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Instructional Coaches

SUHSD Instructional Coaches Vision Statement

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To provide rigorous, engaging, standards-aligned instruction with embedded language supports and meaningful technology integration. 
Responsibilities include:
  • Teacher Coaching
  • Plan and deliver professional development to staff
  • Help to facilitate subject area councils
  • Assist in Administration of common assessments
Click here for more information on the various leadership opportunities at SUHSD. 
C.J. Carlson

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C.J. joined the Professional Development Department in the Spring of 2018.  C.J. brings 16 years of mathematics teaching experience into his role as an Instructional Coach.  C.J. earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and went on to complete his Teaching Credential at San Jose State University.  C.J. has taught mathematics at Menlo-Atherton High School for the past twelve years where he has held a variety of leadership positions. Most notably, C.J. was selected as the Sequoia Union High District Certificated Employee of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year.  C.J. is excited to join the team and to work towards supporting teachers in their instructional practice.
Tara Charles

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Tara Charles
Tara started her teaching career in the Sequoia Union High School District in 2009. She taught at Menlo-Atherton in the Special Education Department before taking on a full time assignment at the Sequoia District Office as an Instructional Coach and TIPS Coach. In her time with the district, she has enjoyed roles as a co-teacher, Special Education Department Chair, WASC Group leader, Summer School Principal, Compass Coordinator and Special Ed-Program Specialist. She has additionally served as a BTSA Support Provider for Ed Specialists in San Mateo County. Tara specializes supporting both Ed Specialists and Gen Ed teachers on classroom management, co-teaching, and implementing UDL strategies.
Jim Karditzas

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KarditzasJim had two careers before joining the world of education. He spent 11 years in the army and resigned in 1992 to pursue a civilian career in sales. He worked in high-tech sales and eventually was training non-technology sales people to sell high-tech parts. This led him to pursue and obtain a masters in education before transitioning into teaching.
Since 2006, Jim has been teaching mathematics at Sequoia High School, focusing on algebra and geometry. He served as the lead for the geometry team, then as an algebra coach. He assisted in the creation and implementation of the algebra readiness two year program. Recently, he has participated with the Silicon Valley Math Initiative and the district math grant (Spotlight on Success) for the implementation of Common Core in the district. He currently teaches at Sequoia and serves as the district lead for Common Core State Standards for Mathematics algebra implementation.
Elizabeth Placencia

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PlacenciaElizabeth has worked for 18 years in public education. After graduating from college, she became an AmeriCorps volunteer, supporting literacy programs at a continuation high school in East Oakland. Discovering that teaching was her passion, she returned to graduate school and officially began her career as a high school English teacher in Marin County. After 6 years of teaching in Marin, Elizabeth ventured overseas to work at in International School in Mexico City. Upon returning to the United States, she began working in the Sequoia Union High School District. Since joining the district, Elizabeth has worked in a variety of capacities: as a classroom teacher, as a 9th and 11th grade instructional coach in English, and most recently as the director of Menlo-Atherton's Writing Center. 
As lover of both literature and writing, literacy has remained Elizabeth's passion throughout her teaching career. She works to instill this same passion in all of her students.
Jose Rosario

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Jose Rosario
Jose Rosario has been an English Teacher at Sequoia High School since 2013. Jose worked with the 9th-grade course team to create cohesion across the different tracks by making sure each level has the same texts, assessments, rubrics, and pace in an effort to increase equity in access. Jose has taught writing for the summer school enrichment program Compass and Team Ascent. He's tutored for Sequoia's SAFE program, while recruiting and training a couple dozen students to do the same. He was an advisor for the club Our Voice. He's mentored both Stanford Interns through ATLAS and graduate students for Stanford's Teacher Education Program.  
In Jose's latest role as an instructional coach, he hopes to use technology to make teaching more efficient and effortless. He will also work with the Assessment and Research team in Ed Services to make testing procedures and results transparent. Lastly, Jose can be counted on to support teacher's rights as a Union Representative for the District. 
Natalie Stuart

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Natalie is originally from Redwood City and graduated from Woodside High School. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Chico State University, she obtained her teaching credential and Masters Degree in Special Education from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has been an educator in the Sequoia Union High School District for 18 years. At Menlo-Atherton High School, she worked as a Special Education and English Co-Teacher and also served as Special Education Department Chair, Collaboration Coordinator, a WASC Leader and an AVID I teacher. While at Woodside High School, Natalie worked as an English and Special Education teacher and was part of the Senior Thesis Team.

As an English and Reading Instructional Coach, she is excited to support teachers across the district through ongoing collaboration, observation and curriculum development.
Alissa Talesnick

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Alissa is originally from San Carlos and graduated from Carlmont High School. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in English at UCLA, she obtained her teaching credential in English and her Master's Degree in Education from Stanford University. She also holds a Reading Certificate. This is Alissa's tenth year teaching at Sequoia High School, where she has taught classes ranging from 9th grade Reading Intervention to 11th grade IB (International Baccalaureate) English. At Sequoia, Alissa has also worked as English Department Chair and WASC Self-Study Coordinator. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with English and Reading teachers across the district this year.
Felicia Yang

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Felicia Yang
Coming from an engineering background, Felicia found her passion in teaching secondary math.  She started her career teaching middle school math at an urban public school in Harlem, NY, where she was captivated by the excitement, challenges and newness that each day brings in the classroom.  She then transitioned to teaching high school and eventually moved to California to teach math and engineering at Woodside High School, where she has enjoyed teaching both the high and the low, and everything in between.  Besides teaching math and engineering, she has branched out to learn new educational technology strategies both through the district and beyond, become trained as a district professional development speaker, and earned her administrative credential to further learn how to best support students and staff.
As a math instructional coach, she is excited to support her fellow teachers by collaborating, sharing resources, leading workshops, observing, reflecting with and learning alongside them.  As a lifelong learner, Felicia hopes to share her positive attitude and enthusiasm for learning with students and teachers alike.
Daisy Yeung

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Yeung, Daisy
Daisy joined the district as a substitute teacher in 2006 after graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Go Bears!). She received her teaching credential and Masters degree from Stanford University, then returned to the district to teach Biology and Advanced Integrated Science at Woodside High School in 2008. She moved out of the classroom to work as a Teacher-in-Residence at the Exploratorium in 2017 where she collaborated with the staff members of their Teacher Institute to plan and implement professional development for science teachers across the state. She is excited to be back at the district as a science instructional coach to share what she's learned and create a space for collaboration as our district continues to develop curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.