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 & mentoring credentials, 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 tends to the many pets at MHMS.
In his 4th 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.
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Jason Cook Harvey
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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 five 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
This is Mrs.Contreras's 6th year at MHMS, her 2nd year at the Castro Valley campus. Mrs.Contreras has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education with a minor in mathematics as well as her elementary education certification. She has over 10 years of Jr.K-5th grade teaching experience. Mrs.Contreras loves to create a nurturing learning environment for her students and to inspire them to become lifelong learners.
Ranjini Rangaraaj --UPDATES COMING SOON!
Shawn Hawkins-- UPDATES COMING SOON!
As a teacher with over 15 years of experience, Ms.Hansen loves teaching 2nd grade at MHMS. She has a Communications degree from CA Polytechnic State University as well as a B.A. in Human Development from CA Sate University of Hayward. She truly understands that every child is a unique individual and loves to tailor her lessons to best suit their needs.
Christina Crutchfield-- UPDATES COMING SOON!
This is Ms. Quintana's fourth 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 2 little ones will be at MHMS with her.
Marilyn Shaner--MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
This is Ms. Rebekah Allender's 5th 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.
This is really Ms.Do's 4th year at MHMS. Ms.Do is very excited to continue her responsibilities as the 4th grade teacher at MHMS. She and her husband, Mr.Lin (5th grade teacher), will have their little ones at MHMS, too -- MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
In her 3rd year at MHMS, Ms.Dillon will be teaching the 4th graders. 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.
In his 7th 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!
Daywa Khaire-- 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.
MHMS KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM:
In her 3rd year at MHMS, Ms. Knew is extremely excited to continue as one of the Kindergarten teachers. She has a BA in multimedia technologies from Lincolnshire University, UK and Earlier Childhood Studies teaching credential from Ohlone College. She has 11 years of experience teaching Pre-K in the Cupertino School district. Ms. Knew was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and speaks 5 languages fluently; English, Malay, Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hokkien. Doing arts and crafts is one of her passions, and she loves to incorporate this into her teaching style. Her two boys attend MHMS. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and her boys. They love exploring life and our natural environment through camping and traveling.
In her 7th year at MHMS, Ms.Alex will continue co-teaching one of the Kindergarten classes. Ms.Alex has over 6 years of experience working for the Newark Unified School District, focusing mostly on children grades K-2. She was especially involved in ensuring that students were not falling behind in their reading and language skills. She loves bringing her expertise and warm personality to the classroom at MHMS. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family.
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!
Kiran Ghai-- MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
Ann Marisela Torres
In her 5th year with MHMS, Ms.Mary, as the students call her, is the Kindergarten Teacher at Mission Hills School in Castro Valley. She brings her passion, her laughter, and her creativity to the students, engaging them every step of the way. She has experience teaching Spanish, supervising the school library, and working with different age levels. She has two children, a son and a daughter.
MHMS COUNSELING & MENTORING
In her 8th 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.
In her 7th 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.
Alejandra Rosales--MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
Adriana Gonzalez-- MORE UPDATES COMING SOON!
ART & COMPUTER
Jay Hsu (art, grades 5-8)
In his 3rd year at MHMS, Mr.Hsu is excited to continue his art program for 5th-8th graders at MHMS. Mr.Hsu holds a Bachelor’s degree for Applied Science in Motion Graphic Design from the Ex'pression College for Digital Arts Emeryville, CA. With a special love for teaching, Mr.Hsu is currently working on his Masters in Education. He has over 4 years of experience instructing children of ages four to fifteen. Mr.Hsu looks forward to sharing his knowledge and creativity with the students at MHMS.
Mr.Pace has over 18 years of teaching experience. He has a BA in Classical Greek from BYU, and an MA in Classical Philology from UCLA. He loves languages (fluent in multiple languages), poetry, literature, art, music, science, drama, and films with subtitles. As an aspiring author himself, Ms.Pace tries to help students unlock their inner author. He also loves to incorporate music into his classroom. In his 4th year at MHMS, Mr.Pace is very excited to teach French to all of the elementary grades. When he is not teaching, Mr.Pace loves to spend time with his wife and two children.
Adriana Gonzalez in Castro Valley-- UPDATES COMING SOON!
Elizabeth Marquez--UPDATES COMING SOON!
Alejandra Rosales in Union City
Valerie Chuong in Castro Valley
In her 7th year at MHMS, Mrs.Leon continues to run 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.
Kevin Bellot (Coach)
In his 5th 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.
MHMS Supporting Staff
Ms.Lei (Hanilie Yadao) runs the MHMS Lunch Program. With her beautiful smile, her willingness to go the extra mile, and her amazing ability to cook, she is loved by everyone. Ms.Lei is also the parent of a 4th grader at MHMS!
Ms.Farzana (Ms.Lunch Teacher as students call her) runs the MHS Lunch Program in Castro Valley. With her warm smile, big hugs, and caring ways, she is loved by everyone. Her delicious cooking is appreciated by so many!
Ms.Sandyha takes care of our front desk-- from phone calls to snack needs, she tends to students, staff members, parents, and visitors. If you stop by the school, she'll be sure to greet you with a big smile!
Ms.Madhu--UPDATES COMING SOON!
Ms.Colleen Johnston--UPDATES COMING SOON!
Ms.Emma, Ms.Juana, Ms.Chris, Ms.Luisa, Ms.Maria, Ms.Mytzi, and Ms.Bianca are the teachers' aides that are on duty during all recesses, lunchtime, and during the before & after school daycare. They supervise & guide the children, play with them, listen to them, and take care of them. They share many laughs, wipe many hands, and magically make many injuries disappear! We totally appreciate their hard work and dedication!