Leadership Team

My big question: What did the Big Bang look and feel like?

My big question: What did the Big Bang look and feel like?

Emily Bobel Kilduff, Head of School 

I began my career teaching middle school math and science in the South Bronx of New York City. From teaching, I moved into various leadership roles with Teach For America, working to build a pipeline of educators who are committed to disrupting the status quo. I most recently served as the Executive Director of the Bay Area region, overseeing all programmatic and fundraising efforts. I received my degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.

When I’m not with students, I enjoy running marathons, tinkering with photography, and spending time with my husband, daughter and family. 


My big question: What would our favorite pieces of music look like if painted?

My big question: What would our favorite pieces of music look like if painted?

Ryan Chapman, Head of School 

Over the past 19 years, I have worked to start-up and expand organizations focused on closing the opportunity gap in low-resource, yet high potential communities. My work in education and community development has spanned the non-profit, public, and private sectors. I received my B.A. in developmental psychology and K-6 teaching certification from Vassar College and Masters of Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.

I live here in SF with my wife, daughter (a New School student) and son, both of whom are 5th generation San Franciscans.


My big question: How can I help make New School SF the best school possible for students, families and staff? 

My big question: How can I help make New School SF the best school possible for students, families and staff? 

Shernice Lazare, Director of Curriculum & Instruction 

I have been an educator for 20 years - 15 of them as a classroom teacher in grades K-6.  As a Fulbright Teacher Award recipient, I spent a year in England teaching, learning and researching best practices. Having graduated from UCLA's social justice Teacher Education Program and recently being the Outreach Coordinator for UCLA Lab School, I am a true Bruin! I am passionate about giving all children access to high quality teaching and learning.  

I love having family game nights with my daughter Ella, my husband Thomas, and our rescued mini pincher, Toby, who plays a mean game of checkers. I also enjoy running, yoga, dancing, zumba, meditating and making photo books.


My big question: Why is there injustice in the world? How can we work together to create a truly equitable school community?

My big question: Why is there injustice in the world? How can we work together to create a truly equitable school community?

Christina Canaveral, Director of Community 

¡Hola! I have over 15 years of experience in parent engagement, youth development and education policy work both in the States and abroad. I’ve had the opportunity to work in long standing SF organizations, such as Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth.  I graduated from UC Santa Cruz, and received my Master of Arts in Political Science at the Pontificial Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia.

I come from a bilingual/ bicultural family and have lots of nephews, nieces and cousins that I love to spoil! In my spare time I enjoy dancing, cooking, challenging myself to find the best nachos in the city (Farolito on 24th street), or hanging out at home (re)reading my favorite books (Harry Potter) with my cat Lola.