Our Leadership Team
Jana Chabre became Lead Facilitator for Nea's K-12 Program in 2020, after serving as the Lead Facilitator for the K-5 program since July 2017, and as a Facilitator (grades K-2) since 2011. She holds a BA in Art and Spanish from St. Mary's College, and a Master's Degree in Education from San Francisco State. She obtained her teaching credential at UC Irvine.
Jana has 16 years of classroom teaching experience and, even as a classroom facilitator, she took leadership roles in several school-wide initiatives, including curriculum development for grades K-2, coordinating Nea's successful full-term WASC accreditation process, and initiating a reading intervention program for learners needing additional support.
As K-5 Lead Facilitator, Jana fostered continuity, community and unity in the K-5 program. She looks forward to continuing these efforts as she takes leadership of the 6-12 program as well.
Tyesha Day joined Nea in 2019, bringing 13 years of experience working in education. She has served as a middle and high school math teacher, instructional coach, program director, assistant principal, and principal. Ty holds a BA in Liberal Studies from San Diego State and earned her Master's Degree in Education from Long Beach State. She obtained her administrator's credential through the New Leaders program. As a lifelong learner, she is currently studying Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Cal State East Bay.
Ty is passionate about providing high quality academic and social-emotional learning spaces that ensure learners have deeper learning experiences. Her dedication to building strong communities and creating equitable outcomes for young people drives her work. She is a Los Angeles native who has lived in Oakland since 2012. In addition to her work, Ty loves to spend time with family and friends, practice yoga, dance, and travel. She is excited to work service of Nea's bright, brilliant, and beautiful young people.
Annahita Rad became the Director of Special Education for ACLC and Nea in 2019, after serving in several administrative capacities at Nea since 2014. As a master teacher, Annahita is passionate about child-centered learning. As Lead Facilitator at Nea, she worked tirelessly to improve instructional practice and always challenged 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.
Annahita has several years' experience supporting Special Education and working with teams on differentiation and accommodations. As an EL 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.
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, the Personnel, Program Evaluation, and Curriculum Committees, and is the weekly newsletter editor. Becky loves working at a school she is deeply invested in.
Mary McKee started as Nea's original Office Manager in 2009. She continued in what she feels is her most rewarding job for six years until she had to take medical leave. In 2018, Mary was happy to return to a community where she feels so welcome. She grew up in the Bay Area and has two daughters who graduated from Nea's sister school, ACLC. When Mary is not working, she loves to travel, read, walk with her dog and spend time with her husband, Michael.