Ms. Hanna Forde, TK-Kindergarten
Ms. Forde has been with community school since 2015 and specialized in tk and kindergarten for many 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. Victoria Guinnane, 1st Grade Teacher
Ms. G is excited to be a part of our CSCE staff for her second year. She was born and raised in Santa Clara County, where she also began her teaching journey. Victoria has a master’s degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction from San Jose State University. Her hopes are to build students’ confidence in themselves and give them the tools they need to help them gain the success they aspire for in life. She looks forward to growing as an educator and embracing all that she will learn from her students, while at CSCE.
Mrs. Sara Alvarado is originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. She went to college at Bellarmine University where she earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Learning and Behavior Disorders. A few years later she went to the University of the Cumberlands where she earned her Masters Degree as a Literacy Specialist. She moved to the Bay Area in 2015 to begin teaching at the Community School for Creative Education. Before teaching at Community School, she taught for 6 years in Louisville, Kentucky where she taught Special Education in a small classroom for students in 1st- 5th grades. After working in the Special Education setting, she transitioned into teaching 2nd grade for several years. At Community School she on her second set of students and is now onto 2nd grade.
Ms. Jessica Leavitt, 3rd Grade
This is Miss Leavitt’s first year at Community School for Creative Education. Miss Leavitt recently moved to Oakland from upstate New York. Miss Leavitt attended State University of New York at Oneonta for her undergraduate studies and State University of New York at Albany for her graduate studies. She is New York State certified in Early Childhood and Childhood Education, Special Education, and Literacy. After completing her graduate studies in January 2021, she began teaching 4th grade special education as a long-term substitute. Miss Leavitt decided to move to California because her love for public education and her whole-child philosophy of teaching aligned perfectly with the mission of Community School for Creative Education.
Ms. Alison Keaney, 4th Grade Teacher
Alison Keaney has worked at community school the last 3 years as a substitute. She has enjoyed meeting and working with all of our students. Ms. Alison is coming back this year as Third Grade Teacher. Ms. Alison graduated from the University of Utah where she studied Painting and Drawing with an emphasis in Art Therapy. During and after graduation she worked at Primary Children’s Hospital as a Child Life specialist in charge of the art program. While raising her three children she worked as a Substitute and in a Moderate to Severe Autism Classrooms for Capistrano Unified School District in Southern California for 11 years before working at CSCE.
Ms. Anayaxy Barraza, 5th Grade Teacher
Ms. Anayaxy has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Saint Mary’s College of California and plans to continue with their master’s program next summer. She was raised in Oakland and found the desire to become a teacher as a result of the resilience and vitality she experienced in the communities she was a part of. She is looking forward to instilling some of that passion and tenacity into her classroom community.
Mr. Curtis Lin is from Wichita, Kansas. He went to college at the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned a Bachelors in English. A few years later he went to San Diego State University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Accountancy. After being licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California and New York and working in accounting for a decade, Mr. Lin decided to dedicate his energies to public education. He has since been teaching math in beloved public schools in the Bay Area for four years. This is his second year at the Community School where he is proud to teach math to his middle school Students.
Students will be considered for admission without regard to ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, or achievement level. The CSCE will strive to meet the district % of sub-group representations. The Community School for Creative Education will be non-sectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, and will not charge tuition nor discriminate against any student based on ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability. The Community School for Creative Education is open to all students in the state of California who wish to attend the school.
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