2nd Grade Teachers
Nicola Fleischer, Master Teacher, Grade Level Chair
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!
Vanessa Garcia, Resident Teacher
Camille Spivey, Lead Teacher
With nine years experience in the field of education, I have worn many hats: Coach, After School Program Director, Camp Director, Teacher, as well as Special Education Coordinator. I have a heart for equitable urban education, and an even deeper desire to get it right -- for ALL students. Most recently I was a founding science teacher at UP Academy Dorchester in Boston, Mass. I graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in political science, and an MAT in elementary education.
I enjoy discovering San Francisco, running, spending time with my family, hiking, and of course, Beyonce!
Ella Glasser, Resident Teacher