Site Directors and Teachers

You can find your child's teachers below by finding the school first. Schools are listed in alphabetical order. 

Farallone

 

Corina Outten

Farallone View Site Director

 

Corina grew up on the coastside and was previously a student herself at Farallone View School.   She holds a California real estate license and decided to pursue to her passion to be a childhood educator.  Corina comes from vast experience of working with children prior to her real estate career – she was a swim instructor at La Petite Baleen Swim School, a private nanny for 3 children in Menlo Park and also volunteered her time to Coastside Child Development Center.  It’s important to Corina to provide a safe and creative learning environment that recognizes the diverse learning styles of students.  She’s motivated to use her skills and experiences towards childhood development to encourage growth, both socially and academically.  Corina feels fortunate to live the coastside lifestyle, spending her free time appreciating and enjoying the outdoors.  She also loves to cook, garden, create and learn.

 

 

Liz West

Farallone View Teacher

 

Liz West has worked with children for eight years. All those years have been very important for her working experience but more important for her cultural experience. She has worked and volunteered with kids in Mexico, Canada, Nepal and now in the United States of America giving her a whole view of how each kid is different and unique. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico, she decided to focus in educational psychology, which includes the emotional, social and cognitive learning processes of children. She has a passion to innovate education by identifying all areas in to help children find the point where their hearts, their mind and the success meet to be greater human beings for the world we all live in. Mrs. West was born in Guadalajara, México, making her bilingual, in Spanish and English.

 

Hatch Elementary

 

Martha Schwartz

Hatch Site Director

 

Martha is very excited to work with children at Hatch Elementary School because she has been a parent at the school for five years now. This is where she discovered her passion to work with kids when she volunteered in her son’s kindergarten class. For over the past year and a half, Martha has been working as an educator at all the Workshop Education sites in Hillsborough, Redwood City, and Montara. Martha was born in Nicaragua and before coming to the United States she studied several years at UNIVAL (Universidad Internacional de la Integración de America) with an emphasis in law. Before starting her career with Workshop Education, she worked at the Bank of America in Half Moon Bay for nine years. Martha is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is also currently studying at the College of San Mateo.  

 

Northstar Academy

 

Cinthya Vieyra

Northstar Academy Site Director

 

 Cinthya Vieyra graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a minor in Leadership and Public Service. Growing up in a low income and under-resourced neighborhood, Cinthya noticed the importance of education at an early age. As an active participant of college access organizations such as AVID and Peninsula College Fund, she received moral support, guidance, and encouragement from various mentors. Post-graduation she wanted to pay it forward, and landed a job as a College Coach at Beyond 12 helping low-income, first generation, and historically underrepresented students navigate the transition from high school to college. As a College Coach, she provided moral support to students, in the form of one-on-one personal and virtual coaching, developed and implemented academic curriculum, and facilitated workshops for young adults on the importance education and self-advocacy. Her personal experiences and drive towards increasing access to higher education are the reasons she is committed to helping students and families with similar backgrounds. As a Site Director at Northstar Academy, she hopes to inspire and encourage students to reach their highest potential.

 

 

Ally Jordan

Northstar Academy Site Director

 

Ally Jordan recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in Communication and Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She began her teaching career at the University working as a Teaching Assistant for Pre-school and Elementary classes. She aspires to receive her teaching credential within the next couple years. Ally has always loved working with children—ever since she began to nanny 8 years ago. She tutored throughout high school and college in math, Spanish, and English (language). Ally is enthusiastic and passionate about spreading her love of education to the students of Northstar Academy and showing them there is so much more to learning than memorizing facts. 

 

 

Nancy Villeda

Northstar Academy Site Director

 

Nancy is in her second year working with our Northstar students. Nancy has experience being a nanny to children of different ages and enjoys their curiosity. As a mentor she has had the opportunity to work closely with students. She has a natural creativity and loves doing creative projects with kids. She hopes to inspire kids to harness their creativity and imagination, not only to make art, but to become problem solvers. 

 

Allegra Ceseña

Northstar Teacher

 

Allegra Ceseña recently earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the University of California, Channel Islands. Growing up in a large family composed primarily of younger children, Ms. Ceseña has served as a personal and educational mentor to many of the younger members in her family for the past several years. Her experiences paired with her passion for interdisciplinary studies and multicultural literature have led her to continue her education as she works toward earning a Teaching Credential in the coming year. Her long term goal is to teach English here in the Bay Area. Allegra will be serving as interim site director while Ally does an education program in Chile until November 15.

 

Danielle Quenon

Northstar Teacher

 

Danielle has been working with children of various ages for over

ten years as a tutor, coach, and college preparation advisor, and has been a teacher and coach for five years.. Danielle has degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish from Adrian College and worked at a Montessori learning center for two years before

returning to school at Eastern Michigan University to get her Secondary Teaching Certification in Biology and Chemistry. After she graduated she joined Westwood Cyber High School to teachBiology and Chemistry while also helping with math and building their Spanish curriculum. Danielle is a firm believer that we never stop learning, and that the best way we can learn is by working with others and teaching what we know. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Educational Psychology to further study what helps children love learning. Danielle recently moved from Michigan to join her new husband in California.

North Hillsborough and Crocker

 

Roxana Fonseca

North Hillsborough & Crocker Site Director

 

 

Roxana is a seasoned childcare provider/educator for 7 years and counting. She ran our morning West kindergarten program, has been our teacher at Northstar Academy, as well as substituted at the other sites to run each unique Workshop Site. She loves children and specializes in Pre-K. Ms. Roxana has a background in Real Estate and Culinary Arts. She is very creative and has been a professional cake decorator for many years.

 

 

Amanda Ryan

North Hillsborough & Crocker Teacher

 

 Amanda Ryan holds her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential as well as an Early Childhood Credential from San Francisco State University. She has taught First Grade for the last two years in the urban public school setting and did her student teaching in third and fifth grade classrooms. Ms. Ryan has also served as an After School Director for Glen Park Montessori School prior to that and has enjoyed the opportunity to work in smaller collaborative teams in that setting. She lived in Hawaii for five years where she received her BA at UH Manoa. One of her favorite jobs there was working in Environmental Education at a State Park on Oahu. She taught Coral Reef Biology, Coastal Restoration and Native Gardening. She has also served as a Co-Coordinator for a School Garden at GW school in San Mateo County. She enjoys working with the students of North, Crocker and Workshop Education because she loves innovation, design thinking and growth mindset practices.

 

Roy Cloud

 

Emma Beckstead

Roy Cloud Site Director


 

Emma graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a K-8 teaching credential and began teaching right after.  She has experience teaching all grades, but just finished teaching 5th grade last year.  The school she recently taught at was a low-income school with struggling students.  She had the opportunity to volunteer for the after school program to help these students with their homework.  This experience is really what lead her to Workshop Education because she saw right away how important homework and quality help is for children of all ages.  She enjoys staying active by running and hiking.  Others interests include: cooking, knitting, reading, and travel.  She loves kids and has worked as a nanny for many years before becoming a teacher.  Her goal is to help students achieve their full potential in life.

 

 

Jennifer von Bleichert 

Roy Cloud Teacher

 

 

Jennifer was born and raised in San Carlos, CA. After many years of working in the video game industry and living in Redwood Shores, her family moved to Roseville, CA. There she followed her passion and pursued her desire to become a teacher. She started teaching in 2012 at Childtime Learning Center where she taught age groups as young as preschool to elementary. Jennifer feels very fortunate to be able to move back home on the Peninsula, near the ocean and San Francisco.  She is beyond excited to be teaching at Workshop Education and yard duty at Roy Cloud.  Jennifer loves teaching crafts and creative arts with the children. She enjoys mentoring and guiding each child so they can recognize their own individual strengths to reach their full potential with confidence.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling and making custom jewelry.

 

South Hillsborough

 

Sarra Wickline

South Hillsborough Site Director

 

Sarra Wickline has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Skyline College and spent a year and a half working at Skyline's on campus preschool. While finishing her final semester at Skyline College she worked as an in class tutor helping fourth grade students at a school in Pacifica. She is now pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at San Francisco State University.

 

Her passion is helping children to find their inner strength to succeed now and in their future. She also has interests in dance, yoga, photography, drawing, painting, writing, and recently started a small business making handmade jewelry. Sarra is excited to work with Workshop Education in hopes to inspire and shape her future as the most creative teacher she can be.

 

 

Katy Crooks

South Hillsborough Teacher

 

Katy grew up in rural Vermont, fostering a love of the outdoors. She studied English and Education at Northern Vermont University, graduating with her BA in 2014. Before moving to the Bay Area, she worked as a long-term substitute for 4th & 5th grade Humanities, gaining experience with curriculum and classroom management. Katy moved to the Bay Area in January of 2015 and began work at a private one-to-one school in San Mateo, gaining experience in differentiated instruction and tutoring. Now a part of the workshop team Katy is excited to be working with students on essential executive functioning and innovation skills. In her free time Katy enjoys reading, crafting, yoga, and hiking.  

 

West Hillsborough

 

Dana Vaz

West Hillsborough Lead Site Director

 

Dana grew up in Half Moon Bay. She went to Sonoma State University where she graduated with a BA in Sociology. While in college she volunteered at child care programs for low income and homeless families. That is where she realized her passion for working with children and wanting to make a difference in their lives. She decided to continue her education and went on to earn her teaching certifications in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children since 2005. She was a preschool teacher for over 5 years. She also spent many years teaching K-5th graders at after school and summer camp programs on the coast. She is very excited to join the Workshop Education team! 

 

 

Delil Martinez

West Hillsborough Site Director (Lower Grades)

 

Delil is thrilled to have joined the Workshop Education team! She enjoys working with young people and sharing her enthusiasm for learning. Her dream is to become a primary school teacher. She is currently attending college in pursuit of her Early Childhood Education degree and teachers’ credential.  Delil has worked with children for the past 8 years, volunteering as a tutor at local Boys and Girls Clubs, camp counselor and as a private nanny. She is bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English.

 

 

Mary Dournaee

West Hillsborough Site Director (Upper Grades)

 

For over ten years, Mary has enjoyed helping students of all ages learn to exercise their creativity and also think critically. Mary has degrees in engineering, computer science, and education with experience as a program manager and director of education for various tutoring and after school programs. As a credentialed teacher, she's taught and tutored math and science across the San Francisco Bay Area. Mary hopes to encourage students to build creativity and innovation skills with some fun STEM activities during Workshop innovation time.

 

 

Eulea Duarte

West Hillsborough Teacher

 

Eulea grew up in Brazil and came to the U.S. thirty years ago with her family. Upon arriving in the United States, Eulea quickly found a job working with children. At a very young age Eulea discovered her passion for working with children and her yearning to make a difference one child at a time. Soon after, Eulea began attending SFSU in pursuit of a degree in Childhood Development. In 2004, Eulea received her BA in Childhood Development. During her time at SFSU, Eulea volunteered at many child care centers and after school programs. Eulea speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. She is very excited to be part of the Workshop family.

 

Woodside

 

Ritu Singh

Woodside Elementary Co-Site Director

 

Ritu Singh earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a double Masters in Sociology and Political Science from the Universities of Delhi, India. Ritu performed extensive research projects which include those at the award winning heritage site of UNESCO and Diversified Agricultural Support Project of World Bank. She has completed Editorial Workshops from UC Berkeley, California. She recently attended the Teachers Guild Workshop on Prototyping: Make it Real at Stanford, California.

 

Ritu has been volunteering at her children's schools since 2007, giving classroom presentations. At Workshop Education, she aims to nurture and support students through love and companionship, while focusing on each student's individual talents and areas of growth to build confidence, compassion, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Ritu believes in building on students' talents, provisioning them with the creative space to reach their full potential.

 

 

Yael Gonicman

Woodside Elementary Co - Site Director

 

Yael is thrilled to be a member of the Workshop team. She graduated from UCSC with degrees in Psychology and Theater Arts. She is currently seeking her Masters in Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience working with children K- 5th and thoroughly enjoys fostering in them a sense of creativity, imagination and growth. She feels pride and has experience with working with a multi-cultural population and is fluently bilingual in English and Spanish.   

 

 

Renee Ohlsen

Woodside Elementary Teacher

 

Renee Ohlsen has been working with children for over nine in the classroom, and previous to that as a nanny. She holds her BA in Child Development. She has taught in a variety environments and age ranges. Some of these are as are are Behavior Interventionist for Easter Seals, Pre-K Teacher and After School Teacher. When she is not working she loves spending time with her family, friends and trying new recipes. 

 

On Call Teachers

 

Mira Gillet

Director of Design Thinking

On Call Teacher

 

Mira is the founder and director of Design Thinking Outside the Box. Mira is a California credentialed teacher with a Masters in Education in Learning and Technology. She is trained in Design Thinking through Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford and has a Professional Certification in Project Management from Stanford University. Mira graduated from San Jose State in Graphic Design and is a robotics coach for the Marine Advanced Technology Education International Competition. She is a certified reading specialist and a former teacher at Charles Armstrong School for dyslexic learners and instructed at Stratford School. She volunteers at the Marine Science Institute. Mira Gillet is the founder and director of Peace Game online. Mira was a 2013 Nominee for the 100 most Influentail Filipina Women in the World. Mira is in charge of training site directors and teachers with a design thinking focus. 

 

 

Flannery Alber

On Call Teacher

 

Flannery was born and raised in California, and spent most of her childhood in San Carlos on the Peninsula. She now resides in San Francisco and will be attending the University of San Francisco in Fall. In the near future, she hopes to graduate from the Dual Degree Teacher Preparation Program at USF. She remembers enjoying her first babysitting job in seventh grade and has been babysitting ever since. Most recently she has been an after school nanny. She enjoys doing almost everything outside especially sports because she is a big Bay Area sports fan. Go Giants and go Warriors! She also likes to bake, laugh, watch great movies, do art projects and read. 

 

Consultants

 

Forest Flager

Director of Stanford Connection to Workshop Mentor Program

 

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. Forest 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.


 

Brooke Jordan

Kindergarten Program Consultant

 

Brooke earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Literacy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Brooke has taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten for over ten years in private and public schools across the country, including classrooms in Nashville, Boston, and the Bay Area. She has experience creating K-level curriculum based on her training and participation in education workshops, including Lindamood-Belle, Responsive Classroom, Reggio Emilia, Handwriting Without Tears, and the Gesell Institute.