Teacher, Pre-K & Kindergarten
She began as an after school teacher and went on to become the kindergarten teacher. Katie has been on the Wilkinson staff for 11 years. While working at Wilkinson, Katie fell in love with roller skating and began playing competitive roller derby. She took a teaching hiatus for a few years and played roller derby all over the world, everywhere from Paris to Montreal. She loves to inspire children to find their passion just as she found hers.
When Katie is not teaching you can find her shopping at the farmers market or on her skates at the skatepark. She also loves reading a good book and snuggling her cat.
Teacher, 1st & 2nd Grade
She has a genuine love of young children and knew from an early age that she would most likely become a teacher. She enjoys introducing students to plant and animal life through various activities and encourages children to lead a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.
Jessica was born in San Francisco and raised primarily in the nearby town of Pacifica, California. She began her education at the age of three at the Children’s School in Park Pacifica. She later went back to volunteer at the school as a sixth grader and ultimately began her career there in early education at the age of 22. She graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and later the University of San Francisco. Jessica taught young children in both Pacifica and Millbrae for nine years before becoming the kindergarten teacher at St. Cornelius School in Richmond, California. She left the St. Cornelius community after five years to have her baby girl and then joined the Wilkinson staff.
Jessica lives in Moss Beach with her 4-year-old daughter, Emma, whom she adores. You will often see Miss Jessica out and about taking Emma on bike or scooter rides down to the marine reserve nearby. In her free time, she loves visiting her extended family in Hawaii and enjoying outdoor activities, especially water skiing and snow skiing.
Teacher, 5th-8th Grade
Addie is originally from Arlington, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Graphic Design and continued studying at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco, graduating with a MFA in Web Design and New Media. She loves all things art and her spare time is filled with drawing, painting, sewing, quilting, printmaking, knitting, playing music and anything else that seems fun!
Narnia: After School Manager and Teaching Assistant
Norma has a deep affection for children, which shows in the relationships she has with her students. She feels it is important to teach little ones basic life skills so they can thrive.
Originally from Alisco, Mexico, she then moved to Half Moon Bay, where she started an in-home daycare. Norma is happily married and has two children, Angie and Diego. She refers to them as her sun and moon. Her favorite pastimes are listening to instrumental music and cooking with her kids.
Valerie grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland which inspired her love of environmental sciences and inspiring others to love them too. She attended The University of Chicago and Indiana University studying climate change and had the opportunity to participate in a number of amazing geology field courses. She went on to earn a PhD in microbiology and moved to CA as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. After a career hiatus to raise her family, she has embarked upon a new learning journey into education. As an active volunteer within a number of youth organizations, she is inspired by the natural curiosity and energy of young learners and seeks a role in nurturing their entrèe into scientific inquiry.
When not at Wilkinson, Valerie is likely out and about the coastside with her three sons or flipping through a cookbook in a hopeless attempt to improve her cooking skills.
PE and Aftercare
Jessica is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. She grew up in Metropolis, Illinois. She later moved to California as a teenager and graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Humanities. Jessica took part in an internship abroad and worked as a native speaker intern. Her role was to incorporate bilingual education into the curriculum of the students at Kita Strander Möwe located in Strande, Germany. After the internship, Jessica worked for and continues to work for Swing Education as a substitute teacher. During her studies, Jessica is deeply connected to the idea that we all have more in common as humans than all of our differences and therefore seeks a wholesome and yet authentic way to teach any subject she is tasked with. Jessica has enjoyed working with the students and staff at Wilkinson so much that she is making future plans to pursue her teaching credentials to one day become a classroom teacher.
Community Engagement Manager
Lerin started with a music producing degree from San Francisco and is currently studying for another in leadership in Education. Lerin feels a strong affinity for her community and volunteers in many coastside organizations such as: Surfrider, an ocean protection organization, The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary raising money for the men and women of the armed service and is a CASA Volunteer. On weekends, you can find her tending to her little beach cottage garden, reading a book by the firepit or listening to some live music outside.
“I believe that children learn best when the learning environment is designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. One that encourages exploration, creativity, and independence. The role of an educator is to design the learning environment that provokes an understanding of new concepts. Anyone can teach children facts, but it is much more important to instill the excitement that comes when children learn new things.” -Lerin Murphy
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Adam has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and completed the NC TEACH program at NC State. He enjoys rooting for all Wisconsin teams—the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers and reigning NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks. In his spare time, Adam can be found on the golf course, as well as hiking with his wife and dog, Bubba. Adam and his wife, Gloria are expecting their first child in May 2022.
Head of School
Kristin has enjoyed working with students with learning differences since 2004 and created a blog called Demystify Dyslexia to support families with understanding LD. She has taught at Charles Armstrong School and eventually started a private practice working one on one with students with dyslexia.
While in Juneau, AK she met her husband, and they moved to San Francisco in 2004. They now have two children. When she is not teaching you might find her on a spin bike at the Y or hiking in the woods. My family loves to camp, mountain bike, ski, and travel in the summer. She loves working at Wilkinson and is happy to be part of this special community!
Dunia’s work experience and expertise range from operations, research and analysis to community education and engagement.
Dunia was most drawn to Wilkinson’s traditional practice of community-driven learning and place-based learning. Dunia joined the team post-pandemic at the end of March 2020 and is committed to creating a safe and enjoyable space for all Wilkinson students. Dunia is excited to kick off what is sure to be a memorable school year and catch any curve balls thrown our way. Dunia lives in San Mateo and loves that her drive to work includes Ocean, Mountains and Clouds (and that she sometimes gets to touch all 3 in one day).