ACLC leadership Team
"Teamwork divides the tasks and multiplies the success."
Lead Facilitator: David Hoopes
David Hoopes joined the ACLC team as Lead Facilitator in 2012 and has been a strong stablizing force during ACLC's recent moves. Despite two moves in two years, Hoopes increased ACLC's API scores to 869 (the top high school API in Alameda) and maintained full enrollment during challenging times.
Now that ACLC has landed in its permanent location at 1900 Third Street, David is eager refocus the school on what it does best - educating the leaders of tomorrow. In addition to his dedication to academic rigor, David is a long-term advocate of project-based learning and creating a robust and engaging school culture - all core ACLC values.
David says, "I'm passionate about educating students so they can excel and contribute in a rapidly-changing world and global economy. Kids gain deeper understanding when they engage in project-based learning because it challenges them take initiative and think outside the box. Our approach develops learners' skills in critical thinking and problem-solving, and helps them synthesize complex concepts. Not only does this prepare them for college, it creates confident leaders in the real world."
David came to ACLC from Envision Schools: Impact Academy of Arts and Technology in Hayward, CA, where he served as Principal. Under his guidance, this fledgling charter increased API scores by 75 points and secured WASC accreditation and a 5-year charter renewal.
Previously, as Academic Dean at Leadership Public Schools (Hayward), Hoopes implemented innovative instructional strategies and increased API scores by 89 points in two years. Earlier, he was an Instructional Coach for various Leadership Public Schools in the Bay Area; and prior to that, a curriculum coach, department chair and social sciences teacher in Richmond and Fremont, CA, as well as in international schools in Italy and Brazil.
Assistant Lead Facilitator: Lynne Boone
Lynne Boone became ACLC's new Assistant Lead Facilitator in 2014. Lynne’s educational philosophy, leadership approach and particular experience in managing, coaching and teaching make her an excellent fit for our program.
Lynne says, "I'm committed to a project-based and learner-centered philosophy of education that encourages kids to fully engage, opens them up to educational options, connects their learning to the real world, nurtures a collaborative classroom environment, and builds a thriving community. I'm passionate about helping learners take responsibility for their education, working closely and cooperatively with faculty and families, and developing positive school culture through activities and approaches that really bring the various elements of the community together."
Lynne comes to ACLC with over fifteen years of experience in a variety of educational settings. She was Principal of an academic and enrichment Summer School for K - 9th graders that incorporated project-based learning with a STEAM focus, an Assistant Principal at Cornell Elementary School, an experienced middle and high school teacher, a mentor and coach for new teachers of every level, and has additional experience in developing standards-based curriculum with best practices for the New York Department of Education and Contra Costa County.
Lynne has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, an Administrative Services Credential Certificate of Eligibility, and has completed most of her coursework toward an Ed.D.
School Manager: Kira Foster
Kira Foster joined the ACLC team as School Manager in 2013. Kira came to ACLC after a 20-year career as a public health researcher. She started in 1991 as a field interviewer at the UC Berkeley Survey Research Center and has conducted research on homelessness, diversity in the health professions, unintended pregnancy, and user experiences of Medi-Cal services.
Kira has lived on three continents, including three years in Denmark and two years in Southern Africa. She holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology and conducted her doctoral research on health care reform in post-apartheid South Africa.
Kira is the parent of an ACLC Learner and, as an anthropologist, finds ACLC as interesting, complex and vibrant a community as any she has studied or lived in.
School Counselor: Isabel Berrospe
Bio coming soon...