Meet Mission Hill's Administrative Team

Ann Mekis
(831) 429-3860 x 203

I am honored to be part of the amazing team of educators here at Mission Hill, and to get to work with the wonderful families who make up the Maverick community.  I believe in the importance of creating a safe and caring school climate and culture where students feel valued and supported as they grow socially and academically. I believe ALL students are capable of being socially and academically successful, and I am dedicated to every student's success. These values, and my passion for education, are what I bring to the role of Principal.

Mission Hill holds a special place in my heart since it was here that I first stood in front of a classroom as a student teacher.  I went on to become a high school teacher, a middle school Assistant Principal, a high school Vice Principal, and Santa Cruz City Schools’ Director of Secondary Curriculum, Intervention, and Assessment before being fortunate enough to become Mission Hill’s Principal.  Santa Cruz is my home, and where my heart is, and to be able to serve in a place I love and call home is something I'm incredibly thankful for.

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 nineteen 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 a part of the Mission Hill Family.

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

Info coming soon!

Analilia Santacruz
Community Coordinator and Maverick After School Program (MAP) Coordinator
(831) 429-3860 x108

Hello Mission Hill, It is a pleasure to serve you and your family as your Community Coordinator and After-School Program Coordinator (Arts Academy & MAP).  I believe in serving Mission Hill with integrity, collaborating with parents/guardians to effectively bridge the community with our school, and dedicating my work to providing meaningful resources for enriching the Maverick academic experience. Ranging from pedal-powered milkshakes at the Arts Academy Bike Club to working towards closing the mathematic achievement gap via MAP, I am confident we can find the right place for engaging your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (831) 429-3860 x 108 or reach me via email at .

Hola Mission Hill, Es un placer servirle a usted y a su familia como Coordinadora Comunitaria y Coordinadora del Programa Después de Clases (Academia de Artes y MAP). Mi meta es servir a Mission Hill con humildad y integridad, colaborando con padres/guardianes para unir efectivamente la comunidad con nuestra escuela. Con la misma importancia dedico mi trabajo a proveer recursos significativos para enriquecer la experiencia académica Maverick. Desde una malteada batida a pedal de bicicleta en el Club de Bici a trabajar para cerrar la brecha de logros matemáticos a través de MAP, estoy segura de que podemos encontrar el lugar adecuado para apoyar a su hijo. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor llámeme al (831) 429-3860 x 108 o por correo electrónico a .


Meet Mission Hill's Counseling Team

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) 429-3860 x212

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.

Peggy Slakey, MA , PPS   
MHMS Registrar and Counseling Secretary
(831) 429-3863

Hello, my name is Peggy Slakey, and I am the Mission Hill Registrar and Counseling Secretary.   I have a Bachelors degree in both Psychology and Social Welfare, and have worked in the Human Resources field for both the university and tech industry.  I took a break from working to raise my three daughters (who all attended Mission Hill ) and am now beginning my fourth year at Mission Hill.  For the past three years, I have been the Health Clerk and I have enjoyed working with the wonderful students and staff at Mission Hill.  Please contact me with any questions regarding enrollment or counseling concerns. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year. 


Ann Mekis

Kat McElwee
Assistant Principal

Michael Rodriquez
Campus Supervisor

Keyana Stanford
Campus Supervisor and Athletic Director

Alejandra Hernandez
Principal's Secretary

Amrik Nijor
Attendance Clerk 

Analilia Santacruz
Community Coordinator and MAP (Maverick After School Program) Coordinator

Health Clerk


Peggy Slakey
Counseling Secretary/Registrar

Dawn Baxter

Lorna Johnson

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