Welcome 2020-2021 New Employees!

Please join us in welcoming our new faculty and staff members for the 2020 - 2021 school year! 

Please join us in welcoming our new faculty and staff members for the 2020 - 2021 school year! 

Crystal Buckley, Science Instructor
Crystal Buckley is thrilled to be joining the Marlborough community to teach young women about biology. She uses her stories and anecdotes from her biologist parents to enhance students’ engagement and to foster a safe and open learning environment. For the past eight years, she taught at her alma mater, Antilles School; teaching local and international students about science and math on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She loves snorkeling and SCUBA diving and expresses herself through underwater and nature photography. Crystal is excited to be able to teach at her father’s old school. 

Irene Hsiung, Mathematics Instructor
Irene Hsiung joins Marlborough as a mathematics teacher. Originally from New York, she has spent the past several years teaching Algebra I to 8th graders at Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn. Irene attended Pomona College where she earned a B.A. in Molecular Biology and worked as a teaching assistant for freshman introductory biology courses. She also holds a M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education. In her spare time, Irene enjoys trying new recipes, playing with her dog, and watching infomercials for kitchen appliances. 

Jenn Wells, Director of Equity and Inclusion
With a BA in American Literature with an Education Studies minor from the University of California, Los Angeles, Jenn Wells received her MA degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Change & Leadership at the University of Southern California. Jenn's career in diversity, equity, and inclusion work began in higher education, where Jenn has worked at women's colleges such as Barnard, Mills, and Scripps College to co-create equitable and inclusive learning environments for all members of the community. Jenn is passionate about social justice education and organizational change and is a strong advocate for the leadership and growth of women and marginalized genders. Jenn is excited to be joining the Marlborough community in the inaugural role of Director of Equity and Inclusion. When not at work, Jenn enjoys bullet journaling, watercolor painting, and attending (and singing along to) musical theater. 

Kathleen Luft, Physical Education Instructor/Athletic Coordinator/Volleyball Coach
Kathleen Luft graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Communications. After a successful college volleyball career, she trained with the Women's Nation Team and competed overseas professionally for two years before returning home. Kathleen comes to Marlborough after serving as the Assistant Coach for the California State University, Los Angeles Women's Volleyball and Beach Volleyball teams. She is excited to be able to develop Marlborough's program while helping in the Athlete's Department as the Athletic Coordinator. 

Kristi Schultz, Performing Arts Instructor
Kristi Schultz is happy to join the Marlborough School community in the Performing Arts Department as a Faculty Member. She is coming from New Roads School in Santa Monica where she developed their Musical Theatre and Dance programs and directed their Drama productions. At New Roads, she also worked in Administration for the newly built Moss Theater and for the Human Development program as a facilitator for Council practices. She has worked in Los Angeles and New York as an Educator, Producer, Director, and Performer. Over the years, she has cultivated an avid passion for travel to historic sites around the world. She has a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and is an alumna of the British American Drama Academy and SITI Company. 

Olivia Ceja, School Nurse and Campus Healthcare Provider 
Ms. Olivia Ceja graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature and Language. Ms. Ceja received her Master of Science in Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Leader specialty from the University of San Francisco in 2018. She recently worked as a Student Health Coordinator for Mount Saint Mary’s University and prior to that, served as a registered nurse for Maternal and Women’s Health at White Memorial Medical Center. Nurse Olivia is continuing her education through the University of San Francisco Doctoral Family Nurse Practitioner program and is excited to join the Marlborough family, at a time when health and wellness is of utmost importance! When she isn’t wearing a stethoscope and scrubs, Nurse Olivia enjoys baking, reading, spending some time on her yoga mat, and cheering on her favorite LA Sports teams! 

Taryn Marshall, History Instructor
Taryn Marshall is a proud alumna of Mills College, a liberal arts women's college in Oakland, CA. At Mills, she studied Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, in addition to Urban Education. Continuing her passion for women-centered spaces, she worked with a feminist non-profit organization in Newark, New Jersey before returning to California to pursue her M. Ed from UCLA. For the last four years, Taryn has taught at an all-girls middle school in Los Angeles, California, and is excited to join the Marlborough community. 

Yoonju Mangione, World Languages Instructor 
YoonJu Mangione was born and raised in Korea and moved to California at the age of 13. Her passion for language and heart for teaching led her to study linguistics at California State University Northridge, where she earned her B.A in Linguistics and M.A in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). She has worked with students from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds ranging from middle school to adult students, teaching Korean, English as a Second/Foreign Language, and academic writing. YoonJu is thrilled to join the Marlborough community as a Korean Instructor for Marlborough’s first Korean program and looks forward to sharing the beauty of Korea’s language, culture, and history! 

Yuemei (Melissa) Cheng, World Languages Instructor
Yuemei (Melissa) Cheng has a BA in English language and literature (Northeast Normal University), a M.A. in English Linguistics (Northeast Normal University), and a teaching credential (single subject of Chinese Mandarin) obtained from California State University, Long Beach. She also continued her education and professional development at Chapman University, UC San Diego and Cal State University, San Bernardino in the USA. She taught Chinese language and culture at Arcadia High School from 2000-2001. She was a classroom teacher at South Pasadena High School teaching Chinese language and culture from 2008-2020. She was a board member of CLTA-SC for Chinese language teachers for two years, the Arcadia Chinese-American Association for over 4 years, and the South Pasadena Chinese American Club. She is a life member of the Chinese American Teachers Association and was also the founder and president of the American Golden Tripod Organization. During the past 12 years she has served as a teacher in the South Pasadena Unified school district, has organized the first Chinese culture event and gala in that community, and organized the first South Pasadena High student field trip to China for a cultural exchange program. 


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