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.
Karen Vanderburg grew up in Southern California and presently lives in Berkeley with her family. She went to college in the Northwest and then lived abroad in Eastern Europe after graduating with a master’s degree in Comparative Literature. Since her return from Europe, Karen has been teaching high school and middle school students around the Bay Area in both public and private schools for almost twenty years.
As an English teacher, her main interest has always been reading because it challenges her mind and sparks her imagination. She loves to be swept off on an escapade or ponder the predicaments of famous characters. Karen is also an aspiring writer and encourages her students to explore their talents in poetry and short stories. Aside from reading and writing, she loves being outside in nature. There she usually goes running or hiking, but cross-country skiing in the peaceful snows of winter is her absolute favorite.
English, Writing, and Study Skills Teacher
Carolyn Wilsey specializes in individualized writing instruction. Her love for writing and reading began in early childhood and has continued through her academic, personal, and professional life. She graduated with a B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury College and, in 2005, earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. This program included a rigorous and enjoyable training course on how to teach composition.
Carolyn’s early career was in journalism and included posts at both small community newspapers and large national magazines. In 2009, she began teaching Writing 101 at Marymount Manhattan College and developed a passion for collaborating with students on their writing projects. After a successful semester as a writing coach for the State University of New York (SUNY), Carolyn transitioned to education full-time. She has worked as a writing consultant (or tutor) at Columbia University, SUNY, Marymount Manhattan College, and Greenwich Education Group (GEG). Additionally, she has classroom experience as a literature, study skills, and writing teacher at GEG and has worked with many students with learning differences. She has also worked as a mentor teacher, supporting aspiring intern teachers, at Summerbridge at University High School in San Francisco.
Prior to joining the Compass staff in August of 2016, Carolyn was an Academic Support Specialist for SUNY — a college learning center position that included one-on-one writing coaching and time management sessions, creating and delivering workshops, embedding academic support in the classroom, and designing and teaching independent studies, including a basic skills writing program, which she managed across three city locations. After living in Manhattan for six years and Brooklyn for nearly the last three years, Carolyn relocated to San Francisco. Moving to the Bay Area has been a longtime dream of Carolyn’s, and she is excited to be surrounded by the beautiful landscape and culture here and to participate in the school community at Compass.
Tom teaches Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 at Compass High. He has worked in an array of academic settings over his decade of teaching, but has been increasingly passionate, for the past several years now, about working with students who learn differently. Before joining Compass, Tom taught at the Sterne School, a school in San Francisco specifically serving junior high and high school students with learning differences. While there, Tom led the crafting and consolidation of the high school Math program.
Tom has a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University and a MBA from the California College of the Arts. This MBA emphasized ‘Design Strategy,’ highlighting the powerful benefits of a ‘human-centered design thinking’ approach when working to create, deliver, and capture value. He most enjoys drawing upon these unique skillets when tackling complex challenges of all sorts- from creating novel, engaging lesson plans to creatively overcoming issues of school program growth and evolution. He is committed to raising the ‘creative confidence’ of all students by introducing and exploring rigorous content through a range of modalities, turning on many of the students’ ‘multiple intelligences.’ In addition to building content mastery for students, Tom seeks to grow their intellectual curiosity and to foster respect for their own learning processes. When he is not jumping around a classroom, he is very often taking a hike with his daughter. He also really likes to mountain bike and rock climb.
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.