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Faculty

 

Robyn Borth, M.Ed.

7th Grade Advisor
Email: rborth@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Borth received an Associate’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Great Falls, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Montana Western, and a Master of Education in Reading Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University.
Experience: Mrs. Borth teaches Middle School Language Arts and Reading as well as U.S. History and Transitions in our Upper School. Prior to coming to Winston, she taught in both the public and private school sector primarily in the area of special education. Mrs. Borth also serves as Winston’s Cheer Coach and Assistant Track Coach.


Samantha Bos, M.A.T.

Lower School Teacher
Email: sbos@winston-sa.org
Education: Ms. Bos received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University.
Experience: Ms. Bos teaches a D Core class in our Lower School. Prior to coming to Winston, she taught at Jackson Middle School. Ms. Bos also sponsors our EarlyAct Club.


Ruth Butler, M.Ed.

Email: rbutler@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Butler received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Education of the Emotionally Disturbed from Syracuse University and her Master of Education in Learning Disabilities from Boston University.
Experience: Mrs. Butler has been at Winston since 1988, initially teaching Reading, Math, and Language Arts in the Lower School. She now serves primarily as Winston’s Curriculum Coordinator for the Lower and Middle Schools. Prior to coming to Winston, she taught emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students in Massachusetts, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

Mike Canales, M.A.

12th Grade Advisor, Interact Sponsor
Email: mcanales@winston-sa.org
Education: Mr. Canales received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts Degree in Management from Webster University. His Texas Teaching Certificate is in the area of Special Education.
Experience: Mr. Canales has taught Spanish I, II, and III at Winston since 2004. Prior to coming to Winston, he worked for 10 years as a special education teacher in one of San Antonio’s largest public school districts.

Giovanni Cavatorta, M.B.A., M.S.

8th Grade Advisor
Email: gcavatorta@winston-sa.org
Education: Mr. Cavatorta received his Master of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University.
Experience: Mr. Cavatorta has been at Winston since 2006 and teaches Middle School Math and Upper School Computer Programming. 


Roger Dillard, M.Ed.

Science Department
Email: rdillard@winston-sa.org
Education: Mr. Dillard received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Austin College and his Master of Arts Degree in School Leadership from Trinity University.
Experience: Mr. Dillard teaches Upper School science classes and sponsors our STEAM program. Before beginning his classroom teaching, Mr. Dillard worked in Character Education Curriculum as a writer and editor. He came to Winston in 2006 with several years'experience teaching Chemistry and Physics in public schools.

Rhonda Green, M.A.

Lower School Teacher
Email: rgreen@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Green received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Mount Mary College and her Master of Arts Degree in History Education from the University at Albany.
Experience: Mrs. Green began her teaching career in a rural New York High School. While teaching history there for nearly 15 years, she found a passion for working with at-risk learners. She moved to San Antonio so that her son could attend Winston and began teaching in our Lower School in 2006.


Carol Gulley, B.S.

Drama/Music Teacher
Email: cgulley@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Gulley received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Southwestern University. She also attained post-graduate hours in Theatre and Music from Trinity University and American University.
Experience: Mrs. Gulley came to Winston in 2009 after a successful theater and music career with San Antonio’s Magik Theatre. Prior to that she lived in Washington, D.C. and worked in professional theater as a playwright, composer, director, and performer for 15 years. Mrs. Gulley also directed the acclaimed film “Working Wings,” which focused on under-employment of individuals with learning differences.


Julie Hanson, M.Ed.

Lower/Middle/Upper School Teacher
Email: jhanson@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Hanson received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Education in Special Education with a focus in Assessments from Texas A&M University San Antonio. In conjunction with her masters degree, Mrs. Hanson is trained in Dyslexia Therapy and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist.
Experience: Mrs. Hanson has been at Winston since 2008 and has ten years of teaching experience in other settings. She has taught Lower School Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Computer as well as Middle School Reading, Language Arts, and American History, and Upper School English. Mrs. Hanson is also a part-time professor in Trinity University’s Education Department. Prior to coming to Winston, she taught in both the Northside and Boerne Independent School Districts. Mrs. Hanson has also worked in Guatemala with Food for the Hungry as the Director of Communications in their Child Sponsorship Program.


Niccole Heard, B.A.

9th Grade Advisor
Email: nheard@winston-sa.org
Education: Ms. Heard earned her Bachelor of Arts from UTSA. She is certified to teach through the Texas Institute for Teacher Education.
Experience: Ms. Heard teachers Middle and Upper School Math and Reading. Prior to coming to Winston, she worked at St. George Episcopal in the after-school care department for 8 years and has served as a private tutor since 2008. She began her teaching career at Winston in 2016, when she served as a long-time sub and Director of the Extended Day program.


Tricia Hernandez, M.Ed.

10th Grade Advisor
Email: thernandez@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Hernandez received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health with an emphasis in Business and Industry from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her Master of Education in Exercise Science from Texas State University at San Marcos.
Experience: Mrs. Hernandez teaches Upper School Health and Speech classes. She also teaches Physical Education for the entire school. Prior to coming to Winston, she served as the head of the Physical Education Department at The Briarwood School and was highly involved with the school’s Special Olympics program. Mrs. Hernandez also taught and coached in the Pleasanton Independent School District.


Jackie Jaramillo, M.A.

Lower School Teacher
Email: jjaramillo@winston-sa.org
Education: Ms. Jaramillo received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Special Education with a minor in Guidance and Counseling from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Education from Framingham College.
Experience: Ms. Jaramillo teaches Math, Reading, and Language Arts to our Lower School students as well as Sixth Grade Social Studies. Ms. Jaramillo began her teaching career as one of Winston’s charter faculty members in 1985. In 1997, she took a sabbatical to work at the American School Foundation Monterrey and returned to Winston in 1999. Ms. Jaramillo has served as a School Attuned Certified Teacher and has specialized training in Alphabetic Phonics and the Landmark Writing Program.


Katy Johnson, M.A.

8th Grade Advisor
Email: kjohnson@winston-sa.org
Education: Ms. Johnson received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where her study focused on special education and education for the hearing impaired.  She received her Master's Degree from Cardinal Stritch.
Experience: Ms. Johnson teaches Middle and Upper School Reading and Language Arts. Prior to Winston, Ms. Johnson taught students with learning differences in the Wisconsin public school system for 18 years.  She has also served as a member of the leadership team for a charter school in Washington, D. C.


Brenda Lane, M.Ed.

7th Grade Advisor
Email: blane@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Lane received her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of South Florida, a Bachelor of Science Degree (cum laude) in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southwest Texas State University, and a Master of Education specializing in Administration from Concordia Lutheran University.
Experience: Mrs. Lane teaches Middle School Social Studies. Prior to coming to Winston in 2000, Mrs. Lane taught in other private schools and served in the administration realm for more than 10 years.

Stacie Lewis, B.A.

10th Grade Advisor
Email: slewis@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Lewis received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTSA. She is certified to teach ELA, ESL, and art. 
Experience: Mrs. Lewis teaches Middle and Upper School Art. SHe has taught since 1998, and she joins Winston after an extensive career in the Northside Independent School District. She is a lifelong artist with a passion for the visual arts and the English language.

Barbara Massey, M.B.A.

Librarian
Email: bmassey@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Massey received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and her Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
Experience: Mrs. Massey is the Winston Librarian and she also teaches Lower School Library and Computers. She has been at Winston since 2003 and is a co-sponsor of the STEAM program.

Michelle McCay, B.A.

11th Grade Advisor
Email: mmccay@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. McCay received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Experience: Mrs. McCay teaches English Language Arts to our Upper School students, serves as the faculty sponsor for Winston’s Student Council, and coaches volleyball. Prior to coming to Winston, she worked as an 11th grade English teacher and coached high school soccer and volleyball.

Jesse Mendez, B.S.

8th Grade Advisor
Email: jmendez@winston-sa.org
Education: Mr. Mendez received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station. Additionally, Mr. Mendez is a retired Marine with over 20 years of active duty experience.
Experience: Mr. Mendez teaches Upper School Math and Business, Middle School Science and Lower School Computer Lab. He is a San Antonio native and a retired Marine Major with over 20 years of experience in Logistics, Operations, Planning, and Recruiting. 

Susan Owen, B.A.

Lower School Teacher
Email: sowen@winston-sa.org
Education: Ms. Owen received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Berea College and Montessori Primary Certification from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta through the Association Montessori Internationale
Experience: Ms. Owen has taught at Winston School since 1996 in both A and B Cores, and has more than 30 years of teaching experience. Prior to coming to Winston, she taught in Montessori Schools at both the Primary and Lower Elementary levels. While working in the classroom, Ms. Owen also served on the Board of Directors and as Co-Administrator in Montessori schools in Kentucky and Indiana. She has also taught Art in a residential treatment program for adjudicated youth, worked as a Social Worker with youthful offenders, and served as a public school Montessori consultant.


Marina Parra-Noonan, M.S.

9th Grade Advisor
Email: mnoonan@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Parra-Noonan received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Experience: Mrs. Parra-Noonan teaches Middle School Science and Upper School Sciences. Prior to coming to Winston in 2014, she taught Environmental Science, Physics, and Biology at Holy Cross of San Antonio, and she taught Middle School in the public school sector.


Dorian Reeves, M.A.

Lower School Teacher
Email: dreeves@winston-sa.org
Education: Ms. Reeves has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of San Diego and also received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Diego.
Experience: Ms. Reeves has taught children with learning differences for 15 years and has training in numerous Orton Gillingham based methodologies. She teaches A Core here at Winston, our kindergarten equivalent.


Richard Rodriguez, B.A.

12th Grade Advisor
Email: rrodriguez@winston-sa.org
Education: Mr. Rodriguez received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Experience: Mr. Rodriguez teaches Digital Media I and II, Graphic Design, Yearbook and Computer Science/Business in our Upper School. Mr. Rodriguez comes to Winston from having served as the President and CEO of Digital Edge, a communications and video production company with clients such as Motorola USA, Cisco Systems, Frost Bank, etc. Mr. Rodriguez also spent time in television sports with both KSAT and KENS.


Carol Salzwedel, B.S.

9th Grade Advisor
Email: csalzwedel@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Salzwedel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and History from Wayland Baptist College. She completed course work for her teaching certificate at Hardin-Simmons University.
Experience: Mrs. Salzwedel began teaching at Winston in 2008. She teaches Algebra I and II, Pre-Calculus, College Algebra, and Math Models. Prior coming to Winston, she taught in Texas public schools for 24 years. While in the public school system, Mrs. Salzwedel served as the Math Department head for two and a half years and Instructional Dean of Mathematics for three years.

Deanna Strahl, B.A.

11th Grade Advisor
Email: dstrahl@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Strahl received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois.
Experience: Mrs. Strahl teaches Middle and Upper School English and Math. She has over 30 years of teaching experience, including 1-8th grade and K-12 special education. She comes to Winston after spending 25 years in the North East Independent School District. 

Rebecca Summers, B.S.

Lower School Teacher
Email: rsummers@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Summers attended the University of Pittsburgh and received a Bachelor of Science degree in both elementary education and special education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
Experience: Mrs. Summers is a B2 Core Lower School teacher. She teaches Math, Reading, Language and Science. Before Winston, she taught sixth-grade special education and Pre-K.

Cody Thompson, B.S.

10th Grade Advisor
Email: cthompson@winston-sa.org
Education: Mr. Thompson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the Texas A&M Prarie View University.
Experience: Mr. Thompson teaches Upper School Social Studies and coaches Winston's basketball, football, and baseball teams. He has experience coaching a traveling baseball team, and prior to coming to Winston, he was a Luling ISD faculty member for three years.

Stephanie Tsapakis, M.A.

Lower School Teacher
Email: stsapakis@winston-sa.org
Education: Mrs. Tsapakis received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Sign Language and Education from Kent State University. She also earned her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from Kent State University. Mrs. Tsapakis also has certifications in teaching the Wilson Reading System Levels I and II.
Experience: Mrs. Tsapakis teaches B Core in our Lower School, specifically Math, Wilson Reading, SIM Proficiency and Paragraph Writing, and Social Studies. She came to Winston in 2012 after teaching for three years at a private school similar to Winston.