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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 began teaching elementary school in 1977, and has worked in administration at Mount Madonna School since 1998. From 2007-2015, Supriya served as a Co-Head of School and became the Head of School in 2015. Through her leadership as Head of 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

Shannon Kelly (’92), B.A.

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

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2008

Kami Pacheco, B.A.

Director of Lower School
B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2018

Administrative Directors

Benná Dimig

Director of Admissions

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2000

Bob Caplan, B.S.

Dean of Students, Student Guidance, Middle/High Faculty
Teacher Certification, Metropolitan State College, Denver CO, B.S., Design, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA, B.A., Liberal Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia PA

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2006

Eric Forbes

Business Manager, Finance Committee Member

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2004

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 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 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

Stevan Manzur

Middle School Athletic Director, Elementary and Middle School Physical Education Teacher, 5th Grade Teaching Assistant, Wrestling Coach

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2018