Kalyan Balaven – Athenian
Beats, Rhymes & Life
Kalyan Ali Balaven is the Dean of Equity and Inclusion and Humanities Instructor at the Athenian School. He has been an educator for nearly two decades and has taught in the secondary and university levels. When he takes off his instructor’s cap, he dons the Kangol of a Hip-Hop artist, performing and teaching through the spoken word as Professor A.L.I.
Jack Coakley – College Prep
Intro to Organic Chemistry
Jack teaches chemistry, AP chemistry, and a semester-long organic chemistry elective at College Prep. In addition to belonging to several school committees, he is the senior class advisor and also coaches Cross Country and Track and Field at the school. Prior to coming to College Prep in the 1990s, Jack taught at El Cerrito High School, and had worked as a bench scientist in a Berkeley lab before getting into teaching. Jack is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in bacteriology and immunology, and did graduate work at Cal and San Francisco State University.
Sanjev deSilva – Athenian
Sanjev brings over 15 years of experience in education, youth development, and community service to the BlendEd consortium. His life’s mission is to empower young people to be leaders and to create progressive change in their communities. Sanjev is currently a humanities seminar teacher at The Athenian School. Sanjev also brings two decades of work in the music industry field, working with many different artists, producers and labels in developing, marketing and promoting their brand.
Liz Gottlieb – Marin Academy
Bay Area Ecology
Liz currently teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science and coaches the Cross Country team at Marin Academy. She also leads a number of running, hiking, and restoration outings, including a cross-country summer running outing in Tahoe. She received a BA from Colby College and also studied Education at Loyola Marymount and Social Justice at San Francisco University. Liz began her teaching career by participating in Teach for America, where she taught seventh- and eighth-grade science at Roosevelt Middle School in Compton, California.
Lydia Greer – Lick-Wilmerding
Bay Area Cinema
Lydia Greer has taught Visual Art, Film History & Video Production and Animation at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco since 2010. She also runs the annual film festival, is an academic advisor and works as a mentor for student clubs and independent studies. Before joining LWHS, Lydia taught Visual Thinking and Video Production for the UC Berkeley’s Art Practice Dept. and was a TA in Film Studies. Lydia has been an arts educator for 13 years, working with youth at Pacific NW College of Art, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and in outreach programs in the Portland Public Schools in Portland, Oregon. Lydia earned her MFA from UC Berkeley in 2009 and is an artist and filmmaker.
Lori Hébert – BlendEd Consortium
Web Design & Development
Lori Hébert has served as the Director of the Bay Area BlendEd Consortium since 2016. She is the former Director of Educational Technology & Innovation at College Prep and, before that, she taught French and Service Learning at The Urban School of San Francisco and Math at Marin Academy. In addition to working in independent schools, Lori has been an active web developer for almost 20 years and is excited to share her expertise with students in the Web Design & Development course.
Riley Maddox – Urban School
Riley has been teaching Math at The Urban School of San Francisco since 2010, working as an advisor and running the after-school strength and conditioning program. Before that, Riley taught math and coached varsity rowing at Tabor Academy. Having graduated with a BA in Economics and History from Williams College, Riley is compelled in his work by the beauty of mathematics and its countless applications for understanding the world we live in.
Stori Oates – Marin Academy
California Coastal Oceanography
Stori currently teaches AP Environmental Science, California Coastal Oceanography, and is the Marin Academy Research Collaborative (MARC) Program Coordinator at Marin Academy. She is a freshman advisor, volunteers with Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force to involve students in coastal water quality monitoring, and weight trains with the girls basketball team. Stori received her B.S. in Biology (with a minor in Environmental Studies) and a M.S. in Marine Science from San Jose State University and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.
Stori is both a teacher and a research scientist. Before coming to MA, she taught General Biology and Human Biology at Hartnell College in Salinas, and worked at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz, CA. Stori maintains ties to the One Health Institute at the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she also worked to investigate the health and disease of marine species throughout California.
Stori lives in Fairfax with her husband, History teacher Bill Meyer, where they have a tripod dog, two cats, and seven tortoises. She has great stories to tell about the sea otters she has come across during her research.
Linnea Ogden – Lick-Wilmerding
Linnea Ogden has taught English at Lick-Wilmerding High School since 2010. Though she has worked with all grade levels, she currently teaches 9th grade, 12th grade seminars in contemporary poetry and hybrid genre texts, and creative writing courses focused on short stories, memoir, and poetry. Before coming to LWHS, Linnea worked for a small letterpress print shop, got her MFA in Poetry from Brown, and taught a summer flash fiction course as part of Brown’s Summer Studies Program. She serves as an assistant editor with Lost Roads Press, and her writing can be found in literary journals and online.
Don Rizzi – Lick-Wilmerding
Don Rizzi has been teaching Biology and Chemistry at Lick-Wilmerding High School since 2007. He also coaches wrestling, is an advisor, and mentors independent study students in electronic music production. Prior to coming to Lick, Don taught Physics, Math, Chemistry, and Media Production at High Tech High, which is a charter school that emphasizes project based learning and the cultivation of 21st century skills. He also received his MA in Instructional Technologies from San Francisco State University.
Geoff Ruth – Urban School
Geoff has taught high school science for 16 years at three different schools, and has spent the last 9 years at the Urban School. Geoff earned a geology degree from Carleton College, but mostly teaches chemistry and environmental science. He has been department chair at two schools, and starting next year will be Academic Dean at Urban. Before becoming a classroom teacher, he wrote chemistry curriculum at Lawrence Hall of Science, taught at environmental education centers, and worked on a couple farms.
Jen Tetler – College Prep
Jen has been teaching chemistry and physics at College Prep since 2010. She also coaches basketball, is an advisor, and heads up the Science Olympiad team. Prior to moving to California, Jen taught at Lynnwood High School outside of Seattle and also worked at the Pacific Science Center. She graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Earth science. When outside of the classroom, Jen likes to stay involved in rugby and play in the outdoors.