STAFF DIRECTORY

The single biggest protective factor in the lives of young people who experience toxic stress is a caring adult. There is also a direct corollary: the more caring adults you have, the stronger the shield.

 

VIDRALE FRANKLIN, ED.D

HEAD OF SCHOOL

Over fifteen years of classroom teaching and school leadership experience. Contact Vidrale

LESLYE SALINAS

BUSINESS MANAGER

Over six years serving Oakland schools to develop operations that nurture caring relationships with students and families. Contact Leslye

DARIA MCKNIGHT

DEAN OF CULTURE AND CLIMATE

Taught six years in SFUSD in Bayview Hunter’s Point, then in Brooklyn for another ten years. Primary mission is to support students, teachers and families towards discovery of their best selves through mindful living. Contact Daria

LIL MILAGRO

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

Over fourteen years of community organizing for leadership development and empowerment. Contact Lil

ANDREA OCHOA

LUNCH MONITOR

Oakland community member dedicated to ensuring the well being of the Roses in Concrete community. Contact Andrea

LAUREN ADAMS

MUSIC TEACHER

Musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, are just a few words that describe the many hats Lauren Adams wears throughout the day. A self-taught musician since the age of 9, Lauren began to perfect her craft years later while attending and graduating from Hampton University. Contact Lauren

REENA VALVANI

KINDERGARTEN LEAD TEACHER

Reena Valvani is beginning her 17th year in education. In 2012, she was very humbled and honored to receive the Alameda County Bilingual Educator of the Year award. She is passionate about developing deeply authentic relationships with her students and families and supporting students in bilingualism and biliteracy! Contact Reena

OCTAVIO HERNANDEZ

VISUAL ARTS TEACHER

Innovative arts-educator and youth advocate with over thirteen years of experience using the arts to foster expressions of intelligent, articulate, mindful visionaries. Contact Octavio

JOSE PERLERA

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

East Oakland Step to College graduate with ten years of experience working with Oakland youth. Devoted to providing all Roses in Concrete students with excellent social and academic support. Contact Jose

KAREGA BAILEY

STUDENT MENTOR

Over nine years in Special Education and School Leadership, fostering resiliency and hope through Spoken Word and Hip Hop. Contact Karega

SOFIA WILSON

FIRST GRADE TEACHER

Originally from Argentina, now entering fourth year as early elementary teacher, advocating for rigorous, relevant, and responsive education for all students. 2015 Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Regional Finalist for establishing strong academic achievement, classroom community, and culturally responsive instruction. Contact Sofia

ROXANNE ROSE

FIRST GRADE TEACHER

Ten years teaching in Los Angeles, instilling a love for school and learning. Passionate about infusing mindful and responsive teaching strategies into my classroom to support a joyful and rigorous classroom for all my students. Contact Rose

CARLO IGNACIO GUTIERREZ

SPECIAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Second year as a Special Education IA, seeking to nurture the growth of youth through music and culture. Contact Carlo

HECTOR NAVARRO

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Grew up in Los Angeles and began working with youth through the Watts Youth Collective. Came to Roses in Concrete through his mentor and former 5th grade teacher. Contact Hector

DANIEL MUHAMMAD

4TH GRADE TEACHER

Over twelve years teaching experience ranging from private, public and charter schools throughout the Bay Area. Contact Daniel

JILL GUERRA

2ND GRADE TEACHER

Twelve years working with Oakland youth, creating space for empowerment and self-actualization through love and mindfulness. Contact Jill

ERIKA LIVIER

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Asistente instrucional en español en Kinder, he trabajado por 10 años en escuela bilingüe en kinder, siempre disfrutando el poder ayudar a los estudiantes a reforzar su idioma materno o a estudiantes de diferentes nacionalidades a aprender un nuevo idioma, el español. Contact Erika

KRAIG BELLOWS

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Kraig Bellows is an East Bay native committed to just, ethical and equitable education. He is an artist and a poet. Contact Kraig

ERIKA G GONZALEZ

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Over nine years as an early childhood educator. Passion for working with bilingual youth and supporting them as they come into Spanish. Contact Erika

STEPHANIE HORWITZ

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Over nine years of experience working with students with special needs of all ages, emphasizing self-advocacy and critical thinking skills. Contact Stephanie

MARIANNA SINGWI-FERRONO

5TH GRADE TEACHER

Marianna has been a 4th and 5th grade Spanish immersion teacher in the Bay Area for six years. Marianna loves to dance, practice yoga, read, and spend time outdoors. Contact Marianna

ROZZ NASH

DIRECTOR OF PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS

Twenty-three years in arts education and youth development, creating spaces for young people to develop their artistic voices and visions to make change in the world. Musician, choreographer and theater director. Contact Rozz

FEDERICO VELARDE

3RD GRADE TEACHER

Three years teaching in East Oakland guiding youth through love, culture and community. Contact Federico

LAURENCE TAN (LT)

5TH GRADE LEAD TEACHER

Over sixteen years teaching in 4th and 5th grade. 2013 Teaching Tolerance National Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching. Contact Laurence

ZEYDA GARCIA

SCHOOL COUNSELOR, M.A.,PPSC, PCCi1857

Over ten years working with Bay Area youth. Third year as a credentialed School Counselor. Adjunct Faculty in School Counseling program at University of San Francisco. Contact Zeyda

MARYLIN ZUNIGA

3RD GRADE TEACHER

From New Jersey with over 5 years working in service of youth. Passionate about social justice teaching in elementary education because children, too, understand the complexities of the world and are capable changing it. Contact Marylin

ERIKA GONZÁLEZ

KINDERGARTEN

Xicana educator and former environmental justice educator with fifteen years of experience working with children and families in K-12. Loves to infuse art, social justice and culture in curriculum. Contact Erika

TIA DINA SUAREZ

2ND GRADE TEACHER

Youngest of 6 children, born to immigrant parents originating from Michoacan, Mexico. Has worked in various capacities in education, basing her work around bilingual education, social justice, music, art and culture. Contact Tia Dina

JOHN THOMAS QUINN III

RECREATION SPECIALIST

Oakland native with twelve years of child development experience, centered around physical activity, curriculum development and youth leadership. Contact John

MARINA HERNANDEZ

4TH GRADE TEACHER

Over four years as an educator. Dedicated to advocating for youth and instilling a sense of self-love and service. Contact Marina

MIGUEL SOSA

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Los Angeles native, devoted to exposing our students to transformational learning opportunities. Contact Miguel

CESAR IVAN RAMIREZ SALGADO

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Devoted to giving students the love and knowledge I wish I received. Contact Cesar

LUPE BLANCO

EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Over 7 years experience serving students, with an emphasis on students with special needs. Advocate of neurodiversity and inclusive practices. . Contact Lupe

BEVERLY CASTILLO

AMERICORPS INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

I’m originally from Los Angeles, California. I plan to bring my love for science to this program and hopefully get kids to fall in love with science. Contact Beverly

FRANK REED

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

I am from South central/Watts California. I plan on bringing a shared struggle mindset, and by that I mean I know where a lot of the students come from and what they may be. Contact Frank

ANASTASHEA PARRA

AMERICORPS INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Contact Anastashea

FLORINDA FARJARDO

HEAD CUSTODIAN

East Oakland community member devoted to creating a safer and healthy Oakland. Over twenty years of experience as custodian in Oakland with dedication to quality education for all our children.

JOSE AGUILAR

CUSTODIAN