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.

Angie Perez

Angie recently graduated from Cal State East Bay.  She has worked with children for 9 years, both with typical children and children with special needs.  She ran group activities including sports and arts and crafts at an after school program on the east bay for well over 100 kids in grades K-8.  She did this for 4 years.  She has also been an ABA therapist for 2 children.  She is a Raiders fan and enjoys watching football games with her family and friends

Matt Morton

Matthew graduated with a Bachelors in Applied Mathematics with a teaching option at CSUEB. He has worked with children over the last 6 years, which has included working with kids with special and typical needs. He currently coaches kids in soccer, which he has been part of for 6 years and has tutored children in mathematics for 3 years. 

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 third 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.

Christian Giron

Christian recently graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a degree in Kinesiology Health & Human Performance. He started the program E-Hoops at Saint Mary’s which is an inclusive basketball program for typical children and children with special needs. Previously he worked for the City of Lafayette as a Recreational Leader and helped run camps for the kids in the city. Christian loves working with kids and his career goal is to be a teacher. He is very excited to work at Hope Tech!

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Chris Chaffin

Chris went to high school at Menlo-Atherton where he graduated in 2013. He’s volunteered in multiple programs working with kids of all abilities.  Some of those programs include working as a coach for E-soccer and providing childcare for a family with two kids both of whom have special needs.

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.