Our Staff


All of our teachers are trained to help students develop their speaking, writing, and reading skills in English. Our students learn in small classes by working with their peers on interdisciplinary projects throughout the year.


Carmelita Reyes, Co-Principal

Carmelita is the founding principal of Oakland International High School.  Prior to becoming principal, she was a founding teacher at Life Academy of Health and Bio-Science located in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. There, she taught 10th grade humanities, journalism and photography. In 2005 she was awarded the honor of "Oakland Unified School District Teacher of the Year,” and in 2007 she was named “Oakland Educator of the Year” by the Marcus Foster Foundation. Carmelita began her teaching career in New York City, teaching to a primarily Dominican population. Carmelita received her BA in Economics at Princeton University and studied abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received a Masters in Education at Columbia University and received her administrative credential from National Equity Project and California State East Bay.

Veronica Garcia Montejano, Co-Principal

Veronica left the more lucrative field of banking to come to education. Then for 6 years, Veronica led the ELD classes at Roosevelt Middle School before joining the OIHS staff.  She worked for 2 years as history teacher and summer school administrator before transitioning to coaching.  She has extensive experience as a leader of PD and as a BTSA coach. Veronica graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and from The University of Texas at Austin with a Masters in Art History. She holds credentials in both English and Social Science.

Lauren Markham, Community School Program Manager

Lauren graduated from Middlebury College and then obtained her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Lauren has worked in a variety of positions over the past decade in support of refugees, immigrants and vulnerable youth, with a focus on the intersection between education and migration. She has served as a caseworker and a resettlement capacity worker for the International Rescue Committee in Oakland, the Senior Programs Coordinator for Refugee Transitions and as a consultant for the OUSD's Refugee & Asylee Student Assistance Program. Having worked with youth and families in Boston, Vermont, San Francisco, Oakland, El Salvador and Uganda, Lauren speaks Spanish, French and a fair amount of Luganda.

Sailaja Suresh, Learning Lab Director

Sailaja was a founding teacher at Oakland International High School, where she also served as an instructional coach and Co-Principal. She previously worked for the Boston Public Schools as a technology support specialist, where she managed a math and technology professional development program and co-authored the district's long-term technology plan. She left Boston to travel around the world and to return to work in the public schools of California, where she is most at home. Sailaja has a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Religious Studies from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Cormac Kilgallen, Dean of Students

Cormac graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in History and Tufts University with a masters degree in Education. Later he earned his law degree at Golden Gate University. Cormac previously taught history in Massachusetts and served as the associate director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center. As a lawyer, Cormac worked in a variety of community based legal positions – for the Fair Employment and Housing Commission in SF, Bay Area Legal Aid, Women Employment Women’s Rights Clinic, SF Human Rights Commission and as an Americorps Legal Fellow for Equal Justice Works.  Cormac taught at OIHS for 5 years before transitioning into work on behavioral interventions (truancy, discipline, and restorative justice).


Candice Camp, English

Candice came out to Bay Area from the east coast in 1993 to earn a degree in Development Studies at UC Berkeley. Oakland Unified School District supported her in earning a teaching credential through an intern/partnership program at Cal State Hayward. From 1998-2018, she worked at two OUSD elementary schools in east Oakland -  Hawthorne Elementary and Bridges Academy at Melrose - as a sub, as a teacher, and as an instructional coach. She visited OIHS for the first time in 2016, and having an opportunity to be of service here is a dream come true. She speaks English, Spanish, and a bit of modern standard Arabic, which she is currently studying. Some of her joys are nature, connecting with others, and play.

Anna Kaplan, English

Anna immigrated as a teenager to the United States from Russia and has a passion for teaching other English language learners. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and then completed a masters degree in Education at UC Berkeley. She has taught English at Roosevelt Middle School in OUSD before joining our staff. She also has a background in newspaper reporting.

Julia Carson, English

Julia joined OIHS after teaching at our sister school, Pan American International HS at Monroe in New York City.  She also has a background in organic farming and served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua in agricultural development.  She has a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in American History and a Masters from The Hunter College of Education in TESOL. Fluent in Spanish and famous for asking OIHS students questions that begin with 'Why...' and demanding that they 'be specific'!

Tygue Luecke, English

Tygue graduated from UCLA with a degree in English and for several years taught test prep and ESL classes to children and adults before entering UC Berkeley MUSE teaching program. Tygue speaks, reads, and writes conversational Japanese.


Irene Kim, Reading Intervention

The stars aligned in 2011 when Irene switched from teaching history to English at OIHS. Still continuing to teach the importance of sourcing and other historical thinking skills, Irene now does this alongside grammar and literature lessons to support interpretative reading and argumentative writing skills for English Language Learners. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science from UCLA and her master's in History Education from Stanford University. Additionally, Irene enjoys developing her own understanding of speaking, listening, reading, and writing pedagogy as a Stanford Hollyhock English Fellow and improving her semi-fluency in Korean and Spanish. Irene has been teaching since 2009.

Daniel Yoo, Reading Intervention

Daniel, a Korean-American enthusiast of comedy, philosophy, and tennis teaches academic literacy for 9th, 10th, and 12th graders at OIHS. He likes to think that he is serious teacher, meaning he enjoys writing and implementing curricula that doesn’t dissuade students from wanting to learn and which is topically and intellectually interesting for the learning community. He agrees that “education gives [people] the tools to affect [their] environment no matter the form of government,” (P. Apodaca, personal communication, January 11, 2011). He has taught English literature, critical thinking, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), SAT prep, and general literacy at the following types of schools: (a) comprehensive American high school; (b) continuation high school; (c) private language school in South Korea; (d) private language school in Irvine, California. As an undergrad he studied mostly psychology but philosophy and sociology felt clearer as academic disciplines in making sense of reality; in grad school, he obtained a Master of Education degree and a single subject teaching credential in English language arts. He also speaks Korean fluently and has reasonable conversation and reading ability in French. 


Loraine Woodard, Reading Intervention

Loraine came to OUSD after working for two decades in education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and completed her masters in Education at New College of California. Much of her domestic career was spent in middle school humanities classrooms. However, she spent many years abroad working as a teacher and study abroad coordinator in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Loraine is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Priya Randhawa, Reading Intervention

Priya is a native Californian and born and raised in the Bay Area. Priya received her Bacelors degree in English from UCLA and also has a Masters in International Education. Prior to OIHS, Priya worked in the field of Study Abroad. She had the opportunity to live in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Barcelona, Spain working in education. She loves to travel in her free time and throughly enjoys working with newcomer students. Her goal as an educator is to support students in their growth as learners and help mold them into globally conscious individuals.

Genevieve Leslie, Survival English

Genevieve traveled the world as a child, living in many countries and in many different situations, giving her a keen understanding of what it’s like to be learning in a new culture.   She started her teaching career in Alabama, then joined Teach For America in 1991, first in Los Angeles and then Oakland. In addition to teaching, she was a Support Director, a role in which she organized and designed professional development, coached, and facilitated teacher placement. Her desire to be back in the classroom took her to Berkeley, where she taught at Martin Luther King Middle School for 12 years. Genevieve took a break from teaching to raise a family. During this time she served as PTA president for her children’s school before deciding to return to where she started—teaching children in Oakland! This is Genevieve’s second year at OIHS. She has a degree in Sociology and Ethnic studies from UC Santa Cruz and her teaching credential from University of San Francisco. When Genevieve is not teaching she loves to relax with her family, hike, support her kids in their extra-curricular activities, garden, cook, and tend to her chickens, a rabbit, a dog, and two cats.

Aly Kronick, Reading Intervention

Aly comes to OIHS from our sister school, Claremont International High School, in the South Bronx where she also taught English. Before that she worked with high school youth in the Central Valley developing youth-participatory action research projects around heath, nutrition and urban agriculture. She received her Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Hunter College in New York City and completed her undergraduate work in Anthropology at UC Berkeley. 


Rafael Silva, History

Rafi is a native Californian: born in Long Beach, and raised in San Diego. He first knew he wanted to be a teacher after working with young people during his undergraduate studies at UCLA. After he graduated with his bachelor's degree in History, he served as a City Year corps member in Denver, Colorado. He recently graduated from the Stanford Teacher Education Program, after teaching Mexican American History for a year in East San Jose. When he is not teaching, Rafi enjoys outdoor adventures, traveling, and seeing live music. He is proficient in written and spoken Spanish. 


Susan Keen, History

Susan Keen grew up and went to college in the Baltimore area, where she taught students with high-needs in Baltimore City Public Schools for six years. Susan completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, studying Cultural Anthropology, Political Science, and Africana Studies, and got her Master's degree at the University of Notre Dame, Maryland in Leadership in Teaching. She was lead US History and World History teacher, class advisor, club organizer, and worked to create an open and supportive environment for students and parents at Digital Harbor High School. During the summer of 2016, Susan and her boyfriend moved out West, finally living her dream of being on the "best coast." She is excited to be a part of the Oakland International HS team. In her free time, Susan likes to run, bike, read, obsess over her cat, and hang out with her friends who visit all the way from Baltimore.

Aparna Badithe, History

Aparna was born in the Bay Area but grew up in Southern California. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Economics from UC San Diego and her Master's Degree and teaching credential from UC Irvine. Last year, Aparna taught English learners in a middle school World History class and she loved it. She is excited to be at Oakland International HS as a Government and Economics teacher this year! 

Madenh Hassan, History

Madenh come to OIHS from a rural school in the central valley. She has served on the board and worked with different community originations to support Yemenis and Arabs Americans in the East Bay area. Madenh graduated from Cal State Hayward with a BA in history and a minor in Social Studies. She is in her 9th year of teaching secondary school and her passion for teaching immigrant communities stems from having immigrant parents and traveling as a young person.  


Paul Spicer, Math

Paul received his degree in Sociology from The Ohio State University and was on a path to pursuing a career in statistics. While sifting through mountains of educational program data, he decided that his true passion was classroom teaching. As a New York City Teaching Fellow, he received his math education degree from Brooklyn College. Paul spent 8 years teaching math in Brooklyn before moving to the East Bay area and joining the OIHS team.

David Hansen, Math

David graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s in history. After college, he began his career in working in outdoor education with troubled youth. In 2007 he entered the Peace Corps and was assigned to service in Cameroon where he worked as an agriculture and forestry extension agent teaching environmental education and helping farmers implement improved methods of planting. David subsequently worked at Willard Middle School in their garden, health and nutrition program before joining Teach for America. David is fluent in French.


Andrea Negrete, Math

Andrea completed both her undergrad and graduate degrees at UC Berkeley where she majored in mathematics. At Cal, she also worked at the Embodied Design Research Laboratory and published several articles on math education. She is a Knowles Science Teaching Fellow. Andrea is also a fluent speaker of Spanish.


Manny Medina, Math

Manny joins OIHS with many years of teaching experience in the Bay Area. For the Coalition of Essential Schools,Manny supported the openings of small schools across the country. Manny earned his BA in math at UC Santa Cruz and Masters at Stanford. His passion for education stems from his immigration from the Philippines and desire to serve students for equity. 


Ana Mayen Torres, Math

Ana Torres was born in Mexico but raised in the Bay Area. She studied Business Administration and Political Science at Cal State East Bay and received her masters from Stanford's Teacher Education Program. Besides teaching math, she loves spending time with her husband and their two boys. 

Erin Posbergh, Science

Erin comes to OIHS after teaching in New Jersey and New York City.  She graduated with degrees in physics and education from Rowan University, and completed her graduate degree at Seton Hall University.  Erin grew up on a farm, and she enjoys spending her time outside. 

Linnea Svahn-Jaccoma, Science

Linnea is from the East Coast originally and received a BA in Language and Film from Barnard College. She also studied agricultural science and completed a certificate in Ecological Horticulture through the UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden program. After moving to Oakland four years ago, Linnea co-founded a farm in Sunol where she led field trips for East Bay youth through the non-profit SAGE. Linnea was first drawn to the classroom through her work as the manager of WOW Farm Flowers in West Oakland. At WOW Linnea taught ecology, agriculture and entrepreneurship to young people who participated in the program's urban farming internships. Linnea left farming behind to focus on education full time in 2015, when she hired as math and science teacher at Castlemont High School's expanding Newcomer Program. Linnea received her teaching credential in Biology from CSU East Bay. 

Salem Peterson, Science

Salem earned both her B.S. in Biological Sciences and teaching credential at Humboldt State University. Prior to OIHS, she taught Biology and AP Biology at Leadership High School in San Francisco and at Bear River High School in her home town of Grass Valley, Ca. As a lover of all things biology-related, Salem is excited about using science as a means of guiding her students to develop critical thinking skills and an appreciation of the natural world. When she is not at school she can probably be found dancing, playing with her cat, riding her bike, or cooking a delicious meal.


Pauline Alessi, Physical Education

Pauline joined the staff of OIHS after more than 15 years working in public and private schools as a P.E. instructor and science teacher. She graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed her post graduate studies at Sonoma State in geology. Much of Pauline's free time is taken up by her children, but she also loves biking.


Mallory Moser, Multimedia Academy Director

Mallory came to teaching with a background in international development, teaching, and technology.  She worked at One World Children’s Fund, Janta Foundation, Gooru, and Media Enterprise Alliance.  She graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies.  She is studying for her Masters at Dominican University. 


Sara Stillman, Art

Sara artist and arts instructor who currently teaches visual arts to 9th & 10th grade students at Oakland International High School and has taught art to students of all ages in New York City and in the San Francisco Bay Area. She presents nationally on arts education topics and is the Bay Area representative for the Yale National Initiative for teachers.  Sara studied Photography and Fiber Arts at the University of Michigan, where she completed her BFA. She holds a Masters in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  While in Ann Arbor, Sara volunteered with the Michigan Department of Corrections teaching art to prisoners, an experience that inspired her to pursue teaching. In New York City she worked in the photo department at ESPN The Magazine. Sara and her students’ work have been featured on Martha Stewart Living and KQED, as well as in books, and several museums and galleries.

Liza Richheimer, Sabbatical

Liza, a founding teacher at OIHS, previously worked at three other schools in the Internationals Network as a science teacher and yoga instructor. Prior to her time at Internationals, Liza worked as an outdoor and environmental educator. Liza graduated from Evergreen State College with a BA in Natural Sciences and Latin American Studies. She completed a Masters in secondary science education from Teachers College at Columbia University. At OIHS, Liza has taught biology, physical education and health as well as served as coordinator of mental health services. Currently she teaches Career Readiness and runs the internship program.  Liza is the Service Learning Waste Reduction Coordinator and runs the waste diversion program at OIHS and speaks Spanish. 

Zachary Silverman, KDOL

Zak is the former owner of Doc's Classic food truck and catering company. He moved to Oakland in 2010 after two years in New Hampshire managing a lodge for the Appalachian Mountain Club on Mt. Lafayette. Zak enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as a backpacking and fishing, and co-captains a co-ed soccer team, Flying Pigs FC. 

Jennifer Kelly-DeWitt, Instructional Coach 

Teaching is Jen's second, and favorite, career. She spent ten years working in book publishing in New York City and Berkeley before heeding her longtime desire to teach. Jen earned a BA in Art History and English from Wesleyan University and a Master's in English education from Stanford University. She is a proficient speaker of French and a less proficient speaker of Italian and Spanish. On her own time she likes to write fiction, read, and travel.

Brooke Toczylowski, Instructional Coach

Brooke joined OIHS with a wealth of artistic experience. She worked as a visual arts and integration specialist and teaching artist for 6 years in San Rafael, Sausalito, New York and Guatemala. Brooke graduated from Williams College with a BA in Art and American Studies and is completing her credential in Arts Education at SF State. Brooke is fluent in Spanish. She recently made the switch from teaching art to being an instructional coach. 

Elizabeth Paniagua, College and Career Coordinator

Elizabeth graduated with a BS from UC Davis with a degree in Community and Regional Development and a minor in Chicano Studies. She also holds a Masters in Counseling from SF State. Elizabeth works part time at OIHS as our college coordinator and also works at the Gateway to College program at Laney College. She has previously worked at OUSD’s College and Career Readiness Office, The Trio Program at UC Davis, and Merritt College. Elizabeth is bilingual and speaks Spanish.

Jizabel Navarette, College Counselor

Jizabel is a Mexican American born and raised in San Francisco, CA.  She graduated with a BS from San Francisco State University with a degree in Child & Adolescent Development with a concentration in Youth and Family services. Currently, she is in her last year of graduate school at SFSU where she is specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in School Counseling. Outside of school and work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and practicing Martial Arts. Jizabel is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Noelle Guarin, After School Program Director

Noelle Guarin is a Filipina-American originally from Southern California. She is passionate about education and hopes to join the field as a teacher and linguist in the future. She also has interests in art and learning different languages. Noelle received a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley.

Cristobal Martinez, Bilingual Administrative Assistant

Cris was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador and moved with his family to the United States in 2009. Cris was part of the newcomer programs in OUSD until 8th grade, and later attended high school at Oakland Tech. He started working for OUSD as an Attendance Specialist at Rudsdale Newcomer during the school's first year running. He then started working at Oakland International as a summer Attendance Specialist and is now excited to be part of the OIHS family as a Volunteer and After School Tutoring Coordinator. Cris has worked as a swim coach for the City of Oakland and Oakland Tech since he graduated high school and is passionate about teaching youth the importance of being comfortable around water. 

Luis Lopez, Case Manager

Michelle Rostampour, Case Manager

Michelle graduated from UCSC with a BA in sociology in 2008 and later completed a joint MA at the University of Bologna and Corvinus University in 2011. In addition to exploring the field of education, she has worked for non-profits and the public sector. Michelle loves the outdoors and is grateful to be a part of the OIHS community. 

Rosa Lidia Ayala, Attendance Clerk 

Lidia was born in El Salvador, graduated from High School with a speciality in nursing, since she wanted to be a nurse. Eventually, Lidia decided to be a teacher. She has degrees from Instituto Tecnologico Centro Americano I.T.C.A., Francisco Gavidia University, and a Master Degree in Education. She taught K-12 in El Salvador for 15 years before coming to the USA 2003. Lidia holds a credential as a Child Development Site Supervisor and has been at OUSD since 2009, and at OIHS since 2014. Lidia loves sports and used to play Baseball and Basketball. She has a daughter, Lydia. 


Erika Hernandez, Special Day/Full Inclusion Program

Erika has worked with a wide range of students from many backgrounds and capacities, and has been doing it for 15 years. She received her BA from San Francisco State University, where she earned a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in 'Disabilities in Society,' and is currently finishing a credential/masters program at SFSU. Both her parents are from Mexico, and immigrated to the United States with her older brother before she was born. Erika is currently working on getting her dual citizenship so that she can be both Mexican and a United States citizen.


Lydia Craighill, Resource Specialist

Lydia Craighill is a Bay Area native. She moved to New York to earn her BA in Psychology at Bard College with an emphasis in linguistics, and studied abroad in Japan at Kyoto Seika University. She started at OIHS in 2014 as an Instructional Assistant for Special Education before making the transition to Resource Specialist, and is earning her Education Specialist credential at Alliant University. She loves seeing new places and meeting new people, and has traveled on four continents. She wants to go to Guatemala next.


Jose Perez, Special Education Instructional Assistant

Jose was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the United States in 1998. He has been working as a Para-Educator/ Instructional Assistant since 2014. In addition to working with students during school hours, he also works after school in OIHS's tutoring program. Jose is passionate about teaching students that come from an immigrant background because his past resonates with that of his students.

Jean Lutwak, Reading Teacher & Instructional Assistant
Jean is thrilled to be working at OIHS! She has over 20 years of teaching experience with English language learners in a wide variety of educational environments - from adult ed in NYC, to drug prevention in Oakland elementary schools to business theory at Golden Gate University in SF. Jean has a BA in Religion from Oberlin College and an MA from UCBerkeley in Slavic Language and Literature. She just started her first year at the Reach Institute studying for a credential as a high school English teacher. She lives in Oakland with her two teenagers, enjoys hiking, museums, and travel.

Dola Abdulla, Newcomer Learning Lab Assistant

Dola Abdulla is a Yemeni American who recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelors degree in Child & Adolescent Development, with a concentration in Youth Work and Out of School Time. Besides work, she is a mother of two amazing OUSD students and loves to cook and spend time with her family and friends. 

Karen Carranza, Newcomer Learning Lab Assistant

Karen was born and raised in El Salvador. In 2009, she migrated to the US with her family. She first arrived in LA, but then moved to Oakland where she attended Oakland International High School. She recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Public Health and a minor in Women's Health Issues. Karen enjoys cooking and is grateful to be back at OIHS to support students.

Tiffany Rockett, Newcomer Learning Lab Assistant

Tiffany received her BA in Sociology and Education and a dual Master’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She works with local arts organizations and in the last two years helped to pilot the first newcomer program at Garfield Elementary. She is interested in literacy and storytelling in migrant, adoptee, and POC communities. Her current career goal is to earn a California teaching credential through the Newcomer Learning Lab.

Tracy Narciso, Newcomer Learning Lab Assistant

From San Diego, CA, Tracy came to the Bay Area for undergrad. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Social welfare and minors in Education and Disability studies. She has worked with children and youth in various academic/tutoring programs. She also was a previous volunteer at OIHS and helped out in math classes. She enjoys getting to know people and trying out new foods. 

Nadia Hassan, Newcomer Learning Lab Assistant

Nadia was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Nadia is a third generation Yemeni-American who began working at Oakland International High School in Spring of 2017. Before coming to OIHS Nadia worked with teens and their families in many different settings including as a Mental Health Specialist in a non-public high school and as a counselor in a residential treatment facility at Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco and as an intern with Oakland's Beats, Rhymes, and Life (BRL). Nadia has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from California State University East Bay and is looking forward to bringing her experience and passion for working with teenagers and their families to OIHS.

Nicholas Nguyen, Newcomer Learning Lab Assistant

Nicholas grew up in Oakland and graduated high school down the street at Oakland Tech. He recently graduated from Cal State University East Bay with a B.S. in Mathematics and is working towards obtaining a teaching credential. Nick also hopes to teach abroad one day. 

Charisel Parla, Newcomer Learning Lab Assistant

Lydia Ghebrehiwot, Volunteer & After School Tutoring Coordinator

Lydia is a first generation immigrant from Eritrea and was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. She recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in International Political Economy with a minor in Religious Studies, and a degree in Science, Technology, and Society with a Bioethics emphasis. She loves to travel, spend time with her family and friends, and eat food, all at the same time whenever possible. 

Alyssa Baldocchi, AmeriCorps Volunteer

Alyssa joined OIHS in Fall of 2017 as a volunteer in the classroom and in after-school tutoring. She had been in technology sales for 5 years before that, after getting her MS and BA from Stanford. Alyssa is now pursuing her ELA teaching credential through Reach Institute’s Intern Credential Program, and she is honored to be working with OIHS students and staff while on this journey.

Daryna Loch, AmeriCorps Volunteer

Daryna was raised in Oakland, California and graduated in Spring 2017 as a first generation college student from UC Berkeley. During her undergraduate, she has taught health education in Bay Area high schools, and has mentored elementary and middle school students. In her spare time she likes to explore new brunch spots with friends, cook, and plan her next travel. 

Isaac Agree, AmeriCorps Volunteer

Ellen Chamberlin, AmeriCorps Volunteer

Ellen hails from the small port town of San Pedro, Los Angeles, and has lived in the Bay Area for the past several years. She is honored to have the opportunity to work at Oakland Internatioal High School. An aspiring teacher and avid traveler, she is thrilled at the prospect of making connections between students and folks all over the world as a Shared Studios portal curator. Since graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in Sociology in 2016, she has spent her time traveling, working as a substitute teacher and in food service, studying yoga, and volunteering with WWOOF.

Ben Gucciardi, Soccer Without Borders

Ben graduated with a bachelors in International Relations and a minor in Spanish followed by a masters degree in Global Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. As the founder and director of Soccer Without Borders, Ben has focused his energy in youth development through soccer. He and his organization work with students at OIHS and throughout the world. Ben currently coaches at OIHS and serves 500 youth in programs located in Granada, Nicaragua, Uganda and Zambia.