3rd Grade Teachers

My big question:  What do poetry and engineering have in common?

My big question: What do poetry and engineering have in common?

Nate Mallove, Lead Teacher

I couldn’t be happier spending my 8th year as an educator at New School! After teaching 1st grade, I’ve been a 3rd grade teacher at NSSF for two years, as well as enjoyed helping build our technology program and design our future middle school. Before New School, I taught in Harlem, D.C., and helped open a charter school in San Jose as an Assistant Principal.

I'm originally from Seattle and love being back on the West Coast. 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 many feelings exist but don't have the right word to name them?

My big question: How many feelings exist but don't have the right word to name them?

Meaghan O'Neil, Lead Teacher

I am so excited to be joining the community at New School! I was born and raised in Seattle and moved to the Bay Area to attend Santa Clara University. Although I love my rainy hometown, the sunshine has kept me in the bay. I began my teaching career at Rocketship Public School in San Jose where I taught 1st and 2nd grades. Throughout my time as an educator I have developed a passion for bringing joy to the classroom and allowing students to discover and foster their own love of learning. I am very eager to continue following this passion at New School.

When I'm not in the classroom you can find me going for a jog, making a mess in the kitchen or spending quality time with my friends and family (both in person, and on Facetime.)


My big question:  Is there such a thing as before or outside of time? Also, where does mine keep going?!

My big question: Is there such a thing as before or outside of time? Also, where does mine keep going?!

Vanessa Garcia, Resident Teacher

I’m a Texas transplant who received an MA in Elementary Education from UC Berkeley’s Developmental Teacher Education program. I began my career in education as Education Coordinator of an in-school tutoring program through Sylvan Learning in Austin, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, I taught elementary school English in Japan for three years. I’m excited to continue contributing to the New School community and sharing in a vision for equitable education, inquiry, and change. 

I enjoy baking, sketching, watercolor and finding new places to hike in the Bay Area when I’m not teaching.