Ayse Kaya--School Director
Mrs.Ayse Kaya is one of the co-founders and the Director of Education at Mission Hills Middle School. She is in charge of developing the school curriculum and ensuring that the academic needs of the students are met. Her B.A. Degree in Psychology from Stanford University, her numerous teaching credentials and graduate certifications, and 23 years of teaching experience have enabled her to create a unique and truly well-balanced curriculum for the students of MHMS. Mrs.Kaya always goes the extra mile for her students, the parents, and the development of MHMS. In her free time, she loves to watch basketball with her family and tend to the many pets at MHMS.
MHMS MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM (grades 6-8)
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, & COMPUTER
In his 3rd year at MHMS, Mr. Robbins continues to teach Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Science classes to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. He is a graduate of Cal State East Bay and holds a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with an Early Childhood Studies option. He has worked in the public school system for 6 years, teaching middle school mathematics and science in east Oakland. He completed his Multiple-Subjects Teaching Credential while at Cal State East Bay and has taught kindergarten through 8th grade. In his free time, Mr. Robbins enjoys spending time with his children, playing soccer, and spending time at the beach.
Mary Beth Bradford
Mrs.Bradford teaches math and computer classes to the 6th-8th graders at MHMS and truly helps them understand the difficult concepts. She partners up with Mr.Robbins to make sure that each child is studying the math level that suits him/her and is being challenged. She loves to make sure that the students have a hands-on experience in math and that they truly enjoy learning. Mrs.Bradford has over 13 years of middle school teaching experience. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family.
In his 2nd year at MHMS, Mr.Gonzales will teach 6th and 7th grade science classes and the computer classes for some of the upper grades. Mr.Gonzales holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and has over 9 years of private school K-8th grade teaching experience. With his interesting ideas and nurturing ways, Mr.Gonzales has made it his goal to get his students to thoroughly enjoy their science & computer classes. When he is not teaching, Mr.Gonzales enjoys spending time with his family and watching sports, especically the Bay Area teams.
HISTORY & ENGLISH
In his first year at MHMS, Mr.Rose is very excited about teaching 6th-8th grade history and passing on his passion for this subject to the students. -- MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
MHMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAM
With over 26 years of teaching experience in the private school setting, Ms. Allender has been passionately teaching the 1st grade at MHMS for four years. She is not only a great team player, but also an amazing leader. She has a desire to provide quality education to her students which will allow them to succeed in all academic areas. Mrs.Allender adapts her lessons to fit the needs of her students and their abilities. Her classroom is always organized and ready to show each child's creativity. When she is not teaching or developing exciting lesson plans, Mrs.Allender enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Rebekah and Amber.
Amanda (Alexander) Contreras
Mr. Pace has 18 years of teaching experience, including eight years teaching 1st/2nd Grade. He has a BA in Classical Greek from BYU, and an MA in Classical Philology from UCLA. He loves languages, poetry, literature, art, music, science, drama, and films with subtitles. As an aspiring writer himself, Mr. Pace tries to help all of his students unlock their inner author. Although he is a talented singer, he admits to playing a very rudimentary guitar, and usually prefers to incorporate music into the classroom a cappella. When he is not teaching, Mr. Pace enjoys spending time with his wife, coaching his daughter’s soccer team and leading his son’s Cub Scout Pack on hikes throughout the Bay Area.
Sashirekha Raghavendran--MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
This is Ms. Quintana's third year teaching 3rd graders at MHMS. Ms.Quintana has studied within the Child Development field, giving her the tools necessary to understand where children are capable of thriving. She is also very familiar with current study techniques and programs that are available to aide students reach their full potential. She has also been in various school settings in the past 10 years, allowing her to experience different school curriculums. She hopes to use her experiences to help her students become well-rounded learners. In her free time...well, with a full-time teaching position and 4 children, she doesn't have much free time. But she loves to be with her family when she is not working. She is very excited that her little one will be joining the Jr.K class at MHMS this year.
Marilyn Shaner--MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
Ms.Dillon is teaching one of the 3rd grade classes at MHMS. In her 2nd year at MHMS, Ms.Dillon has adapted to the philosophy of the school very quickly. Ms.Dillon has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from California State East Bay University in Hayward with a minor in human development. With over 20 years of experience in teaching elementary grades, Ms.Dillon is able to respond to different student needs and personalities. She loves to create an environment where the students feel safe and unique. In her free time, Ms.Dillon likes to spend time with her family.
Ms.Bramlett is very excited about teaching the 3rd graders at Mission Hill Middle School. She has a BA in Human Development from San Diego Christian College. She is currently completing her Master's in Elementary Education. Ms.Bramlett has 2 boys, ages 13 & 7, and a little girl who is 8. With 3 children of her own and a full-time job, Ms.Bramlett can totally empathize with parents juggling their daily lives . In her free time (if she has any!), Ms.Bramlett loves to travel. Her favorite places are Disneyland and Hawaii. She loves to craft and spend quality time with her children.
This is Ms. Rebekah Allender's 4th year teaching the 4th graders at Mission Hills Middle School. Ms. Allender holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from CSU East Bay, as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She has also received her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology Leadership. Ms. Allender has experience teaching Preschool to 5th grade students in a variety of settings. She enjoys incorporating creative art projects and technology into curriculum to meet the learning needs of all students. Coming from a family of teachers has helped mold her into the teacher that she is today. In her free time, she enjoys watching Reality TV, going to many sporting events with her family (primarily A’s baseball and Sharks hockey), and playing with her two Yellow Labs.
The Bay Area native graduated from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA in 2007 as a student-athlete with a BS degree in Child Development. Her love of teaching grew when she taught Seventh and Eighth Grade English for the West Contra Costa Unified School District for 3 years. She also enjoyed supervising the after school program at Peres Elementary and working as a camp counselor at the Richmond YMCA for two years. Her degree and intense passion for knowledge has led her to an immense amount of experience and success within the classroom. Her determination and positivity brings a raw and current perspective to her classroom. Ms. Jackson is not only a rockstar when it comes to teaching, but in her free time as well. She thoroughly enjoys playing the drums at church and also for different artists and groups.
In his 6th year at MHMS, Mr. Mitch Lin is teaching one of the 5th grade classes. Mr.Lin has a B.S. from California State East Bay University Hayward and a Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix. He also holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in the State of California. Mitch has over five years of experience working with students in a variety of settings. He strives to create an environment where students feel safe, challenged, and motivated to learn. His students always look forward to going to the Science Camp with him. When not teaching, Mitch enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 little ones.
Bonnie Bonar-- MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
MHMS JUNIOR-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM:
For the 6th year in a row, the MHMS Junior Kindergarten program is led by Ms.Mayette who has taught children ages 4-5 for over 20 years. With her educational background and extensive experience, Ms.Mayette meets the individual needs of the children in her classroom and ensures that they are well-prepared for kindergarten. Parents welcome her expertise and willingness to always take the time to talk to them. She provides such a warm, nurturing environment that the children are happy to tackle any new,challenging concept that she introduces to them. Her creative projects decorate the walls outside her classroom. She never runs out of energy! In her free time, Ms.Mayette loves to spend time with her two sons.Megha Bodapati
In her 2nd year as an assistant teacher in the Junior Kindergarten , Ms.Nayra is very excited about working with a team of teachers to make the little ones' Junior Kindergarten experience a lot of fun and engaging. Ms. Nayra loves to not only teach and guide the students, but also to take the time laugh and play with them! Ms.Nayra is a mother of 4 children; her 2 younger ones attend MHMS.
Ashley Popli--MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
This is Ms. Christine's 5th year at MHMS, and once again, she will be working as a Kindergarten teacher's assistant to help the students reach their full potential. Ms.Christine graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Child Development. She has been working with kids for over 7 years and loves every minute of it. Her passions include working with kids, arts and crafts, and the Golden State Warriors (NBA Champs!). You can always catch her playing with the kids, laughing, and running around.
Sara Chavez--MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
In her 7th year as the counselor at Mission Hills Middle School, Mrs.Boisseree is excited about helping to build an environment that supports each child’s learning style, strengths, and talents. She adheres to a proactive and prevention model that empowers students to become active and responsible participants in their academic learning and social interactions. She loves learning, exploring ideas, and making connections. Her degrees in counseling, psychology, social welfare, and education are a testament to her belief in lifelong learning (B.A. in psychology and social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley; M.S. in counseling and child clinical psychology from California State University, East Bay; California license as an Educational Psychologist; California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in Counseling and School Psychology). For over twenty years, she has worked with students of various grade levels (from preschool through college), their teachers, and parents.
Tammy PachuraIn her 6th year at MHMS, Ms. Pachura enjoys serving as a mentor teacher for other Staff members, particularly grades K-2. She has a B.A. in Social Work with an emphasis in Child Behavior and Development.Teaching in different private school settings has given her the opportunity to teach a diverse group of students ranging from those who functioned on and above grade level standards, to students challenged with emotional or behavioral issues. She has in-depth knowledge of accommodating different styles of learning and incorporating effective methods to meet students' unique needs. No matter what the topic may be, Mrs.Pachura always finds way to spark the interest of her students and engage them in the learning process. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her husband and children.
Ann Marisela Torres
In her 4th year at MHMS, Ms.Mary, as the students call her, is the Librarian at Mission Hills Middle School. She brings her passion, her laughter, and her creativity to the school's beautifully set-up library. Once the students hear the soft music playing, find a book they like, and sit on the comfy seats, it's almost impossible to get them out of there!
Alejandra Rosales--MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
ART & COMPUTER
Jay Hsu (art, grades 5-8)
Suzie Ghanem (grades 1-3 & 7th/8th)
In her 6th year at MHMS, Mrs.Leon runs the MHMS Physical Education Program with the uttermost enthusiasm and care, encouraging the students to always do their best and have fun. She sometimes holds her classes out on the field, timing the kids as they run and exercise. Other times, she takes them to the gym for basketball, volleyball, hockey, or indoor soccer. Mrs.Leon continuously looks for ways to improve the physical education program at MHMS.
In his 4th year as the assistant PE teacher and the head basketball coach at MHMS, Coach Kevin brings smiles everywhere he goes. Students love his sense of humor, his inspirational words, and his encouraging ways.
This is Ms. Julia Wiersema's 4th year running the MHMS Music Program. Ms.Wiersema has been teaching music in some capacity for over thirty years. She holds a B.A. in Music from University of California Santa Barbara. She has an M.A. (abt) in Piano Performance and Music Theory. She has taught at the Middle School, High School, Community College and University levels, as well as private lessons in piano, theory, voice and composition. With her creative lesson plans, she has brought the music program to a whole new level.MHMS Supporting Staff
We are proud of our Mission Hills Middle School Staff—we work together to make education a positive experience for all children!
MHMS—Where Minds are Thinking While Faces are Smiling!