Specialty Teachers

Special Education Department 

Mr. Louis Orren, TK - 8  Senior Resource Education  Specialist
Louis Orren is a passionate teacher thrilled to be a part of the Community School for Creative Education for his second year.  He has been working in youth development and education since his early days of high school and has felt privileged to continue his career here.  Mr. Orren holds an undergraduate degree and single-subject credential in music education from Cal State Long Beach and Cal State LA respectively.  He also holds a multi-subject credential in special education at Cal State East Bay. He has worked in child development at summer camps, schools, and after school programs and has taught music, special education, and writing in his career.  Louis embraces his Pasadena roots but has grown to love his life in Oakland with his wife and baby girl.  He is a passionate writer, Dodger fan, and lover of hikes and books.
Speech Language Pathologist - Sandra Pagliarulo
ASCEND Rehab Center Inc.
Occupational Therapist - Rachel Velen
ASCEND Rehab Center Inc.
Mental Health Services Team - Dr. Erica Williams
Bay Area Community Resources Therapist 

Specialty Teachers & Faculty Leaders (TK-8th)

Amy Gaerlan, TK - 8 Multi-Response-to-Intervention Coach  & ELPAC LEA
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 in reading development, 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 ELPAC LEA and works with all staff members to ensure proper classroom support for our English Language Learners. Ms. Amy is on various committees within the school to help ensure that all of our students have the best academic success possible.
Mr. Oscar Miranda,  TK-8 Spanish/Upper Grade Team Support 
Mr. Miranda has a Bachelor in Spanish from the Libre University of Colombia. He has taught kíndergarten through 11 grade. He arrived in California in 2014, and he was born in Bogotá Colombia. He decided to be a teacher because he knows that education is the most powerful tool the human being can have and also making a good use of this, children can improve and be better people in the future, bringing great changes for our society.
Mr. Miranda tiene una licenciatura en Español de la universidad Libre de Colombia. Él ha estado enseñando en diferentes grados, desde grado kínder hasta grado 11. Llegó a California en el año 2014, nació en Bogotá Colombia. Decidió ser profesor, porque sabe que la educación es la herramienta más poderosa que el ser humano puede tener. Además haciendo un buen uso de esta se puede lograr ser mejores personas, aportando grandes cambios a la sociedad.
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.

At our school Ms. Berger has taught a range of subjects to strengthen the Waldorf impulse in our curriculum, among them painting, drawing, poetry, mythology, crafts and drama. She wrote and adapted three plays for our school, two of them were plays in which the whole school from Transitional Kindergarten to 8 th Grade participated.