Our team represents the best of Oakland’s talent and diversity, as well as a diverse group of education experts. We are confident that the skills, expertise, and perspectives shared will form a school that will deliver on the EBIA mission of placing every student on a path to success in college.
Devin Krugman, Head of School
When students are asked to be ‘hands on’ in their learning, to be curious and critical thinkers taking on real world problems, they are able to make tremendous strides in their academic and social-emotional growth.
Devin comes to EBIA following nine years working for the New York City Department of Education, most recently serving as Director of Performance-Based Assessment Design where she led initiatives focused on project-based learning and designed and implemented a professional development program for 60 teachers across New York City. Prior to taking on this administrative role, Devin taught social studies for seven years at ACORN Community High School where she was selected as the model instructional classroom teacher for a network of 15 schools. Devin has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland, a Master of Science in Education from Long Island University, and a Master of Educational Leadership and Administration from Columbia University. Being new to the west coast, Devin looks forward to getting to know the Bay Area and spending a lot of time outdoors, even (hopefully!) learning how to surf.
Renee Cooper, Director of Business Operations
I want to feel I can make a difference, and I think I have found the perfect way through our students. I love the wonderful personalities and creativity of the students I have met at EBIA.
Renee is a seasoned accounting professional with extensive experience as a Controller/Auditor. She has a strong background in financial reporting, analyses, budgeting, cash management, auditing and control design. Prior to joining EBIA, Renee served as Controller at The Floor Store, where she was responsible for all facets of the financial process and established sound accounting policies and procedures across the company. Renee attended Cal State University East Bay and Diablo Valley Community College, where she studied business administration with a concentration in Accounting. In her spare time, Renee shows her German Shorthaired Pointers and Longhaired Dachshunds in dog shows. She is also an avid reader, with her favorite subjects being history, science fiction and biographies.
Joy Delizo-Osborne, Director Upper School
Teaching doesn’t feel like a job to me. As I have spent more and more time in schools, I have realized that one of my passions is helping others realize their potential to make an impact.
Joy is a career educator with experience in public, private and charter schools as an English teacher, teacher leader, and, most recently, school administrator. Prior to joining EBIA, Joy served as the Zero Year Executive Director for Summit Public Schools where she led the process of recruitment for both families and teachers for the fall 2016 launch of Summit Tamalpais in Richmond, CA. She has also held administrative and teaching positions at a range of middle and high schools in California and in New York City. Joy holds a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Pomona College, a Master’s in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and has a California Single Subject Credential in English and a California Administrative Credential. She has also studied abroad in Havana, Cuba. Students might be interested to know that Joy loves to read young adult novels in her free time, and her current favorite series is the Cinder trilogy!
Lansine Toure, Director of Equity and Social Emotional Learning
I value spending time with young people, collaborating with them to develop the necessary skills to fulfill their potential.
Lansine comes to EBIA from Breakthrough Oakland, where he served as the director of this academic program that supports under-resourced, highly motivated middle-school students on the path to college. Previously, he taught and served as assistant principal at Saint Peter Claver Catholic School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and worked as a mentor and teacher for at-risk youth at several organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Lansine has a B.A. in History and African American Studies from Marquette University and is beginning a Master’s program in Counseling at the University of San Francisco in fall, 2015. In his free time, Lansine likes to work out, spend time with his wife and explore the Bay Area’s sights and food scene.
Zach Powers, Director of Innovative Instruction Lower School
Students who are underserved by traditional education can grow in ways we hadn’t even imagined when given the opportunity to engage with learning through an authentic, meaningful project.
Zach has spent his career pushing the boundaries of traditional education. He taught project-based science for 8 years and founded Team Blend, an international service-learning organization for young engineers. He comes to EBIA from the New Tech Network, where he was a School Development Coach for over a dozen different project-based schools in California, Texas, and Oklahoma. He feels strongly that schools should empower kids take control of their own learning and give them the skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world. He earned a BA in physics at UCSD and a Masters in Science Education from UC Berkeley. He has taught English in Bulgaria, built trails in Colorado, and taken students to Nicaragua to design and build bike-powered machines. When he’s not at EBIA, Zach likes to spend time riding bikes, tending bees, tearing apart then rebuilding his house, and making delicious food.
Bonita Herrera, Community Engagement and Student Data Systems Coordinator
Bonita comes to EBIA from Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School where she served as Office Assistant. In her role, Bonita managed and maintained the school’s front office, maintained student files, documented attendance, and managed the enrollment process for new students. Bonita also translated the school’s weekly newsletter and other parent notices, and provided interpretation services for IEP’s and parent conferences. Previous experience includes administrative roles at Camino Nuevo Charter School and Mount Saint Mary’s College, both in Los Angeles. Bonita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology from Mount Saint Mary’s College.
Nicole Neumiller, Enrichment Coordinator
I love supporting youth in finding their own voice and sharing their passions while they challenge me to continue to grow and do the same.
Nicole has an extensive background in the education field, including serving as an Educational Consultant for the Ba Futuru High School Transformation Project in Timor-Leste, and as a Middle School Para Educator for Seattle Public Schools. Most recently, the Camp Director for Camp Galileo in Palo Alto where she hired and mentored camp staff, oversaw professional development, and managed camp operations. Nicole holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Seattle University. Nicole loves french fries, playing Ultimate Frisbee, swimming, and busting out her sweet dance moves.
Vera Madriz, Office Manager
The students of EBIA are such creative and intelligent souls and I am learning so much from them each day.
Vera brings diverse administrative experience to her role at EBIA. Previously, she worked for two years as a legal assistant for a law office in downtown office, and spent five years at the State of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). At the EDD, she assisted claimants with the challenging unemployment insurance process before transitioning into the Workforce Services Branch where her duties included conducting workshops, resume assistance, supporting employers during large layoffs, and educating unemployed individuals about services to help them return to work. Vera holds B.A.s in Criminal Justice Studies and Political Science, both from San Francisco State University, and she plans to go to law school to become an immigration attorney in the future. In her spare time, Vera works as a volunteer for a non-profit organization helping ill children and seniors in Nicaragua. For fun, Vera loves to run away to her favorite place in the world – Disneyland!
Anthony Turner, Math
I went into education to make a difference, and to help students build confidence in their math skills. I am very excited to be part of EBIA and I look forward to being involved in some really fun math projects.
Anthony has significant experience with utilizing technology in the classroom. As an advisor and mentor to his students, Anthony has experience supporting social and emotional learning and has also coached intramural school soccer teams.
Anthony has a Bachelor of Arts from Liverpool John Moores University, a Master of Research from University of Liverpool, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education Mathematics from University of Roehampton. Anthony’s students may be interested to know that he grew up in a town called Shrewsbury that is more than 1200 years old and contains some very old and “haunted” buildings!
Michelle Fitts, Science
What excites me most about EBIA is its focus on learning through hands-on integrated projects. Regardless of a child’s learning style, the ability to interact with a learning concept in a hands-on and meaningful way is a powerful way to teach and an exciting way to learn.
Michelle brings 10 years of teaching experience in earth sciences, math and technology to EBIA. She comes to EBIA from the Livermore Valley Charter School where she has helped to developed and actively enhance the middle school science curriculum since 2006. Michelle has been recognized for her innovative multi-modality instruction and differentiation, and her extensive integration of technology into the classroom. Michelle was also active in student clubs and developed and led a broadcast journalism elective. Michelle has a B.A. in Mass Communications from State University of New York, an MBA from California State University, Hayward, and a Multiple Subject California Teaching Credential. Students might be interested to know that Michelle served in the Army Reserves for 10 years. Her first MOS (military occupational specialty) was a truck driver, and she later was assigned to a military newspaper as a photojournalist. In her free time, Michelle enjoys sewing and spending time with her husband, two children and their two standard poodles.
Peter Leahey, Science
I decided to work in education because I want to empower my students with the tools to improve our world. I am excited about working with the next generation of conscientious citizens, scientists, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
Peter arrives at EBIA from Manzanita Charter Middle School in Richmond, CA, where he taught sixth-grade math and science. Prior to teaching he worked for a variety of Bay Area non-profit organizations in the fields of media production, public health, and workforce development. Peter speaks and writes Spanish fluently, having studied and worked in both Spain and Latin America. Peter has a B.A. in Global Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Foundational Science from the Fortune School of Education. When he’s not at school, Peter enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and playing music. He recently finished a certificate program in Permaculture Design at Merritt College, and considers himself a lifelong learner.
Ashley Henry, English Language Arts
I decided to work in education because I want to help provide diverse communities of innovative learners with the tools they need to improve the world around them. The world needs change and I believe that education is a tool for change.
Ashley has nearly a decade of experience mentoring and educating youth. Ashley comes to EBIA from The Knox School of Santa Barbara where she served as the Lead Teacher and developed an integrated curriculum model for gifted and talented students. Previously she held teaching positions at the Mirman School for Highly Gifted Children in Los Angeles and Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills. Ashley has a B.A. in English from University of California, Santa Barbara, a M.A. in English Literature from California State University, Northridge, and holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. Ashley’s students might be surprised to learn that she is a singing, songwriting yogi who is totally into science fiction. In fact, she is currently writing a science fiction novel!
Colette Kang, English Language Arts
“Education is a positive vehicle for social change and personal enrichment, so I look forward to guiding my students to become critical and holistic thinkers, questioners and creators.”
Colette is a recently credentialed teacher with three years of instructional experience and more than six years of formal academic tutoring experience with K-12 students. She has experience in English Language Arts and Poetry curriculum design and implementation, writing and research, and a passion for preparing students for the future workforce and economy. Colette is the founder of Your Tutor SF, an affordable and high-quality tutoring program in the Bay Area. Colette has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from University of Washington, Seattle and a Single Subject Credential in English from Mills College. When she’s not in school, you can catch Colette in a modern dance performance at City Dance SF, find her drawing with a local art group, or run into her exploring the Bay Area food scene with her chef-husband.
Mick Terrizzi, English Language Arts
“I love learning. I learn more about myself and the world every day through every interaction, and from every person I meet. I love the constant dynamic process of learning how to be a better human.”
Mick brings eight years of teaching experience EBIA. Following a two-year engagement with Teach for America where he worked to affect change in low-income, low-performing school districts, Mick has taught English Language Arts (including composition and literature), Social Studies, History and Geography to middle school students in Kansas City and San Francisco. A talented drummer, Mick has also taught hip-hop, percussion and choreography, and was honored for implementing Blenheim Accelerated Elementary School’s first drumline and positively impacting student achievement through music. Mick holds a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University and is currently working towards his California Teaching Credential and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco. Mick is an avid Trekkie, and in his free time students can find him playing hip-hop covers on the drums or behind the plate catching in a weekly baseball league.
Tory Pettit, History
What excites me most about EBIA is the passion for excellence and development, not only among the students but among staff as well. EBIA’s learning model embraces the fact that we are all learners and that each one of us brings something valuable to the table.
Tory has nearly a decade of experience in the education field and has taught Social Sciences, English and vocational skills to middle and high school students in schools in California and South Korea. Before arriving at EBIA, Tory led the 7th and 8th grade Social Science department for the Synergy Education Project in Pittsburg, CA where she developed a textbook-free curriculum and differentiated lessons according to the cultural backgrounds and learning abilities of her students. Tory has a B.A. in Cross Cultural Studies from Simpson University, an M.A. in Education (Magna Cum Laude) from Alliant International University, and holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences. Tory loves to travel, and has spent significant amounts of time in Mexico, Greece, Uganda, Rwanda, South Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand. She also lived in Puerto Rico for a short time as a child.
Jesse Bradford, Computer Science
The thing I love most about EBIA is that our students are helping us create the school. With their ideas, concerns and interests, they are shaping their educational community along with their teachers.
Jesse brings to EBIA a love of writing, language and literature. He has had a vast range of work experiences, most recently including serving as a live-aboard deckhand and educator on the Sail Training Vessel Exy Johnson, and acting as the Assistant Fabricator at an architectural ornamentation studio. Jesse also has an extensive background in volunteer work, including work with children and environmental advocacy. Jesse holds a B.A. in Literature from Yale University. Students might be surprised to learn that Jesse has worked as a professional cowboy, sailor, sculptor, wilderness guide and radio station manager. He loves to travel, and has visited 48 out of the 50 states!
Cory Potts, Education Specialist
“I am excited to join EBIA because I am very curious about how to best use technology to differentiate instruction effectively and to keep all students engaged in learning.”
Cory is a seasoned Special Education teacher with experience in private, public and special education settings. Cory comes most recently from Berkeley Unified School district, where she served as a special education teacher and a summer intervention teacher. Cory has also taught at Albany High School, Raskob Day School, and Black Pine Circle School. Cory has a Bachelor of Arts from New College of California and holds a Multiple Subject teaching credential and a Mild-Moderate Special Education credential, both from Holy Names University in Oakland. When she’s not at school, Cory keeps very busy! She loves to road bike, knit, play guitar and ukulele, make marmalade and pickles, and seek out treasures at thrift stores.
Robert Moore, Education Specialist
I decided to work in education because I love the ‘ah-hah’ moment. All students, of all ages (including grownups) learn in unique ways, and I like to help people capitalize on their ideal approach to learning.
Robert has extensive and diverse experience in special education. Most recently, he served as a Behavioral Interventionist at Building Connections Behavioral Health, where he provided behavioral and academic support in a middle-school special day class. He has also provided one-on-one support to students with autism, both at Realm Middle School in Berkeley and working independently as an Educational Consultant, and served as a paraprofessional for Town of Brookline Schools in Massachusetts where he worked with students ages 5-19 in classroom settings. Robert has a B.A. in English/Creative Writing with a Minor in Music from Fairfield University, is an M.A. candidate in Education Technology at Touro University, and is pursing a Dual Subject Teaching Credential in English and Special Education. Robert enjoys creating music (writing and recording), and on the weekends he loves to rock climb at the gym and escape on road trips.
Timothy Thai, Instructional Aide
I am currently studying positive psychology and am fascinated by behavior and communication. My goal is to learn how to bring well-being habits into peoples’ lives.
Timothy arrives at EBIA from recent studies at the University of Washington on creating positive behavioral support for children. In his studies, he focused on creating supporting environments and teaching social emotional skills, developing behavioral support, and creating individualized interventions. Timothy holds a B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications from California State University Long Beach. He has a passion for animals, and has helped raise and train guide dogs for the blind. He also runs his own dog training business!