Chehak ’97 begins teaching in art department

Jesse Chehak ’97 joined the art department, where he will teach three classes and advise AP Studio Art, succeeding former art teacher Kevin O’Malley. After graduating from Harvard-Westlake, Chehak taught art classes at institutions around the country and also worked as a freelance artist, winning several awards for his photos. As a teacher, Chehak said he […]

Loeb ’98 joins dance department

Ari Loeb ’98 will return to campus to work as a part-time dance instructor and assist with the production of dance shows. Loeb worked for Momix, a modern dance company, for five years, where he spent eleven months a year touring South America and Europe. Afterward, Loeb toured with a dance company called Pilobolus. Loeb […]

Garcia joins communications and visual arts departments

Alexandra Pacheco Garcia joined the communications and visual arts departments this year as the new Vox Populi advisor and a photography teacher, respectively. Previously, Garcia worked as a project and production manager, gallery archivist and registrar, studio manager and photography representative. In addition, she taught at Saddleback Community College, was a teaching assistant and instructor at the […]

Vo joins science department

After running his own Los Angeles-based tutoring company for the last several years, Richard Vo joined the upper school science department as a chemistry teacher. Vo attended the University of Massachusetts, where he majored in chemistry and minored in mathematics. Afterward, he earned his masters in chemistry at the University of Washington. During his graduate […]

Helston joins math department

Joshua Helston, the Former Assistant Professor and Chair of the Math department of Mount Saint Mary’s University, joined the upper school math department this year. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, Helston earned an master’s degree in mathematics from UCLA. 

Stahl to teach in visual arts department

New teacher Nicole Stahl teaches ceramics, sculpture and glass classes in the visual arts department. Before becoming a teacher, she assisted artists creating their own work. Most recently Stahl was an adjunct professor at California State University, San Bernardino. She also taught public glass blowing classes to students of all ages in Cincinnati. Stahl said she […]

Jennifer Regas Tiari: History

Jennifer Regas Tiari: History

Jennifer Regas Tiari has joined the upper school history department at the start of the year, teaching The World and Europe II and United States History. Tiari worked at University of California, Los Angeles as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer since 2011. “I’m really excited to get this opportunity to interact with students for […]

Stephen Thompson: English

Stephen Thompson: English

Stephen Thompson has joined the upper school English department this fall, having completed his doctorate in English requirements in English from Cornell University earlier this year. Thompson will teach English II and AP English Language: Imagined Societies- Utopias and Dystopias. “I’m really excited to talk about books with students,” Thompson said.” For a long time, […]

Chelsea Stewart: Science

Chelsea Stewart will join the upper school science department and teach chemistry this year after instructing Pharmaceutical Biochemistry to graduate students at the University of California, San Diego. Stewart was also the head tutor at Reality Changers, a program that assists students with homework and introduces first-generation college students to prospective careers. Stewart earned her […]

Sara Cohen: English

Sara Cohen joins the Upper School English department after serving as a visiting fellow at Drexel University’s Great Works Symposium. Cohen, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature at Occidental College and both a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UCLA, hopes to utilize her knowledge of different styles of […]