Mary Hurlbut and Lucie Kober are the newest additions to the Stanbridge Academy team. Mary will be taking on the role of director of Bridges Transition Program and resource specialist while Lucie will be joining the front office team as office manager.
Lucie is taking over for Maggie DeLoach, who moved to Middle Elementary after earning both a moderate/severe and a mild/moderate special education credential in August.
“My true niche is in teaching, and I was missing being in the classroom,” said Maggie. “I am so glad Lucie has joined us. She is a perfect addition to Susan's kid-friendly front office!
Lucie says she uses her experience as a full-time mom to set the tone in the front office and help both students and parents make the most of their Stanbridge experience.
"My tasks in the front office keep my mothering gills flowing!” said Lucie. “All the children here have been so kind and welcoming. I look forward to each and every day.”
After graduating from Denison University with a BA in language arts and sociology/anthropology, Lucie moved to New York City and worked in marketing for an insurance carrier. She met her husband at a Halloween party, and they moved to San Francisco two years later.
“I have been an at-home mom for the last 16 1/2 years and found myself at a crossroads as both my children are at the same school and can walk to and from all their activities,” said Lucie. “I am so fortunate for the opportunity at Stanbridge. I love that I can work here while my kids are in school.”
Unlike Lucie, who grew up in a small community outside Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary is a Bay Area native. She did her undergrad at Stanford University where she earned a BA in studio art—which explains the face-painting skills she demonstrated at the Halloween Carnival.
While teaching studio art and art history at Castilleja, an independent school for girls in Palo Alto, CA, Mary started working with the Peninsula Bridge Program, and, for the past 10 years, she has been creating community outreach programs.
“I’ve worked extensively initiating and developing community programs that provide students with personally meaningful and socially significant leadership opportunities,” said Mary. “Through engaging their personal gifts, talents, and interests, they contributed to their communities and grew academically and personally.”
Mary’s work has included both neurotypical and neurodiverse students.
“I’ve always been drawn to the way people think differently, and it’s been a passion of mine to help young people identify, discover, and develop their talents in a way that allows them to purposefully connect with their community,” said Mary. “I really enjoy seeing kids—especially those who have been struggling—discover who they are and how their gifts can bring them and others joy.”
Mary’s start at Stanbridge was delayed in part because she had surgery on her knee in August to repair an old ACL injury.
“I’m excited to be walking on my own two feet again and looking forward to jogging in the new year,” said Mary.