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
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 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
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.

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
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

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-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 – 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

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 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
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
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
Ricardo Murguia

Ricardo Murguia – School Counselor

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Ricardo Murguia

School Counselor
Ricardo Murguia

Ricardo Murguia

School Counselor

Ricardo Murguia – School 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/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
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