Rachel Wylde is the founding director of Compass High School. She started her career in education as an educational therapist then worked as a high school special education teacher. She taught for five years in a therapeutic school before becoming a school administrator. She has been the director of three schools for students with learning differences. In 2006, Rachel founded Bayhill High School, which has become one of the premier schools for students with learning differences in Northern California.
Rachel has been active in statewide public policy, sitting on the board of the California Association of Special Education Schools (CAPSES) for 12 years, and in school governance, serving as board chair of a North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS).
Rachel has a BA in Psychology and a MA in Special Education from San Francisco State University, and a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College. She has teaching credentials in multiple subjects, special education, and administration. Rachel is originally from San Francisco; she loves to cook and has published a cookbook, likes to work out and read, and travels to Ireland frequently with her husband and three children.
Jen joins the Compass High School team after having served as the Dean of Student Life at Sterne School for the last three years. She thrives on working with high school students and is especially interested in exploring the multitude of post-secondary options available to all high school graduates. She enjoys working with students and their families to create the ultimate individualized paths for life after high school. Jen is also passionate about experiential and vocational education and the extreme benefits that hands-on experience can offer students. Whether it’s leading trips abroad or taking advantage of the fantastic amenities available in the Bay Area, Jen is often seeking out learning opportunities for students outside of the traditional classroom.
Jen earned her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2005 from the University of San Francisco and has worked with children, teens and adults in various therapeutic and education settings since. Originally from the east coast, Jen has found a new home in the San Francisco Bay Area, but still routes avidly for her undergraduate alma mater, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Outside of work, she often can be found hiking with her two dogs, Harvey & Huey, in the Marin Headlands, and along with her husband, Tom, Jen is anxiously awaiting the arrival of their daughter due August 2015.
Director of Admissions and Outreach
Chris joins Compass High School as the Director of Admissions and Outreach with a clear vision to support the school in it’s next phase of growth. With a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from USF, Chris comes to us with a layered background in marketing, counseling, parent support and administration. She previously worked as the Director of Student and Staff Development for Stanbridge Academy and helped to develop the Parent Education program for a local behavioral health start-up. Chris is passionate about working with students with special needs and unwavering in her drive to support the local special education community.
In her time outside of work, Chris is a mother to two highly energetic young boys, which helps to explain her love of all things caffeinated.
Operations and Technology Coordinator
Glorimar Pagan-Turner is Compass High School’s Operations and Technology Coordinator. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and recently relocated to the San Francisco Peninsula from New York via Los Angeles. Glorimar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from University at Buffalo (State University of New York). After graduate school, Glorimar worked as an archaeologist through the northeast for a few years. Later, she worked as a legal interpreter at the Federal Immigration Court. In her spare time, Glorimar is an avid reader, casual gamer, and food lover.
Speech and Language Therapist
Hilda Man was born and raised in Los Angeles but moved to the Bay Area to attend San Francisco State University where she received her Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders. After graduate school, she stayed in the Bay Area working as a speech and language pathologist in various settings, including public and private schools, Head Start, and a private practice office. Over the years, Hilda developed a passion for working with adolescents with language-learning disabilities. She worked six years at Bayhill High School, a private school in Oakland for students with learning differences, where she focused on language and literacy through curriculum-relevant therapy and a collaborative integrated model with teachers.
Hilda is a logophile and enjoys sharing this love of words with her students. She finds immense gratification in watching students play word games and hearing them proclaim the thesaurus to be their new best friend. In addition to words, Hilda takes great pleasure in speed. She drives fast, rides a Ducati motorcycle, and slalom water skis.
Art, Drama, Music Teacher
Lindsay Ballard has a passion for teaching the visual and performing arts. This is her fourth year at Compass High School and she is ecstatic to be leading the creative arts program this year. Before coming to Compass, she ran the general music program, directed a choir, and was the music director for the spring theatrical productions at Charles Armstrong School for three years. Her previous experience includes teaching music, art and drama at Magic Apple Afterschool in Aptos California, running music and fine arts workshops through the Woodside Recreation program, teaching swing dancing while attending NAU, teaching private voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, and theatrical audition preparation lessons.
A Bay Area native, Lindsay has been studying music and fine art since the tender age of three. She began her music training in classical, jazz, and blues piano. She studied privately with a fine arts instructor who graduated from the Stanford fine arts graduate program. She studied education, fine arts, and theatre at Northern Arizona University but came back to the Bay to continue her music education at Foothill College where she received an excellence in music award and highest honors. She currently continues the pursuit of her music education degree through San Francisco State University. She also studies piano privately under Maestro Paul Hurst. Lindsay is trained in voice and musical theater. She also has a vocational certificate in Swedish massage through Twin Lakes School of Massage in Santa Cruz California.
Lindsay has a special connection with children who have learning differences as she has one herself. Her teaching approach encompasses the needs of these types of learners. She primarily learns and teaches music by ear yet has a unique way of teaching music theory as well. She believes the arts are an outlet and a vessel for harnessing one’s gifts and talents. Her philosophy is that the visual and performing arts help students with learning differences to thrive and build self-confidence. The arts, especially music, help the brain grow in ways nothing else can. When children learn music, drama, and fine arts, they become a better student as a whole.
Psychotherapist & Skills Instructor
Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) # 93810
Stacey Hill is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and skills instructor at Compass High School. She earned her MA in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling at Saint Mary’s College of California. She provides therapy and teaches social and reading skills. She is trained in the multi-sensory reading programs, Language!® and the Slingerland® approach.
Stacey has worked as a therapist in both public and private school settings, therapeutic camps, and community mental health clinics. Moreover, Stacey has also worked in schools such as Charles Armstrong School, Hope Academy, Stellar Academy for Dyslexics, serving students with learning differences.
Stacey also works in private practice in Danville, California seeing children, teens, adults, and families. Stacey is passionate about working with students with learning differences, as she is one herself (alumna of Charles Armstrong School). Stacey believes with support, empathy, and professional guidance, an individual has the capability to grow, learn, and achieve their greatest potential. Outside of work, Stacey enjoys coffee, psychology, cooking, trail running, water skiing, traveling, and quality time with her family and friends.
Louise teaches biology and physics at Compass High. Louise will also be teaching the Navigator Academy. She recently moved to the US from the UK as part of a plan to experience a new way of life for her family. Louise has a BEd Honors, in biology, geography and education. She has recently completed a teaching based course in physics at the University of Chester.
Louise has many years experience in education and has taught around the world. She ran the science department in a rural school in Eastern Kenya and taught biology in Wellington, New Zealand. Louise has been the education officer at Unilever R and D and a member of the national education service for Shell, both in the UK. As well as teaching science to all school age ranges from kindergarten to seniors, Louise has also worked in higher education and was an associate tutor at Liverpool Hope University, where she worked in the education faculty, guiding post and under graduates through their primary science teaching qualifications.
Her interest in special education includes working for 3 years in a school for children with severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties, as a form teacher and teacher in charge of science and also supporting students on the school’s outreach program. Most recently, providing living support for young adults on the autistic spectrum for the Wirral Autistic Society.
In her spare time she volunteers at Curiodyssey at Coyote Point as a weekend interpretive guide.
Atheena Haniff-Martinez is a native to San Mateo. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a bachelor in Sociology. Atheena’s interest in teaching began in a grade school when she began offering to help out her teachers after school. While she is new to the teaching community, her enthusiasm for the work and desire to learn from the teachers and the students around her is contagious. In her free time, Atheena likes to spend time with friends, listen to music, go hiking, and travel to the beach.
Social Sciences/PE Teacher
Raymond (Rocky) Ronayne teaches world history, U.S. history, government, physical education and transition seminar at Compass High. He recently moved from Baltimore, Maryland to San Francisco. Rocky graduated Suma Cum Laude from Towson University with a B.S. in philosophy. He gained a master’s degree in special education with a focus in social studies from Goucher College.
Rocky taught at Kennedy Krieger High School in Baltimore for the past five years educating students challenged with a variety of learning differences. With a focus on Universal Design Learning, his goal is to encourage students to become critical thinkers who reflect on their own ideas and philosophies. He is passionate about fostering an environment where students can actively participate in classroom debates. Ultimately, students should leave Compass High as compassionate and thoughtful citizens who contribute actively in our society.