ST. ANSELM SCHOOL | Specialists | 2018-2019

Art (K-5th) | Mrs. Jennifer Lipson
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA. 2016-present
Painting & Drawing classes
School of Visual Arts, N.Y., N.Y. 1981–1985 BFA Degree
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. 1979-1981

My favorite thing about teaching K-5th grade art is sharing my love of creativity and art making. It is so fun to introduce students to art materials and techniques that they may not discover on their own, or be allowed to use at home! I love watching them explore possibilities, make aesthetic decisions, and take pride in their artwork!

I enjoy teaching at St. Anselm School because the students are eager learners and many are quite enthusiastic about art. I have a folder full of student drawings and notes that declare “Art is my favorite subject!” Additionally, I am grateful for the assistance I get.

Science (K-5th) | Mrs. Lisa Nostadt-Bixby
Education: Cross-Cultural Language and Academic
Development Certification, 2006
Elementary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, 1996
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multiple Subject Teaching, 1991

My favorite thing about the grade/subject I teach: Every day I have the chance to teach science to a wide range of ages in K-5 while collaborating with many different teachers. I teach children to love a subject I am passionate about as we do hands-on, creative and cooperative projects and experiments. This truly is my dream job. I have the chance to teach each child for six years! Over the years I watch each child grow, evolve and change. It is such a privilege to be a part of a healthy, loving community of people at St. Anselm and to know in my heart I am a part of the community growing and changing and getting stronger every year.

Art (6th-8th) | Mrs. Nancy Rumsey
BA University of the Pacific, partial completion of Art Masters
CA Secondary Teaching Credential
Vocational CA Business Credential
Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Studied in Vienna, Austria

Favorite Grade: All Junior High Students exploring new visual ideas and techniques of how to express one’s ideas/thoughts.
Best Memory: Yearend reflections of what was learned and at graduation the family love, plus seeing the students come back for a visit.

Spanish (K-5th) – Mrs. Elizabeth Geler
Hola! I would like to introduce myself as the k-5th Spanish teacher.

This will be my fourth year teaching Spanish at Saint Anselm School.

I am a native from Argentina, and I am very proud to teach my language and my culture. I lived in Brazil for sixteen years, where I learned Portuguese. Living in different countries and learning their languages, has given me a better understanding of the process of teaching a foreign language. I take advantage of my personal experience in order to implement my teaching methods. I graduated in Chemistry and I hold a doctorate in that field, but six years ago, I decided to change my career and became a teacher. Best decision of my life!

Librarian/1st-2nd Math | Mrs. Maria Kimball
The 2018-19 school year marks my 26th year as an educator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Throughout my career I have served as a teacher and administrator. It is a privilege and an honor to fill the role of Teacher-Librarian at St Anselm School.

I love books, schools, and all things learning. I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education from the University of San Francisco and a teaching credential from Dominican University. To better serve our students in my new position in the library, I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. I relish the opportunity to expand my current experience as an educator and broaden the role and scope the Library currently serves in our school and curriculum.

Spanish (6th-8th) – Mr. William Ware
Bachelors of Art, Spanish, University of California, Berkeley
Juris Doctor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Masters of Business Administration, Golden Gate University

For me, teaching middle school Spanish at San Anselm School has been a thoroughly rewarding and professionally satisfying experience. The collegial and supportive environment at St. Anselm School is second to none. I am highly impressed by my dedicated and academically motivated students. Their commitment to academic success and their
desire tolearn motivate me as a teacher. As my students complete their tenure at St. Anselm School, I am in awe of their communicative abilities in Spanish at the novice level.

Music (K-8th) | Rhythm & Moves | Marlee Marshall
Education: BA in Music and Psychology

My favorite thing about teaching music is sharing my love of music with my students and seeing them find unique ways to be creative in the classroom. I love working at St. Anselm because of the welcoming community that makes me feel right at home.

Motor Skills/P.E. Teacher | Mr. Tony Balistreri
I’m a San Francisco native where I have been a part of the San Francisco Archdiocese as a youth. I attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School and Sacred Heart Cathedral High School. I am also a member of the Salesian Boys and Girls Club. I received my undergraduate degree in sociology from Sonoma State University. I earned my credential and masters degree in education National University. I am entering my twenty-first year in teaching physical education all as a member of Rhythm & Moves Inc.

Drama (K-8th) – Performing Arts Academy of Marin
Founded in a genuine love for the performing arts, we provide comprehensive training in theater arts and dance. Students receive superior training, expand their boundaries, gain valuable skills – all while building friendships and memories. PAAM equips young artists with a well-rounded arts education and the confidence to take on whatever path they choose.