- About MMS
Mary Supriya McDonald, B.A.
Head of Lower School
State of California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Pre/K-Adult State of Washington Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Pre/K-Adult Teacher Certification, University of Washington, Seattle; B.A., Education, Western Washington University, Bellingham
Joined Mount Madonna School in 1987
Supriya has been teaching elementary school since 1977, and working in administration at Mount Madonna School since 1998. Through her leadership as Head of the Lower School, she supports faculty, parents and students to work together in the ongoing learning process. She is a parent of alums PK '04 and Kai Ramesh '99.
"As the Head of the Lower School, I enjoy the dynamic relationship building between teachers, students, staff and parents as we work together to create a stimulating and secure learning community. Mount Madonna School values reflect the importance of creating a trusting environment to practice honesty, respect and empathy which supports the natural unfolding of the learning process. Students develop confidence in themselves as learners, take responsibility for their choices and make their own discoveries. The keys to motivated learning are keeping flexible and open thinking alive, learning to ask the right questions at the right time and caring for one another."
Jivanti Rutansky, M.S.
Head of Upper School
High School Advisory. M.S., School Counseling, Florida International University State of California Lifetime Community College Counselor Credential. State of California Lifetime Standard Designated Teaching Credential, Adult Education, Psychology, Sociology, Guidance and Counseling. B.A., Sociology, University of Florida, Gainesville Trainings include: Admission Training Institute, Secondary School Admission Test Board, Tools of the Trade, NACAC, Understanding Learning Disabilities, NACAC, Youth in Danger, Training of Peer Helping Professionals.
Joined Mount Madonna School in 1981
"I treasure working in a beautiful, natural environment that supports spiritual growth in all denominations. I love meeting new students as they enter our school and watching them grow intellectually and emotionally through their adolescent years and supporting them in meeting their future goals as they open the door to their adult lives."
Sondra Sarojani Rohan, B.A.
Preschool/Kindergarten Montessori Teaching Credential; B.A. Music Theory and Composition, University of Miami School of Music; Certified Orff Music Specialist
Joined Mount Madonna School in 1981
"Teaching gives me the opportunity to work toward creating the social change I affirm for our world. At MMS we are encouraged and supported to teach to learn, to teach what we love and to explore and embrace our own individual gifts and talents. I am inspired by the School's commitment to the individual's personal, professional, and spiritual growth."
Nicole Tervalon, Ph.D.
Director of Technology; High School Math/Science Faculty Chair
Ph.D., MIT, Cambridge, M.A. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Woods Hole; M.A. (Joint Program), M.S., Oceanographic Engineering, MIT; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Joined Mount Madonna School in 2004
"My passion has always been teaching. Not only do I like the challenge of inspiring students, but the thrill of seeing someone grasp a difficult concept they have been working on is extremely satisfying. I am very excited about teaching at MMS because it blends so many strengths I feel are essential for the most effective teaching/learning experience. The small class size, beautiful environment, supportive community, and up-to-date facilities all allow educating to be the focus of each day."
Christine Anurag White, A.A.
Director of Operations
A.A., Business, San Jose State. Certified Acupressure Therapist, Acupressure Institute, Berkeley. Certified Herbalist. Certified in Steven Covey Management Training. Certified in Ken Blanchard Management Training.
Joined Mount Madonna School in 1999
"Being able to work in such a positive and beautiful environment and be able to contribute to something so worthwhile as the preparation of our younger generation is one of the most rewarding experiences of life. Mount Madonna School provides a vehicle for using my talents and skills effectively that I find personally rewarding as well as knowing this is one of the finest ways of ensuring a better future for our society."
Lara Kilpatrick ('85), B.A.
Director of Advancement
B.A., English/American Literature, UC Santa Cruz. Graduate of Mount Madonna School, Class of 1985
Joined Mount Madonna School in 2007
"It is my great pleasure and honor to be a part of Mount Madonna School as a graduate, parent and administrator. Mount Madonna School has had a lifelong positive impact on me, my siblings and my fellow alumni. I find great joy in helping to advance the success of this important educational institution in the areas of admissions, alumni relations, fundraising and grant writing, and outreach to our communities."
Business Manager, Finance Committee Member
Joined MMS in 2004