Springstone is that very special school that teaches in ways that all students can learn and appropriately challenges its students academically, so they are right up to par with California standards. Springstone creates a comfortable and accepting environment where the students can be themselves, have fun, and know they are valued for their unique points of view. The friends my son met in eighth grade are still among his best friends today. Our son has gone on to a four-year college in Florida and has maintained an above average GPA. He is now concluding his sophomore year. One of his best Springstone friends is also at a private four-year college in California, and others are doing very well at local junior colleges. I think this speaks volumes for what a great job Springstone has done to prepare our kids for their next stage of life. We are very grateful to The Springstone School!

Celina Abu-Ghaben


Michael Feinberg, B.A. – Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science

After graduating with a Bachelors’ Degree from Wesleyan University in 2003, Mr. Feinberg decided to pursue a career in teaching. Since then, he has worked at Children’s Learning Center in Alameda, the San Francisco Zoo, and a San Francisco-based environmental education program called Tree Frog Treks. In addition to teaching, Mr. Feinberg loves being outside and appreciating the natural world. Lafayette is right in the “backyard” of one of his favorite places to go, Briones Regional Park.

Celeste Fendell-B.A., English, M.S. Educational Leadership

Celeste Fendell is a native Californian. She has worked in several high schools and types of high school programs in the Bay Area as both an English teacher and a special education teacher. She teaches English/Language Arts to 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders at Springstone School. Her hobbies are hiking, enjoying nature, and paper crafts. She is thrilled to become a member of the Springstone staff and delighted to meet Springstone students and families.

Megan Hsu, M.A. - Mathematics

Miss Hsu grew up in Novi, Michigan. Upon graduating from high school, she made the wise decision to leave Michigan and move out west to California to attend Stanford University. There, she graduated with a BA in Communication and a minor in Psychology before joining the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), where she received her M.A. in Education and a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics. Miss Hsu also tutors and mentors students part-time. She is the high school math teacher at Springstone and the 10th grade homeroom teacher. She cherishes all of the meaningful connections she has made with students and families at Springstone and looks forward to another fantastic school year.

Kristina Lau - B.A. World History, US History

Ms. Lau graduated from The University of British Columbia with a Bachelors in Sociology and Economics. Upon graduating, she found her passion in teaching and then earned her Postgraduate Diploma in Education from The University of Hong Kong. In addition to teaching Grade 6-8 Social Studies in Springstone, Ms. Lau will also teach 6th and 7th Drama. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, dancing and traveling.

Kerry Linetzky, M.A., MFT – Social Skills, Art Therapy, Administration

Ms. Linetzky is an Art Therapist and Marriage Family Therapist with a Masters' Degree from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has been licensed with the BBSE since 2005, and has worked extensively with young students and teens in a variety of settings (such as inpatient, day treatment, school, individual and group). In addition to being a part of the administrative team, Ms. Linetzky develops and facilitates the social skills program, counsels 8th, 9th and 10th grade students, and leads the art program.

Kira Matiya, M.A., MFTI - Counseling

Raised in Alaska, Ms. Matiya graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and Arts Education. Upon graduation, she worked in a school settings one on one with students, she found that she wanted to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy Psychology. Graduating from Notre Dame de Namur, she began her counseling experience at a high-needs public school in the Bay Area facilitating art therapy with students and families. Ms. Matiya has experience working with students at the college, high school, middle school, and elementary school levels. This myriad of experiences has enhanced her skill-set and deepened her empathy and love for students! In her down time, you can find Ms. Matiya reading at the beach, climbing up a mountaintop, or snapping photos of the great outdoors.

Jusin Thiel, B.A. – Earth Science, Biology, Botany, Physics

Originally from the Chicago area, Mr. Thiel moved to California in 2003 . He graduated with a degree in Education from Concordia University, Chicago. Since graduating, he has worked in a variety of education settings and has been a classroom teacher since 2005. Mr. Thiel places a strong emphasis on process and critical thinking.

Bronwyn Turney, B.A. – Language Arts

Ms. Turney is originally from Sacramento, California and has been working in the education field for over 10 years. As an elementary school general education teacher working with 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, Ms. Turney taught in both resource and inclusion programs. Working as a general education teacher, she was inspired to go back to school to receive a Special Education Credential.