Shawna Thompson, Lead Teacher
I come from eleven cumulative years of social-constructivist teaching and learning at independent schools in San Francisco, including Cow Hollow School and SF Brightworks. My philosophy is influenced by my studies of early childhood development and education, particularly the Reggio Emilia approach. Social-emotional wellbeing and relationships are at the heart of my practice. Committed to advocating for the rights of children, I have presented at many conferences and recently contributed a chapter in the book, Nature Education with Young Children: Integrating Inquiry and Practice.
In my free time, I love being in the outdoors; relaxing at the beach, going hiking, and camping are among my favorite activities.
Natalie Karet, Lead Teacher
I'm so excited to join The New School teaching team this year. Born and raised in San Francisco, the city is my favorite place to be. After earning my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in French from Vassar College and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, I'm currently working towards a Master of Arts in Equity and Social Justice in Education. Over the last 11 years, I have taught preschool through third grade in charter, public, and independent schools in San Francisco, Oakland, Daly City and Paris. As an educator, I am a huge proponent of the development of the whole child, joyful learning through authentic and meaningful experiences, fostering inquiry, encouraging creativity, and rising up to challenge.
I also love to dance, and I enjoy taking hip hop classes in addition to rollerblading and practicing yoga in my free time.
Amy Soukup, Resident Teacher
I've spent the past three years teaching a special day class for 3rd-5th graders in SFUSD and completing my Masters in special education from the University of San Francisco. I love working with diverse learners and enjoy helping to create a classroom community where each student's unique strengths and challenges are acknowledged, celebrated, and supported. I am especially passionate about and have experience implementing positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) and social-emotional learning in the classroom. I look forward to incorporating these elements into my teaching practice at New School, and I'm thrilled to join this growing and evolving school community!
Outside of the classroom, I spend my time dancing, doing yoga, and hiking around the bay area.
Chloe Langon, Resident Teacher / Grade Level Chair / Lead Teacher Sub
I am a Bay Area native and am thrilled to be back home. I have lived in San Diego the past six years and began my teaching career at a similar charter school where I taught transitional kindergarten for two years. 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 eager to foster a love for learning through our hands-on, minds-on approach.
My passions include spending free time with family, testing new recipes, and playing soccer.
Alyssa Currie, Long-Term Substitute
I am so excited to join the New School community. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and I migrated to Southern California to attend college. I have been teaching Kindergarten at a STEAM and project-based learning school in San Diego for the past two years. 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 through out the year.
On the weekends, you can find me at yoga, the beach, and with friends and family!