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  • Catherine Goddard is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been working with the Oakland Unified School District since 1998. She specializes in preschool language therapy and language-based reading challenges, but enjoys working in all areas of speech-language therapy including stuttering, articulation, social skills, and diagnosis of speech-language disorders. Catherine is also a mom and loves spending time with her husband, Don, and fourteen year old son, Henry! She is excited to be working at Hoover Elementary again this school year and is looking forward to supervising her intern from San Francisco State University, Ms. Gaby.
  • Gabi is in her third year of teaching at Hoover. Born in Colombia and raised in Vero Beach, FL, she worked as a student teacher throughout her undergraduate studies at Cornell. She majored in human development with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience, which, combined with an education minor, led to an interest in how young people learn. She relocated to the Bay Area in August after completing her masters degree in Massachusetts. She is excited to be working at Hoover Elementary this year and to getting to know the Hoover community!
  • Gillian is in her 12th year of teaching in the Bay Area. After 6 years of classroom teaching in both 3rd and 4th grades, Ms. Bowley moved into a literacy and ELL specialist position. In this role, she taught small-group reading and English Language classes for students in K-7th grades in both San Francisco and Fruitvale, Oakland. She believes deeply in the power of reading to change lives and is thrilled to call herself a Hoover Hawk!
  • He started to volunteer as parent organizer at Hoover in 2010. He was part of the Parent Teacher Club (PTC). He was also in the first conversation to bring an official PTA. He became the chairperson of the ELAC, ELL, SELLS and SSC. He is currently part of Hoover staff , a LCAP member district 3, Blueprint for quality schools and Hoover Resident Action Council. He is a Long-time Community Organizer in education, mass-incarceration, and immigration. He works at the local, state, and national level to organize and coordinate communities advocating for California Sanctuary State, Oakland Sanctuary City and Sanctuary Oakland Unified School District. He works as Community Relations Assistant, Bilingual II. His older daughter graduated Hoover in 2017, and his youngest daughter is in third grade.
  • I moved to the the Bay Area about twenty years ago in order to attend college at Notre Dame de Namur University, where I earned my bachelors degree in English and Political Science. It was there that I met my husband of 12 years. I worked for almost 20 years in retail management as a trainer and a district manager. A few years ago I decided to work on getting my teaching credential. I'm so excited to be teaching 2nd/3rd Personalized Workshop at Hoover.
  • Jacky graduated from Oakland High School in 2000. She then worked at Rising Star Montessori School in Alameda for 2 years as a Teacher’s Assistant and in the after school program. She joined the Hoover family in 2008 and has been with us ever since. She started off working as a Clerical sub and then moved into being a Bilingual Clerk. After 4 years she decided to take some extra classes and was promoted to an Administrative Assistant position. She enjoys working with the staff, families and students. She loves to see the children evolve from Kindergarten until their 5th grade promotion. It brings such joy to her heart to see their accomplishments. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and giving back to the community.
  • LaTasha Ellison has been at Hoover Elementary for nine years teaching fourth and fifth grade. Before LaTasha came to Hoover Elementary, she worked at Community United Elementary for four years teaching second grade and kindergarten. LaTasha served on the Instructional Leadership Team for two years, working on implementing new practices to improve the overall instruction of the school. LaTasha has a strong classroom management style in which she teaches her students to become independent learners that are consciously trying to make positive choices at all times.
  • Lissette Averhoff is an East Coast transplant who loves Oakland and is dedicated to the Oakland community. She came into teaching through Teach for America. When her 2 year commitment ended, she decided to stay in education and taught for 5 years at KIPP Academy in the Bronx. After visiting Oakland for a summer, she decided to make it her home and taught at ACORN Woodland Elementary School for 7 years and as a Math Specialist for 2 years. She has been bringing her expertise and passion to Hoover Elementary since 2015.
  • Mark joined the Hoover teaching staff in 1994. He has taught 1st, 4th, and 5th grades and has been a literacy coach for the district. Mark graduated from UC Davis, got his teaching credential at Holy Names in Oakland, and was in the first cohort of the Principles Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley. Mark was born and raised in Oakland, graduating from Skyling High School. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two kids, who both attend Oakland public schools.
  • Ms. Barich has been teaching kindergarten at Hoover Elementary since 2015. She grew up in San Francisco and has lived in Oakland since 2009. Ms. Barich graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from California College of the Arts and earned her Masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of the Pacific. Before teaching at Hoover, she participated in the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) where she worked as a Teaching Assistant in first, second, and third grade classrooms. She has also worked as a Montessori preschool teacher and children's art instructor. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, and making art.
  • Ms. Duong was born and raised in San Francisco, where she currently lives. She graduated from UC San Diego where she got her degrees in Psychology and Education. She received her teaching credential from San Diego State University. She has been teaching since 2013 at Hoover, and taught at another school the year before that. She believes that everyone is a learner and wants to pass on to her students a love for school that she had growing up. She enjoys arts and crafts, jogging, and rooting for the Giants and Warriors!
  • Ms. Maddie has been working at Hoover since 2014. She started working as an ASP Instructor with BACR and then joined the OUSD staff. She loves working with students and hopes to become a teacher in the near future. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies include doing hair and makeup and she volunteers at her a church.
  • Ms. Mathieu has been teaching at Hoover Elementary since 2019. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Ut. and moved to the Bay Area in 2017. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati and is passionate about teaching literacy. In her spare time she enjoys reading and hiking.
  • Ms. McPeek joined us in 2015 as our engineering teacher. She teaches FOSS and engineering for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) class and supports our staff teaching STEAM as our lead science teacher. She is excited for another year of bring STEAM to our school in the classroom, and through inclass activities and outside experiences.
  • Ms. Sayavong has been teaching in OUSD since 2019. She grew up in San Francisco and currently lives in San Francisco. She got her degree from Dominican University of California in San Rafael. She majored in Liberal Studies with a concentration in literacy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
  • Ms. Sbani has been teaching at Hoover since 2016. She has a passion for early childhood education and literacy development. Ms. Sbani serves as the Kinder Transition Teacher Leader, supporting our youngest learners in their transition to elementary school. This year she is also on School Site Council and School Culture Team. In her free time, Ms. Sbani loves to garden and go on hikes.
  • Oakland native, Alison Streich has been making music all her life. She is a mother, a teacher, a violinist and a composer. She has been teaching for Oakland Unified School District for over 24 years! In 2011 she founded Oakland Spirit Orchestra features performances of Oakland's young musicians all around the city. When she is not making music in the classroom, she keeps a bustling performance schedule playing her violin with various bands and ensembles. The highlight of her teaching career was being named OUSD's 2014-2015 "Teacher of the Year!"
  • Raised in Berkeley, Ms. Emam graduated from University of Pacific with a biology-math major. She completed her teaching credential at UOP, and taught for several years before returning to the Bay Area. Ms. Emam (then Nelsen) joined the staff at Hoover in 1987, and taught first grade before being pulled out of the classroom. She has worked as a literacy coach, math coach, science teacher as well as a support staff for all the many tasks that help Hoover run smoothly. She first retired in 2003, but has been asked to stay on part time to help with the budget, compliance, testing, and a host of other assignments. Both of her children are Oakland High School graduates. A dual citizen of Egypt, Ms. Emam will gradually wean herself away from the Hoover family as she spends more time overseas.
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