Meet the Creekside Team

Jeff Kraunz

Executive Director

Creekside is a magical place to work.  Inspired learning at the base of Squaw Valley Ski Area.  It’s a dream come true to share my days with a community of people that care about academics, student relationships and the community as a whole.  I encourage you to reach out with questions about our school.  Please schedule a time to tour our campus.  I look forward to welcoming you into our Creekside learning family.  

Lynn Bohrnstedt

Executive Accounts Manager

I have been involved in the many phases of Creekside since 2003. I have seen it grow and evolve and couldn’t be more proud to now be heading its business department. I look forward to the future of Creekside Cooperative Charter School and working with the wonderful staff, parents and students.

Veronica Shipley

Transitional Kindergarten

I am ecstatic to be a part of the Creekside team. I have experience in kindergarten, second grade, and at the college level. I am passionate about the field of early childhood education and seek to create an environment in which your child grows socially, emotionally, and academically through play.

Theresa Anderson

Kindergarten

Elea Bosque

First Grade

I love working with and learning from our 1st graders! I have been honored to teach young children in the Tahoe-Truckee area, the Bay area, and in Italy for the past 16 years. I feel that being around young people is an enlightening experience – they are honest, real, and full of every raw emotion. I believe strongly that it takes a “village” to be able to support our young learners, and am always establishing that sense of community within the classroom. I feel that children need to be able to explore and express themselves through the arts, and I try to bring those experiences into our learning environment.

Jenny Worthy

Second grade

I have experience teaching pre-K, K, and 6th grade over the last 10 years or so. I also ran a Bed and Breakfast Inn for 8 years and have a strong musical background. I sang in musical theater and opera productions prior to getting my teaching credential, so your children can expect some fun music and art projects as we progress through our core standards throughout the year. We learn a lot and have a great time in our classroom!

Jessica Loring

Third Grade

I’ve taught K-3 in diverse populations, and absolutely love what I do! My goal in the classroom is to use communication and compassion towards all students in order to create a positive environment where students treat one other with respect and kindness. I offer guidance and direction throughout the learning process, using differentiation, inquiry and hand-on experiences, while encouraging students to embrace their eduction and make it their own. I believe in the power of communication and collaboration, and enjoy working with Creekside’s amazing staff, students and families. 

Gillian Tomasini

fourth grade

I have taught with Creekside since 2001, teaching Kindergarten, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades. Recognizing the importance of positive attitudes to encourage and inspire students to expect and reach their highest potentials, my teaching style incorporates inquiry, allowing students to develop and apply skills across through research, inference, problem solving, and reflective, critical and creative thinking.

Susan Bower

fifth grade

I bring my adventure racing experience, which is mainly about teamwork and pushing oneself, into the classroom.  Adventure racing is about working as a team to reach to a common goal. I create a class where everyone has a sense of belonging and has the skills to succeed, emotionally and mentally.  Inspiring each student to go beyond their limits in a safe, fun, exciting, and challenging environment is my main goal. Being on a successful team means everyone will grow, learn, and transform.

Heather David

sixth grade

I am so excited to be a part of the Creekside community as your 6th grade teacher! I have taught diverse populations in the Bay Area and my hometown, Sacramento. Prior to joining Creekside, I completed my M.A. in Education at UC Berkeley focused on equitable teaching practices. It is during my time in graduate school that I developed my focus on social emotional learning to help encourage students to reach their highest potential. I enjoy spending the day helping students develop a love of learning!

Gretchen Brugman

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE

Literature, Writing, History, and the Joys of Middle School.

Steven Benesi

seventh/eighth grade

I’m so excited to spend each year learning with the students at Creekside. I look forward to the interesting discussions, activities, and experiences the year will hold!

Monica Caldari

World Languages Dept. Head, Spanish K-8

Approximately 15 years of my life have been spent teaching English, Spanish, and Social Studies at every grade level, at inner city public schools, in Puerto Rico, Connecticut, Northern California, and now in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Because of my multicultural background and extensive travel, cultural diversity has played a critical role in my teaching practice. It is an aspect within education that must be addressed in order to create a more compassionate, respectful and truly educated society.

Katrina Pilcher

Interventionist

From teaching ski school, after-school programs, 3rd and 4th grade, and Special Education, I have always found a way to work with kids. As an educator, I strive to create a safe, fun, caring, and collaborative environment where all students can learn their best and grow to their full potential.  I love working with the staff and students at Creekside in this beautiful valley that I originally moved to ten years back!