Our Leadership Team

Lead Facilitator

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Michael McCaffrey

Michael McCaffrey joined the ACLC team as Lead Facilitator in 2019, bringing 15 years of experience as an educator and leader in highly successful and diverse middle and high school settings. He received his B.A. from UC Berkeley and his Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Michael has worked with young people all his adult life. Each day, he seeks to put into action his belief that all students can learn and that all teachers can continue to improve their practice to support students in becoming their best selves.

Before joining ACLC, Michael served as the principal at Epic Charter Academy in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood and helped Epic achieve some of the greatest growth of any middle school program in Oakland. Before that, he spent 11 years at Leadership Public Schools in Hayward as a teacher, teacher leader, Academic Dean, and as Assistant Principal. When Michael left LPS-Hayward, it was the 2nd highest performing public high school in California, graduating 100% of students and securing them all admission to university. At ACLC, Michael is excited to lead an already successful team of facilitators to even greater heights in their service of students.

Curriculum & Instruction Lead

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David Hoopes

David Hoopes joined the ACLC team in 2012 and became Curriculum and Instruction Lead in 2017. David is a long-term advocate of project-based learning and creating a robust and engaging school culture. He is 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."

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), he implemented innovative instructional strategies and increased API scores by 89 points in two years.  Earlier, David 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.

Director of Special Education

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Annahita Rad

Annahita Rad became the Director of Special Education for ACLC and Nea in 2019, after serving in several administrative capacities at Nea since 2014. As a master teacher, Annahita is passionate about child-centered learning. As Lead Facilitator at Nea, she worked tirelessly to improve instructional practice and always challenged colleagues to work with a lens of equity. Her dedication to a learner-first approach extends outside the classroom to her practice as a member of the Diversity Committee, where she advocates for learners and families and helps create user-friendly school policies.

Annahita has several years' experience supporting Special Education and working with teams on differentiation and accommodations. As an EL Learner herself--English is her third language, after Farsi and French--Annahita understands that a diverse educational community requires a variety of approaches to make learning accessible and meaningful to all. Ms. Rad holds a Master's in Education from UC Davis and a BA in history from UCLA. She is also certified in Business Administration through UC Berkeley, and as a Conflict Mediator through the Restoring Civility Conflict Resolution Program (Los Angeles) where she mentored middle and high school learners to become peer mediators. Annahita has served Alameda youth for the bulk of her career and resides in Alameda with her husband, son, and daughter.

School Counselor

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Amanda Stoner

Amanda Stoner joined ACLC as School Counselor in 2018. She holds a B.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and received a dual Master's degree in School Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's College. She finds the role of School Counselor very rewarding and is excited to be working with learners, parents, facilitators and administrators in a school community that is committed to educational success. Before coming to ACLC, Amanda spent two years as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the San Ramon Unified School District. Before that, she spent one year as a School Counseling intern at a high school in the San Ramon Unified School District. Amanda grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and now lives in San Ramon with her husband and son.

School Manager

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Lai Llanda

Lai Llanda joined ACLC as a School Manager in 2018 and is honored to be part of a team whose mission supports learners’ individual needs. Her career in education started in 2009 after she left her profession in journalism and started working at a Montessori school. It was there that she realized working with children and families was her purpose and that the approach to “not one size fits all” was integral to catering to each child’s educational path. She has over 13 years of experience in education, both inside and outside the classroom and in both private and public schools. She is an advocate of choice schools such as ACLC, where families can find growth in a smaller community and where children can feel recognized.

Lai is passionate about inclusion, equity and restorative justice in schools. Lai was born and raised in Oakland, CA and is a product of Oakland public schools. She is a first-generation college graduate and received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University. She loves family time and grew up with six siblings and has 19 nieces and nephews!  When she finds free time, she likes to enjoy the outdoors, cook, go on foodie adventures and travel with her son and husband.

School Manager

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Heather Mahaffey

Bio coming soon!