Chloe Langon, Lead Teacher Teacher, Grade Level Chair
I am a Bay Area native and a founding member of the New School team. As an early childhood educator, I have taught both Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten for the past five years. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Educational Leadership as well as my Administrative Credential. I love the primary grades, as elementary children are completely candid, eager to take risks and ready to absorb the world around them. I am proud to be a part of an organization that empowers its people (both big and small) to take agency in their learning through our personalized, inquiry-based approach.
My passions include spending free time with family, testing new recipes, and playing soccer.
Alyssa Currie, Lead Teacher
I am excited to be returning for my third year as a member of the New School family. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and I migrated to Southern California where I attended the University of San Diego. I began my teaching career in Kindergarten working at a charter school that emphasized project based learning. I love working with Kindergartners because they are at an age where their love of learning and school is evident. I am honored to be the witness of their tremendous emotional and academic growth throughout the year.
On the weekends, you can find me at spin class, the beach or the park with my dog, friends, and family!
Ciera Smith, Resident Teacher
I am so excited to be joining the New School community and become a resident of the Bay Area! I was born and raised in Southern California but have been living in New York where I received my Masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from NYU. For the past two years, I have been teaching Pre-K and I have loved seeing children develop a love from learning and become scientists, writers, and creators. My passion for teaching began while I was a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia. There, I worked with teachers to bring literacy into their classrooms and establish a student-run library that is in full force today. I am eager to start the school year at New School and can’t wait to meet you all.
I love to cook, travel, spend time outdoors, try different Kombucha flavors, and anything Beyonce!
Keith Chernin, Resident Teacher
Hi friends, thanks for checking out my bio! I am super excited to be joining the New School SF team. My teaching journey started growing up in Brookline, MA as the child of an amazing 3rd grade teacher, my mother! Inspired to pursue education myself, I moved out to SF as a Teach for America corps member after graduating from Colby College in Maine in 2015. I’ve taught now 3 years in SFUSD, growing my brain alongside curious, caring, and hard working Transitional Kindergarten students. I have also recently completed a Masters in Urban Education Policy and Administration. Can’t wait to get started learning and growing with the New School SF community.
When I’m not teaching, I like to play soccer, croquet, chess, and other fun board games. I’ve recently gotten into surfing as well!