An Independent Day School for Grades 6-12
Welcome to Crystal's Contact Me! page, which offers opportunities for connection between applicant families and current Crystal families. Our generous and enthusiastic Crystal PALs (Parent and Guardian Admission Liaisons) are ready and happy to connect with you about the Crystal student and family experience. Please click on the link to learn more about each PAL and feel free to reach out to any of them. Our PALs will return your contact within 24 hours. As always, we encourage you to reach out to Crystal's Admission Office with any questions about the Admission process. Thank you for your interest in Crystal!
Middle School Admission Office
10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002
Direct line:  (650) 645-1011

Upper School Admission Office
400 Uplands Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010
Direct line:  (650) 375-5411

Email:  admission@csus.org

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  • Andrea

    Andrea Higuera-Ballard, Hillsborough
    Please contact me at andrea.PALS2020@gmail.com to discuss diversity, arts, Middle School, athletics.

    Originally from Southern California

    In my free time my family and I enjoy…
    Playing tennis, hiking, spending time in Tahoe, and volunteering in the community

    Length of time at Crystal
    4 years (Middle School only)

    Parent experience at Crystal
    Parent Association Grade Rep & Board, Trustee, cheering for middle school sports teams

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  • Cristal

    Cristal Waldrop, San Mateo
    Contact me at waldrop.pals2020@gmail.com to discuss, humanities, STEM, Middle School, Upper School
    Originally from:
    I'm originally from Philadelphia, but my children were born in Atlanta, GA. We moved from Atlanta to the Bay Area in 2014.

    In my free time my family and I enjoy...
    ...traveling, movies, bookstores, coffee

    Length of time at Crystal
    This is my 6th year at Crystal, I have both MS and US experience. My youngest son is in 8th grade, and my oldest son is in 11th grade. Both boys started Crystal in 6th grade.

    Parent experience at Crystal
    I'm currently a Trustee, I've co-chaired the Underwriting Committee for the annual gala, and I serve on the Annual Fund team.

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  • Kristen

    Kristen Sherman, MD, San Mateo
    Please contact me at kristen.PALS2020@gmail.com to discuss parent events, transportation, Middle School, lunch, athletics/PE, arts, chorus, admission, academics, advisory, or student government.
    Originally from: Kristen grew up in Albuquerque, NM and Vidur (husband) grew up in Mumbai, India.

    In my free time my family and I enjoy...
    ...reading fiction and the New York Times, family walks and biking, cooking vegetarian food, and cuddling with our newly adopted puppy Milo.

    Length of time at Crystal
    Son Taj ’25 started in 6th grade and is now an 8th grader, daughter Mira ’27 started this fall as a 6th grader.

    Parent experience at Crystal
    Supporting the Crystal fund and school auction, volunteering as a Gryphon Greeter.

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  • Andrew

    Andrew Wolf, Burlingame
    Please contact me at andrew.pals2020@gmail.com to discuss parent events, Upper School, Middle School, Athletics/PE, and Advisory, Clubs, Visual Art, or off-campus semester during junior year.

    Originally from: Palo Alto, CA

    In my free time my family and I enjoy...
    Before the pandemic, "free time" was spent exploring California's beaches and mountains, and shuttling kids to soccer games. Since the start of the pandemic, we've gotten good at ping pong, foosball, and chess.

    Length of time at Crystal
    Since 2017 when our daughter started at the MS and our son started at the US.

    Parent experience at Crystal
    Currently, I am the Secretary of the Parent Association and have attended many a social function!  My favorite is the annual MLK Jr. Birthday potluck dinner and celebration.

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  • Dorie

    Dorie Ravara, San Leandro
    Please contact me at teodorie.PALS2020@gmail.com to discuss diversity, Middle School, financial aid, robotics, commuting from the East Bay, A Better Chance, and transitioning from a parochial school.

    Originally from:
    Born & Raised in San Francisco

    In my free time my family and I enjoy…
    Playing board games, drive-in movies, outdoor recreation, community service, and camping 

    Length of time at Crystal
    First year at Crystal with my youngest Middle Schooler

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  • Kristine

    Maria Kristine Reyes (I go by Kristine), South San Francisco
    Please contact me at mariak.PALS2020@gmail.com to discuss transportation, athletics/PE, Crystal PA, Crystal FIRST, financial aid, parent events, Middle School, admission, advisory, and performance art.
    Originally from: Philippines

    In my free time my family and I enjoy...
    Hiking and swimming

    Length of time at Crystal
    Year 2 - twin girls, rising seventh graders. 

    Parent experience at Crystal
    I have been an avid parent volunteer at Crystal. Volunteering includes: 
    • 6th grade parent rep (treasurer)
    • 6th grade parent/student/sport events (last year)
    • MS Open Houses (last year and virtual this year)
    • Admission Diversity reception (last year)
    • ISEE Testing @ Crystal (proctor - last year)
    • Liaison for Admissions team and potential 
    • Family mentors to incoming Crystal First families (this year)
    • Gryphon Greeter for incoming 6th graders (this year)
    • Annual 2020 Doc Ingersoll Golf Tournament (signed up for planning committee for 2021 event)

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  • Bien

    Bien Fernandez-Blancaflor, Pacifica
    Please contact me at bien.pals2020@gmail.com to discuss Upper School, Middle School, performance or visual art, student government, athletics/PE, financial aid, parent events, transportation, lunch, school trips, academics, and clubs.

    Originally from: Manila, Philippines

    In my freetime my family and I enjoy...
    baking, gardening, and organizing things at home. 

    Length of time at Crystal
    I have been a Crystal parent for five years now. I had a high school daughter who graduated last year from Crystal (Florenz) and currently have an 8th-grade middle schooler (Julienne). 

    Parent experience at Crystal
    I have been a booth chairperson for the Lunar New Year event for the last 3 years. I volunteer during the art festival, the annual gala, high school play, selling Crystal gear, Middle School Family Day, faculty appreciation events, just to name a few.

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  • Hyun-Joo

    Hyun-Joo Laws, Hillsborough
    Please contact me at HyunJoo.pals2020@gmail.com to discuss parent events, transportation, Middle School, arts, school trips, academics, advisory, athletics/PE, clubs, performance art, and student government.

    Originally from: South Korea (I spent my first 11 years there before immigrating to the US.)

    In my free time my family and I enjoy...
    ...traveling and playing board games.

    Length of time at Crystal
    This is my fourth year with Crystal. I have the full MS experience with two kids and just starting out with US experience with my 9th grade daughter.

    Parent experience at Crystal
    I have been connecting with Crystal by volunteering in various Parent Association events and activities. I served as the Treasurer last year and I'm currently the Operations Chair for the Parent Association.

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  • Stacey

    Stacey Rabkin, San Carlos
    Please contact me at stacey.pals2020@gmail.com to discuss parent events, transportation, Middle School, lunch, admission, academics, advisory, athletics/PE, Clubs, and performance art.
    Originally from: the Mississippi Gulf Coast, right outside New Orleans.

    In my free time my family and I enjoy...
    We enjoy traveling and exploring new places, playing games, watching movies, and reading.

    Length of time at Crystal
    This is my third year at Crystal (all middle school).

    Parent experience at Crystal
    I have been a Parent Association class rep the past 3 years, have helped admissions with Open Houses, and am Co-Chair of the Gryphon Greeters (formerly PEERS) program.

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  • Carol

    Carol True, Hillsborough
    Please contact me at carol.pals2020@gmail.com to discuss parent events, Upper School, Middle School, school trips, admission, academics, athletics/PE, speech and debate, and performance art.
    Originally from: Southern California

    In my free time, I enjoy...
    ...playing golf, tennis, reading, cooking, skiing, and learning to speak French! 

    Parent experience at Crystal
    I have been a Crystal Fund team member for 4 years, a middle school and upper school grade level parent representative, a Crystal PEER mentor and a Gryphon Greeter parent volunteer. Becoming part of the Crystal community where kindness, inclusion and a deep commitment to learning is practiced everyday, has been one of the best things I've become involved in!

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  • Kaushik

    Kaushik Gopalan, Fremont
    Please contact me at kaushikg.PALS2020@gmail.com for discussing admissions, parent events, Middle School, academics, advisory, athletics/PE, Robotics, Debate, clubs, diversity, transitioning from a private non-traditional school (Montessori), and commuting from the East Bay.

    Originally from
    Born in India and grew up in Singapore

    In my free time my family and I enjoy...
    International travel, all things aviation, cooking, and playing board games, basketball and cricket

    Length of time at Crystal
    First year at Crystal- our daughter is currently in 6th grade

    Parent experience at Crystal 
    PAL volunteer for admission events
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