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 Lead Site Director (Grade 3)

 

 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 (Grades 6-8)

 

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. 

 

 

Allegra Ceseña

Northstar Academy Site Director (Grades 4 -5)

 

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.

 

Kayla Kamlley

Northstar Academy Teacher (Grade 4 -5)

 

Kayla Kamlley is currently attending San Jose State University and will receive her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development- Teacher Preparation this December. She started to work with children in 2013 as a summer counselor, and continued to work year round at the camp with children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. This past year, Kayla worked at Roy Cloud Elementary as a Teacher’s Assistant where she got the opportunities to teach lessons, work one-on-one with students, and lead literature circles. Kayla has wanted to be a teacher since she was in the 4th grade, and her passion grew stronger when she was able to mentor two girls in the hospital, while being a patient herself. Kayla’s passion for teaching comes from her desire to help students grow in positive ways in all areas of their life, and to create a community within the classroom. She is excited to help students discover who they are, and guide them in creating a classroom where all students feel involved and safe.

 

Nikola Fuerst

Northstar Academy Teacher (Grade 3)

 

Nikola holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Education and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. She has 15 years of experience working with children and adolescents with and without social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties as a tutor, nanny, counselor, and social worker both in the US and Europe. Nikola always makes sure to provide the right amount of support, unconditional acceptance, and guidance needed to help children thrive, gain independence, and discover their unique strengths and talents in academic, therapeutic, and recreational settings. It is her passion to discover the world together with the children in her care and to see things through their eyes. She is excited to join the Workshop Education team!

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 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 (on Maternity Leave)

 

 

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 Interim Site Director

 

 

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.

 

 

Bar Davis

Roy Cloud Teacher

 

 

After graduating with degrees in Linguistics and Dance, Bar went into the Human Resources field.  She earned her MBA in Finance and progressed into HR leadership roles in the corporate world as well as in school districts.  Most recently, she worked as an HR consultant for public agencies all over California.  Over the course of her career, Bar has been involved in education in various ways.  From orienting new hires to creating curriculum and scheduling art docents for an elementary school, working as a classroom aide, substitute teacher, and parent educator, supporting teachers in a school district, and leading workshops to help clients improve their recruiting results, education has been a passion of hers.   She is also dedicated to inspiring creativity in others.  She is a mixed-media painter who has exhibited her work widely. 

 

South Hillsborough

 

Katy Crooks

South Hillsborough Site Director

 

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.  

 

 

Ritu Singh

South Teacher

 

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.

 

 

Marsha Wescott

Teacher

 

Marsha received her Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University in Broadcasting. After many years of working in the corporate world Marsha decided to look to the world of education to fulfill her passion to educate others. Currently working to receive her credential from Notre Dame de Namur University, Marsha is excited and passionate about helping kids learn through a variety of ways. While taking classes Marsha is constantly looking for ways to incorporate her education and experience in the corporate world into the classroom. In her free time she has fun on stage in productions like Disney's The Little Mermaid and working with all ages in the fun and creative environment.

 

West Hillsborough

 

Dana Vaz

West Hillsborough Lead Site Director (Upper Grades)

 

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.

 

 

Joanna Bradley

West Hillsborough Teacher

 

Joanna comes from the Bay Area and has been living here for the last 16 years. Joanna graduated from Burlingame High School and is currently pursuing her education degree. She has nannied for two families for the last three years and has been teaching preschool this past year. Joanna is very excited to be part of the Workshop team and her goal is to become an elementary school teacher in the future. Joanna feels lucky everyday to be working with children.  Joanna enjoys cooking, reading, going to the beach, and arts and crafts. 

 

 

Archana Khanolkar

West Hillsborough Teacher

 

Archana grew up In India and has a bachelor’s degree in electronics. Before starting her career as a teacher, she was working as a production engineer for an electronics company in India. She has been working as a teacher since 2012. She was a Montessori preschool teacher in Texas and also an after school teacher in New Jersey as well as in Campbell, California. Archana is currently pursuing her teacher certification in early childhood education.  She loves working with children and being part of their wonderful educational journey.  Archana also loves reading, cooking, crocheting and spending time with her family.  She is very excited and proud to be a part of such a great team and her goal is to make sure that each child receives the best learning and love that they all deserve.

 

Woodside

 

Renee Ohlsen

Woodside Elementary Co-Site Director

 

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. 

 

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.