K-12 Academic Council

The Convent & Stuart Hall K–12 Academic Council is comprised of the President, Heads of School, and Department Chairs representing each academic discipline. The Council meets quarterly during the school year with a mission to create a more aligned, exciting and relevant program for our students.

 

Mark Botti
Interim Studies in Literature & English Language

Mark’s path to become an English teacher started in fifth grade with the first page of J.R.R. Tolkien's Fellowship of the Rings. The book exposed him to the transformative power of literature and propelled him on a literary journey that fuels his passion today. Mark joined Convent & Stuart Hall in 2015.
 

Tony Farrell
Head of Stuart Hall High School

As Head of Stuart Hall High School, Tony focuses upon curriculum development for all disciplines. Less well known is Tony’s English background at Stuart Hall, where for seven years he applied his theatre background and his degrees in English from Stanford.
 

Bonnie Fraenza
Performing Arts

Bonnie has been teaching music at Convent & Stuart Hall for 26 years, and building the school’s comprehensive instrumental music program for the last 16. A gifted musician, she also plays with local performing groups as a “professional sub“ performing on woodwinds and backup vocals.
 

Ann Marie Krejcarek
President of Convent & Stuart Hall

Bio coming soon!
 


 

Dana Kuwahara
Physical Education

Dana joined Convent & Stuart Hall as the Head of Athletics & Physical Education in fall 2019. She has worked in education for the past 13 years, teaching high school English and coaching softball, working in intercollegiate athletics as an academic mentor for the UCLA football program, and later transitioning into an associate athletic director role at Santa Clara University. Her doctoral research at USC focused on student-athlete retention and graduation completion.

Jordan Lewis
Interim Mathematics

From an early age, Jordan has always been fascinated by the complexity of math. He has taught Mathematics at Convent & Stuart Hall since 2012, striving to create an enthusiastic and comfortable learning environment for all students.
 

Howard Levin
Digital Literacy & Design

Howard has worked at Convent & Stuart Hall since 2009, previously leading educational technology and teaching history at other independent schools. His passion is developing authentic learning opportunities that empower students and teachers. Howard is also part of the school's Leadership Team.
 

Paul Pryor Lorentz
Religion, Theology & Spirituality

Paul has taught at at Convent & Stuart Hall since 2007. A native San Franciscan, he has spent his life in Catholic education and believes authentic and life-giving spiritual engagement is accessible to all. Creating a safe space for asking big questions is the defining joy of his years at the school.
 

Rachel McIntire
Visual Arts

Rachel knew she wanted to be an artist at age six, when she took first place in a PTA art contest and won a hot-air balloon ride. That flight, and the hot chocolate she enjoyed afterward, solidified her interest in the capacity of the arts. Rachel has worked with non-profits and with youth and their communities to develop art programs in schools. She has been teaching art at Convent & Stuart Hall since 2006.
 

Roderick Mobley
Interim Science

Ever since Roderick witnessed his first baking soda and vinegar volcano in elementary school, he has been fascinated by chemistry. That fascination became a passion upon discovering chemical reactions and how they could be used to transform small molecules into powerful pharmaceuticals. His passion for science continues to grow as he helps students pique their own curiosities through inquiry, investigation and problem-solving.
 

Betsy Pfeiffer
Director of Studies, Grades 9–12

Betsy joined Convent & Stuart Hall in 2014 and has worked in schools for the past 15 years, developing academic programs as a classroom teacher, academic counselor and academic dean. With graduate degrees in both counseling and education, Betsy focuses on the important role of metacognition in student learning experiences. Her current role as Director of Studies allows her to blend her passion for academic planning and student support.
 

Anne Porter
Interim History & Social Sciences

Anne joined Convent & Stuart Hall in 2016 after teaching history at other independent schools. She is especially passionate about convincing people, including random strangers on airplanes, that history is a subject they can participate in and enjoy.
 

Rachel Simpson
Head of Convent High School

A love of language, reading and writing has infused Rachel’s academic and professional life. With a degree in Modern Languages and Literature from St John’s College, Oxford University, and an MA in Education with an emphasis on teaching English, Rachel started at Convent & Stuart Hall in 1996, teaching French and English. She has been Head of Convent High School since 2012.
 

Angela Taylor
Early Childhood (K-4)

Head of Convent Elementary, Angela has been immersed in lower school curriculum for well over 25 years, as both a classroom teacher and administrator. She became an educator because of her love of learning and her love of children. Her two loves have been the driving force behind Angela's tireless commitment to ensuring each lower school classroom is engaging, safe and inspirational.
 

Amanda Walker
Library

Amanda’s love of literature began when she was a student right here at Convent Elementary. She sees libraries as portals, offering entree into new and different worlds. Accompanying students as they step into new information, ideas, identities and understandings is her greatest joy, and Amanda feels lucky to share these adventures in reading with kids and adults alike everyday.
 

Heather Wells
Modern & Classical Languages

Heather has been teaching French at Convent & Stuart Hall since 2012. She also teaches professional development for language teachers through the Stanford World Language Program and grades the national AP French exam. Heather is also a trained facilitator for the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.