Teaching & Learning Advisors

In the fall of 2019, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund convened for the first time an esteemed and diverse group of educators, our Teaching & Learning Advisors (TLAs), to advise the Schools Fund on our multiple grant making and volunteer programs. Our staff and board continue to meet with TLAs two to three times each year. TLA input is critical to the Schools Fund’s ability to stay responsive to emerging needs in BUSD.

TLA Goals

Teaching & Learning Advisors contribute to the success of Berkeley Unified School District by:

  • Evaluating and informing current Schools Fund programming
  • Advising on the design of future Schools Fund programming
  • Increasing educator engagement in Schools Fund programs through site-based communications support

How TLAs Are Chosen

TLAs are chosen for a combination of factors, including their knowledge of and direct experience with Schools Fund programs, their capacity for district-wide systems thinking, the diverse perspectives they bring, and the endorsement of their Principal. Our TLA collective currently includes pre-K-12 classroom teachers, coaches, counselors, afterschool program staff, and librarians.

Our 2022-23 TLAs

Elementary, Southeast Zone:

  • John Muir: Yorda Weldeghiorgis (3rd Gr)
  • Emerson: Jeannie Wang (K-5 Literacy Coach)
  • Sylvia Mendez: Gaddy Barbero Reyes (K-5 Library)
  • Malcolm X: Jennifer Adcock (2nd Gr)

Elementary, Central Zone:

  • Washington: Mindy Geminder (5th Gr)
  • Berkeley Arts Magnet: Sumita Soni (3rd Gr)
  • Oxford: Karen Sasumoto (K-5 Librarian)
  • Cragmont: Meridith Aki (Kinder)

Elementary, Northwest Zone:

  • Rosa Parks: Rosa Moreno (3rd Gr)
  • Jefferson: Jonah Cohn (K-5 PE)
  • Thousand Oaks: Anne Hirose (4th Gr)

Middle Schools:

  • King: Geeta Makhija (Math Teacher, 7th Gr)
  • Longfellow: Aaron Lechuga (Restorative Justice Counselor)
  • Willard: Zabed Monika (Science Teacher)

High School:

  • Berkeley High: Matt Laurel (Academic Support Coordinator)
  • Berkeley High: Monica Salvador (Special Education Lead)
  • Berkeley High: Jasdeep Malhi (Intervention Counselor)

Extended Learning:

  • LEARNS: Jason Nealy (Specialist)

Office of Family Engagement & Equity (OFEE):

  • Jocelyn Foreman
  • Nabateh Ahmed