Patricia Segura – Program Coordinator
Patricia Segura’s passion for teaching began very early on in her life. Tutoring and supporting others is something she has always enjoyed. As a founding teacher of the NEST program she taught Mathematics for ten years and currently coordinates the Newcomer Program at Fremont High School. As an alumni, she is greatly committed to Fremont High school but overall committed to the Oakland community.
Alicia Lobaco – Department Head/ELD/12th Grade Advisor
Sophia Chaparro – ELD/10th Grade Advisor
Sophia Chaparro is entering her fourth year as a Newcomer English teacher in Fremont High School’s newcomer program (NEST). Over the years, Ms. Chaparro has created strong curriculums for English Language Development 2 and 3 as well as a rigorous curriculum for Sheltered English 4. This year, she looks forward to the challenge of incorporating the Senior Project into English 4 and continuing as the Newcomer 10th-Grade Advisory Lead. Outside of daily teaching, Ms. Chaparro hopes to start an English speaking club where newcomers can learn and practice language and interpersonal skills necessary for making friends, getting a job and more.
Ms. Chaparro is the oldest of three sisters, and was the first in her family to attend college in the United States. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in English and Spanish Language & Literature. She then continued to earn her Master of Education from Mills College in Oakland. Ms. Chaparro had wanted to be an educator from an early age, and she truly feels as though teaching English to newcomer adolescents is a dream job.
Laura Robinson – ELD/11th Grade Advisor
Laura Robinson teaches English Language Development to Newcomer students. Ms. Robinson was born and raised in Oakland, California and graduated from Skyline High School. Before becoming a teacher at Fremont, she worked as a college professor at UC Santa Barbara, the University of Alaska, Rice University, and the University of Hawai’i. She has also written two books, including Microphone in the Mud, a narrative non-fiction book about her adventures living with hunter-gatherers in the jungles of the Philippines.
Spencer Bannon-Beltran – ELD/10th Grade Advisor
Spencer Beltran was born in Oakland, CA. He attended San Francisco State University and majored in English. He began his teaching career at Fremont High School working with the NEST Program.
His hobbies include reading, writing, going to the movies, record shopping, hiking & traveling.
Carolyn Delfino – Social Studies/12th Grade Advisor
Carolyn is originally from Los Angeles, California. She grew up in a bilingual family, as her parents are from Brazil, which is where her love of languages and cultures comes from. She first began teaching in Seoul, South Korea, where she taught English to elementary school students for three years and managed to learn enough Korean to successfully order McDonald’s delivery to her apartment. After returning to the United States, she started working for Oakland Unified School District in 2012, eventually earning her teaching credential from the University of Southern California. She came to Fremont High as a student teacher in 2015, and stayed on since then, teaching Ethnic Studies and U.S. History to newcomer students. In her free time she enjoys falling asleep on the couch while watching Netflix shows, dancing bachata and merengue until the wee hours of the morning, and sitting in the In-n-Out drive-thru trying not to order a chocolate milkshake.
Victoria Gutierrez – Social Studies/10th Grade Advisor
Miriam Pardo – Math/9th Grade Advisor
Ms. Pardo is from the Inca’s land: Lima-Peru. She got her bachelors in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico and worked for the Research Department for the Superintendence of Private Pension, a government entity.
She extended her studies in California, obtaining a degree in Statistics from California State University of Long Beach. She currently teaches Algebra 1 at Fremont High.
Diana Rosendo – Math/11th Grade Advisor
Diana Rosendo teaches Geometry (and sometimes Algebra 1) for the NEST program. She graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Chicana/o Studies from UC Berkeley. She received her teaching credential and Master’s in Education from Mills College. Other than teaching Diana was the cross country assistant coach for 2 years and then became head coach.
Diana was born and raised in Stockton, California and moved to the bay area to attend UC Berkeley in 2010. Diana’s family is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico and migrated to the U.S. before Diana was born. She loves to play soccer, she ACTUALLY really loves math, and has a great sense of humor.
John Christie – Art/10th Grade Advisor
Now an art teacher at a public high school in Oakland, John grew up in Menlo Park, California, later moving to Colorado Springs Colorado to complete a B. A. in Studio Art from Colorado College. After 6 years in Colorado, John moved back to California in 2014 and began working in the classroom full time. As an art teacher, Mr. Christie is committed to providing a high quality, rigorous, and enriching program to the students of Fremont High School.
While not at work, John spends time his time working as a Search and Rescue Team Member responding to missing person events, often in the mountains. Additionally John enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and of course, drawing.
Annie Lu – Science/10th Grade Advisor
Oakland holds a special place in Annie’s heart. Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Annie has attended OUSD schools from K-12. Through her experiences in the Environmental Science Academy at Oakland High School, Annie was able to expand on her developing passion for science and also discover a latent interest in teaching. After graduating from Oakland High School, Annie went to various colleges as she fine-tuned her path to a teaching career. From University of Hawai’i to Laney College to UC Berkeley, Annie has been through it all. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, Annie started work with the summer enrichment program Aim High at Urban Promise Academy. In working with Aim High, Annie was able to experience firsthand what being a teacher is like and truly became committed to the profession. In 2016, she went back to UC Berkeley to obtain her Single Subject teaching credential and a Master’s degree in Education. Annie joined the Fremont High School team in 2018 and teaches Biology. Outside of teaching, Annie enjoys archery, cooking, sleeping, playing video games, and spending time with her friends.
Languages spoken: English, Cantonese (conversational)
Catherine Priestley – Science/9th Grade Advisor
Catherine grew up in Oakland and attended Oakland and Berkeley schools. For undergrad, she attended UC Santa Cruz where she studied Politics, and began working in schools and after school programs. In 2013 Catherine began coaching volleyball, basketball and softball at local schools and sports clubs.
The following year, she became the Athletic Director and Yearbook teacher for Holy Names High school in Oakland, while attending Holy Names University for her teaching credential in Science. This is Catherine’s first year at Fremont High School. Outside of school she enjoys cooking, hiking, and playing or watching sports with friends.
Wajma Ataie – Mental Health Counselor and Consultant
Wajma Ataie is the Mental Health Counselor and Consultant for the NEST program at Fremont High School. She works as a Specialist with the Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Program through the English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement (ELLMA) Wellness Initiative. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and earned her license from the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked as a Clinician since 2010 starting at Bret Harte Middle School. She has worked in many diverse settings all over the Bay Area including school based counseling and in home intensive therapeutic services with youth and their families. She has also provided mental health consulting and trainings for teachers, mentors and parents over these years. She is originally from Kabul, Afghanistan and speaks Farsi, German, Spanish and English.