As we prepare to start classes next week, I’m delighted to introduce our newest faculty and staff members:
Barry Beach, Visual Arts Teacher
Barry will be teaching Visual Arts I after having subbed for Marin Academy teachers in the past. He earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has taught introductory art, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, AP studio art, and freshman foundations at schools and colleges including Head Royce and the San Francisco Art Institute. He has served as an examiner for International Baccalaureate (IB) Studio Art courses and as a freshman applicant reviewer for UC Berkeley. Before coming to MA, Barry worked as an instructor at Valley International Academy in Campbell, California. He has also served as Director of Admissions at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Barry has presented at several conferences, including the Higher Education Consultants Association, the Oregon Art Education Association, and the Alaska Art Education Association.
Outside of MA, Barry does college advising and portfolio preparation for students applying to art and architecture programs. He enjoys creating and exhibiting his artwork. Barry lives in San Rafael with his wife and son, and he enjoys cooking, travelling (he’s visited 49 US states), gardening, hiking, running, and snowboarding.
Molly DeCoudreaux, Digital Media Manager
Molly connects with Marin Academy’s diverse community—consisting of students, parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, prospective families, and neighbors—through the social web: from MA’s website to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; from LinkedIn to all levels of the blogosphere. She also manages MA’s photography and videography, and will be working on several special projects in preparation for the school’s 40th anniversary during the 2012–2013 school year.
Molly received a BA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. She also completed coursework in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University before transferring to SFAI. Molly has worked as a freelance photographer since 2005, building her own business with a variety of clients that range from chefs and restaurateurs to designers, and from musicians to new parents. She is the head photographer for Eater SF and is also a regular contributor to Refinery29 and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. A Bay Area native, Molly lives in San Francisco’s Mission District with her partner Patrick and their dog Oliver above Different Fur, Patrick’s music studio.
Harrison Hobart, English Teacher
Harrison will be teaching English III: American Dreams and Realities and two junior/senior electives, Poetry and 20th Century Novel. After working for eighteen years in corporate finance and investment management, Harrison transitioned from the business sector into education. During the 2006-2007 school year, he was an assistant teacher at Marin Academy. Following his experience at MA, Harrision joined the English faculty at Tamalpais High School where he taught sophomore English, American literature, and AP composition and literature.
Harrison earned a BA in English from Yale College, an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and his California teaching credential for high school English from Dominican University. He lives in Marin with his wife and their two sons.
Kacie Martinez, Associate Athletic Director
Kacie works with the Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director to direct Marin Academy’s interscholastic athletic program. She schedules athletic facilities, arranges transportation, organizes team photos, maintains the school’s inventory of uniforms and equipment, and oversees the athletics webpages. She is also Assistant Coach for MA’s Junior Varsity and Varsity Girls’ Basketball teams.
Kacie studied sports management, teaching, and coaching as a Kinesiology major at Whittier College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2010 and was honored as Most Outstanding Student in her program. A long-time advocate for teaching a dynamic state of wellbeing through fitness and wellness, Kacie created an Advocating Children’s Fitness Fair at Whittier College and implemented an intramural program for fourth- and fifth-grade students at Ocean View Elementary School in Los Angeles. Kacie has always been active in athletics. She played basketball and volleyball, and she has coached numerous youth basketball teams. In addition to playing and coaching, Kacie enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and reading.
Michael J. Morris, Director of the Annual Fund
Michael designs, implements, and manages Marin Academy’s annual fund program, which is an essential component in strengthening and maintaining program excellence for our students. Michael received a BA from Grinnell College with an emphasis on French and Philosophy. While in college, he studied abroad in Paris, focusing on philosophy and theater. He is fluent in French, and he was previously employed as the Annual Fund and Events Manager at the Ecole Bilingue in Berkeley. Michael lives in Berkeley with his partner, Gina, and he enjoys surfing, hiking, and playing soccer.
Michael Simon, School Counselor (Interim)
Michael will be filling in at Marin Academy part-time as School Counselor. Joani Lacey is on medical leave and will be taking the needed time to recover before returning to campus. Joani wanted the community to know how much she misses being at MA. I’ve worked with Michael over the last year and Joani has known Michael for a long time. We are glad he will join us for the fall.
Michael is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Oakland, California (Lic. MFC 38305). He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in clinical psychology from San Francisco State University and an MA in religious studies and philosophy from Temple University. Michael is the former and founding Director of Counseling & Student Support at Bentley School in Lafayette, California, and the author of a (recent) comprehensive work on adolescents and adolescent development. He speaks locally and nationally on all aspects of teens and families.
Earlier in his career, Michael taught psychology, philosophy, religious studies, and ethics at several American universities and colleges. In 1998, he founded Practical Help for Parents, a support organization for parents, educators, and mental health professionals who work daily in support of pre-adolescents and adolescents.
Parents and students are welcome to make an appointment with Michael. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org; email is the best way to get in touch. Students can come in to talk with Michael by signing their initials in a time slot on the sign-up sheet located on the door to Room 105 in the Founders Building. He will be on campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm and on Thursday afternoons after 1:00 pm. He will try to reserve time for parent consultations/meeting on Thursday afternoons, and have the bulk of his time for being accessible to the students.
Stephanie Snyder, English Teacher
Stephanie will be teaching English I and English II this year She has a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and an MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has completed additional graduate work in English, Women’s Studies, and Cultural Studies. While at the University of North Carolina, she taught freshman writing and courses on American and Contemporary Literature. She was also a teaching assistant for Introduction to Women’s Studies. Most recently, she taught at Georgetown Day School, an independent school in Washington, DC, where she taught ninth and tenth grade English and an elective in women’s literature. Stephanie spends her free time collecting and selling vintage clothing, exploring local restaurants with her husband, and singing in choirs.