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Our dedicated faculty is committed to the success of each of our students. Click on the categories on the right to read more about the path each of our teachers took before they became part of the Eastside family.

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Middle School Faculty

Humanities Faculty

Joined Eastside in 2007email Stacy
A Bay Area native, Stacy attended U.C.L.A., where she studied English and education and served as a resident assistant and writing tutor. She earned her M.A. through the Stanford Teacher Education Program and loves helping students develop their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in order to understand and transform their worlds and themselves.

Joined Eastside in 2016email Nanor
Nanor emigrated from the Middle East to Palo Alto when she was 15 and has lived in the area since. After graduating from UCSB with a degree in Political Science and a minor in professional writing and education, she went to Stanford University to earn her M.A in Education and secondary teaching credential. Alongside teaching History, Nanor takes student volunteers to Armenia to run service projects in remote villages every summer. Before coming to the Eastside family, she taught History at Everest Public High School for 3 years.

Joined Eastside in 2010email Carlos
Carlos grew up in Bogotá, Colombia and studied dentistry at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá before receiving a degree in marketing and advertising at the University Politécnico Grancolombiano. Carlos spent several years working in the advertising industry and co-owned a small company managing marketing strategies for companies in the health sector before moving to the U.S. in 2003. In the Bay Area, Carlos has worked as a private Spanish tutor for high school students and taught Spanish to executives from large companies as well as doctors and nurses.

Joined Eastside in 2006email Darren
Darren grew up in Temple City, California, east of Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in English and a minor in education studies. At U.C.L.A., he was involved in leadership activities, serving as a resident assistant in the dorms and as vice president of the undergraduate student council. He earned his M.A. in Education and secondary teaching credential through the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP).

Joined Eastside in 1998email Holly
Holly teaches Spanish IV, Español para hispanohablantes, and AP Spanish language and literature. She holds a master's degree in Spanish literature from Indiana University and a California teaching credential with CLAD emphasis. Before coming to Eastside, she taught at Menlo-Atherton High School and St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley.

Joined Eastside in 2012 email Tina
Tina grew up in the Bay Area and earned her BA in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters in Education at the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). Before joining the Eastside community, Tina taught high school English and Humanities in both California and New York.


Joined Eastside in 2000email Shaneka
Shaneka teaches Spanish I, II and III. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). She was born and raised in East Palo Alto. In 2000 she graduated from Stanford, where she majored in sociology and minored in Spanish and history. For four years she worked for the East Palo Alto Stanford Academy as counselor, coordinator, and co-director. She served as a teacher's assistant for the Ravenswood City School District for two years and as a tutor at both Eastside and the 49ers Academy.

Joined Eastside in 2012email Jasmine
Jasmine is a Seattle native and earned her B.A. in Political Science and Social Studies as well as her teaching credential from Western Washington University. She taught high school social studies in Seattle for two years before moving to the Bay Area and joining Eastside. In her free time, Jasmine loves to run and play ultimate frisbee.

Joined Eastside in 2009email Sarah
Sarah, a native of Seattle, Washington, teaches AP Language. She earned her B.A. in English literature from Stanford before attending the Stanford Teachers Education Program (STEP), where she received her Masters in teaching English.

Joined Eastside in 2016email Steve
Steve earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois, Chicago and then worked in Finance for more than 15 years. He decided to change careers and earned a M.A. in economics from San Jose State. He currently teaches macroeconomics at San Jose State in addition to teaching the AP economics class at Eastside. Steve also coaches boys varsity soccer.

Joined Eastside in 2020email Nohely
Nohely attended Eastside for middle school and high school, graduating in 2016. She earned her B.A. from Williams College in American Studies and English, with concentrations in Africana Studies and Latina/o Studies. In her junior year at Williams, she was a substitute teacher for Eastside's AP English Language class before heading off to study English at the University of Oxford through the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford. Nohely teaches 9th grade World Literature.

Joined Eastside in 2001email Amy
Amy graduated with a B.A. in English from Stanford and after some time working in Silicon Valley, returned to Stanford's Teacher Education Program (STEP), graduating with her M.A. in education. In addition to teaching Writing for College, Amy serves as a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) site mentor for new teachers.

Joined Eastside in 2014email Heather
Heather has a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in education from the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She has also completed a certificate in educational therapy from U.C. Berkeley extension, focusing on working with students who have learning differences. Heather supports 9th grade students in the Humanities Resource class.

Joined Eastside in 2009email Elisabeth
Elisabeth is a graduate of Pomona College and holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining Eastside, Elisabeth worked as a professional reporter and editor for more than 20 years, including as Metro Editor at the San Jose Mercury News and as a foreign correspondent in Russia and Japan for the Wall Street Journal.

Joined Eastside in 2010email Jaya
Jaya was born in Chennai (former Madras), India and received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Madras. She moved to San Jose, California in 1993 and received her Master's degree and Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. Jaya taught AP Economics, World History, and Global Women's Issues at Presentation High School, San Jose for ten years.

Joined Eastside in 2006email Anna
Anna is Eastside's Director of College Counseling and teaches Senior College Prep. She works with seniors on the college application process and alongside the alumni team to help students make a successful transition to a rigorous, four-year college environment. She received a B.A. from Brown University where she majored in history and public policy. Before coming to Eastside, Anna was an admissions officer at Stanford University where she worked for six years with international students and first-generation college students, focusing on issues related to college access.

Joined Eastside in 2012email Cal
Cal teaches the sophomore U.S. History and junior Writing for College classes and coaches boys and girls Cross Country. Before coming to Eastside, he taught World History at Match Charter High School in Boston, and completed the Match Teacher Residency. He has a Masters in Education from the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelors in English Literature from UC Berkeley, where he rowed and won a national championship his senior year.

Math and Science Faculty

Joined Eastside in 2001 email Greg
Greg teaches sophomore Trigonometry/ Analytic Geometry. Greg earned his B.A. from Williams College and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Greg helped co-found Summit Partners in 1984 and currently serves as a senior advisor. Greg’s non-profit activities have included service on the boards of Williams College (chair), The James Irvine Foundation (chair), Cleveland Clinic, ITHAKA, New Profit, National Outdoor Leadership School, MASS MoCA, Opportunity Fund, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Schwab Charitable Foundation, The Sobrato Family Foundation, and The Silicon Valley Community Foundation (chair).

Joined Eastside in 2017 email Mayra
Mayra was born in Michoacan, Mexico and immigrated with her family to the US when she was only 2yrs old. She grew up in Southern California and was the first in her family to graduate from college. She majored in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and worked in the defense industry for several years before attending the Stanford Teacher Ed Program. She wanted to be a math teacher because she knows what it feels like to struggle in math, from crying when she saw a fraction to feeling like she didn't belong in engineering classes with too few women and Latinx. Before coming to Eastside, she taught at several schools in the Bay Area.

Joined Eastside in 2007 email Marianne
Marianne is a native of Palo Alto, and has been teaching math for more than 25 years. She majored in mathematics at Smith College and completed her masters in the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), then taught in Vermont and Washington before coming back to California where she taught in the Palo Alto Unified School District for 10 years.

Joined Eastside in 2010 email Heather
Heather teaches chemistry and has a bachelor's degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she majored in physical science. She earned her California teaching credential from University of San Francisco. Before coming to Eastside, Heather worked for six years as a chemistry and physics teacher at St. Ignatius High School and Palo Alto High School. She also worked for eight years as a mentor for teacher candidates in the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) and for new teachers working at schools in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Jose.

Joined Eastside in 2007 email Juan
Juan grew up in Mexico City, and has also lived in Brazil, Cuba and Puerto Rico. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rice University, and a M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Juan enjoyed a career at Hewlett-Packard developing telecommunications, radar and satellite equipment; then at Proxim where he was the V.P. of Engineering, developing wireless technology that later became Wi-Fi. Juan also coaches girls varsity soccer.

Joined Eastside in 2005 email Marlo
Marlo grew up in the East Bay and attended Stanford, earning her degree in economics and communication. She then taught elementary school with Teach for America in Compton, California. Returning to Northern California, she got her master's in education from U.C. Berkeley while teaching after-school and summer math classes at the Lawrence Hall of Science. In the eight years before coming to Eastside, Marlo taught middle school in Palo Alto.

Joined Eastside in 2002 email Marlene
Marlene teaches chemistry, biology, and advanced biology. Marlene received her undergraduate degree in biology and biochemistry from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then earned her master's of secondary education from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Marlene taught chemistry for one year at a small school in Pennsylvania before coming to Eastside.

Joined Eastside in 2018 email Nina
Nina grew up in Mountain View and studied mathematics and economics at Northwestern University. She worked as an economic research associate before beginning a career in education. She earned her masters at the Stanford Teacher Education Program, and taught middle school in San Mateo before coming to Eastside. She continues to grow as a teacher through participation in the Knowles Teacher Initiative and San Francisco Math Teachers Circle.

Joined Eastside in 2010 email Bob
Bob has a PhD in physics from Montana State University, a Masters in Liberal Arts from Stanford and a B.S. in physics from St. Lawrence University. He earned a credential to teach math, physics and industrial and technology education from San Jose State. Before teaching he worked in industry for more than 30 years.

Joined Eastside in 2016 email Hai
Hai is a first generation college graduate and political refugee. He was raised in Sacramento, then studied mathematics at UC Berkeley and earned a M.A. in mathematics education at Stanford. He is still growing as a teacher through his involvement with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation and the Breakthrough Collaborative. Before coming to Eastside, he taught in Redwood City.

Joined Eastside in 2014 email Craig
Craig earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University before beginning a career in business consulting. After 17 years of working for high-tech clients throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe, Craig returned to Stanford's Teacher Education Program (STEP) for a master's in science education. He taught physics and integrated science at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara for seven years before joining the Eastside faculty.

Joined Eastside in 2018 email Anil
Anil grew up in India where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He came to the U.S. as a student and earned an M.S. in Computer Science from Louisiana State University. At LSU, he taught an undergraduate course in Computer Science as part of his graduate assistantship. After graduation, he worked for 20 years as a software engineer and engineering manager in various Bay Area companies, including Cisco and Apple. Before joining Eastside, he was a volunteer CS teacher for 3 years at local public high schools through a non-profit called TEALS.

Arts Faculty

Joined Eastside in 2017 email Amy
Amy teaches Drama, Beginning and Advanced Dance. She is a Bay Area native and graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Theater Arts. She has been involved in theater and dance for the last 25 years in a number of positions, including director for Creative Arts for Youth, a free arts program in downtown San Jose, owner operator of Big Lil's Comedy Cabaret, producer of SUTN, a late night comedy show for both KRON4 and UPN, drama teacher for Red Ladder, outreach instructor for Silicon Valley Shakespeare, costume designer, director, choreographer, actor,and set designer. Amy has written and also collaborated on writing plays for both adults and youth.

Joined Eastside in 2006 email Linda
Linda comes to Eastside from New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a B.F.A. from Louisiana Tech University and M.A. in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. She worked as an artist in New York City and has taught visual arts in Albuquerque and New Orleans middle and high schools.

Joined Eastside in 2007 email Josh
Originally from southwest Missouri, Josh came to the bay area in 2004 to study photography and began teaching at Eastside in 2007. In addition to being a practicing artist with shows throughout the Bay Area, Josh earned his MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and his BFA in Photography from Missouri State University. Recently, he published his first book, which showcases a collection of photographs exploring the complex nature of family life. Josh, his wife, and their three children live in Pacifica, CA.  He is a Golden State Warriors fan, enjoys traveling, and is a great lover of music and an avid collector of vinyl records.

Joined Eastside in 2007 email Jansen
Jansen studied jazz piano at the Oberlin Conservatory while earning a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College. He sings in and arranges music for Ragazzi Continuo, an a cappella chamber choir, and can be heard playing piano and keyboards with a variety of artists from soul singers to reggae bands. He teaches Band and Choir at Eastside in addition to working in Eastside's Development Department.


Joined Eastside in 2019 email Markisha
Markisha grew up in East Palo Alto and attended Eastside College Preparatory School. As a member of the Eastside Girls Varsity Basketball team, she was a three-time league MVP and helped the program win its first ever Central Coast Section Championship. After graduating from Eastside, Markisha matriculated at Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. She walked on to the Stanford Women’s Basketball team during her freshman year and earned a full basketball scholarship for her junior and senior years. She went on to earn a M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University while serving as a graduate assistant coach for the Pepperdine Women’s Basketball team. Prior to returning to Eastside, Markisha served as the head coach for the Menlo-Atherton High School Girls Varsity Basketball team.

Joined Eastside in 2017 email Ali
Ali's love for strength and conditioning started at a young age through volleyball. Her collegiate volleyball career began at San Joaquin Delta and finished at Cal State San Bernardino. She then continued her education at Sacramento State, where she earned her Masters Degree in Kinesiology, specializing in movement studies. Ali began coaching volleyball which led to her passion in strength and conditioning. She has worked with middle school to collegiate athletes including working at Menlo School as well as University of Portland. She also coaches for Vision Volleyball Club based in Los Gatos. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and holds her USA weightlifting certification.

Joined Eastside in 2009 email Simo
Simo received his degree in English Literature from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. He played volleyball professionally for the FUS team in Rabat, and was the setter of the Moroccan national team at the Olympic qualifier in South Africa. He moved to the United States in early 2009 and became the coach of the Stanford Volleyball Club team as well as the Assistant Coach for the Eastside Boys and Girls Volleyball teams.

Alumni Services

Joined Eastside in 2019 email Chantaell
Chantaell began her journey at Eastside in the 6th grade. Growing up in a community as unique as East Palo Alto led her to pursue a B.A. in Urban Studies. After receiving her degree, she spent four years supporting the development of affordable housing in the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley. She is proud to come full circle and join Eastside as a College Coach, guiding alums like herself through the complexities of college completion.

Joined Eastside in 2020 email Joan
Joan provides career coaching to Eastside students and alumni. She has a BA from UC Berkeley and a Master's in Education from Ohio University. She started her career teaching in community colleges, and then spent 20+ years as a Human Resources professional with expertise in leadership coaching/training and organization development. In 2018, Joan started the next phase of her career, using her HR skills to benefit non-profit organizations. In addition to supporting Eastside alumni, she leads training programs for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).

Joined Eastside in 2017 email Leigh
Leigh earned a BS from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and she spent the first half of her career working in marketing before she decided to go into career coaching. She then received an MS in Education from Northwestern University, with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. She brings to Eastside a wealth of experience working as a career coach for universities and other nonprofits.

Joined Eastside in 2020 email Wilfred
Wilfred holds a BA in Art History from Williams College and a MA in Design Studies from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Before coming to Eastside, Wilfred worked at the REACH Program in New York, addressing issues of higher education in disenfranchised populations, specifically low income and minority communities. Wilfred was born and raised in the Lower East Side, New York.

Joined Eastside in 2013 email Eun-Mee
Eun-Mee earned a B.A. in Music Theory and Musicology from Princeton University and a M.B.A. and M.A. Education from Stanford University. After college, she worked on the corporate side of clothing retail and consulted for the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. Prior to joining Eastside, Eun-Mee worked for McKinsey & Company.

Joined Eastside in 2013 email Helen
A Kentucky native, Helen first came to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University, where she received a B.A. in Urban Studies and an M.A. in Communication. After graduation, she spent a year in Chicago as an Urban Prep Fellow, where she taught and mentored 9th grade boys. Helen then returned to the Bay Area as a College Coach and stayed in that role for four years before transitioning to a Career Coach.

Joined Eastside in 2019 email Scott
Scott holds a B.A. in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara, an M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University, and a M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. Scott's career in education began as a Teach For America corps member, where he taught 6th grade math and science in South Los Angeles. Over the past decade, Scott has held a variety of education consulting, human capital, strategy, and operations roles. Most recently, Scott was founder and Executive Director of an education nonprofit focused on supporting at-risk youth to and through college.

Joined Eastside in 2017 email Marisol
Marisol is from Anaheim, California. She moved to the Northeast to attend Williams College, where she received a B.A. in History and Political Science with a concentration in Global Studies. While at Williams, she was heavily involved with the First Generation Initiatives Program and the Williams Firsts Orientation program.

Joined Eastside in 2019 email Gisela
Gisela graduated from Eastside in 2014 and received her B.A. in Economics and Marketing at the University of California, Riverside. After college she worked as a marketing specialist at Graybird Foundation helping nonprofits in the Bay Area leverage marketing to further their impact in the community. As Eastside’s Program Coordinator, she is supporting the alumni team in the areas of event planning, social media and alumni community engagement.

Residential Program

Joined Eastside in 2011 email Dorothy
Dorothy was born and raised in Sacramento. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. At Stanford, she fulfilled her love for sports by managing the women's basketball team. She was also involved with residential life at Stanford by serving as a resident assistant in the freshman dorms.

Joined Eastside in 2006 email Darren
Darren grew up in Temple City, California, east of Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in English and a minor in education studies. At UCLA, he was involved in leadership activities, serving as a resident assistant in the dorms and as vice president of the undergraduate student council. He earned his M.A. in Education and secondary teaching credential through the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP).

Joined Eastside in 2017 email Amy
Amy grew up in Southern California and attended UCLA, where she was involved in student theater, orientation & advising programs, and creative social science research. She graduated with a B.A. in gender studies and joined Eastside as a residential faculty member in 2017.

Joined Eastside in 2019 email Nathalie
Nathalie was born and raised in Southern California. She attended the University of California, San Diego and graduated with a B.A. in History in 2013. After graduating college, she combined her passion for education and travel by joining the Peace Corps as an Education Volunteer in Cameroon. After Peace Corps, she continued to travel and work as an English teacher in France. She is now excited to be part of the Eastside community working in the Residential Program.

Joined Eastside in 2018email Maricela
Maricela was born in Mexico and arrived in East Palo Alto when she was three years old, growing up in the community with her parents, three sisters, and two brothers. She graduated from Eastside in 2009 and attended Cal State East Bay, graduating in 2013 with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. Maricela returned to Eastside in 2016 as a part-time member of the residential faculty, and really enjoyed serving as a mentor and role model for students. In 2018, she became Eastside's office manager, where she loved supporting students, parents, and staff. Now, she is excited to work with Eastside students as a full-time RF, helping them to make the most of the opportunities Eastside and the boarding community offer.

Joined Eastside in 2020email Nicole
Nicole was born in New York and grew up mostly in California. She graduated from Brown University with a BS in Applied Mathematics-Biology. During her time at Brown, she served as a resident assistant for sophomore students. She also had the opportunity to mentor first-year students interested in STEM and help plan first-year orientation.

Joined Eastside in 2017email Jemima
Jemima was born in Phoenix, Arizona and lived there until she moved to California to attend Stanford University. While there she majored in Human Biology with a concentration in the Biological and Psychological Determinants of Adolescent Mental Health, served as an residential assistant in one of the four-class dorms, and volunteered as a peer counselor. Upon graduating, she completed a one year Shinnyo-Stanford Public Interest Network fellowship before joining the Eastside team.

Joined Eastside in 2020email Addison
Addison graduated from Eastside in 2016, and went on to receive a B.S. in computer science from Carleton College in Minnesota. He is excited to return to Eastside as a member of our residential faculty and give back to his community. In his free time, Addison enjoys spending time with family, running, biking, and exploring the many beautiful natural landscapes of California.


Founded Eastside in 1996 email Chris
Chris is the principal of Eastside College Preparatory School. He attended Stanford University and received a B.A. in history and a master's degree in education through the Stanford Teacher Education Program. Prior to founding Eastside, Chris spent several years teaching in the Ravenswood City School District and working with students from East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park in an after-school program dedicated to helping them reach their full academic potential.

Founded Eastside in 1996 email Helen
A graduate of Stanford University, Helen has a B.A. in history and economics. She also holds a master's degree in education from the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) and a California teaching credential. She taught English, social studies and English as a second language at Homestead High School in the Fremont Union High School District for four years before coming to Eastside as a founding faculty member in 1996.




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