1st Grade Teachers

      My big question:  How can we embrace and celebrate our own and each others’ mistakes?

My big question: How can we embrace and celebrate our own and each others’ mistakes?

Kelley England, Lead Teacher 

I am beyond excited to begin my 4th year at New School! After teaching Kindergarten in New School’s founding year, I have since been in first grade and have discovered that first grade is such an amazing year of growth and learning for children. I loved starting to get to know this wonderful cohort of children and families last year through lunch, recess, and other whole school times and can’t wait to dive into our journey together as one united first grade community of inquirers!

Inquiry is one of my greatest passions as an educator and I feel privileged to have spent my teaching career working in inquiry based schools. I began teaching abroad at the International School Manila, where I taught all grades from preschool through 4th grade, including half a year as an art teacher. After a year in the Philippines, I moved to the Bay Area to teach kindergarten and then first grade at an inquiry-based independent school. I then went back to school to get my Masters in Education at Mills College. 

Outside of the classroom you can find me making my own jewelry, walking the hills of San Francisco, and exploring farmer’s markets. This fall is an exciting time for me as I am getting married over Thanksgiving!


 My Big Question: If you could choose one theme song for your life, what would it be?

My Big Question: If you could choose one theme song for your life, what would it be?

Lauren Berry, Lead Teacher, Grade Level Chair

There aren’t enough words (and feelings!) to describe my excitement to be moving on up to 1st grade with our amazing rising 1st grade kiddos and families. For those of you who don’t know…I was born and raised in the Bay Area and spent 4 exciting years down South for college at the University of Southern California (Fight on!). I began my "official" teaching career through Teach for America but have been in and out of classrooms since I was 16 years old. From being a teaching assistant in high school to leading a creative writing camp during college, I am a passionate teacher who is living her childhood dream of being in the classroom each and every day. This summer, I graduated from my master’s program at Johns Hopkins which focused on culturally responsive teaching and technology integration for educators. I can’t wait to bring my learnings into our New School community.

I deeply believe that risk taking, confidence, self love, teamwork and JOY are key in creating curious learners who are ready to tackle all that life throws at them. 

Outside of the classroom you can find me playing with my 3 nieces (exciting news: I have a nephew coming November 2018!), spinning at my favorite cycling studio, or enjoying my favorite beverage, a Philz coffee.


  My big question:  What could we accomplish if there was no fear or doubt?

My big question: What could we accomplish if there was no fear or doubt?

Jenna Pecore, Resident Teacher

It makes my heart so happy to be joining the New School family! Teaching first grade is truly a dream come true and I can not wait to learn and grow with this inspiring community. I’m a San Diego native however, I received my undergraduate degree and teaching credential on the central coast at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After graduating with my credential, I made my way up the coast to San Francisco.

I’m lucky enough to have experience working with children for 10 years now. I have been dancing for 18 years and I found my love for teaching when I started coaching dance in high school. While in college, I had the opportunity to study theater in London, England and especially enjoy musical theater. I love sharing my passion for the performing arts with students! This summer, I had the opportunity to teach art at Camp Galileo which sparked my interest in inquiry based instruction.

When I’m not in the classroom, I love dancing, staying active in spin classes, and dabbling in the kitchen trying new recipes.


  My big question:  How do we create systems that foster meaningful, genuine interactions between people from different backgrounds on a daily basis?

My big question: How do we create systems that foster meaningful, genuine interactions between people from different backgrounds on a daily basis?

Emery Donovan, Resident Teacher

I am thrilled about being part of the New School community! In many ways, joining New School feels like coming home; from Kindergarten to 8th grade, I had the privilege of attending an inquiry-based school, where I fostered a lifelong love of learning. Having experienced firsthand the power of inquiry, I feel especially lucky to have the opportunity to facilitate these kinds of experiences for my students! Following my K-8 inquiry education, I attended a diverse public high school, then graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Environmental Analysis: Race, Class and Gender. Most recently, I received my Masters in Education, teaching credential and bilingual authorization in Spanish from Stanford University. 

Since moving to California in 2008, I've explored the world of experiential education in my role as an outdoor science teacher and Program Manager with Education Outside and as a backpacking instructor with Outward Bound California. When I'm not teaching, I love going on outdoor adventures, experimenting with ayurvedic cooking, traveling and writing. I am absolutely thrilled to continue learning, growing and working toward inquiry and equity for all students as a member of the New School team!