BILINGUAL in English and Spanish


Teacher 1st-5th grade Oakland Unified School District Academic school year and summer school 2004-2016

Mentor Teacher to working teachers, coached in developing their planning, teaching, and management skills OUSD 2013-2014, 2007-2009

Master Teacher Supervised student teachers: modeled teaching, planning, classroom management; observed and provided constructive feedback to four teachers from U.C. Berkeley’s DTE program and one teacher from University of Arizona online program 2008-2015

Clinician at Linda Mood Bell Center Worked one-on-one with students, ages five-adult, on exercises to increase symbol imagery (visual, auditory) and concept imagery (language, vocabulary, comprehension June-August 2012

Miscellaneous Work: Paralegal to immigration attorney, Project Manager/Case Manager for school based mentoring program through Big Brothers Big Sisters, administrative assistant to Professor June Jordan at UCB, babysitter/nanny to various children ages newborn-12-years-old, cashier/customer service/bagger, fast food cashier (before I knew better), paper route girl


M.A. Teaching - Critical Environmental and Global Literacy, New College of California 2008

BCLAD Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Bilingual Emphasis: Spanish/English

San Francisco State University 2004

B.A. Social Welfare - Focus: Psychology, Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley 1996


  • Mindfulness Fundamentals, Curriculum, and Year-Long Certification Courses Mindful Schools Spring 2014- Summer 2016

  • Lucy Calkins Writing K-3rd Grade One-week trainings OUSD Summers 2013, 2014

  • Clinician Training of Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing Programs 40 hr. training on working with students with symbol and concept imagery deficits Linda Mood Bell Center 2012

  • Raising the Achievement of African American Students Enid Lee 2009, 2006

  • Turning Your ELL Students Into Writers Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada 2005

  • Using Math Centers to Strengthen Your Math Program Marcy Cook 2005

  • Cultural Language Academy of Success Workshop Dr. Sharrocky Hollie 2005

  • 4R’s Environmental Education Training Kids for the Bay 2005

  • Writer’s Room Coach Training 8-hour training to coach middle & high school essay writing 2002

  • Youth Vista Conference Strategies for working with at-risk & addicted youth 2001

  • Domestic Violence Training 40-hr training sponsored by La Casa de Las Madres 1992


  • Redefining Ghetto: A Study of African American Children and the Media That Defines Them, Master’s Thesis 2008

  • “Students Speak Out To Save School” IndyKids newspaper January/February 2008

  • “Selling to Survive: Child Street Vendors in the Dominican Republic” IndyKids newspaper November/December 2008


  • “Transcending the ABCs” by Carrie Sturrock S.F. Chronicle April 3, 2006 Article featuring my first year of teaching at Sankofa Academy

  • “Academic Freedom: Is Rigid Curriculum Undermining It?” California Educator October 2006 Article featuring several teachers discussing teacher autonomy

  • Forget Being Colorblind: A Framework for Racial Equity Practice From Individual Teachers to Systemic Reform Master’s thesis by Nessa Mahmoudi Spring 2010 One of two teachers interviewed, observed, and analyzed on our teaching practices


  • Sixteen proposals funded for: art supplies, picture books, chapter book sets, unit materials, a week-long camping trip to MOSAIC outdoor school , etc.- each valued between $200-$5,000. www.donorschoose.org March 2008-present

  • $5,000 grant awarded to fund Afro-Brazilian Dance at Sankofa Academy, Oakland Fund for the Arts Spring 2011


  • Board member, contributing writer, photographer, interviewer, west coast distributor for IndyKids newspaper 2008-2011

  • Teachers Wisdom Council member: advised on teaching strategies and content for in-school peace, conflict resolution, diversity curriculum MOSAIC Project 2008-2011