Daniel McLaughlin is OP’s Founder and CEO. He believes education is the most powerful tool with which to create justice. He has worked in education for 25 years. Before founding OP, Daniel co-founded Envision Schools, a network of three high-performing charter high schools targeting students who would be the first in their families to graduate from college. He was President and CEO for seven years. Envision sends its First-Generation-to-College students to college at almost four times the national average. Daniel led the Bay Area office of New Leaders, among the nation’s top principal training organizations. He taught high school in New Haven, CT and junior high school in Antioch, CA. Daniel received a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA and Teaching Credential from Yale College.
Antonio Tapia is OP’s Founding Principal. He comes to OP with over 13 years of experience in public education dedicated to getting low-income students to go to and graduate from college. Most recently, Antonio was Upper School Director at Making Waves Academy (MWA), a charter school in Richmond, CA serving a student body that is 90% of color and 76% of whom live in poverty. At MWA 92% of the 10th grade students passed the English Language Arts (ELA) California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and 90% passed the Math CAHSEE, placing the school amongst the highest-performing in California. Prior to MWA Antonio served as Academic Dean at Leadership Public Schools Richmond where he coached teachers in curriculum design and instruction. Antonio was a Resident at New Leaders for New Schools, one of the nation’s top principal training programs. Antonio spent 9 years in the classroom, teaching middle school and high school students in New York and the Bay Area. Antonio started his teaching career in the South Bronx as a member of Teach For America, where he taught in the school district in which he grew up.
Antonio’s personal path mirrors the path of many of the students he has taught over the years. He grew up in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, the poorest congressional district in the nation, and attended public schools there. With great support from his family, who emigrated from Puerto Rico, and his teachers, Antonio achieved academic success and graduated from Cornell University. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. His belief in the power and importance of education stems from what he was able to accomplish with his own education.
Faculty and Staff
Frances Buren was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Dartmouth College where she studied History with a concentration in Colonialism and Resistance. Her thesis focused on British colonial education policy in Nigeria and Sudan. Frances is a Teach For America Corps Member, taught preschool and elementary school in Nicaragua, and taught at Cristo Rey High School in Saint Louis. She also recruited talent for Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City. She speaks Spanish. In her free time she enjoys reading, exploring the city, and working out. Ms. Buren will be with TK for the 2016-2017 year.
Abbey Castillo is a Florida girl, through and through. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Masters degree in Elementary Education and a specialization in Educational Technology. Abbey has taught full day Pre-K at Riverstone Education in Centennial, CO. Most recently, she taught in an English Language Learner (ELL) classroom at Community Leadership Academy in Commerce City, CO where she practiced using data to drive instruction and created curriculum catered to ELL students. She is very passionate about closing the achievement gap for all kids, integrating technological resources into the classroom, and fostering a genuine love for learning in all of her students. She is thrilled to join OP as a 1st grade teacher for the 2016-2017 year.
Haley George joins the One Purpose team as a kindergarten teacher who is passionate about fostering a warm, friendly, and creative environment in which her students are excited to learn. Haley graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has experience teaching preschool through second grade, and spent a summer in Ghana teaching kindergarteners in a small village. In her free time, Haley enjoys practicing yoga, reading, painting, and listening to music. Haley has spent the last two years teaching in San Jose, and can't wait to move up to San Francisco to teach at One Purpose! Ms. George will be with Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 year.
Anna Halat hails from Waukesha, WI. Anna is passionate about: spreading justice and tolerance through education, helping others through the journey to success, and helping students take responsibility for their learning. She strives to be an advocate for each of her students so learning is fun, engaging, and authentic. Most recently, Anna taught 5th grade at King-Chavez Academy of Excellence in San Diego. Prior to King, she taught at Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes and Central Middle School in Wisconsin. Anna graduated from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse where she captained the women’s basketball team. Ms. Halat will be with 2nd grade for the 2016-2017 year.
Samantha Kelly is a Bay Area native. She grew up in Marin County before venturing over to the East Bay for school. She received a B.A. in Liberal and Civic Studies and Masters degree in Education from Saint Mary’s College of California. Her studies focused on social justice in elementary schools, leading her to recognize that education is truly the best way to create change within our world. She is passionate about creating a positive, safe, and loving environment for her students and is excited to join the OP community as a First Grade teacher.
Araceli Leon joins OP as one of our Kindergarten Teachers. She joined the inaugural class of Metropolitan Arts and Technology High School, the second charter high school Daniel co-founded in San Francisco. While there, she was Student Body President. A lifelong Mission resident and Lead Teacher at Jamestown Community Center, Araceli is the 4th member of OP’s Founding Team in early 2013. Later that year she joined OP staff as Community Engagement Director. In that role she built relationships with 22 early-childhood education providers in OP’s target neighborhoods and led OP’s highly successful student-recruiting charge. She is a student at USF in the Dual Degree Master’s in Education and Credential program.
Sabiá Pinheiro joins OP as our Physical Education teacher. He is a dancer, capoeira practitioner, and teacher. He brings extensive understanding and knowledge of adolescent mediation and conflict management. His goal is to empower people to question and explore methods of artistic expression through Capoeira Arts. Currently, Sabiá teaches capoeira and dance folklore at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland. Previously, Sabiá taught in the Dance Departments at Bard College and NYU as an Adjunct Professor, as well as teaching Capoeira Arts and PE at KIPP AMP Middle School in Brooklyn. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Sabia is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He is a graduate of the Instituto Salvador de Ensino Cultura in Bahia.
Anne Shibley (Annie) joins OP as our Unconditional Education Coach through Seneca Family of Agencies. She has 10 years of teaching experience and believes in education equality. Annie received a Bachelor of Arts, on Elementary Education and a Master of Education, on Special Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She started as a kindergarten teacher in Boston, Massachusetts. She then moved to California and became a Special Education Teacher in middle and elementary school classrooms at Seneca Family of Agencies therapeutic day school, serving high needs youth for four years. After the Haitian earthquake in 2010, Annie moved to Haiti where she provided relief efforts and education. Most recently, she helped initiate the partnership between Seneca Family of Agencies and SFUSD.
Addie Johnson joins OP as an Instructional Assistant. Addie grew up in Vermont and recently moved to San Francisco from Boston. She started her career in education as a City Year AmeriCorps Member where she provided instructional support, behavior and attendance coaching to an inspirational group of fourth grade students in Mattapan, Massachusetts. In this role, she discovered the power of education as a tool of social justice and personal empowerment. She is excited to further her career in education and hopes to one day have a classroom of her own. Addie received her Bachelors of Arts from Bates College with a major in Politics and double minor in Chinese and Women and Gender Studies. In her spare time, Addie enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, hiking and exploring the gorgeous West Coast landscape.
Roberto Sanchez is a Bay Area native, born in San Francisco and raised in Richmond, CA. Last year Roberto worked with Jamestown Community Center in After-School at OP. He joined the OnePurpose School team as a Instructional Assistant with Transitional Kindergarten. Roberto has four years of experience working with youth, and is currently in school at City College of San Francisco to obtain his bachelors degree in Psychology with a focus in Child Development.
Sofia Sanchez has been passionate about helping youth since she was 14. A San Francisco native, born and raised in the Mission District, she started working at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center at the age of 14 and fell in love with educating youth. For the past five years, she has worked at Up On Top after-school and summer programming creating fun, educational and engaging activities for students in the Tenderloin community. She graduated Sacramento State University as a double major in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration and Women's Studies. Her commitment to empowering youth of color from low-income communities and creating social change is her personal and professional mission in life. She will be a teacher assistant for the 2016-2017 year.
Joe Steinberger is OP’s Development Associate. A native of San Diego, he has been working in fundraising for the past four years. Most recently, he was the fundraising director for the Yes on 62 statewide ballot initiative campaign in California and was the Development Associate for Death Penalty Focus in San Francisco. Prior to that he worked in politics, raising money for local, statewide and federal elected officials. Joe received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego. He enjoys spending time with his fiancé, exercising and sports.