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

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  • Kathleen McNamara

    As Head of School at Seven Hills, Kathleen brings almost three decades in independent school education to our community. She was Head of School at Tuxedo Park School in New York, Head of the Upper School and Assistant Head for the Upper Division at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, and spent 10 years at the Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, New York, where she served as Head of the Rippowam Campus and Director of Secondary Placement. She lived in France as both an undergraduate student and graduate student and, upon returning to the United States, spent her early years in independent schools teaching Middle and High School French, AP French Language and Literature, and Middle School and High School English.

    Kathleen demonstrates her strong commitment to professional development through active participation and speaking engagements at national and regional independent school conferences, and her colleagues effusively praise her as a collaborative leader. 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 children: daughter Hannah, son Alex, and nephew Matthew. Please click here to read Kathleen's blog on education and parenting.
  • Tanveer Alibhai

    Born in Nairobi and raised in Toronto, Tanveer received her Bachelor’s degree in Education at McGill University in Montreal. She earned her Master's in Education at Notre Dame De Namur with specialist certificates in autism, sensory processing, ADHD, and auditory processing disorders. Tanveer has 18 years of ECE/Lower School experience, in both teaching (Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades) and administrative positions, most recently at St. Paul's Episcopal School in Oakland. Tanveer also serves as a board member of BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute) and as an advisory board member for both PACT (an adoption alliance) and No Bully.

    When Tanveer is not focused on improving education for young students, she lives in Oakland with her husband, Zahoor and their daughter, a Seven Hills student, and son. She enjoys hiking, photography and arts and crafts.
  • Dan Rogoff

    As the former Director of Student Life at Seven Hills, Dan worked with faculty and administration to support the school's mission, instill a strong sense of purpose, and ensure the highest possible quality of student life. In his role as Head of K-3, Dan will continue to focus on the social and emotional wellbeing of students while leading the Lower School. His ongoing focus is reinforcing and strengthening the social-emotional learning and mindfulness bridge across all grade levels at Seven Hills.

    Paying attention to communication and relationships is integral to Dan's work. Prior to Seven Hills, Dan spent 22 years at Marin Country Day School where he served over his tenure as dean of students, coach, advisor, Challenge Success school advisor, study skills teacher, mindfulness coordinator and instructor, social emotional learning teacher, and PE teacher. Dan is the father of three sons from ages 28 to 4. Away from school, Dan is proud of his hardcore car singing and soft jump shot.
  • Scott Espinosa-Brown

    As Head of 4th-8th Grade, Scott brings 44 years of teaching experience to his interactions with students in academic classes, in advisory groups, on athletic fields, in student council meetings, and through his conflict resolution initiative. Scott is school leader and teacher, coach and counselor, challenger and encourager. He is most gratified when a student leaves his “comfort zone” and enters his “courage zone.” In this space, the student attempts things she has never tried before, takes academic risks, explores the difficult, and seizes the opportunity to reach her ultimate potential. By the end of eighth grade, Seven Hills students are ready to leave our close-knit community for the challenges and adventure of high school.

    Scott is known in peer circles for his groundbreaking conflict resolution work at Seven Hills – the Restorative Justice program. From the earliest age, Seven Hills students learn to respect themselves and each other. The Restorative Justice program teaches students how to form wholesome relationships and move through the world with realistic optimism. Away from Seven Hills, Scott and his wife, Katherine are parents of eight children. He coaches a winning local girls’ basketball program and is beyond happy that the San Francisco Giants have won the World Series three times.
  • Rhys Miller

    Rhys works closely with Seven Hills teachers to provide a continuum of educational excellence, founded on integrated studies, hands-on learning and differentiation. She also spearheads our professional development program for teachers. Rhys’ impact is felt from preschool through 8th grade, in the classroom, on the school fields, and in trips away from campus. Teachers are excited to have a partner and guide as they continuously refine how they inspire, teach, guide, encourage, celebrate, and learn with, their students. Please click here to see Rhys' blog, the unique vantage point from which she sees learning and growing at Seven Hills.

    She received degrees in English, Art and Education from Kansas State University, and an administrative services degree and master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Chapman University. Her work has included 12 years in the classroom, tenure as an elementary school principal, administration of an inquiry-based summer program for 3rd-8th grade students, county and district professional development leadership, and time as Program Specialist in Mount Diablo Unified School District's Curriculum & Instruction Department.  Rhys and her husband, Neil, have one daughter. Away from work she relishes a challenging hike, and enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and traveling.

Administrative Staff