Our Teachers

 Margaret Lotz

Margaret Lotz has been a teacher for over 40 years, and she remains as passionate about her work now as when she first began.  Graduating from California State University with honors, she was initiated into the honorary history society, Phi Alpha Theta. She then joined a masters program at the University of Wisconsin where she began her teaching career.  Margaret has been an administrator, designed award-winning curriculum, and taught in both public and private schools in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, southern California, and in the Monterey Bay area.  She credits Dr. Roger Taylor’s work Curriculum Design for Excellence with much of her creativity in interdisciplinary teaching.  Widely traveled and with an insatiable universe of interests, Margaret considers herself blessed beyond measure to be a teacher, mother and grandmother.


Lorraine Gerstl

Lorraine Gerstl is truly a woman for all seasons! She taught deaf children in her native South Africa before migrating to the United States, where she raised her own children, then recommenced her teaching career at Briarcliffe Academy / Robert Louis Stevenson before moving to Santa Catalina for nearly three decades as its beloved third grade teacher. She’s produced, directed, and acted in plays, musicals, variety shows, and programs of all kinds, picked up a National Disney Teacher of the Year nomination along the way, and traveled a good slice of the world in the process. An editor and internationally published writer, who won’t hesitate to stretch her students’ reach to the stars, she still revels in her favorite title – “Mom.”