Meet the Admin Team

Meet Mission Hill's Administrative Team

Kat McElwee
(831) 429-3860 x 204

Hello Mission Hill Families!  My name is Kat McElwee, and I am the Principal of Mission Hill Middle School. I have twenty-one years of experience as a middle school and high school educator.  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 becoming Principal of Mission Hill, I was honored to serve as it's  Assistant Principal.  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; and, 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, to be able to serve Mission Hill students, and to be a part of the Mission Hill Family.

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

Info coming soon!

Amrik Nijor
Attendance Tech
(831) 429-3860 x 201

Info coming soon!

Ana Maria Treadwell
School Community Coordinator
(831) 429-3860 x 202

Hello Mission Hill, I am thrilled to be part of the Maverick team and to serve you and your family as your School Community Coordinator. I believe that a strong school community is essential to support and guide our students.  My goal is to be the bridge that connects our families with our vibrant school community and to work together with you in accomplishing this. I am also here to support you and your student along the way of their Middle School journey so their experience at Mission Hill is a happy memory. You can find me in the main office every day between 8:00AM and 12:00PM or you can reach me at (831) 429-3860 x 202 or via email at I am happy to assist you in anything you may need.

Hola Mission Hill, estoy emocionada de ser parte del equipo Maverick y servirles a ustedes y a su familia como su Coordinadora de la Comunidad Escolar. Creo que una comunidad escolar fuerte es esencial para apoyar y guiar a nuestros estudiantes. Mi meta es ser el puente que conecta a nuestras familias con nuestra vibrante comunidad escolar y trabajar junto con ustedes en lograr esta meta. También estoy aquí para apoyarlos a ustedes y a sus estudiantes a lo largo de su paso por la escuela secundaria para que su experiencia sea un recuerdo feliz. Ustedes pueden encontrarme en la oficina de la escuela todos los días entre las 8:00AM-12:00PM o se pueden comunicar conmigo por teléfono al (831) 429-3860 x 202 o por correo electrónico a Me alegra ayudarle en lo que pueda servirle.

Leanne Mendonca
After School Program Coordinator (WAVE Program)


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. 


Kat McElwee

Assistant Principal

Michael Rodriquez
Campus Supervisor

Keyana Stanford
Campus Supervisor and Athletic Director

Alejandra Hernandez
Principal's Secretary

Amrik Nijor
Attendance Clerk 

Ana Maria Treadwell
Community Coordinator

Lupe Nolazco
Health Clerk

 Leaane Mendonca
After School Coordinator (WAVE Program)


Peggy Slakey
Counseling Secretary/Registrar

Dawn Baxter

Lorna Johnson

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