Sage Classroom

Laura Esparza-Gonzalez - Lead Teacher

Sandra Taylor, Support Teacher

Ms. Laura (she/her) began at UMCS in 2016. She is in her fifth year leading the Sage classroom. She was born and raised in Oakland and is excited to continue working with and serving the youth of Oakland. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Chicanx Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ms. Laura holds a Montessori Teaching Credential for ages 6-9. She has a passion for social justice and works towards providing an equitable educational experience for each student in the classroom community. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her siblings and nephew, live music events, watching sunsets, reading, and being outdoors.

Mrs. Sandra has been working at UCMS since 2021 as a Support and Co-Lead Teacher for 4 years, she is currently in OMTR (Residency) training to be a Montessori teacher. She is an Oakland Native with an AA degree in Psychology and has been in the teaching field for 10 years in child development with a training degree. She is excited to continue working with the youth in Oakland as a Support Teacher. Outside of campus, she enjoys being with her two children and husband has a passion for jewelry making and cooking. Enjoys nature and learning every day about culture in the community.

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