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

Laurel Creek Head Teacher (1st/2nd Grade)
Alberto Palomar

Alberto Palomar

Laurel Creek Head Teacher (1st/2nd Grade)

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

Preschool Head Teacher (Cedar)
Alice Hsu

Alice Hsu

Preschool Head Teacher (Cedar)

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
Andy Keating

What Matters in Education is:
using best practices to understand how each learner connects with the materials and lessons.

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Andy Keating

Preschool Head Teacher (Magnolia & Live Oak)
Andy Keating

Andy Keating

Preschool Head Teacher (Magnolia & Live Oak)

What Matters in Education is:
using best practices to understand how each learner connects with the materials and lessons.

Schools AttendedB.A. University of Texas at Austin
Years in Education18
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

Middle School, Elementary School PE, Sports Coach
Craig Jackson

Craig Jackson

Middle School, Elementary School PE, 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

Sweet Briar Creek Head Teacher (Kindergarten)
Danette Swan

Danette Swan

Sweet Briar Creek Head Teacher (Kindergarten)

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
Emily Becerra

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

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Emily Becerra

Preschool Head Teacher (Eugenia)
Emily Becerra

Emily Becerra

Preschool Head Teacher (Eugenia)

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
Erica Morales

What Matters in Education is:
allowing students to find pathways and make connections in an environment that encourages continual self assessment and self reflection to help them actualize growth in their abilities as learners.

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Erica Morales

Elementary Spanish
Erica Morales

Erica Morales

Elementary Spanish

What Matters in Education is:
allowing students to find pathways and make connections in an environment that encourages continual self assessment and self reflection to help them actualize growth in their abilities as learners.

Schools AttendedB.A. UC Santa Cruz
Years in Education17
Griselda Kondo

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

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Griselda Kondo

Preschool Head Teacher (Acorn)
Griselda Kondo

Griselda Kondo

Preschool Head Teacher (Acorn)

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
Hillary Bensky Schwartz

What Matters in Education is:
authentic, transparent, and relevant teaching and learning. Also, find joy in every day with every child!

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Hillary Bensky Schwartz

Laurel Creek Head Teacher (1st/2nd Grade)
Hillary Bensky Schwartz

Hillary Bensky Schwartz

Laurel Creek Head Teacher (1st/2nd Grade)

What Matters in Education is:
authentic, transparent, and relevant teaching and learning. Also, find joy in every day with every child!

Schools AttendedB.A. Sonoma State University, M.A.Ed., BATTI-Bay Area Teacher Training Institute & University of the Pacific
Years in Education10
Jeff Ravine

What Matters in Education is:
building relationships that fosters a learning environment where all students participate and take ownership of their education.

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Jeff Ravine

Wildcat Creek Head Teacher (6th Grade)
Jeff Ravine

Jeff Ravine

Wildcat Creek Head Teacher (6th Grade)

What Matters in Education is:
building relationships that fosters a learning environment where all students participate and take ownership of their education.

Schools AttendedB.A. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Years in Education20
Jennifer Lettieri

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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Jennifer Lettieri

Middle School Humanities
Jennifer Lettieri

Jennifer Lettieri

Middle School Humanities

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.

Schools AttendedB.A. State University of New York, Binghamton, M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Years in Education21
Julia Shields

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

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Julia Shields

Strawberry Creek Head Teacher (4th/5th Grade)
Julia Shields

Julia Shields

Strawberry Creek Head Teacher (4th/5th Grade)

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, Elementary Teaching Artist
Julianne Hughes

Julianne Hughes

ECC, Elementary 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
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

Middle School Math
Kim Huie

Kim Huie

Middle School Math

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

Eugenia Classroom Teacher
Kirstie Mah

Kirstie Mah

Eugenia Classroom Teacher

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
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

Temescal Creek Head Teacher
Lisa Chung-Nguyen

Lisa Chung-Nguyen

Temescal Creek Head Teacher

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
Loa Ortiz

What Matters in Education is:
allies and colleagues are critical.

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Loa Ortiz

Wildcat Creek Head Teacher (6th Grade)
Loa Ortiz

Loa Ortiz

Wildcat Creek Head Teacher (6th Grade)

What Matters in Education is:
allies and colleagues are critical.

Schools AttendedB.S. UC Berkeley; M.A.Ed. Teachers College, Columbia University; Ph.D. Teachers College, Columbia University
Years in Education20
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
Maple Molina

Maple Molina

Data Manager

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
Nic Kaelin

What Matters in Education is:
empowering students to become caring and engaged members of their communities.

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Nic Kaelin

Middle School Humanities Teacher
Nic Kaelin

Nic Kaelin

Middle School Humanities Teacher

What Matters in Education is:
empowering students to become caring and engaged members of their communities.

Schools AttendedB.S. New York University
Years in Education16
Norman Johnson

What Matters in Education is:
opportunity and encouragement!

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Norman Johnson

Middle School Classroom Support
Norman Johnson

Norman Johnson

Middle School Classroom Support

What Matters in Education is:
opportunity and encouragement!

Schools AttendedB.A. City College of New York
Years in Education19
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 and Belonging
Paula D. Farmer

Paula D. Farmer

Director of Community and 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
Rachel Forbes

What Matters in Education is:
students and teachers bringing their authentic selves to the classroom and forming a community based in empathy, empowerment, and activism.

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Rachel Forbes

Cerrito Creek Head Teacher (4th/5th Grade)
Rachel Forbes

Rachel Forbes

Cerrito Creek Head Teacher (4th/5th Grade)

What Matters in Education is:
students and teachers bringing their authentic selves to the classroom and forming a community based in empathy, empowerment, and activism.

Schools AttendedB.A. & M.S.Ed., Sarah Lawrence College
Years in Education6
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

Cerrito Creek Assistant Teacher (4th/5th Grade)
Samantha Snook

Samantha Snook

Cerrito Creek Assistant Teacher (4th/5th Grade)

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

ECC-5 Social Emotional Learning Specialist
Stephen Cahill

Stephen Cahill

ECC-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
Vanessa DeNino

What Matters in Education is:
creativity. When learners become creative thinkers they approach challenges with empathy, and understand how they can positively impact their communities.

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Vanessa DeNino

Middle School Visual Arts
Vanessa DeNino

Vanessa DeNino

Middle School Visual Arts

What Matters in Education is:
creativity. When learners become creative thinkers they approach challenges with empathy, and understand how they can positively impact their communities.

Schools AttendedB.A. University of Vermont, M.A.Ed Harvard
Years in Education9
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