills in the community and a local high school. Besides brief stints in Alaska and Maine, she has been educating high school students topics related the human growth and development for the past 20 years. She currently teaches Social Psychology at both PHS and MHS.

Katherine Beckner, Art

Katherine Beckner has 16 years of teaching experience, that has taught her the importance of building relationships with students, organizing a classroom, creating dynamic cross curricular lessons and collaborating with teachers, parents and administration. She’s had the pleasure of teaching at both the middle and high school level and is proud that she can work with students of various grade levels, cognitive abilities, skill and socioeconomic levels in one classroom by building a culture of acceptance and collaboration. As an art educator she wants all of her students to be visually literate, critical thinkers and global citizens with grit.

Dan Bonnin, Online Studies

Dan Bonnin, M.S.Ed., is a 24-year veteran in the Piedmont Unified School District.  While working the San Francisco restaurant circuit and finding occasional work as a studio musician in the 1980s, Bonnin earned his B.A. in Music Composition from California State University at Hayward. He earned his teaching credential, also at CSUH, and worked for the Hayward Unified School District as a middle school teacher of 7th grade core subjects before applying to PUSD in 1993. To date, his experience as a teacher in Piedmont includes: Tri-School Elementary Instrumental Music; 7th grade core subjects; U.S. History 8; Computers 6; P.E. 6; Noontime Supervision and Summer School.  After a three-semester leave to join his brother for work in the film industry, he returned to PMS to resume teaching and to begin work toward his Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and Master of Science in Educational Leadership.  After completing the grad work, he was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at Piedmont Middle School where he served for five years and completed the Tier II, Clear Administrative Services Credential requirements before accepting a one-year position as interim Principal for Beach By The Bay Elementary in Emeryville (PUSD).  After the Emeryville shop closed up and everyone returned to Piedmont,  Bonnin spent three semesters at the PUSD Wellness Center as Site Coordinator and Facilities Comptroller before moving to Adult Education and MHS as the online class teacher/coordinator, his current assignments.

Emily Boyes, Math (17/18 Leave of Absence)

Ken Brown, Social Studies

Ken teaches Social Studies classes at MHS and advises the Associated Student Body class as well. He received a B.A. in U.S. History and teaching credentials for Social Studies from California State University East Bay. Prior to becoming a teacher Ken spent a number of years managing construction projects around the Bay Area. During those years, Ken also volunteered with a number of organizations, gaining experience working with high school and middle school youth. These experiences helped Ken to decide to become a teacher where he can work with teenagers full-time.

Kammy Cobb, Paraeducator

Kammy Cobb graduated Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Architecture. After six years working in the architecture and design field she followed her heart to make art while exploring neurodiversity, mindfulness and community building. Kammy enjoys working creatively and collaboratively with students and teachers. Her life experiences include volunteering as facilitator for the weekly Embodied ART Circle for PMS/MHS/PHS, acting as Co-President of PAINTS, organizing class and community art projects, as well as leading the hands-on PAINTS ARTcade for the Piedmont Maker Faire. Kammy is excited to combine her broad technical and creative background at MHS as a paraprofessional assisting young adults as they blaze their own path towards personal growth and success.

Shannon Fierro, Principal

Shannon has been an educator for over 20 years in New York, Boston, France, Japan, San Francisco and the East Bay.  She was born and raised in the East Bay and then went east to earn a Bachelors in French and Education from Dickinson College, a Masters in French Studies from NYU, a Masters in International Education from Harvard University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Administration from Pace University.  She is raising her three sons Joaquin, Gael and Ramon here in Piedmont with her husband Angel.  Shannon is committed to issues of equity and social justice both in education and the larger community.  In her free time, she loves entertaining, exploring the outdoors and traveling to other countries.  She is incredibly happy to be a member of the Millennium community.

Alisa Foster, Paraeducator

Alisa has spent her entire career in a variety of school settings, from elementary schools to the junior college level. She graduated from CSU Fresno with a degree in Liberal Studies. She connects with and enjoys the bay area by volunteering at Alcatraz Island, McLaren Park in SF, and at various local public schools. She enjoys cycling and photography with friends as well. The Piedmont community is a great family to be a part of!

Arthur Hogenauer, Math/ASB/Yearbook

Stefanie Manalo-LeClair, Counselor

Stefanie Manalo-LeClair graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management. She spent a year as a Jesuit Volunteer in Minneapolis, working with American Indian youth and their families coordinating after school tutoring and activities program. She returned to her hometown of Los Angeles to teach at her alma mater before heading to the University of Washington to earn her Masters in Social Work, with a concentration in Multi-Ethnic Practice. While in Seattle, Stefanie worked as an individual and family counselor at a community agency, working with students from elementary through high school age. Stefanie returned to CA, after her twins were born, to be closer to family. It was at Kids Turn, SF, that she facilitated and coordinated workshops for families going through divorce or separation. While working at Beach Elementary and Piedmont Middle School, Stefanie returned for her PPS credential at St. Mary’s College and started working at Millennium High School four years ago. Working as the counselor at Millennium High School allows Stefanie to pull from all her educational and life experiences.

Elise Marks, English

Elise Marks has been teaching English for 26 years. Currently, she teaches Freshman / Sophomore English at MHS and Junior and AP English at PHS. A native of the East Coast, she earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard, then transplanted to the West Coast to do her doctoral studies at U.C. Berkeley. After teaching college for several years in the Midwest, she and her husband made a joyful return to the Bay Area and became high school teachers. In 2013, she became a National Board Certified Teacher. Her 10-year-old son is currently a student in the Piedmont district.

Shannon Overturf, Administrative Assistant

Shannon serves as Millennium High School’s Administrative Assistant which includes duties in registration, attendance, and assistance to the Principal, Counselor. Shannon also supports teachers and students in reaching their educational goals. Shannon has a daughter who attends Wildwood.

Sara Plowman, Science

Sara has been a teacher for 13 years. She grew up exploring the mountains of Utah, and later the creeks and rivers of Northern and Central California. These explorations instilled a love of science that she pursued at the University of California Santa Cruz where she earned a dual major in Biochemistry and Public Health. Sara started her career teaching special education, first in Marin, and later at Piedmont High School. She transitioned to teaching general education science when she joined the Millennium High School Staff in 2016. Sara believes in the value of outdoor education and emphasizing exploration and risk taking in education. Sara lives in Oakland with her husband Garrett, a dog named Matilda and cat named Pip. In her free time, Sara enjoys reading a good book, playing pool, traveling and camping.

Marcela Privat-Gilman, English/Spanish

Ms. Privat-Gilman (“Ms. P-G”) graduated with a BA in Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley and earned her various single-subject teaching credentials at Holy Names University. Her experiences include working as a legal translator for a Bay Area law firm and as director of the Hillcrest Language School, developing curriculum for UC Berkeley’s Early Education Outreach Program and teaching English as a Second Language in Los Angeles and Costa Rica. Marcela has taught a variety of subjects over the past several years at Piedmont High School, Millennium High School and Piedmont Middle School. Currently, Ms. Privat-Gilman teaches levels 1, 2 and 3 of Spanish, 10th grade English, the Associated Student Body (ASB) class and Yearbook.

Elif Richie, Resource Specialist

Elif Ritchie has taught in the Piedmont Unified School District for the past nine years.  Prior to coming to Piedmont, she was the primary English instructor for the Alliance Program at Olympic High School in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  Elif has thirteen years of diverse experience in all areas of the Special Education field.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from CSU East Bay as well as a Masters Degree in Special Education from Brandman University.  Elif currently teaches three sections of Learning Center Support and one section of co-taught English.

Nick Safir, Paraeducator

Nick has been a member of the Piedmont Community for the majority of his life. He attended Corpus Christi from K-8th before going on to high school at Saint Mary’s in Berkeley. He attended Linfield College in Oregon where he played football and graduated with a degree in Business. After returning to the Bay Area, Nick became a coach at Piedmont High School for both Football and Baseball. He is also pursuing a master’s degree in Education in order to become a full time teacher. Nick currently lives in Oakland with his wife, Brianne.

Katie Terhar, English

Katie Terhar grew up in Los Angeles and has lived in the Bay Area since college.  She received her BA in History and English from Santa Clara University and her Teaching Credential from Cal State East Bay.  She began her teaching career at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, a diverse school with a high population of ELL students.  While challenging, it was also very rewarding to see the growth in these students.  In 2000, she began teaching at Piedmont High School where she taught Freshman World Studies, Economics, AP US History, Constitutional Law, ASB and AP Exam Coordinator.   After her third child, Katie took a leave from the classroom but continued working  for PUSD in their Independent Studies Diploma Program through the Adult School.  This program provided her the incredible opportunity to work one on one with students from age 18-60 and to help them receive their High School Diplomas.  Katie was excited to return to the classroom at PHS in 2014 and is thrilled for the opportunity to teach English at MHS.

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