Alberto Palomar

What Matters in Education is:
making connections between and within people and communities; learning to see our interconnectedness.

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Alberto Palomar

1st/2nd Grade Teacher (Blackberry Creek Classroom)
Alberto Palomar

Alberto Palomar

1st/2nd Grade Teacher (Blackberry Creek Classroom)

What Matters in Education is:
making connections between and within people and communities; learning to see our interconnectedness.

Schools AttendedB.A. UC Berkeley, M.S. City College New York City
Years in Education15
Alice Hsu

What Matters in Education is:
guiding children to connect with their inner wisdom and adjusting the environment to the capacity of every child.

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Alice Hsu

ECC Teacher (Cedar Classroom)
Alice Hsu

Alice Hsu

ECC Teacher (Cedar Classroom)

What Matters in Education is:
guiding children to connect with their inner wisdom and adjusting the environment to the capacity of every child.

Schools AttendedB.A. Shizuoka University, Japan, M.A. Ed. Saint Mary’s College
Years in Education20
Andie Gaeta

What Matters in Education is:
having an inclusive, supportive, and safe environment to learn.

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Andie Gaeta

Human Resources & Operations Manager
Andie Gaeta

Andie Gaeta

Human Resources & Operations Manager

What Matters in Education is:
having an inclusive, supportive, and safe environment to learn.

Schools AttendedB.A. Barnard College, Columbia University
Years in Education2
Andrea Abrams

ECC Associate & Extended Day Teacher (Eugenia Classroom)

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Andrea Abrams

ECC Associate & Extended Day Teacher (Eugenia Classroom)
Andrea Abrams

Andrea Abrams

ECC Associate & Extended Day Teacher (Eugenia Classroom)

ECC Associate & Extended Day Teacher (Eugenia Classroom)

Cesár Martinez

7th & 8th Grade Spanish Teacher

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Cesár Martinez

MS Spanish Teacher
Cesár Martinez

Cesár Martinez

MS Spanish Teacher

7th & 8th Grade Spanish Teacher

Chris Chun

Chris Chun – Director of K-8 Teaching & Learning

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Chris Chun

Director of K-8 Teaching & Learning
Chris Chun

Chris Chun

Director of K-8 Teaching & Learning

Chris Chun – Director of K-8 Teaching & Learning

Chrissy Hoffman

Chrissy Hoffman – Preschool Music & Movement Teacher

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Chrissy Hoffman

ECC Music & Movement Teacher
Chrissy Hoffman

Chrissy Hoffman

ECC Music & Movement Teacher

Chrissy Hoffman – Preschool Music & Movement Teacher

Christin Weber

What Matters in Education is:
always remembering there is more to learn.

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Christin Weber

ECC Teacher (Mariposa Classroom)
Christin Weber

Christin Weber

ECC Teacher (Mariposa Classroom)

What Matters in Education is:
always remembering there is more to learn.

Schools AttendedBachelor of Science at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Certificate in Primary Montessori Education at Montessori Institute Northwest, Masters of Education at Loyola University Maryland
Years in Education12
Craig Jackson

What Matters in Education is:
fun! When activities are fun, students want to stay engaged which allows for true learning to happen.

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Craig Jackson

UAC Physical Education Teacher/After-School Sports Coach
Craig Jackson

Craig Jackson

UAC Physical Education Teacher/After-School Sports Coach

What Matters in Education is:
fun! When activities are fun, students want to stay engaged which allows for true learning to happen.

Schools AttendedA.A. Chabot College
Years in Education21
Danette Swan

What Matters in Education is:
joy. With joy comes a freedom that allows magical, powerful, important learning experiences to take hold.

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Danette Swan

Kindergarten Teacher (Sweet Briar Creek Classroom) & K-2 Team Leader
Danette Swan

Danette Swan

Kindergarten Teacher (Sweet Briar Creek Classroom) & K-2 Team Leader

What Matters in Education is:
joy. With joy comes a freedom that allows magical, powerful, important learning experiences to take hold.

Schools AttendedUniversity of Alaska, Montessori Certification Sea Coast Center
Years in Education28
Daniel Simms

Daniel Simms – UAC Extended Day & Instructional Support Teacher

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Daniel Simms

UAC Extended Day Teacher
Daniel Simms

Daniel Simms

UAC Extended Day Teacher

Daniel Simms – UAC Extended Day & Instructional Support Teacher

Daniela Hoffmann

What Matters in Education is:
nurturing a child’s understanding of the world through exploration and self-expression.

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Daniela Hoffmann

TK & K Associate Teacher
Daniela Hoffmann

Daniela Hoffmann

TK & K Associate Teacher

What Matters in Education is:
nurturing a child’s understanding of the world through exploration and self-expression.

Darius Morales

ECC Associate Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)

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Darius Morales

ECC Associate Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)
Darius Morales

Darius Morales

ECC Associate Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)

ECC Associate Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)

Derek Payne

What Matters in Education is:
helping students develop their curiosity. They need to build their ability to seek the truth.

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Derek Payne

7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher & MS Team Leader
Derek Payne

Derek Payne

7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher & MS Team Leader

What Matters in Education is:
helping students develop their curiosity. They need to build their ability to seek the truth.

Schools AttendedB.A. University of California at Berkeley
Years in Education13
Elise Wilks

Elise Wilks – Chief Financial Officer

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Elise Wilks

Chief Financial Officer
Elise Wilks

Elise Wilks

Chief Financial Officer

Elise Wilks – Chief Financial Officer

Emily Becerra Sigel

What Matters in Education is:
nurturing a child’s understanding of the world through exploration and self-expression.

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Emily Becerra Sigel

ECC Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)
Emily Becerra Sigel

Emily Becerra Sigel

ECC Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)

What Matters in Education is:
nurturing a child’s understanding of the world through exploration and self-expression.

Schools AttendedB.A. California State University Bakersfield
Years in Education9
Emily Crawford

Emily Crawford (she/her)
MS Math Learning Specialist
ecrawford@theberkeleyschool.org

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Emily Crawford

MS Math Learning Specialist
Emily Crawford

Emily Crawford

MS Math Learning Specialist

Emily Crawford (she/her)
MS Math Learning Specialist
ecrawford@theberkeleyschool.org

Fordy Shoor

Fordy Shoor

MS English Teacher

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Fordy Shoor

MS English Teacher
Fordy Shoor

Fordy Shoor

MS English Teacher

Fordy Shoor

MS English Teacher

Gay Pelletier

Gay Pelletier

4th/5th Science & Literacy Teacher

gpelletier@theberkeleyschool.org

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Gay Pelletier

5th Science & Literacy Teacher
Gay Pelletier

Gay Pelletier

5th Science & Literacy Teacher

Gay Pelletier

4th/5th Science & Literacy Teacher

gpelletier@theberkeleyschool.org

Gladys Barrios

Gladys Barrios – K-5 Spanish Teacher

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Gladys Barrios

K-5 Spanish Teacher
Gladys Barrios

Gladys Barrios

K-5 Spanish Teacher

Gladys Barrios – K-5 Spanish Teacher

Griselda Kondo

What Matters in Education is:
awakening curiosity beyond your own culture and respecting different beliefs.

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Griselda Kondo

ECC Teacher (Live Oak Classroom)
Griselda Kondo

Griselda Kondo

ECC Teacher (Live Oak Classroom)

What Matters in Education is:
awakening curiosity beyond your own culture and respecting different beliefs.

Schools AttendedB.A. National University of Education
Years in Education36
Helia Pouyanfar

Helia Pouyanfar
MS Art & Extended Day Teacher

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Helia Pouyanfar

MS Art & Extended Day Teacher
Helia Pouyanfar

Helia Pouyanfar

MS Art & Extended Day Teacher

Helia Pouyanfar
MS Art & Extended Day Teacher

Javelin Hall

Javelin Hall
MS English Teacher
jhall@theberkeleyschool.org

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Javelin Hall

MS English Teacher
Javelin Hall

Javelin Hall

MS English Teacher

Javelin Hall
MS English Teacher
jhall@theberkeleyschool.org

Jennifer	Tilson

Jennifer Tilson

MS Academic Learning Specialist

jtilson@theberkeleyschool.org

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Jennifer Tilson

MS Academic Learning Specialist
Jennifer	Tilson

Jennifer Tilson

MS Academic Learning Specialist

Jennifer Tilson

MS Academic Learning Specialist

jtilson@theberkeleyschool.org

Jono Rich

What Matters in Education is:
speaking the truth. As educators, we are called to inform and empower our future citizens to take on and, hopefully, resolve the challenges they will face to preserve and expand the benefits of our democracy.

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Jono Rich

UAC Extended Day Director
Jono Rich

Jono Rich

UAC Extended Day Director

What Matters in Education is:
speaking the truth. As educators, we are called to inform and empower our future citizens to take on and, hopefully, resolve the challenges they will face to preserve and expand the benefits of our democracy.

Julia Shields

What Matters in Education is:
that each student’s world and heart is expanded.

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Julia Shields

4th/5th Teacher (Cerrito Creek Classroom) & 3-5 Team Leader
Julia Shields

Julia Shields

4th/5th Teacher (Cerrito Creek Classroom) & 3-5 Team Leader

What Matters in Education is:
that each student’s world and heart is expanded.

Schools AttendedB.A. University of California Santa Cruz, M.A. University of the Pacific (BATTI)
Years in Education7
Julianne Hughes

What Matters in Education is:
helping students understand themselves as learners through the process of art making.

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Julianne Hughes

ECC-5 Teaching Artist
Julianne Hughes

Julianne Hughes

ECC-5 Teaching Artist

What Matters in Education is:
helping students understand themselves as learners through the process of art making.

Schools AttendedM.F.A. California College of the Arts
Years in Education28
Kara Perrino

Kara Perrino – MS Student Life Coordinator & Health Teacher

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Kara Perrino

MS Student Life Coordinator & Health Teacher
Kara Perrino

Kara Perrino

MS Student Life Coordinator & Health Teacher

Kara Perrino – MS Student Life Coordinator & Health Teacher

Katie Vurlumis

Katie Vurlumis

K-5 Academic Learning Specialist

kvurlumis@theberkeleyschool.org

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Katie Vurlumis

K-5 Academic Learning Specialist
Katie Vurlumis

Katie Vurlumis

K-5 Academic Learning Specialist

Katie Vurlumis

K-5 Academic Learning Specialist

kvurlumis@theberkeleyschool.org

Katt Guerlac

What Matters in Education is:
the passion and love for learning.

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Katt Guerlac

ECC Associate Teacher & Extended Day Team Leader
Katt Guerlac

Katt Guerlac

ECC Associate Teacher & Extended Day Team Leader

What Matters in Education is:
the passion and love for learning.

Schools AttendedA.A. Merritt College
Years in Education12
Kim Huie

What Matters in Education is:
meeting students where they are and helping them discover their academic and personal promise.

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Kim Huie

7th & 8th Grade Math Teacher
Kim Huie

Kim Huie

7th & 8th Grade Math Teacher

What Matters in Education is:
meeting students where they are and helping them discover their academic and personal promise.

Schools AttendedB.Eng. McGill University, M.A. University of San Francisco
Years in Education15
Kirstie Mah

What Matters in Education is:
the freedom to create, grow, listen, question, make mistakes, wonder, belong, and build in a safe environment that values and challenges you.

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Kirstie Mah

ECC Teacher (Eugenia Classroom)
Kirstie Mah

Kirstie Mah

ECC Teacher (Eugenia Classroom)

What Matters in Education is:
the freedom to create, grow, listen, question, make mistakes, wonder, belong, and build in a safe environment that values and challenges you.

Schools AttendedB.A. University of California, San Diego, M.S. Bank Street College, M.S.W. CUNY Hunter Silberman School of Social Work
Years in Education10
Lamar Johnson

What Matters in Education is:

Creating an environment where all types of learners feel comfortable asking questions and sharing their ideas.

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Lamar Johnson

Director of Enrollment & Outreach
Lamar Johnson

Lamar Johnson

Director of Enrollment & Outreach

What Matters in Education is:

Creating an environment where all types of learners feel comfortable asking questions and sharing their ideas.

Schools AttendedEast Carolina University, MBA East Carolina University, BSBA
Years in Education15
Leslie Cruz

Leslie Cruz

1st/2nd Grade Teacher (Blackberry Creek Classroom)

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Leslie Cruz

1st/2nd Grade Teacher (Blackberry Creek Classroom)
Leslie Cruz

Leslie Cruz

1st/2nd Grade Teacher (Blackberry Creek Classroom)

Leslie Cruz

1st/2nd Grade Teacher (Blackberry Creek Classroom)

lcruz@theberkeleyschool.org

Lisa Chung-Nguyen

What Matters in Education is:
igniting curious minds. “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~Socrates

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Lisa Chung-Nguyen

3rd Grade Teacher (Temescal Creek Classroom)
Lisa Chung-Nguyen

Lisa Chung-Nguyen

3rd Grade Teacher (Temescal Creek Classroom)

What Matters in Education is:
igniting curious minds. “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~Socrates

Schools AttendedB.A. UCLA, M.A. Teachers College at Columbia University
Years in Education13
Lizette Flores

Lizette Flores – UAC Extended Day Teacher

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Lizette Flores

UAC Extended Day Teacher
Lizette Flores

Lizette Flores

UAC Extended Day Teacher

Lizette Flores – UAC Extended Day Teacher

Louisa Mascuch

Louisa Mascuch

ECC Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)

lmascuch@theberkeleyschool.org

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Louisa Mascuch

ECC Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)
Louisa Mascuch

Louisa Mascuch

ECC Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)

Louisa Mascuch

ECC Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)

lmascuch@theberkeleyschool.org

Maddie Alvendia

Maddie Alvendia (she/her)
UAC MS Civics Teacher
malvendia@theberkeleyschool.org

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Maddie Alvendia

MS Civics Teacher
Maddie Alvendia

Maddie Alvendia

MS Civics Teacher

Maddie Alvendia (she/her)
UAC MS Civics Teacher
malvendia@theberkeleyschool.org

Maple Molina

What Matters in Education is:
that every student feels empowered to reach their full potential.

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Maple Molina

Data Manager & K-8 Program Coordinator
Maple Molina

Maple Molina

Data Manager & K-8 Program Coordinator

What Matters in Education is:
that every student feels empowered to reach their full potential.

Schools AttendedB.A. UC Riverside, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise
Years in Education12
Mason Hanson

What Matters in Education is:
empowering students to boldly ask "why?" and "how?". Pursuing the answers drives innovation and change-making.

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Mason Hanson

MS 6th Science/Math Teacher
Mason Hanson

Mason Hanson

MS 6th Science/Math Teacher

What Matters in Education is:
empowering students to boldly ask "why?" and "how?". Pursuing the answers drives innovation and change-making.

Schools AttendedUniversity of California Berkeley, B.A. Cognitive Science
Years in Education10
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Minha Yoon

What Matters in Education is:

Respect for the child and their right to a nurturing environment.

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Minha Yoon

Markeing & Communications Manager
Minha Yoon

Minha Yoon

Markeing & Communications Manager

What Matters in Education is:

Respect for the child and their right to a nurturing environment.

Schools AttendedBFA, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, MFA, Academy of Art University
Years in Education7
Mitch Bostian

What Matters in Education is:
helping all students feel simultaneously seen and supported in every way: academically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

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Mitch Bostian

Head of School
Mitch Bostian

Mitch Bostian

Head of School

What Matters in Education is:
helping all students feel simultaneously seen and supported in every way: academically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Schools AttendedB.A. University of Chicago, M.A.Ed. University of San Francisco
Years in Education30
Mitra Panbehchi

Mitra Panbehchi - ECC Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)

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Mitra Panbehchi

ECC Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)
Mitra Panbehchi

Mitra Panbehchi

ECC Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)

Mitra Panbehchi - ECC Teacher (Magnolia Classroom)

Schools AttendedB.A. Tehran University, M.A. Tehran Azad University
Years in Education12
Niki Enriquez

What Matters in Education is:
Imagination. Knowledge is powerful, and imagination can help us see different things and opens brand new paths to knowledge.

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Niki Enriquez

ECC Associate Teacher (Live Oak Classroom)
Niki Enriquez

Niki Enriquez

ECC Associate Teacher (Live Oak Classroom)

What Matters in Education is:
Imagination. Knowledge is powerful, and imagination can help us see different things and opens brand new paths to knowledge.

Schools AttendedBerkeley City College
Years in Education9
Norman Johnson

What Matters in Education is:
opportunity and encouragement!

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Norman Johnson

MS Drama & Extended Day Teacher
Norman Johnson

Norman Johnson

MS Drama & Extended Day Teacher

What Matters in Education is:
opportunity and encouragement!

Schools AttendedB.A. City College of New York
Years in Education19
Noushin Moghaddam

What Matters in Education is:
creating a space where kids feel safe enough to learn, make friends, and build strong social skills.

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Noushin Moghaddam

ECC Teacher (Cedar Classroom)
Noushin Moghaddam

Noushin Moghaddam

ECC Teacher (Cedar Classroom)

What Matters in Education is:
creating a space where kids feel safe enough to learn, make friends, and build strong social skills.

Years in Education11
Paula D. Farmer

What Matters in Education is:
community. TBS is a supportive learning community for children and adults alike.

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Paula D. Farmer

Director of Community & Belonging
Paula D. Farmer

Paula D. Farmer

Director of Community & Belonging

What Matters in Education is:
community. TBS is a supportive learning community for children and adults alike.

Schools AttendedB.S. Florida A&M, M.F.A. Washington State University
Years in Education19
Randy Yee

What Matters in Education is:
connecting with the present.

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Randy Yee

Controller
Randy Yee

Randy Yee

Controller

What Matters in Education is:
connecting with the present.

Schools AttendedB.A. UC Santa Cruz
Years in Education25
Rebecca Blythe

What Matters in Education is:
relationships. Transformative learning does not occur in isolation. It occurs in relationship.

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Rebecca Blythe

ECC Director
Rebecca Blythe

Rebecca Blythe

ECC Director

What Matters in Education is:
relationships. Transformative learning does not occur in isolation. It occurs in relationship.

Schools AttendedB.A. Lawrence University, M.A. New York University
Years in Education18
Ricardo Murguia

What Matters in Education is:

Challenge in the context of community, inclusivity and mutual support is an opportunity for growth....Read More

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Ricardo Murguia

School Counselor
Ricardo Murguia

Ricardo Murguia

School Counselor

What Matters in Education is:

Challenge in the context of community, inclusivity and mutual support is an opportunity for growth.

Schools AttendedMSW, San Francisco State University
Years in Education20
RoseMarie Ezra

RoseMarie Ezra – Director of Facilities & Campus Health & Safety

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RoseMarie Ezra

Director of Facilities & Campus Health & Safety
RoseMarie Ezra

RoseMarie Ezra

Director of Facilities & Campus Health & Safety

RoseMarie Ezra – Director of Facilities & Campus Health & Safety

Samantha Snook

What Matters in Education is:
empathy and empowerment. Let’s empower our children to feel deeply and lift up others.

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Samantha Snook

4th/5th Teacher (Strawberry Creek Classroom)
Samantha Snook

Samantha Snook

4th/5th Teacher (Strawberry Creek Classroom)

What Matters in Education is:
empathy and empowerment. Let’s empower our children to feel deeply and lift up others.

Schools AttendedB.A. California State University
Years in Education17
Stephen Cahill

What Matters in Education is:
growing to know yourself as a learner and as a community member.

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Stephen Cahill

K-5 Social-Emotional Learning Specialist
Stephen Cahill

Stephen Cahill

K-5 Social-Emotional Learning Specialist

What Matters in Education is:
growing to know yourself as a learner and as a community member.

Schools AttendedB.A. University of Washington, Tacoma, M.A. Sped. San Francisco State University
Years in Education13
Yu Ren Lin

What Matters in Education is:
furthering the next generation.

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Yu Ren Lin

Custodian
Yu Ren Lin

Yu Ren Lin

Custodian

What Matters in Education is:
furthering the next generation.

Years in Education22

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