Kindergarten Teachers

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Alyssa Currie, Lead Teacher

My big question: If our pets could talk what would they tell us?

I am excited to be returning for my fourth 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!


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Keith Chernin, Lead Teacher

My Big Question: What does equity look and feel like in a capitalist society?

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!


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Ciera Smith, Resident Teacher

My Big Question: How would our country change if everyone, regardless of age, could vote?

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!


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Chloe Adams, Resident Teacher

My Big Question: What will travel, and transportation look like 100 years from now as we develop new technology and inventions?

First off, I am so happy to join the New School community and Kinder team! I am a proud UC Davis Aggie and a Bay Area native who is passionate about making connections, curiosity, and joy consistent parts of the learning process. My interest and experience in education started early, when my older sister put to me to work in her classroom, and really took off during an internship abroad at a K-6 elementary school in Glenfield, New South Wales, Australia. When I’m not teaching, you can catch me hiking, spending time with family and friends (particularly my niece and nephew), cracking open a good book, plotting to travel around the world, and watching the Great British Baking Show!