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Top 10 High School Teachers Made More Than $100K in 2010

Including benefits and pension costs, dozens of teachers in the district were paid more than six figures.

It is often lamented how little teachers are paid for the extraordinary amounts of work and time they invest into the next generation of students. But many teachers in the are compensated with substantial salaries and benefits.

The Bay Area News Group compiled an extensive salary database with a full accounting of how much money government agencies spend on their employees, including salaries, pension contributions, deferred compensation payments and insurance costs.

The data include 254 government entities in 10 counties in and around the Bay Area, covering 221,203 people and totaling $15 billion.

Danny Willis, the Database Producer for the Bay Area News Group, explained that the sources for these numbers are the entities themselves.

“We file requests for the data under the Public Records Act with all entities listed and publish their responses,” he said in a comment to the article.

Tables include:

  • Top 10 highest paid teachers in the district
  • Top 10 highest paid teachers at
  • Top 10 highest paid teachers at Woodside High School
  • Top 10 highest paid teachers at
  • Top 10 highest paid employees in the district

Ten highest paid teachers in the Sequoia Union High School District

Name School Base Other (including Overtime) Gross MDV*
ER Psn**
Misc. Total Gregg Whitnah Menlo-Atherton $95,731 $31,412 $127,143 $11,800 $10,489 $1,844 $151,276 Roberto Verdeses Sequoia $94,614 $23,781 $118,394 $15,059 $9,768 $1,717 $144,937 Abdulhadi S. Kaddoura Woodside $94,614 $22,659 $117,272 $15,059 $9,675 $1,700 $143,707 Samer G. Malouf Woodside $94,614 $21,011 $115,624 $16,223 $9,539 $1,677 $143,063 Elana R. Henderson Redwood $94,614 $16,981 $111,595 $16,223 $9,207 $1,541 $138,565 Julia E. Schulman Carlmont $93,743 $16,976 $110,719 $16,223 $9,134 $1,605 $137,681 Nancy L. Staves Woodside $94,986 $22,272 $117,258 $6,847 $9,674 $1,700 $135,478 Jeffrey D. Chin-Sell Menlo-Atherton $94,614 $15,034 $109,648 $15,059 $9,046 $1,590 $135,342

*MDV identifies employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision healthcare.

**ER Psn identifies employer contributions to pension.

Ten highest paid teachers at Sequoia High School

Name Subject Base Other (including Overtime) Gross MDV
ER Psn
Misc. Total Roberto Verdeses World Languages, Dept. Chair $94,614 $23,781 $118,394 $15,059 $9,768 $1,717 $144,937 Te Ton-Tho Science $94,986 $11,987 $106,973 $15,059 $8,825 $1,551 $132,408 Jane Slater English, Dept. Chair $94,986 $10,703 $105,689 $16,223 $8,719 $1,517 $132,148 Karol-Ann A. Coleman Special Education $94,241 $9,487 $103,728 $16,223 $8,558 $1,504 $130,012 Kelley A. O'Hern Math $94,614 $10,411 $105,025 $14,850 $8,665 $1,465 $130,004 Cameron S. Dodge Business/ Information Technology, Dept. Chair $95,731 $10,138 $105,869 $15,002 $8,734 $0 $129,605 Joan C. Fiser English Language Dev., Dept. Chair $95,731 $21,482 $117,214 $9 $9,670 $1,700 $128,593 David Brand Math $94,614 $7,118 $101,732 $16,223 $8,393 $1,475 $127,822 Michael U. Radoye Math $96,103 $4,299 $100,403 $16,223 $8,283 $0 $124,909 Lauren M. Reibstein N/A $94,241 $7,572 $101,215 $12,759 $8,268 $1,468 $122,694

In total, 47 teachers at Sequoia High School make more than $100,000. In contrast, there are 13 teachers who are paid less than $30,000.

 

Ten highest paid teachers at Woodside High School

Name Years Teaching Subject Base Other (including Overtime) Gross MDV
ER Psn
Misc. Total Abdulhadi S. Kaddoura 16, 11 at WHS Math $94,614 $22,659 $117,272 $15,059 $9,675 $1,700 $143,707 Samer G. Malouf 20, 9 at WHS Math $94,614 $21,011 $115,624 $16,223 $9,539 $1,677 $143,063 Nancy L. Staves 19, 3 at WHS Phoenix/NovaNet $94,986 $22,272 $117,258 $6,847 $9,674 $1,700 $135,478 Steven Nicolopulos 26, 17 at WHS P.E. $95,731 $12,746 $108,477 $16,223 $8,949 $1,573 $135,222 Lisa A. Camera 20, 20 at WHS English $93,144 $12,078 $105,223 $14,439 $8,681 $1,526 $129,869 Wendy C. Porter 20, 20 at WHS Social Studies $94,986 $10,549 $105,535 $12,695 $8,707 $1,530 $128,467 Gwen N. Sidley 22, 22 at WHS Art $94,986 $6,827 $101,813 $16,223 $8,400 $0 $126,435 Michael R. Moses 9, 4 at WHS Math $88,594 $14,579 $103,173 $13,103 $8,512 $1,496 $126,285 Charles S. Velschow 14, 8 at WHS Social Studies $94,241 $5,395 $99,636 $16,223 $8,220 $1,445 $125,523 Gay A. Buckland-Murray 16, 15 at WHS World Languages, Department Chair $94,614 $4,301 $98,914 $16,223 $8,160 $1,434 $124,732

In total, 61 teachers at Woodside High School make more than $100,000. Eight teachers, including part-time, make less than $30,000.

 

Ten highest paid teachers at Redwood High School

Name Subject Base Other (including Overtime) Gross MDV
ER Psn
Misc. Total Elana R. Henderson Math $94,614 $16,981 $111,595 $16,223 $9,207 $1,541 $138,565 Charles A. McCoy English $92,116 $13,526 $105,641 $16,223 $8,715 1,532 $132,111 Rina R. Dress Special Education $94,241 $13,641 $107,882 $11,800 $8,900 $1,564 $130,147 Valerie H. Gibbs Art/English $94,614 $15,428 $110,042 $6,399 $9,078 $1,581 $127,100 Jose Javier Galaviz Career/College/Social Studies $94,614 $5,005 $99,619 $16,223 $8,219 $1,444 $125,504 Sharon A. Holmberg English $94,614 $6,464 $101,078 $12,695 $8,339 $1,466 $123,578 Maureen R. Svenson Social Studies $92,124 $15,363 $107,487 $218 $8,868 $1,559 $118,131 Ethan A. Sutton Social Studies $94,614 $313 $94,926 $11,800 $7,831 $1,376 $115,934 Atiba W. Williams Math/PE $88,725 $6,376 $95,101 $6,161 $7,846 $1,379 $110,486 Halo E. Shapiro N/A $85,076 $7,411 $92,487 $6,399 $7,630 $1,341 $107,857

Twelve teachers earn over six figures and the thirteenth teacher makes $97,297.

Ten Highest Paid Employees of the Sequoia Union High School District

Name Title Base Other (including Overtime) Gross MDV
ER Psn
Misc. Total James W. Lianides Superintendent $180,131 $14,946 $195,077 $14,160 $16,094 $2,829 $228,159 Francisca A. Miranda Deputy Superintendent $169,798 $19,327 $189,125 $14,160 $15,603 $2,742 $221,630 Frank W. Wells Principal, Redwood HS $135,830 $16,868 $152,698 $18,070 $12,598 $2,214 $185,581 Susan E. Berghouse Director, Enrollment $138,756 $7,832 $146,588 $19,467 $12,094 $2,125 $180,275 David E. Reilly Principal, Woodside HS $142,044 $2,213 $144,256 $19,467 $11,901 $2,092 $177,716 Ravnel M. Burgamy Avp, Carlmont $138,756 $8,973 $147,729 $15,234 $12,188 $2,142 $177,293 Matthew S. Zito Principal, M-A HS $148,479 $3,782 $152,261 $8,216 $12,561 $2,208 $175,246 Bonnie J. Hansen Principal, Sequoia HS $142,044 $3,413 $145,456 $15,234 $12,000 $2,109 $174,800 Martin R. Fuentes Controller $138,756 $10,096 $148,852 $1,455 $14,797 $8,780 $173,883 Bruce W. Rollins Director, Maintenance & Operation $129,086 $4,540 $133,626 $15,234 $13,632 $8,559 $171,052
Merrily April 29, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Well, let me just say....this is NOT the case in RCSD (K-8) district! I will make $30-40K less when I max out + my overtime (IF I get paid) is $25/hour for OVERTIME!!! PLEASE know that our districts are VERY different AND when RCSD goes out to try and pass a bond or parcel tax, our district REALLY needs your support for the funding of students and facilities PLEASE! Thank you, Merrily Robinson 7th grade science teacher Kennedy Middle School ps This whole comment is not to say that teachers in Sequoia Union High School District should not be getting a PROFESSIONAL wage, as does our neighboring districts!
Rich Marinaccio April 29, 2011 at 04:50 PM
As a parent of two 4th graders in Redwood City I consider the job that these teachers are doing to be of the utmost importance in our society today. They work hard, are forming young minds and are living in one of the most expensive areas of the country. They deserve every penny...and then some.
Hernan Epelman April 29, 2011 at 05:57 PM
This article is not very useful. Of course there are people that through many years of service have obtained repeated salary increases to reach these levels. We should celebrate teachers that are paid proper living wages. Are you trying to suggest that teachers are highly paid already and there's no need to fight for better pay for teachers across the board? Nonsense. If you want to provide a service to the community and you have this database of salaries, how about a comprehensive article showing the distribution of teacher salaries comparing our K8 Redwood City School District with the Sequoia High School District? People need to understand that funding between these two districts is vastly different and that our K8 School District is in serious trouble right now. And to be fair, how about scrutinizing other professions? How much are people in the Police Department, or City Government making? Do we value public education and remunerate our teachers accordingly? Teachers are not the problem!
Paul Jones April 29, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Let’s put this in perspective. The LOW income limit for a family of 4 in San Mateo County for 2010 was $86,000. Median income was $99,400. For 2011 these limits are likely to be even higher. I’d argue that the salaries for these professionals are barely enough to live comfortably in this area. Paul
Sharon Levin April 29, 2011 at 06:06 PM
All I can say is spend one rainy day in a classroom with 30+ kids and tell me teachers don't deserve every penny they get. Try being a principal at a school with teachers, parents, students, administrators, oh yeah and the state making many conflicting demands and tell me we don't need to make sure we pay great people good salaries to stick with these jobs.
Dave Johnson April 29, 2011 at 10:42 PM
I don't get it, almost everyone I know makes well over $100K. I know people in their 20s making well over $100K here in Silicon Valley. I don't know of many companies paying less. Oh, wait ... you're talking about TEACHERS??? THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!! HOW CAN THIS BE??? They should be living in shacks! There is NOTHING worse than a teacher!!! Shame, Shame on these school districts.
Patricia Cocconi April 30, 2011 at 02:23 AM
All of these professionals work very long days doing very important work. If they are also working overtime, they are working even longer days. I know. I used to teach in the SUHSD, and I was an administrator. My children attended Woodside and Sequoia High Schools and they had amazing teachers, who deserved every penny they made and more.
Claire Felong April 30, 2011 at 03:55 AM
About time teachers are paid a living wage for the area in which they live. What this tells us is that many folks in SV are underpaid for their efforts.
Jack Hickey April 30, 2011 at 04:28 PM
From www.rcsd.k12.ca.us "Under the terms of the contract signed last April, the RCTA agreed to reduce the teacher work year by 6 days from 187 days to 181 days" (those workdays have been restored) Workers in the private sector have a 365 day year with 260 workdays (less holidays). I could not find the RCSD/RCTA contract on their website.
Claire Felong May 01, 2011 at 08:18 PM
The problem that teachers encounter that no one ever addresses is that teacher's days don't end when the bell ring. They grade homework and papers, plan lessons, sometimes make phone calls and endure a lot of stress from immature students and often immature parents as well. As an ex-teacher who couldn't make the grade, I have much respect for those that can and do not begrudge them their time off; I believe time reduction is going along with some pay reduction or lack of raises.
Merrily May 02, 2011 at 04:55 AM
Emotional downtime!!!
Diana Reddy May 02, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Excellent comments! I would like to add that several of the teachers listed are San Mateo County and California Teachers of the Year. Redwood City residents should be proud to be able to send their children to schools where such talented and highly skilled educators are teaching. My daughter is a Chemical Engineer who was INSPIRED by one of these teachers. However, neither my son nor my daughter would consider becoming a teacher, because the pay-to-grief quotient was too low! Several of the listed teachers are also mentors to beginning teachers, who had previously found if difficult to remain in such a demanding profession without such support. These teachers also add curriculum development work and summer school work in order to piece together this kind of salary. In short, be proud, Redwood City. These teachers deserve your enthusiastic support!
Diana Reddy May 02, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Sorry. I forgot to add that teachers and other staff are contributing higher percentages of their salaries to their benefits, including retirement. And, in response to the excellent comment from the RCSD teacher, the pay for beginning SUHSD teachers is very similar - a little bit more - but not much.

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