Staff

Carrie Wilson

Carrie Wilson

Executive Director

Carrie’s commitment to transformational adult learning has enabled her to lead the growth of Mills Teacher Scholars from its original single group of 18 teacher scholars to its current 23...

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Jennifer Ahn

Jennifer Ahn

Director of Network Partnerships

Jennifer cares deeply about supporting teachers in developing an optimistic, asset-based approach to inquiry into their students’ learning. She partners with Life Academy of Health and Bioscience and Bret Harte...

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Sarah Sugarman

Sarah Sugarman

Regional Director

Sarah brings her experience as a classroom teacher and her commitment to inquiry to her work with Mills Teacher Scholars. As a second- and third-grade teacher in East...

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Aija Simmons

Aija Simmons

Teacher Advisor

Aija specializes in creating safe, non-evaluative spaces to meet teachers where they are and move them forward. She advises Mills Teacher Scholars on the design of a teacher...

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Hillary Walker

Hillary Walker

Teacher Advisor

Hillary brings an extensive background in coaching and mentoring teachers to her role as a program advisor for Mills Teacher Scholars. She is in her twelfth year of...

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Daniela Mantilla

Daniela Mantilla

Teacher Advisor

Daniela has dedicated her career to creating spaces where students and teachers feel safe to share both their uncertainties and their new understandings. She brings her diverse experience...

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Laura Alvarez

Laura Alvarez

Teacher Advisor

Laura brings expertise in language and literacy development to her work with Mills Teacher Scholars. She has taught elementary and middle school in Oakland Unified for nine years and currently...

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Pilar Beccar-Varela

Pilar Beccar-Varela

Program Associate

Pilar is a National Board certified teacher with expertise in literacy development in the elementary grades. She brings to her work a passion for thinking together with teachers about their...

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Julia Beers

Julia Beers Moss

Program Associate

Julia brings a passion for equity to her work with Mills Teacher Scholars. As a 2nd-grade teacher in her eighth year of teaching at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley...

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Claire Bove

Claire Bove

Creative Director

Claire is Mills Teacher Scholars’ adult learning artist-in-residence. A former Carnegie Scholar with a research focus on developing teaching leadership, she specializes in how to let passion lead learning for...

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Robin Dixon

Marketing Director

Robin is driven by authentic marketing that connects social organizations with the people who can benefit from their important work. She brings years of experience in philanthropy and...

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Christina Jethi

Christina Jethi

Administrative Assistant

Christina performs countless administrative tasks that ensure the smooth operation of Mills Teacher Scholars’ partnerships and programs. In addition to her role at Mills Teacher Scholars, she is a...

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Hannah Lu-Way

Hannah Lu-Way

Student Office Assistant

Hannah is one of the team’s office assistants. She assists with tasks that need to be done around the office, helps with the small details of events as well as...

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Rebekah Raymon

Rebekah Raymon

Student Office Assistant

Rebekah is one of the team’s office assistants. She performs myriad tasks that keep the program work running smoothly and also helps out at events. She is pursuing an individualized...

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Dr. Anna Richert

Anna Richert

Founder & Advisor

Anna is the founder and Faculty Director of Mills Teacher Scholars, with a decades-long passion for studying teacher learning. Her teaching and research interests center on the preparation of and...

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Elizabeth Shafer

Elizabeth Shafer

Program Associate

Elizabeth is passionate about supporting teachers in their complex work and providing all students access to content. Elizabeth taught 2nd and 3rd grades in Oakland, where she focused on supporting...

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Marguerite Sheffer

Marguerite Sheffer

Program Advisor

Maggie has been a Mills Teacher Scholar since 2011, when she attended a May share-out and was instantly hooked. Maggie taught high school Humanities for 8.5 years in Oakland Unified,...

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Jean Witzke

Jean Witzke

Budget Manager

Jean is a veteran organizer with nineteen years of experience in office administration and previous experience teaching elementary art. She was president of an arts non-profit for 8...

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