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Debbie Silveria


Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher
and Site Coordinator

Debbie has been teaching for 18 years, all of them at Kings Mountain School. Twelve years ago Debbie was a recipient of the prestigious J. Russell Kent Award because of her work in our District's summer, Pre-Kindergarten Program, and she was awarded the Farmers Insurance Local Hero Teacher award in 2018.  Debbie has been the Cabrillo Summer School Principal for their K-5 program since 2015.

Originally from San Francisco, she now makes her home on the Coast. All three of her children: Chelsey, Cody, and Chet, were Half Moon Bay High graduates.

What she likes about Kings Mountain School is the intimate redwood setting. "It feels like Little House on the Prairie,” she says. She is most proud about bringing dedication, balance and a caring atmosphere to our school. Debbie's hobbies include baseball, reading, kayaking, basketball, and dance. She loved Nancy Drew Mysteries as a child and puts The Secret of the Hidden Clock high on her favorites list. Something Debbie really values in a student is perseverance and always trying their personal best.

  • B.A., Business Management
  • Teaching Credential, Cal State Hayward
  • Master of Arts in Educational Administration with Distinction from California State University, Northridge

Tyler Elliott

Second and Third Grade Teacher Tyler is going into his seventh year of teaching and is so excited to be working as the 2nd/3rd-grade teacher.  Native to California, Tyler grew up in Santa Clara, attended Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, and completed his undergraduate and teaching credential at Humboldt State University.  When attending college, Tyler was a Wildlife major but quickly found his passion as an educator when visiting and volunteering in his sister Asheley’s classroom many years ago. His passion for teaching has only grown over the years and it seems there is no ceiling to stop it.  As a lifelong learner, Tyler’s hope is to instill this passion in his students every day through engaging and creative learning experiences; providing many opportunities for students to grow not only in their academics but socially and emotionally as well.

When Tyler is not in the classroom, you might find him hiking local trails, surfing out at Linda Mar Beach, or swimming laps at the local pool.  Being outside and active is how Tyler is inspired and rejuvenated after doing what he loves the most, teaching, learning, and inspiring the next generation.

MaileMaile Springer

Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher

This is Maile's tenth year as a classroom teacher at Kings Mountain School. Maile began her teaching career at Kings Mountain School as an aide and Special Education assistant in Suzanne Bolton's classroom.

Maile lives in La Honda. She has two daughters, Canada College Student and a graduate from UCSC. Both graduated from Half Moon Bay High School. She served on the La Honda/Pescadero School Board for four years, with one year as the President of the Board. She was an active parent in the Art in Action program at La Honda Elementary.

Running a multi-grade classroom, she brings a wonderful management style and fresh ideas. Her favorite book as a child was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. One thing she values most in her students is the ability to apply critical thinking to their work.

B.S., Bacteriology and Animal Science, University of Idaho


Lesli Schmutz


Administrative Assistant

Lesli comes to Kings Mountain Elementary School with a background in social work, children's issues, and advocacy. She lives in Moss Beach, CA with her daughter who attends Kings Mountain Elementary School. 


Robin Soult

Paraprofessional, Special Programs

Julie Pedersen