We are excited to welcome these new faculty and staff members to the Westridge community!
Michelle Amos, Upper School Chemistry Teacher
Michelle has more than 20 years of teaching experience, most recently at The Buckley School where for seven years she taught Upper School science courses including AP Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science and was co-chair of the Middle and Upper School Science Department. Before that, she taught science and was the girls Head of House at Haileybury, an independent school in Keysborough, Australia. Michelle earned her Master’s of Education and Graduate Diploma in Education from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.
Anna Bondoc, Upper School English Teacher
A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Honors English program, Anna comes to Westridge with over a decade of classroom experience. She has taught English, Language Arts Enrichment, Human Development, and Art at the Archer School for Girls and Larchmont Charter School. Anna was a substitute teacher at Westridge last year, and her daughter Claire is entering 10th grade this year. In addition to teaching, Anna is a professional writer and editor whose published credits include a feminist anthology and a how-to art book, personal essays, and articles on art and design. She has exhibited her fine art drawings, prints, and paper cut pieces throughout Los Angeles.
Jennifer Cutler, Upper School History Teacher
Jennifer comes to Westridge with nearly 15 years of experience teaching both history and French. She has taught at several independent girls’ schools, including The Chapin School in New York City, Baldwin School in Philadelphia, Laurel School in Cleveland, and most recently at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Jennifer earned her Master’s of Education from University of Maryland and dual Bachelor’s degrees in history and French from Bucknell University.
Mick Lorusso, STEAMWorks Design Studio Assistant
Mick comes to Westridge with nearly 10 years of teaching experience in STEM and art both in independent schools and at the collegiate level. He has spent the last seven summers teaching high school students at UCLA Sci l Art Studio + Lab and worked as the STEAM Coordinator and instructor for the Genesis Innovation Lab with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute and his Bachelor’s degree in studio art from Colorado College. In addition to teaching, Mick is an interdisciplinary artist with more than 10 solo exhibitions and 30 group exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally.
Susie Murdock, Lower & Middle School Learning Support Specialist
Susie earned her Master’s degree in special education and a Clear Credential in special education from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from University of California, Riverside. Susie has more than 20 years of experience in education, most recently at Calabasas High School where she taught special education, math, and study skills. Prior to that, she served as the director of special education programs at Aveson Charter Schools in Pasadena and Valley High School in North Hills.
Anna Oseran, Middle School English Teacher
Anna holds a Master’s degree in English and American Studies from NYU and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Comparative Literature from Occidental College. Anna comes to Westridge from The Bank Street School for Children in New York City, where she served as the learning support specialist for grades 6-8 and taught 8th grade humanities. She has also taught at The Packer Collegiate Institute and has a background in publishing, having worked as an editorial assistant at Abram Books publishing and as an editor for Genius Media Group.
Sarah Simon, Human Development Coordinator
Sarah is an all girls' school graduate who went on to earn a Master’s degree in Gender and Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Education and PhD in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University. In over five years as an educator, Sarah has worked at The Wesley School, The Feminist Majority Foundation, and Los Angeles Rock Camp for Girls where they created programming focusing on social justice and social/emotional development for girls ages 8-17.
Amber Arbet will assume the role of co-dean of Upper School Student Voices this year in addition to teaching 5th grade language arts and history.
Masami Hansen moved from teaching Middle School English to Lower & Middle School dean of student support this year.