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): Matthew Wienclawski
Matthew Wienclawski was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He comes from a family of educators who inspired him to enter the classroom. Matthew earned his B.A in 2006, his M.A. in Education in 2011, and has obtained his preliminary administrative credential. Currently, he is working on a M.S. in Educational Leadership at CSU-Eastbay.
Matthew has several years of teaching experience between Philadelphia and Oakland. He became an administrator in 2013, serving as a Discipline Coordinator, Dean of Students, and Vice Principal at Bay Area Technology School. He is an accomplished visionary leader with 5 years of operational, planning, and administrative experience within the charter school sector. He is a member of the Association of California School Administrators and an advocate for the California Charter School Association.
Matthew looks forward to continuing Nea's strong tradition of active and exploratory learning. He is focused on upholding the school's mission and will strive to maintain inclusivity and equity. He is thrilled to be Nea's Lead Facilitator (Upper Village) for the 2018-19 school year. Matthew enjoys playing soccer, camping, and traveling. He is a staunch Arsenal Football Club supporter and loves spending time with his wife, Danielle, son, Francis, and dog, Ditto.
Curriculum and Instruction Lead: Annahita Rad
Annahita Rad is Nea's Curriculum and Instruction Lead. 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.
Special Education Director: Neku Pogue
Neku has a passion for social justice in the form of providing equitable education for all learners. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, she pursued that passion as former Senator Don Perata’s representative to education communities in the East Bay.
Neku found her path to teaching through Oakland Teaching Fellows and became a resource specialist at Westlake Middle School in Oakland in 2007. Since then, she has pioneered innovative special education systems and practices at Westlake as well as facilitated the implementation of effective school wide positive behavior interventions and supports. She has thoroughly enjoyed instructing first and second year Teach for America special educators regarding best practices in the field through Loyola Marymount University since 2013.
California native and proud mother of a seven year old son, Neku received both a Master’s in Public Administration and in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She is dedicated to leading general and special educators alike toward effectively differentiating, accommodating and modifying learning for all students attending CLC schools and beyond.
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: Mary McKee
Mary 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.