1st Grade Teachers

My Big Question: How deep is our Bay and who are all the creatures that live down there?

My Big Question: How deep is our Bay and who are all the creatures that live down there?

Nicola Fleischer, Lead Teacher 

I grew up here in San Francisco, and am thrilled to be building a new educational institution for my amazing home city. I am energized by the perspective and enthusiasm that my young students bring to learning, and I love the daily surprise of what they can accomplish. I joined New School in 2015 from my 2nd Grade classroom in SFUSD, and am fired up to improve equity in our city's schools. I began my career as a Kindergarten Teacher at a Rocketship charter school in San Jose, where I implemented blended learning models and learned the practices of robust literacy instruction. I graduated from Brown University with a degree in Education History and Policy, and received my credentials through Teach For America.

I love getting up with the sun, making smoothies, and playing with new crochet projects. I like spending my weekends outside, exploring the parks and hills we have in such close reach!


My Big Question: How big is the universe? Does it ever end?

My Big Question: How big is the universe? Does it ever end?

Kristin Smith, Lead Teacher

I am joining the New School SF team with seven years teaching experience in the Bay Area plus three additional years teaching Pre-K. After spending a summer teaching in Kenya in 2008, I felt extremely passionate about education equality, and decided I wanted to be a teacher. I began my formal teaching career through Teach for America in San Jose and have had the privilege of teaching Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th! I have also spent the past four summers teaching science at Camp Galileo, which is where I discovered my passion for inquiry based learning.

In my free time, I love exploring the bay, hiking with my dog, and traveling the world. I've been to 32 countries on six continents. I like to bring my love of travel into the classroom as well, so don't be surprised if you hear New School students speaking a foreign language or telling stories of different cultures! 


My Big Question: How many different types of trees grow in San Francisco?

My Big Question: How many different types of trees grow in San Francisco?

Kelley England, Resident Teacher / Grade Level Chair

My passion for education dates back as far as I can remember. I received my BA in American Studies with a concentration in Education at Carleton College. In high school and college I volunteered in local schools and enrichment programs. While working in preschool art classes and nature centers, I learned the value of presenting children with opportunities to explore the natural world. After college, I taught at the International School Manila where I worked with students from over 70 countries. After a year in the Philippines I moved to the Bay Area to teach at the Nueva School where I taught kindergarten and then first grade. I have spent the last year working on my Masters in Education at Mills College.  Outside of the classroom you can find me making my own jewelry and walking the hills of San Francisco.


My Big Question: Who's going to write this generation's Roald Dahl books? 

My Big Question: Who's going to write this generation's Roald Dahl books? 

Nate Mallove, Resident Teacher

After six years in education, I'm thrilled to be at a school with a joyfully rigorous 21st century model! After graduating from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, I began my career with Teach for America in Harlem. I continued on to DC and spent 3 years teaching, designing curriculum, and coaching teachers in our nation's capitol. Most recently, I moved back to the West Coast to open a Rocketship school in San Jose as an Assistant Principal. Now, I'm back in the classroom and couldn't be more excited! 

I'm originally from Seattle and am looking to reconnect with my West Coast roots. I'm all about getting outside and exploring, whether it's a trip to the mountains or an adventure in a new neighborhood in my own city or one halfway across the world. 


My Big Question: How can we find a home for every puppy in the world? How can we raise awareness and what programs can we create to make this possible?

My Big Question: How can we find a home for every puppy in the world? How can we raise awareness and what programs can we create to make this possible?

Katie Hobbs, Resident Teacher

Culture, language, and equity fuel my passion for education. In 2008, After a brief stint teaching in a small village in Nicaragua, I immediately returned back to the states to acquire my licensure and master’s degree in education from George Mason University. Since then I have been teaching both in my home state of North Carolina and internationally at Korea International School.  I have had the opportunity to teach across all elementary grade levels, and just adore the energy, creativity, and eagerness of all ages.

When I am not working you can find me exploring each corner of the city with my husband and pup Moses, running, getting coffee with friends, or planning our next travel adventure!  I am so excited and honored to be a part of such a vibrant school and community as New School!