Mosaic Staff Bios
Meet the members of the Mosaic team.
Dan Blake, Director of Innovation & Partnerships, leads the Sonoma County Office of Education's efforts to promote 21st Century Teaching and Learning in local schools. 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. Prior to his current role, he spent six-and-a-half years as SCOE's Career Development Specialist. Dan has 14 years of teaching experience, including 13 years as a teacher at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. He is the Program Coordinator for the Maker Educator Certificate Program, Vice-Chair of the North Bay Makers/180 Studios Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of the Cradle to Career Sonoma County Operations Team, and a Board Liaison to the Sonoma County Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation. 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 high school age children. In his spare time, Dan enjoys golfing and is an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants.
Josh Deis, Mathematics Coordinator, has been working in public education for over twenty years. His ten years in the classroom were mainly spent teaching 6th grade at Meadow View Elementary School in the Bellevue School District. Before that he had a stint teaching high school math. Josh’s passion is building a positive math identity in all students. Mathematics is a human endeavor that everyone can and should participate in. Josh has made a commitment to make the math classroom an open and thoughtful place that allows a classroom’s wide range of voices and mathematical thinking styles to be heard and seen. Josh believes this can be achieved by having students work on chunky tasks that have a low threshold and high ceiling, so that everyone has access and room to make sense. Lesson Study is his favorite vehicle for this work.
In his spare time Josh loves hiking and hanging around the pool with his wife and two kids.
Jenn 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.
Stephen Jackson, Director of College and Career Readiness Services, joined SCOE in July 2004. He coordinates the county-level effort to support school districts and schools to development and implement effective College and Career Readiness programs for students in Sonoma County. He has facilitated the successful effort to align career technical education courses to state academic standards. More recently, with the Career Pathways Trust Grant regional award, Mr. Jackson has been busy rolling out the Northern California Career Pathways initiative for Sonoma County in conjunction with twelve county high schools, the Santa Rosa Junior College, the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board as well as a number of local agencies and industry partnerships.
Dr. Sarah Lundy, Director of 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.
Kelly Matteri, ELA Teacher-on-Loan, 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.
Rachael Maves, Director of Systems Learning and Support, believes “if we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow” (Dewey). An ever-changing educational landscape requires vision, growth, commitment, and humility. Student success calls for a unifying, coherent vision where every member of the school community is valued and empowered. Rachael’s work focuses on supporting districts as they establish effective systems to support their learning communities. Before coming to SCOE Rachael served in public, private, and charter schools. She has worked as a superintendent, principal, education consultant, and teacher. As a consultant, Rachael delivered numerous presentations and professional development throughout California and coauthored the writing program Writing By Design. She holds a B.S. in English Education and History Education, a M.A. in English, and is enrolled in the education doctorate program at UC Davis. Away from work Rachael enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
Karen McGahey, Director of Leadership Development, has been at SCOE for four years. Karen has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College and 27 years of educational experience. Prior to coming to SCOE, Karen served as an elementary principal for 18 years. She is committed to supporting administrators to become the best educational leaders they can be through professional learning opportunities, including the Annual Principals’ Retreat and coaching support for principals. She has provided leadership to continue a county-wide conversation about one of the most pressing issues in education today—equity—through the Sonoma Leadership Network, the Equity at the Core conference, and trips to the Museum of Tolerance. She is a member of the Arts Education Alliance and has partnered with the Luther Burbank Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to bring Arts Integration professional development to Sonoma County educators.
In her spare time Karen is a political junkie. She loves reading and spending time with her family.
Matt 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.
Rick Phelan, Director of Technology for Learners, has worked at SCOE for nearly 20 years. Prior to this he worked as a Resource Specialist Teacher at Sonoma Valley High School for 13 years and at the Sonoma Charter School for two years. Rick has studied and written about the effective integration of technology in K-12 public schools through the George Lucas Educational Foundation. There he was the foundation’s Educational Technology Coordinator managing electronic media, editor of Edutopia, and contributor to GLEF’s first publication on K-12 education: Learn & Live. Rick is currently an adjunct professor in Sonoma State University's School of Education. Over his 15 years in this capacity, he has taught classes about educational technology, curriculum, special education, and assessment. Rick's primary focus areas at SCOE include: educational technology, data & assessment, assistive technology, and robotics. He has directed the Sonoma County Robotics Challenge program involving 4th through 8th grade students for 14 years. Rick’s blog can be found at: http://www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs/blog-tech.html.
When not working, Rick enjoys gardening, swimming, hiking and traveling with his family.
Jessica Progulske, Student Supports Coordinator, 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.
Casey 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.
Anna Van Dordrecht, 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.
Chuck Wade, Instructional Supports Coordinator, 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 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.