3rd Grade Teachers
Shannon McMahon, Master Teacher, Grade Level Chair
I joined New School in 2015 with eight years of elementary teaching experience in charter and district public schools in Washington, D.C., and New York City. I began my career in education as a Teach For America corps member in the Bronx, and have been passionate about teaching and educational equity ever since. Most recently, I taught 3rd Grade at Maury Elementary in D.C., where I worked on a curriculum team to help revamp Common Core Standards-aligned math and literacy units to be more engaging and student-centered. I have a Bachelors of Science from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in elementary and special education from Pace University.
I love to cook, bake, and experiment in the kitchen. I am currently working on my latest venture – homemade ice cream!
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.
Kimberly Stevenson, Lead Teacher
I’m thrilled to be joining New School having spent the past eight years teaching in a variety of classrooms. I began teaching in South San Francisco spending time in first grade and kindergarten. While then earning my Masters Degree in special education, I also taught an Academic Instruction classroom for students impacted by autism. Most recently I have been teaching transitional kindergarten for Rocketship Education and am consistently impressed by my young students’ astute observations and persistence in reaching for their infinite potential. I am deeply in love with the city of San Francisco and am excited to be part of a school making change in the city I want to make my lifelong home.
Outside of school I'm most likely at a dog park or watching Giants' baseball. 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.
Phuong Duong, Resident Teacher
I was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Tacoma, Washington when I was 5-years old. I attended the University of Washington- Seattle and majored in Sociology with a focus on Race, Class, and Gender inequalities. After graduation, I became an Analyst for Nordstrom for two years. Ignited by my passion for social justice and education equity; I joined Teach for America. I have been in the Bay Area for the last 4 years teaching 3rd grade and then switching to Special Education. I am currently in graduate school for my Masters in Urban Education and Policy. I am an advocate for social emotional learning and the belief that all children want to do well, when they can. Restorative practices are at the core of my teaching philosophy and I look forward to bringing this into the classroom. I really value kindness and empathy in people and am so inspired when our kiddos display these traits on their own.
In my free time I like to grow and propagate succulents. I love being outdoors (camping, beaches, mountains, hiking, gardening). I travel every summer to a different country and am attempting to visit every continent by 2020!