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

2nd Grade Teacher (Blackberry Creek)
Alberto Palomar

Alberto Palomar

2nd Grade Teacher (Blackberry Creek)

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
Ann Levinsohn

What Matters in Education is:
the personal relationship between teacher and student. Every student should be engaged and have fun!

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Ann Levinsohn

Academic Learning Specialist (Middle School)
Ann Levinsohn

Ann Levinsohn

Academic Learning Specialist (Middle School)

What Matters in Education is:
the personal relationship between teacher and student. Every student should be engaged and have fun!

Schools AttendedB.A. New York University,M.S. Bank Street College of Education, Certificate in Educational Therapy University of California Berkeley
Years in Education34
Cesár Martinez

7th & 8th Grade Spanish Teacher

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Cesár Martinez

7th & 8th Grade Spanish Teacher
Cesár Martinez

Cesár Martinez

7th & 8th Grade Spanish Teacher

7th & 8th Grade Spanish Teacher

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), K-2 Team Leader
Danette Swan

Danette Swan

Kindergarten Teacher (Sweet Briar Creek), 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
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

K-2 Instructional Support Teacher
Daniela Hoffmann

Daniela Hoffmann

K-2 Instructional Support Teacher

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

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, Middle School Team Leader
Derek Payne

Derek Payne

7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher, Middle School 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
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

4th-6th Grade Spanish Teacher, Core Arts Team Leader
Erica Morales

Erica Morales

4th-6th Grade Spanish Teacher, Core Arts Team Leader

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
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

1st Grade Teacher (Laurel Creek)
Hillary Bensky-Schwartz

Hillary Bensky-Schwartz

1st Grade Teacher (Laurel Creek)

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
Ira X. Armstrong

Ira X. Armstrong – 2021-22 Artist & Activist In Residence (Music & Drama)

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Ira X. Armstrong

2021-22 Artist & Activist In Residence (Music & Drama)
Ira X. Armstrong

Ira X. Armstrong

2021-22 Artist & Activist In Residence (Music & Drama)

Ira X. Armstrong – 2021-22 Artist & Activist In Residence (Music & Drama)

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

6th Grade Humanities Teacher (Wildcat Creek)
Jeff Ravine

Jeff Ravine

6th Grade Humanities Teacher (Wildcat Creek)

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

8th Grade Humanities Teacher
Jennifer Lettieri

Jennifer Lettieri

8th Grade Humanities Teacher

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

4th/5th Grade Science & Writing Teacher (Strawberry Creek & Cerrito Creek), 3-5 Team Leader
Julia Shields

Julia Shields

4th/5th Grade Science & Writing Teacher (Strawberry Creek & Cerrito Creek), 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-5th Grade Teaching Artist
Julianne Hughes

Julianne Hughes

ECC-5th Grade 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 – Middle School Student Life Coordinator & Social-Emotional Learning Specialist

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Kara Perrino

Middle School Student Life Coordinator & Social-Emotional Learning Specialist
Kara Perrino

Kara Perrino

Middle School Student Life Coordinator & Social-Emotional Learning Specialist

Kara Perrino – Middle School Student Life Coordinator & Social-Emotional Learning Specialist

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
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)
Lisa Chung-Nguyen

Lisa Chung-Nguyen

3rd Grade Teacher (Temescal Creek)

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

6th Grade Science & Math Teacher (Wildcat Creek)
Loa Ortiz

Loa Ortiz

6th Grade Science & Math Teacher (Wildcat Creek)

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
Nic Kaelin

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

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Nic Kaelin

7th Grade Humanities Teacher
Nic Kaelin

Nic Kaelin

7th Grade 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 Drama & Extended Day Teacher
Norman Johnson

Norman Johnson

Middle School Drama & Extended Day Teacher

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 & 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
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

5th Grade Teacher (Cerrito Creek)
Rachel Forbes

Rachel Forbes

5th Grade Teacher (Cerrito Creek)

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
Ricardo Murguia

Ricardo Murguia – K-8 Counselor

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Ricardo Murguia

K-8 Counselor
Ricardo Murguia

Ricardo Murguia

K-8 Counselor

Ricardo Murguia – K-8 Counselor

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 Grade Teacher (Strawberry Creek)
Samantha Snook

Samantha Snook

4th Grade Teacher (Strawberry Creek)

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
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 Teaching Artist
Vanessa DeNino

Vanessa DeNino

Middle School Teaching Artist

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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