This month we take a break from discussing Distance Learning and the pandemic to introduce the new staff we welcomed to our district this year. Although our district has a wonderfully low staff turnover rate, we occasionally need to hire new teachers to compensate for student enrollment increases and retirement.
You can keep up to date on our school reopening plan by tuning in to our December 16 school board meeting streamed to our Facebook page, or find information on the district website www.brisbanesd.org.
The Brisbane School District is happy to announce these new faces (and a familiar one) this school year.
Pamela Lichtenwalner is joining us at Lipman Middle School as our Learning Specialist after most recently working for Berkeley Unified School District as a resource teacher in a high school cooperative learning center classroom. Pamela has an extensive background in special education, and she models a love of learning for students by using curiosity and dedication in her personal, professional, and volunteer service life. Her main interests are environmental issues, especially involving the ocean. Pamela weaves this interest in her teaching and activities with students. Pamela is delighted to join the Brisbane School District and welcomes dialoguing with one and all.
Mik Baccay is joining the Lipman staff as a paraprofessional. He has been providing academic support to students through Daly City programs for six years. He has worked closely with the staff at Panorama Elementary School, and we are delighted to have him join us at Lipman Middle School. Mr. Mik Baccay enjoys using humor to help lift students’ spirits and enjoys playing basketball and dodgeball. Fun fact–he was once in a marching band! Welcome, Mr. Baccay!
Grace Hill is our new 1st-grade teacher at BES. Ms. Hill graduated magna cum laude in 2018 from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Second Language Studies as well as a minor in Psychology. Maintaining close relationships with the children she serves is the cornerstone of her personal teaching philosophy as she creates a positive, supportive learning environment that is student-centered.
Kylie Rose Dickson is one of our new 3rd-grade BES teachers. Ms. Dickson graduated in 2018 from Utah State University with a BA in Elementary Education. While at Utah State, Ms. Dickson was also a Division One Student-Athlete and Team Captain of the Women’s Softball Team for four years. Ms. Dickson believes that collaboration between student, teacher, faculty, and family produces successful learning and growth throughout the community. Her main objectives as an educator are to provide an environment where students feel safe, develop a respect for self and others, and thrive in a place where they can reach their full potential.
Heather Carr is a returning 3rd-grade teacher! Welcome back to BES, Ms. Carr! Ms. Carr received a BS in Sociology from Virginia Tech, and received her Multiple Teaching Credential from San Francisco State. Ms. Carr has five years of elementary teaching experience and nine years of preschool teaching experience. She is dedicated to improving student performance by utilizing multiple teaching methodologies and meeting the student where they are. Her belief in the Growth Mindset grounds her knowledge that students come into the classroom with an ability to learn, and it is her job to determine the best strategy to help them do that.
Jeri Chi is our 4th-grade teacher at BES. Ms. Chi has a BS in Education from the University of Connecticut, where she majored in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. Later, Ms. Chi continued her education at the University of Connecticut, where she received a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Chi has taught fourth grade for six years and second grade for one year. Ms. Chi was drawn to the Brisbane School District’s mission to educate the whole child. Her teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in making learning engaging and relevant for students to develop a lifelong love of learning and a desire to reach beyond themselves. At BES, she hopes to continue supporting students in setting individualized goals to reach their full potential. She believes that students do their best learning when they feel safe, have clear expectations, and have high-quality instruction and an enriching curriculum.
Adam Welcome comes to BES with fifteen years of experience working in public schools across the bay area as a teacher, Vice Principal, Principal, and Director of Innovation. Adam is very excited to serve as the Principal of BES for the remainder of this school year and looks forward to getting to know everyone in the community. Mr. Welcome is a husband, father, author, speaker, and an avid runner. Brisbane elementary school is excited to have Adam’s energy and excitement for education as he leads us into 2021.