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. Tamohsie Adeymi, 1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Adeyemi has an extensive background in Early Childhood Education and Development. She has received her Associate of Arts Degree at Long Beach City College in Child Development and her Bachelors of Arts Degree at California State University Long Beach in Family and Consumer Sciences : Child Development and Family Studies. She pursued Child Development because she believes that teaching involves more than just instruction in academic learning, but also involves the child holistically encompassing social, emotional, and cognitive learning. Ms. Adeyemi is currently attending Holy Names University in Oakland to obtain her Multiple Subject Teacher Credential. In her free time she enjoys baking, spending time with loved ones, and teaching in any capacity.
Ms. Shaun Leong, 2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Leong grew up in Oakland and went to college in New York City at Marymount Manhattan College. She graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Communications and Graphic Design. Ms. Leong fell in love with teaching after working in a private school. She made the jump into classroom teaching as a second grade teacher at a school in San Leandro and taught there for the last two years. Ms. Leong is enrolled at Holy Names University and is currently working on her Masters in Education and her multiple subject teaching credential. Between teaching and school, she likes to spend time with family, friends, and her two dogs while walking along the water in Alameda.
Ms. Anayaxy Barraza, 2nd / 3rd 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. Eric Mikuski, Upper Grade Mathmatics Teacher / 6th Grade Advisor
Mr. Mikuski was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He speaks English, Spanish, and Japanese, and has traveled to over 20 countries and over 20 states. In the last year, Mr. Mikuski has been to Hawaii, Guatemala, Belize, China, Vietnam, and Japan. In his free time, Mr. Mikuski also likes to play tennis, go hiking, and read on the beach. Mr. Mikuski is excited to teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math this year, and he believes that every student deserves the opportunity to have access to an equitable education.
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.
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.
Ms. Hill is a founding teacher who has worked at Community School for Creative Education since its opening in 2011. In her time at Community School, Ms. Hill has taught grades 1 to 8 and served in various capacities on the staff, leading her to her current position as Director of Instruction. Ms. Hill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky and a Masters of Arts in School Administration from California State University, East Bay. She received her Waldorf training from Kentahten teacher training in Louisville, Kentucky and has continued her training in Oakland through Transformational Teaching.