Meet the Faculty

Fine Arts Department Chair Tony Ciaravino

December 13, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Name: Tony Ciaravino

Position: Fine Arts Department Chair/Theatre Arts and Speech, Upper School/Middle School

Education: M.F.A. Acting, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater M.F.A. Actor Training Program; B.A. Theatre, Incarnate Word College

What did you do before you came to Keystone: For 7 seasons, I was a full-time actor at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. I also taught acting at The University of Minnesota.

Why do you like working here: The Keystone community is supportive, caring, and challenges me to be my best self every day. I cherish my professional relationships and the work I get to do with our incredible student body.

Hobbies/pastimes: I love sports, movies (scary ones), building things, playing board games (SCRABBLE!), and traveling.

Something (personal or professional) you’re proud of: Personally, I’m proudest of my wife, children and grand-children. They remind me every day that life is a gift. Professionally, I’m proud that I’ve balanced my work as a teacher and theatre artist. In 2007, My wife and I founded the Classic Theatre of San Antonio. We worked with 4 other local artists and 1 patron of the arts to create a classical repertory company that would produce high quality professional productions of great dramatic literature. The Classic is still going strong, and I’m proud to have been a part of starting something that continues to enhance the quality of life in San Antonio.

Favorite/inspirational book: The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. It’s a simple fable about following your dreams. If you tell the universe your dreams; the universe will conspire to make them come true.

Favorite quote: “Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.”- Constantin Stanislavski, My Life in Art

Little School Assistant to Head of Preschool & Director of Aftercare Ofelia Morales Linkenhoger

December 06, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Name: Ofelia Morales Linkenhoger

Position: Assistant to Head of Preschool & Director of Aftercare at the Little School

Education: BA in Pedagogy with a concentration on Educational Psychology and MS in Multidisciplinary Studies

What did you do before you came to Keystone: I was Director of Aftercare, taught Middle School Math and Spanish, and was RENWEB Specialist at a Catholic School here in San Antonio

Why do you like working here: When I started teaching back in the late 80’s (see attachment) I was working with preschoolers; working with them again here at the Little School, has brought many smiles and heart-warming moments to my life these past two years. Parents are always so grateful and kind and my coworkers and all the staff in general are amazing!

Hobbies/pastimes: Spending time at the beach, travel, movies,

Something (personal or professional) you’re proud of: I am the proud mother of my 23 year-old twins.

Favorite/inspirational book: The 4 Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

Favorite quote: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -Mahatma Gandhi

[Bonus second-favorite quote]: Be always grateful of what you have no matter what you are going through… there will always be someone in a worse situation… --Unknown

Director of Learning and Innovation Dr. Jennifer Wivagg

November 29, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Name: Jennifer Wivagg

Position: Director of Learning and Innovation

Education: B.A. Baylor University. M.Ed. Texas A&M. Ph.D. University of Texas-Austin

What did you do before you came to Keystone: I was the instructional technology coordinator Comal ISD.

Why do you like working here: I love the kids and teachers and the community of learning that is everywhere at Keystone.

Hobbies/pastimes: Travel, gardening, reading

Something (personal or professional) you’re proud of: I am proud that I completed my doctorate even though I wanted to quit numerous times.

Favorite quote: "Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes." John Dewey

 

Read: Dr. Wivagg shares her expertise with San Antonio Magazine

Science Department Head Donald Howk

November 04, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Name: Donald L. Howk

Position: Science Department Head

Education: B.A., Biology from Trinity University

What did you do before you came to Keystone: I taught high school science for 12 years at Southside High School in San Antonio.

Why do you like working here: I love working in a community of life-long learners.

Hobbies/pastimes: I love watching all sports, but especially enjoy soccer and the Olympics.

Something (personal or professional) you’re proud of: I am most proud of my wonderful wife, Wendy, and two incredible sons, Travis and David.

Favorite/inspirational book: Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Favorite quote: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” -- Carl Sagan

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