Kilian Betlach is in his 6th year as the principal of Elmhurst Community Prep. He holds an a MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from San Jose State University, and a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Boston College.
When not at ECP, Mr. Betlach likes to spend time with his wife, son and daughter. He likes to work in the yard, ride his bike, and probably knows more about pirates than the average person.
Mr Ogbai is in his third year at ECP and first as Assistant Principal. He attended UC Santa Barbara and has lived all over the country, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Oakland. He supports Barcelona FC, the LA Lakers and the San Diego Chargers and in his free time enjoys traveling and participating in outdoor activities (especially if they involve water).
Ms. Toni is from Los Angeles, CA and this is her second year at ECP teaching 6th Grade English. In her free time she is currently learning Bachata.
Ms. Flores is from Los Angeles, CA and is ECP’s 7th Grade English teacher. She loves graphic novels, comic books, superheroes, zombies, monsters, arts + crafts, glitter, reading, swimming, eating, watching movies, taking pictures, traveling, camping, speaking new languages and teaching middle school!
Ms. Rexrode hails from Poway, California, and has lived in the Bay Area since 2004. She has a BA in History from UCSD, and a BS and MS in Education from Western Oregon University. She has taught at ECP since 2014, and has been teaching since 1995. She loves reading, watching cooking shows, and spending time with her family.
Ms Morales is the ECP ELD teacher and is in her third year at ECP. Ms Morales attended Cal State East Bay. In her free time she loves reading long books in an attempt to win trophies for reading contests!
Aurora Barajas is the Community School School Manager at Elmhurst Community Prep. Many of her work is supporting the core values to promote positive school culture, develop and manage the partnerships at ECP, expand the reach and effectiveness of family involvement, and drive social justice to serve the students as a whole!
Ms. Barajas grew up in Oakland and attended Oakland Public Schools. She had educators and teachers that saw potential in her and supported her to get a higher education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Cal State East Bay. All of Ms. Barajas career has been in Oakland’s education; from an Educator/ Mentor, After School Director, Community Organizer, to now the Community Schools Manager at ECP! She does not see herself working anywhere else than with her community, Oakland!
She loves to spend quality time with my daughters and friends, take road trips and travel, dance, and go on hikes. She is also a Mexica Danzante, which keeps her rooted to her ancestors’ traditions and spirituality.
Ms. Bien is from Jay, ME and graduated from the University of Chicago with an MA in teaching and a BA in Latin American Studies. This is her fourth year as the 8th Grade English teacher at ECP. She believes that education is the pathway to freedom. She chooses literature that inspires young people to understand and transform their world.
Ms. Metha is from Seattle, WA and attended the University of Chicago. This is her first year as the 8th Grade Mathematics/Teacher at ECP. She likes the Seahawks, Harry Potter, swimming and hiking.
Ms. Vigay attended UC Berkeley and Lesley University. This is her fourth year working with the ECP community and first as the 8th Grade History teacher. Ms. Vigay is a proud Oakland native and graduate of McClymonds High School. She enjoys hanging out with her husband and three children, going to church and watching Oakland sports.
Coach Rodriguez is originally from Peru, South America and has been teaching at ECP since 2014. He
holds a MS and a BS from California State University East Bay in Sports Science and Kinesiology
respectively. Coach Rodriguez has been teaching and coaching for over 20 years and his philosophy is that
great teaching and coaching occurs when a student athlete with desire is met with skillful coaching in a
fun and competitive environment, allowing both to grow.
After school, Coach Rodriguez is involved in the soccer community in various roles. He is a US Soccer
Coaching instructor, Olympic Development Program Coach and coaches the Men’s soccer team at
Oakland Merritt College. Coach Rodriguez’s wife, Laura, their son Santiago and their daughter Anna
reside in the East Bay.
Brandi Corbett is new to ECP and a native of Oakland, CA. She holds a BS in Kinesiology with a focus on Physical Education and Certified Fitness Training, and is soon to be Nutritionist. Coach Brandi loves to serve with and for her church and especially those less fortunate. She enjoys writing spoken word, playing pick up games, having get-togethers and meeting new people.
Mr. Short is from Northboro, MA and has been teaching at ECP since 2012. He holds an MA in Education from Loyala Marymount University and a BA in Quantitative Economics from Providence College. Mr Short is a rabid supporter of Boston sports and loves to play guitar, do crosswords, snowboard, and tinker with technology.
Coach T is a Volleyball and Soccer coach as well as a drama instructor. She attended Academy of Arr University andStella Adler Studio of Acting, NYC. Check out the school production of The Wiz this spring!
This is Mr Rose’s first year at ECP as a math fellow. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Philosophy and enjoys hockey and music.
This is Ms Loza’s first year at ECP as a math fellow. She graduated from San Jose State University and enjoys soccer, running and being with family.
Ms. Ryan is from Oakland, California. She taught in Brooklyn, New York before joining the ECP team in 2017. Ms. Ryan has a BA in English from Columbia University and an MS in Special Education from Hunter College. In her spare time she loves to swim, paint, and hike.
Mr. Turner is from Shrewsbury, UK and has been an instructional coach at ECP since 2017. He holds an MA in Historical Research from the University of Liverpool and a BA in Criminology and History from Liverpool John Moores University. Mr. Turner is an avid Shrewsbury Town + Chelsea FC fan and he likes to spend his Thursday nights playing soccer in a local adult league. Outside of school Mr. Turner loves to hike, ski, snowboard in his free time.
Ariel Benavides is Black educator working to bring joy and justice into schools. She attended college in Santa Cruz and majored in Community Studies; she is currently a director at Gallileo Summer Camp. Ms Ariel been working at Elmhurst Community Prep as a Restorative Justice (RJ) Coordinator, training students in RJ, supporting adults and the larger school culture. Ariel has trained educators around the Bay on how to make restorative justice real in schools at all levels.
Sagnicthe Salazar is a first generation undocumented migrant Xicana from East Oakland by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco. He is a grassroots organizer and educator who has dedicated the last 18 years of his life to organizing for cultural, educational, workplace and human rights of Raza communities and communities throughout the region. He organizes with Xicana Moratorium Coalition, developing Xicana change agents, and building with different communities. He was the Dean of Restorative Discipline and School Culture at Castlemont High School and is now the Director of Restorative Discipline at Elmhurst Community Prep in East Oakland.
Ms Mercer is from Oakland, CA and attended Holy Names High School and the University of San Francisco. She enjoys dance and watching films.
Jason Tatum is a native of the SF Bay Area. He graduated from Hayward High School in 1999 and later from Cal State Hayward in the spring of 2006. There he majored in Ethnic Studies and minored in Political Science and also was the President of the Academic Society and Chair of an alliance of social equity student clubs on campus. When he’s not at Elmhurst Community Prep he enjoys Photography and film making along with cheering for his youngest son at his little league games. His passion for authentic equity and change in the community that raised him is his ultimate goal for his work at ECP.
Mr H is from Newhall, California and holds a BA in Sociology from UCSB. His hobbies include guitar, music, the Raiders, cooking and his truck. He was on Judge Judy! Google it!
Mr Cory was born and raised in East Oakland and attended SF State. His family is from Mexico and El Salvador. History is his passion and he loves to travel.
Ms Brewster is from Modesto, California and currently lives in Alameda, California. She has an 11 year-old son and chocolate is her favorite food in the whole world.
Ms Cindy is from Chicago, Illinois and holds a Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology. She knows that from trauma people can build resiliency and pain can become power. She runs to relax and loves cooking and braiding hair.
Kia Walton has worked at ECP for 4 years. Her favorite foods are chili cheese dogs and Jamba Juice. When she is not devouring these things, she is playing volleyball in her hometown of Richmond, CA. She reps hard for the Math Team (Magic) and loooves all of her Advisory girls.
A first year special education teacher at ECP, Maggie originally earned their credential in the South Louisiana where they taught for three years. Maggie is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College California, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies. Outside of school, they can be found hiking in hills of the East Bay or roller skating around Lake Merritt.
Ms Hererra is from East San Jose, CA and attended Santa Clara University and the University of Colorado. Her hobbies include watching the Warriors, snowboarding in Tahoe, running around Lake Merritt, traveling, visiting family and singing song lyrics to students.
Ms. Pandolfi is from North Haven, CT and studied Environmental Science at Northeastern and Urban Education at Loyola Marymount University. When she’s not at school, she loves reading and talking about Harry Potter books, playing dodgeball, making really terrible cheesy jokes, and hanging out with her family.
Ms Relphorde graduated from the University of Missouri and is in her second year as the 7th Grade Math teacher at Elmhurst Community Prep. She supports Colin Kapernick and is a carb-loving vegetarian.
Leah Cole works in Special Education at ECP. She is an amateur photographer and likes to spend her free time reading, hiking, cycling, kayaking, playing volleyball and swimming. She used be a musician but hasn’t played in over 15 years – let her know if you have a saxophone you don’t want!
Stephanie Ullman was born and raised in the city of Chicago. After receiving her Master’s in Education from Stanford University, she decided to teach in Oakland because it was a lot like her hometown (only way warmer). Ms. Ullman has taught 3rd-4th and 11th graders, but 6th grade World History is by far her favorite. This is her third year working at Elmhurst Community Prep. Ms. Ullman loves working at ECP and having the opportunity to help students make connections between the past and the present day.