In 2000, A Group Of Parents From Silicon Valley Asked:

“WHAT HAPPENED?” WHAT HAPPENED
TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL?
AND WHAT CAN WE DO TO FIX IT?

WHO WE ARE • School Leadership

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Summit Public School: Atlas

Katheryn Bubalo
Executive Director

Coming soon.

Everest Public High School

Chris Lewine
Executive Director

Chris developed a passion for social justice while growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His commitment to a career in education came after working in the public schools of New Haven, Connecticut while studying towards his Bachelor's Degree in Economics at Yale University. Moving out to the west coast, he earned his Master's Degree in Education from Stanford University. He was one of the founding math teachers at Everest Public High School in 2010, earning fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. His mentor group graduated in 2014 after four years of hard work towards college acceptance and towards being the winningest group in our Annual Mentorlympics. Chris is deeply committed to building Everest's diverse community to prepare all of our students to succeed in college and in the pursuit of all their personal goals.

Drew Moriates
Assistant Director

Drew Moriates is a lifelong learner and persistent goal setter who prides himself in growing personally and professionally through constant curiosity. Before coming to Everest as the Assistant Director, Drew earned his BA in Secondary Education/Literature and Composition from Concordia University Irvine, and he continued through Concordia to earn a graduate degree in Academic Leadership and Administration. Drew went on to teach high school English in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District for eight years where he became a Google Certified Innovator, a Google for Education Certified Trainer, a CUE Lead Learner, and the Technology Coordinator for Chromebook Implementation and Instruction at Mission Viejo High School. He has enthusiastically presented at numerous Edtech conferences around the country and specializes in the implementation of Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education, 20% projects, student blogs, and Hangouts On-Air to create and maintain connected classrooms.

Expeditions

Caitlin Reilly
Executive Director

Caitlin Reilly is the Assistant Director of Expeditions and will lead the team at Prep, Everest, Rainier and Tahoma. Caitlin is a DC native who, after growing up in northern Virginia and beginning her education career in DC, recently made the move to the West Coast and is incredibly excited to join the Expeditions Team. After studying Accounting and Spanish at the University of Virginia, she decided to merge her passions for social justice, working with youth and speaking Spanish by joining the Teach for America program in DC as a high school Spanish teacher. During that time, she earned her Masters of Teaching from American University, and grew into teacher leadership as an instructional coach of Spanish, art, music and PE teachers. To grow her leadership perspective, she moved to Boston, earned a Masters of School Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and then returned to her DC charter network where she led the middle school as Vice Principal of Instruction before joining Summit.

Lucretia Witte
Assistant Director

Coming soon.

Summit Preparatory Charter High School

Penelope Pak McMillen
Executive Director

Penelope Pak McMillen has always been an eager learner who has thrived as a result of caring and supportive teachers and coaches. She credits the amazing educators that fostered her "habits of success" all throughout her adolescence for each of her personal accomplishments. Without them, she would have never been able to become a national synchronized swimming champion, publish a feature article in Sports Illustrated for Kids, hold leadership positions in high school, attend UC Berkeley for her undergraduate studies, intern at The White House for the President of the United States, or work for one of the top public relations agencies in Los Angeles. After spending three years as a publicist in the film industry, Penelope pursued her original passion to become an advocate for high school students. She deeply believes that all students deserve a high quality education and the opportunity to pursue a happy and stable life. She received her Master's degree in English Education from Columbia University in New York, and joined the Summit Prep team during the 2006-2007 school year. She taught English to 9th and 10th grade students for four years, and received her School Administration Credential in 2010. She joined the school leadership team as the Assistant Director in 2011, and became the Executive Director in 2013. Penelope is committed to Summit Public Schools' mission to prepare all students, regardless of prior preparation or background, for success in college, career, and life.

Kaitlin Eison-Washington
Assistant Director

Coming soon.

Summit Public School: Denali

Kevin Bock
Executive Director

Kevin joined Summit Public Schools in 2011 as the founding chemistry teacher at Summit’s second school, Everest. Prior to Summit, Kevin taught science in both charter and district schools in the Bay Area. At Summit, he has piloted educational technology and personalized learning, where he has worked to prepare a diverse group of students for success in college and to be thoughtful contributing members of society. Kevin has served as a cooperating teacher for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. He was a Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and a fellow of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Kevin is an alumnus of Yale University, where he studied Chemistry and Political Science, and he earned a Master's degree in Education from Stanford University's Graduate School of Education. In 2013, he was honored by Stanford University as an alumni leader in education. Kevin became the Assistant Director of Summit Rainier in the spring of 2014.

Anica Bilisoly
Assistant Director

Coming soon.

Summit Public School: K2

Kelly Garcia
Executive Director

Kelly Garcia is a founder and Executive Director of Summit Public School K2, a 7th-12th grade program serving a diverse community from within the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Under her leadership, the school opened its doors to its first class of students in August 2014 and fully implemented Summit’s Next Generation Learning model. In addition to executing the academic program, Kelly has been successful in building a school community that embraces and inspires all relevant stakeholders. As a member of the Summit Public Schools Leadership team, she has also been instrumental in bringing restorative justice practices to the organization as well as mentoring new school leaders.Prior to opening Summit K2, Kelly was the Executive Director of Everest Public High School, and the Assistant Director at Summit Preparatory Charter School. She is originally from southern California and holds degrees from Stanford University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Shilpa Duvoor
Assistant Director

Coming soon.

Summit Public School: Olympus

GREG PONIKVAR
Executive Director

Greg’s passion for education began at his own large, diverse public high school where he witnessed how the quality of educational experiences can dramatically affect lives, for better or for worse. Since then, he has devoted his life to the creation of outstanding learning experiences for all young people. Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in education and history from UC Santa Barbara while working full-time as a community service officer, teacher, and tutor for at-risk youth. Following graduation from Stanford’s teacher education program, Greg helped build Everest Public High School as its founding history teacher. In 2013, the same year his mentees graduated and headed off to college, Greg earned his National Board Certification in History/Social Sciences. Most recently, Greg was the creator and executive director of the Summit Expeditions program, leading a highly passionate team of teachers across all 7 Summit schools in the Bay Area. Greg then jumped at the chance to move to Washington and be a part of the team establishing the first charter schools of the state. He is excited to be a part of building a new public school in Tacoma that will inspire and serve any and all students who choose to attend, no matter their backgrounds, abilities, or passions.

Alex Horowitz
Assistant Director

Alex deeply believes in Summit’s philosophy that all students, no matter who they are, can master rigorous material and thrive in college. Alex is driven by this core belief, and is committed to ensuring that every young person has a phenomenal public education. He has taught multiple subjects in both a large district school and high performing charter school. In 2013, Alex transitioned to a school leadership role, serving as the Academic Dean at Leadership Public Schools in Richmond, California. In this capacity, Alex collaborated with teachers and staff to ensure that all classrooms were engaging, inclusive, and aligned to college readiness skills. Alex is incredibly excited by the opportunity to join the team at Summit Olympus where he looks forward to working side by side with students, families, and teachers.

Summit Public School: Rainier

Jesse Roe
Executive Director

Jesse's formal education included attending public schools in northwestern New Jersey and obtaining an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Boston University. Those experiences, as well as summer jobs as a camp counselor and tutor, prompted Jesse to enter the education field through a Math for America Fellowship immediately after finishing his bachelor's degree. This fellowship led to a Master's degree at Columbia's Teachers College and five years of teaching high school mathematics in New York City. In the summer of 2011, Jesse moved to the bay area and started a teaching as the founding math teacher at Summit Tahoma in San Jose. In his seven years of teaching, Jesse developed a passion for mentoring high school students; this passion motivated Jesse to take a job on the SPS Academics Team as the non-cognitive skills specialist before becoming the Executive Director of Rainier in the spring of 2014.

Edwin Avarca
Assistant Director

Bio coming soon.

Summit Public School: Shasta

Caitlyn Herman
Executive Director

Caitlyn Herman is the founder and Executive Director of Summit Public School: Shasta in Daly City. She is committed to giving all students access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to attend their best-fit college. Caitlyn began her career in New York City public schools as a science teacher at Essex Street Academy. At Essex Street she served as the department coordinator building out the school's project-based curriculum for all grades. She also spearheaded the effort to focus the school's advisory curriculum around wellness, habits of success and college readiness. While teaching she also worked as an adjunct professor at NYU'S graduate School of Education teaching science curriculum to aspiring teachers. It is during these years that her passion for making sure that all students had access to high-quality school options was ignited. In 2011 she moved to the Bay Area seeking a small school environment focused on educational access for all and found a home at Summit Public Schools. Caitlyn grew up in Pennsylvania and holds a BA in Biology from Lafayette College (Division I cross-country and track), a MA from New York University in Secondary Science Education and a MEd from New England College in School Leadership as part of the Principal's Residency Network program with the New York City Public Schools' system.

Wren Maletsky
Assistant Director

Wen Maletsky joined Summit Public Schools in 2011 as the AP Environmental Science teacher at Summit Preparatory Charter High School. In 2014, Wren became the Assistant Director at Summit Prep. Growing up in Durham, North Carolina as the daughter of two teachers, Wren always knew she wanted to be an educator. Experiences playing competitive sports in high school and college, working as a summer camp counselor, and volunteering as a tutor instilled in Wren the value of community and embracing diversity. She truly believes that all students deserve a high quality education. Prior to Summit, Wren taught Biology and AP Biology at a charter school in Harlem, New York City. Wren has served as a cooperating teacher for the Stanford Teacher Education Program and is an alumna of Duke University, where she studied Biology and English. She earned a Master's degree in Education from Stanford University's Graduate School of Education in 2009. In 2013, Wren earned her National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Science Teaching.

Summit Public School: Sierra

Malia Burns
Executive Director

Malia fell in love with education as a history teacher at a public high school in the South Bronx. After teaching there for three years, Malia moved to Chicago where she joined the Muchin College Prep team, a campus of the high performing Noble Street Charter School Network. While teaching literature there, Malia experienced the opportunity charter schools can provide students, families, and educators. She is honored to have hand-picked an incredible faculty at Summit Sierra and looks forward to the amazing success Sierra’s students will experience. Malia graduated from Seattle University and received her Master's in Education Leadership from Teacher's College at Columbia University.

Denice Randle
Assistant Director

Coming soon.

Summit Public School: Tahoma

Nick Kim
Executive Director

Nicholas joined the Summit organization first teaching World Studies II at Summit Prep, its flagship school, and then World Studies I at Everest. Prior to Summit, he taught math for one year in south central Los Angeles. Nicholas earned his Bachelors degree from UCLA in History & Education, and his M.A. in Education from Stanford. He enjoys working at Summit because he believes in the mission and the people he works with. In his free time, he loves playing soccer, eating everything, and riding his bike.

Jonathan Stewart
Assistant Director

Jonathan joined the Summit Team in June as the Assistant Director for Summit Tahoma. Previously he worked for PUC Schools in Los Angeles as the Director of Teacher Development, leading a partnership grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He was also a principal for PUC Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy. He was a teacher trainer in the Peace Corps in Namibia and has been an instructional coach in Oakland Unified and LAUSD. As a teacher, he received an award for Exemplary Work in the Education of Highly Able Students from Johns Hopkins University. Jonathan holds a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Education Policy and an M.A. in Education Leadership from U.C. Berkeley.

Summit Public School: Tamalpais

Abbie Ridenour
Executive Director

Abbie's passion for education reform began while in undergrad at UCLA as she researched the benefits of diversity in schools and witnessed achievement gaps first-hand. She started her teaching career in East Los Angeles, teaching history in both large comprehensive and small charter high school settings in LAUSD. She joined Summit in 2010 to help launch Everest Public High School, Summit’s second high school in Redwood City, CA. She taught for three years as a history teacher and served two years as Assistant Director at Everest. A highlight during her time there was supporting her mentor group through their four year high school journey and guiding them toward best fit colleges across the country. Abbie then served as Assistant Director at Summit Shasta, a high school in Daly City, for a year before becoming Executive Director of Summit Tamalpais. She loves working at Summit because she shares our commitment to creating empowering school communities that provide college access to all students. Abbie holds both a BA in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Education from UCLA.

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