Serving Preschool Through 8th Grade in the San Francisco East Bay Since 1962

List of 6 items.

  • Kathleen McNamara

    The Head of School at Seven Hills, Kathleen is in her 33rd year as an independent school educator. Before arriving at Seven Hills in 2015, she worked in a variety of capacities at four other independent schools: Tuxedo Park School in New York, Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, California, Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, New York, and The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She began her teaching career at The Masters School teaching Middle and High School French and English and working as a dorm parent.
     
    Kathleen demonstrates her strong commitment to professional development through active participation and speaking engagements at national and regional independent school conferences. Charged by the Seven Hills Board of Trustees to lead the school through its diversity work, Kathleen strives to build community in each successive school year in order to create a more equitable and inclusive experience for our students, their families, as well as our faculty and staff. Kathleen earned her B.A. in French from Rutgers University and her M.A. in French Literature from New York University. She also holds a Diploma of French Studies from Université François Rabelais in Tours, France. Kathleen and her husband, Jihad, have three adult children: daughter Hannah, son Alex, and nephew Matthew. Away from school, Kathleen enjoys reading memoirs, traveling the globe, and finding things she can knit "reasonably well."

    Please click here to read Kathleen's blog on education and parenting.
     
  • Jase Turner

    As Interim Head of Lower School, Jase focuses on overseeing and refining a dynamic, rich, and relevant academic curriculum, as well as strengthening the social and emotional wellbeing of students, families, and faculty. Jase also leads Seven Hills’ efforts to carry out the goals set forward in our bold strategic plan, Whole Child, Whole Community, including Seven Hills’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts across admissions, hiring, curriculum, and school policy. Jase also facilitates parent education topics, advances our professional development, and oversees standardized testing.

    A Bay Area leader, Jase came to Seven Hills from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland where he served as Associate Principal for Student Life. He has an M.A. in leadership studies from Saint Mary’s College of California and a B.A. in sociology from Pomona College. From his days as a substitute teacher while playing professional baseball, to working in middle school and high school as a teacher, advisor, and dean, he is fulfilled by helping students reach their full potential. Away from school, Jase enjoys working out and playing basketball, coaching baseball, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.
  • Shauna Maraccini

    Shauna leads Seven Hills’ Early Childhood Education (ECE) program, focusing on our Reggio-inspired preschool and pre-kindergarten programs, their wonderful teams of teachers, and the licensing needs of the ECE program. She enjoys partnering with parents as they join our Seven Hills community, providing calm reassurance and collaboration with children and families. 
     
    Since beginning as a Rainbow classroom teacher in 2007, Shauna has been instrumental in the migration to a Reggio-inspired program, our diversity and inclusion initiatives, and developing strong relationships with our broader community. She has a degree in child development from San Francisco State University and is also an alumni parent to Gillian '14 and Elle '16.
  • Dan Meyers

    With 20 years of research-driven educational experience, Dan partners with Middle School students (and their families) in their developmental journey towards high school, and mentors faculty and administrative colleagues to lead the program forward. He believes that learning is a social process; through fostering community with Middle School students, he helps students feel important, safe, engaged, and ready to explore ideas and fail freely. He was drawn to Seven Hills’ strong programs, bold whole child philosophy, and mission grounded in equity and service.

    Prior to Seven Hills, Dan served as Assistant Head of School/Dean of Faculty at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT. Over his career, he has held roles as Associate Head of School for Academics, AP United States History teacher, and Speech & Debate Director. He has a B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Santa Clara University. Dan and his wife Andrea are California natives, and have a preschooler and toddler who keep them busy. Away from school, Dan likes to spend his time long-distance trail running, devouring new music, all things baseball (go Giants!), cooking with the entire family, and hiking/backpacking.
  • Muhammad Ramadan

    Muhammad advances Seven Hills’ vision of instructional technology, promoting innovative uses of EdTech in classrooms that point back to the school’s mission. He is a solution-driven communicator who leverages technology to enhance learning, support innovative thinking, and facilitate collaboration with divisions, grade-level teams, and departments. His aim is to empower learners, educators, and all members of the community to reach their positive potential through technology.
     
    Before shifting into technology administration at Thaden School in Arkansas, Muhammad spent 15 years designing and teaching a wide range of history and social science courses for grades 6-12. He also taught in a variety of independent school settings from Minneapolis to La Jolla to Tampa. He holds a graduate certificate in information technology from the University of Cincinnati, as well as an M.Ed. in social studies and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota. Away from school, Muhammad enjoys casual bike rides, playing Ultimate Frisbee, reading fantasy and nonfiction, and spending time with his wife and two sons.
  • Cyrell Roberson

    As our school counselor, Cyrell provides individual counseling, group counseling, consultation and resources to teachers and families, and administrative support to the school. Cyrell is available to students, teachers, and parents across all grade levels to help navigate interpersonal and intrapersonal challenges and concerns, as well as behavioral and learning challenges. In addition, Cyrell also teaches Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution for our 7th graders. Outside of Seven Hills, Cyrell also provides neuropsychological and neuroeducational evaluations and therapy for children and adolescents at Summit Center in Walnut Creek.
     
    Cyrell is a doctoral candidate in School Psychology at UC Berkeley where his research focuses on the psychosocial development of underserved gifted students. His work has been published in several journals including the Journal of Advanced Academics and the American Psychological Association. Cyrell has a wide range of experience in K-12 public, independent, and charter schools in the Bay Area. His previous professional experience also includes working at Educational Testing Service (ETS) on the Fairness Review, teaching education and psychology courses at UC Berkeley, and interning at The White House where he worked on education policy and advocacy initiatives of the Executive Office of the President. He earned a B.S. in psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana and an M.A. in education from UC Berkeley. Away from work, Cyrell enjoys live music, visiting art museums, running, and traveling.

Administrative Staff

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