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): Tyesha Day
Tyesha Day joined Nea as Upper Village Lead Facilitator 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.
Assistant Lead Facilitator (Upper Village): Suzanne Crawford
Suzanne Crawford stepped into the role of Assistant Lead Facilitator at Nea Upper Village (6-12) in August 2019. She has served as a Nea facilitator since 2017 and first joined the Nea community in 2012, when her eldest child started kindergarten.
Suzanne grew up in suburban Atlanta, earned her BS in Middle School Education from the University of Georgia, and taught school in rural Georgia. She came to the Bay Area to study literacy and young adult literature, earning her MA and PhD from the Graduate School of Education at the University of California.
Suzanne loves working with Nea's world-changing learners and is committed to the meaningful learning that Nea's project-based curriculum offers. She is invigorated by the effort to inspire curiosity, compassion, and agency in kids from kindergarten to high school graduation. She lives with her husband and their three children, all of whom attend Nea and share her passion for stories, learning, travel and adventure.;
Assistant Lead Facilitator (Upper Village): Erin Kitten
Erin Kitten joined Nea Upper Village as the Assistant Lead Facilitator 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.
Interim Director of Special Education: Annahita Rad
Annahita Rad became the Interim 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 and son.
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 to 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.