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Rachel was named Head of School in 2018, and brings to KLS deep leadership experience in strategy, law, admissions, curriculum, financial aid, and college counseling. Rachel most recently worked at Phillips Academy (Andover), where she spent five years as the school’s Dean of Policy and Strategic Planning. Rachel has also held administrative leadership positions at San Francisco University High School and The Latin School of Chicago, and worked in admissions and financial aid at Harvard College. Prior to her career in education, Rachel spent time as a commercial real estate attorney with Kirkland & Ellis, and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Rachel holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was on the Harvard Law Review, and a B.A. from Harvard-Radcliffe College. As a San Francisco native, she is thrilled to introduce her husband and young children to the natural beauty and culinary diversity of California, and to the practice of always bringing an extra layer. She wakes up every morning grateful to work in the service of young minds as they discover their profound potential for mastery and creativity. It is a privilege for her to work amongst innovators whose true focus is on students and their learning.
Sonia is grateful to serve Khan Lab School as Head of Lower School and brings over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher and educational-based pediatric therapist in Bay Area public, charter, and independent schools. Combining her expertise in child development and a passion for education, Sonia helped launch the Khan Academy Early Explorers Program in 2013 and was a member of the KLS team since its founding in 2014.
It is her joy to cultivate children’s love of learning through creativity, exploration, and personal connection. She is honored to be part of growing Khan Lab School’s mission through the development and empowerment of students and a collaborative team.
With more than two decades of experience in school, research, and business environments, Kim leads the KLS middle and upper school. Most recently, she was the Chief of Academics at US Performance Academy — an online middle-high school for elite athletes. During her career, she has held key leadership roles and led strategic initiatives at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, National Sports Academy, Emergent Academy and LRN. She has also been a consultant for a diverse set of companies and organizations. Kim holds a B.S. in Physics from Marlboro College, an M.S. in Astrophysics from the University of Arizona, and an M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kim and her husband love traveling, hiking, kayaking and trying to keep up with their four children.
Arden is thrilled to join KLS’s student-centered learning environment. Arden is originally from Philadelphia and graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina. Her professional experience centers on experiential education. She has spent extended periods of time in India; and led Field Studies programs in Tanzania, Cambodia, Vietnam, France, and the US. She also worked for the School For Field Studies in Cambodia, where she facilitated environmental science research, managed student life, and led experiential learning opportunities. Next, Arden also enjoyed her role as the Lead Teacher and Program Coordinator at The Traveling School, a nomadic U.S. school that travels throughout Southern Africa: where students learn from the world around them, camp every night, and become change-makers. There, Arden taught Global Studies and History. Most recently, Arden was an Associate Teacher at Greene Street Friends School in Philadelphia, a school grounded in social justice and Quaker values. Arden enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and just about anything outdoors! She also loves ramen and making dumplings.
A Fresno native, Andrew is passionate about his mission in life: to enable others in their pursuit of purpose, growth, and self-determination. With experiences as a management consultant, assistant researcher, restaurant waiter, and technical product manager, Andrew is excited to help KLS pioneer a new mastery-based generation of schools. Additionally, Andrew is shamelessly in love with puppies. If he is not busy petting puppies, you can find him composing musical pieces in his apartment, coaching competitors at local fencing gyms, hiking throughout various national parks, and/or eating culinary delicacies all over world.
Brandon is so excited to join the Khan Lab School team. His educational experience started in college at Tufts University where he studied Child Development, with a focus on incorporating engineering into the elementary school classroom. For his senior project, he combined his passion for tech and language and developed a robotics curriculum for the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. After getting his MA in education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, he launched Boston public school's first engineering program at the Dever-McCormack K-8. He soon realized that Boston was an unnecessarily dreary place that sunlight only touched 5 days out of the year and moved to San Diego. There he launched the engineering program at High Tech Elementary. After 3 years, Brandon was given the opportunity to help open an engineering based high school by leading instruction and curriculum design. Now Brandon is moving on to create his fourth engineering lab in a school in Mountain View. In his spare time, Brandon likes to rock climb, make wedding cakes, convince his dog Mochi that the world is not a dangerous place, and re-watch Scrubs for the 30th time.
Brett earned his B.A. in English Literature from DePauw University and his M.A.T from Gonzaga University with a concentration in Secondary Education. Before joining Khan Lab School, Brett spent five years at Tsinghua International School in Beijing, China, where he taught World Literature, AP English Literature, and served as the Head of the English Language Arts Department. During his time at Tsinghua, Brett established a summer reading program and helped develop best standards and practices for argumentative writing. Brett specializes in using literature to explore issues of social justice, most recently using One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich to examine how the disenfranchised can use writing to challenge and change the society they live in. In recent years, Brett and his students have experimented with using new media to tell stories, from podcasts and websites to video games and augmented reality. Brett’s favorite part of being an educator is encouraging students to consider their place in the world, and how they can participate ethically and responsibly as citizens of a plural society.
Needless to say, Brett is an avid reader. He is particularly interested in post-modernist literature and his favorite authors are Kafka, Flannery O'Connor and Donald Barthelme. Outside of class, Brett enjoys exploring new places and parks with his wife Georgia, son Vincent and dog Dahuang.
Chi-Ray graduated from Stanford University with B.A. and M.S. degrees in Biomechanical Engineering. He spent a few years applying his studies as General Manager for a local company, prototyping and manufacturing coronary stents. Soon, he decided to pursue his interest in system thinking, and he became an operations generalist for small-to-mid-sized organizations. Chi-Ray has held a number of roles similar to what he does at KLS, including serving as Director of Operations, Technology, and Facilities at a large church in Boston; working as Program Director for the Digital Media Academy at Stanford; and most recently, working as Director of IT and Employee Services at One Kings Lane (the online home goods retailer). In his spare time, Chi-Ray has been known to lead scouts, root for the New England Patriots, play banjo, listen to country music, wish he had a pick-up truck, and dream of seeing the U.S. on an extended RV trip with his wife, Erica, and kids, Timothy and Megan. You'd never guess he was born in Boston and raised in L.A. Chi-Ray has been a member of the KLS team since its founding in 2014.
Derek is a teacher, researcher, and “professional student,” in the words of his friends. Born and raised in Louisiana, he earned his B.A. in history at the University of North Carolina in 2003. He then moved to France to teach elementary school students as part of the Fulbright/French Government English teaching program before returning to the United States to pursue his graduate studies at Stanford University. His research focused on memory, mythmaking, and the intersection of politics and culture in modern France. At the same time, Derek worked with undergraduates in a wide array of history and interdisciplinary courses at Stanford, serving as a teaching assistant, teaching fellow, summer instructor, and one of the first writing fellows in the history department’s “Writing in the Major” program. Now at Khan Lab School, Derek teaches history and the broader humanities as part of the Upper School team. Throughout his career and at all levels of instruction, Derek has emphasized inquiry-based instruction, often incorporating projects into his curriculum. When not in the classroom, he loves movies, podcasts, cooking, playing the drums and guitar (poorly), and reading just about anything he can get his eyes on.
Drew first became interested in education reform as a student in Bay Area public schools, leading him to intern as a software developer at Khan Academy in 2012-13. He has been excited to return to the next iteration of Sal Khan’s vision — having seen his own interests morph from education technology to the broader question of what a modern classroom might look like. Drew has volunteered and taught in a variety of educational settings, from a high school in the Italian countryside to a charter school in Cambridge, MA. On a bike trip across America, Drew and six others hosted hands-on STEM Learning Festivals for hundreds of students in Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Utah. At KLS, he draws upon his physics and computer science degrees from MIT. He is currently pursuing an MA/MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Emily grew up in Minnesota and earned her B.A. in Political Science & Communications from Loyola University Chicago. Before becoming a teacher, she worked in journalism at the Chicago Sun-Times and then as the Director of Marketing & Admissions at a school in Chicago. She received her M.Ed. through the University of Notre Dame’s ACE Teaching Fellows program and taught social studies in Washington D.C. for two years before moving to California.
Emily has spent the last three years teaching 5th grade at St. Peter’s School in San Francisco’s Mission District. Her classes piloted the school’s transition to the rotational model for blended learning, which made Emily passionate about the power of personalized instruction. When she’s not teaching, Emily loves to read, run, and bake all kinds of desserts.
Emily's own non-traditional school experience has inspired her passion for student-centered, mastery-based, innovative education models. Thus drawn to KLS, she is so excited to be joining the team! Since graduating from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a teaching certificate in ELA, she has enjoyed teaching in both traditional and non-traditional classroom settings in South Korea, the East Coast, and the Bay Area. Committed to being a lifelong learner, Emily is an avid reader who also enjoys travelling, trying new recipes, and exploring national parks.
Erin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from CSU Monterey Bay. After graduating, she joined AmeriCorps and worked with the Food Bank for Monterey County, Everyone’s Harvest Farmers' Markets, and community gardens. Her enthusiasm to serve others led Erin to work in community centers around the Bay Area with a special focus on seniors. When not on campus Erin loves a good mid-day nap, spending time outdoors, baking to satisfy her sweet tooth, and watching movies with friends and family.
Hannah McDonald was born and raised in the Bay Area, and has had the honor of being a coach and instructor for over 10 years. As a new team member to Khan Lab School, she is excited to continue working in the South Bay's school programs. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Behavioral Sciences. Her love of teaching began with coaching swim lessons, and she was soon inspired to get certified in a concentrated area of teaching. As a lifelong horseback rider, she decided to become certified as a P.A.T.H. therapeutic horseback riding instructor in 2010, teaching horsemanship & riding to students with various mental and physical abilities. Most recently, Hannah has been teaching music lessons for the past 5 years at a community center, both private lessons and band classes. She has also spent the past year working as a teacher's aide and is thrilled to continue this journey in education. In her free time, Hannah loves to spend time on the trails with her horse, Lily, swim, write songs, and play music with the band.
Jacob was born and raised in San Francisco. Throughout a career as a professional performer and supporting keyboard player, he also devoted time as a lecturer and educator. He brings an enthusiastic appreciation of music as both a creative and technical subject for mastery, and encourages students towards an integrated appreciation of performance and composition.
Originally from Sacramento, Janan has a “Nor Cal” background, having also graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Politics. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Cairo, Egypt and had a transformational educational experience. So after graduating college she returned to Egypt to study Arabic intensively at the American University of Cairo. She worked in the NGO sector, writing grant proposals and fundraising for the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights, but eventually she returned to education in order to help other students have life-changing educational experiences, as she did.
Janan worked as an EducationUSA advisor, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, to advise students, free of charge, on how to apply to U.S. colleges and universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. During this time the Egyptian Revolution occurred (and she was evacuated twice!), which eventually led her to Jordan. In Jordan she worked for King’s Academy, a liberal arts boarding school. While there she managed the school’s standardized testing, counseled over 200 students through the college admissions process, and raised awareness among higher education institutions about the new school.
She is still in touch with many of her former students, who have gone on to graduate from colleges and universities around the world. Some of which are even working and studying right here in the Bay Area! Nothing brings her greater joy than helping students achieve their dreams and hearing about their successes later on in life. In her free time, Janan enjoys hiking, yoga, cuddling with her dog, and traveling the world. She’s traveled to 30+ countries so far and can’t wait to see more!
Jason Bush is an experienced educator in the fields of Spanish language teaching, Latin American Studies, and Theatre History. After receiving his BA in Theater from University of California, Los Angeles, and his MA in Theatre Studies from California State University, Northridge, Jason decided to explore Latin American cultures during his Ph.D studies in Theatre History and Performance Studies at The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, Jason conducted extensive ethnographic research on Peruvian indigenous performance on the global stage. In the process of living and working in Peru, Jason became proficient in written and spoken Spanish. While writing his dissertation Jason decided to try his hand at teaching Spanish and he absolutely fell in love with language teaching. He has extensive classroom experience teaching Middle School and High School Spanish at Basis Independent School, Stratford School and university level Spanish at The Ohio State University and San Jose State University. In addition, Jason has developed a specialized expertise in individualized instruction in Spanish, tailoring a personalized educational experience that draws on students’ interests and preferred learning styles at AJ Tutoring, Fusion Academy, and Tilden Preparatory School. He is currently continuing his education by finishing his MA in Spanish at San Jose State University with a specialization in second language acquisition and applied linguistics. His favorite part of teaching language is helping provide students with the tools in order to express themselves in new ways, communicate to new groups of people, and explore cultures in different parts of the world.
Jenn is a passionate Spanish language educator dedicated to fostering a language-rich environment of Comprehensible Input (CI). Born in the Bay Area and raised in the greater Boston area, Jenn prefers iced coffee all 12 months of the year. Inspired by her outstanding teachers and unique opportunities to study abroad early on in her career, she went on to earn her B.A.S. in Spanish and secondary education from Salve Regina University, a small coastal institution in Rhode Island. In her teacher preparation program, she experienced a variety of educational settings where she began to research second language acquisition and implement strategies such as Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) to bring interpersonal communication to the forefront of world language classes. Jenn first studied abroad in Spain in high school, which sparked her enthusiasm for the Spanish language. She later sought out the opportunity to spend a semester in Salamanca, Spain and continued to grow her language expertise at the country’s oldest university, Universidad de Salamanca. She later pursued her M.A. in Spanish with a concentration in hispanic literature with Middlebury College, Madrid before beginning her teaching career in 2019. Outside of the classroom, she is an avid traveler and enjoys musical theatre, tap dance, and the great outdoors.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Jen discovered her interest in education while volunteering in her children’s classrooms. She loves being around kids and shares their enthusiasm for learning. Prior to KLS, she worked as an administrative assistant for 10 years at a Bay Area school district, where she helped facilitate the daily operations of a school site. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and two daughters, traveling, trying new restaurants, and taking long walks with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, Jessica graduated from college in Minnesota and then her adventurous spirit brought her West. First to Portland, Oregon, then to Santa Barbara, and finally to the Bay Area. While in Portland, Jessica volunteered for a year of service as part of the AmeriCorps program which then led to pursuing her Masters degree in Public Health at Portland State University. After working in program development and implementing community-based programs in the non-profit public health sector for several years Jessica eventually settled in the Bay Area. It was here that Jessica decided to shift her career and pursue a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. While gaining the clinical experience required for obtaining licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Jessica discovered she was most interested in working with children and families by working in a counseling capacity in several different schools from San Francisco to San Jose and in between. Jessica finds school-based mental health services to be a particularly effective way to connect with children, adolescents, and families in order to promote a holistic approach to supporting students. She looks forward to continuing to support the development and implementation of social and emotional learning at KLS and believes that cultivating and nurturing relationships is foundational.
Jessica has provided school based counseling support for the past several years and in 2016 became a licensed MFT. Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, cooking, traveling, reading, hiking, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and exploring all of the amazing food and experiences the Bay Area has to offer.
Jonah is thrilled to be welcomed into the wonderful community of learners that is KLS! He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Grinnell College, class of 2018, where he worked as a researcher into different ways to structure Introductory Computer Science curriculums for elementary and middle school students. After graduating from Grinnell College, Jonah worked as a tutor for middle and high school students in Chicago, spurring him to continue his passion for Computer Science education, and he greatly looks forward to continuing this journey at KLS. In his free time, he enjoys video games and appreciating California winters (or lack thereof).
After dedicating a year of service to AmeriCorps in Washington, D.C. writing curriculum for an after-school program in Title I schools, Julia joined KLS as an Associate Teacher with Independence Level 1. Julia spent her first year at KLS honing her teaching craft under the guidance of mentors. She began teaching first-grade math content, going on to fulfill her current role of IL1 Advisor and Math Specialist. Julia strongly believes in empowering student voice and prides herself in being dependable and trustworthy for her students. Julia's teaching style involves discussion-based lessons and game and project-based investigations. She finds most excitement in teaching when she is collaborating with students and fellow staff-members. When not at school or commuting to and from San Francisco, Julia is an avid cyclist and a Bananagrams champion.
Born and raised in the heart of San Francisco, Leo is excited to lead the Middle School Integrated Science program. Having taught overseas for the past decade, his educational experience includes leading hands-on inquiry programs in collaboration with GEMS at the Lawrence Hall of Science and the MAD Science Program. He combines his passion for Molecular & Cell Biology as an undergrad at UC Berkeley with his research through Neuroscience whenever possible while in the classroom. After receiving his Masters in Urban Education at the University of Southern California he quickly transitioned to leading flip-learning, AP, IB, and STE(A)M initiatives at various International Schools throughout Taiwan. He has served as a K-12 classroom teacher, student advisor, technology coordinator, Google Educator, and Department Head. His favorite lessons are those where students’ exhaust their imagination and driven by their curiosity. If not in the classroom, one can often find Leo cycling or running through trailheads in the Bay Area or dabbling in gastronomy.
French-born Marie-Helene Bauguil is a visual artist and educator with 13+ years of experience teaching fine arts to children and adults. She believes that deep inside each person, there lives an artist. She strives to create learning environments in which students allow their inner artist-self to grow and flourish. In addition to teaching studio art techniques and media, she has designed and implemented arts programs in a variety of settings, and has mentored teachers and volunteers in how to teach art. She holds a Master in Architecture and recently completed an Ed.D in Educational Leadership. When she is not working or passionately advocating for the arts and arts education, Marie-Helene enjoys meeting with friends, hiking, and gardening.
Matt joined KLS in 2020 as the Content Marketing Manager with a mix of experiences in educational marketing communications and post-secondary student development. He earned his master’s degree in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and his bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from the University of San Francisco. With 5 years of experience in higher education social media strategy, he has specialized in digital communications and enjoys storytelling for educational institutions with a sense of mission. Matt is also passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the education space. He grew up in the Bay Area and enjoys spending his free time being with family, exploring coffee spots, going to the beach, and hanging out with his cat.
Melissa is delighted to begin her fifth year at Khan Lab School. As Math Coordinator, Melissa partners with school leaders and teachers to develop, support, and share Khan Lab School’s vision for teaching and learning math. Melissa has over ten years experience teaching 2nd-7th grade math in public and private schools across the country. As Khan Lab School’s first Lower School Math Specialist, she had the unique privilege to help design the Lower School Math Program to support self-directed, personalized, mastery. Melissa is truly passionate about student-centered learning and continues to be inspired by the innovative work teachers and students are doing at Khan Lab School.
Melissa holds a M.Ed. in Elementary Education with specialization in educational technology from the University of Florida. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, playing board games, and making her students (and colleagues) laugh.
Originally from the Greater Los Angeles area, Michael is thrilled to be a part of the KLS team. He has experience teaching 7th grade math and science, and most recently taught 4th grade in Oakland, CA. Now entering his sixth year of teaching, Michael is ready to work with IL3 students as a math specialist and advisor. He earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Cal Poly Pomona and his M.Ed. from Harvard University in Mind, Brain, and Education. He strongly believes in grounding learning in authentic, real-world problems. When not in the classroom, Michael enjoys long-distance running, whether on the road or trails and is a huge Clippers fan (sorry, Warriors!) He is looking forward to discovering all of the outdoor opportunities that the Bay Area has to offer.
Mikki taught 9-12 grade English for 24 years at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. Her classes included Speech and Debate, English Language Learners, and Advanced Placement English. At Monta Vista she founded programs such as the New Student Support Program, Art and Literature Course, and the Life Skills Summer Training. She joined Khan Lab School for two years as Level 4 and Level 5 Advisor and as Upper School Administrative Assistant. For two years she ventured to Oxford Day Academy in East Palo Alto as their Founding High School English Instructor and Staff Coordinator. She is grateful to return to Khan Lab School to continue to challenge and widen her practice, and to support the growth of the school community. Her work history demonstrates consistent passion for education, innovative creativity, and giving the underdog a voice. She currently plays several roles at KLS, including Humanities Coordinator, Teacher Development Specialist, and Middle School English Teacher.
In addition to working for students, Mikki enjoys reading, hiking, laughing with friends, and hanging out with her three children who continually grow love and wisdom in her life.
Natalie is an educator, researcher, and education technology enthusiast with 15 years of experience creating innovative curricula. Before joining Khan Lab School, she worked at Stanford University as an instructor, writing fellow, and undergraduate thesis mentor in the Department of History. At Stanford, she taught students how to tackle big and important questions and conduct original archival research. Her Ph.D. dissertation explores how U.S. scientists influenced democratic thought during the Second World War. She also has worked with several technology companies, including Google and wikiHow--most recently serving as a project manager for ClioVis, an edtech startup helping students to visualize historical connections. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Natalie taught high school in the Pueblo of Zuni with Teach for America. As a high school instructor, she was a recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, which took her to Athens, Greece. With her students in Zuni, she coordinated local museum exhibits and an oral history initiative.
As a Utah native and newcomer to the Bay, Parisa is excited about being a part of the KLS team because of the focus on a technology-empowered, student-centered, mastery-learning approach to education. Her research during her B.S. and M.Ed. from the University of Utah (Go Utes!) focused on the power of effective technology integration and instructional design in the classroom, specifically with an emphasis on technology as a cognitive partner in learning to foster analysis, evaluation, communication, collaboration, and creation. With more than five years of experience in different learning settings, including public, charter, and private school, tutoring, and educational summer camps, working with students from Kindergarten up through 6th grade, Parisa comes ready to support deep thinking processes and the social-emotional learning of diverse students populations. She believes in the power of using authentic problems, project-based learning, and hands-on experiences to help her students discover the intricacies and relationships among math concepts in real life. Her favorite part about teaching is the joy of igniting a passion for learning in her students, just as she loves the thrill of discovering a new topic about how our world works. Parisa is excited to continue growing the KLS vision of reimagining the way education empowers youth to find their individual, fullest potential. When Parisa is not in the classroom or reading about teaching and learning, she enjoys even more reading, listening to music, watching and playing sports, and exploring the amazing outdoor and cultural opportunities of the Bay area with her family and friends.
Patrick holds a BFA from the School of Art/Design, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and a Masters in Digital Media and Learning from the School of Education, University of San Francisco. Before becoming a teacher, Patrick was in the digital visual effects and animation business, and has earned production credits on twenty-eight feature films. He has taught sculpting and high-end computer graphics at the college level, digital arts to high school and middle school students, and fine arts and Make/maker projects to both middle and lower school kids. Project-based learning has been at the core of his entire teaching experience, and he greatly values the benefits of having students draw as much as possible. Patrick is a fine artist who uses both traditional and digital media, and an avid photographer with a life-long interest in science and natural history. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their cat.
A Bay Area native currently studying at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, Saffron is grateful to have spent the last two summers at KLS. As an intern, she assisted with KLS’s advisory program, a social emotional learning curriculum, and projects for college counseling. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, a non-profit organization with the mission of expanding teacher diversity nationwide. She will be co-teaching a sophomore seminar at Andover this fall on Empathy, Balance, and Inclusion. Saffron has also served on the Youth Advisory Board for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common initiative that fosters collaboration around social and emotional learning. Saffron is inspired by KLS’s groundbreaking pedagogy and hopes to pursue a career that advances equity in education. In her spare time, Saffron enjoys baking cakes and reading memoirs.
Shannon is a Bay Area native who has dedicated her teaching career to early childhood education, working in a variety of settings primarily with children ages 3 to 8 years old. She earned her BA in Liberal Studies and completed her Multiple Subject Credential coursework at San Jose State University. During her tenure with the Diocese of San Jose, Shannon was certificated in Blended Learning through Santa Clara University’s Academy of Blended Learning. She helped to implement, manage, and produce a school-wide theater arts program as well as direct annual musicals in her classroom. Shannon is beyond excited to be a part of the KLS team and looks forward to collaborating, designing and implementing instruction, and sharing favorite picture books with her class. When not creating engaging learning experiences for her students, Shannon enjoys gardening, cooking, catching comedy shows and theatrical productions with her family, supporting her daughter on both the stage and soccer field, and collecting smashed pennies and two-dollar bills.
Sharifa’s diverse experience as an educator and Program Manager has allowed her to reach students throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento. She has attained her Master of Arts in Education and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sharifa has six years of experience as an elementary school teacher and an additional seven years of experience serving students as a tutor, paraeducator, student teacher and substitute teacher. In her role as a Program Manager for a non-profit organization focused on educational programs, she oversaw all aspects of a program that supported early literacy skills for Oakland’s youngest readers. As a lead teacher in an after-school program, she used Creative Writing to motivate English language learners to expand their literacy skills. Sharifa has over 13 years of experience in education and working alongside veteran teachers to hone in on best teaching practices in order to facilitate her students’ academic, social, and emotional growth.
Sharifa is dedicated to lifelong learning, which inspires her to travel, immerse herself in different cultures and continually build her community of friends. When she’s not traveling with her husband or in the classroom, she spends her time teaching her pet cat Sammy new tricks.
Step has been teaching math on and off since 1975 to middle schoolers on up to the community college level, including De Anza College. He graduated with a BS in Math from MIT in three years and earned an MAT in Math Education from the University of Chicago in one. Combining his love of cycling and travel, he has bicycled in 29 countries and 49 states including a two year bicycle trip around the world. A love of art, especially photography, is in his genes and that colors his view of learning math as more like art rather than accounting.
With a lifelong passion for teaching and education, Tooba is excited to be a part of KLS. She received her Bachelor’s in Business and Information Technology (BBIT) followed by her Masters in Business and Economics from University of Reading (U.K). Her Masters dissertation was on “Competition in the Airline Industry: International Airline Alliances and Low Cost Carriers”, where she did an extensive research by using various mathematical and statistical modeling techniques and tools such as E-views and SPSS to prove her hypothesis. She was also part of “UK Women Entrepreneurship Project” which empowers and supports women entrepreneurs throughout the United Kingdom.
Prior to joining KLS, Tooba worked in UK’s leading private schools for 11+ years, thus bringing a wealth of UK’s educational practices to KLS. Tooba has worked as a lecturer for A-levels (High School) in Business and Economics. She was also involved in teaching Pre-calculus and Calculus courses in mathematics. Aside from work, Tooba enjoys cooking, baked, and spending time with her two kids.
Supraja grew up in India and pursued a master’s in Software Engineering from BITS Pilani, India. After working in software development for nine years, she changed gears into the field of teaching and education, as it became her passion. Supraja was a freelance educator in India for three years and later moved to the U.S. where she gradually specialized as a STEM educator and curriculum developer for the past four years. Supraja’s courses on education from Santa Clara university and MITx have given her tools to reach out to wider student learning communities. Besides teaching QuantumCamp Science, she works at the Tech Museum of Innovation as an Educational Lab Instructor. During her spare time, she teaches music, volunteers for an NGO that promotes education in rural parts of India, and enjoys spending time with family.
Tatty grew up in Seattle, Washington and went to college at UC Santa Cruz where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology. After graduating, she worked in science research, studying phosphate levels in Lake Tahoe and Western Honey bees in Rehovot, Israel. While working in research, Tatty discovered that her passion was in science education, and she has been teaching ever since. She has taught middle school science for four years, as a sixth grade science teacher and as a tutor for Classroom Matters. In her spare time, Tatty enjoys camping, cooking, and crafting!
Stephanie hails from Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved to southern California to pursue her undergraduate degree in Engineering at Harvey Mudd College. After working in the aerospace industry for a couple of years, she decided to pursue her interest in medical research and received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis. While researching, tutoring, and lecturing, she soon realized that she loves to teach, especially in small group settings where she can connect with students at a deeper level. Stephanie was previously a science instructor with QuantumCamp for two years, and she now specializes full-time in QC math instruction. She brings a love of science and engineering, as well as athletics, cooking, and play, to her philosophy of teaching math applications so that everyone can appreciate and enjoy the beauty of math beyond the numbers.
Sharon grew up in Colorado Springs and moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University, where she majored in Earth Systems. She participated in multiple field research programs at Stanford, from installing seismic sensors in Nevada with the Crustal Geophysics Lab, to measuring rainforest growth in Hawaii, to observing kelp forest ecology at Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey. Sharon is an experienced K-12 science teacher, having worked at several Bay Area museums, mostly recently Aquarium of the Bay, and is excited to join the QuantumCamp team. When she's not teaching science, Sharon enjoys working both onstage and backstage with local community theater groups.
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