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
Carmen Scott

What Matters in Education is:
access to education. Universal access to a rich and dynamic education is the most important thing we can provide.

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Carmen Scott

Director of Marketing & Communications
Carmen Scott

Carmen Scott

Director of Marketing & Communications

What Matters in Education is:
access to education. Universal access to a rich and dynamic education is the most important thing we can provide.

Schools AttendedB.A. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Years in Education11
Catherine Guerlac

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

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Catherine Guerlac

ECC Extended Day Co-Director & Explorers Head Teacher (Transitional Kindergarten)
Catherine Guerlac

Catherine Guerlac

ECC Extended Day Co-Director & Explorers Head Teacher (Transitional Kindergarten)

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

Schools AttendedA.A. Merritt College
Years in Education11
Christin Weber

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

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Christin Weber

Preschool Head Teacher
Christin Weber

Christin Weber

Preschool Head Teacher

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

Schools AttendedB.S. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, M.A.Ed. Loyola University of Maryland
Years in Education9
Claire Patterson

What Matters in Education is:
innovation, joy and creativity– building a supportive and safe community to create inspired learning.

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Claire Patterson

Blackberry Creek Head Teacher (1st/2nd Grade)
Claire Patterson

Claire Patterson

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

What Matters in Education is:
innovation, joy and creativity– building a supportive and safe community to create inspired learning.

Schools AttendedB.A. UC Santa Cruz, Montessori Certification Center for Montessori Education
Years in Education13
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
Iwalani Venerable

What Matters in Education is:

Being able to connect with children creatively through music.

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Iwalani Venerable

Extended Day Teacher
Iwalani Venerable

Iwalani Venerable

Extended Day Teacher

What Matters in Education is:

Being able to connect with children creatively through music.

Years in Education20
Jackie Sa

What Matters in Education is:
finding and nurturing passions. Passions foster stewardship so we may become agents for positive change.

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Jackie Sa

Temescal Creek Assistant Teacher (3rd Grade)
Jackie Sa

Jackie Sa

Temescal Creek Assistant Teacher (3rd Grade)

What Matters in Education is:
finding and nurturing passions. Passions foster stewardship so we may become agents for positive change.

Schools AttendedB.S. UCLA
Years in Education5
Jared Briggs

What Matters in Education is:
community… a place of learning that feels like a second home filled with inquisitive faces.

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Jared Briggs

SEL Coordinator, Middle School Health Teacher, Athletic Director
Jared Briggs

Jared Briggs

SEL Coordinator, Middle School Health Teacher, Athletic Director

What Matters in Education is:
community… a place of learning that feels like a second home filled with inquisitive faces.

Schools AttendedB.S. University of Minnesota Duluth
Years in Education8
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 Education19
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 Education20
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
Kate Klaire

What Matters in Education is:
the courage of teachers and students to be dedicated members of a thriving world community.

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Kate Klaire

Director of Civic Engagement & Title IX Coordinator
Kate Klaire

Kate Klaire

Director of Civic Engagement & Title IX Coordinator

What Matters in Education is:
the courage of teachers and students to be dedicated members of a thriving world community.

Schools AttendedB.A. Belmont University, Montessori Certification Saint Mary's College, M.A.Ed. Saint Mary's College
Years in Education17
Katherine Campbell

What Matters in Education is:
that every child can learn, especially when they are seen and supported.

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Katherine Campbell

Elementary Academic Learning Specialist
Katherine Campbell

Katherine Campbell

Elementary Academic Learning Specialist

What Matters in Education is:
that every child can learn, especially when they are seen and supported.

Schools AttendedB.A. Skidmore College, M.A.Ed. Lesley University, M.A.Ed. Southern CT State College
Years in Education18
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 Education14
Kimly Touch

What Matters in Education is:
teaching from your heart and constantly reflecting on why you love to teach and what inspires you to learn.

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Kimly Touch

Preschool Head Teacher
Kimly Touch

Kimly Touch

Preschool Head Teacher

What Matters in Education is:
teaching from your heart and constantly reflecting on why you love to teach and what inspires you to learn.

Schools AttendedB.A. San Francisco State University
Years in Education13
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

Preschool Head Teacher (Acorn)
Kirstie Mah

Kirstie Mah

Preschool Head Teacher (Acorn)

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 Education19
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
Missy Barrow

What Matters in Education is:
belonging, play, friendship and learning as a lifetime joy.

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Missy Barrow

Preschool Head Teacher
Missy Barrow

Missy Barrow

Preschool Head Teacher

What Matters in Education is:
belonging, play, friendship and learning as a lifetime joy.

Schools AttendedB.A. Grand Valley State University, A.M.S. San Leandro Montessori Teacher Training Center
Years in Education23
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 Education15
Norman Johnson

What Matters in Education is:
opportunity and encouragement!

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Norman Johnson

Middle School Drama, Extended Day
Norman Johnson

Norman Johnson

Middle School Drama, Extended Day

What Matters in Education is:
opportunity and encouragement!

Schools AttendedB.A. City College of New York
Years in Education18
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 Admissions
Paula D. Farmer

Paula D. Farmer

Director of Admissions

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 Education18
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
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

Preschool Head Teacher
Rebecca Blythe

Rebecca Blythe

Preschool Head Teacher

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
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
Sima Misra

What Matters in Education is:
supporting learners with mutually respectful community and thoughtful, meaningful assessment and planning by collaborative teachers.

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Sima Misra

Interim Director of the ECC
Sima Misra

Sima Misra

Interim Director of the ECC

What Matters in Education is:
supporting learners with mutually respectful community and thoughtful, meaningful assessment and planning by collaborative teachers.

Schools AttendedB.A. Rice University, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Years in Education13
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
Tanya Madrid-Campbell

What Matters in Education is:
making connections with students and using those connections to motivate their learning.

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Tanya Madrid-Campbell

Middle School Spanish
Tanya Madrid-Campbell

Tanya Madrid-Campbell

Middle School Spanish

What Matters in Education is:
making connections with students and using those connections to motivate their learning.

Schools AttendedB.A. University of San Francisco, 30 units M.A. in Human Rights Education University of San Francisco, 28 units Masters/Credential University of San Francisco
Years in Education19
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 Education8
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