Leadership Team

 
 
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Lisa Miller | co-director

Lisa was a popular and rigorous English and French teacher for six years at Berkeley High School. She received her BA in French Literature, with a minor in English, from the University of California at San Diego and spent her junior year in France studying at the Sorbonne. She is very interested in French language and culture and loves to travel. Additionally, Lisa spent several years working for an SAT preparation program and is well versed in test-taking techniques.

Since 2000, Lisa has played a major role in developing Classroom Matters’ philosophy and holistic approach to tutoring and mentoring. She designs study skills curriculum for Classroom Matters, travels to Bay Area schools offering workshops and trainings, and regularly appears as a guest speaker at educational events. Currently, as Director of Classroom Matters, Lisa draws on her experience as an educator and trainer to create an environment where every student can discover his or her own love of learning, both in and out of the classroom. In addition to training tutors at Classroom Matters, she has worked as a new teacher coach and mentor for Oakland Unified School District. In 2012, Lisa established Classroom Matters Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide scholarships to low-income families for academic support services.

 
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Tatiana Ramos Marquardt | co-director

Tatiana graduated Cum Laude, too many years ago to count, from Monmouth University, where her mother taught political science. With a B.A. in communications in hand, Tatiana headed off to New York City, where she worked in advertising for many years, most of them as a creative department manager. Following 9/11, Tatiana decided a career change was in order, and followed in her parents’ footsteps to become a teacher. After just a year in a third-grade classroom, Tatiana found herself in a family way and she and her husband decided she would stay home with their son. Almost a decade later, Tatiana is thrilled to be back in a teaching role. Her strengths are supporting K-8 students in math, language arts, humanities and foreign languages. A polyglot (English, Portuguese, French and Spanish) and a three-time National Memory Champion (the only woman to win the US Memoriad in its 15-year history), Tatiana enjoys crosswords, KenKen, keeping up with the news from her home country of Brazil, writing, and, most of all, spending time with her children.

 
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Molly Gerstein Gales | founder/consultant

Molly founded Classroom Matters in 1998 at the request of a parent. Molly has an M.A. in English Education from Columbia University. She has taught English, history, and drama in Bay Area public high schools, and trained teachers and administrators as UCLA School Management Program faculty. Molly will earn her Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute in September 2018. She is currently working at Berkeley High School and will join The Women's Therapy Center when she completes her degree.