Mathematics Faculty

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Whether mathematics gives you joy or jitters, Cate’s math faculty will meet you where you are. Here you’ll find the most ardent math devotees, who’ll stretch your mind and grow your confidence. Can’t solve your problem during the day? All these teachers live on campus and their doors are open for questions and moral support.

salcedoMathematics Department Chair
Mathematics Teacher 805-684-8409 x271

Appointed: 2009

After graduating in 1995 with a degree in chemistry, Annalee Salcedo taught high school for fourteen years in Boston, first at an independent day school and then at an urban public charter school. In addition to teaching chemistry and math, she held a number of administrative positions including director of community service and dean of students. Annalee also gained outdoor education experience as an instructor for Outward Bound and international development experience helping City Year, a national nonprofit, launch programs in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Annalee joined the Cate faculty in 2009 as a member of the math department and was appointed its Paul M. Denison ’52 Teaching Chair in 2015. In 2011, she was the first recipient of Cate’s Centennial Award, recognizing excellence and innovation in classroom instruction. She works in the Outdoor Program and serves on the Curriculum Design Committee. She lives on campus with her spouse Chris Power and two children.

frank-griffin-3Mathematics Teacher
Head Boys JV Basketball Coach / 805-684-8409 x255

BA, Amherst College
MEd, Boston College
Appointed: 1979

A native of Wayland, Massachusetts, Frank graduated from Amherst College with a degree in economics and began his career at Tabor Academy, where he taught mathematics, ran a dormitory, and coached basketball and tennis. He came to Cate in 1979 and has served in a number of academic and administrative positions, including Director of Athletics and Director of Studies. In addition to teaching every math course offered at Cate, Frank has taught economics and geography; he has also coordinated the School’s most recent accreditation self-assessments.

Frank was named a Tandy Technology Scholar in 1995, and in the same year he received the Sliffe Award from the Mathematical Association of America. Taking a sabbatical year to earn a master’s degree in educational technology, Frank has since made presentations at numerous workshops and institutes throughout the country. He has also authored a calculus textbook that has been through several editions.

During his years as boys varsity basketball coach, Frank’s teams won ninety percent of their league games, twelve league titles, and a place in the CIF finals game in 1996. He now brings his extensive experience to the coaching of girls junior varsity basketball.

Frank and his wife, Emilie, live on the Mesa.

piercegMath Teacher / 805-684-8409 x252

B.A., California Polytechnic State University
Appointed: 1978

After receiving his degree in mathematics, Gary taught and coached at the Institut Montana in Switzerland. At Cate he teaches algebra and geometry, coaches volleyball and fitness, and serves as faculty advisor to the school Senate. Long recognized for his classroom expertise, Gary is a recent recipient of the school’s Pattee Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.

smith_t5823Mathematics Teacher
Assistant Cross Country Coach / 805-684-8409 x251

BA, Bowdoin College
Appointed: 1995

Tim first took an interest in boarding-school education at the age of nine, when his older brother went away to school. Stories of excellent teaching, adventures in the outdoors, and antics in the dormitories encouraged him to try boarding school, and by his sophomore year of high school at Fountain Valley School in Colorado, he had articulated his interest in teaching in a residential setting. This desire to pursue education solidified during the summers of his junior and senior year of college while working for a wilderness camp in Wyoming; after graduating from Bowdoin College, he took a position in the outdoor program at Fountain Valley. After four years of teaching and a one-year adventure around the world, Tim took a post at the Webb Schools in Claremont, California, moving on to Cate in 1995.

Beyond his teaching duties, Tim also coordinates the Cal Math League competitions and serves as an outdoor-sport instructor. He is an avid and accomplished sportsman himself, having recently placed in the top 100 finishers at the Los Angeles Marathon and scaled the summit of North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley.

Tim’s other interests include cycling, gardening, and cooking. He lives on campus with his wife, Peggy, and their two children, Dean and Kate.

van-wickleMathematics Teacher
Head JV Girls Volleyball Coach
Assistant Boys Volleyball Coach / 805-684-4127 x123

BS, Bates College
MS, Montana State University
Appointed: 2012

Originally from Willimantic, Connecticut, Rachel graduated from Bates College with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Education. After teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy, Rachel ventured to Cate School to continue pursuing her passion for teaching, advising, and coaching. While at Cate, Rachel earned her MS in Mathematics Education from Montana State University. In addition to helping establish the PBL program over the past few years, Rachel serves as Cate’s faculty technology liaison and is a member of the Inclusive Teaching Committee. She lives on campus with her husband, Jake, and their two children.

Math Teacher / 805-684-4127 x113

BA, Bates College
MS, Virginia Tech
PhD, Stanford University
Appointed: 2018

Tobin began his teaching career in the late 1990s at a boarding school in his native state of Maine. In 2000, he came to California to pursue a PhD in mathematics education at Stanford. He then spent fourteen years as a professor at UC Davis, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education and ran a research lab focused on the design of novel technologies for teaching and learning math and science. Family, mountains, and ocean recently pulled him toward Santa Barbara, where he was thrilled to discover an opportunity to return to his independent school roots by teaching mathematics at Cate.

Tobin swam competitively in high school and college and still spends as much time as he can in the pool. He lives off campus with his wife Melissa and three sons, Zach, Ben and Oliver.

wyatt_tMath Teacher
School House Dorm Parent
Assistant JV Girls Soccer Coach / 805-684-4127 x333

BA, CHC, University of Oregon
MA, University of California, San Diego
MEd, University of Oregon
Appointed: 2011

A native of San Diego, Taylor studied math and English through the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. After earning her BA in 2008, she returned home to UCSD where she taught college writing for two years and received her MA in English literature and composition in 2010. Just weeks after graduation, Taylor headed back up the coast to the College of Education at the University of Oregon to complete the MEd. program with a focus in secondary mathematics and English. While pursuing her MEd, Taylor also had the opportunity to teach math at Marist Catholic High School in Eugene. During her summers, Taylor worked as a teaching assistant, coach, and dorm parent at Andover and Northfield Mount Hermon.

When she’s not reading, listening to Paul Simon, or talking to someone about Britain, you can probably find her out on the soccer field.