Mr. Jun Lu, Oak Transitional Kindergarten / Kindergarten Teacher
Mr. Jun Lu (Jason) is passionate for and experienced in K5 literacy and creativity. Since 2002 he has taught English and drama in Asia (China/Taiwan) and in 2009 became a California K8 credentialed teacher, working full time at various public systems all in the bay area, helping young minds to thrive on critical, empathetic and creative thinking. In 2018 he began his Waldorf journey and is now certified as a Waldorf language teacher while completing a K8 teacher certificate. He is very excited to join the nation’s first Intercultural Public Waldorf Model.
Ms. Hanna Forde, Laurel Kindergarten / 1st Grade 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.
Mrs. Sara Alvarado, 1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Sara Alvarado 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 she 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 6th.
Ms. Anayaxy Barraza, 4th 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. Benjamin Amundson, Upper Grade English Language Arts / 8th Grade Advisor
Mr. Benjamin Amundson had a Catholic upbringing in the land of ice and snow. It wasn’t long before the call came for the rain and fog of the West Coast to complete a self-directed degree in Human Ecology of the Americas. As a lifelong naturalist with an eye for politics, Mr. A found sharing knowledge to be as useful as knowing it. He has taught and shared experiences in Korea, Northern California, and now Oakland as a Science teacher.