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    Name: Nancy James
    Special Day Class, Mild - Moderate Preschool
    Telephone: 510-618-4310 ext. 2829
    Welcome to my page!  Thank you for making me a part of your child's village . Ours is a classroom in which creativity, activity and fun are infused in day to day learning. We are dedicated to contributing to the success of each and every student by supporting them in realizing the highest level of independence possible.   I am an artist and a second-career educator.  For many years I worked in community organizing and development in addition to the performing arts.  My experience working in the rich communities of the Bay Area taught me the importance of having a "permeable" classroom.  We believe we are a part of the community in which we live and learn.  We make an effort to access the diverse learning opportunities and resources in this area. 
    Degrees and Certifications
    Bachelor of Arts -  Sarah Lawrence College 
    Master of Fine Arts - Saint Mary's College of California
    Level II Education Specialist Credential - California State University, Sacramento 
    *Doctoral Student -  University of San Francisco, School of Education
    School Community
    I stay active in the school and district community by maintaining membership in the PTA and serving as the Elementary Representative At Large with the San Leandro Teachers Association.   I am on the school leadership team.  I was a teacher at Madison Elementary for 11 years and have served on several volunteer committees.  
    Larger Educational Community
    I work actively with the Arts is Education Initiative through Alameda County Office of Education.  My role is to serve as a teacher educator in arts integration.  We work to make education more accessible by integrating all artistic mediums into core curriculum.  I have co-led workshops in Alameda and Marin Counties.   I have been a presenter for the ACOE's Summer Institute with a focus on making art accessible to all learner with an emphasis on Disability Justice. 
    I am honored to work with a phenomenal para-professional. She is a vital part of our teaching staff.  
    Maria Espinoza
    Speech and Language Pathologist
     Jane Woo is Jefferson's SLP 
    Occupational Therapy
    Trisha Davis provides OT services to students who are on her caseload. 
    Physical Therapy
    Zach Boente provides physcial therapy services for our SELPA