Megan is a Bay Area native with family roots in North Oakland where her grandparents owned a small corner store in the 1950’s. She has been chair of the Santa Fe CAN Education Committee since 2013, driven by her belief that an accessible, equitable neighborhood public school is the keystone to a strong community. Megan is currently the Executive Director for Arts for Oakland Kids, a nonprofit that provides grant funding for arts education programs in under-resourced Oakland schools.
Roxana Taquechel-Chaigneau was born in Havana, Cuba. She holds a BA in Literature from the University of Havana, a MA from Escuela de Lexicografía Hispánica, Madrid, a second Master’s degree in Lexicology and Terminology from the Charles de Gaulle University in Lille, France and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle. In the Bay Area, she has taught the program of Español para Hispanos 2 and 3 (for native speakers), as well as Spanish for non-native speakers similar curriculum to AP Spanish classes in OUSD schools. Currently she’s the Language and Literature teacher at Escuela Bilingüe Internacional where she teaches from 6th to 8th grade. Her scientific curiosity has led her to write a large number of papers and to participate in both national and international conferences. Currently, she is interested in cross-cultural studies, bilingual education and bilingualism within work settings.
I am a neighborhood parent of a second grader at Glenview Elementary, and have been a resident of Oakland for 10 years. I have been an active community organizer through my work as a faith community leader as well as a volunteer in my neighborhood. I am passionate about giving every child in our neighborhood, and in Oakland, an education through the public school system that serves them and their families in a holistic way.
Amy Stice is a local parent who believes that Santa Fe’s community strength can be leveraged to provide a high-quality public school at its heart. Amy is the co-founder and CEO of Arrive Rides, which arranges transportation for seniors.
Teiahsha is Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), a social justice activist, a restorative justice advocate, a licensed psychotherapist and a professor with both MSW and Ph.D. degrees in social work. Her future is focused on expanding the work of RJ towards radical inclusivity and practicing restorative justice through an equity lens in ways that honor its indigenous roots.
Jana currently works at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, supporting teacher preparation programs as they prepare educators to equip California students with the knowledge and skills to thrive. She believes that that the children of the Santa Fe neighborhood (and all communities) should have access to high-quality educational opportunities that allow them to feel pride in their community, their families, and themselves, and that prepare them to achieve their personal goals and to make their community and the world better.
Jonathan is passionate about working to advance educational equity in Oakland, and has been involved in public education for nearly 20 years.In his current role with the Oakland Public Education Fund, Jonathan helps raise money to support public education in Oakland. He previously led an organization called the San Francisco Teacher Residency that recruited, trained, and supported a network of teachers serving San Francisco Unified schools. Jonathan is a former school leader, and was a co-principal and assistant principal in both Oakland and Alameda Unified School Districts.
Mike Granger was born and raised in Oakland and Berkeley. He has lived in the area most of his life. Mike is a father of two children, one who attends Glenview Elementary. Mike’s purpose for wanting to see Santa Fe Community School come to fruition is too see a space where children of all walks — regardless of race/gender/religion or any/all other divisional-lines may “separate” us — can all learn together, and share/celebrate their differences, especially in a unique and engaging way. Not because their parents had the wealth to throw at it, but because their parents had the desire to come together as a community to do it.
Susan Audap was a teacher, administrator, college teacher and coach for nearly 50 years in California and in international schools. Her work includes starting schools, coaching teams as they redesigned schools and Lesson Study work. Her special interest at every position has been inquiry based teaching and learning.
Angela LeBlanc-Ernest is an independent scholar whose academic research center s on 20th-century social movement history, with an emphasis on the Modern Black Freedom Struggle. Her work on the history of the Black Panther Party includes the history of women and the impact of gender in the Party as well as the organization’s community Survival Programs. Her publications appear in anthologies, academic journals, blogs, and encyclopedias as well as popular venues such as Colorlines, Vibe and the Black Youth Project. She is a graduate of Harvard University (BA ) and Stanford University (MA ) and was the founding director of the Black Panther Party Research Project at Stanford. Currently, she is a co-founder of the Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project, and is directing and producing a documentary about the Black Panther Party ’s Oakland Community School. LeBlanc-Ernest consistently has been committed to public history and finding ways to apply her research to K-12 curriculum.
Laura is a Salvadoran-American educator with 13 years of experience in schools. She has taught in a number of communities including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Oakland and Singapore. Laura is a workshop leader and site visitor for the International Baccalaureate (IB). She is an active member of the Santa Fe community, married to David Macquart-Moulin and a mother to Luca and Nina.