Nea's Leadership Team
“Teamwork makes the dream work”
Lead Facilitator: Jana Chabre
Jana Chabre became Lead Facilitator for Nea's K-12 Program in 2020, after serving as the Lead Facilitator for the K-5 program since July 2017, and as a Facilitator (grades K-2) since 2011. She holds a BA in Art and Spanish from St. Mary’s College, and a Master's Degree in Education from San Francisco State. She obtained her teaching credential at UC Irvine.
Jana has 16 years of classroom teaching experience and, even as a classroom faciltator, she took leadership roles in several school-wide initiatives, including curriculum development for grades K-2, coordinating Nea’s successful full-term WASC accreditation process, and initiating a reading intervention program for learners needing additional support.
As Lower Village Lead Facilitator, Jana fostered continuity, community and unity in the K-5 program. She looks forward to continuing these efforts as she takes leadership of the Upper Village program as well.
Assistant Lead Facilitator: Tyesha Day
Tyesha Day joined Nea in 2019, bringing 13 years of experience working in education as a middle and high school Math teacher, instructional coach, program director, assistant principal, and principal. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies from San Diego State, obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Long Beach State, and earned her administrator’s credential through the New Leaders program. She is a life-long learner who is currently studying Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Cal State East Bay.
Ty is passionate about providing high quality academic and social-emotional learning spaces that ensure learners have deeper learning experiences. Her dedication to building strong communities and creating equitable outcomes for young people drives her work. She is a Los Angeles native who has lived in Oakland since 2012. In addition to her work, she loves to spend time with family and friends, practice yoga, dance, and travel. Ty is excited to work in service of our bright, brilliant, and beautiful young people.
Director of Special Education: Annahita Rad (On Leave)
Annahita Rad became the Director of Special Education 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.
Dean of Students (Lower Village): Bennett Cox
Bennett has been a crucial part of the Nea team since 2012. He spent his early childhood in Reno, Nevada until he moved to Hayward in high school. Bennett attended Biola University where he studied Art with a concentration in photography. He has had the opportunity to bring this interest and passion to Nea by facilitating a photography elective for Upper Village.
You will often find Bennett outdoors, a place where he is most at home. He enjoys camping and backpacking and, when possible, will often go on solo backpacking adventures. Throughout the summer Bennett is often found at the pool teaching swimming lessons to children.
His time at Nea has been especially wonderful because of the opportunity to watch learners grow and mature. Bennett is ready for the adventure that this school year will bring.
Dean of Students (Upper Village): Erin Kitten
Erin Kitten joined Nea Upper Village in 2019. She has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. Erin has taught history at both the high school and middle school levels and has served as a department lead, mentor teacher, and academic support specialist. Most recently she was the co-lead for the 8th grade cohort at her prior school.
Erin's passions are educational equity and racial justice. She strives to practice and model empathy as a way to collaborate with learners, families, and facilitators so we can all work towards learner growth and success. She brings a particular focus on improving systems to ensure that all students get the educational opportunities they deserve. Erin looks forward to listening and learning from the community to see how she can apply her logistics and operations experience to support Nea's mission.
School Manager: Becky Freeman
Becky Freeman joined the team in May 2015 but has been an active member of Nea's community since 2011. She grew up in England and earned her LLB in Business Law before completing her Masters in Criminal Justice. A passionate educator, Becky spent the next four years researching youth victimization for her PhD and teaching criminology to undergraduates. She became deeply involved with the local community, working with youth homelessness, and those caught in a life of juvenile crime. It was during this time that she realized that she wanted to work in the field of education and support young people at risk.
Becky moved to the Bay Area with her husband back in 2001. They have two children who both attend Nea. In 2015 she received the salute to education honor from Alameda Education Foundation in recognition of her dedication to Nea. She currently serves on the PTSA Executive Board, the Personnel, Program Evaluation, and Curriculum Committees, and is the weekly newsletter editor. Becky loves working at a school she is deeply invested in.
Office Manager: Mary McKee
Mary McKee started as Nea's original Office Manager in 2009. She continued in what she feels is her most rewarding job for six years until she had to take medical leave. Mary is so excited to be back in a community where she feels so welcome. She grew up in the Bay Area and has two daughters who graduated from Nea's sister school, ACLC. When Mary is not working, she loves to travel, read, walk with her dog and spend time with her husband, Michael.