LPS Hayward is comprised of a highly qualified team of teachers and administrators—all deeply committed to their students.

LPS Hayward Faculty

LPS-Hayward is comprised of an experienced and highly qualified team of teachers and administrators—all deeply committed to their students and the LPS mission. All teachers are credentialed in their subject areas.  Upon entering LPS, each student is assigned an advisor who acts as that student’s advocate and parent liaison throughout his or her four years of high school.


  ABELES, Rebecca – English
Becca Abeles is enjoying her fourth year at LPS Hayward. She began teaching 11th grade English in 2008 and now teaches 10th and 11th grade English. She studied English literature at UC Berkeley and graduated with honors in 2008. It was at Berkeley that her interest in teaching developed; taking on a role as a student teacher in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People allowed her to build her skills and experience working with young adults. Since joining LPS Ms. Abeles has shared her passion for poetry through the Week Without Walls program, coached an improvisational theater club, and participated in the Dancing with the Teachers competition. She continues to develop professionally through her role on the Instructional Leadership Team and authorship of several curriculum development projects for the LPS network.

ACKERLY, Alan – Dean of Academics
Alan Ackerly is in his first year as Dean of Academics at LPS-Hayward. For four years, he lived in southern Texas and taught History and Government at McAllen High School. He holds an M.A. in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex which is located just outside of London. His B.A. is in sociology from the University of Colorado. Originally from Atlanta, Alan has lived in Mexico, Dominican Republic, and China in addition to various moves in the United States. He’s thrilled to join and contribute to the LPS Hayward community.

  Dr. AGUILAR, Claudia Counselor for last names M-Z
Dr. Aguilar immigrated to the Bay Area from Nicaragua at the age of seven. She is the oldest of three sisters and a first-generation college graduate. Dr. Aguilar was raised in Hayward and graduated from Mt. Eden High School (1996) where under the guidance of the Early Academic Outreach Program, she was able to enroll at UC Berkeley and earn a B.A. in Social Welfare. With the financial assistance of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, she earned a master’s and a doctoral degree from the University of San Francisco. Over the last fifteen years, through her capacity as a college professor, school counselor, and college bound coordinator, she has worked directly with students, families, teachers, counselors, and administrators throughout the K-16 pipeline to ensure that students meet their academic and personal goals.Dr. Aguilar resides in Oakland with her husband Orson Aguilar and their two children.
  AGUILAR, Felicia – Office Assistant
Ms. Aguilar was born and raised in Hayward. She graduated from California High School in San Ramon and is currently attending Chabot College in pursuit of an AA degree in Science. She will then transfer to pursue a Nursing Degree in Pediatrics. Ms Aguilar has been with LPS Hayward since 2006.
  ALLBRIGHT, Taylor – English
Taylor received her English credential from the Mills College Teachers for Tomorrow’s Schools program. Prior to entering the education field, Taylor co-produced the documentary Miss Representation, which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She majored in Political Science and Gender Studies at UC Berkeley, where she also served as vice president of the campus student government. Ms. Allbright joined LPS Hayward in 2010.
  CHATTI, Lelia – Resource Specialist
Leila Chatti was born in Oakland but didn’t stay long, and she has traveled far before moving back to the Bay this year. A dual citizen, Ms. Chatti spent her childhood between Michigan and Tunisia. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Arts and Humanities and immediately joined Teach For America. Ms. Chatti began teaching 11th and 12th grade resource at LPS Hayward in 2011–and loves her work. When she’s not teaching, Ms. Chatti keeps busy as a poet and photographer.
  DAIGNEAU, Laura – Math
Laura Daigneau has been teaching Academic Numeracy and Algebra 2 as a member of LPS-Hayward’s Mathematics Department since 2011. A recent graduate of Dartmouth College, she majored in Philosophy and minored in Engineering Sciences. Also at Dartmouth, she helped run an Economics Department research project that sought out the most economic methods to get young Americans to attend college. In addition, Laura is a 2011 Teach for America corps member and hails from Pittsburgh, PA. While she will always be a Steelers fan, Laura couldn’t be prouder to be a Royal.
  DECKER, Heather – Counselor (Students’ last names A-L)
Mrs. Decker joined LPS in 2007 and is currently one of the School Counselors. She attended San Jose State University and earned a B.A. in Psychology with a focus on adolescent development and a minor in Theatre Arts. Prior to working at LPS, Mrs. Decker gained experience working as a classroom counselor for students with emotional disabilities and taught theatre in their middle school special education classrooms. Mrs. Decker enjoys spreading the LPS message through community outreach programs and assisting all students to be successful in reaching their college goals.
  De SOUSA, Michael – Principal
Mr. De Sousa graduated from UC Berkeley majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and earning his Master’s in Education. Previously, he served LPS Hayward as Resident Principal during the 2008-2009 school year. He is committed to working at schools that redefine the American educational experience. Through powerful teaching and a culture of high expectations, students of all backgrounds and economic states can thrive in college and beyond. He embraces LPS Hayward for the way the organization is leveraging great teachers, a strong school culture, and uses innovation to help students become scholars and leaders in their communities.
DOMINGUEZ, Cindy – Counseling Intern
Ms. Cindy Dominguez is excited to join the LPS counseling staff as an intern for the 2012-2013 school year. She brings qualities in leadership, advocacy and a passion for supporting students and their families. Mrs. Dominguez has worked in schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area as a program coordinator for after school programs serving youth in from underprivileged communities. As a first generation high school and college graduate, Mrs. Dominguez is a proponent for college access and is committed to assisting others in reaching their educational endeavors. Mrs. Dominguez earned a Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University in Raza Studies and is currently a graduate student at the University of San Francisco, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential. She is looking forward to learning from and working closely with the students, families and staff at LPS Hayward.
  FARRAND, Sara – Spanish
Ms. Farrand was born in El Salvador, from North American parents. She grew up and studied in the city of San Salvador and graduated from the American School. She had to leave San Salvador in 1980 because of the civil war, but returned after seven months to finish high school. Having lived in a third-world country during a 12 year war has made Ms. Farrand very sensitive to human suffering and very appreciative of the good things that life has to offer. Ms. Farrand once played team basketball but now likes to swim for fun. Living so near to the warm ocean waters of the Central American coasts, she learned to deal with ocean currents and have fun in the waves. With both grandparents living in El Salvador, she enjoys visiting them in their country homes and riding horses there. She feels she was born a teacher, and started by teaching Sunday school for her church since she was 15 years old. She has two degrees in Education, one with a specialty in early childhood education. She also has a Masters Degree in Management from Spain. Ms. Farrand has been working since she was in the University, teaching English, Spanish, pre-school, middle and high school in various subjects. Ms. Farrand was the co-founder and owner of a cultural/gourmet establishment. She has three teenage children: two sons and one daughter, and she recently came to live in the U.S. to remarry. Currently, she lives in the East Bay.
  FAUTEUX, Michael – Math
Mr. Fauteux teaches Academic Numeracy and Geometry as a lead teacher at LPS Hayward, coaches the boys’ soccer team, and serves as the teacher representative to the LPS board of directors. Prior to joining LPS, Mr. Fauteux spent two years in Rome where he taught math, worked as the school’s athletic director, and served on the strategic planning committee with administrators and board members. He has also taught high school math at the Hong Kong International School in Hong Kong, and middle and high school math at the San Francisco French-American International School. Mr. Fauteux has consulted with Boston public schools on creating video artifacts for teaching and learning and has spent the past three summers helping to facilitate at Harvard’s Secondary School Redesign Institute, leading groups of superintendents, principals and teachers in rethinking their individual challenges from an instructional point of view. Mr. Fauteux holds a B.A. in History from Brown University and a Master’s in Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
GIKANGA, Simon – IT Coordinator
Mr. Gikanga joined LPS in 2004. Simon loves working with computers and helping everyone at school with technology. He attended ITT Technology Institute, and is one of Hayward’s founding staff members and now splits his time between two LPS campuses: Hayward and Richmond.
  GOUDY, Sarah – Government/Economics
Sarah Goudy teaches AP Government and CP Government/Economics. This is her eighth year of teaching and her second year teaching at LPS Hayward. Before joining the LPS staff, she spent four years teaching at Castlemont High School in Oakland and two years at Zurich International School in Switzerland. She has taught a variety of Social Studies courses, ranging from IB World History to AP Macroeconomics and AVID. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in History at UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Education at Harvard University.
  HOFFPAUIR, Celeste – Ethnic Studies/Academic Leadership
Celeste Hoffpauir is enjoying her second year as an Ethnic Studies and Academic Leadership teacher at LPS Hayward. She joined the LPS. team in 2010 after teaching for six years at Winton Middle School in Hayward, where she chaired the English department and taught World History, Literature, and a Theatre Arts elective course. She brings with her a wide array of professional training including advanced training with Reading Apprenticeship model/Strategic Literacy Initiative with West. Ed., Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop Model, and S.I.O.P. /S.D.A.I.E. training with H.U.S.D. She earned a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology at U.C. Santa Cruz in 2000 and Master’s in Education at U.C. Santa Barbara in 2004. Ms. Hoffpauir is committed to revitalizing and supporting teachers in Urban Education; she facilitates national Courage and Renewal retreats for educators, co-leads a Mindfulness in Education group locally, and is in her fourth year coaching new teachers with the California B.T.S.A. program.
HOLGUIN, Laura – Counseling Intern

Ms. Laura Holguin is beginning the Master’s in School Counseling Program at USF and is excited to be joining LPS Hayward as a Counseling Intern. She was born and raised in Hayward, California; she is the youngest of four siblings. She attended Hayward High School and graduated in 2006. With assistance from the Early Academic Outreach Program, she enrolled at UC Berkeley and earned a B.A. in English and in Ethnic Studies. After graduating from UC Berkeley in May of 2010, Ms. Holguin began working for UC Berkeley Destination College Advising Corps, a college outreach program that is part of the National College Advising Corps. Last year Ms. Holguin worked as a College Adviser at Willow Glen Middle School in San Jose, CA. Currently, Ms. Holguin is the College Adviser at Coliseum College Prep Academy in Oakland, CA where she works with grades 6-12 on skill building, academic advising, college readiness and ensuring students meet all of their goals.


JOHNSON, Beth – Resource Specialist
Beth Johnson joined LPS Hayward as the 9th and 12th grade Resource Specialist in 2010 as a Teach for America Corps member. Previously, she worked as a Community Development and Health Volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps, and was stationed in The Gambia, West Africa. Originally from Grinnell, Iowa, she graduated with a B.A. in America Studies and Sociology from Lake Forest College.
  KEATING, David – Art
Mr Keating earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts in 2001 and Masters in K-12 Art Education in 2003. Both degrees are from Austin College in Sherman Texas. He began his teaching career in Houston, Texas at Hoffman Middle School and spent two years there, but then went to teach at Nimitz Senior High for another year. In 2006, he taught in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In P.V. he was the Art Teacher for the whole school, including Nursery through 12th grade. After two years of serving privileged students he decided to switch his focus to volunteer in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. He volunteered as an English teacher and after school activities coordinator in Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca. He then moved to the SF Bay Area where he received the opportunity to be the Art 1 Teacher at LPS Hayward. Mr. Keating joined LPS Hayward in 2008.
  LITTLE, Sandy – EnglishSandy Little graduated from Clark University in Worcester, MA with a Master’s degree in Urban Education in 2001 and has been a dedicated teacher in non-profits and charter schools since then. Sandy taught at Match Public Charter High School for six years where she earned the EPIC Spotlight Teacher Award for increasing her students’ scores on the state exit exam to unprecedented levels, resulting in every Match sophomore earning either Proficient or Advanced. After ten years in Boston, she heard California calling and is very excited to join the team at LPS Hayward where she will be teaching 10th and 11th grade English. When she’s not in the classroom, Sandy can be found walking by the ocean, reading with a cup of tea, setting up a tent, or planning her next travel adventure. She is very excited to share her passions with her students and learn about theirs!
  MAESTAS, Abel – MathMr. Maestas joined LPS Hayward in 2010, and brings to LPS 11 years of mathematics education experience. He previously taught all math subjects in San Luis Obispo High School, Soledad High School, and, most recently, Bishop Manogue Catholic High School in Reno, NV. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1998 then received his M.A. in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Cal Poly in 2001. Before leaving Reno to be closer to family, Mr. Maestas was a doctoral student working on his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. He currently teaches Advanced Placement Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics, and Algebra II and is the coach of the LPS Boys Basketball Team.
  McCABE, Samuel – Biology
Mr. McCabe is in his third year at LPS-Hayward and teaches Biology. Originally from southern Minnesota, Mr. McCabe moved to the Bay Area as a teacher through the Teach for America program in 2009. Prior to joining Teach for America, Mr. McCabe graduated with a degree in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development (B.S.) with a minor in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota, where he served as president of the College of Biological Sciences.
McCAFFREY, Michael English
Mr. McCaffrey has been with LPS for five years, and has taught 9th, 10th, and 12th grade AP English in addition to being a Lead Teacher and now a Master Teacher (as of the 2011-2012 school year) as well as serving as a teacher coach. He is proud to be the Lady Royals soccer coach and looks forward to taking the team to a third straight league championship this season. Before working at LPS Hayward, he worked for LPS Oakland and before that he was the Academic Dean and Lead English Instructor at the School Down Under in New Zealand. He has spent several summers working with Mr. Fauteux to facilitate at Harvard’s Secondary School Redesign Institute, leading groups of superintendents, principals and teachers in rethinking their individual challenges from an instructional point of view. He graduated from UC Berkeley’s top-ranked English Department in 2001 (B.A. English Literature) and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education (Ed.M.) in 2004
MARTIN, Ian – History

Mr. Martin came to LPS Hayward in 2012 and teaches 10th grade World History and 11th grade U.S. History. He is a huge soccer fan and is excited to be the boys soccer coach at LPS. Mr. Martin was born and raised in San Jose, and previously taught in East Palo Alto and San Jose. He had a long road through college, attending three different community colleges along the way to finally finishing his degree at San Jose State while working a variety of different jobs. At Stanford, he attained his master’s degree in Education as part of the Stanford Teacher Education Program. He spent many years being involved in student and community organizing around issues of education access and justice. Mr. Martin enjoys music, playing guitar, and traveling. He believes that education must help prepare students to realize their power and transform the world in a positive way.

MOLINA, Emma – Intervention Specialist
Ms. Molina was born in Nicaragua, Central America. She came to the United States with her parents when she was seven years old. She was raised in Hayward and graduated from Mt. Eden High School. She then attended Cal State Hayward where she got her undergrad in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication. She is currently back in school for her teaching credential and Masters in Education at Cal State East Bay. Ms. Molina enjoys dancing Latin music and spending quality time with her thee year old daughter Daniela. This is Ms. Molina’s first year at LPS as an Intervention Specialist where she supports administration and teachers.
NAVARRO, Yasmin – Spanish
Yasmin Navarro grew up in Houston, Texas and did her undergraduate education at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She studied Spanish and Psychology and is currently a 2010 Teach for America Corps Member. She enjoys teaching Spanish literature and is a welcome fit to the LPS family. She is a jazz bassist and singer.
PIERI, Katy – Creative Writing/Academic Leadership
This year marks Ms. Pieri’s third year at LPS Hayward, where she teaches Academic Leadership and Creative Writing.   Ms. Pieri earned her Bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics at UC Davis, and then moved to New Mexico where she graduated with a Master’s degree also in Linguistics, with a focus on Native American Language Revitalization. She moved back to California in 2006 after the birth of her son, Gabriel, and began her career as a high school teacher.
RIVERA, Liz – School Manager
Ms. Rivera joined the LPS Hayward staff in 2006. Born and raised in Hayward, she is a first generation college graduate, born to migrant farm-workers who settled in the Bay Area.  Ms. Rivera is very passionate about supporting students in their educational endeavors, especially those coming from underserved populations such as her own.  She attended California State University, East Bay and earned a BS degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Psychology.    Ms. Rivera has a long history of working with non-profit organizations that assist high school students in professional development and obtaining success in college.  One of her most endearing moments in life is when she met César Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers Union.
RHYAN, Sam – Chemistry
Sam Rhyan is a first year Chemistry Teacher at LPS Hayward and a member of Teach for America, a national program dedicated to closing the achievement gap. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Microbiology & Immunology and two certificates in Leadership and Global Cultures.  In addition to holding various leadership positions while studying at UW, Sam was the school mascot – this energy and school spirit will definitely be evident as he joins our LPS community. Go Royals!
Mr. Starks – Math
Mr. Starks believes all students can find success in mathematics. He led by example in high school when he took challenging courses including AP calculus. He also communicated his ideas on the speech and debate team at the state and national levels. He respects the art and importance of communication, and tutors math to help students raise confidence and expression. After graduating with a BA in psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, he translates his understanding of identity development in young adults to strategies for strengthening confidence in the classroom. Mr. Starks has been with LPS since 2011. 
TARSHIS, Darren – Physics
Mr. Tarshis has been teaching Physics and AP Physics at Leadership Public Schools since 2010. He grew up in Colorado Springs, and returns home each summer to backpack through the Rocky Mountains. He attended the University of Colorado – Boulder, and received a Bachelors’ degree in physics, graduating with honors. After majoring in physics, he started his teaching career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching high school science in inner-city Atlanta. If asked about his philosophy of teaching, Mr. Tarshis says, “In order to learn physics, students need to DO physics.” He accomplishes this by incorporating over 30 hands-on labs that give his students relevant first-hand experience with nearly every topic in the curriculum. You might find his students exploring how astronauts measure mass in space, discovering how to store charge in a homemade capacitor, or in a darkroom using lenses and mirrors to form images. Mr. Tarshis is dedicated to connecting physics to everyday life and preparing all students for college success.
WANDERA, Omar – Dean of Students
Omar Wandera grew up in Oakland and attended Oakland Technical High School. While at Oakland Tech he was influenced by teachers in an interesting way. On one end he was motivated by teachers that took the time to help him, have faith in him, and get him on the right track. He was equally driven by those who told him he’d do nothing in life and showed very little support. Through his school experiences he realized the importance of having someone on your side that believes in you and decided while in high school that he would model those that affected him in a positive way, and be the antithesis of those that did not. Mr. Wandera continued his education at Norfolk State University in Virginia. While at Norfolk State, he participated in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Academic Team, was president of the Epsilon Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and made the Dean’s List. He went on to do his student teaching at Maury High School, and Azalea Gardens Middle School. After graduation, Omar taught at Lake Taylor High School and Azalea Garden Middle School. He then moved back to the Bay Area where he served as Academic Coordinator for the Holy Names University Upward Bound Program, Supervisor of Mentoring Services for Instituto Familiar De La Raza, and Dean of Students at KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy.
WASHINGTON, Saletha – History
This is Ms. Washington’s first year at LPS Hayward. She teaches 10th grade World History and 11th grade AP U.S. History. Ms. Washington grew up in Southern California where she attended the University of California Los Angeles (Go Bruins!) and then completed her Teaching Credential and Master’s degree at the University of Southern California. Ms. Washington enjoys volleyball, jogging, hiking, kayaking and Laker basketball.  She is excited to be a Royal and is looking forward to exploring the Bay Area.
ZAPATA, Rose – Math
Ms. Zapata is in her second year at LPS and teaches Geometry and Pre-Calculus. She was previously a “visitor” of Texas where she received a B.S. in Education specializing in Secondary Mathematics from Baylor University (Sic ‘em Bears!). While at Baylor, Ms. Zapata played Division-I soccer and was the starting center back for four years. She received the honor of being named captain her Junior and Senior year. While in attendance, she also worked with research team called “GEAR UP! Mathematics Initiative.” This is a program that develops and delivers non-traditional mathematics lessons that gets low-achieving, middle school math students involved in the learning of mathematics. After her “visit” to Texas, she decided to move home to the East Bay where she fell in love with the ideals and culture LPS has to offer. Ms. Zapata believes that all students can be successful in Mathematics, it just takes the right formula to hook them in.