Faculty Bios

Robin Paredes-Brown, Oak Kindergarten Teacher  -  Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Blended Classroom   


Ms. Paredes Brown was born in Burlington, Vermont and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. She lived in Chile as a young child and spent her senior year of high school in Spain and junior year of college in Bologna, Italy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, International Relations and Ibero-American studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1995, she earned a multiple subject teaching credential and high school Spanish credential from San Francisco State and served as a bilingual and immersion third grade teacher for four years before having children. In 2007 she received a Waldorf teaching credential from Rudolf Steiner College and taught Spanish for two years as well as substituted for six years in independent Waldorf schools in the Bay Area. She currently lives in Daly City with her husband and two sons.


Hanna Forde, Laurel  Kindergarten Teacher  -  Kindergarten Classroom


Ms. Forde is thrilled to be joining the staff at the Community School for Creative Education this year. 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 looks forward to incorporating these  into her classroom. 


Winifred Day 1st Grade Teacher





Delana Hill, 2nd Grade Teacher


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 hopes to continue training at the Steiner College in Sacramento. Her teaching experience began in the inner city of Louisville at a Waldorf- inspired public school.and her desire to continue learning led her to Oakland to become a part of the Community School family. A critical thinker, she often felt confined by the ways of the traditional classroom. When Ms. Hill was introduced to the Waldorf philosophy in her undergraduate teacher training, her passion for learning was reignited. She hopes to bring her passion for life to the students at Community School, and inpirethem to push forth into the world with empathetic hearts and critical minds in order to make positive change for our future.



Sara Welborn, 3rd Grade Teacher


Ms. Sara  Wellborn hails from Louisville Kentucky where she  studied and taught in the Louisville public school system  at the same school as did her friend,  Ms Delana, Hiil, our 2nd grade teacher.  We are delighted that she journeyed from Kentucky to Oakland  last year  to take last year's first grade with whome she now journeys to second grade. 



Lupe Thun, 4th Grade Teacher



Ms Lupe Thun is a Mills College graduate, passionately  dedicated to high quality education and equity. She now enters her third year of teaching at Community School.  She  is also an avid rugby player.  Expect much movement and learning in her class!



Kyle Moss, 5th Grade Teacher


Mr. Kyle Moss was born in Los Angeles but has called the Bay Area home since starting college at the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. He comes from a family of educators and is very excited to join the team at the Community School for Creative Education.  He earned his multiple subjects teaching credential at Mills College and is working towards completing his Masters in Education. He is absolutely thrilled to be able to bring his passion for learning to a Waldorf-inspired environment where he can incorporate the arts and child-centered curriculum to his teaching.



Michele Meyer 6th Grade Teacher

Mitzy Valdez, 7th & 8th Grade Teacher
Ms. Mitzila Valdes grew up and went to school in Daly City, California.  She continued her education at Sonoma State University, and New College of California.  She has studied education, liberal studies, humanities, and art.  Ms. Valdes has worked with youth for many years, and served as a classroom teacher since 2006.  Ms. Valdes enjoys the outdoors and spending time in the kitchen.  Hiking,  exploring, cooking, baking, reading and art are some of her favorite activities. 
Maria Guadalupe "Lupe", Special Education Teacher


Maria Guadalupe Blanco is a resident of the San Antonio neighborhood and has worked one year in OUSD. Prior to her work at OUSD, she worked for several years as an Response to Intervention (RTI) tutor and  intern teacher at a San Francisco charter school. She has great enthusiasm working with middle school and strong experience working with all grades.