Street Academy Foundation Board of Directors
Carole M. Watson, President
Steve Stevens, Vice President
Nirali Jani, Secretary
Sylvester Hodges, Treasurer
Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD.
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.
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
¨I enjoy being a part of something that has a positive impact on people.¨
Teachers or CTM’s
Ray Carbaugh, Math
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
Alizabeth McGowan, English & History
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
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