Instructional Support Staff

Barbara Lawrence

Barbara Lawrence
Library, Ext: 1003

Although Barbara has been the librarian at Gault for 5 years, she has been part of the Gault Community for a long time. 25 years ago she did her student teaching at Gault and her boys, Aidan and Ryley, now teenagers, both attended Gault School. She attended UCSC for both her teaching credential and her BA (Environmental Studies and Urban Studies). She holds a Masters Degree in Library Science from San Jose State University. Her spare time is spent reading (of course), cooking, hiking, and traveling with her sons.

Meri Ancic - Library Assistant

Erica Schroeder - Life Lab

Ziesel Saunders - Reading Coach

Miran McPolland - Music Teacher

Vickie Gilbert - Art Teacher

Our artist in residence, Vickie Gilbert, has an extensive background and training in her field giving our students an appreciation of the arts, as well as an opportunity to explore and develop their own talents. Vickie will share the elements of visual arts with your child. Students have the opportunity to draw, paint, watercolor, sculpt with clay and explore the various cultural connections found in art. Our arts committee also arranges for special performances by professional musicians, dance troupes, and performers throughout the school year.

Janinee Ramirez - Counselor

Office, Ext: 2007


Raven Graham - Response to Intervention (RTI) Coordinator

Room 15, Ext: 1015

When not in the classroom she can be found out in the surf, riding the mountain trails, hanging with her friends and family or walking her dog.

Linda Frisbey, MA, SLP-CCC - Speech

Room 12, Ext: 1012

Linda serves our community at Gault as a speech and language specialist, helping students who have disabilities in language, speaking, listening, and social skills. She has two sons who graduated from Santa Cruz City Schools, starting at Gault, attending Branciforte Middle School, and graduating from Harbor High School. She is a licensed speech language pathologist with a masters degree from San Jose State University. She has worked throughout the district with students of all ages and disabilities, but loves having her home base at Gault.

Catherine Rodecker - Psychologist

Room 13, Ext: 1013


Maritza Turpin - Resource Specialist

Room 18, Ext: 1018

Maritza Turpin was born and raised in Trujillo, Perú. She moved to California in 1995. As an Educational Specialist she is the Bilingual Resource Teacher at Gault, where I serve students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K through 5. She enjoys dancing Latin music and Zumba, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Ana Goena - Special Ed

Areli Lopez - Paraeducator

Jocelyn Orellana- Paraeducator

Simone Selder - Paraeducator

Alexis Vargas - Paraeducator

Lucy Parks - PBIS Tech

Meghan White - RSP Tech

Charlene Tumanut - RSP Specialist

Kat Burke - ELD Teacher

Katie Anderson - Instructional Tech

Room 18, Ext: 1018


Maria Hernandez - Learning Assistant

Pat Hurley - Learning Assistant

Angela Manriquez - Learning Assistant


David Mena - Evening Custodian


Moises Mena - Day Custodian


Donna Geffken - ASES 

Donna Geffken Raised in Santa Cruz, community is important to me. Retired from owning a construction business, I fulfilled a dream of going to college and received my Bachelors in Social and Behavioral Science. Working with families and kids as Director of the After School Program, has given me the opportunity to serve as a positive role model and give back to my hometown that I have seen go through many changes. My spare time is time with family and my kids, running the local trails, cooking, reading, and watching any movie at the Nick.

Mace Anderson - Playground Coach

Georgina Guzman - Food Services

Kitchen Ext: 2005