Student Life

Our Residential Faculty

Priory's Residential Faculty

List of 8 items.

  • Kate Johansen, Dean of Residential Life

  • Mary Castaneda, Residential Faculty

    Mary graduated from Woodside Priory in 2007 and is thrilled to return home as a member of the Residential Faculty! She received her bachelor's degree in Business and Marketing and a master's degree in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. Mary's career in education began in teaching kindergarten (yes, little 4.5-year-olds!) During her tenure as a kindergarten teacher, she brought her passion for education to the fitness world and became a Pure Barre teacher. After a few years of teaching both kindergarten and Pure Barre, Mary left the classroom to become the owner of the Pure Barre studio in Palo Alto. Mary is jazzed to work with younger students again. In her downtime, Mary enjoys staying active, channeling her inner baker, knitting, going on food adventures, and walking her Shih Tzu, Riley.
  • Andrew Downey, Residential Faculty

    A native of Kingston and the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York state, Andrew Downey graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in secondary education with a focus on world history. Andrew was also a former member of the Black Bear football team where he earned three All-Colonial Athletic Association selections and a contract with the National Football League. Andrew is passionate about artistic expression, sustainable agriculture, and is an outdoor enthusiast.
  • C.J. Gomez, Residential Faculty

    C.J. grew up in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area alongside his four younger brothers, two of whom also attended the Priory! Graduating in 2012 from California State University, East Bay with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, C.J. continued his education and earned a master's degree in philosophy at San Francisco State University. Prior to joining the Priory Residential Faculty, he was a substitute teacher in the Newark Unified School District as well as a graduate teaching associate. Along with being an avid rock climber and martial arts practitioner, C.J. enjoys nothing more than learning from others about their culture and language.
  • Michael Botsch, Residential Faculty

  • TATIANA REESE, Residential Faculty

  • ARIANA BICKELL, Residential Faculty

  • CARY HAMPTON, Residential Faculty

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