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 Ross
  • Deirdre Sproul

First Grade

  • Shay McGilvrey (E101)
  • Lency Olsen (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: Kelly Waldo (A201)
  • Resource Specialist Program Instructional Aide (RSP IA): Valerie Wagner (roaming)
  • Special Education Instructional Aides: Ananda Richmond, Jody Rosenthal,  Brandon Luckey, Sylvia Robinson, Stephanie Dorsey, Nina Morente

Other Departments

After School Program

  • Director: Aaron Grayson III (Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room)
  • Staff: Sequoia Dandridge, Camille Clausen, Tim Hewitt, Rayuan Lee, Jarrett Sanders (Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room)


  • School Psychologist: Maria Sugahara-Henderson
  • Speech: Pamela Hildebrand
  • Counselor: Robin Olip-Booth, Kelly Burkett
  • Family Engagement and Equity Specialist: Carolyn Perez
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant: Ashley Hunsberger 

Support Services

  • Food Service: Cynthia Richardson (Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room)
  • Lead Day Custodian: Rodney Hill
  • Evening Custodian: Walter Kirby
  • Yard Duty: Jumeica Boles, Camille Clausen, Heidi Ross, Geraldine Ashley