Nea's Leadership Team
“Teamwork makes the dream work”
Lead Facilitator (Lower Village): Jana Chabre
Jana Chabre became Nea's Lower Village Lead Facilitator in July 2017. She holds a BA in Art and Spanish from St. Mary’s College. She obtained her teaching credential at UC Irvine, and her Master’s Degree in Education from San Francisco State.
Jana has been with Nea since 2011, and has greatly enjoyed her time teaching here. Jana has taught Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades at Nea, with a total of 16 years of classroom teaching experience.
During her time at Nea, Jana has also worked on several school-wide initiatives, including leading curriculum development for Kindergarten through Second Grade, coordinating Nea’s successful full-term WASC accreditation application and approval process, and initiating a reading intervention program for learners needing additional help.
Jana looks forward to applying the many things she has learned in and out of the classroom to her new job as an administrator and aims to foster continuity, community and unity in the school.
Lead Facilitator (Upper Village): Annahita Rad
Annahita Rad became Nea's Upper Village Lead Facilitator in July 2017. She holds a BA in History from UCLA with a minor in Education, and a Masters in Education from UC Davis. She is also certificated in Business Administration through UC Berkeley, and as a Conflict Mediator through the Restoring Civility Conflict Resolution Program (Los Angeles) in which she mentored middle and high school students to become peer mediators. Annahita is currently enrolled in the College Admission and Career Planning for Educators certificate program at UC Berkeley to obtain her administrative credential.
Annahita's many years as a classroom and master teacher has made her passionate about the student educational experience and dedicated to supporting Nea's unique mission of child-centered learning. Her dedication to a learner-first approach extends outside of the classroom into her participation in Leadership Team and Diversity Committee where she helps create user-friendly school policies and advocates for learners and families.
As an EL Learner herself, (English is her third language, after Persian and French), Annahita also understands that a diverse educational community requires a variety of experiences to make learning accessible and meaningful. And, as a teacher that incorporated project-based learning in her own practice, she is thrilled to be part of a school built around this model.
Prior to becoming an educator, Annahita worked in Silicon Valley but decided instead to follow her passion for educating youth. Having served Alameda youth earlier in her career, she was excited to relocate back to Alameda with her husband.
School Office Staff:
Mo Deierling's involvement with Community Learning Center Schools began with her oldest daughter entering ACLC when it was still a small program within Encinal High School. All of Mo's four children attended ACLC, with three remaining through graduation.
Mo began working part-time for Nea in 2009, and with her four children grown, is now working full-time at Nea. She believes in Nea's values of self-accountability and self-advocacy and its innovative, democratic and community-minded vision.
When not at Nea, Mo and her husband and enjoy a variety of fun, sporty and on-the-go activities. As a family, they give time to the ALS foundation, and work on ever-present house/yard projects, when not out walking the dog. Other favorite activities include reading, baking, being in front of the fireplace, and spending time with her kids whenever possible. Mo also appreciates the opportunity to spend her days with your children!
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.