Staff by Department (and Room)

A Note about Communication with Staff

Every child will have a Thursday folder that will contain a school newsletter and other important information. The folder goes home on Thursdays and comes back to school on Fridays. If you want to talk to your child’s teacher, send them an email, leave a message in the office, or put a note in the Thursday folder. Some teachers don’t mind pop-ins, but please be aware that the before-school time is sacred for preparing for the day—each teacher will explain to parents their own policy on how best to get in touch.

All Berkeley Unified School District email addresses use the format


  • Principal: Beth Rhine (Main Office, Inner Office)
  • School Secretary: Kaitlin Buenger (Main Office, Front Desk)

Classroom Teachers

See the Class List page for email list subscription links for the families of each classroom.

teachers in costumeKindergarten

  • Mary Lewis (A102)
  • Yagoit Ahmed (A107)

Kindergarten Aides

  • Heidi Hughes
  • Deirdre Sproul

First Grade

  • Shay McGilvrey (E101)
  • Erik Danielson (E107)

Second Grade

  • Jaime Vines (E102)
  • Phanica Uk (E103)

Third Grade

  • Michael Della Penna (A212)
  • Laurie Nielson (A211)

Fourth Grade

  • Rachel Martin (A205)
  • Emma Holtzapple (A204)

Fifth Grade

  • Jackie Omania (A203)
  • Carla Inniss (A202)

Subject Area Educators



  • Librarian: Karen Sasamoto (Library)
  • Literacy Coach/Response to Intervention (RTI) Teacher: Amy Fry (A201)

Special Education

  • English Language Development (ELD) and Reading Intervention: Dianne Snyder (A201)
  • Full Inclusion: Andrea Hosmer (E104)
  • Resource Specialist: Tom Sheridan (A201)
  • Resource Specialist Program Instructional Aide (RSP IA): Valerie Wagner (roaming)
  • Special Education Instructional Aides: Ananda Richmond, Jody Rosenthal Sylvia Robinson, Stephanie Dorsey, Julian Eagle, Ghidey Welday, Saeeda Bagum, Semhar Habtemichael

Other Departments

After School Program

  • Director: Aaron Grayson III (Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room)
  • Staff: Sequoia Rodriguez, Jarrett Sanders (Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room), Nithin Yaramala, Gabriel Garcia, Heidi Hughes, Harmine Kaur, Karina Wiedlin, Jumeica Boles, Karreimah Sanders, Jesus Hernandez


  • School Psychologist: Rose Ahrens
  • Speech: Drea Gallegos
  • Counselor: Robin Olip-Booth, Kelly Burkett
  • Family Engagement and Equity Specialist: Carolyn Perez
  • Occupational Therapist: Ashley Hunsberger, Jessica Fiedler

Support Services

  • Food Service: Mary Fung (Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room)
  • Lead Day Custodian: Rodney Hill
  • Evening Custodian: Walter Kirby
  • Yard Duty: Jumeica Boles, Heidi Hughes, Gabriel Garcia, Nithin Yaramala