Meet Mission Hill's Administrative Team

Julia Hodges
(831) 429-3860 x 203

This is my fifth year at Mission Hill, and I am extremely proud to be a Maverick and apart of such a wonderful school community. Last year Mission Hill was awarded the prestigious California Gold Ribbon Schools award by the California Department of Education. Mission Hill was also named one of the Honor Roll Schools for 2014 by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. These awards are indicative of Mission Hill's highly skilled, dedicated teaching staff, hard working students, and supportive parents. I am truly honored to be at Mission Hill's helm, leading this important work.

For the 8 years previous to Mission Hill, I was a middle school English Language Arts teacher, AVID teacher, curriculum & assessment developer, and held many different leadership positions. I have a passion for middle school and all that it entails. I believe in the importance of creating a safe and caring school climate and culture where students feel valued and safe to explore socially and academically. I respect and value diversity, as well as promote equity. I am an educator dedicated to closing the achievement gap. I believe ALL students are capable of being socially and academically successful, and I am dedicated to every student's success.

Kat McElwee
Assistant Principal
(831) 429-3860 x 204

Hello Mission Hill Families!  My name is Kat McElwee, and I am the Assistant Principal at Mission Hill Middle School. I have seventeen years of experience as a middle school and high school teacher.  Over the course of my career, I have taught many different science courses, as well as non-science courses such as Peer Counseling and AVID.  Prior to coming to Mission Hill and Santa Cruz City Schools, I worked as an instructional coach for a district in Silicon Valley.  In my role as a coach, I supported newly credentialed teachers, helped new and veteran teachers develop their pedagogy, and created and delivered district-wide professional development.  Passionate about equity, I want every student in our school to feel connected and valued and to have access to the resources needed to be successful in school and in life.  I truly believe that strong public schools are the foundation of a democratic society. I am happy to be living and working in the Santa Cruz community and am very excited to be able to serve Mission Hill students and be apart of the Mission Hill Family.

Michael Rodriguez
Campus Supervisor
(831) 429-3860 x 206

Info coming soon!

Meet Mission Hill's Counseling Team

Teri Virostko, MA , PPS   
7th & 8th Grade Counselor 
(831) 429-3860 x 212

My name is Teri Virostko, and I am full time counselor for Mission Hill Middle School this year.  I love working with young people and their families to offer school based counseling services.  I come to Mission Hill with a Masters Degree in counseling and 18 years experience as a high school counselor, including experience in academic support,personal/social support, college counseling, and international education.  I am bilingual in English and Spanish.  I look forward to my second year at Mission Hill where I will provide academic and personal/social support counseling for students and families with the goal of promoting student well being and academic achievement.

Hola,me llamo Teri Virostko y soy consejera para el 7th y 8th grado en Mission Hill. Consejeras trabajan con estudiantes, maestros, y padrespara proveer servicios de consejeria academico y personal.  Puede ponerse en contacto conmigo por telefono o por correo electronico.  

Dawn Baxter, MA PPS
6th Grade & AVID Counselor
(831) 429-3860 x 211

Hi my name is Dawn Baxter and I am happy to be joining the Maverick team this year.  I have been working with students and families as a School Counselor for the past 17 years and have counseled students of all ages, from kindergarten through college. I believe that school can be fun, challenging and rewarding! I am look forward to supporting each student in reaching their personal and academic goals.  I will be working part time with a focus on 6th grade and AVID students. Please call or email me.

Hola mi nombre es Dawn Baxter.  Estoy feliz de ser parte de la escuela Mission Hill y ser un Maverick!   He trabajado con estudiantes y familias como Consejera Escolar por 17 años y he trabajado con estudiantes de kínder hasta colegio.  Yo creo que la escuela puede ser un lugar divertido, estimulante y gratificante.    Estoy emocionada de trabajar con cada estudiante y realizar sus metas personales y académicas.  Yo trabajo medio tiempo y mi enfoque es con los estudiantes de 6to grado y del programa AVID.   Favor de llamarme o mandar un correo electrónico por cualquier cosa.


Lorna Johnson, BS  
MHMS Registrar and Counseling Secretary
(831) 429-3863

Hello, my name is Lorna Johnson and I am the Mission Hill registrar and counseling secretary.  I have a Bachelors Degree in Business and experience in Human Resources which benefits me in my role as school registrar. I have been at Mission for the past eight years and enjoy working with students and families in our school community. If you have questions about enrollment or counseling related concerns you can stop by during school hours or call our office.  I look forward to working with you this year.


Julia Hodges

Kat McElwee
Assistant Principal

Michael Rodriquez
Campus Supervisor

Alejandra Hernandez
Principal's Secretary

Jenny Robles-Vasquez
Attendance Clerk/School Community Coordinator

Peggy Slakey
Health Clerk


Lorna Johnson
Counseling Secretary/Registrar

Dawn Baxter
6th Grade & AVID Counselor

Teri Virostko
7th/8th Grade Counselor

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