Santa Lucia School celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015.

Santa Lucia’s distinguished faculty is characterized by the interest and individual attention given to each student. Our staff consists of a dedicated, energetic group of teachers and aides, and we delight in welcoming outstanding education consultants in topics such as art, physical education, science and music to further enrich our days together. Santa Lucia faculty members share a passion for rich and multi-cultural learning and bring extensive experience to the classroom that both educates and inspires.

SLS127Jan Thompquist, Primary Class Teacher, Grades 1-3.   Jan’s vision for creating a lovely and quality community based school on a pristine rural property has not only grown, but has blossomed into the most unique and exceptional little school in the county.  Jan masterfully weaves art and science into the primary curriculum in ways that intrigue and delight. Her classroom is always a celebration of the seasons and gives a peek into the rich sensory experience her students enjoy.

Jaki Kalionzes,  Primary Class Aide, Grades 1-3.  SLS131Jaki Kalionzes is the beating heart and open arms of Santa Lucia School. In addition to working with Jan to provide top notch education to their students, Jaki is always there with a hug, a wave, or whatever is needed to bring a smile to everyone’s face.  If there is a human embodiment of love and compassion, we are pretty sure Jaki is it.


Rena Spooner, Elementary Class Teacher, Grades 4-6.  Rena’s class is an ever moving, living, breathing tribute to learning and emerging childhood potential.  The elementary grades (4-6) are a time of unfolding, and Rena fosters that transformation with a classroom that is educationally enriching while also being fun, multi-culturally rich and rife with opportunities for students to learn, grow and express themselves and their blossoming innate potential.

Nanette Young, Elementary Class Aide, Grades 4-6SLS130.  Nanette’s warm and effusive way lends itself perfectly to her role as assistant to Rena in the elementary class as well as her nurturing roles as nurse, confidante, and everyone’s favorite…head chef! Nanette is quick with a hug and hand and an invaluable part of the warmth and community feeling that Santa Lucia is known for.   

SLS128Gale Ybarra, Middle School Teacher, Grades 7-8.  Gale leads the middle school class at Santa Lucia as they bridge the progression from the elementary grades out into the world.  Gale is passionate about education and individualism. She fosters an environment for her students that challenges them to not only know the answer, but to engage in critical problem solving and collaborative learning that prepares them not only for high-school, but for success in a lifetime of learning to come.    

Joseph Kalionzes, SLS125Middle School Aide, Grades 7-8.  In addition to being the beloved aide to Gale in the middle school, Joe also teaches Spanish and brings his incredible talents in language and arts to all grades.  When not in the classroom, Joseph can often be found out on the field, or in the art studio, and is a firm yet loving champion of each student as they make their way through their years at Santa Lucia.