Our Educators

Diane SiegelDiane Siegel

School Principal and Intervention Specialist


A resident of the coastal mountains, Diane is the Kings Mountain Elementary School Principal and intervention teacher. She has been an educator for 15 years. Curious and adventuresome, Diane has explored teaching in diverse settings. Each experience has been rewarding, allowing Diane to learn and develop a wide range of approaches and strategies to meet students’ learning styles.

Diane and her husband reside in San Gregorio with three grown children. She enjoys hiking, children’s literature, and volunteering at Año Nuevo. Diane continues to enjoy the honor and privilege of working with Kings Mountain School staff, families and community. Some of Diane's favorite children's authors are Babbitt, DiCamillo, Gaiman, Bunting, Rylant and Almond, to name a few.

Sandy MyersLesli Schmutz

Administrative Assistant


We are very pleased to welcome a new administrative assistant to Kings Mountain School. Lesli comes to Kings Mountain Elementary School with a background in social work, children's issues and advocacy.  She lives in Moss Beach, CA with her daughter who attends Kings Mountain School. 



Debbie SilveriaDebbie Silveria

Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher


Debbie has been teaching for fourteen years, all of them at Kings Mountain School. Eight years ago Debbie was a recipient of the prestigious J. Russell Kent Award because of her work in our District’s summer, Pre-Kindergarten Program. Debbie was the Cabrillo Summer School Principal for their K-5 program in 2015 and 2016.

Originally from San Francisco, she now makes her home on the Coast. All three of her children with her three children: Chelsey, Codyand Chet, were Half Moon Bay High graduates.

What she likes about Kings Mountain School is the intimate redwood setting. “It feels like Little House on the Prairie,” she says. She is most proud about bringing dedication, balance and a caring atmosphere to our school. Debbie’s hobbies include baseball, reading, skiing, basketball, tennis and dance. She loved Nancy Drew Mysteries as a child and puts The Secret of the Hidden Clock high on her favorites list. Something Debbie really values in a student is perseverance and always trying their personal best.

  • B.A., Business Management
  • Teaching Credential, Cal State Hayward
  • Master of Arts in Educational Administration with Distinction from California State University, Northridge

Sue BoltonSuzanne Bolton

Second and Third Grade Teacher


Suzanne has been teaching for over  twenty years, including; fifteen at Kings Mountain School, nine teaching K to 3 at El Granada School, and one year as a Math Consultant at Hatch School. She is a native of Massachusetts. She lives with her husband, Jim, has a daughter, Le-Le,  son, J.R and daughter-in-law, Rebekah and a new baby grandson, James.

After being nominated by parents at the school, Suzanne was named Outstanding Teacher for 2006 by the Prudential California Realty’s Education Foundation.

What she likes most about Kings Mountain School is the beauty of the redwoods; it’s peacefulness. What Suzanne is most proud about bringing to Kings Mountain School is flexibility and a sense of humor. She loves to travel, walk and read. Two of her favorite childhood books are Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal. Something Suzann really values in a student is honesty. “Everyday I come to work with a big smile on my face. I love teaching at Kings Mountain School!”

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • CLAD Certification

Maile SpringerMaile Springer

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher


This is Maile’s tenth year as a classroom teacher at Kings Mountain School. Maile began her teaching career at Kings Mountain School as an aide and Special Education assistant in Suzanne Bolton’s classroom.

Maile lives in La Honda. She has two daughters, a Half Moon Bay High school(er) and an undergraduate at UCSC. She served on the La Honda/Pescadero School Board for four years, with one year as the President of the Board. She was an active parent in the Art in Action program at La Honda Elementary.

Running a multi-grade classroom, she brings a wonderful management style and fresh ideas. Her favorite book as a child was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. One thing she values most in her students is the ability to apply critical thinking to their work.

B.S., Bacteriology and Animal Science, University of Idaho

Silvio AguilarSilvio Aguilar

Physical Education Teacher


This is Silvio's 32nd year in education and 16th year of teaching at Kings Mountain. He was born and raised in San Francisco. With four brothers and two sisters, he comes from a large family. He is the father of a ten-year old daughter and a seven-year old son.

What he likes about Kings Mountain School is the mountain setting and the enthusiasm of the students. He is most proud about bringing his expertise in movement education to Kings Mountain School. He also finds it rewarding to observe student progress in Physical Education.

His hobbies include umpiring baseball and refereeing basketball. Zorro was a favorite childhood book of his. Something he really values in a student is his/her determination to improve. Silvio says, "This is my eleventh year teaching at Kings Mountain. I feel lucky to teach in this special environment!"

M.A., Physical Education

Joan McIntireJoan McIntire

Science Specialist

Joan McIntire, our Science Specialist, brings a host of experiences to her work in the kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. A registered nurse in a previous life, Joan has been teaching for more than 25 years.

She has held a range of posts, beginning as a parent math aide at Nueva Day School and then, an assistant to the Science Specialist at Ormondale School. She taught Math and Science at the Charles Armstrong High School, a school for dyslexic students. For several years, she was Math and Science Department Chairperson at Drew College Preparatory School. And, for 16 summers, Joan taught Math at the Foothill College Academically Talented Youth Program, a program for gifted 5th-8th graders.

A resident of the mountain for more than 30 years, Joan’s husband is director of San Bruno Mountain Watch, a small non-profit dedicated to preserving the last remaining native San Francisco habitat and the butterflies that live there. Her stepdaughter, Erin, went to Kings Mountain School and now attends UC Santa Cruz. In addition to teaching, Joan loves gardening, studying languages, and taking care of her grandchildren, Hayley, Lucy and Leigh. A favorite childhood book of Joan’s is Secret Garden. And naturally, what Joan values most in a student is curiosity.

JulieJulie Mathiasen

Co-Program Manager, Kings Mountain Children’s Center

Julie is happy to return for her eighth year a t KMCC. She has lived in El Granada for 30 years and has worked with children for some 20+ years. In the morning, Julie works at Elkus Ranch as an educator, where she leads tours for school-aged children. Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Her favorite part of Kings Mountain Children's Center is playing fun games with the kids. As a child, Julie loved to read Charlotte’s Web.


Katy Katzenberger

Co-Program Manager, Kings Mountain Children’s Center

Katy was a resident of Kings Mountain for 14 years and her children attended Kings Mountain School. Katy has worked as an aide for Coastside Children's Programs and as a Program Interoreter for the San Mateo County Historical Association, where she led elementary classes on educational field trips.Katy enjoys watching kids use their imaginations while playing and llos forward to starting her third year at KMCC. One of Katy's favorite childhood book is Little House on the Prairie.


ReginoRegino Soto


Regino lives on Kings Mountain with his wife and four children. His youngest child is now a fourth grader at Kings Mountain. Regino has been a volunteer soccer instructor at Kings Mountain since his eldest daughter started school. He is a professional soccer coach for the Mid Peninsula Soccer League in Redwood City and was a professional player in his native home of Guatemala. Regino’s favorite book as a child, El Jugador Mas Precioso, of course centered around soccer. It means “Most Valuable Player”.Regino’s familiar face will now also be seen around campus as he keeps our school bright and shiny. “If I can keep doing this for the school, “ he says. “I am happy.”