Administration & Staff

Pacific Valley School boasts some of the most dedicated faculty and staff in the state. Our teachers are expert educators who work hard to make sure each student receives a truly tailored education. As a district, we make every decision with our students’ best interest in mind. We welcome you to get to know the members of our team and contact any one of them with your questions or concerns.

Meet Our Team

Administration

Jonathan Sison
Superintendent / Principal
Send Email

About Jonathan Sison

Close

Susan Perry
Administrative Assistant
Send Email
Biography

Susan Perry

About Susan Perry

Susan Perry has been a part of Pacific Valley School since October of 1993. Susan has three daughters, two of whom graduated from PV. Susan loves Pacific Valley School because she feels that we are “one big family.” Susan is from Rhode Island where she grew up sailing, swimming, body boarding, and bicycling. Susan attended a private all-girls school in New London, Connecticut. After grade school, Susan attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, then moved to Big Sur and studied Early Childhood Education at Hartnell.
Close

Office Staff

Lisa Gering
School Secretary, Instructional Aide
Send Email

Sarah Harlan
Secretary, Preschool Instructor, Instructional Aide
Send Email

Laura Zarcone
Accounts Payable
Send Email

Teachers

Karen Beecher
Grades 4-12: Language Arts, Math, CA History, Geography, Special Education
Send Email
Biography

Karen Beecher

About Karen Beecher

Karen Zinniker Beecher fell in love with Pacific Valley School while camping at Plasket Campground and vowed to teach there one day. In 1999, her dream came true. Currently, she teaches High School Honors and AP English, AP Psychology, English, and Math for grades 4 through 8. She is also the Special Education Director, Education Specialist, and Behavior Intervention Case Manager. She graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a BA in Liberal Studies, Credential Track, received an Education Specialist Credential from Cal Poly, a K-8 Multi-subject Credential and a Masters in Science of Instructional Technology from University of California Monterey Bay, and a VSP single subject authorization for High School English. Karen lives in Cambria with her husband, Beech, and four Pomeranians. She has three children—sons Teague and Shea Uva, who are both grips living in Ventura, and daughter Blaize Uva, who is a cartographer and archeologist living in Cambria. A native of San Diego County, Karen lived in Escondido, Del Dios, Leucadia, and Australia before moving to Cambria in 1992. Karen’s previous occupations include being a naturalist for Camp KEEP Cambria Pines, an aide at Cayucos elementary, a preschool teacher, and a landscape designer. Karen’s passions include surfing, writing, reading, photography, Pomeranians, and education.
Close

Gail Chambers
All Grade Levels: All Subjects
Send Email

About Gail Chambers

Close

Gael Cunningham
Grades 5-12: Science, History, Advanced Math

About Gael Cunningham

Close

Ellen Hall
TK-3 All Subjects and Grades 9-12th Spanish

About Ellen Hall

Close

Hilary Walters
Language Arts, History, French, Journalism
Send Email

About Hilary Walters

Close

Support Staff

"Cubby" Carl Cashen
Van/Bus Driver
Send Email

Caleb Chesser
Maintenance

Gail Dinsmore
Groundskeeper &
Garden Maintenance

Torri Taber
Custodian

Instructional Aides

Gail D.

Lisa Gering

Sarah Harlan

Food Service Assistants

Bunny Gries

Brooke Russell