Mateo Vanholland

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After graduating from Balboa High Mateo earned his BA at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied history and sociology. After college and with an interest in exploring education, Mateo moved back to San Francisco to find himself working as the technology assistant at Live Oak School. Outside of work he enjoys spending […]

Brenda Raffaelli

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Brenda comes from Monterrey, Mexico, and is part of a big family with whom she is very close. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Nuevo León. She also has both a specialization in Latin American Studies as well as a Master’s Degree in International Relations from […]

Max Tarcher

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Max received his BA at UC Berkeley in American Studies. He then worked in Special Education in the Berkeley Unified School District while earning an MA and a Certificate in Educational Therapy at Holy Names University. He has been trained in mindfulness education and spends time mentoring young people in nature. Max spent four years […]

Amy Meyers

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Amy Meyers grew up in Dallas, Texas and received her degree in Theatre from Northwestern University in Chicago. Lured to San Francisco in 1991 by the burgeoning music and technology scene she honed her skills in information technology and audio design while pursuing a career as a professional musician and composer. In 2000, in pursuit […]

Michelle Andelman

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Before joining Live Oak, Michelle taught ninth grade English at The Harker School in San Jose for three years. She also has experience teaching in early childhood and university classrooms. Michelle grew up in New York City, loving books, movies, and musicals. She majored in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and […]

Keren Bein

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Keren began her teaching career as a Reading Specialist for K-5 students in South San Francisco School District. When transitioning to classroom teaching she followed her passion for literacy instruction spending 10 years teaching first grade in South San Francisco Unified School District. Prior to teaching in the classroom, Keren taught environmental education to K-5 […]

Shannon Gomez

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Shannon Gomez graduated from the University of California – Berkeley in 2014 with an Education Minor and an Interdisciplinary Studies Major in Business and Psychology. She went on to earn her Masters in Education from University of Colorado Denver with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically and Diverse Learners. She worked […]

Addie Johnson

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Addie grew up in Vermont and spent the majority of her life on the East Coast. While she misses the snow and seasonal changes, she loves seeing Northern California’s beautiful landscape every day. She received her BA from Bates College, where she studied Political Science, Chinese and Women and Gender Studies. After college, Addie moved […]

Lisa Duque

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Lisa began working in elementary classrooms over 15 years ago as part of her undergraduate and California teaching credential work at San Francisco State University, and throughout these years, she is continuously struck by the fulfillment that learning and growing with a group of students and a school community can bring. Lisa began her teaching […]

Yvonne Hendricks

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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. She has worked in the therapy […]