Sonoma County Office of Education

Educational Support Services
Certificated Staff Bios

Meet the members of our certificated team.

AkinshinEmily Akinshin, Teacher on Loan for Math, is committed to helping educators reimagine what the math classroom can look like, turning it into a place of joy and rigor where all students belong and thrive. Over the past twenty three years, she has worked in grades second through sixth in a multiple subject setting, and sixth through seventh as a single subject math teacher. During that time, Emily co taught professional development classes at SCOE focusing on re-engagement lessons, implementing instructional routines and practices for Common Core Math, and how to use focal student interviews to leverage in the process of continual improvement. She also managed a team of writers engaged in creating math tasks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Most recently, Emily facilitated Lesson Study teams around the county to foster equitable teaching practices and teacher agency. She holds both a Multiple Subject CLAD Credential and an Administrative Services Credential.

In her spare time Emily enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts or Audible books, connecting with friends and family, hearing live music, and butting into her son’s life.


Van DordrechtAnna Babarinde, Science Coordinator, focuses her work on NGSS, STEAM, and 21st Century Learning. Anna is involved in the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards at both the state and local level. She also works on how to integrate disciplines in the context of STEAM and pair Maker education and other 21st Century learning tools with content to make their use in the classroom sustainable. One of Anna’s passions is incorporating storytelling into science classrooms. Anna has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC San Diego and an M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley. Anna taught earth science and biology at Maria Carrillo High School for ten years. During her last two years of teaching, Anna split her time between the classroom and working as the Teacher-on-Loan for Science at SCOE. Through this she developed a unique perspective about how educational leadership and classroom experiences can be paired.

In her spare time, Anna enjoys traveling, singing, hiking, and spending time with family.


Dan BlakeDan Blake, Managing Director, Educational Support Services, coordinates department operations to build coherence across the support and services provided by members of the ESS team. He was instrumental in the development of ieSonoma: innovate | educate, Cradle to Career Sonoma County, and the Maker Certificate Program in partnership with Sonoma State University. Dan has 14 years of teaching experience, including 13 years as a teacher at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. He is a member of the Sonoma County CTE Foundation Board of Directors, the Leadership+Design Board of Directors, the Cradle to Career Sonoma County Operations Team, and is a founding Board Member of Homes for Sonoma, a local nonprofit organization. Dan holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.S. in Educational Administration from Purdue University's Calumet School of Education.

Dan’s wife is a local high school teacher and he is the proud father of two adult children. In his spare time, Dan enjoys golfing and is an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants.


Sarah FountainSarah Fountain, Director of Continuous Improvement (Leadership Development), brings diverse experience to SCOE through her many roles in education over the years. Prior to joining the team at SCOE, Sarah spent five years as an elementary school principal where she was part of a team who helped bring innovative educational practices to the district. Before entering administration, Sarah taught for 13 years in both general and special education classrooms. During this time, she developed her passion for educating young people and influencing education to enhance the opportunities provided to every student who enters our school system. Sarah holds an M.A. in Education and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University. She is excited to be part of the county team where she works with educators to become leaders in the field and advocates for all of their students. Sarah believes that when educators come together as a team, the possibilities are endless.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, attending her son and daughter’s sporting events, and exploring Sonoma County.

Jenn GuerreroJenn Guerrero, English Learner Coordinator, had her passion for working with english learners (ELs) and their families first ignited when she began her career in education as a teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. She then taught in the Roseland School District and served as a principal for Sonoma County Migrant Education summer programs. As the the English Learner Coordinator, she works closely with K-12 teachers and administrators to support high-quality instruction for English Learners. She firmly believes in the limitless potential of every child and works with schools to design learning environments and leverage instructional strategies that allow this potential to be realized.

Jenn enjoys running and loves going on outdoor adventures with her husband and two small children.


Lance Huffman Dr. Lance Huffman, Ed.L.D., Director of Continuous Improvement (Leadership Development), comes from a family of educators. He grew up spending time in his mother’s high school English classroom in Phoenix, Arizona, where his mother modeled a commitment to believing in the capacity and potential of all children. Upon graduation from University of California Santa Barbara, he became a high school history and English teacher in and around Phoenix, Arizona. After nineteen years in the classroom, working in Title I schools and with marginalized student populations, he moved into school leadership. After four years as a middle school assistant principal and principal, Lance returned to graduate school. Most recently, Lance served as a Director of Teaching and Learning and a superintendent resident in Bellingham, Washington. He holds a doctorate in education leadership from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Lance and his wife, Heidi, have three grown children (and one recently-added son in law). They recently relocated to Santa Rosa, California with their youngest son, Ethan. They are already falling in love with the area and look forward to exploring all that Sonoma County has to offer.


Ryan Kurada small squareRyan Kurada, Teacher-on-Loan for Science, is passionate about making learning relevant, meaningful, and interesting for all students. His focus is on inquiry-based Science/STEAM curriculum design. Ryan taught TK thru 1st grades at University Elementary School, where he also developed their school-wide project-based learning program focused on NGSS. He spent time in Reggio Emilia, Italy studying their world-renowned educational approach to early childhood education. He is currently collaborating with the San Francisco Exploratorium Tinkering Studio in developing STEAM curriculum for young learners. In addition to his role at SCOE, Ryan is an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State University. He gained his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from SSU along with his Multiple-Subject and Administrative Services Credentials. Ryan has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences including the U.S. Department of Education Teach to Lead Summit, National Science Teaching Association Conference, and the California STEAM Symposium.

Outside of work, Ryan enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with family.


Anthony King Dr. Anthony King, Director of Continuous Improvement (Leadership Development/CSLA), leads SCOE's efforts to develop school leadership in the county and the North Bay region. Prior to his current role, he spent two-and-a-half years as the Director of Strategic Leadership and Inclusion at Education First—a national policy and strategy consulting firm. Through his work at Education First and as an independent consultant, Dr. King has supported the improvement efforts of numerous schools and districts across the country. Anthony has also supported leaders of foundations and other technical assistance firms in their efforts of creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments for their colleagues and those they serve. Anthony has 12 years of experience in education, having previously served the students and families of Independence, MO as a former elementary teacher and principal. Anthony holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases on math, physics, and Black studies and an M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri. He also holds a Sp.Ed in administration from the University of Central Missouri and he earned his doctorate in education leadership—Ed.L.D.— from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children exploring new natural parks and restaurants.


Sarah LundyDr. Sarah Lundy, Director of Continuous Improvement (Teacher Development), believes that learning occurs most often and most powerfully through relationships. Her work focuses on cultivating networks of teacher leaders within and between schools that nourish and sustain healthy mindsets, robust instructional practices, and the learning cultures of both classrooms and schools. Sarah’s interest in developing teacher leadership and teaching networks evolved from over a decade of classroom teaching experience in Tucson, Arizona, and Portland. Before coming to SCOE, Sarah taught teacher candidates and graduate students as a faculty member of Portland State’s Graduate School of Education and worked as a teaching and research fellow for The Choices Program for the 21st Century at Brown University. Sarah holds a B.A. in International Relations from Gonzaga University, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy from Portland State University.

Away from work, Sarah spends her time re-learning how to learn about the world from her three young children and her eight nieces and nephews.


MatteriKelly Matteri, ELA/HSS/UDL Coordinator, has been at SCOE for three years, providing support to school districts in the areas of English Language Arts and Literacy. Prior to coming to SCOE, Kelly worked as a classroom teacher for eight years, as well as a behavioral counselor in residential treatment centers. She believes that educators and students must engage together in meaningful learning in order to advance both student achievement and educator capacity.

Kelly enjoys singing, dancing, laughing and learning with her husband and son.


Matt O'DonnellMatt O’Donnell, Tech Innovation Specialist, focuses his work on 21st century learning including technology integration, classroom redesign for student-centered learning, multimedia, design thinking, school communication, STEAM, and maker education. Prior to joining SCOE, Matt spent 15 years as a middle and high school social studies teacher and school administrator in Atlanta, Georgia and in Marin and Sonoma Counties. His experience includes serving as grade level chair, department chair, dean of students, and academic dean. He is also a trustee for the Oak Grove Union School District.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys coaching youth sports, travel, and rooting for the Boston Red Sox.


ProgulskeJessica Progulske, College & Career Readiness Lead, endeavors to ensure that students have relevant, meaningful learning experiences to engage in at school. In her role at the county office of education, she advocates for all aspects of engagement for all students: behavioral, social-emotional, and cognitive. As a classroom teacher, Jessica taught history in the NUEVA School for the Performing Arts and the Phoenix Academy Intervention Program, both of which she helped to create at Windsor High School.

Jessica likes the color gold and is committed to equity in education.


lauren ridgway small squareLauren Ridgway, Teacher-on-Loan for English Language Arts/English Language Development, is passionate about creating equitable educational opportunities for all students. After five years of teaching in the elementary grades, Lauren moved into a consulting teacher role at the district level, first in ELA and then as the English Learner Coordinator. Most recently, she served as the Student Support Coordinator for Sequoia Elementary School in Santa Rosa. Lauren holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Cal State East Bay.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her two young nieces.


Casey SheaCasey Shea, Maker Education Coordinator, worked as a math teacher for twelve years before partnering with Dale Dougherty of Maker Media to start the first Project Make class at Analy High School and then joining the team at SCOE. Casey believes that maker education offers a tremendous potential to democratize education and to engage all students in creative problem solving. He is excited to work with TK-12 teachers to help integrate the practices and philosophies of maker education into their curriculum with both low- and high-tech activities. Casey also helps to manage the SCOE Design Lab classes and lending library through which schools can check out various tools and digital manufacturing equipment to use on their own campus.

When he is not making or tinkering, Casey enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing music, and whitewater rafting and kayaking.


Chuck WadeChuck Wade, College & Career Readiness Lead, brings a perspective that combines an industry background in design with experience in anthropological fieldwork to his efforts to increase relevant and meaningful learning opportunities for students. He is a proponent of teacher externships, curriculum integration, and highly visible and purposeful exhibitions of student work. As a classroom teacher, Chuck helped to develop a small learning community offering integrated curriculum organized around student-run businesses, including a screen printing shop and a barbecue sauce company. He thinks school should be interesting.

Outside of work, Chuck can be found creating letterpress prints on his one-ton, 19th century cast-iron printing press, and trying to get the ink out from under his fingernails.


Brulene ZanuttoBrulene Zanutto, Early Literacy and School Readiness Coordinator, brings to SCOE a diverse background in teaching, instructional leadership and administration. Brulene believes that students learn best when they are doing. She is committed to supporting teachers as they implement strategies in their classrooms that support this active, hands-on learning. Brulene’s broad range of educational experience includes teaching all grades from Kindergarten through 4th; acting as an instructional coach, a professional development designer and facilitator, and a site-based program coordinator; and serving in a range of school and district leadership roles. In addition to supporting students in the area of literacy and cultivating the literacy practices of teachers, Brulene worked with the Lawrence Hall of Science and Delta Education to provide instruction to teachers around best practices in the area of elementary science education.

Away from work Brulene enjoys spending time with her family, especially in the great outdoors. She also enjoys cooking and reading.


Lisa Wittke Schaffner, Board Member
"The Sonoma County Board of Education sets policy for its alternative education program, serves in an oversight role for SCOE, and supports our educational agenda. We believe every student has a unique set of abilities, potential, and needs. Our board compliments the work and innovation of SCOE, and serves as an educational partner for the Sonoma County community." - Lisa Wittke Schaffner, Board Member