Board Membership

Hae-Sin Kim Thomas has 23 years of K-12 public education experience with the 15 years focused primarily on turning around the lowest-performing schools and providing quality options to under-served 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 and a Board Director of Great Oakland 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 a MA in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from 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.

Reach Hae-Sin here: hae-sin@urbanmontessori.org

 

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 cares for both children and adults at Roots Community Health Center. 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.

Reach Nancy here: nancy@urbanmontessori.org

 

Isabel Bustillos, FAC Representativeis an upper elementary teacher at The Renaissance International Montessori School in Oakland. Prior to start teaching, Isabel spent 10 years at Ashoka as a senior change manager for the Youth Venture Program, a global youth entrepreneurial program that provides youth with the tools and resources to launch and lead their own ventures -community benefiting initiatives, clubs, organizations and businesses. She has mentored hundreds of students around the world to develop their social ventures. She has supported teachers and schools to create innovating ways to support young people to become changemakers. She also collaborated with Ashoka to select “changemakers schools” to create a powerful network and strengthen an innovative and entrepreneurial education ecosystem. Prior to Ashoka, Isabel was the Executive Director of a Mexican non-profit organization leading projects in youth empowerment, sustainable development and environmental governance. She has worked as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Program, and for the Mexican Conservation Fund to develop a leadership program in the Mesoamerican reef system. Isabel has a BA in International Relations and a MA in Environment, Development and Policy from Sussex University (England).

Reach Isabel here: isabelb@urbanmontessori.org

Christina Greenberg, Executive Committee Chairis passionate about helping entrepreneurial education organizations find, hire and support high-quality talent.  She is a Partner and Co-Founder of Edgility Consulting, a national talent consulting and matchmaking firm created to find, develop and retain the leaders that education organizations need to make a difference. Before cofounding Edgility, she was the Founder and Principal of Redwood Circle Consulting. From 2006-2010, Christina was the Director of Admissions and Strategic Partnerships for New Leaders' California operation where she led the recruitment, selection, and placement of resident principals. Before New Leaders, Christina was the VP of Programs and Development for RISE, working to recruit and retain high quality teachers in schools serving low-income students. She also worked on a 1998 U.S. Senate campaign, served as the Program Officer for the Streisand Foundation, and was a budget policy analyst/researcher for nonprofit and government agencies. Christina received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA and a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She lives in Oakland, CA and is a board member for Urban Montessori Charter School and Lighthouse Community Public Schools.
Reach Christina G. here: christinag@urbanmontessori.org

 

Koren Clark, Academic Oversight Committee Chair, M.Ed has been in the field of education for 21 years. She is an Oakland resident and mother of three. Clark 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 currently consults 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, yoga, and poetry.

Reach Koren here: korenc@urbanmontessori.org

 

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 Education, 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 son.

Reach Jan here: janf@urbanmontessori.org

 

Greg Klein, Chairperson, 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.

Reach Greg here: greg@urbanmontessori.org

 

Yve Saville, FAC Representative, bio coming soon!

Reach Yve here: yves@urbanmontessori.org

 

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 over a decade ago 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 and has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Most recently, Stacey completed the Broad Residency and received her Masters in Education Leadership. Stacey has consulted numerous education organizations such as Education Pioneers, SF Ed Fund, and the NYC DOE. She was also a runner up at SF Start Up Weekend 2013: Next Gen Schools.

Reach Stacey here: staceyw@urbanmontessori.org