Previous to leading LPS Hayward, Michael De Sousa was the Principal of Downtown College Prep in San Jose, and he worked as a teacher leader at the Alameda Learning Center, where he taught courses in pre-algebra, science and engineering, English, leadership, physical education, cognitive science, and sociology. Mr. De Sousa attended UC Berkeley where he earned his BS in molecular and cellular biology and MA in education.
The son of immigrants and the first in his extended family to attend college, Mr. De Sousa understands the barriers that prevent underrepresented families from accessing opportunity. He is committed to the belief that through powerful teaching and a culture of high expectations, students of all backgrounds and economic states can thrive in college and beyond. His long-term goals as an Educational Leader is to address persistent inequities in low income communities through supporting innovation, teacher leadership and student centered learning models.
Michael McCaffrey started working at LPS in 2006, and has taught English to students in grades 9, 10, and 12. After 7 years of teaching, he became an academic dean with a hybrid teaching/administrative role, and more recently, a full-time assistant principal. While Mr. McCaffrey recognizes that providing learning experiences for our students to help them master Common Core standards and skills is crucial work, he believes equally strongly in supporting our students in learning our LPS key values - respect, responsibility, and commitment.
Cystal Maglio is thrilled to be a new member of the LPS Hayward community and is excited to be working with such talented students and staff. She graduated from Stanford University with a MEd and has over 10 years experience in the classroom as a history teacher. Ms. Maglio's time coordinating professional development and serving as an instructional coach led to her current role of Academic Dean. Her professional interests include disciplinary literacy and inquiry-based learning. Outside of school she enjoys hiking with her dog, exploring beaches around the world, listening to audio-books, and open water swimming.
Originally from Los Angeles, Christina Luu graduated from UCLA with a major in English and minor in Education. After earning a teaching credential and Masters degree from CSU Northridge, she went on to teach in LAUSD for 5 years. This will be Ms. Luu's 4th year at LPS Hayward, now as a 10th grade English teacher, instructional coach, & senior advisor. In her free time, Ms. Luu enjoys food, nature, and travel with her family. She is also a first-time mom to an energetic little boy.
As the College Counseling Coordinator, Dr. Claudia Aguilar oversees the counseling department at LPS Hayward and supports all college access efforts across the network. Dr. Aguilar immigrated to the Bay Area from Nicaragua and is a first-generation college graduate. Dr. Aguilar was raised in Hayward and graduated from Mt. Eden High School where with the guidance of the Early Academic Outreach Program, was able to enroll at UC Berkeley and earn a BA in Social Welfare. With the financial assistance of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, she earned a master’s and a doctoral degrees from the University of San Francisco. Over the 15 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, career and personal goals.
COLLEGE COUNSELOR, Last Names A-K / ENROLLMENT COORDINATOR
Heather Decker joined LPS in 2007 and is currently one of the School Counselors and our Enrollment Coordinator. 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 and returned later to earn a M.A. in Educational Counseling. 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 classroom. Mrs. Decker enjoys spreading the LPS message through community outreach programs and assisting all students to be successful in reaching their goals after high school.
Laura Holguin was born and raised in Hayward and graduated from Hayward High School. After graduating high school she enrolled at UC Berkeley and earned a B.A. in English and in Ethnic Studies. After graduating from Cal she began working for UC Berkeley Destination College Advising Corps, a college outreach program that is part of the National College Advising Corps. She worked as a College Adviser at Willow Glen Middle School in San Jose, during the 2010-2011 school year. From 2011-2014 she worked as a College Adviser at Coliseum College Prep Academy in Oakland. After two years of graduate studies, and interning at LPS Hayward during one of those years, she received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Holguin is very passionate about serving her community and helping all students reach their goals.
Lucas Jackson studied education at the University of New Mexico, after which, he served for two and a half years in Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer. Mr. Jackson earned a Master's degree in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. This is his 8th year in education.
Liz 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.
Shyanna Bryan is happy to have found her teaching home with Leadership Public Schools. She got her degree in Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and specifically sought classes that would develop skills she could use to benefit her students. Along with teaching Drama at LPS Hayward, she works to further the arts by being on the board for Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre, a pre-professional training ground for young actors of color in Oakland. Ms. Bryan is excited to continue cultivating the Drama program at LPS Hayward. She hopes to use theater to empower young people by fostering love for themselves and empathy for others through building awareness of their immediate communities as well as their placement as citizens of the world.
Howard Cumme comes to us after receiving his teaching credential through the Reach Institute for School Leadership. He began his career in secondary education with EnCorps, a nonprofit group specializing in transitioning experienced STEM professionals into the classroom. Through the EnCorps STEM Teacher Program, 2015 Fellow, he was a volunteer tutor and guest teacher with Leadership Public Schools, San Jose, assisting students in geometry and precalculus.
Prior to pursuing a career in secondary education, Mr. Cumme spent 16 years as a CPA, helping public companies manage compliance and financial reporting risks. He has a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Montana. Prior to college, he was a Data Systems Technician in the U.S. Navy, serving on the aircraft carrier USS America.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Laurie Ellis has taught math and engineering courses mostly in the midwest. She and her husband relocated to the Bay Area in 2014. She completed her PhD in Educational Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University in 2014. Her dissertation focused on Character Strengths in High School students, with an emphasis on Grit and Mindset. Dr. Ellis believes that students who possess a growth mindset and grit can overcome any obstacles life may toss their way. As a teacher, she encourages students to take risks and learn from failure. Her personal mission is to inspire others to live a life of purpose and meaning through recognizing and effectively using their talents. She is thrilled to teach at a school where she can live her mission.
Sara Farrand taught in several levels of school in El Salvador before joining LPS Hayward in 2016 where she has been teaching Spanish. Mrs. Farrand has two degrees in Education and a Masters in Strategic Management; once she came to California she completed her Spanish Credential. On her free time she enjoys learning new languages, traveling, hiking as cooking. Her favorite quote on education is: "Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom". Baha'u'llah
Diana Goldberg is a 4th year teacher at Hayward. She currently teaches 9th grade Academic Leadership and 10th-12th grade Drama. She has also taught 9th grade English at Hayward. She is so excited to be in her fourth year with her incredible advisory and can't wait to see them graduate and head off to college in the fall.
Ms. Goldberg grew up in the Chicago area and got her teaching degree in Secondary English Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has a history of educators in her family and had dreamed of teaching since she was 5. That dream came true when she moved out to California and started her job at Hayward in 2013.
In her summers Diana leads backpacking trips and is a camp counselor in Nevada City , CA at Camp Augusta. She loves spending her free time doing crossfit, hiking, and singing. She has also been a proud director of the school's first ever school plays, and an advisor to drama club , acapella club, and Gender and Sexualities alliance. She is forever grateful for her time to be with students every single day.
Launch: Julian Gonzalez is a creative, energetic physics teacher who celebrates tasty coffee, engaging video games, and inquisitive questions. He's also a proud CAL alum. Go Bears!
Learning Objectives: Inside and outside the classroom, you'll find Mr. Gonzalez frequently rejoicing in conversations with others. This can be during office hours, at a cafe on a quiet evening, or just on the phone with family. It's always a pleasure to engage with the minds of those around him. In addition, he's passionate about social and political issues, and believe in creating atmospheres where students, parents, and team members feel comfortable bringing different ideas to the table.
Homework: Ask Mr. Gonzalez about physics, teaching, or his favorite foods, and he’s sure to whip up a lot to talk about.
Caleb Heslop is excited to begin his fourth year with LPS. After completing his Bachelor's of Arts in Mathematics at the S.U.N.Y at Geneseo and his Master's of Science in Mathematics Education at Syracuse University, Mr. Heslop worked in the city of Syracuse for seven years; teaching, coaching, and leading. Coming to California was a thrilling move, and he continues to look forward to exploring such a wonderful area. Mr. Heslop has taught a variety of courses, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus, and after spending his two years teaching Pre-Calculus and Algebra 2, he is looking forward to the experience of once again teaching Geometry and Algebra 2. While Mr. Heslop values fostering growth as mathematical problem solver, he also strongly believes in developing students' growth mindset and persistence.
“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
― Thomas A. Edison"
Entering his fourth year of teaching, Dane Huling is excited to continue his work at LPS Hayward as a member of the Grade 9 team, which works collectively to establish a culture of support and hard work for all incoming students. A transplant from the East Coast, Mr. Huling is an alumnus of Duke University ('13) and spent two years as a corps member of Teach For America in Greeleyville, South Carolina, where he taught 7th and 8th grade English. As a member of the Reading Workshop team, Mr. Huling also finds a passion in providing enrichment for students at LPS working to further develop their critical reading skills.
David Keating is a renaissance man. He loves Art, Sports and Gardening. He received both his B.A. in Visual Arts and Masters in Art Education at Austin College in Sherman,TX. Mr. Keating has taught in variety of settings, from public schools of Houston, to a private school in Puerto Vallarta, MX. He then decided to take a sabbatical and become a volunteer english teacher and activities coordinator in a small village in Oaxaca, MX, Santa María Tlahuitoltepec.
Since 2008 Mr. Keating has graced us with his patience, kindness and growth mindset to become a wonderful part of the LPS Staff, and Art Faculty. His philosophy in teaching revolves around learning from failure through the endless effort of always trying something new.
Originally from Los Angeles, Ms. Luu graduated from UCLA with a major in English and minor in Education. After earning a teaching credential and Masters degree from CSU Northridge, she went on to teach in LAUSD for 5 years. This will be Ms. Luu's 4th year at LPS Hayward, now as a 10th grade English teacher, instructional coach, & senior advisor. In her free time, Ms. Luu enjoys food, nature, and travel with her family. She is also a first-time mom to an energetic little boy.
Crystal McLaughlin was born in Berkeley, California but raised in Hayward, California. She graduated from Redwood Christian High School in 2008. She attended Ohlone Junior College from 2009-2012; she graduated with an AA in Humanities in 2012. She also played 2 years of collegiate basketball while attending Ohlone College.
After graduating from Ohlone College, Coach McLaughlin attended Bluefield State College located in West Virginia; where she was recruited to play basketball. She only spent one year in West Virginia, where she then transferred to Notre Dame de Namur University. She finished her last year of basketball (13-14) and graduated the following year May 2015 with a BS in Kinesiology. Coach Crystal is also LPS-Hayward's girl's varsity basketball coach.
Elaine Peterson has been a Resource Specialist at LPS Hayward since 2014. She grew up in the Bay Area and went the UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree. She went on to earn a Master's degree in Education and an Education Specialist teaching credential from Holy Names University in Oakland.
Before coming to LPS, Ms. Peterson was an Educational Therapist, teaching students with learning differences in a one-on-one setting, and served as a Resource Specialist at an elementary school in Oakland. She brings her background and passion for social justice activism and mindfulness into her work with students. When she's not with her fellow Royals, Ms. Peterson loves to hike the Oakland hills and play guitar.
Lucy Rivera (Ms. R) was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, and moved to San Francisco after high school and earned her Bachelor of Visual Arts and Masters in Teaching from USF. During that time she studied in Budapest and traveled through eastern Europe to study the cultures of successful schools. She joined LPS Richmond in 2009 to teach Visual Art. After four years, she moved to San Diego and began working in Chula Vista, California where she established the art curriculum for the district continuation high school. She is thrilled to be back in the Bay Area this year to establish the Maker/Design Studio course at LPS Hayward. Ms.R is passionate about student directed learning and student empowerment through creativity. Outside of school she enjoys making art with her son, hanging out with her husband and dog, exercising, treasure-hunting and keeping up with pop culture and technology.
Jennifer Shih has been at LPS Hayward since 2014 teaching Algebra 2 and AP Calculus. Before LPS, Ms. Shih graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a BA in Geophysics and a minor in Cal Teach. In 2012, she was inspired to become a teacher after an internship with the Teachers Institute at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Nowadays, you'll find Ms. Shih at LPS Hayward teaching Algebra 1 and AP Calculus. When Ms. Shih is not teaching or lesson planning, find her in the kitchen cooking up a storm or at any science/tech museum!
Rita Tuan immigrated to the United States when she was in elementary school. Through the years, she grew to love the diversity of races and cultures in America. In college, Ms. Tuan studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. However, her passion lies not in the corporate world of computing, but in the classroom where ideas, inspiration, and relationships are planted and grown. She began teaching at LPS in 2015 and is looking forward to continuing the journey with the rest of the LPS family this year.
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