FACULTY & STAFF
Huntington-Surrey's Expert Teachers & Administrators
MARGARET CONNOR, M.S.
Head of School
Margaret became Head of School and Executive Director of Huntington-Surrey in 2021. Studying at both Rice and Harvard, Margaret earned a chemistry degree from Rice University and a master's in Educational Administration from Texas A&M International University. A former industry consultant on protective clothing and equipment, she became a science teacher in 2008 after seeing the value Huntington-Surrey provided for her daughter. She has won the ACS Division of Chemical Education Southwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching.
LIGHT GERMAN, PH.D.
Founder & Director Emerita
Past Director of Huntington-Surrey for 40 years, Dr. Light German provides teacher mentoring. Dr. German instituted Huntington-Surrey's unique Individual Literature program. She continues to teach as Director of Writing and Reading Skills Development at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
JOHNI WALKER-LITTLE, M.A.
Loved by students, families, and staff, Johni brings 30 years of her knowledge, enthusiasm and joy to Huntington-Surrey High School. With a master's degree from the University of Texas, Johni co-teaches the College Advisory class as well as teaching Individual Literature.
MICHAEL ZUMPANO, M.ED.
Dean of Students
As Dean of Students, Michael believes that education should emphasize the cultivation of the mind and heart as well as academics. Michael brings more than 20 years of experience in public and private schools as well as his own experiential learning program, Minds in Motion. A certified yoga teacher, Michael also teaches our Friday PE/yoga elective. Michael has a master's degree in Education from SUNY-Cortland.
Kristina Mackenzie is a Southwestern University graduate; her degree is in International Studies with a capstone addressing Islamic Spain. She also studied at the Universidad de Grenada in Spain and is fluent in Spanish.
An accomplished guitarist (folk, country jazz, and surf music), Chuck brings a passion for and expertise in music. His music ensemble class accommodates students with varying levels of experience.
LILY CONNOR '08, M.A.
After working for years as a professional freelance author and editor, Lily Connor joined our faculty in 2021 teaching Individual Literature. A Huntington-Surrey alumna, she earned a Master of Arts in Eastern Classics degree from St. John's College and a bachelor's from Southwestern University. She also plays the Scottish bagpipes!
An accomplished actress, playwright, and teacher, Joy is a TCA and Mid-America Arts Alliance Touring Artist, and a certified teaching artist, trainer, and coach for the Start with the Arts (SWTA) program of VSA Arts of Texas. Joy has taught history and theatre at Huntington-Surrey in past years and rejoins Huntington-Surrey to teach theatre and improv.
FERRIS DUHON, J.D.
Ferris has taught at Huntington-Surrey for over 20 years. An accomplished teacher, musician (a founding member and violinist with the Austin Civic Orchestra), and attorney, Ferris has kindly and patiently guided our students. Ferris earned his B.A. from Rice and law degree from the UT. He also supplies us with weekly king cakes!
STEVE FOY, PH.D.
Earning his Ph.D. in Classics, Steve did his undergraduate work at Haverford College and his graduate work at the University of Texas. He has been teaching at Huntington Surrey for the past 13 years and each year always looks forward to interesting discussions with old and new students alike!
Abe earned his bachelor's degree in English and is finishing his master's at Texas State University. He exhibits a passion for and expertise in literature and writing. Abe is also an artist and carpenter!
Trisha Kummer is an established artist (her watercolors just placed in the juried art exhibition "Hope for Spring") and teacher with extensive experience in both private and public schools. She has a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Minnesota and graduate coursework in Art Education.
GEORGIA LOSCHIAVO '08
Georgia, a Huntington-Surrey alumna, co-teaches College Advisory. Georgia has also taught Latin at Huntington-Surrey. Georgia earned her bachelor's degree from Southwestern University.
Calum Mackenzie has his degree in History from Southwestern University with a capstone in Japanese history (the Iwakura Mission) and brings experience in editing. His specialty was editing international works to incorporate American linguistic ephemera. He also has experience in sword making!
BLAIN MAMIYA, PH.D.
Blain is a PhD medicinal chemist with years of experience teaching at high school (regular and AP levels for Chemistry, Biology, and Physics) and college levels. Currently, he is finishing a lectureship at Texas State University. He has extensive publications (both books and journal articles) and has won numerous scientific awards, including teaching awards.
Cathy earned her bachelor's in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Cathy has thirty years of teaching high school English, German, and Latin. She is especially fond of the Transcendentalists and Romantic poets. A skilled quilter, Cathy also teaches Fabric Arts.
BILL PUGSLEY, M.A.
Bill earned his M.A. in American Civilization from UT-Austin and his B.F.A. in Radio-Television-Film from Southern Methodist University. Author of numerous academic books and articles, Bill is a prior History teacher at Huntington-Surrey and the past Executive Director of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. Besides being a skilled photographer, Bill is a published playwright.
MELBA ROBBINS, M.DIV.
Melba brings over 25 years of Huntington-Surrey teaching experience and a passion for literature, especially British literature, to her 1-1 classes. Melba earned a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
LILY YOUNG, M.S.
Lily graduated from Texas Tech University with a Masters in Mathematics. Lily loves coffee, computers, and teaching - she's very excited to be in the classroom imparting a love of all things mathematical to her students!