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New Teachers for 2017-2018
Posted 10/05/2017 11:41AM

Twelve new faculty joined the Moreau staff this Fall to teach theology, math, English, science, and social studies, including two Moreau fellows, along with an educational resource specialist and coordinator of our Learning Center.

Welcome to Moreau!

Jerico Abanico (Theology Teacher) Jerico is an alumnus of James Logan High School, and studied human development and clinical psychology at California State University, East Bay. He began his professional career working in the field of human services for various school districts, cities (Union City, Fremont, Newark and San Leandro) and for Alameda County as a case manager working with probation/at-risk youth with counseling, employment and educational services. He took a career shift and spent the last two years at Saint Clement Catholic School as their 7th grade homeroom and middle school social studies and religion teacher. When he is not working, he spends his time as a choir director and catechist with the Youth Ministry Program at Saint Anne Catholic Church in Union City. He also is in his second year coaching Moreau's boys and girls volleyball teams.

Narciso Matthew Bernardo '13 (Moreau Fellow) Narciso is one of the Moreau Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and religious studies, with minors in natural sciences and chemistry from the University of San Francisco. His interest in science and religion "stems from a deep-rooted longing to see how science works alongside religion, as the practice of faith and the scientific method are both means towards understanding the universe, and for those who are religious," he says. Narciso has helped launch the Saint Andre Program, Theology Expedition with Peter Shelley. He enjoys running, hiking, learning about cars and binge-watching TV shows and movies on Netflix or Amazon Video.

Devan Bevilacqua '13 (Moreau Fellow) Devan is one of the Moreau Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. Devan is a recent graduate of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She works in the Learning Center and is a mentor in the new Saint Andre Program and in the Learning Center.

Jonathan Burns (English Teacher) Jonathan is a native Californian, and lived in Berlin when the Wall was up and then when it came down. He had planned to be a professional artist, instead graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on 18th Century British literature; then earned a Master's degree in education from the University of San Francisco. He has been an English teacher for 13 years. He enjoys receiving emails from former students who have been successful in their English studies in college.

Alicia Carew (Educational Resource Specialist) Alicia comes to Moreau from New York. She has extensive experience as a special education teacher and therapist, learning specialist teacher, disability accommodations specialty and applied behavior analysis teacher. She holds a Master's degree in special education from Hofstra University and has also served on the faculty at Hofstra.

Christopher Hayes (Math Teacher): After graduating from Stanford University, Chris joined Mercer Management Consulting as a strategy specialist, then earned his MBA from the University of California Berkeley Hass School of Business. He worked for several high-tech start-up companies, founded his own company with a wearable device to help disabled users to access computer technology through their head movements, and eventually started a non-profit foundation focused on providing resources to access this life-changing technology. He went on to receive his teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University, and for the past five years has taught Geometry and Algebra I at inner-city charter schools in Oakland and San Jose.

Cara Lazarus (English Teacher) All of Cara's teaching career has been in the Bay Area, along with her schooling. She earned a Bachelor's degree in English literature, a Master's degree in creative writing, and an ESL certificate from California State University, East Bay and a Single Subject/CLAD teaching credential from San Francisco State University. She enjoys working with students and seeing them progress in their reading, writing and problem-solving skills. She likes to work out at the local YMCA and hike in the regional parks in Oakland.

Sarah Ledford (Social Studies Teacher) Sarah recently graduated from California State University, East Bay with a teaching credential and Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She has a passion for all things history and loves to travel. She is an avid New Orleans Saints fan (who dat!).

Arianne Maxey-Hooks (English, Long-term substitute) Arianne graduated from the University of California, Berkeley as an English and film studies major. Aside from reading and writing, she says she absolutely loves the outdoors, exploring nature and taking pictures of what she sees.

DiJonnae Neal (Coordinator of Learning Center) DiJonnae was born and raised in Oakland, graduated from San Lorenzo High School, and earned her B.A. in Public Policy from the University of California, Riverside. After graduation, DiJonnae returned back to her hometown to realize her dream of giving back to her community as a mentor to the students at San Lorenzo High School. Soon, she aligned forces with Elev8 Safe Passages under the AmeriCorps program in the Fall of 2015. For two years, she worked at Washington Manor Middle School as an Academic Interventionist Specialist, while coordinating the school wide homework club, and specifically assisting 8th graders as an AVID Tutor. As a skilled educational mentor, DiJonnae has adopted the philosophy that students' emotional intelligence directly affects their educational capabilities.

Austin Reaker (Science Teacher) As a neuroscience major at Saint Louis University, Austin always thought he was going to become a doctor, he says. Then he started thinking about his parents–both teachers–who would arrive home every night energized from their work and excited about making a difference in the lives of their young students. He realized teaching was his calling. Austin is currently part of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Program at the University of Notre Dame. In this program, he spends two summers at Notre Dame taking graduate education courses, then during the school year he lives in a community with six other program participants who are also teaching in Catholic schools in the Oakland area. In his free time, he likes to explore California by hiking, running, eating and reading. He also is an assistant coach for Moreau's cross-country team and is the moderator of the Women in STEM Club.

Nathan Villanueva (Science Teacher) Coaching has allowed Nathan to uncover new opportunities and a true passion for education, he says. He graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor's degree in sport sciences with a concentration in sports medicine. He began his coaching career at Saint Mary's College of California as a strength and conditioning specialist for various sports teams. While at Saint Mary's, he also received a Master's degree in kinesiology with a concentration in fitness management and strength and conditioning. Previously, he was the strength and conditioning coach at Archbishop Riordan High School and taught anatomy and physiology. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, resistance training, and playing recreational basketball and football and aquatic activities.

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