Para Educators

Cherie Schaffernoth

Cherie received her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California Berkeley. She has over 7 years of work experience with children with special needs in inclusive environments, volunteer programs, and in home settings. Cherie is dedicated to the advancement of inclusion and the success of students both academically and socially.

Jesse Maumalanga

Jesse will be attending San Francisco City College to earn a certificate in Early Childhood Development (ECD).  He has over 10 years of experience with typical children and children with special needs in classrooms and volunteer programs.  He also loves playing football and basketball and hanging out with friends.

Whitney Eleazer

Whitney is pursuing her degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University. She has several years of experience working with students and loves working at HTS. She is a native of the Bay Area and lives in Mountain View. She is known for her creative baking skills and is passionate about books and music.

Lacey Whiting

Lacey received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College.  She has many years of experience working with children, including children with special need in programs focused on inclusion.  She plans to pursue her Master’s to become a school counselor or child therapist. Lacey loves hiking, camping, and playing volleyball.

Tiffany Rivera

Tiffany is currently attending San José State University where she
is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science. Upon graduating she plans to pursue her teaching credential. This is Tiffany’s second year working at Hope and has volunteered at various inclusion programs serving both neurotypical children and children with disabilities.

Jake Niles

Jake graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Integrative Biology. He has worked with children grades K-8th at Redwood Day School in Oakland. Regarding special needs, he is most excited about his opportunity to have learned that patience and attention is crucial to providing a thriving environment for children with special needs.

Chris Bisauta

Chris received his Bachelor’s in Business at  San Jose State University.  He is currently pursuing a teaching credential in hope of working with special needs. Chris has worked with children with special needs in a housing and school settings for over six years. He likes to play and watch sports, play video games, and enjoy’s music in his free time.

Kirby Hogenmiller

Kirby Hogenmiller is currently pursuing his education in Speech Language Pathology and he hopes to transfer to a four year university in Spring 2017. Kirby’s favorite sports are football, basketball, and hockey. He loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins.  His hobbies include playing video games and sports. Mr. Kirby feels most rewarded by helping people.

Elizabeth Schaffernoth

Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Saint Mary’s College of California.  She has experience working with children with special needs in athletics and is looking forward to building inclusion in the classroom.  She is excited to learn about inclusion and education as she develops her professional careers.  Elizabeth enjoys all sports and loves riding her horse.

Kevin Chua

Kevin received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from San José State University with Academic Honors.  He has over 5 years of work experience with children with special needs in inclusive environments, volunteer programs, and in home settings.  He enjoys watching football and hanging with friends.

Aubrey Kring

Aubrey is studying Child and Adolescent Development at San José State University.  She gained experience working with children with disabilities through coaching in an inclusive sport program and working as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Special Education classroom of her high school.  Through these experiences Aubrey has developed a passion for fostering inclusion and advancing educational opportunities for children with disabilities.  Aubrey also enjoys activities such as playing soccer, reading, and cooking.