FACULTY & STAFF
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Dr. Hemsley began her educational career at the age of six when she recruited neighborhood children to her basement “school” and taught them how to read and write. Later she taught Science, French and Economics at a preparatory school in East Los Angeles valley. Graduating from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in French and Education, she went on to pursue a Master’s degree in education and obtained her teaching credentials for k-8, special education and community college teaching. She returned to the university to complete her Ph.D. in special education and research and evaluation. From there, Dr. Hemsley was asked to joined the faculty at the research faculty at the University of California, Riverside School of Education where she taught, trained, conducted research and published for 9 years. As a senior researcher at the California Educational Research Cooperative (CERC), she created, designed & implemented meaningful and relevant educational research. In this capacity, she collaborated with superintendents from 30 member school districts, helping them identify and understand their most pressing issues and then strategized how to best research, evaluate and/or address these issues. As a coach for New American High Schools she was given the opportunity to assess, evaluate & document the extent to which high schools evidenced specified elements of reform. She learned first hand the intricacies, challenges, successes and nuances in the daily operations of some of the most alternative educational settings. One of the over twenty charter schools Dr. Hemsley evaluated and coached deservedly received the New American High School designation under her watch. She also guided and evaluated several High Schools through their accreditation processes, leading still another school through to a Blue Ribbon Designation. In response to what she saw as a need for teachers to utilize more critical thinking skills and engage in research-based practice, Dr. Hemsley designed and implemented the Institute of Reflective Practice through the University of California where she taught administrators a more critical and thoughtful approach to practice throughout Southern California. In addition, as part of her varied evaluation activities at the University, Dr. Hemsley has successfully written and been awarded over one million dollars in grants.
CRAIG FRICK, M.S.Ed.
ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL
HISTORY, CIVICS, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
Craig Frick was born in Port Angeles, and raised in Sequim. He graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and minors in History and Sociology. Craig also has a degree in Culinary Arts and Food Production Management. He’s lived and worked on a half million acre sheep station in the Australian Outback and travelled throughout Australia and New Zealand. He’s worked as a chef in the top restaurants in Seattle, Perth, Australia and Frankfurt, Germany. While in Europe, he developed a new career in sales and finance, working in various fields including commodities, timber, housing and transportation. He’s travelled to 39 countries; living and working in Australia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Lithuania, Spain and Norway, where he lived for 18 years. He has an intimate knowledge of world geography and different cultures that together with his education helped Craig to create a global understanding of human society past and present, as well as providing unique insights into our own society here in the U.S., and the many cultures and ethnicities which comprise a post-modern United States. He is fluent in Norwegian.
After having lived 21 years abroad, he returned to the States in 2011 and completed a Masters of Science in Education, Secondary Social Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He has content knowledge in all areas of the social studies endorsement including economics, government, civics, political science, world and U.S. history and sociology, with a focus on society and social anthropology, as well as social systems.
Craig is passionate about history, the value of understanding the past to better comprehend the present and future, and the development of society and it’s governance. He’s committed to helping prepare students to succeed and become productive citizens through dedicated and engaged instruction.
Craig’s interests include hiking and mountaineering, skiing, coaching football, fishing and hunting. He has spent considerable time in the Olympic Mountains over the years, where he has hiked over 4000 miles. He’s also hiked the Kjølen Mountains in Norway and Fiordland National Park in New Zealand among others. He looks forward to sharing his appreciation of the natural beauty that surrounds us with his students.
BOB BERRETH, M.S.Ed.
Bob started his university education in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. In spite of the heavy math requirements for any degree in Engineering, and to the chagrin of the University administration, he petitioned and was granted approval to pursue two degrees in two separate colleges concurrently. Thus he was awarded a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Mathematics from the College of Arts & Sciences.
An engineering career followed with professional registration in five states. Collaborating and teaching has always been a goal and recently Bob received his MS in Education as well as a teaching certificate with endorsement in secondary mathematics.
Engineering has provided an excuse and an opportunity to use mathematics daily on projects throughout the world. While he personally enjoys theoretical mathematics for its own sake, he knows that many students learn more easily with real world applications. Engineering easily provides those examples and answers the ubiquitous question, “When will I ever use this?”
He has coached soccer for both boys and girls through high school. He has been Math Coach for middle school teams entered in the Washington State Math Championship and has been a MATHCOUNTS coach. He enjoys both the challenge and rewards of teaching and guiding students at these grade levels, and JCS provides the perfect opportunity with small class sizes and a rigorous curriculum.
Marc Weinblatt is Founder & Co-Director of the Mandala Center for Change based in Port Townsend, WA. He has been a professional educator, theatre director, activist, and workshop facilitator since 1980 having extensive experience with both youth and adults. Formerly Co-Artistic Director of the Seattle Public Theatre, Marc is an internationally recognized leader in the use of Augusto Boal’s renowned Theater of the Oppressed (TO) to stimulate community dialogue and social change.
Marc has worked with diverse communities ranging from police to homeless youth, grassroots organizers and laborers to University deans. Internationally, He has worked with activists in Norway, Holland, and Canada, youth workers in Guatemala, refugees in Azerbaijan, ex-combatants in Northern Ireland, construction workers in South Africa, slum families in India, community workers in the Republic of Congo, and victims of war, among others, in Afghanistan. Marc was named “Cultural Envoy” by the U.S. State Department for his work in the Congo in spring 2010. He regularly facilitates diversity / anti-racism workshops in a wide variety of contexts across the U.S. with a commitment to bringing a deep sense of spirit and humanity into social justice work.
Locally, Marc directs Port Townsend’s multi-generational (currently ages 16-75) Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble, which uses TO and Playback Theatre to generate community dialogue on burning social issues. Marc has directed several plays for Key City Public Theatre including the acclaimed 2010 production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in Chetzamoka Park as well as 5 years of student theatre productions through the K-12th grade PTSD OCEAN program – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Conference of the Birds”, “The Odyssey”, “Arthur’s Stone, Merlin’s Fire”, and “Romeo and Juliet”.
Marc is also a youth soccer coach and dedicated father of 3 beautiful boys, Shae (16), Darius (2), and Orion who is an 8th grader at JCS as well as a lucky husband to his wife, Zhaleh.