Edna Brewer Middle School
Providing diverse and tailored learning experiences for our youth.
Expanded Learning @ Edna Brewer is an after-school learning program dedicated to providing a diverse learning experience for youth. We serve 130 students attending Edna Brewer Middle School, with a youth to staff ratio of 20:1. This program provides all students a diverse menu of learning activities, including academic support, enrichment education, college-going culture activities, and parent engagement.
Jimmy has been with EBAYC since 2008, previously serving as the program coordinator for Roosevelt Middle School before launching our programming at Edna Brewer Middle School. A product of Oakland’s public schools, Jimmy is connected to the community and particularly recognizes the challenges of growing up in an English-learning family can pose for students without proper support. Jimmy graduated from Cal State Hayward in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice.
In her fifth year as an After-School Teacher, Isabel strives to be a positive role model to the students. She supports them academically and personally with academic assistance, resources, and motivation when they need it the most! She works hard to build deep relationships with her students, and takes pride in the fact that her previous students ofter reach out to her for advice and support, even if she is no longer their after-school teacher. Her favorite thing about EBAYC is working with kids from all different types of backgrounds and cultures; everyday she is able to learn from her students as much as they are able to learn from her. Isabel’s favorite snack is Hot Cheetos with lime (try it — you will thank her later!).
Tamiko is excited to start in her first year with EBAYC! After graduating from Cal Poly SLO in 2018 with a degree in History, she came back to the Bay Area and has taught and mentored at different schools with students of all ages. Her favorite thing about working with kids, especially middle schoolers, is how funny they are and how easily they make her laugh. In her spare time she enjoys staying active, whether it’s playing basketball, running, rock climbing, or dancing!
Hector has been with EBAYC since 2018 and is excited to give back to the Oakland community that raised him. He credits his after school program for helping him graduate from high school and college. One of his favorite things about working with students is seeing the progress students make in their academics. Hector plays the guitar and graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2018.
Maria has been with EBAYC since 2016, working with kids of all ages. She has always worked in the Oakland community because she wants to give back to the place that helped her become the person she is today. Her favorite part about working with kids is being able to see how each child has a different personality and their own ways of learning new things. She learns a lot from each youth she works with, and they teach her something new as well. Maria’s favorite treat is eating In-N-Out with Hot Cheetos!
I am Mr. Fallon, I just started working with EBAYC in December as an After School Teacher at Edna Brewer. I am a Bay Area native, born in San Francisco, and have lived in Oakland since I was five years old. I have strong beliefs in community building and radical empathy. I have a BA in Film from SFSU and have done a lot of varied roles in the arts from being a school newspaper photographer to helping organize film festivals. I look forward to getting to meet you all and working with you.
Tara is proud to be starting her first year at EBAYC. In 2019, she mentored freshmen at a high school in East Side San Jose. It was there that she discovered her passion for teaching and social advocacy work. Currently, she studies School Counseling at Cal State East Bay, and hopes to use her experience to support students’ academic success and overall well being. Her favorite part of working with students is seeing and celebrating their growth throughout the school year. In her free time, she enjoys bird watching and recording scientific observations on various subjects.
Alison has been working with EBAYC since 2017, starting as a Mentor and now as the Program Assistant at Edna Brewer Middle School. She loves being able to listen to the students and connecting with them, and brings her patience to supporting youth through challenging situations. Her ability to connect with the students has let her build relationships where they are able to come to her for help. Her favorite part of working with youth is that they teach her something new every day. Knowing that she is able to make an impact on their lives and the decisions that they make is the reason that she continues to work with youth. Allison loves animals was able to pet tigers, elephants and a panda during a vacation to Chengdu, China!
As my first year with EBAYC, I am currently working as an After School Teacher at Edna Brewer. My passion for working with kids began during my first job as a swim instructor which eventually gave rise to my goal of serving a school community. Although every child is different in their own way, my favorite thing about working with them is that I get to build connections and get to know each one of their personalities. One fun fact about myself is that while on a trip to LA, I went on a pony ride and was actually bitten by one of the ponies there.
Leslie has been a part of the EBAYC and Edna Brewer family since 2018. She’s very grateful and honored to be able to work with youth, and her passion for kids motivates her to be a role model for the young people she works with. Her connection to the Oakland community is a huge part of her life, and she loves to share that with her students. She enjoys making connectiosn with other people, and the laughter, confidence, trust, and knowledge she builds into her relationship with youth is the best part about working with kids for her. Leslie currently attends CSU East Bay, majoring in Sociology. Outside of work and school, she enjoys doing makeup and spending time with her family, and she loves Toy Story!
Building Community and Culture
EBAYC youth at Edna Brewer Middle School report they feel more excited about college, are motivated to try things that they think are hard, and get along better with their peers.
Strengthening Study and Self-Motivation Skills
Academic Mentors support their advisory cohort with homework completion, learning strategies and test-taking strategies. Mentors review youth homework assignments and organize them in small groups of four tailored to each youth’s academic performance level to foster peer collaboration. Mentors log homework progress and completion daily, and review progress during their consultations with school-day teachers. Youth participate in Literacy and Math Clubs to build and reinforce their core academic skills. Academic Mentors guide youth through the process of reading relevant, culturally diverse, socially and emotionally rich literature. Math Club engages youth in fun, hands-on interactive games to make math come alive.
Paving the Path to Higher Education
College & Career
Academic Mentors implement an “EBAYC University” curriculum which provides our youth, of which over 55% will be first generation college students, with practical skills and knowledge to prepare them for higher education and to pursue their career of choice. Youth attend career panels, workplace visits and job shadowing, emphasizing the value of successful transitions from elementary to middle school, to high school and to college.
Expanding Youth Horizons
Every semester, youth select enrichment electives to gain exposure to new learning experiences. To promote decision making and ownership, youth rank their preferences and are placed in one of their top three choices. Electives include team sports (flag football, basketball, soccer or lacrosse); environmental science (cooking, recycling and composting or water conservation); performance arts (hip hop or modern dance); technology and media (computer coding, responsible social media, yearbook or newsletter); and leadership (service learning or community service). The menu of enrichment electives is responsive to youth’s expressed interests as well as Academic Mentors’ expertise. A selected group of Enrichment Electives are offered through our partnerships with Upward Roots and Oakland Lacrosse.