Advisory Board

Beth Injasoulian is a National Board Certified High School Mathematics teacher with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University. For 25 years she has taught courses across the fields of English Language Arts, Mathematics, and the use of Technology to facilitate learning communities. Ten of those years included supervising Stanford Masters Degree candidates pursuing teaching credentials. She has also coached Varsity Track and Basketball. Beth is currently the Volunteer Coordinator for North Star Academy where she coaches basketball and Math Olympiad teams (as well as a Middle School Book Club, Art, Calligraphy, and any other kid thing in search of a champion).

 

Forest Flager has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and has taught courses in engineering design at Stanford and MIT. He has practiced as a structural engineer in San Francisco and London, UK, including a project creating the Bird's Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics. Forest is currently working on a new technology venture that is focused on creating a collaborative software platform for sustainable building design. Forest enjoys working with young people to educate them on the important role that scientists and engineers play in addressing one of the world's most important challenges - the sustainability of our built environment.

 

Lana Guernsey serves as a communications consultant specializing in strategic planning, message platform development and brand identity for non-profit organizations, educational institutions, healthcare companies and biotechnology start-ups. Her past experience spans both the corporate and educational sectors, where she previously served as a Director at Gilead Sciences, Inc. and as Assistant Head of School, Director of Development and Founder of the Entrepreneurial Education program at The Girls’ Middle School in Palo Alto. Lana currently serves as Interim Director of Communications at The Nueva School and on a number of non-profit boards specializing in education.  She is the Chair of the Board at CuriOdyssey in San Mateo and President of the Hillsborough Schools Foundation. She received her Master’s degree in management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a specialization in science writing. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and a myriad of animals.  

 

Carol Tateishi is the former director of the Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP), which is in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. BAWP is dedicated to improving the writing of all students and to the support and development of teacher leadership. During her tenure, Carol directed BAWP’s intensive Invitational Summer Institute and worked closely with BAWP teacher leaders to conduct professional development programs in 100s of Bay Area schools. In addition to her writing and research as director, she was active nationally in helping the National Writing Project establish local writing projects sites across the country. She has a special interest in youth programs and in 1997, started BAWP’s Young Writer’s Camps. Since retiring, she has continued that interest, developing camps in Seoul and Singapore. Carol is on the board of ForWords, a literacy project in Marin County, primarily serving underserved students in San Rafael. Carol received her B.A., her teaching credential and her M.A. from UC Berkeley. 

 

April Vogensen Cascao practices as a Child and Adolescent Psychologist specializing in the psychological assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and other severe mental health conditions.

 

April has treated a culturally and economically diverse population of families and children in the Bay Area since 1998.  Her experience spans a wide range of settings including adolescent psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and elementary and high school settings.

 

April currently serves as a staff Psychologist at Kaiser South San Francisco Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department. She provides individual, group and family therapy along with supervising and mentoring post-doctoral residents in psychological testing and clinical services. April has led and represented her department in Kaiser Northern California’s Regional Performance Excellence Group that focuses on improving patient care through outcome measures.  Her life’s work has been about improving the emotional lives of children and adolescents. She has two active children who adore soccer and Workshop Education at South Hillsborough.  April has her B.A. From UC Santa Cruz and her Psy.D. From The Wright Institute in Berkeley California.