Founding Team

Gautam Thapar    Founder and Executive Director

Gautam Thapar

Founder and Executive Director

Melissa Beck    Dean of Students

Melissa Beck

Dean of Students

Sheeva Halati    Director of Operations

Sheeva Halati

Director of Operations

Pamela Palomares    Office Manager

Pamela Palomares

Office Manager

Erika Doane    Science Teacher, ELD Lead

Erika Doane

Science Teacher, ELD Lead

Josh Rourke    Speech and Debate Teacher

Josh Rourke

Speech and Debate Teacher

Jeffrey Martinez    Culture/Operations

Jeffrey Martinez

Culture/Operations

Emily Joye    Math Teacher

Emily Joye

Math Teacher

Rashida Onwuka    Resource Teacher

Rashida Onwuka

Resource Teacher

Julianna Docking    English Teacher

Julianna Docking

English Teacher

Sarah Rhee    History Teacher

Sarah Rhee

History Teacher

Board Members

Rhonda Burton, Parent Representative

Chris Kelly, Mayor of Hercules

Caroline Kusin, Khan Academy

Karen Norwood, Kaiser Permanente

Jeff Manassero, Concourse

Nora Martin, Tipping Point

Tana Monteiro, Richmond College Prep

Ashwin Ravi, Mosaic