Staff/Faculty Spotlight

Get to know the Campo Staff and Faculty...

This week's spotlight is on Counselor Amardeep Dhaliwal:

Hello Campolindo Family,

I began my Counseling position back in August of 2010. I can still remember how excited I was to become part of such an amazing community, and felt so welcomed by both faculty and students.

Before Campolindo, I served as a middle school counselor for 7 years throughout the Bay Area. I grew up in the Central Valley and attended California State University Fresno for my Bachelor's Degree. After that I attended California State University Sacramento, where I earned a Master's in Counseling as well as my PPS Credential.

I have been married for twenty two years, to a wonderful man whom I love and adore. We are blessed to have thirteen year old twins, who attend Joaquin Moraga. We are diehard Warrior and Raider fans, and attend games whenever we can. In my spare time, when I am away from work and not shuttling my kids to and from games and practices, I love to hike! I feel so lucky to live in an area that has so many beautiful trails. Some of my favorite hikes have been going from the beach to the top of Mt. Tam and the stream trail in Redwood Regional park.

I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with your amazing students, and dynamic staff!

Spotlight on Counselor Jennifer Thayer:

Hello Campolindo Community!

My name is Jennifer Thayer and I am the new counselor. This is my 27th year in education as a

teacher and school counselor. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota I earned my BA in

Elementary Education from Augsburg College, before relocating to Southern California to begin

my teaching career. I attended Cal State LA for my Ca Clear and earned my MA in Education

from Azusa Pacific University. I have taught in Minnesota, North Carolina, and California. Prior

to joining the Campolindo team, I worked as a counselor for 6 years at De Anza High School. I

serve students whose last names begin with A-E. As a lifelong educator, I am passionate about

helping kids reach their full potential.

Married for 27 years, my husband Lance, is a PE teacher and coach of cross country and track

and field. Together, we enjoy collegiate sports, going to the movies, and spending time with our

children. Our son Bailey attended Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo as a decathlete and currently works

in the biotech industry. Sammy, our youngest, is pursuing his passions in the entertainment

industry while he continues his schooling at Santa Monica College. He is currently in Europe

working on photo shoots and modeling. More than anything, I am a proud mom. My treasured

family activity is rafting down the Truckee River! I enjoy meeting new people, UJAM dance,

seeking the sun and writing about my life experiences. My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing;

“Nobody puts Baby in the corner!”

Spotlight on Counselor Duane Magno:

This is my ninth year at Campolindo and my twentieth year overall working as a high school counselor. Prior to coming to Campo, I spent eleven years working in the same position at Castro Valley High School. I have truly loved my time at Campo and feel really fortunate to work with such great students, families, and co-workers.

I received my bachelor's degree from UC Davis and my master's degree from CSU, Sacramento. I've also completed a College Counseling Certificate program through UCLA's Extension program. In addition to the counseling work I do at Campo, I also work as an admissions evaluator at UC Berkeley, reading and scoring applications.

My wife is a veterinarian in the area and we have two sons, one who is a sophomore in high school and one who is in the seventh grade. Most of our time is spent driving them to various activities and events, but with whatever free time I have, I love watching sports and running. I recently qualified for the Boston Marathon and look forward to running the course next April!

Spotlight on Athletic Director Ray Meadows

I began my high school coaching career at Campolindo and it has always held a special place in my heart. I currently teach 3 periods of World History in addition to serving as Campolindo's Athletic Director. I had the privilege of working as a social studies teacher and the head boys' water polo coach at Campolindo from 2003-2010. I left Campolindo to coach a water polo team and teach in New Zealand from 2010-2013, before returning back to California to teach and coach at De La Salle High School, prior to coming back to Campo in 2019.

I have three kids, Riley (Son) age 15, Micah (Son) age 13 and Reece (Daughter) age 11, who are often roaming alongside me at athletic events at Campo. My hobbies outside of work and family include mountain biking and skiing in the winter. I also coach the Springbrook Swim team in the spring and summer.

My connection to Campo runs deep. In addition to starting my teaching and coaching career at Campo, I have a lifetime connection with many of our coaches and former coaches. Ron Heidary, current Campo Head Swim Coach, was my coach as a youth swimmer. John Studebaker, another Swim coach and I competed against each other in high school.

I'm in my 20th year of teaching high school and I continue to be excited about the opportunity to work alongside the incredible coaching staff and athletes of Campolindo. Coming back to Campo to teach and work as the athletic director is a dream job for me. The coaches are dedicated to the development of young men and women both on and off the field. Their commitment to excellence in both areas, alongside the dedication of the athletes and families at Campo is unparalleled in high school sports in the area.

Spotlight on Librarian Ms. Morgan

I arrived in the beautiful hills of Moraga in 2015 from Merced, CA. I came to Campolindo High School specifically to take the all-important job of teacher librarian, as the librarian before me was retiring. This is a faculty position that requires a very specific credential so I think Mr. Walker was relieved I accepted the position.

My daughter and I moved here during her sophomore year, so I remember the days of being a Campo Mom! We specifically loved the green rolling hills (we first saw the campus in May) and the nice feeling on campus. Of course I fell in love with our library right away, with its windows, 70's paneling and vast book collection. Since then, I've updated much of the books, furniture and culture of the library.

It's been my pleasure to be both the librarian and a teacher. My teaching comes in the form of collaborating with teachers on their class projects and research needs. All students eventually come to the library with their classes and do some sort of lesson with me so they know how to access our print and digital resources, practice their media literacy skills and understand why citing their sources is important.

I am happy to provide a consistent, safe environment for students during their four years on campus. I sincerely hope that your children learn to love libraries and consider them a place of solace and valuable resources. No matter where their lives take them, a library can be their home-away-from-home and a safe connection to their community, ideas, and answers to all of life's questions.

Spotlight on Mrs. Vera from the Attendance Office

Hello, Campolindo Community!

My name is Sinziana Vera. I was born and raised in Ecuador, South America. My love for math and physics led me to study Civil Engineering and when I was 24 years old I came to the US to get my Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I met my husband of 18 years. I loved being a consultant for 8 years, but once I became a mom, I decided to stay at home full time and raise my kids. I love the outdoors, going camping and to the beach, and snuggling with my dog!

I joined the Campolindo Attendance Office in January 2022 and every day it feels like an adventure with all the opportunities to support our students, wonderful teachers, administrators and staff. You can see me at the office supporting our students with:

Attendance Questions

Attendance Corrections

Student Work Permits

Fall Online Registration/Residency Verification

ID cards/ASB punch

Lost and Found

Booking Conference Rooms

Cougar Day

Spotlight on Associate Principal Mr. Rubey

Hello Campo Community.

This year marks my 26th year as an educator. I started working with youth as a competitive rowing coach in Seattle, WA. Our team would travel to events in San Diego and Boston, and regularly competed at the National Championships. Over the ensuing years, I taught at Truckee High School, Berkeley High School Independent Study Program, Redwood High School in Larkspur, Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley; and last but not least, I taught Chemistry the 2nd semester of 2022 here at Campo. Working primarily as a science teacher, some of my favorite courses to teach were AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Environmental Science. Though I served as a department chair for many years, and developed and led a number of schoolwide programs, this marks my first year as a high school administrator. When my former Campo students ask me how the new job is going, I like to tell them that every day is like a lab day. Just like in a science lab, sometimes things don't work out the way you predicted, but that's where the interesting work begins.

In my free time I love to pursue my outdoor recreation passions. Fall and Spring mean trail running and biking, winter is for skiing at our family place at Kirkwood, and summer means going rock climbing and getting into the High Sierra for backpacking and fishing.

I am fortunate to have an amazing family that includes my wife Betony, 11 year old son Cormac, and 8 year old daughter Bronwen.

Spotlight on Associate Principal Ms. Knight

Ms. Knight is originally from Fresno, CA where she participated in water polo, swim, and competitive cheer. Ms. Knight went on to coach cheer for 9 years before moving to the Bay Area in 2019. After finishing her education at Fresno State University, she taught kindergarten and was an elementary special education teacher. Ms. Knight has attended programs at Fresno State, CSU East Bay, and Harvard to complete her secondary education. In graduate school, Ms. Knight worked as a Pediatric Cardiology Tech at a Level 1 Trauma Center. Before joining the Campo team, Ms. Knight served as a Special Education Program Specialist helping students and families. You will likely see Ms. Knight cheering on the Campo Cougars at games and dancing at school dances. If you do not see her at a game or event, it is likely that she is teaching at St. Mary's College in the Teacher Education department, working on her own doctoral studies. When Ms. Knight finally gets a moment to chill, she enjoys camping, traveling, cooking, and making candles for her handmade candle line, Noor Knight.

Spotlight on Mrs. Sliwinski

Hello, Fellow Campolindo Parents!

My name is Stephanie Sliwinski (aka “Mrs.S”). I work in the Attendance & Health office at Campo where I am an Attendance Technician and Health (Nurse’s) Assistant. I’m on campus Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm and often beyond because you may also know me as the Campolindo Gatekeeper for Varsity Football and Basketball. I’m proud to be one of the National Anthem Singers for Campo, and this past year I was named Campolindo Classified Employee of the Year! This is my fifth year working at Campo, and in my previous career I was a high school and adult school English as a Second Language teacher for 15 years at Mount Diablo High School in Concord and The West County Detention Facility (Jail) in Richmond. I grew up here in Lamorinda, graduated from Carondelet High School and St. Mary’s College and got married there 19 years ago! My two daughters attend Campo: Noelle, 12th grade and Kendall, 9th grade.

I can help your family with the following:

Medical/PE Notes

Student Work Permits

Attendance Questions

Health and Medication Forms

Parking Permits

Fall Online Registration/Residency Verification

ID cards/ASB punch

Lost and Found


Booking Conference Rooms

Finals Fuel

(Formerly) Covid testing

Cougar Day