Faculty and Staff

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Milan Ardoin

Milan Ardoin has a long history with Leadership High School. She is a LHS alumnae and has return to lead our students in their for quest knowledge. Milan teaches Advanced Leadership, advises students in the Class of 2018, and serves as the Academic Support Coordinator. Milan received her Bachelors degree from UCLA in Sociology and Masters degree in Public Health from California State, Northridge. Milan is pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at John Hopkins University. She is also mother to a future Griffin, Mason Rome. Some of her interests include dance, music, health education, and fashion.


Corinne Benson

Corinne Benson, Director of Administration, joined the staff of Leadership in 2013. She has extensive operational and managerial experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. Corinne is a parent of 2 children attending SFUSD public schools and is committed to contributing to increased access to high-quality education for all SF youth. She formerly served on the Board of Parents for Public Schools San Francisco and believes strongly in cultivating parent advocacy. She is firmly rooted in the neighborhood, having lived in nearby Crocker Amazon since 2006. She holds a B.A. in Art History from McGill University in Montreal.


Molly Calahane

Molly Calahane joined the Leadership team in 2015 as an English teacher, advisor, and literacy specialist. Originally from the central coast, Molly earned her BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz followed by a teaching credential and Master’s degree from UC Davis. She is happy to finally be living and teaching in San Francisco, a city that has been home to much of her family for decades, and looks forward to exploring the Bay and becoming part of the community.


Emma Cizek

Emma Cizek joined Leadership in 2013 as our Office Manager. She holds her Bachelor of Science in Health Education from San Francisco State University and highly values the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of LHS students. She enjoys staying active and creative through various forms of exercise and art.


Ashur Ellis

Ashur Ellis joins the leadership team as the English 12 instructor, advisor, and literacy specialist. He comes to leadership from Elmhurst Community Prep in East Oakland and holds an English teaching credential. Ashur holds a B.A. in Biology and Neuroscience from Grinnell College in Iowa. He enjoys travel, rock climbing, hiking, writing poetry, and exploring SF. He is ecstatic to be a part of the Leadership team.


Isidro Fajardo

Isidro wears many hats at LHS. This year he is teaching math, Environmental Science, dance, and is part of the Advisory 9 team. He is also an alumnus of LHS (Class of 09’ – Go griffins!). He attended UCSC from which he received a B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies with a focus in Education and a minor in Dance (Ballet and Contemporary). He has been working with Bolivia Corazón De América, a Bolivian dance company, since 2005 when he joined as a dancer while in high school. He is currently the Artistic Director and Choreographer of BCA.


Michele Godwin

2016 is Michele Godwin’s 15th year as a teacher and her 9th year at LHS after a 6 year hiatus. During her time away, she did a lot of things, including: earning 2/3 of a Master’s degree in Literature, teaching at a small, private school in the city, and realizing that her heart truly belongs to Leadership High School. This year, she is an 12th grade advisor and the first ever Leadership Librarian. She’s crazy about reading and books, and she’s working on building a fantastic library for LHS students.


Matt Hahn

MMatt Hahn started at Leadership in 2014, after 15 years teaching Middle School in the Los Angeles area, where in 2012 he was awarded PTA’s Honorary Service Award and his middle school’s Teacher of the Year. Matt is a graduate of Whittier College, with a BA in English and Political Science, and University of California, Irvine, with an MA in English Literature. He teaches English 9, Advisory, and Government/Economics. Matt is also the advisor of the Model United Nations Club.


Tiffani Johnson

Tiffani Marie Johnson (Ph.D. Candidate UC Berkeley) is the Director of Student Life at LHS, English Literature Instructor within the University of San Francisco Upward Bound Project and the Co-director of H2O Productions, a multi-faceted arts program for urban youth. Additionally, she continues as an academic advisor at Leadership High School and coach within San Francisco, where for the past 6 years she has practiced and studied the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools. She pursued Education in her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and continued her research within San Francisco State’s Equity & Social Justice graduate program. Johnson’s interests span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, cultural and ethnic studies and arts.


Kathleen Large

Kathleen Large, one of Leadership’s founding teachers, returned in 2011 after some time away from the classroom to have a child. She teaches English 11 as well as AP English and is an Advisor to the class of 2017 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience as an English teacher, Department Coach, and school leader.


Antonio Medina

Antonio Medina joined Leadership’s staff in 2012 as Athletics Director and Campus Supervisor. He currently serves as Dean of Students.


Manuschka Michaud

Manuschka Michaud joined Leadership in 2014 and teaches Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Advisory. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from San Francisco State University and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. Manuschka grew up in the Bay Area, but recently moved from Florida where she was a science teacher for 6 years and assistant principal for 8 years. One of her daughters attends Leadership and she is delighted to be part of this small school community.


Jose Montenegro

Jose Montenegro joined the faculty of Leadership High School in 2014. He teaches Psychology, Leadership 1, and advisory. Jose graduated from SF State with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and obtained his teaching credential in social sciences from the same institution. He grew up in Salinas, CA, where his parents, sister, and brother reside.


Anne Nyffeler

Anne Nyffeler has worn many hats at LHS—as advisor, testing coordinator, history and English teacher, literacy specialist, and BTSA coach. She has a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Social Studies Education from the University of Florida as well as a Literacy Specialist Certificate from San Francisco State University. She is credentialed in both social studies and English. She loves studying North Korea, reading Jane Austen, and improving reading education at LHS.


Elsa Ochoa

Elsa Ochoa joined the Leadership team in 2015. She teaches Spanish and is an advisor to the class of 2017. She previously worked in Oakland at Mcclymonds High School and Castlemont High School. She has a Bachelor’s in Spanish and Sociology from University of California Santa Barbara. She is currently a candidate for Loyola Marymount University’s Masters of Arts in Urban Education, with a concentration in Educational Policy and Administration.


Jeanette Osborne

Jeanette Osborne joined the staff in 2012 and currently works as a teacher’s aide. A San Francisco native and graduate of School of the Arts, Ms. Osborne comes to Leadership most recently from the Bayview YMCA/ St. Paul Shipwreck Youth Center where she served as Program Leader and Educational Programmer. Ms. Osborne attended Foothill College and the Academy of Art University.


Alberto Salinas

Alberto Salinas teaches Intermediate Spanish and Advanced Spanish 1 and is an Advisor for the Class of 2016.


Susana Salinas

Susana Salinas has been with Leadership since 1998. She teaches AP Spanish and serves as the liaison to the English Learners Advisory Council. She also serves as the Attendance Coordinator.


Beth Silbergeld

Beth Silbergeld serves as Leadership’s Principal. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she received her teaching certification and M.A. in secondary science education from the University of Colorado and working toward her Administrative Service Credential at San Francisco State. Ms. Silbergeld, or “Silb”, has worked at Leadership High School for twelve years, primarily as a Biology teacher and teacher coach and advisor to the classes of 2004, 2008, and 2010. She was awarded a Radio Shack teaching award for Science educators as a result of her engaging, rigorous lessons and received a Commitment to Equity award from the Coalition of Essential Schools, in recognition of the work she does to push educators to confront issues of race in order to close the achievement gap.


Rita Skyers

Rita Skyers joined the Leadership family in 2015 as a Geometry and Algebra II teacher. She came to us from Hillsborough County, Florida where she was an educator for 10 years. Rita earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wayne State University, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Post Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. She is a military veteran and enjoys hiking and photography. Rita is passionate about helping students demystify mathematics.


Louisa Song

Louisa Song joined the staff at Leadership in 2013 as the School Counselor. Ms. Song holds a BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Psychology and Education. She earned her Pupil Personnel Services Credential and Master’s degree in School Counseling from San Francisco State University.


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Sara Tiras

Sara Tiras joined Leadership’s staff to teach United States history and Economics and Government in 2012. Sara comes to Leadership from the Making Waves Education Program and, before that, the Jewish Youth for Community Action organization in Oakland, where she served as Director. Sara holds a teaching credential from Mills College and an undergraduate degree in American Studies from UC, Santa Cruz.