List of 10 items.

  • Nola-rae Cronan

    Head of School
    Nola-rae Cronan is honored and humbled to join Carlthorp as the Head of School. 
    Nola-rae joins Carlthorp with a rich 19 years of experience in independent schools including The Williston Northampton School, Cranbrook Schools, The Columbus School for Girls, and most recently at The Langley School. Nola-rae has served in a variety of capacities in education, including as a teacher, student advisor, dorm parent, coach, school counselor, Dean of Students, Director, and Head of Middle School. Her vast experience touches all aspects of school life, including but not limited to curriculum development, technology integration, faculty professional development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, student leadership, and student programming. She has also received distinction for her work with innovative teaching practices after being selected as one of 26 educators in the first cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators. Nola-rae has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Ursinus College and a Master’s Degree in clinical social work from Smith College School for Social Work. 
  • Steve Springer

    Associate Head of School and Principal
    Steve is honored to serve as Associate Head of School and Principal. Steve’s seven-year tenure at Carlthorp School began first as a classroom teacher and then as an administrator, providing him with a uniquely holistic understanding of the operations of the school.   

    During his more than 29 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 co-authored 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. Additionally, Steve designed and directed cross-aged tutoring programs, 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. Steve enjoys spending time with his husband Mark, swimming, running, biking, and paddleboarding in his spare time.
  • Amanda Sasso

    Dean of Academics
    Amanda, a Carlthorp alumna, began working at Carlthorp School in the year 2002. In her tenure at Carlthorp, she has been a 1st grade homeroom teacher, a 6th grade homeroom teacher, a math specialist, and administrator.
    In her role as Dean of Academics, Amanda supports the day-to-day operations of Carlthorp School.  She brings with her several years of exmissions experience, a strong knowledge of Carlthorp traditions and programs, and the ability to support all key stakeholders.  Amanda is a member of the school Board at St. Paul the Apostle School and a Board member for the National Charity League.  She is also a member of the mathematics consortium of private school educators in Los Angeles, the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and the California Mathematics Council.  Amanda is a Marlborough School alumna and a Southern Methodist University graduate where she earned her bachelor’s in business administration in marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish.  After working for Pacific Life Insurance Company and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Amanda returned to school to earn her multiple subject teaching credential through Cal State University, Northridge.  Amanda has two children, loves to cook, read, exercise, and be a “mom-ager” for her busy children.
  • Pat Yahnke

    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.
  • Tasha Johnson

    Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Tasha has worked in the education field for over 20 years. She is a three-time presenter at the California Association of Teachers of English on critical pedagogy and incorporating a social justice lens into the curriculum, served on the steering committee for the CREWS program through the Southern California College Access Network, developed and facilitated professional developments for Loyola Marymount University, holds a certificate in conflict resolution as a certified facilitator from the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), and is trained in cross-cultural facilitation techniques.
  • Nicky Meyer

    Program Integration Director & Head Librarian
    Nicky is looking forward to beginning her 22nd year at Carlthorp. Over the course of those years she has held many positions. She began as a PE teacher, moved to 1st Grade for six years, followed by 3rd Grade for eight years and has now been the Head Librarian for five years. Additionally, Nicky has stepped into the role of Program Integration Director. She is overseeing the COVID return plans, coordinating the Parent Education Workshop Series at CS, and collaborating with fellow faculty and staff on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Curriculum. She holds an Administrative Credential, a Masters of Art in Elementary Education, a Clear Credential in Elementary Education, and a B.A in Sociology with a minor in Family Studies.  Nicky enjoys yoga, traveling and spending time with her friends and family. She has always been devoted to helping children achieve their potential, knowing that they need to be well prepared for the complex world in which they will live.
  • Ken Parr

    Director of Finance
    Santa Monica native, Ken graduated from Sonoma State University in the fields of Finance and Philosophy and has been a part of the Carlthorp School team for over a decade. His responsibilities include managing the business office, the school’s finances, advancement, payroll and human resources, and the overseeing of the physical plant.
  • Maureen Pollack

    Director of Strategic Advancement & Communication
    Maureen ’90 is a native of Santa Monica and a proud Carlthorp School graduate.  The daughter of a former Carlthorp School teacher, Mrs. Dowling, Maureen has been connected to the school for decades. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College in the fields of English and Communication. Prior to working at Carlthorp School, she worked in Advancement at Brentwood School and as Marketing Director at Two Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills. Maureen is the proud mother of a Carlthorp School alumnus and current Carlthorp School student.
  • Lynn Wagmeister

    Director of Admissions
    Lynn holds a Bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Organizational Psychology.  She is also a graduate of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Executive Program. As the daughter of an American diplomat, Lynn was raised all over the world before settling in Los Angeles.  She has three sons, each of whom is a Carlthorp School graduate, and she herself is a former member of the Carlthorp School Board of Trustees. In Lynn’s limited free time she enjoys traveling, reading, taking walks on sunny days, and spending time with friends and family.
  • Shelley Hinson

    Director of Technology

    Shelley joins Carlthorp School as the new Director of Technology. Originally from Texas, she began her career as a Computer Science teacher where she taught courses at the university level as well as K-12 private schools.  
    Shelley has lived all over the world. An opportunity to move to the Persian Gulf took her to Bahrain where she worked as an IT Project Manager for VIVA Bahrain, the nation’s telecommunications company. She returned to the US where she worked in private schools as an Assistant Tech Director in New Jersey and then as Technology Director in Sacramento, CA. 
    Shelley is blessed with four grown children who reside throughout the US. She treasures traveling to see them for visits as often as possible. Shelley is very pleased to join the Carlthorp School team and looks forward to supporting the school with all of their tech needs.