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As our Reading Intervention teacher, Ms. Amy brings a calm patience that many of our students need. She studied literacy and speech pathology at Missouri University and volunteered in the classroom for a number of years before becoming part of our staff. Ms. Amy works to not only bring kids up to speed, but to develop a love of reading outside of the classroom. She keeps her own mini library within her classroom so that her students have easy access when it comes to finding books to read. Ms. Amy is also our CELDT Coordinator and works on various committees within the school to help ensure that all of our students have the best academic success possible.
Cesar Alvarado, TK - 8 Tech/Art Instructor
Ms. Cesar is the Art and Technology/Engineering teacher at Community School for Creative Education. He was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland from an early age. Mr. Cesar has always been intrigued by art, and inspired by his high school art teachers. Mr. Cesar started coaching kids in the Oakland Rec Centers, as well as teaching arts and crafts. He has been at CSCE since 2011, originally working as an instrucational aide. Mr. Cesar loves helping the kids learn how to express themselves and he enjoys finding ways to beautify our school.
Manuel Alvarado, Extended Day Program Sports & Fitness Instructor
Mr. Manny - or Coach Manny as the kids know him, has been working with kids since 2003. Mr. Manny has a passion for helping kids, regardless if it's through sports or reading. He started working at CSCE in 2012 and is known and respected by the kids around him. He is our PE teacher as well as the coach for our multiple sports teams. Coaching sports is an outlet for many of our children who may not have opportunities outside of our school. Mr. Manny excels at finding out what the strengths of our kids are, helping them to realize that they can step outside of their own fears and be leaders.
Elke Berger, TK - 8 Waldorf Coach
Ms. Berger came to us for a visit, fell in love with our children and stayed. She was originally trained as a high school teacher in Germany where she received her M.A.Ed. but then discovered Waldorf Education. She trained as a Waldorf teacher and taught for over 30 years in Waldorf schools in California. She passionately believes that all children should have the opportunity to experience this education of the head, the heart and the hand — as was intended by the founder of the Waldorf movement.