Frank Marrero began teaching kindergarten in 1978 and presently teaches fifth grade in Pinole, CA. He holds a Master's in the Arts of Teaching, specializing in affective education, which was published in the Journal of Integral Studies. He is the author of Big Philosophy for Little Kids, an acclaimed writing curriculum which uses emotional education as its content. He is the father of two amazing children, Ella 12, and Salem 16, and teaches his own children to hug trees and save the world. He is married to Julia Marrero who has taught in the Summer Odyssey program for 5 years.
Nancy Wilson is currently teaching second grade at Neil Cummins School in Larkspur where she has taught since 1993. Nancy began her teaching career as a math specialist at a private school in San Francisco. Upon moving to the Larkspur School District, she became the school's math mentor and helped develop curriculum for the G.A.T.E. program. She also teaches after-school classes for Math Olympiad. One of the things she loves most about teaching is showing kids how math is so much more than just arithmetic. Her passion for teaching the gifted and talented youth in the Summer Odyssey Program is evident in the diverse selection of classes she’s offered.
Libby Hass Silvestri comes to Dominican's Summer Odyssey as a penguin alum from the credential program with 17 years of teaching experience. She holds two credentials, a single subject in English and a multiple subject credential. Having taught six years in the first and second grades, Silvestri currently teaches fourth grade at Lu Sutton Elementary School in Novato. A Marin native, she attended St. Isabella's School, Marin Catholic High School, Saint Mary's College in Moraga, graduating with a major in English and a minor in Business. She and her husband have three children, and being a GATE parent herself, has provided her with a heightened awareness of GATE student needs and parental perspectives. Her love of music comes in handy both in the classroom and on stage as Libby is a professional vocalist and musician.
Ron Pembleton comes to the Summer Odyssey program from Kent Middle School, in Kentfield. He has been teaching middle school physical science for fifteen years. His first year teaching was at Vandenburg Middle School, the west coast rocket base for the U.S. Air Force. Having witnessed several rocket launches on the base, Ron enjoys teaching rocketry to future astronauts and engineers. He has received numerous education innovator grants and awards over the years, including most recently an "A+ for Energy" grant from BP Oil, which allowed Ron and his students to build Rube Goldberg simple machines using solar energy as a power source. He refers to teaching about rocket science as “a real blast”.
T.C. Moore’s art has been exhibited across the United States in solo and juried exhibitions. She has taught drawing, watercolor, process media and methods at Berkeley City College, UC Berkeley Extension and the University of Oregon. She was also an art parent coordinator at Rooftop and Dixie Elementary Schools. T.C. Moore studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and taught a field studies seminar in Italy’s Veneto region. She earned an MFA in Studio Arts from JFK University in Berkeley, CA and a second Masters degree in Landscape Architecture. She has a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Oregon, and an Associate degree in Interior Design from Mt. Royal College in Canada. Her diverse background along with her passion for teaching will challenge gifted students. T. C Moore is an artist member at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station where her work questions the definitions and boundaries of drawing, painting, sculpture and fiber arts. To learn more, visit her web-site, topazemoore.com.