Alanna has been living and teaching in Oakland for the last seven years. She studied English with a focus on Teaching English Literature at San Francisco State University. After obtaining her teaching credential from Mills College, she fell in love with the Oakland students and families. Alanna has taught 9th and 10th grade History and English at Lighthouse Community Charter School in East Oakland for the past six years. In 2017, she completed her Masters in Teaching. Her research has focused on effective reading strategy instruction for secondary students. She has extensive experience supporting students and improving their reading skills through careful diagnosis of reading challenges and strategic instruction. Alanna loves watching students develop confidence as they develop their skills.
When working with students and families, Alanna prioritizes a whole child approach to learning. She feels that a child’s community has an important connection to their physical, mental, and emotional well-being and that this has a direct impact on their ability to feel success when learning. She believes a love of learning is developed over time, through honing diverse academic and social skills, tracking growth, and engaging in metacognitive reflection.
In addition to her love of working with students in the classroom, Alanna is very passionate about social justice. She has been a Go Public Policy Fellow and was an acting member of the Educate78 Teaching Advisory Group. She believes strongly in the power of working as a community to ensure high quality education for all students.