ACLC leadership Team
"Teamwork divides the tasks and multiplies the success."
Lead Facilitator: Jeremy Goodreau
Jeremy Goodreau became ACLC's Lead Facilitator in July of 2017. He is incredibly excited to be working with such motivated and talented people at ACLC! Jeremy graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Kinesiology and History, and earned his M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston. He met his wife in college, and recently moved to the area with their two dogs. They are incredibly happy to be here with such wonderful weather and people!
For the past six years, Jeremy worked at a private boarding school for low-income students near Houston. While there he served in many roles, most recently as the Head of Upper School, a role in which he worked to build a strong community that learns together. Prior to that, he worked in program support for a charter school in Houston, as a medical research tech, and as an athletic trainer.
Curriculum and Instruction Lead: 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.
David became ACLC's Curriculum and Instruction Lead in 2017.
Special Education Director: Neku Pogue
Neku has a passion for social justice in the form of providing equitable education for all learners. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, she pursued that passion as former Senator Don Perata’s representative to education communities in the East Bay.
Neku found her path to teaching through Oakland Teaching Fellows and became a resource specialist at Westlake Middle School in Oakland in 2007. Since then, she has pioneered innovative special education systems and practices at Westlake as well as facilitated the implementation of effective school wide positive behavior interventions and supports. She has thoroughly enjoyed instructing first and second year Teach for America special educators regarding best practices in the field through Loyola Marymount University since 2013.
California native and proud mother of a seven year old son, Neku received both a Master’s in Public Administration and in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She is dedicated to leading general and special educators alike toward effectively differentiating, accommodating and modifying learning for all students attending CLC schools and beyond
School Counselor: Amanda Ruocco
Bio coming soon...
School Manager: Lai Llanda
Lai has bachelor's degree in Journalism from SFSU and spent a year as a journalist until kismet brought her back to her true passion, working with youth in education. She has over 10 years of experience in education, both inside and outside the classroom and in both private and public schools. She is honored to be a part of the ACLC team and is committed to supporting students and families in their academic pursuits and journey. Lai was born and raised in Oakland, CA and now resides in Hayward, CA with her son and husband. 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 for her family, try out new restaurants, blog, and maintain her Yelp "Elite" status.