SHPS: Join Our Team: Meet Your Future Colleagues

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Audria Johnson
1st Grade Teacher, PS7 Elementary

1. How long have you been with St. HOPE? This is my 11th year here at St. HOPE.

2. What is your commitment to urban education and why have you chose to work at SHPS? I chose to work at St. HOPE because I was impressed by the notion of providing underserved students with a private school quality education in a public school setting. I am committed to this work because I know first hand what it is like to be inadequately prepared for college, and I want to do what I can to ensure that the students I have the privilege to work with are fully prepared to go to and through college.

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Ayana Angel
Triumph Preschool Instructional Aide

1. How long have you been with St. HOPE?

I have worked for St. HOPE since August of 2015 and also graduated from Sac High in 2011. 

2. What is your commitment to urban education and why have you chose to work at SHPS?

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Angelica Young
Admissions Coordinator

1. How long have you been with St. HOPE?  This is my 4th year at St. HOPE! 

2. What is your commitment to urban education and why have you chose to work at SHPS? I chose to work at St. HOPE because I believe in the greatness and potential of our black youth. The population at our schools and in this community is extremely under served and under estimated. I want to do my part with St. HOPE to change the negative images and ideas of the students within our program. 

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Brett Wilson
5th Grade Teacher, PS7 Elementary

1. How long have you been with St. HOPE? This will be my fourth year at St. Hope, and my third with PS7.

2. What is your commitment to urban education and why have you chose to work at SHPS? I’m committed to urban education because I’m passionate about all kids, and I can’t live in a world where some kids have certain advantages over others and do nothing. Because I know there is a disparate relationship between education found in urban areas and other locations, it is my responsibility as a person to do everything I can to close those gaps.

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Elisha Ferguson
Special Education Coordinator

1. How long have you been with St. HOPE? After serving three years in St. Louis, Missouri, I was fortunate enough to join St. HOPE in June 2016!

2. What is your commitment to urban education and why have you chose to work at SHPS?  Prior to joining Teach For America, I was completely naive to the achievement gap that exists in our country.  After deep-diving into the state of education in the US, I realized that it is my duty to serve the students in urban communities to ensure they receive the excellent education they deserve.  All students can learn and can achieve, and we must give them that opportunity.  I chose to continue this work at St. HOPE because California is my home and the place that I love. Being able to do this work here in Sacramento is so exciting because I am able to give back to the place that gave so much to me!

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John Tran
Sac High Math Teacher

1. How long have you been with St. HOPE?

Since 2005 I attended Sac High as a freshmen and graduated senior year in 2009. I taught at Sac High from fall 2013 to now.

2. What is your commitment to urban education and why have you chose to work at SHPS?

Sac High provided me opportunities to get full ride scholarships to many prestigious institutions. I am grateful and am currently giving back to the community by teaching math here.

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Mikaela Berthiaume
Math Teacher, PS7 Middle School

1. How long have you been with St. HOPE?

This is my 5th year working at St. HOPE at Ps7 Middle. I started at Ps7 in 2012 as a Sacramento Corps member with Teach for America, Ps7 was my placement school. 

2. What is your commitment to urban education and why have you chose to work at SHPS?

I am committed to helping all of my students learn how to believe in themselves. I think that building confidence, especially in middle school, is a key lever for students to get to and through college. I am committed to holding the highest expectations for our students so that they can discover their true potential. I continue to come back to Ps7 and St. HOPE each year because I believe in our kids. I think that the work we are doing matters and our kids deserve the best.