Our Teachers

Clairbourn has outstanding and experienced teachers who are professionally prepared, set high standards for students, and provide a nurturing, supportive learning environment. Their positive attitudes are the reason our students love school.
Many of our teachers hold a master's degree in addition to their teaching credential. Preschool and Kindergarten classes have a full-time, degreed assistant working with the teacher. 
  

Clairbourn Faculty Profile

Faculty Members – 21 
Average Teaching Years – 16
Average Career Length at Clairbourn – 13 years 
Advanced Degrees - 33%
Student/Teacher Ratio - 12:1
  

Teacher Bios

The following teacher bios, organized by grade level, cover their qualifications, their talents as educators, and explanations of what parents and students can expect in their classrooms.  Our teachers are qualified, caring, excellent educators and can become valuable partners in parenting.

Preschool Teachers

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  • Mrs. Rankin

    Junior Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
    Mrs. Lee Rankin is a credentialed teacher with a gift for making students' first school experiences exciting and enjoyable. Upon entering her classroom, it becomes immediately obvious that she provides a highly creative, nurturing, loving, joyous, experiential classroom environment which is stimulating from the floor to the rafters.

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  • Ms. Machi

    Jr. Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
    Ms. Dannalou Machi is the Teacher Assistant for the Junior Pre-Kindergarten class. She has almost 40 years of experience working with children and has studied Early Childhood Development at UCLA (24 units). She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts.

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  • Mrs. Rubio

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
    Mrs. Sayra Rubio brings to Clairbourn 10 years of teaching experience. She has an educational background in child development and Spanish and previously worked for the University of Southern California (USC) childcare program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from USC and an Associates Degree in Child Development from Rio Hondo College.
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  • Miss Che

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
    Miss Lille Che holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has prior experience working as a Kindergarten, Grade 2 and 3 teacher assistant.

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Lower School Teachers

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  • Mrs. Shoemake

    Kindergarten Teacher
    Mrs. Kristen Shoemake is our Kindergarten teacher and she has twenty-eight years of teaching experience. She has a teaching credential, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Theatre, a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and an Illinois Teaching Certificate.
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  • Miss Steedman

    Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
    Miss Cassie Steedman is our Kindergarten Teacher Assistant. She is a newly-minted college graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies with a minor in Global Studies from Principia College.

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  • Ms. Dezutter

    Grade 1 Teacher
    Ms. Lindsay Dezutter is new to Southern California, and she has six years of experience teaching grades Kindergarten through Grade 2 at QSI International Schools in Slovakia and Slovenia and one year working for Federal Way Public Schools in Washington State.

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  • Mrs. Roberts

    Grade 2 Teacher
    Clairbourn’s Grade 2 Teacher, Mrs. Karen Roberts, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature degree from Occidental College and has her Teaching Credential from Cal State L.A.

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  • Mrs. Ward

    Grade 3 Teacher
    Mrs. Susan Ward is our Grade 3 Teacher, and has eight years of teaching experience. Mrs. Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an English Learner Authorization.

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  • Ms. Edwards

    Grade 4 Teacher
    Ms. Tara Edwards is our Grade 4 teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Principia College, she has an Illinois teaching credential, and she is currently getting her Master of Educational Technology degree from Concordia University.
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  • Mrs. Maltbie

    Grade 5 Teacher
    Mrs. Kimberlee Maltbie is our Grade 5 teacher and has been with us for seven years. Mrs. Maltbie has a teaching credential and a Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Education and Sociology with a Minor in Asian Studies. She is currently completing her Master of Educational Technology degree.

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Middle School Teachers

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  • Ms. Berge

    Middle School Math Teacher
    Ms. Rebecca Berge is our Middle School Math teacher and instructs grades 6-8. She also coaches after-school sports. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Economics from Pitzer College, in Claremont, CA, and has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

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  • Ms. Corwin

    Middle School History Teacher
    Ms. Laurie Corwin is our Middle School Social Studies Teacher, 7th Grade Dean, and Student Council Advisor. She has a teaching credential, she has been a teacher for twenty-one years, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American and Social Studies.

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  • Mrs. Kibbe

    Middle School Science Teacher
    Mrs. Joanna Kibbe is our Middle School Science Teacher. She has sixteen years of teaching experience and a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. In addition to being Clairbourn’s Middle School Science Teacher, Mrs. Kibbe is also the director of our school-wide Engineering Week. 

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  • Mrs. Taylor

    Middle School English Teacher
    Mrs. Janet Taylor is our Middle School English Teacher and she also serves as the Middle School Coordinator and the 8th Grade Dean. She has a teaching credential, twenty-five years of teaching experience, and holds a Master of Administrative Leadership degree, a Master of Education degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Studio Art.

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Specialist Teachers

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  • Mrs. Barker

    World Language & Drama
    Mrs. Cara Barker is Clairbourn’s language instructor, for French and Latin, and our drama instructor. She is known for her depth, creativity, and style, and has twenty-five years of teaching experience.

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  • Mrs. Drazic

    Spanish Teacher
    Mrs. Mary Drazic is our Spanish teacher for grades three through five and Middle School. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration Crime Analysis, a Master of Science degree in Education, and her California Teaching Credential is in progress.

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  • Mrs. Kiertzner

    Music Teacher
    Mrs. Rosemary Kiertzner is our music teacher with twenty-two years of teaching experience. Mrs. Kiertzner has a teaching credential and a Master of Music degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama, accompanied by a Bachelor of Art degree in Music, as well as an Associates of Arts degree in Music.
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  • Ms. Mize

    Head Librarian & Strings Music Teacher
    Ms. Ann Mize has been working at Clairbourn for twenty-one years, during which time she has had the pleasure of working with students from preschool through eighth grade. In both of her roles, she engages with the students on a personal level to foster an appreciation for her passions—reading and music.
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  • Mr. Barker

    Technology Teacher & Drama Teacher
    Mr. Paul Barker is our technology teacher with twenty-six years of teaching experience. He has a teaching credential, a Master of Education degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and Minors in Computer, and Drama.

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  • Mrs. Ball

    Art Teacher
    Mrs. Hayley Ball is Clairbourn’s creative and inspiring art teacher, and she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is a talented muralist and sign artist with accompanying digital art skills that include graphic design, web design, layout design, logo design, and digital illustration.

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  • Mrs. Devasto

    Athletic Director & PE Teacher
    Mrs. Mimi DeVasto is our Physical Education Teacher for both boys and girls and is the Athletic Director. She coaches our volleyball, basketball, track and softball teams. Ms. DeVasto has a Bachelor of Business and Economics degree, a Master of English Literature degree, and a Master of Coaching and Athletic Administration degree.

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  • Mr. Ball

    Physical Education Teacher
    Mr. Luke Ball is Clairbourn’s physical education teacher for both boys and girls. He has a Bachelor of Coaching and Athletic Administration degree, his W.S.I. (Water Safety Instruction) Certification, and he is in the process of receiving his Master of Coaching and Athletic Administration degree.

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Come Visit Us!

Clairbourn School is a coeducational, private school for students in preschool through middle school (JPK-Grade 8) that has continuously served the greater Pasadena area since 1926. We are known for excellent academics, our welcoming community, our attractive campus, and a strong record of sending graduates to top area high schools.
Private School Education for Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, & Middle School Grades - Serving Families in the Pasadena Area and Surrounding Cities
Clairbourn is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. (K-12 Private Schools)