Dr. Antonian began teaching science at Salesian College Preparatory in 2016 following a twenty-eight year career in pharmaceutical research and development. She is recipient of American Chemical Society HACH grant in chemistry and Toshiba America Foundation grant in physics. Grant funds have secured laboratory apparatus enabling Salesian students to undertake project-based learning in biotechnology and in renewable energy concepts. Dr. Antonian is a Fellow at the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program.
Mr. Bender has been teaching computer science for the last 28 years. He has planned and delivered many courses in computer programming and software applications, mostly at the college level. He has been an adjunct instructor at Holy Names University for the last eleven years. He started teaching AP and intro to computer science at Salesian this year. For fun, Mr. Bender likes to sail in the Bay and travel with his wife.
Mr. Boyett graduated in the Class of 2013 and returned to Salesian as the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach in 2018. He joined the faculty and staff in 2019 as the Librarian. Mr. Boyett also works with Admissions and Development as the Social Media and Alumni Relations Coordinator. He also coaches Cross Country and is the moderator for Media Club, JSA and Conservation Club. Mr. Boyett enjoys different outdoor and fitness activities and adventures to Disneyland.
Ms. Ciccone kicked off her career as a teacher in 1999. She has taught in rural, suburban, urban, charter, and private schools. Career highlights include Adjunct Faculty (Minnesota State); English Teacher (Penn State); English Teacher, Grad Mentor, Learning Center Facilitator (UMass); Case-Manager to teen parents; GED instructor; Girls’ Group Facilitator; Advisory Teacher; ELD Site-Coordinator; Secretary to Dean & Registrar (Hampden-Sydney College); Assistant Director (Umass-Oxford). Ms. Ciccone directs the Salesian Writing Center. She enjoys yoga, writing, and running.
Dr. Coscia grew up in Missouri and graduated from Clayton High School. She earned her BA from Washington University, studied wolves at Dalhousie University for her MSc and PhD, and conducted endocrinological research with UC Berkeley's Hyena Project prior to joining Salesian in 2008. She teaches Biology and Environmental Science and shares her passion for nature and adventure by touring internationally with Science Club students, moderating the Hiking Club and Frisbee Club, and leading Outdoor Adventures Camp.
KJ Dahlaw is a dance artist and educator, relocated to Richmond, CA from Reno, NV and Chicago, IL before that. KJ received their MFA in Dance from Saint Mary's College of CA in 2018 and is excited to teach dance here at Salesian College Preparatory, as well as ODC and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. KJ is a parent of two, partner and nature enthusiast.
Ms. Darr graduated from Union Mine High School in Placerville. She earned a BS in Athletic Training at California State University, Sacramento. She worked two seasons with the women’s gymnastics team and one season with the women’s soccer team at CSUS, in addition to many summer camps hosted by CSUS. Ms. Darr is employed through UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland as an Athletic Trainer. She spent her first year with Salesian as the Athletic Trainer, and then joined the Salesian faculty in 2015 to teach Sports Medicine and Anatomy. Ms. Darr is currently the moderator for the Sports Medicine Club and the mentor to junior athletic training students after school assisting with various teams. Ms. Darr enjoys recreational sports activities and spending time with her dogs.
I originally became a member of the Salesian faculty serving in the Social Science Department, which resulted in me teaching every required course throughout my tenure. I became Department Chair after several years, in addition to coordinating the annual WASC accreditation process for the school. I was asked to assume various administrative duties in addition to teaching in 2009. Within two years, I became the Assistant Principal for Academics, and was appointed Principal in 2016, becoming the first female leader of Salesian College Preparatory. My personal interests include all things related to American History such as visiting museums, monuments, historic sites, or procuring artifacts or old books. I also love to be outdoors and work in the garden, walk my dog, or watch baseball and football games.
David has been counseling students at Salesian for almost a quarter-century and is honored that many young people have trusted him with their stories. He consults with teachers and staff on a variety of issues related to student’s needs and presents workshops to parents each year. David is also a professional musician with 9 albums to his credit and is involved in several projects related to counseling and the arts.