Head of School

Mary Supriya McDonald, B.A.

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 alumni PK ’04 and Kai Ramesh ’99.

“As the Head of 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.”

Division Directors

Jenni leachJenni Leach, M.A.

Director of Lower School, Lower School Faculty

M.A., Elementary Education, University of Colorado, Boulder; Elementary Teaching Credential

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2010

“I grew up in a family of teachers and have felt a natural calling to teach since I was a young girl. I began working with children when I was 14 and have loved caring for and teaching them ever since. Working with children brings me so much happiness. I love the funny things they say, the questions they ask and all the love they give.

I feel strongly that every child deserves to achieve their potential and that is my job to make sure they have all the tools and skills to do so. I honor every child as an individual and have their genuine interest at heart. Mount Madonna School is a kind and loving place where academics, the arts and the environment are focused. My interest and strengths are in harmony with Mount Madonna School and I am excited to be teaching here.”

Lisa Catterall, M.A.

Director of Middle School, Middle/High School Faculty

M.A., Education, Concordia University, B.A., Golden Key Scholar, Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder; MAEd.,Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University (in progress), Six-Sigma Black Belt, Genentech

Publications: Rudge SR, Kurtz TL, Vessely CR, Catterall LG, Williamson DL (2000). “Preparation, characterization and performance of magnetic iron-carbon composite microparticles for chemotherapy.” Biomaterials 21, 1411-1420. Rudge, S., Peterson, C., Vessely, C., Koda, J., Stevens, S., Catterall, L. (2001). “Adsorption and desorption of chemotherapeutic drugs from a magnetically targeted carrier (MTC).” Journal of Controlled Release Vol. 74, 335-340.

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2007

Shannon Kelly (’92), B.A.

Director of High School, High School Faculty
B.A., Politics, Minor in History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2008

Administrative Directors

Benná Dimig

Director of Admissions

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2000


Eric Forbes

Business Manager, Finance Committee Member

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2004

Erin Mitchell (’10), B.A.

Middle School Athletic Director, Elementary and Middle School Faculty and Coach
B.A., Anthropology, Humboldt State University, A.A., Liberal Arts, Cabrillo College, Aptos

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2016

Mount Madonna School Graduate, Class of 2010

Leigh Ann Clifton, B.A.

Director of Marketing and Communications
B.A., Journalism, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Joined Mount Madonna School in 1998

Nicole Tervalon, Ph.D.

Director of Technology, High School Faculty
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

PK Elliot McDonald (’04), B.S.

High School Athletic Director, High School Faculty and Coach
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2009

Mount Madonna School Graduate, Class of 2004

Sampad Martin Kachuck, M.A.

Director of Performing Arts, Middle School Faculty
M.A., Directing Children’s Theater, San Jose State University; B.A., Theater Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz; Professional Actor and Director.

Joined Mount Madonna School in 1982