Elizabeth Paniagua College and Career Coordinator
Angelica Reyes Sosa, After School Coordinator
Angelica graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Chicano Studies and Social Welfare. Prior to joining OIHS, she worked for the East Bay Asian Youth Center in a variety of locations: as the director of family services at Roosevelt Middle School, program director at Garfield Elementary and case manager at Oakland High. She has also worked in a variety of administrative support positions at UC Berkeley and John F. Kennedy University. Angelica speaks Spanish and has served as an activist for the Chicano community.
Brooke joins OIHS with a wealth of artistic experience. She worked as a visual arts and integration specialist and teaching artist for 6 years in San Rafael, Sausalito, New York and Guatemala. Brooke graduated from Williams College with a BA in Art and American Studies and is completing her credential in Arts Education at SF State. Brooke is fluent in Spanish.
Anna Kaplan, English
Anna immigrated as a teenager to the United States from Russia and has a passion for teaching other English language learners. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and then completed a masters degree in Education at UC Berkeley. She has taught English at Roosevelt Middle School in OUSD before joining our staff. She also has a background in newspaper reporting.
Rei Jackler, English and History
Ms. Rei likes English and History so much, sometimes she can't stop thinking about them. That's why she loves teaching at OIHS, because she has a great excuse to share these two subjects with her students all day long! Rei has a Masters of Arts in History Education from Stanford University. When she has time off, she studies acting, writes poetry, and hikes. She also speaks Chinese, and occasionally tries to speak Spanish and French even though she makes many mistakes.
Veronica left the more lucrative field of banking to come to education. Then for 6 years, Veronica led the ELD classes at Roosevelt Middle School. She has extensive experience as a leader of PD and as a BTSA coach. Veronica graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and from The University of Texas at Austin with a Masters in Art History. She holds credentials in both English and Social Science.
Liza Richheimer, Internships
Liza, a founding teacher at OIHS, previously worked at three other schools in the Internationals Network as a science teacher and yoga instructor. Prior to her time at Internationals, Liza worked as an Outward Bound mountaineering instructor for four years, leading teenagers on 3 week mountaineering courses. She enjoys creating curriculum that combines nature, leadership development and health. Liza graduated from Evergreen State College with a BA in Natural Sciences and Latin American Studies. She completed a Masters in secondary science education from Teachers College at Columbia University. At OIHS, Liza has taught biology, physical education and health as well as served as coordinator of mental health services.
Andrea Negrete, Math
Andrea completed both her undergrad and graduate degrees at UC Berkeley where she majored in mathematics. At Cal, she also worked at the Embodied Design Research Laboratory and published several articles on math education. She is a Knowles Science Teaching Fellow. Andrea is also a fluent speaker of Spanish.
Kyle Svingen, Math
Kyle graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Physics. After college, he worked at Benson High School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he helped students go to college through the College Possible program. Kyle comes to OIHS through Teach For America.
Pauline Alessi, Physical Education
Pauline joined the staff of OIHS after more than 15 years working in public and private schools as a P.E. instructor and science teacher. She graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a bachelor of science degree and completed her post graduate studies at Sonoma State in geology. Much of Pauline's free time is taken up by her children, but she also loves biking.
Laura Stuck, Science
Salem Peterson, Science
Shahrzad Makaremi, Americorps VISTA Community School Capacity BuilderShahrzad graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and minors in Public Policy and Global Poverty. Shahrzad has volunteered for several human rights organizations, most recently as a case worker supporting Iranian refugees through the UNHCR system. She previously worked at Mother Jones Magazine. Shahrzad is fluent in Farsi.