Michelle is excited for her fifth year at Live Oak for the 2023-24 school year. She enjoys teaching and learning alongside her seventh grade humanities students because of their readiness to discuss bigger ideas, while keeping it fun. Michelle previously taught high school English at The Harker School in San Jose, and also gained experience in university and early childhood classrooms.
Michelle’s professional development includes Teaching Foundations, Equity as Excellence, Building Better Brains: Academic Success Through Executive Functioning Skills, and The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning. Michelle majored in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and worked in children’s/YA book publishing for a decade. A focus of her teaching is helping students to develop their voices and feel more confident in their self-expression.
When not at school, Michelle can be found on the basketball court with her husband and son, a Live Oak fourth grader, or at one of San Francisco’s many independent bookstores. email@example.com
Sharyne returned to California after thirteen years in New York City, joining the Live Oak faculty in 2017. She began her teaching career in New York City where she taught middle school humanities and theater in Manhattan and grades Pre-K, 2nd, and 3rd in Brooklyn. She worked summers as a camp counselor for Summers at LREI and The Musical Theater Workshop. In addition, she led the all-school musical tradition at her previous school.
Sharyne has participated in professional development workshops like the Responsive Classroom, Project Zero, Math in the City, and The Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Sharyne underwent SEED Leader Training in 2020. In addition, she completed the Essential Orton-Gillingham Course at Bank Street College of Education before following that up with further Orton-Gillingham Training with IDA Northern, CA in June 2023. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff came to Live Oak in the fall of 2023 to serve as a long-term substitute teaching eighth grade science. He brings with him 14 years of teaching and administrative experience in grades 6 through 12. Over his career he has taught in Denver, Austin, and San Francisco. Jeff has also served in a range of roles that helped parents, teachers, and students to leverage technology to enrich learning. He has taken part in a range of professional development opportunities, including workshops and trainings with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Computer-Using Educators, International Society for Technology in Education, and Texas Teaching Fellows. Jeff's approach in the classroom is to help students learn how to think critically, collaborate effectively, and discover what learning strategies work best for them. Originally from Atlanta and raised in Knoxville, Jeff enjoys playing guitar, pool, mountain biking, and hiking. email@example.com
B.A., Carleton College; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Mills College; M.A. Educational Leadership, University of the Pacific
Malika has worked at Live Oak since 2006. She has been a lower and middle school teacher as well as a curriculum design specialist. Currently she is the high school placement counselor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Josephine taught second and third grade at Woodland School in Portola Valley for five years before coming to Live Oak in 2017. Prior to Woodland, she taught in the East Bay at Prospect Sierra School, Chabot Elementary School and The Berkeley School.
As of the summer of 2023, Josephine is completing a graduate program at Notre Dame de Namur University in Educational Therapy. This program focuses on teaching students who are neurodivergent. In addition, she completed the Orton-Gillingham Associate Level I Training Course in the summer of 2021, followed by the Orton-Gillingham Approach Basic Structured Literacy Training during the summer of 2022.
Josephine is a Bay Area native who grew up in Alameda. After graduating from Wellesley College with a focus in English and French, Josephine taught in after school programs and as an adult literacy teacher with AmeriCorps. This experience piqued Josephine’s interest in primary education, which was furthered by joining the Bay Area Teacher Training Initiative (BATTI) program. Alongside her classroom teaching and curriculum development work, Josephine is passionate about professional development as a lifelong learner. She loves to spend her free time reading, traveling, and cooking. email@example.com
Jordan grew up in San Francisco and counts herself lucky that she gets to share her love of San Francisco with her students everyday. Jordan joined Live Oak School in 2019 as a fourth grade teacher, and moved to the fifth grade team in 2021. She began her teaching career at St. Phillips Preschool in 2010. She then taught kindergarten, second, and fourth grade at The Hamlin School while she obtained her teaching credential and MA in Curriculum and Instruction through the BATTI program. She spent four years as a fourth grade teacher at the Spanish Infusion School (previously Marin Preparatory School).
In her free time, Jordan loves to eat interesting foods while traveling, explore her favorite city, and spend time with her very busy toddler and husband. También habla Español! firstname.lastname@example.org
Mallory was born and raised in California. After receiving her BA from The University of Alabama, she spent the last three years teaching in the Bay Area. She joined the Live Oak staff as a long-term substitute teaching first grade in 2022 before staying on in a full-time role in the fall of 2023. In her free time, Mallory enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family, and trying out new baking recipes. email@example.com
Johnny Galang received a BA in East Asian Studies from Haverford College, completed an MA in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford University, and, most recently, completed his MLIS and teacher-librarian credential at San Jose State University. Prior to becoming the librarian at Live Oak School, Johnny was a classroom teacher for sixteen years, mostly in first grade. He believes that books have the power to not only educate, but also help people develop empathy and understanding of others.
Johnny served for two years as the faculty coordinator for Live Oak’s Rainbow Kids, a social group for students with diverse gender identities. Beginning in the fall of 2023, he will also serve as a seventh grade advisor. When he is not cataloging, shelving, or recommending books, Johnny enjoys reading (of course), running, knitting, and playing video games. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sofia was born and raised in San Francisco. After graduating high school, she started babysitting and discovered that she liked working with kids. Sofia currently attends San Francisco City College, and will transfer to San Francisco State University to obtain her Bachelor’s in communication science or psychology. Her favorite season is summer when she takes advantage of the heat to swim in rivers and lakes. Sofia also loves camping with her family and scouting out new swimming holes. In her free time, she likes to binge watch Friends and go to the beach to watch the sunset no matter how hot or cold it is. email@example.com
Janeth Gutierrez Moreno is a San Francisco Native of Mexican descent. She joined the front office staff at Live Oak in the spring of 2020. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her 11-year-old daughter. She enjoys reading, cooking and drinking coffee amongst other things in her spare time. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne Hendricks is a Hartford, CT native who loves New England sports–Go Pats! Yvonne holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Dance Theatre & African studies. She also holds a Masters in counseling psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. As of summer 2023, she is completing a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in children & adolescents.
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Yvonne has worked in the therapy field for eight years working with children and families. Yvonne also has a background in behavioral therapy working with children on the autism spectrum. In her free time you will find her listening and dancing to Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, and Beyoncé. email@example.com
Adam grew up in the Seattle area and currently lives with his family in Novato. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Adam lived in Phoenix, AZ where he started his career in education as a high school English teacher and baseball coach right after graduate school at Arizona State. He was propelled into the world of education to emulate the positive growth experiences that he enjoyed from great teachers and coaches growing up. Altogether, Adam taught high school English and Yearbook for 10 years in Marin County, Napa, Orinda, and Sonoma with a mix of experience between public and private schools. In between teaching stints, Adam served as a sports information director at the University of San Diego and the University of San Francisco for six years, feeding his passion for athletics, storytelling, and creativity. Outside of work, Adam loves exploring the outdoors with his wife and kids, Parker and Parisa, watching sports, playing and listening to music, and doing projects around the house. firstname.lastname@example.org
BA, Wesleyan University; MA, Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University
Maurice or "Mo" began his tenure with the Live Oak admissions office in July 2023. Mo comes to Live Oak from Cranbrook Schools outside of Detroit where he was most recently the Dean of Upper School Enrollment. His career has brought him to a variety of independent schools and higher ed institutions throughout the Midwest and East Coast, including Beaver Country Day School (Chestnut Hill, MA), Walnut Hill School for the Arts (Natick, MA), Worcester Academy (Worcester, MA), and Kenyon College. In addition to a range of admissions roles over the years, Mo has served as a dorm parent and a Black Student Union Advisor, demonstrating his passion for and commitment to opening access for transformative educational experiences like the ones he experienced growing up. Mo graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Sociology and African American Studies before earning his Master's in Private School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. email@example.com
Marvie has been a part of Live Oak’s Extended Care team since 2021. Growing up in the small town of San Juan Bautista, Marvie gained practical experience in childcare through babysitting, nannying, counseling summer camps, and helping to raise the younger children in their family. They have found a passion for childcare due to their interest in play, as well as the desire to support children in growing into the best versions of themselves. Marvie resonates deeply with Live Oak’s vision of knowing a child well, and has enjoyed getting to know the students as they develop. In their free time, Marvie enjoys crafting, playing puzzle games, cycling, and spending time with loved ones. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alayna joined Live Oak with the expansion of the school in 2014 and has taught in both first grade and kindergarten. While a Bay Area native, Alayna spent ten years in New York City working in schools and producing closed circuit television for pediatric patients at Mount Sinai Hospital. Alayna holds a BA in Sociology from Mills College and a M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College. Alayna has a deep commitment to constructivist teaching and learning. When not at Live Oak, Alayna enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new foods to eat and places to visit. email@example.com
Sharon was born in Seattle, Washington but spent most of her life on the east coast in New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Sciences and her Master’s degree in Teaching Elementary Education from Montclair State University. She previously taught third and fifth grade at a public school in New Jersey. She enjoys reading, iced lattes, trying different cuisines, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to become a part of the Live Oak community and to get to know her students this year! firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey joined the Live Oak middle school faculty in the fall of 2023. Audrey spent the last decade serving a wide range of education-related roles for Bay Area non-profit organizations. Recently, she directed summer service internship programs and developed curriculum for a virtual transformative "laddership" (a form of servant leadership) program with an organization called ServiceSpace. Her passion for real-world changemaking extended to a position teaching project-based environmental classes with StopWaste in Alameda, following a year as an Americorps Urban Fellow co-designing and co-teaching a pilot service-learning summer class on food literacy. After growing up in Massachusetts, Audrey earned her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in nonviolence and social change from UC Berkeley. Away from school, Audrey likes to hike, meditate, and learn new skills. email@example.com
BA, San Francisco State; MA & Teaching Credential, San Francisco State
Rebecca joined the Live Oak faculty full-time as a third grade teacher in the fall of 2023, but had previously substituted at Live Oak while working on her Master's in 2014. This fall she joins the faculty full-time as a third grade teacher. She most recently spent five years teaching at the Stratford School following a three-year stint as a learning specialist at SF Friends School. Originally from Cambridge, England, Rebecca has recently taken part in professional development workshops around Orton-Gillingham reading instruction, Brain Frames, Racial Equity in Learning Services, Readers and Writers Workshop, and Structured Word Inquiry. Rebecca earned both her BA in Liberal Studies and MA in Elementary Education from San Francisco State and enjoys gardening, yoga, and reading. firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2022-23 school year was Dorothy's fifth year as Director of Extended Care and her sixteenth year at Live Oak School. Dorothy first joined Live Oak School's Summer Oaks Camp in 2007. She has been lucky enough to work with various ages and grades at Live Oak School and has used this knowledge to expand the Extended Care program as the director.
Growing up in San Juan Bautista, Dorothy moved to San Francisco to finish a degree in fashion design and work with various theater groups. She has worked with extended day programs in SFUSD, the Mission YMCA of SF, as program director for ExCEL ASP, and the Randall Museum Summer Camp. When not in Extended Care, she is active in the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artist Network. In her spare time, she loves to participate in art-centered volunteer activities and go on family trips with her three children. email@example.com
Michael joined Live Oak's Extended Care team in the fall of 2023 after being drawn to our mission to support the potential and promise of each student, by which he strives to promote a creative space where students are encouraged to question, explore, and innovate and where he can help Live Oak's learners use their imagination, while developing critical thinking skills and collaboration. After earning a degree in Studio Art and Architecture from the Academy of Art University, Michael has been working on promoting access to essential mobility aids, like wheelchairs and hospital beds for the elderly and people with disabilities. Outside of work, Michael enjoys playing music, sketching, hiking, playing soccer, reading, and exploring the city with his family. firstname.lastname@example.org
艾米-迈尔斯在德克萨斯州的达拉斯长大，在芝加哥的西北大学获得了她的戏剧学位。1991年，她被蓬勃发展的音乐和技术场景吸引到旧金山，在追求职业音乐家和作曲家的同时，磨练了她在信息技术和音频设计方面的技能。2000年，为了追求她对教学的热情，她创办了自己的私人钢琴、吉他和声乐课程，并与现在的Live Oak教师Jill Pierce一起，在Mary Ann Hall创办的著名的Music For Children课程中担任教员。她很高兴能成为Live Oak大家庭的一员，与她的学生分享她的快乐、激情和知识。在不教学的时候，艾米是一名专业演员，曾在湾区许多地方的戏剧和音乐剧中担任主要角色。在业余时间，她喜欢烹饪、旅游、锻炼，当然还有看戏。email@example.com
A San Francisco native, Carmina started working at Live Oak in 2021. She earned a degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education from San Francisco State. In her free time, Carmina likes to play pool and hangout with her friends. firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephan Nguyen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and loves going back to the Pacific Northwest whenever he can. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Psychology from Willamette University, he began his educator journey as a special needs paraprofessional at Echo Shaw Elementary School. Inspired by the school counselor there, he moved to San Francisco and joined USF’s School Counselor Graduate Program in 2017. Upon graduating with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, Stephan began working at various middle schools within SFUSD before landing at Live Oak.
Jade started working with Live Oak's Extended Care team in the fall of 2022. Originally from Southern California, she was raised in Riverside and has lived in San Francisco for seven years. She earned degrees in Broadcasting & Electronic Communication Art and Studio Art from San Francisco State. Her favorite part of working at Live Oak is the joy of seeing children’s perspective on life because they have such an amazing way of viewing the world. When she's not working with Live Oak students, her hobbies include gardening, ceramics, and cycling. One day she hopes to stay in the world of education and become a ceramic professor at a university. email@example.com
Ana "Anita" Ocampo started working at Live Oak in September of 2021. A native of El Salvador, Anita has been living in San Francisco for 17 years. She earned a degree in dentistry in El Salvador before learning English so she could work with refugees here in San Francisco. She then decided to work with children because she realized that children are the future and wanted to be part of their academic development and influence them to be better people. Anita enjoys the diversity at Live Oak and seeing the kids interacting and developing. One day she would like to get a Master's degree in Spanish and become a Spanish teacher at Live Oak. Outside of Live Oak, Anita loves to dance, listen to music, read and go hiking with her husband. firstname.lastname@example.org
Angelina started working with the Extended Care program in the fall of 2023. A graduate of De Anza High School, Angelina has worked at CYO summer camp where she supported an engaging summer program for 8 to 11-year-old campers that included sleep-away camp experiences. She was excited to join Live Oak's Extended Care program because of how open and diverse the school is and the sense of individualized care the school provides for students. In her free time Angelina loves to engage in creative work like scrapbooking, making friendship bracelets, and has been dancing for four years. email@example.com
Vanessa Peat moved back to the U.S. in 2010 after spending 16 years in Europe, joining the Live Oak staff in 2013. She has had a career in marketing and academia in the UK and Switzerland. She has a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a PhD and MA in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, University of Geneva and a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego. In 2022, Vanessa earned her Google Project Management Certification.
Vanessa is fluent in French and Spanish. In her free time, she is a volunteer French translator for Kiva and a volunteer lobbyist for the San Francisco chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Policy. She also enjoys exploring Golden Gate Park with her rescue puppy. Her daughter is a Live Oak alum, class of 2020. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen is a California native who has been teaching young children in independent schools since 2005. She joined the Live Oak faculty in the fall of 2021. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in sociology and went on to receive her multiple-subject teaching credential through BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute) from SF State and a masters in curriculum and instruction from Bank Street College of Education. Jen is passionate about children’s books and believes in the power of providing windows and mirrors for her students through literature. She has participated in many professional development opportunities, including Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED), Responsive Classroom, and the People of Color Conference (PoCC). During the 2023 school year she also took part in training for Project Zero and Orton-Gillingham reading instruction. email@example.com
Wyatt has been with Live Oak since January 2022. Wyatt was born in Portland, but started his schooling in Oxford, England before living in San Francisco for elementary school (Grattan), middle school (Roosevelt Middle School), and high school (Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep). After high school he returned to Portland for college, where he studied Rhetoric and Media, and economics. Wyatt brings a range of experience to Live Oak, having worked in the service, construction, retail, hospitality, child care, sports, crisis intervention/rehabilitation, and finally education industries. He cites his favorite part of working at Live Oak as working within a very experienced community, and making connections with the kids. He has served as a coach for multiple Live Oak sports with soccer standing as his true love for the last 20 years. Besides sports, Wyatt loves all sorts of games: board games, chess, card games, watching sports, imaginary games, etc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bre joined the Live Oak Extended Care team in January 2022. A first-generation Mexican-American, Bre was born and raised in the cozy garlic capital of the world, Gilroy, CA. Her favorite part about working at Live Oak are the students, sharing that their empathy, kindness, and courage give her hope for a better, more gentle tomorrow. She double majored and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Anthropology with a Minor in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Away from campus, Bre's hobbies range from reading literature and writing short stories to playing video games and walking throughout the hills of San Francisco. Her future plans include attending graduate school as a PhD candidate in the near future, hoping to nurture her skills and interests in psychology and research its cultural aspects. She hopes to publish fiction books that may help others connect to each other and to themselves. email@example.com
Abbey joined the Extended Care team in the fall of 2023. She previously worked at a high school in the Mission providing college access support, such as completing applications for college, financial aid, and scholarships. During the summer, Abbey co-taught an art class for 9th through 12th graders. She aims to help promote a positive and supportive environment where students can freely express themselves through art and other means. A native of Selma, CA, Abbey earned her degree in Film and Digital Media Studies from UC Santa Cruz. Outside of work, Abbey loves creating art in a variety of ways, including filmmaking, jewelry, nail art, and more. She sometimes sells her jewelry and handmade press-on nail art at local art markets. firstname.lastname@example.org
BA, University of the Pacific; MA, San Francisco State; Teaching Credential, San Francisco State
Jonathan joined the Live Oak lower school faculty in fall of 2023. Jonathan spent the last decade teaching first grade in public schools in South San Francisco where he helped create a variety of art, music, and social-emotional enrichment programs. An avid nature lover and traveler, Jonathan spent time as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica and served as an ecoliteracy consultant within the SFUSD. Jonathan is originally from Princeton, NJ and earned his BA in Studio Art and Liberal Studies from the University of the Pacific before earning a Master's in Curriculum & Instruction from San Francisco State. Since 2019, Jonathan has taken part in creative residencies at the K12Lab at Stanford D. School, while also taking part in the MERIT Program through the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College. email@example.com
Born and raised in San Francisco, Robbie Smiley has come to appreciate how lucky he is to have grown up in such a wonderful city. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in Kinesiology with a concentration in Physical Education. He joined Live Oak in 2009 and gained experience in the extended care program and the Summer Oaks program before becoming a Physical Education teacher in 2012. Robbie also began coaching at Live Oak in 2012 and has been directing the middle school Athletics program since 2016. Robbie has also taught an exercise class at the Richmond Senior Center in San Francisco for two years. In his spare time, he enjoys staying active, reading, and spending time with his family. firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey Soriano began teaching in 2004 and has spent 14 years teaching kindergarten. Audrey holds a B.S. in Human Development from the University of California, Davis, and earned her teaching credential through the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute from San Francisco State. She also has participated in numerous workshops and seminars to support the work in her classroom, including the People of Color Conference, Responsive Classroom, Project Zero, and SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). Audrey has two daughters, both of whom attend Live Oak School. A resident of Oakland, Audrey is an avid Golden State Warriors basketball fan, and even danced professionally for the team many moons ago! Audrey is a certified Zumba instructor and teaches online Zumba classes in her free time. email@example.com
Stephanie Temple has led the drama program at Live Oak since 2002 and is the Education Director at the New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC). As a children's playwright, she has created over thirty original plays and adaptations for young audiences, including Out of This World, Snow White in the Wild, Wild West, The Emperor's New Posts,Silent Movie, and Wonderland. Stephanie specializes in devised theatre that allows students to be involved in the creation process. Her favorite lessons are paper bag costume-making, anything involving theatre history, puppetry, and the annual Halloween make-up sessions.
In addition to middle school, Stephanie has taught drama and dance at the high school and college levels at CSU Stanislaus, Merced College, Young Artists Conservatory, and PCPA Theatrefest.
She brings her professional expertise to Live Oak as a director/choreographer and enjoys collaborating with Bay Area Theatre Artists to enrich and expand the experiences for her students. As a professional actor, singer, and puppeteer, Stephanie has worked locally at SF Opera, NCTC, 42nd Street Moon, and Sierra Rep. When she's not rehearsing or in tech week, she enjoys visiting Napa, baking chocolate chip cookies, and working towards her goal of becoming the world's best dog photographer. firstname.lastname@example.org
A native of Albertville, Minnesota, Londynn joined the Live Oak faculty in the fall of 2023. Londynn previously served as a paraeducator at June Jordan School for Equity and a director with Steve and Kate's Day Camp. She was motivated by the friendly community that Live Oak offered. In addition to Minnesota and California, Londynn has lived in Indiana and Florida. She earned her degree in Fashion Design and loves to draw, paint, dance, and has been trying to learn new languages. Londynn brings a sense of humor to her teaching and wants to create a personable, comfortable learning environment for her students. email@example.com
Carlos came to Live Oak in 2016 after moving back to his native Bay Area from Chicago, IL. He has over a decade of experience as a Spanish teacher in both public and independent schools. He has published a research study and has presented on language acquisition. Previously, Carlos taught Spanish at San Domenico School in Marin County. Most recently he taught Spanish at a historic progressive public school and an independent school for gifted students in Chicago, IL. When Carlos is not teaching, he enjoys playing music, traveling, snowboarding, and hiking with his wife and son. firstname.lastname@example.org