Jo Ann Bell
Office Administrator

joannb@maybeckhs.org

BA in Human and Community Service
St Mary’s College

Jo Ann Bell, also known as “Ms. Jo Ann” to the students, works as the Administrative Assistant in the main office. She came to Maybeck a year ago with years of administrative and academic support experience but finds her present roll supporting the Maybeck Family one of the most enjoyable jobs she has experienced. Prior to coming to Maybeck she worked for many years at The University of California, Berkeley Campus and in The UC Office of the President. She has worked as a Community Correspondence Writer with Oakland Voices, The Oakland Tribune’s Community Media Project; was an outreach worker with St. Vincent De Paul; and is presently a Volunteer Coordinator with the American Red Cross.

Jo Ann is an Oakland native. She loves being around people and in her spare time loves to read, travel, and spend time with her children, grand-children, and family.

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Anissa Boukhris
French

anissab@maybeckhs.org

Baccalauréat Français in Modern Languages and Mathematics
Lycée Pierre Mendes France, Tunis, Tunisia

BA in French
Université des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse and Birmingham Southern College

MA in Social Justice Education (Certification in French and History)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Anissa was born in Carthage, today a suburb of modern Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. She came to United States in her twenties, pursuing a career in education and translation/interpretation. She has a deep love of the Mediterranean world and its history, including the rich heritage of Carthaginian and Roman civilizations.  Anissa is a native speaker of French, Arabic (both classical Arabic and Tunisian Dialect), and English. She is also fluent in Italian and proficient in Spanish. 

In addition to being a linguistics and Classical History nerd, Anissa's specific areas of academic interest include La Francophonie beyond the traditional franco-centric French classroom with particular focus on the literatures and cultures of Sub-Saharan West Africa, North Africa, Francophone Canada (Acadia) & the French Caribbean/Haiti, and the history and impact of French Colonialism on Francophone cultures, literatures and modern-day politics.  Anissa also loves 18th Century French literature and history from Les philosophes des lumières to the literary movements leading up to the French Revolution. 

In her spare time, Anissa is an amateur photographer, an experimental cook of Tunisian, Berber, Iberian and southern Italian cuisine, an avid reader of historical fiction, and a mom to two great kids! 

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Stan Cardinet
Founder & Director Emeritus, Social Studies

stanc@maybeckhs.org

BA in History
Saint Mary's College

After earning his BA in History, Stan began to study Modern European History in graduate school at UC Berkeley. His graduate studies were interrupted when he was drafted and he spent two years in the army, 1961-1963. Then he spent six months living in Germany. He returned to California and began teaching history and social studies at Saint Elizabeth’s High School in Oakland. He taught there for seven years. In 1972 Stan and a small group of teachers from St. Elizabeth’s left and began their own school. Maybeck was born. The first year there were 17 students. This small but passionate group of students and teachers formed a school around Stan’s core beliefs about education. Stan believes that education develops who you are, that experience is better than the lecture, that you will learn more outside of school than inside. Sadly, he says, school is usually narrow, yet a necessary phase in life, in a modern culture. Maybeck was created to make school a better place. Maybeck is a place to keep ideas, students, and teachers safe. It is a place without hostility between ideas, students, and teachers. It is a school dedicated to helping students reach their potential.

Stan is intellectual, interested in many things, a man who loves to share ideas with young creative minds. He dedicated his life to nurturing their creativity and thinking processes. In his 35 years teaching at Maybeck, he taught history, religion, art history, environmental design, origins of the Holocaust, poetry, thinkers, and oil painting, just to name a few subjects. He brought unparalleled passion to his classes. He told stories in character. Unsatisfied with dull textbooks, he collected poignant, exciting articles over his lifetime and organized them into readers for the courses he taught.

Today Stan spends much of his time reading, writing, and painting. He continues to teach an occasional class at Maybeck. He enjoys reading and is now in volume III of Henry Louis de La Grange’s biography of Gustav Mahler. He is currently writing a memoir about his time in the army.

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Charles Casey
Director of Technology & Senior Administrator

charliec@maybeckhs.org

BA in Mathematics
Reed College

Charlie was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Reed College in 1985 and migrated to the Bay Area in 1990. Having started as a math teacher in NY in the fall of 1985, Charlie was handed computer lab responsibilities (some of you may recall the days of the Mac IIe, Logo, BASIC?). As IT demands grew greater in the schools he worked at, he surfaced as THE ‘go-to guy’ for all things computer.

After moving to San Francisco, Charlie worked at the Menlo School in Atherton and then had an eleven-year stint as Director of Technology at Lick-Wilmerding High School. His family moved to Barcelona for most of a year in 2009-2010. Upon return, he found Maybeck in need of IT support and signed on enthusiastically.

For fun, Charlie enjoys skiing, sailing, playing music, hanging with the family and friends, and traveling. Over the last two summers Charlie returned sail boats from Hawaii to California after the Pac Cup and TransPac races, and sails regularly in the Offshore Yacht Racing series. He has three chickens and more eggs than he knows what to do with.

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Trevor Cralle
Director Of Outdoor Education And Alumni Relations

trevorc@maybeckhs.org

BA in Cultural Geography
University of California, Berkeley

A graduate of Maybeck High School (‘79), Trevor Cralle has been working at Maybeck since the early 1980s. Maybeck has been at the center of his entire life and career. He is a passionate leader at Maybeck and has a deep knowledge of our school’s history, culture, and community. Trevor has been Maybeck's Admissions Director for more than fifteen years.

Trevor has a BA from UC Berkeley, where he studied cultural geography with an emphasis in tropical rainforest ecology and Pacific Islander marine resources conservation. He has taught cultural geography at Maybeck, as well as a variety of physical education classes, including swimming, volleyball, basketball, hiking, and ultimate Frisbee.

Trevor believes in experiential learning and loves to lead Maybeck Special Programs, and, in particular, to go abroad with students. With his vast experience traveling to more than 60 countries, including sailing through the South Pacific, Trevor has led and co-led international trips with Maybeck students to many places, such as Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. He has an extensive collection of photographs and slides documenting these adventures. He has also led several surfing special programs to Hawaii and Santa Cruz.

Trevor has also been a writer and researcher for the California Coastal Commission and was the head counselor at various summer water sports camps in the Caribbean. Trevor is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on surf slang. He is the author of The Surfin’ary: A Dictionary of Surfing Terms and Surfspeak. In his free time, Trevor loves to travel and take photographs; he also collects quotations, Hawaiian shirts, and carved wooden pineapples.

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Laura Contreras
Academic Dean, Freshman Seminar

laurac@maybeckhs.org

BA in Sociology & Environmental Education magna cum laude
Cornell University

Masters in Art of Teaching
Brown University

Administrative Credential in Instructional Leadership and Coaching for Equity

Laura is thrilled to be part of the Maybeck community. She comes with 10 years of experience working in high school, with a particular love for supporting 9th grade students and families. She brings classroom experience, having taught English and History, as well as outdoor experience, having taught for Outward Bound in Maine. Her article in the Journal of Environmental Education on transformation through experiential education speaks to her philosophy of making learning experiences relevant and memorable.

Laura comes with experience coaching teachers to help them identify and achieve their goals. She deeply believes in restorative justice as an opportunity for people to grow and learn, and brings experience running restorative conversations and circles. She is dedicated to equity and inclusion at all levels.

Outside of school, you can find Laura at a dance class or enjoying time with her wife and daughter.

Anya Fernandez
Math, Science

anyaf@maybeckhs.org

BS in Biology
Point Loma University

Anya was born and raised in the Bay Area and then spent eight years in San Diego (with a brief nine-month stay in Denver thrown in for good measure). She majored in biology and chemistry at Point Loma University, graduating with a BS in 2002. After graduating college, Anya spent a year at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in a PhD program in Molecular Biology, only to discover her love for teaching and therefore promptly said farewell to grad school. She returned to San Diego and worked for several years in a lab focused on the immune system and arthritis until 2006 when Anya moved back to the Bay Area and began teaching high school chemistry. Joining Maybeck in 2012, Anya has since taught Chemistry, Geometry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Algebra I. She enjoys the classroom environment and hopes her love for math and science rubs off on those around her.

In her spare time Anya loves to read, swim, bake, repurpose old furniture and sew. However, most of her spare time is spent either at the park or building forts with her three adorable children. Anya also loves to experience new places (culturally and gastronomically). She has been to Canada, Mexico, England, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, and more. Anya’s last travel adventure took her to Puerto Rico with a group of Maybeck students.

Mario Godoy
Math

mariog@maybeckhs.org

B.M. Music Performance
University of Redlands

M.M. Music Composition
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Mario Godoy is a composer, saxophonist, and music educator from Riverside, CA.

As a composer, he has written pieces for solo instruments, numerous chamber groups, wind ensemble, works for instruments with electronics, fixed media electronic music, as well as music for video games and media.

As a saxophonist, he has performed professionally across the gamut of musical genres having performed with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions, multiple chamber groups, jazz big bands, jazz combos, and rock bands. He currently plays regularly with experimental indie rock group, Makeunder.

He holds a Master of Music degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied under David Garner and Dan Becker. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Redlands where he studied saxophone with Dr. Eddie Smith and composition with Dr. Anthony Suter.

In addition to teaching at Maybeck, Mario teaches private music lessons in saxophone, composition, and music theory.

www.mariogodoy.com

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Daniel Herman
Humanities

danielh@maybeckhs.org

BA in English with Honors
Lafayette College

PhD Literature
Victoria University of Wellington

Daniel Herman teaches literature, religion, philosophy, and history at Maybeck. He received his doctorate in Literature in 2011, from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, under the supervision of Vincent O’Sullivan, former Poet Laureate of New Zealand.

Daniel is the author of Zen and the White Whale: A Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick, which arose from his years of residential Buddhist practice at the San Francisco Zen Center (Tassajara and Green Gulch) and overseas. The book explores the wisdom and compassion of Melville's narrator Ishmael, and how these qualities allow him to cope with adversity, respect ideological diversity, and live skillfully in a fickle, slippery world. Daniel also created and organized the inaugural San Francisco Moby-Dick Marathon in October 2015, and is currently helping to coordinate marathons for 2018 and 2019.

Non-literary interests include pizza, coffee, Bob Dylan, hiking in the redwoods, and the New York Mets. Daniel lives here in Berkeley, with his wife, two young daughters, and medium-sized dog.

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Melissa Hillman
English, Drama

melissah@maybeckhs.org

BA in Operatic Theatre Direction
CSU East Bay

MA in Dramatic Art
University of California, Berkeley

PhD in Dramatic Art
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Melissa Hillman holds a PhD in dramatic art from UC Berkeley, where she was a Pearl Hickman Fellow and was twice awarded the Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Theatrical Talent. Melissa is the Artistic Director of Impact Theatre in Berkeley, a small professional company that specializes in new plays by emerging playwrights and reimagined classics. She has taught at UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, the Berkeley Digital Film Institute, and De Anza College. She's a contributor to "Theatre Bay Area" magazine and blogs as Bitter Gertrude, where she writes about theatre and popular culture.

Melissa's specialties include Shakespeare, new play development, Ancient Greek drama, and critical analysis. Her interests outside the world of theatre and lit include history, especially Medieval and Renaissance Europe, with a particular interest in popular culture and culinary history. She has an extensive collection of antique and vintage cookbooks, with which she backdated several culinary terms for the Oxford English Dictionary. Melissa and her husband are members of The 501st Legion, so if you ever see a very short TIE fighter pilot the next time you drive by Children's Hospital, it might be Melissa! Melissa is a proud fifth-generation resident of the beautiful East Bay. She lives in Albany with her husband and their son and daughter.

Laurie Kahn
Business Manager, Registrar

lauriek@maybeckhs.org

BA in English
The University of the South

MA in English
Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College

Laurie Kahn has been a high school teacher and administrator for more than twenty years and is very pleased to have joined the Maybeck community as registrar. Born, raised, and educated in the deep South, she soon migrated to New England where she completed her masters' degree and went on to teach English and head a girls’ dormitory at Phillips Exeter Academy. Having lived and worked in Berkeley for many years now with her architect husband and three children, she likes to think she is almost a native. Before coming to Maybeck she worked at Bentley School and read applications for the admissions department at UC Berkeley.

Outside of school, Laurie is a devoted soccer mom and is sure she has driven to every soccer field in Northern California. She is a community volunteer with the Berkeley Friends of the Library and at Berkeley High School. She and her family enjoy traveling to Yosemite and other beautiful places in California as well as to Hawaii – and, on occasion, back to Alabama.

For fun, Laurie loves gardening, swing-dancing, hiking, reading, crossword puzzles, and playing Pictionary, and she is a dedicated novice at watercolor painting.

Dave Kinstle
Math, Science

davek@maybeckhs.org

BA in Zoology
University of California, Berkeley

Dave Kinstle holds a BA in Zoology with an emphasis in Natural History, from UC Berkeley, granted in 1971. He began teaching at Maybeck in 1972. At Maybeck, Dave has taught Vertebrate Evolution, Conceptual Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Film Making, Silkscreen, Stage Design, Boat Building, Geometry, Algebra I, and Paleontology. Dave has led 30 years of bike trips for the students at Maybeck. These trips include Berkeley to Yosemite, Berkeley to Moro Bay, Moro Bay to San Diego, Berkeley to Lake Mendocino, Berkeley to Humboldt Redwood State Park, and Washington, DC to Boston. He has led more than 65 tours. He has organized the Full Moon Backpacking Club. His special programs have included cross-country skiing in Crested Butte, CO; travel to Baja California; Oaxaca, Mexico; Yucatan, Mexico; Belize; Costa Rica; Guatemala; Honduras; Madrid, Spain; and the Mojave Desert. Dave is committed to taking students on bike tours and foreign travel because he believes these experiences open doors of independence for them that are life-long. Many of his students continue to travel after graduation.

Outside of school Dave has been a full-time volunteer with the California Academy of Sciences in 1972, the biological Control Division of UC Berkeley in 1974, and the Berkeley Repertory Theater for the summer of 1984. Dave took a sabbatical from Maybeck in 1981 to sail a 40-foot yawl from Puerto Rico to Antigua. His other interests include archaeology, paleoanthropology, cultural Maya, and bugs. He is an avid collector of human and natural artifacts.

Evie Koh
Admissions Director

eviek@maybeckhs.org

BM Cello Performance, The Juilliard School

MM Cello Performance, Manhattan School of Music

Evie was born and raised in Berkeley, CA. After spending 11 years in New York City, she eagerly returned to the west coast to be closer to family. Evie has served the past three years as the Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Marin Academy. She managed the day-to-day Admissions Office operations, staff, participated in all phases of the admission process, and maintained responsibilities for outreach, recruitment, and oversaw the financial aid process. Evie supported the office in developing a vision for recruitment. Prior to Admissions work, she served as Marin Academy's Registrar for four years. Before working at Marin Academy, Evie worked at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division for five years.


In her free time, Evie loves to spend time with her husband and young daughter, binge watch TV shows, and explore the Bay Area with a new perspective. 

Susan McGuire
College Counselor

susanm@maybeckhs.org

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Janice Orrego
Spanish, Biology

janiceo@maybeckhs.org

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José Perez
Math

josep@maybeckhs.org

BS in Electrical Engineering
Yale

A California native, José was born in East Los Angeles. He grew up on various dairy farms in southern and central California before attending Yale University and earning a BS in Electrical Engineering. After graduating, José worked with students of migrant communities in Bakersfield, teaching math and science programs and discovering a love for education, as well as working with youth. José eventually moved to the bay area, where he tutored and taught test prep classes for mathematics before having joined the Maybeck community. José is interested in incorporating mindfulness, metacognition, and formative assessment within a classroom environment, as well as presenting mathematics to his students as a language and a form of art. 

José enjoys problem solving, rock climbing, literature, curating playlists, and exploring the bay area's electronic music scene.

Ursula Radics
Spanish

ursular@maybeckhs.org

Teacher Training for Teaching Spanish
International House, Buenos Aires

M.A. in Psychology with Honors
Golden Gate University, San Francisco

B.A. in Business Economics
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires

A Spanish native speaker, Uschi was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  A true aficionado of cultures and languages, Uschi studied languages most of her life and lived in different parts of the world including the U.S., Argentina, Italy and England.

Uschi has been teaching in a variety of educational settings since 2005.  Uschi completed a teacher training course in language and methodology for Teaching Spanish at the International House in Buenos Aires and she is also a member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Uschi also holds a Master’s Degree from Golden Gate University, and a B.A. from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

Uschi’s areas of interest are positive youth development (PYD), second-language learning and psycholinguistics (how we acquire and learn new languages). She believes in the importance of acquiring a new language and its relation with cognitive development, particularly when students begin learning a new language at an early age.  She also believes that a successful learning environment for acquiring a new language is when students are motivated, encouraged and supported in the learning process. 

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Jane Shamaeva
Composition, Art History, Philosophy, Shakespeare

janes@maybeckhs.org

BA in Comparative Literature
Columbia University

MA in Russian Literature
UC Berkeley

MA in English Literature
Middlebury College

Jane is very excited to return to Maybeck, where she taught English for four years from 2005 until 2009. This year, she will be teaching Composition, Art History, Philosophy, and Shakespeare. She uses the project-based and student-centered approach to teaching in her classroom and particularly loves hearing what students say during discussions. In addition to having been an instructor at Maybeck, she has taught English and History at Head-Royce School, Marin Academy, and Everest Public High School. In her free time, Jane enjoys spending time with her partner and 14-year-old daughter, going on road trips, camping, taking pictures, seeing plays, and collecting pineapples.

Joe Sinclair
Math

joes@maybeckhs.org

BA in Physics
Oxford University, UK

PGCE in Science Education
Birmingham University, UK

Originally from rural England, Joe has been in the US for 4 years, arriving in the Bay Area via Portland, Oregon. After university, he moved to London to teach, middle and high school Physics, Biology and Chemistry. After many short trips in school holidays, Joe caught the travel bug and bought a round-the-world ticket. This voyage included his first US road trip, ending in Berkeley, before moving on to the Antipodes and Southeast Asia. After a couple more years of London teaching, he waited on his Green Card application, working in beautiful New Zealand. In the US, he has taught at alternative schools in Portland and the East Bay.

Joe spends much of his free time out and about with his family and dog in the Oakland & Berkeley hills. He has kept up a hobby for running, after having a great experience with Queens Park Harriers Athletics Club in west London. He plays ukulele and enjoys watching soccer. Joe still enjoys travelling and camping here in California.

Tom Stone
History, Social Studies

toms@maybeckhs.org

MA Modern History
Oxford University UK

PGCE Secondary Education in History
London Institute of Education UK

Tom was born and raised back in the mother country, England, before making his way to the Bay area in 2012. This unusual maneuver was inspired by his dual citizen and teacher wife, Anna, who currently also works as a teacher in the Bay area. Tom holds a degree from the University of Oxford, in the dubiously named subject of 'Modern history' (that's 1066-present). He also holds a Secondary Teaching Qualification in History from London's Institute of Education. A lifelong obsession with the past can be traced to a combined origin of; 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure', the writings of the American Historian Shelby Foote, as well the much more serious and just as magnificent, ‘World at War’ documentary narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Tom feels perhaps most at home among students in a History classroom and hopes one day to inspire some young mind to benevolent world dictatorship or failing that, hopes that every Maybeck student leaves the school with wide ranging and empathetic view of the world around them. At Maybeck Tom teaches History of every type, likes to make cameo appearances at basketball club and coached the first ever Maybeck Soccer team. In his spare time, he loves to hike especially in the wilderness and thanks to Dave K and the incredible Maybeck bike trip is now an avowed lover of long distance road biking. He loves to watch sports as well, and is a proud if somewhat disgruntled Raider as well as supporter of Manchester United. Tom likes to occasionally dabble in some Sci Fi writing as well as arts and crafts, specifically flint knapping, polymer clay sculpture and soon, (he keeps saying to himself) wood and stone carving. 

Johnathan Vaknin
Spanish, Social Studies

johnathanv@maybeckhs.org

B.A. in Comparative Literature
University of Pennsylvania

M.A. in Comparative Literature
UC Berkeley

A native of New Jersey, Johnathan moved to the Bay Area in 2010 after completing his B.A. in comparative literature and Hispanic studies at the University of Pennsylvania. During his junior year in college, he spent a semester studying abroad in Spain, where he took classes at the University of Seville and explored his love of Andalusian food, music, history, and architecture. Presently, he is in the final stages of a Ph.D. program in comparative literature at Cal, where, since 2012, he’s taught college-level Spanish and reading and composition courses (topics include science fiction, law and literature, illness and the arts, zombie fiction, and celebrities and the cultures of fame). He’s thrilled to be joining Maybeck and working with a diverse group of eager and talented high school students.

Johnathan’s academic and intellectual interests include Caribbean and Latin American literature (with an emphasis on Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, and Puerto Rico), medical humanities (a discipline that focuses, broadly, on cultural representations of illness and health), and comparative modernisms. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, sightseeing, cooking, playing pool with friends, and traveling—through a combination of research trips and leisurely getaways, he’s been fortunate enough to visit Buenos Aires, Lima, San Juan, Madrid, Tangier, and Tel Aviv.

William Webb
School Director, English

billw@maybeckhs.org

BA
Sarah Lawrence College

MA in Theology
Loyola Marymount University

William has been the Director of Maybeck High School since May of 2014. Previous to Maybeck, he was the director of New Roads High School in Los Angeles and the director of a Bard Master’s in Teaching Program in the Central Valley, where he helped train teachers to work in rural and underserved communities. More recently he was the middle school head of Black Pine Circle. He is continuing his work with Bard College as the West Coast Coordinator of the Institute of Writing and Thinking, working with teachers to help them create writing-based classrooms. William started his career in education as a chaplain and English teacher and he continues to teach literature and advanced electives at Maybeck. He is also a writer, a hiker, a swimmer and a cook.

Liz Welton
Psychological Counseling, Health, Psychology

lizw@maybeckhs.org

BA in Community Justice Studies and Anthropology
Guilford College

Masters in Social Work
Smith College School for Social Work

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Liz wears many hats at Maybeck with the aim of supporting the social and emotional health of our students. She provides individual counseling to students, consultation to parents and faculty, and teaches Freshman Seminar, Health, and Psychology. She manages accommodations for students with learning differences in coordination with the Academic Dean. She also oversees the Peer Mentoring program and various community building efforts within the school.

Prior to Maybeck, Liz worked as a Clinical Social Worker with adolescents and young adults in various therapeutic and educational settings. She served as a Staff Therapist at Coyote Coast Youth & Family Counseling, Inc. in Orinda for three years, and was contracted as School Counselor at Orinda Academy during that time. She also served as a therapist at the counseling centers at Duke University and Humboldt State University, and worked for a wilderness therapy program and a family help center supporting at-risk teens and families.

Liz loves wearing the hat of therapist, group facilitator, mediator, community builder, educator, wilderness guide, mentor, and family support specialist, among others. She is particularly interested in leadership development, wilderness-based rites of passage work, and parenting support related to adolescent development. A native North Carolinian, Liz hails from Southern roots though always felt an uncontainable draw to the west. In her spare time, Liz is often found backpacking, river swimming, traveling, playing volleyball and soccer, and appreciating the food and live music of the East Bay.

Jordan Greenwald

jordang@maybeckhs.org

B.A. in French Studies and Comparative Literature

University of Pennsylvania

PhD in Comparative Literature (expected May 2019)

University of California, Berkeley 

Hailing from a small town outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jordan moved to the Bay Area in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before graduate school, he worked in New York City as an immigration paralegal. As an undergraduate at Penn, Jordan completed his BA in French Studies and Comparative Literature. As both an undergraduate and graduate student, he has spent about a year's time living and studying in France, including Paris, Tours, and Avignon. His passion for French and francophone literature and culture continues as he completes a PhD on the literature of France and the United States. At Cal, he has taught courses in college-level French as well as courses on nature poetry, race and American horror, and "the real housewives of comparative literature"--including, of course, Madame Bovary.

Jordan's academic and intellectual interests include literature of the long nineteenth century, European and American Romanticism, queer studies, ecocriticism, and lyric poetry. He is in the final stages of writing a dissertation about the relationship between hopelessness and the representation of nature in French and American Romanticism. In his spare time, he likes to hike, play roleplaying games, read, go to the theatre, and, naturally, travel to francophone regions of the globe.

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Won Cha

wonc@maybeckhs.org

B.F.A. / The Cooper Union School of Art

For the past 8 years, Won continues to find himself, inside the classroom as a teacher and behind the scenes as an administrator, in various organizations. He has been fortunate enough to be mentored by talented teachers throughout his life. He sees the classroom as an active forum, bringing together individuals of various cultures, perspectives, identities, and life experiences. What is created through these intersections continues to be a wellspring of inspiration. As a teacher and a lifelong student, he aims to facilitate an open-ended dialogue, nurturing creative and intellectual engagement.

Most recently, Won was apart of a survey, composed of graduate students at Cal, that visited the planned border wall site dividing the sister cities of Mexico and the United States. The survey conducted research on the social, cultural, economic, ecological, and humanitarian implications of the planned border wall. Won developed a project, with a graduate student in urban planning, questioning U.S. multinational involvement in destabilizing Mexico’s agricultural autonomy.

As an artist, he continues to exhibit work throughout the country and abroad. https://www.artforum.com/artguide/lc-queisser-16355/won-cha-158851

As a New Yorker, he is still puzzled by the sight of palm trees in January.