Tim Kusserow is the Head of School at Carlthorp School and is one of only three to hold the position in the school’s seventy-nine year history.
Tim’s educational leadership in Los Angeles spans both the public and independent school systems. Tim began his career as a teacher in the inner city of Los Angeles and became a LAUSD school administrator prior to arriving at Carlthorp in 2008. Tim has served as Dean of Faculty, Principal, and most recently Associate Head of School at Carlthorp where his vision, leadership, and connection with the community has been instrumental in fostering new academic initiatives. Tim believes in an experiential approach to learning to supplement Carlthorp’s strong academic curriculum and long-standing commitment to community service. In partnership with the Gifted Education & Differentiated Instruction Program at the Rossier School of Education (USC), Tim spearheaded the effort to integrate a “service learning” component to the academic curriculum. The service learning curriculum provides an opportunity for students to receive “hands on” experiences with social issues while simultaneously integrating critical and creative thinking, 21st Century skills, and non-cognitive traits (e.g., “grit,” resilience, and empathy). Tim is a native of Santa Monica and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley. Tim is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) organization, and a graduate of the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads (2014). Tim serves on the Board of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and the Board of New Los Angeles Charter School (LAUSD).
In his spare time Tim enjoys reading, exercising, and going to the beach with his family.
Associate Head of School & Principal
During his more than 23 years of experience as a professional educator, Steve Springer has been a teacher, an administrator and a curriculum developer. He earned a MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in the fields of science and art. In addition, he coauthored and illustrated ten teacher resource books published in McGraw Hill’s “The Organized Teacher” series. While teaching in grades K-6 and in Adult Education, Steve also had an adjunct faculty position at Cal State LA in the areas of classroom management, language acquisition and cultural diversity. He designed and directed cross-aged tutoring programs there, as well as after-school programs for LAUSD. A huge advocate of service learning, Steve spent three years in Peace Corps Guatemala and back home became a founding board member of Pug Nation Rescue of Los Angeles. Finally, he has worked with Covenant House of California to help homeless youth get off the street. In his spare time, Steve enjoys swimming, running, biking and paddle boarding.
Stephanie retired after 33 years of service in Southern California’s public schools, and she is now excited to bring this experience to the Carlthorp School community. Her professional experiences include 1st – 9th grade Teacher, Assistant Principal, Instructional Coordinator, and Principal. She was the Principal at Short Avenue School when it became California’s highest performing Reading First School as well as Principal of Melrose Math Science and Technology Magnet which was recognized as a California Distinguished School, an Apple Distinguished School, and a Magnet Schools of America School of Excellence. She is passionate in her pursuit of educational excellence in all student populations.Proudly, Stephanie is the first in her family to earn a college degree holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Cal State Dominguez Hills and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Cal State San Bernardino. In her spare time Stephanie enjoys walking and hiking for exercise, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Marcelline Cattani is a native of Pennington, New Jersey and graduated from Princeton University with an honors degree in Psychology and a certificate in Teacher Preparation. At Princeton, she was a member of the Varsity Women’s Crew team that won the NCAA National Championship.
Marcelline has extensive classroom teaching experience. She taught 3rd Grade for two years in New Jersey public schools before earning a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College. While pursuing her Master’s, she taught 1st and 5th Graders and served as a Literacy Specialist at schools in Chelsea and the Upper East Side of New York City. She then joined the faculty of the Success Academy Charter Network’s school in the South Bronx where she taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders. As a fellow in the Columbia Literacy Specialist program, Marcelline worked on interactive, curriculum-based learning and she has since presented her work at professional conferences and seminars. Marcelline went on to become the Middle School Literacy Manager for the entire Success Academy Charter Network. More recently, she joined the KIPP New Jersey Charter Network as their first Director of Literacy Achievement and Curriculum. In this role, Marcelline served as the network’s curriculum content expert for all of the network’s elementary schools in Newark and Camden.
Marcelline is honored to be a part of the Carlthorp family as Director of Curriculum and Instruction and enjoys working with teachers, students and families.
Assistant Principal Emeritus
A native of Santa Monica, Pat attended Loyola Marymount University. After that she earned a Master’s from Seattle University. She came to Carlthorp School in 1984 and, among other duties, taught Advanced Math. Pat is joining us again this year as the Vice Principal Emeritus and will continue to inspire us at Flag Line with her “Thought for the Day,” which students hear during Morning Assembly. Her extra-curricular activities include crafts, reading, and walking with friends.