Mr. Kevin Veilette, Oak Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Kevin Veillette arrives to our campus with great enthusiasm. He is looking forward to teaching the TK class his first year at CSCE. Kevin grew up in a large family in Connecticut, then pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary graduated from Arizona State University. He learned and implemented an emergent curriculum as Lead Teacher in the Preschool 3's class for 9 years, then moved to Vietnam, where he taught the Preschool 4's for 3 years. Upon his return, Kevin spent 2 years as a counselor in Special Education classrooms in Oakland. In his free time, Kevin enjoys playing music, enjoying nature, doing yoga and cooking.
Ms. Hanna Forde, Laurel Kindergarten Teacher & Chair
Ms. Forde has served as Community School Kindergarten Teacher now for three years. She was born in Sacramento, California, grew up in Folsom, California, and attended the University of California Santa Barbara for both her undergraduate and graduate schooling. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and another in Sociology, and completed her teacher education program and Masters in Education at UCSB. She loved student-teaching, and was drawn toward the holistic approach to education found in Community School's Waldorf Education. Ms. Forde loves the outdoors, dance, and books, and incorporating these in rich Waldorf-inspired ways into her classroom.
Ms. Merina Rainville, 1st. Grade
Ms. Anayaxy Barraza, 2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Anayaxy has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Saint Mary’s College of California and plans to continue with their master’s program next summer. She was raised in Oakland and found the desire to become a teacher as a result of the resilience and vitality she experienced in the communities she was a part of. She is looking forward to instilling some of that passion and tenacity into her classroom community.
Mr. Alaric Foreman, Jr., 3rd Grade Teacher
Ms.Pallavi Kidambi, 4th Grade Teacher
Ms. Sara Welborn, 5th Grade Teacher; TK - 5 Teacher Leader
Ms Sara Welborn is originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. She went to college at Bellarmine University where she earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Learning and Behavior Disorders. A few years later she went to the University of the Cumberlands where she earned her Masters Degree as a Literacy Specialist. She moved to the Bay Area in 2015 to begin teaching at the Community School for Creative Education. Before teaching at Community School, she taught for 6 years in Louisville, Kentucky where I taught Special Education in a small classroom for students in 1st- 5th grades. After working in the Special Education setting, she transitioned into teaching 2nd grade for several years. At Community School she has taken her class from 1st grade on to this year where they are in 5th. This year she will be teaching 5th grade. She also serves as TK - 5 Teacher Leader.
Ms. Julia Ganski, Upper Grade Math/6th Grade Advisor
Ms. Zakiyyah Zareef, Upper Grade ELA/History/7th Grade Advisor; 6-8 Chair
Mrs. Zareef earned her Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno in May 2006, and then her teaching credential at Tulare County Office of Education- Impact Program. She is a mother of nine and has home schooled them for many years. Here she discovered the joy of teaching and wanted to bring her nurturing experience to others. She taught second grade for five years before moving up to middle school. There she taught 7 th grade ELA, 6th grade math, and writing for 6-8 th grade. While teaching she has established relationships with her students that fostered their growth and nourished their understanding of positive behavior, nurturing peers and others while understanding their perspective on life and how their choices reflect their behavior. With this experience, Mrs. Zareef believes she can make an impact with your child as their teacher at Community School for Creative Education.
Mr. Daniel Ejigu, Upper Grade Science.8th Grade Advisor