Bolinas Campus Garden

Dear Bolinas-Stinson School Families and Community,

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! This is going to be a fantastic year with a phenomenal staff, energized students, exciting new programs, parent information nights, and much more!  

2019-20 New Class Configuration

This year’s new class configuration provides students with dedicated time for grade level core instruction, as well as promotes a dynamic model full of opportunities for cross-grade collaboration. Our stellar instructional line-up is as follows:

Stinson Campus Instructional Line-up:

  • Pre-K: Victoria Maier, Pre-K Director; Omar Rifkin, Pre-K Assistant Teacher; Joy Von Thaer Instructional Assistant

  • Kindergarten: Cathy Nichelini-Jones, Homeroom Teacher; Karen Buckenmeyer & Joy Von Thaer, Instructional Assistants

  • 1st Grade: Lauren Pollak, Homeroom Teacher; Kathy Oakander & Joy Von Thaer, Instructional Assistants

Bolinas Campus Instructional Line-up:

  • 2nd Grade: Rebecca Braun, Homeroom Teacher; Colin Schlitt, Instructional Assistant

  • 3rd & 4th Grade: Rachael Dressler, Homeroom Teacher - English Language Arts & Social Studies; Anna Tosick, Homeroom Teacher - Math & Science

  • 5th & 6th Grade: Willow Regnery, Homeroom Teacher - Social Studies and Math; Sara Lieber, Homeroom Teacher - English Language Arts & Science

  • 7th & 8th Grade: Gohar Yervandyan Homeroom Teacher - English Language Arts & Social Studies; Ilie Watterson - Homeroom Teacher Math & Science; June Barbera, Instructional Assistant


  • Nuria Lee, Art/Mixed Media Specialist

  • Janis Yerington, Art/Painting Specialist

  • Kathy Bustamante, Art/Ceramics Specialist

  • Ron Brown, Art/Wood Shop Specialist

  • Carlos Contreras, Physical Education Specialist

  • Grace Godino, Marriage & Family Therapist, Library Clerk, EL Coordinator, Instructional Support

  • Mechelle Cattell, Resource Specialist

  • Katie O’Callaghan, Resource Instructional Assistant

  • Maud Zimmer, Marriage & Family Therapist

Introducing Viva el Espanol!  

This highly recommended language program will be delivering Spanish instruction to students grades K-8.  All language instruction is developmentally appropriate, dynamic and rich in music, motion, and dance. 

Back to School Information

  • School Supplies:  As a public school, we provide students with all necessary classroom supplies. Each of our learning environments is well equipped with essential supplies for high quality teaching and learning. We recommend that students come with a backpack and lunchbox each day. 

  • Please keep the sweets at home. In keeping with our healthy kids board policy, we ask that you refrain from sending sugary drinks or snacks in your child’s lunch. Our cook Suki works hard to ensure that our food program provides our students with healthy, nutritionally balanced food choices.

  • Help support our goal of Zero Waste! To help reduce waste, please try to pack your child’s lunch and snack in reusable containers. We will be sending home more information on our efforts to Go Green!

  • Beautiful Garden Bounty:  Sara Lieber, our new 5th & 6th grade Science and Language Arts teacher, has been hard at work during the summer preparing our Bolinas Campus garden. It is now bursting with delightful veggies.  We will be starting a gardening committee and Sara would love some community support. Please reach out to her if you are interested in helping out.

Important Dates - Mark your calendars! I look forward to seeing you at these upcoming special events. 

Back-to-School Night is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your child’s teacher(s) as they share important information about the instructional program, enrichment activities, and expectations for the school year.  We seek to empower each student to take and active role in their own learning and that it begins with open lines of communication between teachers, students, and parents.

Stinson Campus Back-to-School Night, Grades Pre-K-1

  • Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade ~ Thursday, August 29th, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Stinson Campus 

Bolinas Campus Back-to-School Night, Grades 2-8

  • 2nd-8th Grade ~ Thursday, September 5th, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Bolinas Campus

All School Passport to Learning BBQ, Bolinas Campus, Grades K-8

  • Come take a journey with your child(ren) as you check out our amazing Art shops, Pre-K-8 classrooms, Learning Center, and Library during this fun family event. Your child will be your tour guide as you grab a bite, meander through the Bolinas campus and pop-up classrooms, and take part in this fun filled evening.

  • Thursday, September 26th, 2019, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Bolinas Campus

I look forward to a wonderful year full of discovery and learning with your child(ren). Please don’t hesitate to contact me, or stop by if you have any questions or just want to say, “Hi.”


Michelle Stephens

Bolinas-Stinson School Principal