Amanda Burke | Co-director, cm afterschool program
A south Sacramento native, Amanda is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with majors in Art and American Studies and a focus on Race, Culture and Identity in Urban Schools. She has taught art at various elementary schools in the East Bay, worked as an illustrator for the Daily Californian, and co-taught a children’s literature writing and illustration class. Amanda is grateful to have worked with local programs that prioritize under-served youth, social justice, and community involvement.
Amanda strives to be a compassionate ally to her students. She seeks to help her students uncover opportunities for critical thinking and unconventional learning in everyday life. As an educator, she acts as a facilitator, engaging student interests and providing the support they need to become empowered, active learners. In her spare time, Amanda likes to scavenge for and re-purpose street finds, get lost in new video game worlds, read children’s literature, cook cheap and delicious food, explore the Bay via walking and public transit, and of course, make art.
Ariana Frazier | co-director, cm afterschool program
Ariana graduated from Occidental College in 2012 with a B.A. in English and Comparative Literary Studies and a minor in Asian Studies. The Berkeley native recently moved back to the Bay from Japan, where she spent four years teaching English. Ariana’s interest in education first began in high school when she tutored in a local afterschool program. She continued working with children throughout her college years. Afterwards, her love for travel and wanting to learn more about her family heritage led her to Japan. Ariana is working towards becoming a teacher as well as studying to become a Japanese-English translator. When not working, you can find Ariana traveling, reading books and manga, watching anime, cooking, and reacquainting herself with the lovely Bay Area.
Derek Burle | tutor supervisor
A Los Angeles native, Derek grew up knowing he wanted to be involved in both science and music. Derek also felt drawn to math, despite the fact it was always a very challenging subject. He had to work hard to master concepts, and with the help of a tutor, his efforts paid off in high school. Derek went on to study Earth Science at UC Santa Cruz and began his music career there as a bass player. As a many-year, veteran CM tutor, Derek has worked with students in math, science, history, English literature and writing, executive functioning and test prep. Having struggled through math classes in high school, Derek has invaluable insight into how to teach difficult concepts to students who are having trouble grasping material. In addition to Derek’s work with CM clients, he is a gigging musician, and a music teacher specializing in guitar, bass and ukulele. When not at Classroom Matters, you can find Derek playing the bass, at a concert, rock climbing or riding his bike.
Derek is the Tutor Supervisor and tutors chemistry, physics, environmental science, math up to pre-calculus, statistics, ACT/SAT test prep, HSPT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, and executive functioning.
Dounia Lomri | assistant director, enrichment programs
Though Dounia was born in the Bay Area, she actually grew up right outside of Paris, France. She attended NYU and had a blast exploring New York City during her time there. Since graduating, Dounia has lived in Guatemala, Argentina, Chicago, and Austin before moving back to the area and even though she is happy to call Oakland home, she still has the travel bug! Dounia has been teaching for years now and loves supporting students and their communities as much as she is able. In her free time, she loves to go running around Lake Merritt, reading books, and cooking delicious and hearty meals.
Dounia is the Assistant Director of Enrichment Programs and also tutors English, U.S. and world history, psychology, environmental science, Spanish, French, and executive functioning.
Shana rocklin | operations manager
Though Shana grew up in sunny southern California and studied psychology at UCSD, she traded beach weather and flip flops for the chance to follow her high school sweetheart (now husband) to the quirky Bay Area. She is a Certified Horticulturist as well as a Nutrition Educator/Counselor, but most especially treasures the past four years of adventures-in-homeschooling shared with her now-teenaged son through his middle school years. It was during this experience that she developed a deep respect for all those who support learning whether they call themselves teachers, coaches, tutors, mentors, or otherwise reach out to share their passions with others. Shana loves to garden, snuggle with her dog, cats, and chickens (!), read books, rollerblade, and hike in the hills.
Teresa Pham-lac | finance + Workshops manager
Teresa grew up in Southern California and relocated to the Bay Area in 2016. Since graduating from UCLA, she has worked for a non-profit organization, a luxury private aviation company, and telecom companies. A “jane-of-all-trades” (event planning, baking desserts, vacation planner, poker player, etc.), she enjoys learning and picking up new hobbies. Outside of work, she is an epicure and likes to explore new restaurants, travel anywhere that strikes her fancy, watch most sports, play board/card games, go hiking, and be a newlywed with her husband.