Welcome to New Faculty and Staff!
This year we welcome over 20 new staculty members to campus.
There are some new faces on the Marlborough Campus! In addition to our new students, we have new staculty members joining the Marlborough Team. Learn a bit about each new Mustang:
NORMAN ARGUELLES, Math Instructor
Norman Arguelles graduated Cum Laude from UCSD with a B.A. in Pure Mathematics and a Minor in Education. Mr. Arguelles taught Math and Art and coached Track and Field in Vista, California and then moved to Colorado to participate in a Christian Outreach mission. After the program was completed, Norman got a Colorado Teaching License, taught Math and Spanish, and served as the Math Department Chair in Pueblo West, Colorado. He returned to California in 2001 to teach Math and coach Track and Field in Burbank. With over twenty years of experience, he has advised several clubs, including a Habitat for Humanity campus chapter, the Senior Class, and the Diversity Club.
JESSICA WISEMAN, English Instructor
Jessica Wiseman will join the Marlborough community in the English Department. She joined the English Department last year as a long-term substitute for ninth and tenth grade English. Ms. Wiseman holds a B.A. in Literature and Written Arts from Bard College. After graduating from Bard, she went on to attend Teachers College, Columbia University, earning her Master's Degree with initial certification in the Teaching of English. During her student teaching, she had her first experience teaching in an all-girls school at The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem. In 2015, she received her California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential. For the last four years, she has taught English in the Los Angeles area. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, watching British television, and playing music.
CAITLIN BENSON, English Instructor
Caitlin Benson earned her B.A. in English Literature from the Honors Program at California State University, Northridge in 2012, and an M.A. in English Literature from UCLA this past June. Her research at UCLA focused on twentieth-century British novels with a particular interest in texts that depict the civilian experience of World War II. Before beginning graduate school, she taught in the English Department at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, CA. As a Teaching Associate at UCLA, she taught undergraduates in both G.E. and English major courses. An LA native, in her free time, Ms. Benson enjoys hiking, reading, and planning her next international trip.
JOSIAH CAMERON, History Instructor
Josiah Cameron joins Marlborough from Harvard-Westlake, where he was a middle school history teacher. Mr. Cameron is an avid traveler, having visited 76 countries on every continent (save for Antarctica). He hopes his passion about the world ignites an unquenchable curiosity and drive to learn in his students. Outside of teaching, Mr. Cameron worked at St. Andrews Refugee Center in Cairo, the European Parliament in Brussels, and the Royal Geographical Society in London. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Westmont College and a M.A. in International Relations from King's College London.
MORGAN DUGGAN, School Psychologist
Morgan Duggan joins the Marlborough community in the Educational and Counseling Services Department as the School Psychologist for the Middle School. Ms. Duggan was most recently a school psychologist in the Aspen School District, where she was responsible for supporting the educational and social-emotional needs of middle and high school students. She has provided counseling in school settings for students ranging from preschool through college, and in clinical settings with families, children, and adults; she also has extensive experience in educational assessment and support planning. Ms. Duggan is skilled in providing training and programs that promote safe and healthy school communities. She holds an Ed.S. in School Psychology, a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rowan University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Stockton University.
STEVEN FAULKNER, Jr., Latin Instructor
Steve Faulkner joins the Marlborough World Languages department as a Latin teacher. He earned his B.A. in Linguistics and The Classics from Harvard University, and he is currently finishing his dissertation as the final step towards his Ph.D. in Indo-European Studies (with a specialization in Greek and Latin Linguistics and Philology) at UCLA. As a Graduate Student Instructor at UCLA, Mr. Faulkner has taught a wide variety of courses, including elementary Latin, Greco-Roman history and literature in translation, classical mythology, and even a freshman writing course. He hopes that his interdisciplinary academic perspective will guide his students toward a greater appreciation for Latin literature in context.
ELIZABETH "LIZ" FRANCO, Athletics Assistant
Liz Franco began working at Marlborough as the Head Tennis coach and Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach in 2015. She graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. In college, she played both tennis and soccer, and was awarded Female Athlete of the Year and the Billie Jean King Scholarship award. Ms. Franco is the first female soccer All-American at her University and still holds career records in league. She has a great passion for sports and she is thankful to have played sports throughout her life.
DEVIN GREGORY, Technical Director
Devin Gregory joins the Marlborough Performing Arts Department as the Technical Director. Most recently, Mr. Gregory worked as the Dean of Arts at Lutheran High School of Orange County. Prior to that, he served as the Technical Director and Department Director at the Orange County High School for the Arts. He has many professional theater credits as a Lighting Designer, a Property Manager, and a Stage Manager. He has worked on commercials and films, and has experience in themed entertainment with the Walt Disney Company, Fright Factory, and the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. He has a B.A. in Theater Design from CSU Fresno.
STEPHAN HODEL, Assistant Facilities Manager
Stephan Hodel joins the Marlborough Facilities Department as the Assistant Facilities Manager. He has nearly 10 years of experience as the Facility Assistant for the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment in Early Childhood Education (PACE). Mr. Hodel holds a degree in Business from De La Salle College of St. Benilde in the Philippines.
CHLOE KIPNIS, Athletic Trainer
Chloe Kipnis joins Marlborough as a member of the Sports Medicine department. Most recently, Ms. Kipnis served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she taught undergraduate athletic training classes. She also worked at various high schools and club sports tournaments in Las Vegas, where she served the health, well-being, and medical needs of adolescent athletes. While in Las Vegas, she also completed her Master of Science Degree at UNLV in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine. Prior to her stint in Las Vegas, Chloe received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Michigan. She is a native to Los Angeles and enjoys competitive powerlifting in her free time.
ROBIN KNIGHT, Human Resources Coordinator
Robin Knight joins Marlborough from the healthcare industry, where she was most recently the Human Resources Assistant/Benefits Coordinator for an 800 employee mental health/acute care hospital in the valley. She has extensive experience with a wide spectrum of human resources functions, including new hire onboarding, comprehensive benefits administration, and government reporting. Ms. Knight also has extensive experience in customer service and the recreation industry. She currently holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Notre Dame de Namur University and is working on obtaining her Master's Degree in Human Resources Management through Fort Hayes State University.
ANGELA LIN, Choir
Angela Lin joins the Marlborough Performing Arts Department as the Choir Director. Ms. Lin was most recently the Head Choir Director at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, TX and director of her church's childrens choirs. There, she was also a member of the professional choral ensemble, Houston Cantare. Ms. Lin received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware and her Master's degree in Music Education-Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, hiking, and singing with the Angeles Chorale this upcoming season.
JAZMIN MOBLEY, Auxiliary Services Coordinator
Jazmin Mobley joins Marlborough with over nine years of experience as a Marketing Specialist and in high-end retail. Ms. Mobley has worked for Bain & Co. Scandinavia in Stockholm, Le Marais BHV in Paris, and the American Red Cross in Portland, Maine. She studied at the University of Southern Maine, majoring in Communication Studies and Marketing. Jazmin enjoys traveling, boxing, Zumba, and foreign languages; she speaks some French, German, Italian, and Swedish.
SHEILA PAULEY, Athletic Director
Sheila Pauley joins Marlborough from The Agnes Irwin School in Pennsylvania, where she served as Athletic Director for ten years, overseeing 14 programs and 40 teams and leading the school to four state championships in volleyball, lacrosse, and softball, as well as eight league championships in other sports. Ms. Pauley brings over 16 years of experience within independent, all-girls schools, as well as close to 20 years of basketball coaching experience to her new role at Marlborough. Her commitment to her student-athletes, coaches, and community is evident from the moment you meet her. She infused her former school community with incredible spirit and pride and she is committed to a holistic approach to health and well-being through sports.
ALLISON PONZIO, Honors Research in Science, Program Head
Allison Ponzio joins Marlborough from the University of Southern California, where she was an Instructional Assistant Professor and researcher. At USC, Dr. Ponzio researched how memory changes as we age, and how these memory changes are reflected in the brain's structure and function. Dr. Ponzio participated in the Honors Research in Science program as a research mentor from 2012-2016 and looks forward to being on the other side of the program as the Program Head! She is excited to lead the Honors Research in Science program as well as join the science faculty as an instructor and bring more research opportunities to Marlborough. She received her PhD from USC and her BA from the University of San Francisco. When not teaching or researching, she makes a mean Spaghetti Bolognese with fresh pasta.
JONATHAN RAUP, Math Instructor
Jonathan Raup joins the Marlborough community in the Math Department as a Math Instructor. Mr. Raup served most recently as the Mathematics Department Co-Chair at Milken Community School. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director of their summer school, the Graduation Coordinator, the WASC Committee Supervisor, and a class advisor. In earlier years, he taught at Fontana High School. Mr. Raup holds degrees in Mathematics and in Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
ANNA ROBINSON, English and Art History
Anna Robinson will join the Marlborough community in the English Department as an 11th grade English teacher, and the History and Social Sciences Department as the AP Art History teacher. Ms. Robinson was most recently the English Department Coordinator at the Lycée International de Los Angeles, where she also taught English Literature in the International Baccalaureate program. She received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon and had the opportunity to study French and Art History at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She has a M.A. in Education in Secondary English. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and visiting museums with her husband and two daughters.
VANESSA ROBINSON-KIM, French and Spanish Instructor
Vanessa Robinson-Kim will join the Marlborough community in the World Languages Department as a French and Spanish teacher. Ms. Robinson-Kim joins us from Foothill Country Day School in Claremont where she taught 7th and 8th grade Spanish and was the yearbook advisor. During the 2016-2017 school year, she participated in the CATDC year-long Women Rising leadership workshop. Prior to Foothill, she taught French and Spanish in the middle school at Rodeph Sholom School in New York City. She holds her B.A. in French from Occidental College and an M.A. in French from Middlebury College. She also studied Spanish at the Middlebury program at Mills College. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling; this summer she camped in Moab and Monument Valley.
DAXA SHAH, Staff Accountant
Daxa Shah joined the Marlborough community first as a parent (daughter Anisha Shah '16) and served as a PA Treasurer for the Marlborough Parents' Association and as a volunteer in different capacities. She is now part of the business office team as a staff accountant after taking time off from her career to raise her daughter. Prior to parenting, Ms. Shah worked at Blue Cross of CA, where she maintained accounts receivables for major corporate clients, O'Melveny & Myers as a retirement accountant for legal counsel, and Thermech Engineering as an accountant analyst. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned her B.S. in Accounting.
BRIAN K. SMITH, Dean of College Counseling and English Instructor
Brian K. or "BK," joins Marlborough from Memphis University School in Memphis, Tennessee, where he served as Director of College Counseling and Instructor in English for ten years. An admissions and college counseling expert with more than twenty years of experience, Mr. Smith started his higher education career at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where he served as an Admission Officer and Academic Adviser while teaching a freshman composition course at the Stark Campus. He also served for ten years at Lake Forest College as Director of Freshman Admissions and for five years as Senior Associate Director of College Counseling at The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Brian K. received his undergraduate degree in English and Vocal Performance from Ball State University and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, earned a Certification in College Counseling from Harvard University's Summer Institute, and is a Master's Degree candidate in the College of Education at the University of Memphis.
JAWAAN WALLACE, Dean of College Counseling
Jawaan Wallace joins Marlborough from Brentwood School, where she served as Director of College Counseling. Dr. Wallace was responsible for implementing and directing the college counseling program for the entire Brentwood community. Prior to her position at Brentwood School she was a college counselor at the Galloway School in Atlanta, GA, and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wallace holds Ph.D. in College Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron, and a B.A. Degree in History from Hampton University.
The Marlborough community donated supplies to Magic Johnson & West Angeles Church Hurricane Harvey donation drive.
As a community, we are deeply committed to providing an inclusive educational experience, free from biases, boundaries, or barriers.
Dr. Sands shared a personal and powerful message at our first All-School Meeting of the 2017-2018 school year. Read on for the full text of her remarks.