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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Edward Pertcheck

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Edward Pertcheck graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2000 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Spanish. After college, he worked at an architecture firm for seven years. In 2009, he completed his teaching credential at San Francisco State University while student teaching Algebra I for ninth […]

Jordan Drosd

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Jordan grew up in San Francisco and counts herself lucky that she gets to share her love and knowledge of San Francisco with her students everyday. This year, Jordan is saying goodbye to fourth grade and taking on a new challenge as a fifth grade teacher. Although fourth grade was her happy place, she began […]

Cathleen Tinder

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Cathy earned her Master’s in Science Education from Montana State University, with an emphasis on scientific fieldwork and place-based learning. She first developed a passion for science through her various and abundant experiences in nature while growing up in New England. Cathy has taught middle school students at public and private schools in Florida and […]