Sonoma County Office of Education

Member Bios

Educational Support Services
Certificated Staff Bios

Meet the members of our certificated team.

AkinshinEmily Akinshin, Math Coordinator, 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.


BabarindeAnna 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.


Christi CalsonChristi Calson, CTE Pathways Coordinator, believes that fostering “college and career readiness” means preparing students to navigate complex, ambiguous, and unforeseeable futures. Christi brings diverse classroom teaching experience to her current position, having taught in three different states at both the middle and high school levels in academic and CTE subjects. Her most recent experiences as a Maker and Photography teacher provided a recipe for the kinds of classroom opportunities she seeks to support in her current role: open-ended, student-centered, engaging, creative, relevant, grounded in Work-Based Learning and transferable skills, and potentially integrated with other academic or CTE courses.

After hours, Christi has her hands full keeping tabs on her unruly dogs and kids, two of whom are graduates of Sonoma County schools.


Chris CatelliChris Catelli, College and Career Readiness (CCR) Coordinator, believes we have a moral imperative to keep learning and innovating alongside our students if we are to successfully prepare them to solve the ever-accelerating and complex problems of the future. He sees a need for building equitable pathways to agency and is inspired to collaborate and support educators in eliminating bifurcations between college and career pathways. Chris taught at Windsor High School as a social science teacher in two CTE academies for 5 years and has experience as a transformational coach and Work-based Learning practitioner.

Chris is a passionate Bay Area sports fan and continues to embrace his love for soccer by supporting Arsenal Football Club and coaching at Cardinal Newman High School.


Kristen DelMonteKristen DelMonte, Teacher on Loan - Transitional Kindergarten, is passionate that all students thrive in a classroom that is safe and nurturing. For the past 8 years, she has worked in early elementary school settings as a TK, kindergarten, and first-grade teacher. Most recently she was the Intervention Coordinator and Student Study Team Coordinator at Apple Blossom Elementary school. In 2016, Kristen was charged with developing the district’s Transitional Kindergarten program and built a play-based program that focused on individual student development. Throughout her career, she has held many leadership positions at her school including teacher-leadership, new teacher induction mentor, student-teacher mentor, and teacher-in-charge. In 2022, Kristen received her Administrative Services Credential from Sonoma State University as well as completed the SCOE Teacher Leadership Certificate Program. Kristen looks forward to being a part of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten team at SCOE and working with UPK teachers across Sonoma County.

Kristen holds a BA in Communication Studies, a Masters in Divinity, an Administrative Services Credential (preliminary), and is currently working on a Masters in Educational Leadership.Kristen’s family includes her husband Andy, a music teacher at Parkside and Brookhaven in Sebastopol, her four children, and their dog Pesto. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys hiking, riding bikes, watching her kids engage in various activities, and squeezing in a little time for exercise.


Jenn GuerreroJenn Guerrero, Multilingual Learner Program Specialist, 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 Multilingual Learner Program Specialist, she works closely with K-12 teachers and administrators to support high-quality instruction for multilingual 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 elementary age children.


Ryan KuradaRyan Kurada, Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Coordinator, is dedicated to transforming educational environments where learning is relevant, meaningful, and interesting for all students. Before joining SCOE, Ryan taught TK, Kindergarten, and first grade at University Elementary School in Rohnert Park where he developed their school-wide project-based learning program. His passion for early childhood education led him to visit Reggio Emilia, Italy where he observed in their world-renowned project-based preschools. Ryan has collaborated with the San Francisco Exploratorium Tinkering Studio in developing statewide professional development opportunities and is also a PBLWorks National Faculty member. He holds an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Sonoma State University and a B.F.A. in Art Education. Ryan has presented at numerous national conferences including the U.S. Department of Education Teach to Lead Summit, National Science Teaching Association, and the California STEAM Symposium.

Away from work, Ryan enjoys traveling, exploring the great outdoors, spending time with family, and watching English Premier League soccer.


Sarah LundyDr. Sarah Lundy, Director, Leadership 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, UDL & Instructional Equity Coordinator, has been at SCOE for three years, providing support to school districts and sites. 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, ESS Curriculum 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, Director, Data and Engagement, 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, English Language Arts/English Language Development Coordinator, 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.


Alejandra Solis-PerezAlejandra Solis-Pérez, Student Engagement Liaison, prides herself on being a student centered educator. She believes that school should be a safe place for all students, where students know that everyone believes in their potential. Alejandra is a first generation college graduate, earning her B.A. in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Sonoma State University, after transferring from Santa Rosa Junior College. She taught at Dunbar Elementary School utilizing her training in Restorative Practices, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), as well as AVID College and Career Readiness Practices. As Student Engagement Liaison she works closely with school districts in supporting the implementation of Restorative Practices and the YouthTruth Survey.

In her free time, Alejandra enjoys crafting, shopping, and reading or watching anything murder mystery related.


Chuck WadeChuck Wade, Director, College & Career Readiness, 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, Young Learners Program Specialist, 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.


Leilan, Student
"I like Amarosa because there's a much smaller student count and so teachers can be one-on-one with you. They can actually help you and be one-on-one with you while the class is doing something else. I feel like that's a huge game-changer." - Leilan, Student