Our Staff

OFFICE

Kathryn Linzey 
Head of School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've been at Concordia since 1997 and became Head of School in 2001. I enjoy gardening, cooking and traveling to beautiful places with my husband and 3 children. We have been to over 30 countries as a family. We have 2 dogs (plus a grand-dog), a cat, and 1/2 of a horse. I am the oldest of four children. Growing up, I lived in Washington State, Oregon, California and Illinois. One of my favorite places as a child was my grandparents' house on Vashon Island in Washington. My cousins and I would spend hours playing on the beach or picking blackberries in the woods.

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Kathryn McCormick  Admissions/Parent Relations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I first knew I wanted to work with children when I was 14 years old. How lucky is that? Fourteen. I have almost always, in some form, worked with children since then. In 1978, I discovered the Concordia School and worked in the Children's House for a year. I left for 18 years and returned in 1997. I feel most like Myself when I'm with children. They are fun and interesting and honest and true. The other time I feel most like Myself is when I'm on the water in a kayak, out in Nature. I love to walk and read and laugh and play. I have wonderful friends and family.

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Brie Bagwell 
Office Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings & Salutations! I'm Brie, and I've been at Concordia since before I was born. (My mom was working here as a teacher while she was pregnant with me.) I was a student up through 6th grade and then came back as a sub in the Children's House in 2002. I've worked in Elementary Daycare and as a support teacher in the Children's House for many years. Last year I trained under Gail, who had been here for 39 years, to take over as Office Manager. I love to run and laugh with the kids, and show them my new rocks! My favorite things to do are read, collect crystals and rocks, and commune with animals.

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CHILDREN'S HOUSE

Daniela Medina 
Head Teacher

 

 

 

I was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and moved to the United States when I was 4 years old. I am the oldest of three children. I love to hike, run and paint. I enjoy learning new things and spending as much time in nature as possible.

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Alex Quinn
Support Teacher

 

 

I started at Concordia in Spring of 2021 and trained under the phenomenal teacher and mentor, Patty Padilla. I love the play-based learning offered at Concordia that fosters critical thinking skills and a passion for life-long learning. I was born in the North Bay and grew up between the North and East Bay. I live with my boyfriend Thomas, our senior dog Frankie, six rasbora fish, and two mystery snails. I love to read, hike, crochet, and experiment with clay. I’m so glad to have found this incredible community here at Concordia!

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Jennifer Ramirez 
Support Teacher

 

 

I started at Concordia School in 2010 and have been working with the Children's House. I enjoy the connections I make with the families and community of Concordia. I have a half brother who is seven years younger than me, and I currently live with my husband and dog, Tina. My favorite things to do as a child were to bake, dance and run. I still enjoy all of these things as an adult, and I make sure to make time for them at home.

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Schylar Nathaniel 
Support Teacher

 

 

 

I started at Concordia in 2018 and I am glad to return to the Children's House this year! I started as a member of the Elementary Daycare Staff. Early Childhood Education is my field of study, and I've been blessed with the opportunity to join the Concordia Staff. I love kids. I was born in South San Jose, CA, but raised in the East Bay. I have an older brother and older sister. I am the youngest out of 3. Laughing is good for your soul, whether it's a funny movie, my friends or family. A lot of things make me laugh!

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Yaneth Perez 
Spanish Teacher

 

 

 

I've been teaching Spanish at Concordia since 2005. I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico. I have two girls; Samirah, who is 16 years old, and Sarahi, who is 18 years old. Both are Concordia graduates.  Samirah now attends Contra Costa School of Performing Arts and Sarahi is starting her first year at DVC. My favorite color is blue. I enjoy traveling, dancing, and listening to music.

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Hassina Khermous 
Support Teacher

 

 

 

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I'm Sina, I was born in Algeria and raised in France. I'm the youngest of five children. I started at Concordia in summer 2022. I have  one child who is named Emillien, he is three. I spend most of my spare time with my small family and friends. I love walking, writing and cooking. Surrounding myself with children all day sparks a lot of joy
in my own life.

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JUNIOR ELEMENTARY

Neysa Matt 
Head Teacher

 

 

 

I started at Concordia as a student in 1995 and stayed through Sixth Grade. I grew up an only child in Concord, so my school friends were very important to me. After receiving my degree in Elementary Education, I returned to Concordia in 2013 as a daycare teacher and assistant in the Advanced Elementary. I moved to the Junior Elementary, received my Montessori training, and became the Head Teacher. I enjoy reading, singing, and spending time with my sweet kitty, Sheba. I love coming to work each day because of all the laughs I share with my team.

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Yaneth Perez 
Spanish Teacher

 

 

 

I've been teaching Spanish at Concordia since 2005. I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico. I have two girls; Samirah, who is 16 years old, and Sarahi, who is 18 years old. Both are Concordia graduates.  Samirah now attends Contra Costa School of Performing Arts and Sarahi is starting her first year at DVC. My favorite color is blue. I enjoy traveling, dancing, and listening to music.

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Hannah Harrloe 
Support Teacher

 

 

 

I grew up on a ranch in Oroville, CA, where my whole family lived until I moved to Fairfield this summer. I was previously a coach, tutor and nanny which fostered my love for children and education. I am so excited for my second year being a part of The Concordia School.

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Lavina Hernandez 
Elementary Daycare

 

 

 

Hi, I'm Lavina Hernandez. I'm a mom of two amazing boys. I'm a current student at DVC pursuing my degree to become a teacher. I enjoy doing creative activities with my children and going on nature walks.

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Maribel Cardenas 
Support Teacher

 

 

 

I started in Elementary daycare in 2018, and I am now working in the Junior Elementary. I grew up here in the Bay Area and am an only child. What brought me to Concordia is not as important as why I stay; the kids, the staff, and the all around environment here bring me so much happiness. When I am not at school, I enjoy cooking, blogging recipes and relaxing with my family watching movies. My hubby and I love talking in movie quotes, which always makes me laugh.

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ADVANCED ELEMENTARY

Sannah Marquis
Head Teacher

 

 

 

I started at Concordia in 2020. I am from Portland, Oregon. I got married last year to my husband Matthew. I like playing basketball, singing, and spending time with my friends and family. I also like to go on walks and be in nature; however, I have a lot of allergies, so nature doesn't always love me!

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Lavina Hernandez 
Elementary Daycare

 

 

 

Hi, I'm Lavina Hernandez. I'm a mom of two amazing boys. I'm a current student at DVC pursuing my degree to become a teacher. I enjoy doing creative activities with my children and going on nature walks.

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Katja Lazare 
Support Teacher

 

 

 

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Yaneth Perez  
Spanish Teacher

 

 

 

I've been teaching Spanish at Concordia since 2005. I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico. I have two girls; Samirah, who is 16 years old, and Sarahi, who is 18 years old. Both are Concordia graduates.  Samirah now attends Contra Costa School of Performing Arts and Sarahi is starting her first year at DVC. My favorite color is blue. I enjoy traveling, dancing, and listening to music.

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