Core Faculty and Collaborators

Lead Teachers

Carinne Lemaire

Carinne Lemaire has been at Marin Academy since 2010, where she teaches French II and V-VI, as well as Spanish I, and advises the French Club. Before joining the MA faculty, Carinne was an International Commerce Agent in France, a high school French teacher in a number of Marin County high schools, as well as a teacher of French at Miller Creek Middle School. Carinne earned her BA and MA from Lille III France and holds a teaching credential from Sonoma State University. Carinne moved to Marin County (and the United States) in 2003. Like so many, Carinne fell in love with California at first sight. She loves going for walks with her two dogs and her husband, taking care of her bees and her two horses, watching movies, reading, cooking, gardening, and swimming.

Bill Meyer

Bill Meyer has been at Marin Academy since 2003, where he has taught Modern World History II, U.S. History Honors, and several electives including History, Culture, and Identity; Hidden Histories; Guns, Culture, and Policy; and American Government Honors. In addition to his work in the classroom, Bill is the co-creator and co-chair of the Marin Academy Conference on Democracy, has served as both Senior Class Dean and History Department Chair, and has also served on the Board of Trustees.  He loves teaching film studies-based minicourses and is always looking for new ways to bring filmmakers into discussion with MA students. Before coming to MA, Bill taught History and American Studies at the Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, from 1996 to 2003. He also taught elementary school at the Webster Magnet School in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned his BA from Macalester College and his MAT from Brown University. Someday Bill would like to finish the MA in English he is halfway through at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.

When he is not at MA, Bill enjoys eating, cooking, hiking with his dogs, seeing live music and baseball with friends, devouring books and movies of all kinds and writing about them on his blog, and tending to the ever-growing menagerie of creatures that his wife MA Science teacher Stori Oates brings into their home.

Key MA Collaborators

KaTrina Wentzel

As Academic Dean, KaTrina oversees the academic administration of MA with particular responsibilities around curriculum, the master schedule, and the school calendar. She shares responsibility with the Dean of Students and class deans for student achievement, course placement, and communication with parents, and shares responsibility with the Dean of Faculty and department chairs for faculty development and hiring. KaTrina received her B.A. in English from the women's college, College of St. Catherine, and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. Before coming to MA, she was the Director of Studies at Mounds Park Academy (MPA) in Saint Paul, MN. During her tenure at MPA, she also served as Diversity Coordinator and taught in the English department including English 9, senior electives, and yearbook. Before her 14-year tenure at MPA, KaTrina was a teacher and curriculum coordinator for St. Paul Public Schools and worked for Free Spirit Publishing in acquisitions and editorial. As a Midwest native, KaTrina enjoys reading outside during all seasons, no longer needing an ice scraper, and discovering the hiking trails that abound in Marin.

Sachi Ariel Decou

Sachi DeCou is the Design and Technology Lead and teaches Computer Science. She runs the Design Lab, a multi-purpose design/build/prototyping creative space, which serves as a resource for the entire MA community. In this role she works directly with both students and faculty to support and develop projects and curricula. 

Sachi has spent the last fifteen years pursuing a career in design for social impact, both in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and East Africa. She graduated with a degree in Environmental Chemistry and Latin American Studies from Hampshire College in 2000 and went on to spend many years working and collaborating on projects, from bicycle design to building solar charging stations. Inspired by a passion to further apply her work in design and technology, she returned to graduate school and received an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts in 2012. Throughout her career, teaching and mentoring has remained an important way for her to share her work with young people. 

Sachi lives in Oakland, CA where she thrives on dancing, working on her motorcycle and immersing herself in an ongoing array of art and design projects.

Annie Elias

Annie has been teaching theater for over thirty years. In addition to her work at MA, Annie has taught as an artist-in-residence in Vermont. In Chicago she taught theater to mentally ill populations through City of Chicago Cultural Affairs grants. And she taught theater for five years at Concord Academy in Massachusetts.  

She received her B.A. from Mills College where she graduated with honors in both her majors--Art History and English Literature. She also received prizes for fiction writing and journalism. She is the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a travel grant funding research in stone and wood carving motifs in Polynesia. Years later she studied dramaturgy and dramatic literature at the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. But Annie has learned the most about theater through its practice. She has been an associate artist for over thirty years at Phantom Theater in Vermont, where she has written and directed numerous original productions. She was a member of the acclaimed New Crime Productions theater company in Chicago. She is the recipient of a grant from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project for her dance/theater adaptation of the novel Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, a development grant from the Magic Theatre for her play Entranced, based on the Sleeping Beauty myth, among other grants and awards.  

In 2011, Annie was commissioned by The Cutting Ball Theater to create and direct a documentary theater piece about San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The production, entitled Tenderloin, premiered in April 2012. She also directed Ionesco’s “The Chairs” at Cutting Ball Theater.

David Sinaiko

David Sinaiko joined the MA faculty as Co-Director of Theater in the Fall of 2000, after five years in the same position at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts. After graduating from the Undergraduate Drama Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts he founded the Dák Theatre in New York City, an experimental company basing its work in the physical theater style of Eugenio Barba’s Odin Teatret, and helped to start the Phantom Theater in Warren, Vermont. In Chicago he co-founded the critically acclaimed, award-winning, New Crime Productions, performing and directing “incendiary vaudevilles” in their modern commedia dell’arte style. He co-directs MA’s theater program with his life partner and frequent artistic collaborator, Anne Elias, with whom he received a grant from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project to develop a dance/theater adaptation of the novel Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman. From 2005-2008 David took a hiatus from MA to be the Director of the Theater Program at the Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School; as a professional actor David has earned professional stage, film, and television credits in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He can be seen frequently on Bay Area stages, including the Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse and San Francisco's Cutting Ball Theater where he is an associate artist; He is an avid Chicago sports fan. 

Key Community Partners

Maggie Harris—Teaching Specialist and Level Lead, University of Minnesota Leadership Minor

Maggie Harris joined the Leadership Minor at the University of Minnesota in 2010. She holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and teaches all core courses across the Minor, as well as a study abroad course. Maggie worked for over a decade as the founder and executive director of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and, prior to that, with Houghton Mifflin and Yale University supporting funding and research for public schools. She has served as a board member for multiple organizations and has dedicated her time as a leadership consultant to over one hundred universities, schools, corporations, and nonprofit groups across the United States and Canada. Maggie has been honored as a Girl Scouts Centennial Woman of Promise, is the recipient of the B. Warren Hart Award for Public Service, and was one of the Ten Outstanding Minnesotans of 2011. She infuses her experience with and dedication to leadership development into dynamic, engrossing curriculum development and classroom instruction. When not adoring her time with her partner and children, Maggie travels extensively and has lived and worked in 5 different countries. Her international experiences drive her passion and practice in developing global leaders.

Lev Plaves '06—Senior Investment Manager, Refugees and Displaced Populations at Kiva

As Kiva's Portfolio Manager for the Middle East, Lev is responsible for managing relationships with existing field partners and growing Kiva’s presence in the region. Lev focuses on supporting partners to ensure that they get the most out of their relationships with Kiva, while also identifying new partner organizations to be part of the Kiva platform. Prior to joining Kiva, Lev lived in Palestine for three years, where he worked for a youth empowerment organization. This experience helped spark his interest in the Middle East, and he has since spent his time getting to know as many places as possible throughout the region. Lev loves nothing more than exploring new cities and has been based in Istanbul, Turkey since 2012. After growing up in Berkeley, Lev studied International Politics at Wesleyan University, with a focus on International Relations and Middle Eastern politics.