C.J. joined the Professional Development Department in the Spring of 2018. C.J. brings 16 years of mathematics teaching experience into his role as an Instructional Coach. C.J. earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and went on to complete his Teaching Credential at San Jose State University. C.J. has taught mathematics at Menlo-Atherton High School for the past twelve years where he has held a variety of leadership positions. Most notably, C.J. was selected as the Sequoia Union High District Certificated Employee of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year. C.J. is excited to join the team and to work towards supporting teachers in their instructional practice.
Lydia Cuffman began teaching social studies at Sequoia High School in 2011. She has a bachelor's degree in history and American Studies from the University of Virginia, a master's degree in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a master's and teaching credential from Stanford University. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and has worked as a cooperating teacher with candidates in the Stanford Teacher Education Program. As a piloting teacher in the implementation of standards-based grading, Lydia is particularly energized by exploring ways to increase equitable grading in the classroom and to use assessments to enhance student learning.
Cara joined the district staff in 2011 after spending nine years teaching in the Sacramento area. Since then, she has worked at Woodside High School as a co-teacher, Case Manager, and Department Chair. At Woodside, she was also a member of SDMC, Compass teacher and Coordinator, Summer School Principal, mentored newly hired teachers and developed the Rethinking Homework project. As a Special Education Instructional Coach, she is excited to share her passion for inclusion, accommodation, and support with all SUHSD staff. She is especially interested in the ways that she is able to inspire teachers and staff to make the small changes that have the biggest impact on students with disabilities.
Elizabeth has worked for 18 years in public education. After graduating from college, she became an AmeriCorps volunteer, supporting literacy programs at a continuation high school in East Oakland. Discovering that teaching was her passion, she returned to graduate school and officially began her career as a high school English teacher in Marin County. After 6 years of teaching in Marin, Elizabeth ventured overseas to work at in International School in Mexico City. Upon returning to the United States, she began working in the Sequoia Union High School District. Since joining the district, Elizabeth has worked in a variety of capacities: as a classroom teacher, as a 9th and 11th grade instructional coach in English, and most recently as the director of Menlo-Atherton's Writing Center. As lover of both literature and writing, literacy has remained Elizabeth's passion throughout her teaching career. She works to instill this same passion in all of her students.
Barbara officially joined the Professional Development team in the fall of 2019 but has been working closely with the PD department through her role as Instructional Technology Specialist since 2017. A Bay Area native, Barbara grew up in Palo Alto, graduating from Gunn High School. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from UCSD in Economics and Communications, Barbara later decided to go into teaching Math; travelling to Storrs, Connecticut to take a major’s equivalent of coursework in Mathematics. From there, Barbara earned her teaching credential and Masters degree from Boston University. Barbara started her teaching career in the Sequoia Union High School District in 2003 as a Math teacher at Menlo-Atherton High School. In addition to teaching Math, Barbara has acted as an Algebra Lead Teacher as well as Compass Coordinator. Barbara specializes in helping teachers incorporate technology into their instruction. As the Instructional Technology Specialist, Barbara is excited to help teachers with anything from Canvas, SchoolCity, FlipGrid, Google, and much much more.
Natalie is originally from Redwood City and graduated from Woodside High School. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Chico State University, she obtained her teaching credential and Masters Degree in Special Education from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has been an educator in the Sequoia Union High School District for 18 years. At Menlo-Atherton High School, she worked as a Special Education and English Co-Teacher and also served as Special Education Department Chair, Collaboration Coordinator, a WASC Leader and an AVID I teacher. While at Woodside High School, Natalie worked as an English and Special Education teacher and was part of the Senior Thesis Team.
As an English and Reading Instructional Coach, she is excited to support teachers across the district through ongoing collaboration, observation and curriculum development.
Daisy joined the district as a substitute teacher in 2006 after graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Go Bears!). She received her teaching credential and Masters degree from Stanford University, then returned to the district to teach Biology and Advanced Integrated Science at Woodside High School in 2008. She moved out of the classroom to work as a Teacher-in-Residence at the Exploratorium in 2017 where she collaborated with the staff members of their Teacher Institute to plan and implement professional development for science teachers across the state. She is excited to be back at the district as a science instructional coach to share what she's learned and create a space for collaboration as our district continues to develop curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.