3rd Grade Teachers

  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, Lead 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 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 recently 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 be joining 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.