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

CO PRINCIPAL

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

LUIS ARGUETA

CO PRINCIPAL

My name is Luis E. Argueta and I am excited to join the Roses in Concrete team as the Co principal in charge of School Culture and Climate. This year I will be focusing on continuing to develop a positive school culture and build on the successes of the first two years. I have worked in the Bay Area, as a teacher and as an administrator, for the past 15 years serving communities to realize their organizational goals and aspirations. Contact Luis

LESLYE SALINAS

BUSINESS MANAGER

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

LIL MILAGRO

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

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

MIGUEL SOSA

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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

MARIAH LANDERS

CURRICULUM DEVELOPER

Contact Mariah

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

AMBER MACKENZIE TAYLOR

EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Over twelve years of experience serving students and families through special education, advocating for inclusive practices, differentiation, and support for all students. Committed to teaching and learning through self-reflection, self-advocacy, and the use of mindfulness practice to deepen self-knowledge and create opportunities for connection and healing. Contact Amber

KAREGA BAILEY

DEAN OF CULTURE AND CLIMATE

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

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

ANDREA OCHOA

LUNCH MONITOR

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

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

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

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 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

ERIKA GONZÁLEZ

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

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

ADELINA AGUILLON

1ST GRADE SPANISH TEACHER

Born and raised in Los Angeles. Passionate about supporting students in bilingualism and biliteracy. ¡Somos rosas! Contact Adelina

JACKIE MENDOZA

1ST GRADE ENGLISH TEACHER

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

JAZMIN BETANCOURT

2ND GRADE SPANISH TEACHER

Jazmin has served youth for over ten years in different roles and programs throughout the Bay Area. She is excited to build a fun classroom community with her 2nd graders. Contact Jazmin

LINDA LE

3RD GRADE ENGLISH TEACHER

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

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

MARIELA ANDRADE - SOLTERO

3RD GRADE SPANISH TEACHER

Sur Califas born and raised where their passion for teaching began through their work with youth in San Bernardino juvenile hall. With 4 years of teaching experience in Oakland, Mariela brings a passion for queering education as well as emphasizing intersectionality, interdisciplinary studies and social justice in the classroom. Contact Mariela

DANIEL MUHAMMAD

4TH GRADE TEACHER

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

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

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

JOSE PALOMINO PEREZ

5TH GRADE SPANISH TEACHER

Contact Jose

JULIA CHENG

6TH GRADE MATH & 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 GRADE ELA TEACHER

Contact Kurt

MAYRA ANAYA

6TH GRADE SPANISH TECHER

From Richmond, CA with over 5 years of experience working for and in agencies servicing youth. Also, have worked in varies elementary schools, high schools, and universities providing academic support for students. I am very passionate about education, and my work revolves around learning new and improved techniques to serve our communities better. Contact Mayra

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

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

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

CESAR IVAN RAMIREZ SALGADO

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

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

MARGARITA LOPEZ

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

 Contact Margarita

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

CARLOS MEIJA

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

 Contact Carlos

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

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

ALFREDO GAMA

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

 Contact Alfredo

YAHNAIJAH GILLIAM

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

 Contact Yahnaijah

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