Alexis Sheridan-Rucker - Principal
Mrs. Sheridan-Rucker was born and raised in Southern California and earned her Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Psychology and Criminology, Law, and Society from UC Irvine. Upon graduation, she began working for the Boys and Girls Clubs and learned that she wanted to further her work with children. After relocating to the Bay Area, she earned her Education Specialist credential and Master’s in Special Education & Education Administration from San Francisco State University. Mrs. Sheridan-Rucker has worked in different educational settings around the bay, including public and nonpublic schools since 2007.
Under the tutelage of the founding directors, Mrs. Sheridan-Rucker grew into her position of Principal, where she has flourished and revitalized the program. Having worked for six years as an Education Specialist for Springstone, she has a strong framework for understanding the needs of the students and faculty. Working in partnership with Mrs. Wong and the Board of Directors, Mrs. Sheridan-Rucker has established herself as an executive with excellent leadership skills and a strong commitment to the unique and vital role that Springstone plays in our community.
A. Sheridan-Rucker, Principal
Kristine Wong -
Founder & Director
Mrs. Wong is one of the founding Director’s and visionary of the Springstone School. She is a licensed occupational therapist (OTR-L) and a credentialed Education Specialist, holding a Masters in Education. Mrs. Wong brings a wide breadth of knowledge to the Springstone community with her extensive experience in special education. She demonstrates the seamless blending of occupational therapy into the classroom setting, thus being the gold standard of the Springstone program. Mrs. Wong’s commitment to the Springstone School mission is inspiring and unwavering as she invests her energy into training the next generation of Springstone faculty and ensuring Springstone’s future is bright years to come.
Mei Costello - Board Member
Ms. Costello is the VP of Finance and Administration at RockYou, a social gaming company in San Francisco. Ms. Costello has been with RockYou since 2010, previously holding a similar role with online game publisher Gala-Net; prior to her role at Gala-Net she was controller at Speck. Ms. Costello holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Hawaii. An incredibly focused, diligent and meticulous individual, Ms. Costello is a consummate professional; her passion, loyalty and attention to detail are great assets to the Springstone Board of Directors.
Kathleen McNutly - Board Member & Parent of Alumnus
A native of Toronto, Canada, Mrs. McNulty has lived in California since 1987. She received her B.A. in English and History from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, and both her Master's in English and her M.L.S. from the University of Toronto. Before her three children were born, Kathleen worked in book publishing in San Francisco for many years, and is now a librarian at Chabot Elementary School in Oakland and at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley. A parent of a Springstone alum, her son attended Springstone for his middle and high school years.
Inez Wondeh - Board Member
Ms. Wondeh made her way from the small village of New Georgia, Liberia to the Bay Area in the late 1980’s when she and her family immigrated to the United States. Ms. Wondeh has a deep appreciation for education and the doors it opens for people. Ms. Wondeh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bass Medical Group (BMG) and holds her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration from University of San Francisco. She earned her Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is an experienced healthcare executive with more than 20 years in the industry, has previously held several key positions in various healthcare organizations, including four years as the COO of BMG where she helped execute many of the company’s growth strategy shifts. Ms. Wondeh has provided visionary leadership that has continued to inspire the highest levels of performance in the financial and operational administration. She leads strategic vision in the development and expansion of one of the largest independent physician-led groups in the Bay Area, which currently includes more than 42 specialties and 200 locations. Ms. Wondeh’s outstanding leadership, integrity, and background in the healthcare space have been instrumental in the growth and transformation of BMG. Ms. Wondeh believes in lifting others up in order for them to reach their full potential in life.
Marian Kidder - Dean of Operations
Ms. Kidder is a proud Bay Area native with a deep love and appreciation for the history and cultural diversity of her community. Raised by three generations of teachers, administrators, and educators, her keen eye for detail and enthusiasm for learning and teaching have been life-long. While studying at City College of Alameda and San Francisco City College, Ms. Kidder began her work in education as a teacher’s assistant in Hayward, and honed her professional skills first in her family business, then later in running a boutique real estate office. Having grown up in a family floral and event production business, creativity is a way of life for Ms. Kidder. She has had the honor of supporting numerous Bay Area non-profits with her professional event planning and event design skills, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for education-related organizations. In her most recent position, she handled business administration and human resources as Operations Director at a non-profit, non-public school in Alameda. Ms. Kidder is pleased to have joined Springstone in the summer of 2019, and is excited to work with the dedicated families, and faculty to help build bright futures for Springstone students.
Mrs. Alejo is a home-grown Californian, from Sacramento, and an avid world traveler. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish Literature from San Francisco State University. After graduating she obtained her TEFL credentials and taught English in France at various private schools. She continued her studies in France and obtained a Master’s in Psychomotor Therapy (equivalent to Occupational Therapy in the US). She then went on to work at a non-profit school with students with special needs. Together with a team of educators and therapists she created developmentally adapted learning programs along with strategies to help students organize and prioritize information. She is gladly back to her California roots and happy to be at The Springstone School.
Mr. Fosburgh attended Laney College in Oakland and then received his Liberal Arts Associate Degree at Sacramento City College before transferring to California State University of Sacramento where he received his Bachelor’s in English Literature. While studying at CSU Sacramento, Mr. Fosburgh worked in the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program with other teachers on and off campus and completed his TESOL certificate. After graduating from CSU Sacramento, Mr. Fosburgh taught beginner guitar classes before making the decision to pursue Teaching as a career. Mr. Fosburgh is excited to be at Springstone where he can work directly with students in order to make a positive impact and help them accomplish their educational goals.
Mr. Miller is a Bay Area native who attended Acalanes High School in Lafayette. His main hobby growing up was working in video production, acting on stage and in front of the camera. However, Mr. Miller has always had a passion and a drive to work in the special education field. He attended college at San Francisco State University, receiving his Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies, and currently is enrolled at St. Mary's College of California to earn his Master's degree. Mr. Miller has worked alongside and with adults and students with special needs in Alameda, Piedmont, and Lafayette. His goal is to help individuals with special needs to reach their highest potential and gain as much independence as possible.
Ms. Ayoub was raised right here in Lafayette. Upon graduation from Acalanes High School, she went on to San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She then pursued her Master’s in Teaching from University of Southern California with a focus on high-risk/at need and Special Education students. Upon receiving her Master’s English Language Arts and credential to teach, she taught middle school and high school Humanities in public, private, and independent schools. Ms. Ayoub then took the opportunity to be the Assistant Director of a new campus location and relocated to Princeton, NJ. Recently, Ms. Ayoub found herself back on her home turf of Lafayette and at The Springstone School. In her spare time, Ms. Ayoub loves to travel, read, cook/bake and can often be found going on adventures.
Mr. Thomas Frenza was born in Oakland, California and is an alumnus of Mt. Diablo Unified and Martinez School District. Mr. Frenza attended Santa Barbara City College where he learned the importance of academics and surfing, and earned his Associates in Applied Science before transferring to the University of California, East Bay, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. Mr. Frenza enjoys entering local poetry slams in Oakland and is currently a graduate student at Saint Mary’s College, where in addition to getting his credential Special Education, he is also pursuing a Master's of Education.
Mr. Murrow is originally from Texas, but comes to California by way of eight years in Florida. Mr. Murrow graduated from Southwestern Adventist University, where he was recruited to attend the University to play basketball, earning his Bachelor’s in Science along with his teacher certification. Upon graduating, he spent years traveling around the world playing professional basketball and teaching, coaching athletics, and settling in to teaching special education in the United States and internationally. In 2011, Mr. Murrow completed his Master’s in Education along with several state certifications. Recently, Mr. Murrow is in the process of completing his Doctoral studies in Education leadership and Sports administration along with transferring his out of state credentials to California. Mr. Murrow is passionate about making a difference in student’s lives through education, public speaking, and mentoring programs
After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University in 2003, Mr. Feinberg decided to pursue a career in teaching. He has worked at The Phillips Academy in Alameda, the San Francisco Zoo, and a San Francisco-based environmental education program, Tree Frog Treks. Mr. Feinberg is currently enrolled in a Master’s program with National University. In addition to teaching, Mr. Feinberg loves being outside and appreciating the natural world. Lafayette is right in the “backyard” of one of his favorite places to go, Briones Regional Park.
Miss Jackson joined the Springstone community as our guidance counselor, bringing with her many years of experience in education and coaching. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a focus in Human Services before continuing her education at Holy Names University where she obtained her Master’s in Forensic Psychology. Currently Miss Jackson is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Forensic Psychology to be completed in 2021. Miss Jackson’s passion is working with youth and young adults helping them obtain the tools that are needed to be successful in life. Miss Jackson looks to continue her education and give back to the community.
After completing his high school education in Belgium, Mr. O’Connor moved to California and attended Saint Mary’s College where he earned his Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts. As a graduate of The Integral Program, his specialties are history, political science, and economics. In respect to his teaching method, Mr. O’Connor seeks to have students understand the nature of cause and effect, rather than the memorization of arbitrary dates and events. Mr. O’Connor is currently enrolled in a Master’s program at Saint Mary’s University. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking and experiencing the great outdoors
Miss Turney started teaching in the 2004-2005 school year in the general education setting, teaching 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. While teaching, she received her Master’s of Art in Cross-Cultural Education. After teaching general education, she went to Japan and taught for a year at four different high schools. When she returned to the US from Japan, she attended San Francisco State University to receive her Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential. She began working at The Springstone School in the 2011-2012 school year. In addition to academics, she is certified to teach yoga to children. Miss Turney is a Springstone leader bringing fresh ideas and new ways for our students to embrace their community including monthly “Yoga for Causes” classes, the Pajama Program, and most recently a canned food drive.