Our Leadership Team

Lead Facilitator

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Jana Chabre

Jana Chabre started at Nea in 2011 and became Lead Facilitator for the K-12 program in 2020. She previously served as Lead Facilitator and Assistant Lead Facilitator for the K-5 program, and, before that, was a classroom Facilitator for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. In her current role, she strives to foster continuity, community, and unity in Nea's K-5 and 6-12 programs.

Jana holds a Master's Degree in Education from San Francisco State, Administrative and Reading Specialist credentials, and a Bachelor's in Art and Spanish from St. Mary's College. She obtained her teaching credential at UC Irvine and has 16 years of classroom teaching experience.

Assistant Lead Facilitator

Grades 9-12

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Angela Barrett

Angela Barrett joined Nea as Assistant Lead Facilitator in 2021, with three years of experience as a Vice Principal and six years as a classroom teacher. She is excited to bring her passion for equity in education to the Nea community.

Angela holds two Master's degrees--one in Educational Leadership and one in Education--Reading Instruction from California State University East Bay. She earned her Bachelor's degree in English Literature and English Creative Writing from California State University San Bernardino. She also holds an Administrative Services Credential from Mills College in Oakland.

Originally from Southern California, Angela has lived in Northern California for the past 10 years. She enjoys taking her son on "mini adventures" in the area and spending time with friends and family. Thoroughly embracing the big kid in her, Angela also enjoys playing video games with some of her past students and colleagues, as well as watching anime and reading books ... especially on rainy days. 

Assistant Lead Facilitator

Grades K-8

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Samantha Jeandebien

Samantha Jeandebien joined Nea in 2020. She currently serves as Interim Assistant Lead Facilitator for grades K-8. She has an extensive background in youth development and education and has been an advocate and ally for youth in the Bay Area for over 15 years. 

Samantha holds a Master's degree in Professional Counseling. She is passionate about trust-based communication, strength-based coaching, and empowering youth to find their voice.

Although born in Omaha, Nebraska, Samantha has lived most of her life in Alameda. When not at work, she enjoys roller skating with her family.

Director of Special Education

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Annahita Rad

Annahita Rad became the Director of Special Education for ACLC and Nea in 2019, after serving in several administrative capacities at Nea since 2014. Annahita is passionate about child-centered learning and always challenges her colleagues to work with a lens of equity. Her dedication to a learner-first approach extends outside the classroom to her practice as a member of the Diversity Committee, where she advocates for learners and families and helps create user-friendly school policies. As an English Language Learner herself--English is her third language, after Farsi and French--Annahita understands that a diverse educational community requires a variety of approaches to make learning accessible and meaningful to all.

Ms. Rad holds a Master's in Education from UC Davis and a BA in history from UCLA. She is also certified in Business Administration through UC Berkeley, and as a Conflict Mediator through the Restoring Civility Conflict Resolution Program (Los Angeles) where she mentored middle and high school learners to become peer mediators. Annahita has served Alameda youth for the bulk of her career and resides in Alameda with her husband, son, and daughter.

Student Support Coordinator

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Becky Freeman

Becky Freeman joined the team in May 2015 but has been an active member of Nea's community since 2011.  She grew up in England and earned her LLB in Business Law before completing her Masters in Criminal Justice.  A passionate educator, Becky spent the next four years researching youth victimization for her PhD and teaching criminology to undergraduates.  She became deeply involved with the local community, working with youth homelessness, and those caught in a life of juvenile crime.  It was during this time that she realized that she wanted to work in the field of education and support young people at risk.

Becky moved to the Bay Area with her husband back in 2001.  They have two children who both attend Nea. In 2015 she received the Salute to Education honor from Alameda Education Foundation in recognition of her dedication to Nea. She currently serves on the PTSA Executive Board, and the Personnel, Program Evaluation, and Curriculum Committees.   Becky loves working at a school she is deeply invested in. 

School Operations Manager

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Jasmine Yip

Jasmine Yip joined Nea as School Operations Manager in 2021. A proud Nea alumna (Class of 2016), she earned her Bachelor's degree in Legal Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Jasmine is excited get to know all the current learners and families who make up the Nea community. We are grateful to have her back at Nea in her new role.