Faculty, Staff & Board

 Street Academy Foundation Board of Directors

Carole M. Watson, President

Steve Stevens, Vice President

Nirali Jani, Secretary

Sylvester Hodges, Treasurer

Marisol Rodriguez

Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD.

Betsy Schulz

Corrina Gould

Administrative Staff

Gina Hill, MA Principal / Executive Director


2016 marks my 4th year as Principal / Executive Director of the Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy.  I spent 9 years as a Counselor Teacher Mentor and After School Program Coordinator at Street Academy. I am most proud of founding TEAM! Together Everyone Achieves More. TEAM! created opportunities for low-income youth of color to engage in international service projects in Cuba, South Africa, Jamaica, Mexico, and Brazil.
What is your educational background? What certifications did you receive? College, BA in Music, etc.

What is your favorite book?

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler; House of Spirits by Isabel Allende; In the time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez; Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Bobby Young, Administrative Assistant

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¨I enjoy being a part of something that has a positive impact on people.¨

What is your favorite book?
Favorite book – “Red Earth, White Lies” by Vine Deloria Jr.

Teachers or CTM’s

Ray Carbaugh, Math

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Your favorite Quote?

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee


Jeremy Cavagnolo, MA; Science & Math

Jeremy earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in 2000 and his M.S. in mechanical engineering from The University of Michigan in 2002.  He worked as an entrepreneur and software developer from 2000 to 2005 when he began volunteering at Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy to support classroom technology.  In the summer of 2005, Jeremy began pursuing his secondary teaching credential, and he joined the staff as a math and science CTM in August of 2005.  Jeremy has been a dedicated member of the community ever since.  Jeremy brings enthusiasm, creativity, and a deep love of the material to his classroom.

Michael Hudson, English & History

I want to take on the responsibility of uplifting our youth, especially in the city I grew up in, and mold them to greatness. I chose to work at Street Academy because of its rich history, it’s school day structure sets students up for success.

Christina McGhee, Science


 Education has always been important to me (even if I didn’t always show it!). I had teachers that supported me in high school by encouraging me to pursue my dreams and goals. I am at Street Academy because it provides students with the skills necessary to succeed in their pathways by providing a foundation grounded in social justice that allows students to connect their learning to their own lives.

Alizabeth McGowan, English & History

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I am a new CTM here at Street Academy. I’m originally from Southern California, but came to the Bay for college and plan on staying for a long time. I received my BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University and am currently in my second year at the University of San Francisco, working on my Master’s of Arts in Teaching. I am excited to be starting my teaching career here at Street. I became a teacher because I believe that education has the power to create great change and so many of our young people don’t deserve the sub par experiences they receive.

Aja Minor, MA; English & History


Aja Minor is an educator with varied experience in social justice organizations from London to the San Francisco Bay Area.  She dedicated her time to sharing Global, Human Rights and Popular Education curriculum with educational institutions across the world.  Aja is a self-professed Nerd and was fueled to create social change through her study of International Studies, Music, Anthropology and Migration.  She has worked with the Anti-Slavery International, Women of Color Resource Center, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Global Exchange and Bay Area Community Resources.  She is passionate about providing the low-income youth of color with access to global education and ensuring global education is critical and socially responsible!

To learn more about her work in global education, check out the Partners for Collaborative Change website.

Marisol Nuño, MA; Spanish & History


I became a teacher because I deeply believe that education can lead to transformation and growth, for the students, teachers, and the beloved community. I chose to work at Street Academy because, as a student attending the school from 2001-2003, I experienced courses that challenged the dominant narrative and gave voice to the marginalized, and I would like to continue that legacy in the courses I teach. Education for liberation!

What is your favorite book? Quote?

My favorite book is The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz;

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold…” Bob Marley;

Ian Winchester, Science


I became a teacher so that I could learn how to introduce our scientific world to people who have had no introduction to or little knowledge of science. As an academic scientist, I have worked in an astrophysics & space sciences lab (stellar astrophysics), a biology & Psychiatry lab (behavioral neuroscience), and a chemistry & biochemistry lab (synthetic chemistry) at UC San Diego, UC San Diego Medical School, and The Scripps Research Institute. As a professional scientist, I worked for a biopharmaceutical company, which focused on drug delivery, discovery, efficacy, and stability (chemical synthesis and formulations).

Interesting Fact: I sometimes watch Korean dramas, which are equivalent to novellas like Esmeralda!

Holistic Support Staff

Kelly Mayes, Restorative Justice Coordinator

Kimberly Mangarin, Therapist

Chere Kelley, Resource Specialist

Lara Lawal, Internships/College & Career Coordinator

Juan Ramirez, Afternoon Program Coordinator/Film Instructor

Lamont Robinson, TUPE Counselor

Community Support Staff

BAY Peace, California Youth Outreach, Destiny Arts Center, Native American Health Center, Niroga Yoga, Tobacco Use Prevention Education, and Girls Inc.