ACLC leadership Team
"Teamwork divides the tasks and multiplies the success."
Lead Facilitator: 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 and Instruction Lead: 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: Annahita Rad (On Leave)
Annahita Rad became the Director of Special Education for ACLC and Nea in 2019, after having served in several capacities at Nea since 2014. Many years as a classroom and master teacher have made Annahita passionate about child-centered learning. As a teacher, department lead, and leadership team member, she challenged colleagues to work with a lens of equity. As Assistant Lead, Lead Facilitator, and Curriculum & Instruction Lead at Nea, she has worked tirelessly to improve instructional practice. She 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. Her dedication to a learner-first approach extends outside the classroom and into her practice as a school leader and member of the Diversity Committee, where she advocates for learners and families and helps create user-friendly school policies.
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 new daughter.
Interim Director of Special Education: Susan Martin
Susan Martin is serving as Interim Director of Special Education while Annahita Rad is on leave. She is a seasoned special education educator who began her career as an AUSD Resource Specialist and quickly became a Special Education Coordinator. In that position, she was instrumental in bringing all of AUSD online with the digital SEIS (Special Education Information) System.
After leaving AUSD, Susan moved into the Director of Special Education position at Larkspur Corte Madera School District, where she established and managed the first full inclusion preschool program for the district. For the last six years, Susan has been with the Sausalito Marin City School District, where she continued her work with equity and inclusion, as well as trauma-informed best practices.
Susan received her BS from the University of San Francisco and holds an MA in Education from Sacramento State University. Throughout her career, Susan has been driven by the principles of equity and inclusion for all learners. She prides herself on building trusting relationships with families. Susan enjoys long walks with her dog Max, yoga and international travel. Her latest adventure was to northeast Morocco with her sister Liz.
School Counselor: Amanda Ruocco 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: Lai Llanda
Lai Llanda 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.