A California native, Linda Kislingbury (Ms K) has been teaching drama for sixteen years at San Marin High School and loving every minute of it. Linda received her early training from her inspirational High School drama teacher and then from University of Oregon where she received her BA in Drama and Speech and an Oregon Teaching Credential. She continued her graduate work in Theatre at San Francisco State and obtained her California Teaching Credential while working as Corporate Communication Manager for Pacific Bell for over twenty years. During her corporate years, Linda was deeply involved in Marin Community Theatre: Ross Valley Players and Novato Theatre Company. Currently, she is one of the founding members of Terry McGovern’s Marin Actors Workshop (a group that meets weekly to perfect their acting skills). Linda was honored to receive the Golden Bell in 2008 and again in 2012 and also received a Rotary Teacher Award in 2012.
Allison McIvor has been a teacher within the Novato Unified School District for fifteen years. Thirteen of those years were spent at Hill Middle School.
During her time at Hill Middle School, Allison’s performing groups consistently excelled at competitions and festivals often receiving unanimous superior ratings and command performances. She was honored to receive both the Golden Bell Teacher Award and the Rotary Teacher Award in 2008.
A Novato native, Allison graduated from Novato High School and went on to study music at Cal State East Bay where she earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors. Following graduation Allison attended New England Conservatory in Boston and earned her Masters Degree in trombone performance as well as her Massachusetts teaching credential.
Eleni Katsaros is a graduate of the NUSD system. She began her college career in Greece and eventually moved back home to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Chico State. Having experience both as an Interior Designer and in the corporate business world, Ms. Kats returned to school in 2014 to follow her passion of working with our community's youth and received her Teaching Credential from Dominican University . She spent her student teaching year locally along side Mrs. Heyer at Sinaloa and was soon thereafter hired here at San Marin for the 2015-2016 school year. In her second year of teaching, she returned as a JV Soccer Coach, a Varsity Softball Coach, a Club Supervisor, and as of December 2016 a Masters Degree Graduate. As a fresh teacher with a background that touches upon 21st century applications she is looking forward to giving Art new life at San Marin. Creative careers are out there and Ms. Kats is determined to make real life connections between the creative thinking process and the futures of her students.
Jennifer Norman was born and raised in New York where she often visited the many major museums in the city and attended plays on Broadway. This laid the foundation for her love of the arts. Jennifer received her BA in painting at Northeastern University in Boston with a semester in Italy to focus on figure drawing and she received her MA in Education at Cambridge College, also in Boston. Jennifer has taught HS art in New York and San Francisco and she is excited to teach in San Marin where she feels she has found her home. As a life long learner, Jennifer continues her education by taking courses in varied subjects when she has time and by remembering to take the time to listen and consider the world around her. Finally, Jennifer is a mom to a 2 ½ year old boy who thinks getting dirty while making art is a thrill, just like his Mom.
Sarah Frieberg received her BFA from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA. She also received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, graduating with academic honors in both programs. Sarah also received the Sonoma County Emerging Artist Award in 2007 where she displayed her artwork in their show. Sarah most recently comes to San Domenico from Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, CA. Her main goal in the classroom is for every student to develop confidence in their artwork and in themselves. She works to create a positive and nurturing environment that encourages risk taking and creativity. She is impressed by the genuine enthusiasm for learning that the middle school aged students extend forward in the classroom. Creating art, gardening and teaching are some of her favorite things, she also loves to go on hiking adventures with her daughter and husband.