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:
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: Arasely Padilla
Arasely was born and raised in Oakland. She began working with middle school students in East Oakland in 1999. In 2010, Arasely began teaching Spanish at The Academy of Alameda as well as Character Education and Leadership.
Arasely holds her A.A.S. and her A.A. in Business Administration and is currently working on her B.A. in Adolescent Behavior from Cal State East Bay.
Arasely comes to Nea with 18 years of experience in and outside of the classroom. She enjoys teaching and has taught kinder through 8th grade. She has two children and her oldest has been a Nea Ninja since the 1st grade. Arasely is passionate about education, and serving the youth as well as the community. On her down time, she enjoys cross-fit, hiking, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and two children.