Special Education Department
Sharon is an experienced Special Education Teacher with a variety of special needs populations ranging from PreK- adults with disabilities. She loves working with children and adults on the autism spectrum and comes to your agency with over 40 years of experience; as a teacher, psychologist and school administrator.
As a native New Yorker, Sharon first came to the southern California area in the early 1970’s to attend San Diego State University, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and her 4 teaching credentials (Secondary Education in Social Studies, Calif. Specialist Teaching Credential with Severely Handicapped, Calif. Special Teaching Credential with Multiple Handicapped, and Calif. Specialist Teaching Credential with Learning Disabilities). She received first hand training from Dr. Lovaas on his Model of Applied Behavior Analysis at UCLA in the late 1970’s and has not looked back.
Sharon taught many years in Southern California and Oregon , before going back for her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University.
She started new programs for adults with disabilities at Rio Hondo College in Whitter, Calif. and South West Los Angeles College; after obtaining the Calif. Community College Instructor Credential with Handicapped Student Programs and Services with Adults. Sharon is not only excited to be living back in California, but to start working as Director of Special Education at Community School for Creative Education in the Northern California area; where she can use her extensive teaching, administrative and clinical skills to enrich the lives of the students and families who she works with at our school.
Laura Badal has a background in Visual arts and Special education. She received her undergraduate degree from Pitzer college in visual arts and literature. She is currently earning her Masters in Special Education at the Mild moderate level. She is very excited to be a member of the Community School for Creative Education team, working as an Education Specialist. She enjoys singing jazz and blues, painting trees and swimming in the ocean.
Speech Language Pathologist
Dr. Erica Williams, On-site Psychologist - East Bay Family Institute
Marisol Reyna, On-site Psychologist - East Bay Family Institute
Dr. Lesleigh Franklin, Off-site Supervising Psychologist - East Bay Family Institute
Specialty Teachers & Faculty Leaders (TK-8th)
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, 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 CELDT Coordinator and works on various committees within the school to help ensure that all of our students have the best academic success possible.
Mr. Oscar Miranda, 6th Grade Advisory and World Languages Spanish Teacher
Mr. Miranda has a Bachelor in Spanish from the Libre University of Colombia. He has been teaching in different grades, from kíndergarten through 11 grade. He arrived in California in 2014, 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.
Cesar Alvarado 4th Grade, Technology and Art Teacher
Manuel Alvarado, Physical Education Teacher
Elke Berger, 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.
This year Ms. Berger will focus on Waldorf coaching (especially in our Kindergartens and in the first grade) and teach a weekly lesson in grades three and four.