LPIE  Social Studies & Foreign Language Instructors and Writing Tutors

LPIE Foreign Language Instructors

Julie Lyverse: Julie is a fourth grade LPIE Art Instructor, as well as a Stanley LPIE 6th Grade Art and LPIE Foreign Language Cultural Art Instructor. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and has worked extensively with children. Her art training includes classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, France and Traditional Arts School in Sendai, Japan. Julie previously served as director and instructor for an art appreciation program at Beechwood Elementary School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

Catherine Maiden (foreign language assistant at Stanley)

Mindy Marmeyer (foreign language assistant at Stanley)


LPIE Social Studies Instructors at K-5 level

Janis Metzger: Gold Rush 

Mary McCosker: Mary received her AB in History UC Berkeley. She then received her California Teaching Credential. She taught first and second grade in the Moraga School District for seven years, served on the Lafayette School Board for 13 years, and has been the Co-director of the Peer Tutoring program at Acalanes High School for since the year 2000.  She has been an instructor in 3rd Grade Social Studies (Lafayette History) since 1996. Mary is also the President of the Lafayette Historical Society.

Kathy Biro: Kathy is a "hometown girl" who grew up here in Lafayette. She graduated from St. Mary's College with a BA and continued on to receive her multiple subject teaching credential. She taught 1st grade for five years in the Mt. Diablo School District, until she decided to have children. She has been teaching LPIE science for the past seven years and recently began teaching Kindergarten Social Studies.  When not teaching she can be found volunteering at Acalanes High School. Kathy lives in Lafayette with her husband (her high school sweetheart) and three children. In the rare instance she finds herself with free time, she spends it reading, gardening, and hiking in the hills of Briones with her dogs.

Michelle Chan: Michelle graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in computers and French.  She worked for 10 years as a project manager before becoming a full-time mom and running her own business.  She sold her business in 2000 and has been involved in the various parent clubs for her four children ever since.  She has been teaching LPIE social studies since 2007.  Her classes have included 3rd grade Lafayette History, 4th grade California Native Americans, 1st Grade Chinese New Year and Kindergarten Native Americans.  Michelle is also very active in the local 4-H club and has taught religious education at St. Perpetua for the last 14 years.

LPIE Writing Tutors at Acalanes

Christina Engelbrecht is a Coordinator for the Writing Tutor Program. She is an Acalanes graduate with a BA in Communication and History from Stanford, and an MFA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California. Her professional journey includes being a newspaper reporter, theater reviewer, columnist and editor, as well as a stint founding a children’s choir program. She and her Acalanes-grad husband have three children and live in Lafayette.


Jenn Keohane is a Coordinator for the Writing Tutor Program. She grew up overseas - Brazil, Mexico, and Hong Kong - but returned to the USA for college, earning a BA in Political Science. Jenn previously worked in financial services but now enjoys helping teens hone their writing skills. An avid hiker and gardener, she lives in Lafayette with her husband and they have two children who attend Acalanes. Go Dons!


Stacey Huie (Acalanes '89) completed a Bachelors of Arts and Science in Computer Science and History at Stanford ('93) and a Juris Doctorate at U.C. Hastings ('96).  After practicing as a patent attorney, Stacey returned to Lafayette with her husband Jeremy (also Acalanes '89) to segue into caregiver life for her two daughters (Acalanes ‘19 and '21), getting involved at Lafayette Nursery School, Springhill, Stanley, and now Acalanes.


Julie Hurd is an Acalanes grad who earned degrees in Political Science and Art History from Duke University. Proving that a general liberal arts education can take one in unexpected directions, Julie spent years in marketing communications, PR and business development in the healthcare IT sector. Quality writing, of all types for all reasons, was always at the heart of that work. Julie has also been an LPIE art instructor in years past.


Jennifer Renton is a freelance editor and writer, as well as a published author of Inspired: Remarkable South Africans share their stories. Jennifer studied languages (English, French and German) at university, and is now (slowly!) learning Spanish. In addition to editing books, for the last few years she has been writing, editing and proofing for 4-H, which she really enjoys as there is a lot of diversity in the content. She loves to see how people’s writing develops over the time she gets to spend with them. Jennifer lives in Lafayette with her husband and three kids.


Dina Bogan is a second-year Tutor with the Writing Tutor Program. She has a BA in Mass Communications/Documentary Production from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Dina has been working in Video and Media Production since graduating in 1996. When not tutoring, she is a Freelance Media Producer and Marketing Coordinator for corporate and non-profit clients. In addition to coaching basketball, Dina enjoys writing, yoga and making art. She lives in Lafayette with her husband and three children.


Bob Sverak earned engineering degrees from Santa Clara and Stanford then transitioned into the business world after receiving an MBA from UCLA.  He did an extensive amount of writing in his career and served as a communications consultant for the UCLA business school. He lives in Lafayette and is very involved in local youth sports. Bob has a senior at Acalanes and an 8th grader on the way!


Alycia (Aly) McAlister moved to Lafayette while earning her degree in Child Psychology and Development from Saint Mary’s. Credentialed in both K-12 and Special Education, Aly taught in the Lafayette and Oakland school districts before becoming a private tutor. She has worked with nearly all grades and across all curriculum in the classroom, tutoring, and managing and developing curriculum at Sylvan Learning Centers and Ames Seminars. When not working with students, you will find Aly running, gardening or at the pool doing all things water related with her daughters and friends.