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.

 

SALVADOR PADILLA

HEAD OF SCHOOL

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PRAKASH BHASKARAN

CFO

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SHAKTI FISHER

Bay Area native with a background in nonprofit administration and financial operations. Committed to helping Roses further its mission in the community. Contact Shakti

KAREGA BAILEY

DEAN OF STUDENTS

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

LIL MILAGRO

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

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

AJA MOORE - RAMOS

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Aja has over 7 years of experience working in public and charter schools to support students with special needs and their families. She believes in promoting self-advocacy for students and using restorative practices in school communities. Contact Aja

LESLYE SALINAS

BUSINESS MANAGER

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

CESAR IVAN RAMIREZ SALGADO

OFFICE CLERK

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

AMBER MACKENZIE TAYLOR

EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Amber is committed to the use of mindfulness to deepen teaching and learning through self-love, self-reflection, and self-advocacy. With over 13 years of experience in special education, she is passionate about serving students and families through inclusive teaching practices, differentiation, and creating intervention support for all students. Contact Amber

MILLION KELATI

EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST

Million Kelati has been teaching for the last 7 years as both a classroom teacher and special education teacher. Contact Million

CHANTHEA SOM

BEHAVIOR AIDE

OMAR ESCALANTE

LUNCH MONITOR

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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

LAUREN ADAMS

MUSIC TEACHER

Lauren Adams is a singer/songwriter/musician from San Francisco, CA. Her musical range spans across genres and cultures in order to heal students through the positive vibrations that music provides. Contact Lauren

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

REENA VALVANI

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER - SPANISH

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

ERIKA GONZÁLEZ

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER - ENGLISH

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

JACKIE MENDOZA

1ST GRADE TEACHER - ENGLISH

Five years experience teaching 1st Grade. A proud Golden Bear and Castlemont Knight looking to help nurture Warrior Scholars whom love themselves, reading and writing! Contact Jackie

SAMANTHA PEREZ

2ND GRADE TEACHER - ENGLISH

Samantha has been an educator for the past 5 years working with youth and their families in different capacities throughout the Bay Area. She found her passion in teaching and strives to create a fun and exciting environment for students to be empowered to learn and grow together. Contact Samantha

CLAUDIA GOMEZ-HAYES

2ND GRADE TEACHER - SPANISH

From Chicago, IL with 4 years of teaching experience from Denver, CO and 3 years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. My passion is teaching and leadership development with both youth and adult. Contact Claudia

MARYLIN ZUNIGA

3RD GRADE TEACHER - ENGLISH

Marylin is a 4th year teacher who is passionate about social justice teaching in elementary education because children, too, understand the complexities of the world and are capable of changing it for the better. She is particularly passionate about providing spaces for young black and brown self-identified girls in order to heal, love each other, and transform the world as we know it. Contact Marylin

EMILY ANGULO

3RD GRADE TEACHER - SPANISH

Emily is Bolivian born & raised in Arlington, VA and has spent the last 9 years passionately studying the complex dynamics of race in education. She has four years of teaching experience in dual immersion programs and is excited to learn and grow alongside her new Roses family! Contact Emily

MARIELA ANDRADE - SOLTERO

4TH GRADE TEACHER - SPANISH

Trans Latina from the IE with an emphasis in intersectionality, rigor, building solidarity and empathy. Contact Mariela

LINDA LE

4TH GRADE TEACHER - ENGLISH

Originally from Southern California, born from Vietnamese refugee parents. Linda has been teaching in Rural Hawaii for the past 3 years and believes in the power of building strong and vibrant communities. Contact Linda

LAURENCE TAN (LT)

5TH GRADE TEACHER - ENGLISH

LT (Laurence Tan) spent most of his near 20 years of Educational Experience teaching in Watts, South Central Los Angeles where he is most proud of creating a Critical Pipeline of Youth Development called the Watts Youth Collective (WYC) and the UCLA’s Council of Youth Research (CYR). He helped design and create Roses in Concrete, and is currently the STEM coordinator and upper grade Lead Teacher, and has been distinguished and recognized nationally with various Teacher of the Year awards. Contact Laurence

MARIANNA SINGWI-FERRONO

5TH GRADE TEACHER - SPANISH

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

DANIEL MUHAMMAD

6TH/7TH GRADE TEACHER - ELA

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

RICARDO CEJA

6TH/7TH GRADE MATH TEACHER

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JULIA CHENG

6TH GRADE SCIENCE TEACHER

Four years of teaching experience. Passionate about collaborative learning and learning how to learn in math and science. Contact Julia

KURT KAAEKUAHIWI

6TH/7TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER

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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

LAMARQ BAILEY

BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST

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CARLO IGNACIO GUTIERREZ

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Year 4 as a special education aide. Providing support and growth in all the different ways young people can learn. 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

MARGARITA LOPEZ

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

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ERIKA NEGRETE

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

CARLOS NOEL MEIJA

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

I am from SoCal where I grew up in the Watts, South Los Angeles area. Been working alongside my mentor Laurence Tan, also known in the community as LT, to create spaces for youth where their voices matter and can be heard. Where their minds are able to unlearn what they have learned and use it to transform themselves as well as their communities. I am a firm believer of hearing people out and giving them an opportunity to pour their souls out and help guide their emotions towards positive change. Contact Carlos

BEVERLY CASTILLO

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 JR.

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

ANASTASHIA PARRA - JOHNSON

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

East Bay native with over 6 years of experience with youth. I’m passionate about teaching self-love and culture-based curriculum. I’m committed to bringing my love and knowledge to Roses in support of breaking societal expectations and helping raise a generation of change. Contact Anastashia

TRICIA SARMIENTO

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

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SHAKURA BALTAZAR

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

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IRMA NEGRETE MARTINEZ

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Un niño que habla dos O mas idiomas, tienen mas oportunidades en la Vida ,por eso a mi me gusta enseñar mi idioma que es el Español. Contact Irma

TERESITA AYALA MONJO

LONG TERM SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

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CAROL SANDERSON

TEMPORARY SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

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

FACILITIES