Amanda Hurd ~ Assistant Director
BA in Elementary Education and Psychology (Eastern Illinois University), MA in Educational Administration (In progress at Eastern Washington University). Amanda has always loved to travel and explore the world so she can get to know and enjoy the different cultures and educational systems that various countries have to offer. She has experience teaching in 4 states (Illinois, Colorado, Oklahoma, Washington and now California) and 3 countries (United States, New Zealand and the Bahamas). As a military family, we embrace new adventures and the challenges that come with it. With her two kids - Ryleigh and Jaxon, husband - Austin and dog - Remi, they are excited to call California home and see what all the area has to offer. Amanda joined the Blue Oak family in January of 2023 as the Assistant Director. (Joined BOCS 2023)
Aloha~ I am Buck Ernest. I went to California State University, Chico. Graduated 2000. I was a manager at the local Red Lobster for 10 years. I worked my way up prior to becoming a manager from dishwasher to baker to line cook and then Asst. Manager. Real quick like, when I was 19-21, on a whim I moved to Hawaii with my best friend. WOW!! Hawaii was AWESOME! I surfed every day, or was at least in the ocean every day. I worked at a shipyard as a Sandblaster/Painter. My Dad worked there too as a world class machinist, when they were still around. He sailed his 28' boat to Hawaii from San Francisco. I went on to become a Sales Rep for Budweiser. Then a sales Rep for Comcast. Comcast to Stott Outdoor Advertising and then onto Managing Applebee's. After the last restaurant I started my own construction business. I had plenty of work but my experience wasn't the best. I ran into Sam one day. He used to be a cook for me when I was the kitchen manager at R.L. I asked how he was. He said great and that he'd started his own plumbing business. I asked if he needed help, he hired me on the spot. I spent two years with him, then two years with N. State Plumbing. In the meantime all three of my kids were attending Blue Oak and I volunteered as much as possible, which was a lot. I was asked to help find a company that builds play structures, design one and build it. The Facilities Manager Position opened up at Blue Oak. I both finished the play structure and got the job in August of 2018. I've been very busy at Blue Oak ever since. Football and baseball were my primary sports forever. Went to two bowl games while playing football at Butte College '93 and '94. Heard about rugby from my offensive line coaches at Butte and was offended they would ever suggest I try anything but football. I eventually relented and played in a game of rugby and holy COW! what a sport! I never stopped play until recently. Our club team here in Chico, the Mighty Oaks, went 19-0 and won the whole darn thing, playing and wining the National Championship game in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 2002. I played for the next 10-12 years and coached, I still coach to this day. I should say at this point that I've Snow skied all my life too. Actually, I put up my planks and switched to snowboarding when I was 18 and never looked back. I had the good fortune of growing up in Nevada City, only an hour from the closest resort. I grew up with pro snowboarders and was able to ride with them for many glorious days. Getting in close to 60 days of riding one glorious winter when it used to snow a lot. I should also mention that I Wake Board too. I became proficient at that sport, despite my sporty girth, my closest friends called me the incredible Bulk! Rugby dropped off a bit and motocross, basketball, skim boarding, mountain biking, archery, axe and knife throwing, pool maintenance, fishing and deep, heavy, intellectual, philosophical thinking picked up. Backpacking became a focus. While in college I hiked most of the California Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, sans the Mohave dessert. I proposed to my wife Angie while we were on a two week backpacking trip. She did better than me and was a total trooper on the trail. I never met a female that could do what I do on the trail, was pretty, smart and funny..... sooooooo, I married her. We have three kids that range, day to day, from funny, sassy, bossy, grumpy, literate, only sounds, happy, sad, confused and loving. Oh, and they are 14, 13, and 10. That's my life.....
Cheryl Grant ~ Kindergarten Teacher Bilingual BA in French and German, University of Alberta, Canada 1992; California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSU Chico 2001; Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College 2015. Upon earning a degree Cheryl spent her days teaching English in Japan and traveling throughout India, Thailand and California. In California she met her husband, Michael, and here they settled and eventually grew into a family of five. Her children, Emma and Quinn are Blue Oak alumni, and Margareta is a Blue Oak Student. While in the credential program, Cheryl discovered the wisdom of Waldorf education, and has been committed to this movement since. She came to Blue Oak in 2003 as a substitute teacher, Kindergarten Aide, After-school care provider, and dedicated parent, and soon after took her own Kindergarten class. In the Kindergarten, Cheryl is passionate about preserving the magic and wonder of childhood, and strives to bring love, warmth, beauty and joy to her children and the program. Cheryl enjoys spending time in nature and her rose garden, camping, yoga, singing, and visiting family in Canada and Costa Rica. (Joined BOCS 2003)
Sheila Moss ~ Kindergarten Teacher
BA Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Governors University (WGU) 2016; California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, WGU 2016. Sheila has a lifelong love of nature, music, dance, languages, and arts. She has traveled in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and Central America, taught English in Nepal, and worked for 20 years in the nonprofit sector. She first fell in love with Waldorf Education in the eighties, and has completed many Waldorf courses in Chico, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, and the Bay Area since 2007. During her six years working as a Kindergarten Aide at Blue Oak, her wonderful colleagues inspired her to become a teacher herself. She taught Kindergarten for three years, and now, as a Grades Teacher, Sheila strives to create a joyful, loving, and inclusive learning community, where every child feels seen, and keeps their sense of wonder and love of learning. She lives in Chico with her son Jay, a college student and happy Blue Oak alumnus, and their cat, Juniper. (Joined BOCS 2008)
Brittany Jones ~ 1st grade Teacher
BA in English, CSU Chico 2007; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Simpson University 2009. Brittany first learned about Waldorf education through a presentation during her teaching credential program. She instantly felt it was her calling to be a Waldorf teacher and dreamed of one day having her own class in a Waldorf school. During Brittany’s first year at Blue Oak, she was a 4th grade long-term sub. She then looped down and has taught her current class since the 1st grade. Brittany is a mother to Bennett (6), Fallyn (3), and Winter (1). She has always had a strong connection with animals and has two rescue dogs and one rescue cat at home. Brittany enjoys poetry, crystals, thrifting, decorating, looking at the stars, visiting the ocean, and camping with her husband and children. (Joined BOCS 2013)
Haley Gardner ~ 2nd grade Teacher.
BA in English, University of Redlands 2021; Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential, CSU Chico 2023. Haley has had a passion for teaching as long as she can remember, and has been active in classrooms either as an aid, substitute, or primary teacher since 2019. Haley has 3 pets that she loves dearly; 1 dog and 2 rescue cats. She loves spending time outdoors, taking her dog on walks and hikes, swimming, biking and participating on sports league teams. Haley has a passion for singing and American Sign Language (ASL), which is something she proudly incorporates in her classroom. Haley has always felt called to be a teacher and was immediately drawn to Waldorf education when she learned she would be able to express her creativity in her teaching at Blue Oak. Something Haley is very excited about is planning field trips for her students each year. Haley has traveled to many different countries including Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, France, Italy and Canada. She has always loved traveling and learning about different cultures and hopes to get her students excited about education through various field trips. Joined BOCS 2023
Jennifer Bryan ~ 3rd grade Teacher
BA in English Education, BA in Linguistics, TESOL Certification, CSU Chico 2009; California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSU Chico 2010; Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College 2015; Masters in Education, Rudolf Steiner College, 2016.
Ms. Jennifer lived in Texas, Louisiana, and the East Bay Area of California when growing up. She was a ballerina, artist, and cheerleader. She wanted to be an architect or linguist for primate language acquisition. She discovered Waldorf education in college as a camp counselor, and after studying abroad in a medieval hilltown in Italy, Ms. Jennifer became a student teacher here at Blue Oak. She was hired and taught her first class for 6 years- from 3rd grade to 8th grade graduation in 2016. She taught her second class for 5 years - from 1st to 5th grade. Ms. Jennifer began her third journey through the grades with the rising 1st grade in 2021. Her master's thesis project was a scaffolded 6th-8th grade curriculum she designed; incorporating theater, historical music and dance, and response to literature advanced writing projects as end of year capstones with her students.
Ms. Jennifer has a special love for the Humanities and fostering magic and beauty. Sensory integration for the young child and music literacy for the older child are especially important to her. She values curiosity and responsibility. Her favorite hobby is design, and visiting the Pacific Northwest region. Ms. Jennifer spends most of her time attending her son Adrien’s athletic practices and games! They have a cocker-spaniel-chihuahua rescue named Jersey who they adore.
(Joined BOCS 2010)
Kate McDonald ~ 4th grade Teacher
BA in Liberal Studies with an Art Concentration at Cal State Northridge, and later went on to receive a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State Channel Islands, and a Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma from Rudolf Steiner College. Before settling into her career as a classroom teacher, Kate taught Environmental Education in the Outdoor School setting for eight years, and taught at a play-based preschool for four years. Kate has completed a full trip through the grades with her first class and is currently in her first year with her second class. Kate is a mother to Odin, who will be entering TK at Blue Oak next year. She loves to sing, play with her dogs, ride her bike, and eat happy vegan goodness! She is also obsessed with plants! (Joined BOCS 2011)
Katie Machek ~5th grade Teacher
B.S in Zoology from Humboldt State University, and later went on to complete a Master of Education from National University with an emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning. Prior to working in the professional education setting, Katie worked with Spring Rivers Outdoor Education program in Cassel, California. With several years of substitute experience in the greater Northern California area, and a passion for science and collaborative learning, Katie found a love and passion for Waldorf education after her children began school here at Blue Oak. Among the few simple things closest to Katie's heart are her family, her garden, and her pets. She loves to go on adventures with her husband and two children to discover new plants and animals, and has enjoyed discovering and developing her artistic abilities through her education experience.(Joined BOCS 2020)
Sarah Lee ~ 6th grade Teacher
B.S. Health Science, Health Education in 1999 from CSU, Chico. Upon graduating she did volunteer work which took her all around the globe, from Honduras to Israel. From 2003-2008 she worked at Tri Counties bank in the loan department. Seeking a more creative and fulfilling career, Sarah decided to go back to school for her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, which she earned in 2009 from CSU, Chico. She spent half of her student teaching in Dublin, Ireland as part of an exchange program. Sarah was hired as a Kindergarten teacher at Blue Oak School in 2009, when the school expanded to the East Avenue location. Kindergarten was a magical place where she spent her first three years as an educator. Sarah took a first grade class in the 2012-2013 school year, graduating her first class in 2020. In that time, she entered the Rudolf Steiner Hybrid Program, and earned her Waldorf Teaching Certificate for Grades teachers. Sarah enjoys mountain biking, being with friends and family, and self-development as a practice. (Joined BOCS 2009)
Kari Madera ~ 7th grade Teacher
BA in Liberal Studies, Humboldt State University 1991; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSU Fresno 2011; Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College 2015; Masters in Education, Rudolf Steiner College, 2015. Kari began her career at Blue Oak as a volunteer in her daughter’s Kindergarten class. She loved Waldorf education so much that she went back to school to receive her teaching credential. In the beginning, she was a Kindergarten aide and then she took her first class from 1st-6th grade. In 2017, she looped back down to 3rd grade class. Kari’s daughter graduated from Blue Oak in 2015 and her son graduated from Blue Oak in 2021. Her husband has been a substitute teacher at Blue Oak for since 2016 and her daughter began working at Blue Oak as an Aide in 2022. Kari loves learning about the Waldorf pedagogy and how to bring it to the students in rich, meaningful ways. She also enjoys spending time with her family, studying flowers, glass bead making, hiking, and swimming. (Joined BOCS 2009)
Kendra Cooley (they/them) holds a BA in Child Development and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Chico State, Kendra is committed to continuous growth and learning, currently pursuing a Masters in Education to enhance their teaching practice. They are passionate about fostering inclusive learning environments and culturally sustaining pedagogies. In 2017, Kendra completed their Waldorf Teacher Training at WTEE in Eugene, Oregon, which has greatly influenced their approach to curriculum. They also grew up attending Title 1 Public Schools in rural California, and this firsthand experience has profoundly shaped their perspectives in education, providing valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by students in underserved communities. Kendra's upbringing in this environment has highlighted the importance of creating equitable and inclusive learning spaces where every student can thrive. It has also strengthened their commitment to advocate for educational practices that address the needs of all students, especially those from marginalized backgrounds, and ensure that every student receives a quality education that sets them up for success.
Prior to returning to Chico, Kendra had the opportunity to be a part of impactful organizations such as Pizza Klatch and SURJ. Supporting LGBTQIA youth in High Schools through Pizza Klatch and participating as a core organizer for the local Showing up for Racial Justice chapter, advocating for racial equity and justice in their community alongside interracial cross class leadership. They are deeply committed to supporting their local community and contributing positively to the world around them.
Outside of the classroom, Kendra enjoys rock climbing, reading, doodling, baking tasty treats, biking, and cherishing quality time with friends and family.
Kendra's journey with Blue Oak began in 2022 as a practicum student then supporting the 2nd-grade class as a long-term substitute in the 2023 school year. Kendra is excited to officially join Blue Oak as a grades teacher, where they strive to inspire young minds and hearts.
BS in Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis 2007; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSU Fresno 2010; Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College 2015. Allyson met her first two Waldorf classes while teaching at Shady Creek Outdoor School. Little did she know, after meeting those two classes, that they would become the very first classes she would teach at Blue Oak. Allyson has taught two 8th grade classes: looped with a class from 6th-8th grade, and joined her current class in 1st grade. Allyson, or Ally, is a self-proclaimed nature nerd who loves bird watching, the northern California coast, lichen, and visiting national parks. She also loves knitting, mountain-biking, and visiting the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Her fur-babies are Murphy the Dog and Pete the Cat. (Joined BOCS 2010)
BS in Nutrition and Food Science with an emphasis in Nutritional Management, CSU Chico 2015; California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Program, CSU Chico 2018. Hunter’s admiration for her teachers throughout her educational history and Hunter’s love of life-long learning guided her decision of becoming a teacher. Hunter has 9 years experience in food service where she would proudly prepare, serve, and educate those around her in facilities including retirement homes, summer camp kitchens, school cafeterias, and the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP). When Hunter is not at school, she is most likely camping, cooking, baking, coloring, sewing, golfing, pretending she’s a mermaid in local creeks, practicing lettering, going on neighborhood walks, reading, and spending time with her partner and best friend. (Joined BOCS 2019)
Nick earned his B.A. in Social Science with an emphasis in Child Development and Multicultural and Gender Studies as well as his Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at CSU, Chico. He at first thought he would pursue a career in medicine, but when his daughter was born in 2008, he became completely enthralled by the process of children learning and growing. He set out to become a teacher and within two years had his B.A. and teaching credential. He began to substitute in the Chico Unified School District and was introduced to Blue Oak and Waldorf education while filling a long term substitute position in the Special Education classroom. He discovered the wonder of Waldorf education and has since earned his Waldorf Teaching Certification from Rudolf Steiner College. He took on a fourth grade class in 2012 and took them through eighth grade. He took on his current class last year in 5th grade and is delighted to be able to work with another amazing group of students. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, playing music, hiking, and playing basketball. (Joined BOCS 2012)
Claire Fong received her BFA in Fashion Design from a joint degree program between the University of San Francisco and the California College of Arts and Crafts in 2004. She also received her certification as a Waldorf Handwork Teacher from the Rudolf Steiner College in 2017.
Claire was originally introduced to Waldorf education when her significantly younger sister started kindergarten at Blue Oak in 2002. Over the years, her involvement with the school developed and became more significant. In 2006, she began working at the school as a substitute aid in kindergarten and assisting in the after school program. In 2011, she was hired as a first grade aid. In 2013, she became the librarian. At this time, she also began assisting in the upper grades handwork classes. In 2014, she began teaching handwork for all the grade level classes. At the beginning of the 2018/19 school year, in order to be a more present and balanced person, she transitioned into a part time position and now teaches the lower grades.
Previous to teaching, Claire was the costume designer for several theaters and the Chico Community Ballet. She is also a jewelry designer whose work has been sold locally, throughout the U.S. and internationally. In addition to her work, she is a long time volunteer with Safe Space, the winter homeless shelter. She enjoys being an active community member, planning parties, seeing live music, reading, doing yoga, snuggling her dogs, thrifting and making art out of whatever is at hand.
Claire believes that being able to skillfully use your hands in tandem with imagination, resourcefulness and ingenuity in order to create is essential for one’s fulfilment in life. She also believes that when people learn to make and repair their material belongings, they have a greater appreciation for what they have. These skills connect us to our resources, the environment and other people.
After taking all of the art related classes at her local community college, Sarah chose to seek knowledge in a less traditional way. With her love of learning new handwork skills driving her, she attended seminars, workshops and private classes, read stacks of books, found elders to learn from, and never allowed her hands to stop ‘making’. She furthers her education on her own in her spare time; sometimes failure is the best teacher. When Sarah is not working on her own projects, she is teaching others, be it volunteering in her childrens’ schools, teaching after school classes through CARD, or as of the 2018 school year, teaching handwork to the middle school grades at Blue Oak. Sarah believes that fostering a love and appreciation for handwork and other arts is just as important as mastering the skills needed to create. She also teaches social emotional skills and runs the PIP program at a local elementary school. Sarah is a mother to a 4th and 6th grader, and finds her own children to be her most challenging handwork students. She loves coffee, corny jokes, and inspiring others to be creative. (Joined BOCS 2018)
B.S. in Agricultural Business, CSU, Chico 2004; M.A. in Agricultural Economics, Washington State University 2005. After graduation, Elizabeth spent years working in product control and production scheduling at Foster Farms in central California before deciding to take a step away from full-time employment to focus on her then growing family. She joined Blue Oak first as a parent in 2016 and then as a staff member in 2018. Elizabeth has worked as a classroom aide in kindergarten and first grade and as math support aide for grades 1-8. She most enjoys helping students get engaged in their learning and excited about how they can apply new knowledge outside of the classroom. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, reading, camping at the beach, and the occasional woodworking or home improvement project. (Joined BOCS in 2018)
Lianna has studied Child Development up and down the coast of California. She’s attended countless seminars, workshops and community colleges to expand her skillset and understanding of working with children. She started as many do looking after those in the neighborhood but by twenty she had her first class of infants. She had a passion for the little ones so she stayed with those under three until her late twenties. While figuring out what she truly wanted as a young adult she traveled far and wide. She lived in New York, Tx, Nv, Northern and Southern California and even Israel. When she returned from overseas she graduated to working with preschoolers. Creating the curriculum was incredibly exciting for her. Researching and prepping themes and art projects became a hobby that went far beyond school hours. Eventually Lianna left the classroom and became a Nanny/ House manager to a very large blended family. There she managed just about everything they did. From homework to extracurriculars, house rules and meals. The children ranged in age with the youngest being just under a year and the oldest 16. It was in that family that she first learned of the Waldorf method. Once she settled into Chico and got word of Blue Oak she felt a pull and knew that’s where she needed to be. She started in the Kindergarten as a Paraprofessional and intends to stay there for years to come. When not at school she Volunteers with the local shelter Safe Space and does other community outreach for those less fortunate. She loves to relax at home with her two indoor kitties and the countless strays she looks after. She’s thrifty, crafty and a social butterfly. She believes no matter how hard things may seem there’s always something to be grateful for and laughter is really the best medicine. (Joined BOCS in 2022)
Diana received her AA in Studio Art, at Cosumnes River College. She is attending CSU, Chico to receive a B.A in Child Development. Diana has worked with children for over five years. She joined Blue Oak in January 2022 as an Aid, and later a Paraprofessional. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her siblings, hiking, gardening, relaxing by the creek, painting, reading, and binge-watching shows and movies. (Joined BOCS in 2022)
Stefanie started at Blue Oak in March 2021. She loves working with kids and getting to know each and every one of them. She is studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Studio Art at Chico State and plans to become a Speech Pathologist someday. A few hobbies Stefanie enjoys include drawing, obstacle course racing, and adventuring outdoors. (Joined BOCS in 2021)
Ms. Tammy is a mother of two, who came to Blue Oak as an Instructional Aide in the Fall of 2022, with a background in Art, Veterinary Technology, and After-School Teaching. Ms. Tammy brings with her a creativity that is matched only by her compassion, and a drive for a better future for our youth, which has compelled her to revisit her own education in order to acquire her teaching credentials, with hopes of becoming a Blue Oak Art Teacher in the near future. (Joined BOCS is 2022)
Maggie has a BS in Business and Human Resources. She is a friend to all creatures big and small. She likes to read contemporary fiction, go on long walks, and cook with her teenagers. Her husband is a teacher, too, so they like to share funny kid stories after a long day of work. Both of her sons attended Blue Oak School from Kindergarten until graduating 8th Grade. Her mottos are as follows: Be kind; take responsibility for your actions; make me laugh and we will be friends forever.
Attendance Clerk/Behavior Support/Festival Support
Attendance Clerk/Behavior Support/Festival Support
Kelley graduated from Chico State in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Graphic Design, with a minor in Sociology. During her undergrad, Kelley wrote as an Opinion columnist for Chico State's newspaper The Orion, and was an active member of Lambda Theta Nu, Sorority Inc., a Latina-based sorority. The most memorable part of her undergrad was leading the annual Latina Youth Leadership Conference promoting higher education and leadership in our Latinx youth, and performing for her sorority's step and stroll team. Kelley joined Blue Oak Charter School in the Fall of 2018, working as the Attendance Clerk and now Festival Support. In her life outside of work, Kelley has coached girls basketball at the local and national level for twelve years. She also enjoys being an auntie to her niece and nephew, being in nature with her puppy Lucy, attending Trivia Night with friends, spending time at her family's cabin in Tahoe, and getting lost in arts and crafts while listening to Taylor Swift.
Kellie Machi joined the staff at Blue Oak School in 2018, working in the front office. Since the 2018-19 school year, Kellie has been our school Registrar. Kellie and her husband found Blue Oak School when they moved to Chico from the Bay Area in 2016 and were seeking enrollment for their then-fourth grader. She is passionate about education and the Waldorf approach to the whole child. Kellie recently returned to school to earn a degree in Creative Writing and English, emphasizing social justice issues. When she has free time, Kellie is an avid reader and loves traveling and spending time with friends and family. (Joined BOCS in 2018)
Kelley-Rose Sexton moved to Chico in 2017 for a change of pace from San Diego. Down south Kelley managed several dance studios before deciding on a calmer, more family oriented lifestyle. In 2018 she opened the company Chico Princess Parties, and expanded in 2021 with a new branch, Redding Princess Parties When not running princess events she spends time with her two kids, one who began Kindergarten at Blue Oak this year. Kelley is beyond excited to join the Blue Oak team and her nickname is Kelley #3! In her spare time, Kelley enjoys trips to Disneyland, traveling and being a mom of 2.
Kayla has been with Blue Oak School since 2021. She is a wife, mother of a teenage daughter, Alona, and a dog mom to her Beagle, Maverick and her German Shepherd, Bella. She enjoys playing softball and traveling to new places. (Joined BOCS 2021)
Melanie Couch grew up in the great state of Illinois, where she became an all-state basketball player and earned a Junior college basketball scholarship. A few years after that, she moved to California with her family. Melanie has enjoyed working at Blue Oak Charter School for the past 8 years. She has had many hats, such as working in the kitchen, as a kindergarten aide and now in facilities. She loves long walks with her dog and camping in the Sierra mountains or along the beautiful ocean coast. (Joined BOCS in 2014)
I am the proud mother of three grown boys, two of
which attended Blue Oak in their elementary years.
Having deep family roots, I am a 6 th generation
Chicoan. When not working, I can be found enjoying
the outdoors with my four-legged companion, Daisy.
I attended school at Southwest Institute of Healing
Arts in Tempe, AZ, where I achieved multiple Certifications in Holistic
Health. Motivated by my strong desire to drive positive change in the
mental health arena, I am currently midway through obtaining my
Degree in Social Work. My current goals as the Community Schools
Partnership Coordinator are to work closely with our educators,
students, and families to understand and address the unique needs,
assets, and aspirations of our school. I am excited to share with the
Blue Oak Community my diverse background in Health & Social
Services. With mindfulness techniques, positive energy, and self-
development skills I look forward to collaborating and aligning the
common vision of nurturing the whole child.
Joan has a Master's in Teaching, Special Education Credential and Bachelor's in Psychology. She began working in Education as a parent volunteer in her son's Special Education classroom in 2012 then began her professional career in Education in 2017 as a paraprofessional, Substitute teacher and then became an Education Specialist. Joan's hobbies include most forms of creativity ( drawing, painting, photography), being outdoors (camping and hiking) and reading. Among the few simple things closest to Joan's heart are learning and spending time with family and friends. Joan has two sons, 3rd and 9th grades that are her driving force behind her passion for ensuring all students have a positive and well rounded education. (Joined BOCS in 2022)
Ciaran Flanagan graduated with a BA in Philosophy from CSUC and is currently enrolled in the Chico State education specialist credential program. Prior to his time as an educator, Ciaran was a professional cook, host of an amateur cooking show, maker of knives, engineer of software, coach of fencing, mechanic of bikes, and employer of grammar tricks which make hobbies sound almost like jobs. After serving as an aide at PV High School, he began work on his specialist credential. Away from school, Ciaran is obsessed with sword fighting. He frequently travels to tournaments, and teaches twice a week from centuries-old fencing manuals. He also enjoys long bike rides and reading in sunbeams with his cats, Bert and Sunshine. (Joined BOCS 2022)