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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School Faculty

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 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 2012email Jasmine
Jasmine teaches middle school language arts and social studies. She's 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 2005email Suney
Suney has an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in education from the University of Michigan. Suney taught at both the elementary and middle school levels in Chicago and San Diego, and also has experience teaching adult English education in Korea.

Humanities Faculty

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 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 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 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.

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 2015email Caroline
Caroline is the 9th grade World Literature teacher. She also teaches a section of the Senior Research Institute class. Caroline received her B.A. in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College. She then spent time working for The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP) in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Following her time with BGCP, she earned her M.A. in Education from the Stanford Teacher Education Program.

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 men's and women's 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.

Joined Eastside in 2010email Judy
Judy joined Eastside as the Student Services Coordinator to share and monitor learning opportunities through summer enrichment, community service and tutoring, as well as through instructing Humanities Resource classes. Aside from attending college at the University of Puget Sound and pursuing a graduate degree in School Counseling at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Judy has called Northern California home. She has committed more than 15 years to advancing college access and success for historically under-represented students, which drew her to the talented students and faculty at Eastside.

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. She and her family immigrated 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. She has taught at various schools in the Bay Area and has a 2 1/2 year old daughter named Frida.

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.

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 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 2010 email Renee
Renee is originally from Sacramento. She attended Stanford University, where she received a B.S. in Symbolic Systems, a combination of computer science, philosophy, psychology, and linguistics. She earned her M.A. in Education and secondary teaching credential through the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). Before coming to Eastside, Renee taught math in San Jose.

Joined Eastside in 2014 email Craig
Craig teaches Physics and AP Physics. 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 2016 email Isabelle
Isabelle teaches Computer Science at Eastside. She grew up in New York City and graduated with a B.S. in biology and a minor in computer science from Stanford. At Stanford, she taught weekly sections for the introductory computer science classes and was a resident assistant in a freshman dorm. She is also a graduate of NOLS. Before joining Eastside, she did computational structural biology research at the Stanford School of Medicine, combining her interests in biological and computer sciences.

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 2016 email Dan
Dan’s photography has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including a recent solo show in Costa Rica. Dan is originally from Seattle, WA and he received a B.S. in advertising from the University of Idaho as well as a M.F.A. in photography from San Jose State University. He has worked in photography on four continents including a multi-media internship in Ghana in 2006, as a portrait photographer in Sydney, Australia, and was a Professor of Fine Arts at Xiangfan University in China. His work has been featured on The Huffington Post and UK Daily Mail, and in numerous publications including The Mighty, Art Nerd, Content Magazine, the South Bay Pulse, and Signature Magazine..

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 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

Chris is the co-founder and 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 in 1993. He has both elementary and secondary teaching credentials from the State of California. 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 he founded called Shoot for the Stars, which was dedicated to helping kids reach their full academic potential.

Joined Eastside in 2007 email Donovan
Donovan learned to love basketball when he moved to the U.S. from Jamaica at age 12 and ultimately received a basketball scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. After moving to California, Donovan opened a group home for young people while also coaching players bound for professional teams. In 1997, he established The Second Chance Project which promotes the importance of self-esteem and achievement in school by providing tutorial services and positive role models. Throughout the years his work has been affiliated with the Bay Area Youth Home Facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Peninsula Youth Basketball Camp/Blythe's Basketball Camp.

Joined Eastside in 20017 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 Boy's Volleyball team. Simo teaches middle school P.E., coaches high school girls' volleyball (Varsity and Junior Varsity), high school boys' Junior Varsity, middle school girls' volleyball and middle school boys' soccer.

Alumni Services

Joined Eastside in 2015 email Leigh
Leigh graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business with a B.S. in Economics and concentration in Marketing. She later received her M.A. in Education from Northwestern University. For the first half of her career, she worked in marketing at companies like Kraft Foods and Little Tikes Toys. She later transitioned to a career coaching role at the Kellogg School of Management and Management Leadership for Tomorrow where she worked with underrepresented minority M.B.A. students.

Joined Eastside in 2015 email Carissa
Carissa is from Modesto, California. She moved to the Bay Area to attend U.C. Berkeley and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Chicana Studies. She coordinated Starting Point Mentorship program at Cal and was a College Adviser at Skyline High school in Oakland.

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. She then spent a year in Chicago as an Urban Prep Fellow, where she taught and mentored 9th grade boys. Helen now works as a College Coach, advising alumni in their first two years of college.

Joined Eastside in 2017 email Marisol
Marisol is from Anaheim, California. She moved to 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.

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 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 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 2016 email Marie
Marie grew up on a farm in North Dakota. She moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University and graduated with a B.A. in psychology with interdisciplinary honors in education. Throughout her time at Stanford, she worked with the Intramural Sports Department and helped revive the undergraduate psychology community.

Joined Eastside in 2015email Shannon
Shannon grew up in Riverside County in Southern California. She moved,to the East Bay to attend Saint Mary's College of California and graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. While at Saint Mary's, she served as a resident advisor and is excited to keep doing what she loves in the Residential Program at Eastside.

Joined Eastside in 2017email Andrew
Andrew Nguyen was born and raised in the South Bay Area and attended Saint Francis High School in Mountain View. He earned his BA from the Integral Program of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary’s College of California and graduated as the class valedictorian in 2015. While at SMC, he was a resident advisor for three years and was involved in various campus organizations. Following graduation, Andrew taught middle school English Language Arts in Southern California while simultaneously earning his M.Ed from the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education’s teaching fellows program in 2017.

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 2014email Jake
Jake was born and raised in Massachusetts where he attended Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. He went on to earn his B.A. in American History at Dartmouth College with the intention of pursuing a career in education. Jake worked at Eastside for one year before returning to the Dartmouth area in order to serve as a mentor for youths in New Hampshire's Upper Valley as a part of the In the Arena athletic team. Jake returned to Eastside in the summer of 2014 to continue his passion of helping young men and women to develop into mature, independent and confident people.

Joined Eastside in 2013email Josh
Josh was born and raised in Austin, Texas. In 2013, he graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in English and Philosophy. While at Rice, he worked as a manager for the women's soccer team and an English tutor. He is a residential faculty member for the boys dorms at Eastside.

Joined Eastside in 2013email Thinus
Thinus was born and raised in South Africa. His family moved to the U.S. when he was 13 years old and they have resided in Napa, CA since. Thinus graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2015 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in music. At SMC Thinus was a residential adviser for two years and he was very involved in the college choirs. Thinus is passionate about nature and he hopes to encourage students to explore and take care of our planet in a way they find interesting.

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 (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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