Special Education Department 
 
Laura Badal, Special Education (Grade 5th-8th)
 
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
 
Occupational Therapist
 
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)
 
Amy Gaerlan, Multi-tier Reading Intervention Teacher & CELDT Coordinator
amyg@communityschoolforcreativeeducation.org
 
 

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
cesara@communityschoolforcreativeeducation.org

Ms. Cesar is the Art and Technology/Engineering teacher at Community School for Creative Education. He was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland from an early age. Mr. Cesar has always been intrigued by art, and inspired by his high school art teachers. Mr. Cesar started coaching kids in the Oakland Rec Centers, as well as teaching arts and crafts.  He has been at CSCE since 2011, originally working as an instrucational aide. Mr. Cesar loves helping the kids learn how to express themselves and he enjoys finding ways to beautify our school.  

Manuel Alvarado, Physical Education Teacher
manuela@communityschoolforcreativeeducation.org 

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, Waldorf Coach
elkeb@communityschoolforcreativeeducation.org

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.