Hae-Sin Kim Thomas has 27 years of K-12 public education experience with 20 years focused primarily on turning around the lowest-performing schools and providing quality options to underserved communities. Her work has been recognized by the Aspen Institute Entrepreneurial Leaders in Public Education fellowship program, of which she is a member. She is currently the CEO of Education for Change Public Schools, a charter management organization based in Oakland. She is the co-founder of GO Public Schools, an Oakland-based education advocacy group. She has extensive experience working with school districts and charter management organizations to re-create their lowest-performing schools as the CEO of urbanED solutions and as the Director of New School Development for the Oakland Unified School District. She was the founding principal of ASCEND, one of the five original new small and autonomous schools opened in Oakland. She has an MA in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Francisco, and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Hae-Sin is also the parent of Kobi and Hana, two incredibly energetic children who keep her on her toes.
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Nancy McAfee Flemming considers herself to be “from Oakland.” She had lived in many places while her father was in the Army, but her family settled in Oakland when he retired. After graduating from Oakland Technical High School, Nancy earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science at California State University Hayward (now East Bay). From there, she journeyed to the Midwest for medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska then to the University of Missouri, Kansas City for residency. Nancy, a natural born caregiver who wanted to be a doctor as a young child, is a physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She currently treats adult patients at One Medical Group. Nancy is married to the Reverend Curtis B. Flemming and they have two young sons as well as five adult children. She has a passion for community service and working with young people. Nancy loves to unwind by doing crafts and scrapbooking.
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Koren Clark M.Ed, Academic Oversight Committee Chair, has been in the field of education for 21 years. She is an Oakland resident and mother of three. Clark holds a California state teaching and administration credential. She is a Montessori trained guide who worked as a 6-9 guide for 8 years in a public Montessori School. She completed her BA in sociology from UC Berkeley and has a Master’s degree in Montessori education. With a passion for social justice and a strong background in socio-emotional health, Clark integrates wholeness into her work as an educational consultant. She is for Wildflower schools where she is working to build liberated teacher-led Montessori micro schools. Clark’s international studies in Zimbabwe, Germany, and Egypt have helped to her to hone the importance of identity development and critical consciousness in education. She currently offers professional development and Montessori materials for Montessori schools throughout the nation through her business, Know Thyself Inc. Koren’s hobbies include spending time in nature, traveling, yoga, and poetry.
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Olivia Couch, Family Advisory Council representative, has two young ones, one of whom is a student at Urban Montessori. She is honored with the privilege of serving this community on the board as her work has been in child development and education for 20 years. Olivia has lived in Oakland since attending UC Berkeley’s Developmental Teacher Education program more than 12 years ago. Olivia taught for 7 years in elementary school before co-founding a Reggio Emilia inspired, RIE and Magna Gerber based, Restorative Justice and Collaborative Solutions utilizing preschool. Now, she is currently the co-director of Storybook Oakland Preschool. Olivia loves being outside in the sun, hanging with my kids, and resting!
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Loren Bentley Tammero, Family Advisory Council representative. Brief bio coming soon!
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Jan Faraguna is passionate about enabling schools to provide personalized learning experiences that foster joy of learning among students. She's currently the Director of Impact at Schoolzilla, a public benefit corporation that provides school systems with data warehousing, analytics, and reporting tools, where she oversees the entire customer experience to ensure successful implementation and adoption of their products. Prior to Schoolzilla, Jan consulted with school districts and foundations on various strategy and data-focused projects. Jan also founded and led the Analytics and Assessment team at Rocketship Public Schools, a national nonprofit charter school network, for over five years. Early in her career, she taught Economics to high school students in Switzerland and worked in economic consulting. Jan has a BS in Economics from Duke University and a Master's in Business Administration from Yale School of Management. She lives in Oakland with her husband and two children.
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Greg Klein, is Senior Director, Innovation and Learning at the Rogers Family Foundation. Greg joined the Rogers Family Foundation in June 2012. He is on the ground supporting principals, teachers and students to personalize learning at Oakland public schools selected for Next Generation Learning Challenge in Oakland planning grants. Prior to RFF, Greg helped launch Downtown College Prep's Alum Rock campus, developing an innovative Learning Lab at the middle school level. While at DCP he managed large groups of students, let the computers do everything that they do well, and focused his attention on teaching. Greg began his career in education reform as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Oakland Unified School District for seven years, including building his own mini-lab in his classroom as a first-year teacher. Greg graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in History. A self-proclaimed tech geek, Greg is a Montessori dad of three and lives with his wife Mariah in Oakland.
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David "Davis" Leung, Chairperson, is an operational and financial professional with broad experience in operational management, accounting, auditing, financial management, marketing, and growth acceleration. He has worked in the fields of digital development, land development, non-profits, and consultancies, among many others. Davis is happily married with 2 children attending UMCS and is passionate about improving community and the world at large.
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Frederic Mooradally, is French, Portuguese and Mauritian. He grew up in France. Fred holds a BA in law from La Sorbonne University of Paris, a BA in International Business and an MBA from INSEEC business school of Paris. He worked in finance and business in Europe and Asia for over 15 years before he moved to the U.S. of A. in 2011. He then became a Montessori teacher and taught for 6 years in Oakland, during which he discovered, fell in love and served UMCS: a tuition-free school serving the true Oakland, with all its colors and diversity. When he decided to move back to business in 2018 and launch his own Wine Import business, he still wanted to help the UMCS community and children, that is how he joined the UMCS board. Fred also plays bass and sings in an Oakland based punk rock band called -Apocalypse Eventually-, he plays guitar and ukulele. He loves wine of course, board games, and hanging out with friends and family.
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Stacey Wang, Vice Chair and Finance Committee Chair, is now with Transcend Education, and prior to that she served as Advisor to the Superintendent and Director of Personalized Learning for Oakland Unified School District where she collaborated with system leaders, school leaders, teachers, parents, students, and the broader community to transform schools from traditional models to personalized learning schools impacting over 7,000 students. Before that, Stacey worked at Monitor Deloitte in the strategy practice where she helped Fortune 100 companies and education nonprofits design strategies for large scale organizational change. As part of her work in innovation, she ran a team at the Center for the Edge developing pragmatic frameworks for systemic innovation (more about the work can be found at DU Press). Stacey's interest in education sparked when she helped a San Francisco school in the Tenderloin develop a ten-year growth strategy. From there, Stacey joined the Board of Trustees for Leadership High School, a high-achieving public school and became an Education Pioneer fellow developing quality community pilot schools for Oakland Unified. Stacey pursued an MBA at Columbia Business School with a focus on social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management, received her Masters in Education Leadership, and has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Stacey has also partnered numerous education organizations such as Education Pioneers, SF Ed Fund, and the NYC DOE.
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