Faculty & Staff

General email contact: anacapa@anacapaschool.org 

Gordon Sichi

Headmaster;
History, Lower School American Government, Sports

B.A. Political Science – UCSB; Life Credentials in both elementary and secondary education

After 11 years of classroom teaching for the Goleta Union School District, Gordon had the fortunate opportunity to help start Anacapa School in 1981, and he has been the school’s headmaster and history teacher since the school’s founding. Gordon is passionate about maintaining a thriving learning community for Anacapa students to develop their academic skills, sharpen their critical thinking, and become positive contributors to society. Gordon has planned and led all of Anacapa’s multi-day excursions throughout the United States and Europe. He enjoys the challenges of planning the logistics for students to have safe, enjoyable, and memorable trips.

Every summer Gordon and his wife Suzie hike into the High Sierra for extended stays far away from the nearest road to enjoy the pristine beauty of the Sierra wilderness. Suzie and Gordon are also very connected to Italy, where they lived for a year when they were first married and visit often on vacations, including Anacapa summer trips to Italy.

Gordon and Suzie have two sons. Tom graduated from Anacapa in 1992 and is an emergency room physician. Their son Cielo graduated from Anacapa in 1995 and is a landscape architect. They have five grandchildren. Suzie and Gordon have lived for many years in the mountains above Santa Barbara in a small community on San Marcos Pass, known as the San Marcos Trout Club, where their home is surrounded by the oak woodlands of Los Padres National Forest.

gordon@anacapaschool.org

Suzie Sichi

Head of Faculty;
Art, Italian

B.A. Painting – UCSB; Certificate in Commercial Design – UCSB

When she was in the fifth grade, Suzie’s parents took her to see a Van Gogh exhibit which so impressed her that she decided then and there to become an artist. She majored in painting at UCSB, worked as a graphic designer for several years, and has had several watercolor shows locally. Suzie is constantly amazed at how much there is to discover about art. Studying art offers unique learning opportunities that are very important to her, and she loves to share these with her students by challenging them to expand their artistic skills and repertoire through studio projects combined with the study of art appreciation. Her art classes include Upper School Studio Art and Lower School World of Art. From time to time, Suzie also offers afternoon elective classes such as Plein Air Painting, Figure Drawing, and Non-Western Art. Suzie is a founding teacher at Anacapa, and she is quite sure that this is her dream job in that she teaches two subjects she is passionate about—art and Italian—plus she gets to work with her husband, headmaster Gordon Sichi.

Suzie started to learn the wonderful language of Italian when visiting Gordon’s relatives in Florence on their honeymoon. Gordon and Suzie also lived in Italy for a year before their sons were born and have visited and toured the country many times, but continue to find it such a captivatingly interesting country that there are still places that they would like to explore. Every few summers, they escort a group of Anacapa students through Italy. Suzie started teaching Italian in 1983 and finds it very rewarding to share her excitement for the language and culture of Italy with others. One delicious component of her classes is the weekly cooking session, where students prepare and eat an authentic Italian dish in the school’s kitchen, and only Italian is spoken the whole class. The students very quickly become “kitchen fluent” in both language and culinary skills, and each year they offer a five-course Italian feast as an item in the school’s auction.

Outside of Anacapa, Suzie is a devoted gardener and practices yoga regularly. Whenever possible, she makes time to play with her grandchildren, who she says are teaching her about life and love.

suzie@anacapaschool.org

Karen Callanan

Administrative Assistant

B.A. in Communication/Journalism – St. John Fisher College

Karen was born and raised in upstate NY. After college graduation, a trip to southern California solidified her love for the beach and desire to remain out west.

Her communications/journalism degree led her to working in public relations for the automotive industry, marketing in the floral wire service industry and event planning in the financial planning and home care industries. These varied positions have helped to build her problem-solving, project management and communications skills.

In 2012, Karen and her husband returned to southern California, this time to Santa Barbara, after six years in Seattle, WA, where they started their family. Karen enjoyed being an at-home mom with her two sons and daughter for a number of years, but is excited for her new role at Anacapa! In her free time, Karen can be found playing beach volleyball, running or trail running, surfing or baking.

karen@anacapaschool.org

Paula Campanelli

Ceramics

B.A. Art History – UCSB; DBAE Training – Getty Institute

Paula brings over 25 years of art experience to Anacapa’s ceramics and sculpture program. Graduating from UCSB, Paula spent time in Palenque, Mexico, where she assisted in the illustration of several books by Merle Greene Robertson on the Mayan culture in Palenque. Returning to Santa Barbara, Paula worked at Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, representing some of America’s finest craft artists. Paula later spent six years working as an art teacher and the art resource coordinator at Roosevelt Elementary School. Her expertise includes ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, watercolor, and fabric. Paula and her husband Joe have two daughters.

paula@anacapaschool.org

IMG_9957Liggy Chien

Geometry, Calculus

B.A. Mathematical Science – Rice University; M.A.T. Math Education – University of Chicago

Born and raised in Illinois, Liggy was an English teacher in Taiwan before teaching mathematics for ten years at New Trier High School, north of Chicago.  Twelve years ago, she moved to Santa Barbara when her husband joined the faculty of UCSB.  Since then, she has enjoyed being an at-home mom to two kids, now ages 12 and 15.  In 2014, Liggy returned to the classroom, teaching math at Anacapa.

liggy@anacapaschool.org

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Computer Programming/Coding

B.F.A. University of Pennsylvania; A.S. Computer Science, A.A. Multimedia Arts and Technologies, A.A. Film Production, A.A. Animation – SBCC

Francis has an unusual skill set as a visual artist, writer and programmer. He has experience as a fine artist, designer, photographer, desktop publisher, and multimedia artist. In addition to his position at Anacapa School, he is now in his third year as a Computer Technology Specialist teacher at The Montessori Center School in Goleta. Originally from a farming town outside of Philadelphia, Francis was admitted to The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at age 16, and was the youngest student to be admitted to the University of Pennsylvania’s coordinated program with the Academy. Francis then moved to Maui, where he lived and worked for a decade as a freelance artist and entrepreneur, designing modern aloha shirts. In 1997 he discovered Santa Barbara City College and moved to Santa Barbara to study film and animation. At SBCC he realized that programming was an essential skill that many artists did not have in the new digital world so he studied computer science and later used those skills as a visual effects artist for feature films.

Well-traveled, Francis speaks a few foreign languages -French fluently- and likes to garden, sail, play tennis, and snowboard. His current passion is producing educational media, which he does as a professional consultant, and plans to begin graduate study in Educational Technology in 2016-2017.

francis@anacapaschool.org

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Alisa Gregory

College Counselor

B.A. Political Science, UCLA; Certification: Certificate Program in College Counseling, UCLA Extension;  Certification: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, SBCC

Alisa was born and raised in Santa Barbara and attended  UCLA where she received her BA in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations.  After graduating, she incorporated the “international” component of her degree by traveling and working around the world for the next three years. She worked and lived in England, New Zealand (where she met her husband), Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. After getting married, she spent the next five years in Noosa, Australia where she taught the Cambridge Advanced Certificate Course in English at the Sunshine Coast English College. Upon returning to the United States, Alisa completed  The Certificate Program in College Counseling from UCLA Extension, and for the last six years has worked as an independent college consultant for Hamilton & Associates where she offers support and guidance for the college admissions process and gap year opportunities. Alisa also works as an Admissions Reader evaluating freshman applications for UCSB, and, at the start of 2017,  joined the wonderful faculty at Anacapa School as a college counselor. Alisa and her husband Grant are immensely grateful to work and raise their two daughters, Banksia & Millie, in such a wonderful and beautiful community as Santa Barbara.

alisa@anacapaschool.org

John Luca

Mathematics

M.A. Mathematics – UCSB; California Teaching Credential in Secondary Mathematics

John is very excited to be returning to teaching at Anacapa School after three years. John previously taught math and science and returns in 2017 to teach math. John is excited to be an active member of the Anacapa community. He has several graduate degrees including a master’s in mathematics from UCSB, and he holds a California Teaching Credential in secondary mathematics. He is also an active businessman focusing on California residential income property. John is the the father of four children, one of which graduated from Anacapa School in 2003.

John likes to have fun and thinks learning is a blast. He looks forward to teaching at Anacapa School again.

john@anacapaschool.org

Hugo Macario

Spanish, Music, Sports, Student Activities

Teacher Education – Escuela Normal Rural “Vasco de Quiroga,” Mexico; A.A. Spanish and Music – SBCC

Hugo was born and raised in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. He grew up close to his father, an elementary school principal, who deeply inspired him to become an educator. As a young boy, Hugo found a passion for music and started performing at a young age, with a group of friends who were influenced by the Latin American music of the time; through music, they promoted peace and social justice, performing in local community events and schools. Hugo has toured the country playing traditional music from Latin America with the band Quetzalcoatl, and founded his own local band, “Ensamble Vientos Del Sur” (Winds of the South Ensemble), playing in different venues in town.

Hugo joined the Anacapa faculty in 2006, teaching all Spanish levels. He started the school’s music program, directing the acclaimed school band, “The Adobes.” Hugo has also taught the Soccer and Softball elective classes. In past years, Hugo has coordinated various Anacapa clubs including Salsa Dancing, International Film Studies, and Current Issues. Hugo and his wife Lucia have twin boys who graduated from Anacapa.

hugo@anacapaschool.org

Paul Nolan

Science, Robotics, Sports

B.S. in Biology and Chemistry – University of Toledo; M.A. in science education – University of Toledo

Paul was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Paul has taught for seven years in all grades and types of schools, but he especially enjoys the rigor of teaching high school students.   He met his wife, Madeline, at Ohio State University while they both worked in a virology lab.  Paul came to Santa Barbara after Maddie was accepted to UCSB to pursue her Ph. D in ecology, specializing in grassland restoration.  Paul and Maddie welcomed a daughter during the summer of 2017, his first child and hope she follows in her parents’ footsteps with a love of the sciences and learning.

Paul has most enjoyed the variety of outdoor activities available all year long in Santa Barbara, especially fishing, hiking, and backpacking.  He is very excited to help with all of the great trips organized at Anacapa School.

paul@anacapaschool.org

Lindsey Powers

Executive Administrator

B.A in Art History—San Diego State University

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Lindsey moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University, earning her B.A. in art history with an economics minor. Upon graduating Lindsey actively took up writing and editing for various environmental and financial blogs, eventually moving into the publishing industry. Over the past five years Lindsey has worked in both academic and environmental publishing, using her strong administrative and communication skills to help produce large scale publications in both print and digital formats.

Through her volunteer experiences at various museums and charitable organizations, Lindsey found a passion working in the non-profit community and joined the Anacapa School team in September 2017. In her spare time Lindsey enjoys reading, hiking/camping and traveling.

lindsey@anacapaschool.org

Emily Regan

Literature, Creative Writing, Sports

B.A. English Literature – Franklin and Marshall College; M.A. Teaching (English) – Montclair State University

After graduating from college and teaching in an outdoor school in Southern California for three years, Emily went on to pursue her graduate studies in education. Upon completion of her M.A. degree, Emily was honored by the State of New Jersey Department of Education, winning the 2015 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award in English, a testament to her talent in the classroom. In addition to her English expertise, Emily also brings her experience in physical education, having served in the past as a coach in both gymnastics and swimming.

Emily moved to Goleta in the summer of 2015 after a three-week cross-country road trip and joined the Anacapa faculty soon after her arrival. In addition to teaching and literature, Emily enjoys anything that gets her outdoors including hiking, camping, and teaching herself to surf.

emilyregan@anacapaschool.org

Alison Nigh Strelich

Photography

B.A. Photography/Filmmaking – Brooks Institute of Photography; M.F.A. Directing – American Film Institute

After working in Los Angeles as a film director and screenwriter, Alison returned with her husband Tom to Santa Barbara in order to raise their family. Alison became an instructor at Brooks Institute, teaching in both the bachelors and masters programs for 15 years. An award-winning photographer and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Alison discovered over the years that the joy of sharing through teaching equals the joy of creating.

Alison teaches the Photography elective courses at Anacapa, a school she and her husband are great fans of as both their son and their two daughters are Anacapa graduates. Outside the classroom and darkroom, Alison enjoys photographing with her camera collection, which includes digital workhorses as well as several film cameras, such as a 1950’s-era Speed Graphic camera that she’s outfitted with a WWII spy lens.  She also plays drums in the area’s only bagpipe band, raises chickens, directs an occasional play, and generally enjoys being in Santa Barbara.

alison@anacapaschool.org