School Programs

MEF funds programs at Green Hills, Lomita Park, Meadows, Taylor, and Spring Valley.


What we fund.

At the September 6th school board meeting, MEF presented the Millbrae Elementary School District with the donations raised during the 2015-16 school year: $252,000. This amount empowers the district to continue funding TK-5th elementary music; 5th grade band; K-8th technology education; and technology integration training for TK-8th teachers.

What we lost.

However, due to a decrease over the previous year’s donations to MEF, some programs had to be cut. Our Taylor band students lost their before-school ensemble practice with Dr. Gonzalez. Taylor’s 2015-16 technology/digital arts teacher Patrick Sullivan has moved on to a position at D-Tech High School, and the district was unable to fund a full-time replacement. Fortunately, 6th grade teacher Jackie Giacomazzi stepped up to fill that role in a part-time capacity for 6th-8th student instruction and classroom technology integration training for teachers.

2016-17 Programs in Detail

Jackie Giacomazzi: Taylor Digital Arts, Yearbook, classroom tech integration for 6th-8th

Tom Wachs: Elementary computer/tech & teacher training (Meadows & Green Hills). Joint funding with MSD
Maryann Koliopoulous: Elementary computer/tech & teacher training (Lomita Park & Spring Valley). Joint funding with MSD

Kaori Nakano DeNoia: TK-5th Classroom Music
Daniel Means: 5th Grade Band/4th Grade Classroom Music

Kaori Nakano DeNoia teaches TK-3rd and 5th grade classroom music at all of our elementary schools. Ms. Nakano has been teaching music and piano since the age of 15 in Japan. She holds Vocal Performance degrees from the Kyoto Horikawa Music High School Kobe College (BA) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MA).

Daniel Means teaches 5th grade band and 4th grade recorder at all of our elementary schools. Mr. Means is a saxophonist and musician formerly of the Brooklyn-based band Kayo Dot.

Both teachers are funded 100% by MEF donors!

Our elementary tech program continues with two technology teachers for our four elementary schools! Maryann Koliopoulous teaches at Spring Valley and Lomita Park, while Tom Wachs teachers at Green Hills and Meadows. The district funds 50% of this program with MEF donor funds.

Jackie Giacomazzi has stepped up as tech teacher and trainer at Taylor Middle School, and we’ll update with more program information throughout the year. The district funds this part-time position 100% with MEF donor funds.

Programs by School

 Music education for every student, TK-5th (Kaori Nakano DeNoia and Daniel Means)

 5th-grade band (Daniel Means)

 Computer/tech ed, 1st-5th (Tom Wachs)

 Music education for every student, TK-5th (Kaori Nakano DeNoia and Daniel Means)

 5th-grade band (Daniel Means)

 Computer/tech ed, 1st-5th (Mary Ann Koliopoulos)

 Music education for every student, TK-5th (Kaori Nakano DeNoia and Daniel Means)

 5th-grade band (Daniel Means)

 Computer/tech ed, 1st-5th (Tom Wachs)

Digital Arts/technology programs for 6th-8th (Jackie Giacomazzi)

Technology integration for 21st-century classrooms (Jackie Giacomazzi)

 Music education for every student, TK-5th (Kaori Nakano DeNoia and Daniel Means)

 5th-grade band (Daniel Means)

 Computer/tech ed, 1st-5th (Mary Ann Koliopoulos)

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