2nd Grade Teachers
Kimberly Stevenson, Lead Teacher
My big question: What are we currently doing that our grandchildren will look at and wonder how we could ever have done?
I feel so fortunate to be entering my 4th year as a teacher at our wonderful school! Prior to joining New School in 2016 I spent time teaching in a variety of classrooms in South San Francisco and San Jose in classrooms ranging from Transitional Kindergarten to a self contained 1st-3rd grade special education classroom. My favorite part of teaching at New School is the ability to engage students in their areas of interest to increase their excitement about school.
Before moving to San Francisco and discovering the city I want to be my long term home I grew up outside of Sacramento in Folsom, CA. Growing up, 2nd grade was my favorite grade due to the incredible, creative teacher I had.
Outside of school I'm most likely at a dog park (with my dog, Barry) or watching Giants' baseball (with my husband, Xan). But my favorite place of all is the mountain lake I am fortunate to spend my summers on, living in a cabin and driving a boat taxi
Jenna Paul Gin, Lead Teacher
My big question: Why do humans dream?
I am beyond excited to join the incredible team at New School. Originally from San Francisco with a dream of teaching, I began working for local educational non profits such as Breakthrough Collaborative and First Graduate. I attended UC Davis where I double majored in Human Development and Psychology. In 2012, I joined Teach for America teaching Kindergarten and second grade at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy and Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep in San Jose. For the past two years I've taught second and third grade at KIPP Excelencia in Redwood City. In every school, I've been inspired by the force and persistence of the communities. I believe in ALL students getting what they need, fostered by love and curiosity. I am eager to continue working towards equity in our schools and am honored to be a part of the New School family.
When I'm not working I love to explore Yelp for the BEST food, go on hikes, and spend time with friends and family in the best hometown!
Ella Glasser, Resident Teacher
My big question: Is there anything that is universally funny?
Everyday "Aha" moments fuel my aspirations to be a teacher. I love witnessing these moments in my students and experiencing my own "Aha's" too. Most recently, I've had these revelations while working as an Education Outside outdoor science teacher at Hillcrest Elementary's garden the past two years. I love presenting scientific phenomena as mysteries to students and letting them unfold the truths. Before this, I graduated from Pitzer College in 2015 and am presently enrolled in a masters and credentialing program through BATTI. I have also instructed art at Camp Galileo, tutored weekly, and traveled abroad to Spain and Nepal, speaking both languages. (Sometimes I find myself mixing up Nepali and Spanish too).
After a restful summer babysitting, spending time with family in Chicago, getting sunburnt at the beach, and watching my brother play professional minor league baseball, I'm ready to take the New School by storm! Can't wait to get to know all of you.
Michelle Chu, Resident Teacher
Big Question: How would our society change if everyone had access to both a high-quality education and the opportunity to live with people and experience cultures from around the world?
Hola! I feel truly blessed to be joining the New School family. I cannot wait to know, learn, and grow with each of you (students, families, staff, and teachers). As a life-long learner too, I am excited to continue my own inquiry as a teacher for a more socially just world. I grew up in North County San Diego and completed my undergraduate degree in Human Biology and Society, with a concentration in Public Health and Medicine at UCLA. Go Bruins!!!! I love learning so much that I double minored in Applied Developmental Psychology and Education too. After graduating, I worked two years at the UCLA Lab School, where I saw the power of inquiry-based learning in an intentionally diverse community. Since then, I've earned my Masters in Education, teaching credential, and bilingual authorization in Spanish from UC Berkeley.
Besides being a teacher, I love playing basketball, hiking in nature, traveling, trying new foods, and exploring new spaces. I am often either journaling, eating fruit, reading, running, spending time with friends and family, or trying to catch a sunrise/sunset