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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.

"I really want to thank all the teachers and staff because they have supported me in many, many ways. When I wouldn't believe in myself, they would, and they would make sure I believed in myself once again." – Angelica, Class of 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School Faculty

Humanities Faculty

Joined Eastside in 2007email Stacy
A Bay Area native, Stacy attended UCLA, 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 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 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.

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. She earned her B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley and a master's in education at the Stanford Teacher Education Program. 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. She 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's faculty.

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, where she received her master's 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 an M.A. in economics from San Jose State University. He currently teaches macroeconomics at SJSU 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. After some time working in Silicon Valley, she attended the Stanford Teacher Education Program, 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 UC 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/analytical geometry. He 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 two years 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 Education 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 people. 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. She 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. She has a bachelor's degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she majored in physical science, and she earned her California teaching credential from the 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 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 an 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 she came to Eastside, Marlo taught middle school in Palo Alto.

Joined Eastside in 2002 email Marlene
Marlene teaches chemistry, biology, and advanced biology. She 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 master's 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 master's 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 University. 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 an 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 US, Asia, and Europe, Craig returned to the Stanford Teacher Education Program 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 US 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 computer science teacher for three years at local public high schools through a non-profit called TEALS.

Arts Faculty

Joined Eastside in 2017 email Amy
Amy teaches drama, beginning dance, and advanced dance. She is a Bay Area native and graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in theater arts. She has been involved in theater and dance for the last 25 years in a number of positions, including as director of 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 an 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 M.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and his B.F.A. 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.

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.

Athletics

Joined Eastside in 2019email 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 an 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 2017email 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 master's 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 the 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.

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 B.A. from UC Berkeley and a master's in education from Ohio University. She started her career teaching in community colleges, and then spent over 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 2020 email Wilfred
Wilfred holds a B.A. in art history from Williams College and an M.A. 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 2021email Saloni
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Saloni earned a B.S. in special education with a business management minor from the University of Cincinnati. She started her professional career in market research at Procter & Gamble before switching back to education as a special educator. Prior to joining Eastside, Saloni spent five years working at DePaul Cristo Rey High School, leading and developing their work study program’s operations and curriculum.

Joined Eastside in 2013 email Eun-Mee
Eun-Mee earned a B.A. in music theory and musicology from Princeton University and an M.B.A. and M.A. in 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 working as a career coach.

Joined Eastside in 2021 email Osvaldo
Osvaldo was born and raised in East Los Angeles, and is a first-generation college graduate, having earned a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University. Prior to joining Eastside, he gained extensive experience mentoring and advising first-generation students through Stanford’s Leland Scholars Program and through his work at Peninsula Bridge. Osvaldo is now delighted to be part of our college coaching team, and he says, “Being here is something of a dream come true.”

Joined Eastside in 2017 email Leigh
Leigh earned a B.S. 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 M.S. 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 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 alumni 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 2021 email Leo
Leo was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended Carleton College and graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in American studies and a minor in educational studies. While at Carleton, he found his passion for working with youth, which led to his time working at Breakthrough Houston, BridgeBuilders in Memphis, Tennessee, and now here at Eastside as a member of our residential faculty.

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.

Joined Eastside in 2021email Lupe
Lupe grew up in East Palo Alto and Fremont, California. She graduated from San Jose State University in 2021, having earned a B.A. in child and adolescent development with a community focus. Before joining the Eastside residential faculty, Lupe worked for the City of Fremont Recreation Services, helping with youth programming.

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. 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 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 2021 email Chaslie
After graduating from Eastside in 2015, Chaslie went on to attend Santa Clara University, where she earned a B.S. in sociology and ethnic studies. After college, she worked first as a legal assistant and then as a community organizer for a nonprofit in East San Jose. Now she is excited to be back at Eastside, supporting students in the dorms that she called home for four years.

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.

Administration

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 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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