Ms. Hanna Forde, Laurel Kindergarten Teacher - Kindergarten Classroom
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. Anayaxy Barraza 1st Grade Teacher
Ms. Winifred Day 2nd Grade Teacher
As a 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Day enjoys the opportunity to develop independent, creative minded children. She enjoys integrating art into common core curriculum while using Waldorf methods of singing, cooking, gardening, movement, etc. to complement traditional teaching methods. Ms. Day was introduced to CSCE in 2015 while working as a B.E.L.L. afterschool and summer school program teacher. Prior to joining CSCE staff full-time, Ms. Day worked part-time as a CSCE CELDT test administrator and reading specialist. Ms. Day taught TK-5th grade for Oakland Unified Schools including as a 4th grade teacher, and several years in various long-term sub positions. After completing her BS in Education at Northeastern University, Ms. Day started her career as a teacher in the late 1970s in Boston. She taught grades 3-6 for Fairfax County, VA School System for seven years then decided to return to school for an MBA from Cornell University. Ms. Day moved to California 30 years ago as a Market Research Analyst for Safeway and then for 1st Nationwide Bank. Always enjoying an interest in Photography, she combined her business background with her love for the arts and partnered up with another business school friend to develop a successful corporate art consulting firm. For over 25 years Ms. Day has enjoyed a successful career as an art consultant. With the thought of contributing a small amount of time to “give back to the community” she began to serve as a substitute teacher one day a week, to “make a difference” instead of complaining.
Ms. Delana Hill, 3rd Grade Teacher and Lead Teacher
Ms. Hill is a founding teacher who has worked at Community School for Creative Education since its opening in 2011. A critical thinker, Ms. Hill feels confined by the ways of the traditional classroom and works to bring her passion for life to the students at Community School and inspire them to push forth into the world with empathetic hearts and critical minds in order to make positive change for our future. In her time at Community School, Ms. Hill has taught grades 1 to 5 and served in various other capacities on the staff, including teacher coach and leader. Ms. Hill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her Waldorf training from Kentahten teacher training in Louisville and has continued her training in Oakland through Transformational Teaching. Ms. Hill is currently working on a Masters of Arts in School Administration at California State University.
Ms. Sara Welborn, 4th Grade Teacher
My name is Sara Welborn. I am originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. I went to college at Bellarmine University where I earned my Bachelors in Elementary Education and Learning and Behavior Disorders. A few years later I went to the University of the Cumberlands where I earned my Masters Degree as a Literacy Specialist.
I moved to the Bay Area in 2015 to begin teaching at the Community School for Creative Education. Before teaching at Community School, I 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, I transitioned into teaching 2nd grade for several years. At Community School I have worked with students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. This year I will be teaching 4th grade.
Ms. Jennifer O'Sullivan, 5th Grade Teacher
Ms. Sandy Portillo, Upper Grades Mathematics Teacher
Sandy completed her Waldorf teacher certification from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in July of 2013. She graduated from UCDavis in 1983. Before becoming a teacher she was a microbiologist for 17 years, but had always been interested in teaching. She became a California credentialed teacher for Biology and Math from St. Mary’s College in 2001, close to the same time she became a mother. After taking a break to raise her children, Sandy taught math at both high school and middle school level after getting her Waldorf certification. Sandy has lived in El Salvador, where her parents were from, and is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and doing math for fun. She hopes to help her students see that math is a fun, creative endeavor that they can all do. Sandy has been working at CSCE since 2015.
Mitzy Valdes was born in Massachusetts to immigrants from Panama. Her family moved to Santa Clara, and then Daly City, California, when she was young. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1999, and moved to Sonoma County for college. Mitzy attended Sonoma State University, where she studied Liberal Studies and Education. She relocated to San Francisco, and attended New College of California. She received a Multiple-Subject BCLAD credential as well as a Masters. After teaching Middle School for many years in SFUSD, she shifted east and began teaching in East Oakland. Mitzy enjoys the arts, nature, reading, sports and politics. She infuses these interests into her work with young people.