Leadership Team


Emily Bobel Kilduff, Head of School 

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

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, two daughters and family. 

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Ryan Chapman, Head of School 

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

Over the past 20 years, I have worked to start-up and expand organizations focused on closing the opportunity gap in low-resource, high-potential communities. My work in education 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. We’ve all been adopted by an orange tabby cat who thinks he’s a dog and a 110 pound Great Pyrenees who thinks he’s an area rug.


Shernice Lazare, Director of Curriculum & Instruction 

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

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.


Christina Canaveral, Director of Community 

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


Trevor Burns, Director of Student Access

My big question: What will education look like in 40 years?

I am thrilled to be a member of the New School team! I have spent the past 8 years working in the Bay Area as a mental health provider and educator for Seneca’s Family of Agencies. After getting my start in a K-12 school in San Leandro, CA many years back, I transitioned into Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) with Alameda County schools. It was during my time with TBS that I began to understand systematic barriers that are facing children in our school system. With a desire to take on a full-time administrative role in the school environment, I was part of a team that piloted a grant project with SFUSD. The focus of this role was to intentionally shift the climate and culture of the school environment, and emphasize an inclusive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) approach. I am passionate about redefining how we view therapeutic, behavioral, and academic supports in the school environment.

When I’m not at work, I love to exercise, BBQ with friends, try new restaurants, and spend time with my wife around Lake Merritt in Oakland!


Tanvi Desai, Director of Operations