Faculty and Staff
Daniel McLaughlin, Founder and CEO
Daniel believes education is the most powerful tool with which to create justice and has worked in education for 25 years. Before founding OnePurpose School, 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, Founding Principal
Antonio has devoted his entire professional career to public education and getting low-income students to go to and graduate from college. Before OnePurpose School, Antonio was Upper School Director at Making Waves Academy (MWA), a charter school in Richmond, CA whose student body demographics are very similar to that of OnePurpose. At MWA 92% of the 10th grade students passed the California High School Exit Exam in English Language Arts and 92% in Math, placing MWA amongst the highest-performing schools in California. Prior to MWA Antonio served as Academic Dean at Leadership Public Schools Richmond. Antonio was a Resident at New Leaders for New Schools, one of the nation’s top principal training programs. Antonio also taught middle and high school for nine years in New York and the Bay Area. He started his teaching career in the South Bronx, where he grew up, as a member of Teach For America. Antonio received a BA from Cornell University.
Anne Shibley, Assistant Principal
Annie has ten years of teaching experience and believes in education equality. Annie received a BA in Elementary Education and a Master of Education, on Special Education at Lesley University in Cambridge. She started as a kindergarten teacher in Boston, MA. 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. Annie started her career in San Francisco by helping to initiate a partnership between Seneca Family of Agencies and SFUSD. She then began coaching teachers at OP before jumping into the Assistant Principal role.
Liz Berliant, Second Grade Teacher
Liz has been teaching for ten years. She has high expectations for her students academically and behaviorally and believes they can all achieve through hard work, resilience, and passion. Liz hopes to build a strong community in the classroom that is excited about learning. Most recently, she taught third grade at KIPP Bridge Academy in Oakland. Liz is originally from Chicago but has lived in California for twelve years and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Go Banana Slugs!
Kimberly Burns, Kindergarten Teacher
Kimberly has spent the past eight years working as an Education Specialist in the mental health Field, working with students in Kindergarten to grade 3 Kimberly believes in early intervention and that every child deserves a teacher who will foster a love of learning from the start. Most recently, she provided Reading & Literacy intervention and is passionate about the art of teaching students how to read. Kimberly hails from Texas and returns home every chance she gets. Kimberly attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Abbey Castillo, Second Grade Teacher
A Florida girl, through and through, Abbey graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a MA in Elementary Education and a specialization in Educational Technology. She previously taught Pre-K and in an English Language Learner (ELL) classroom at Community Leadership Academy in Colorado, where she used data to drive instruction and created curriculum catered to her ELL students. Abbey is 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.
Haley George, First Grade Teacher
Haley 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. Most recently, she taught for two years at an elementary school in San Jose.
Anna Halat, Third Grade Teacher
Anna 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 fifth 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.
Addie Johnson, Instructional Assistant
Addie grew up in Vermont and 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, MA. 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 BA 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.
Samantha Kelly, First Grade Teacher
Samantha is a Bay Area native. She grew up in Marin County before venturing over to the East Bay for school. She received a BA 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.
Sabiá Pinheiro, Physical Education Teacher
Sabiá 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, Sabiá is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He is a graduate of the Instituto Salvador de Ensino Cultura in Bahia.
Andrea Renton, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Andrea is a Bay Area native who grew up in Pleasanton. She loves making people laugh and seeks for everyone to feel accepted and loved. This will be her second year teaching transitional kindergarten. She fell in love with teaching as a preschool teacher, but quickly moved to elementary school as she was motivated to be a part of children's academic journeys. Andrea is looking forward to building a nurturing and creative classroom that focuses on social and emotional growth as well as academia. Andrea is passionate about instructing hands-on and using innovative lessons that allow students to be interactive. She is a student at National University, earning her Master's and credentials in Elementary Education with a concentration in Global Context.
Sofia Sanchez, Kindergarten Teacher
Sofia has been passionate about helping youth since she was fourteen. A San Francisco native, born and raised in the Mission District, she started working at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center as a teenager and fell in love with educating youth. Before starting at OnePurpose, she worked for five years at Up On Top after-school and summer programming creating fun, educational and engaging activities for students in the Tenderloin. She graduated from Sacramento State University with 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.
Joe Steinberger, Development and Enrollment Associate
A native of San Diego, Joe has worked 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 BA in Communications from the University of California, San Diego. He enjoys spending time with his wife, exercising and sports.
Fabiola Castruita, Office Manager
Fabiola immigrated to the United States at the age of three and returned to Mexico as a teenager. She graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua with a degree in bilingual secretary. She and her husband raised their four children in Midland, TX, where she worked at South Elementary School for 21 years. Fabiola began as a PTA parent and President, then served as a Clerk and later as Secretary at the school. She also worked in concert with local education legend and civil rights pioneer, Barbara Yarbrough, serving together to give Love and Logic training sessions to parents. She and her husband moved to San Francisco in 2016 after their youngest daughter was accepted at the prestigious Academy of Arts University.
Vanessa Harlin, Support Coordinator
Vanessa Harlin is a San Francisco native. She graduated from Mercy San Francisco and continued her education success at City College SF and Cal State Hayward. Vanessa has a background in educational entrepreneurship, early childhood studies, and social work. Outside of education, she holds a BLS instructor License, Childcare Administration Certification, Supervisor Permit and knowledge of legislation and public policy. Vanessa’s goal is to deliver high-quality work in schools and build a bridge between the home and school, so that children are set for success. She is excited to use her time at OnePurpose to gain knowledge and to actively promote student, parent and community involvement.