Summer Programs Faculty

Meet Our 2024 Team!

Notre Dame Summer Programs are staffed with experienced, enthusiastic faculty. Learn a little bit about them in the biographies below.

John Amarillas

John Amarillas

Coach Amarillas, Notre Dame’s strength and conditioning coach since 2002, brings more than three decades of experience training junior high and high school athletes. His passion for strength and conditioning is evident as he helps young people become the best they can be. He will meet the athlete where they are and move them forward in a planned and safe manner. Coach Ammo holds two certifications (CSCS, USAW 1) from the only two nationally-accredited institutions in the country.

Nicholas Carrillo

Ali Bueno '06

Coach Ali is entering her 10th season as the varsity head coach at Notre Dame San Jose and the founder and director of Bueno Basketball Academy. She believes all players have the potential to become great with consistent effort on the right things, quality coaches and mentors, accountability and belonging to an encouraging community. Coach Ali is a proud alumni of Notre Dame San Jose and excited to bring her passion for coaching basketball and developing leaders to summer camp!

Nicholas Carrillo

Nicholas Carrillo

Nick is a veteran digital media teacher in the San Mateo Union High School District, having taught there since 2011.  He received his B.A. in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design from Long Beach State University. Nick continues to work in his free time as a freelance graphic designer and amateur filmmaker, while also spending time with his two children and wife in the garden. 

Kira Conte

Kira Conte

Kira graduated from Stanford University with a Master's in Sociology of Education. She completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford in psychology, data science and education. Kira is passionate about empowering students through adaptive mindsets and new, fun ways of approaching math.

Alexandra Cunningham

Alexandra Cunningham

Alex is a Notre Dame High School alum and splits her time between her home and business in South Africa and teaching at NDSJ. She studied urban community development and art at New York University and has a masters in fine arts from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She is the managing director and founder of Boundless City.

Eran DeSilva

Eran DeSilva

Eran is the director of teaching and learning at Notre Dame and a social studies teacher.  She holds degrees in international relations and art studio from UC Davis, as well as a masters in teaching from the University of San Francisco.

 

Aidan Ferrera

Aidan Ferrer

Aidan is the robotics co-director at Notre Dame, leading the school’s robotics team, The Janksters. He has been a participant, mentor and volunteer with the FIRST Robotics Competition program for over a decade. Aidan graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in technology information management. 

Tanisha Fitzgerald

Tanisha Fitzgerald

Tanisha Fitzgerald is a math teacher at Notre Dame, and teaches the Algebra course for ninth graders.  Tanisha also oversees the student leadership program at Notre Dame.  She received her math and education degrees from UC Santa Cruz.
 

 

Susana Garcia

Susana Garcia

Susana serves as the Assistant Head of School at Notre Dame.  She previously taught religious studies classes at Notre Dame and teacher education courses at the University of San Francisco.  At Santa Clara University, she received degrees in sociology and Spanish, as well as her masters degree in spirituality.

 

Elliott Gavino

Elliott Gavino

Elliott has been teaching English and drama for over a decade at Evergreen Valley High School in East Side San Jose. He has been part of many productions including Rent, The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee, and High School Musical and holds a B.A. from San Jose State and an M.A. from USC.

 

Deacon Steve Herrera

Deacon Steve Hererra

Deacon Steve has organized interfaith experiences for teenagers since 1998. He currently conducts the New Mexico interfaith immersion trip with Notre Dame students and members of the Buddhist tradition. Deacon Steve is on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council and has participated in numerous interfaith services and activities in the Bay Area.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer is the Director of Summer Programs and a learning specialist at Bellarmine College Preparatory. Jennifer is passionate about providing support services to students so that they can thrive in their academic environment. She loves watching their confidence grow as they embrace new strategies to help them succeed in the classroom and in life.

Jennifer Johnson

Emily King

Emily just finished up her sixth year at ND, and she is thrilled to be teaching summer workshops in dance and creative writing. The high school classroom is where she discovered her passion for the arts and literature, and she hopes to foster that same passion in the students joining her programs. It is her goal to use English and dance as a vehicle for students to find their unique voice, both on the page and on the stage!

Cecilia Perkins

Cecilia Perkins

Cecilia Perkins is the Director of College Counseling at Notre Dame High School. She works with all grade levels, but her focus is on juniors and seniors and helping them prepare for and navigate the college search and application process. The college search process should be fun and exciting! Ms. Perkins loves watching students figure out what their passion and interests are and seeing students find colleges that align with these! 

Bryan Ringsted

Bryan Ringsted

Bryan's passion for student leadership in the arts shines through his classes and productions. The theater is a living organism with a thousand moving parts, which must work copacetically in order for the show to dazzle and amaze. Each strong student leader takes on a part of that whole, and through their effort and creativity they are able to create something bigger than themselves. Notre Dame is a perfect place to train the theatrical leaders of tomorrow.

Don Taylor

Don Taylor

Coach Taylor’s passion for volleyball began when he coached his son’s first-time organized volleyball team to a league championship and trip to a city final. Last year he debuted as a girls’ varsity volleyball coach, leading them to the CCS finals for the first time since 2018. He looks forward to contributing to the continued success of Notre Dame's volleyball program.