Athena Academy

About Us


Shama Hinard, Director of Faculty and Instruction

Rachel Zatulovsky, Lead Teacher:

Rachel Zatulovsky obtained her BA in History from UC Berkeley. She completed her teacher certification and MA in Education from Cal State East Bay. After spending seven years in the classroom teaching students ranging from first grade to sixth grade, Rachel began one-on-one private tutoring for students with special learning needs. She also consulted with families, helping them select appropriate school placements to best suit their child's unique learning needs.  As Athena Academy's lead teacher, Rachel builds strong relationships with students based on kindness, equality and trust. She values authentic learning experiences and draws from students' curiosities and interests as often as possible.

Kathy Loo, Classroom Teacher:

Kathy Rietkerk Loo graduated summa cum laude from Fresno State University with a BA in liberal studies. She was nominated for the Dean’s Medal from the School of Education and she holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for grades K-12. She earned her CLAD (Crosscultural Language and Academic Development) Certificate from the University of San Diego. She recently completed her JD at the University of San Francisco. Kathy brings eleven years of elementary school teaching experience in both the public and private sector to Athena Academy. She has been an Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination coach for fourteen years. Kathy believes in the importance of instilling a lifelong love of learning in her students and in helping them to use their creativity to make the world a better place in which to live.

Shawna Nelson, Classroom Teacher:

Shawna has been in the teaching field for over a decade.  She has a BA in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in music from California State University, Northridge.  She also holds an Education MA in Cross Cultural Studies, which emphasizes integrating the subjects in the classroom, from National University.  Shawna has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and is NCLB certified.  Shawna has a passion for teaching children and is excited to be one of the founding teachers at Athena Academy. 

Katy Siegel, Classroom Teacher:

Katy Siegel earned her BA in Creative Writing and Fine Art from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She taught English and Arts at the JFK International School in Saanen, Switzerland for four summers, and then served two additional seasons as director of the program. Working with students from around the globe fueled her desire to pursue education as a vocation. Katy received her MA in Teaching from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She went on to design and teach rigorous, inquiry-based lessons as a 4th grade teacher at a school focused on Hmong language and culture. After moving to California to be with her husband, she is thrilled to join the team at Athena Academy. Katy brings experience nurturing educational curiosity in students from 1st grade through high school. She looks forward to supporting visual learners as they discover new gifts and interests.

Wendy Page, Integrated Specialist Teacher:
Wendy has been involved in education for over a decade. She has managed a successful music studio and taught hundreds of student’s music, art and history, some of which were gifted with dyslexia. Wendy has also taught children ages K – 12th in all major subjects. Wendy’s education includes a BA in Music Industry (music business), a California Multi-Subject Teaching Credential, and a MS in Instructional Design and Technology (online education and training). She has extensive knowledge in elementary education methodologies and pedagogy, and is excited to be working with the bright students and talented teachers at Athena Academy.
Claire Grant, School Manager:
Claire received a BA in Psychology from Chapman University and an MA in Counseling Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis) from the University of San Francisco. She worked in school and clinic-based counseling with the Community Youth Center (CYC) of San Francisco as a trainee for approximately one year; she worked with children and teens with a variety of diagnoses, and offered family services when necessary. She became certified in and administered the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) during her time at CYC for diagnostic purposes and to help develop Individualized Educational Plans for students with Medi-Cal Insurance. As the School Manager for Athena Academy, she will be here to welcome you on campus and answer any inquiries you might have by phone or e-mail.