Lazear Charter Academy
Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow
Expanded Learning @ Lazear Charter Academy is dedicated to providing a diverse learning experience for youth. Our program provides students with a tailored and engaging menu of learning activities, including academic support, enrichment education, community building and college-going culture activities, and parent engagement.
Lai has an extensive history and dedication with EBAYC. She started working with EBAYC as a high school volunteer at Garfield Elementary in 2002, then became the Academic Mentor at Franklin Elementary and SASI (San Antonio Sports Initiative) Coach for the summer program. In 2005, she joined the Roosevelt Middle School team, serving as an Academic Mentor, Program Assistant, Program Coordinator and then became the Family Engagement Coordinator. In 2017 she was the Program Director of Expanded Learning at Westlake Middle School. She is currently the Program Director of Expanded Learning at Lazear Charter Academy. As an alumni of EBAYC’s youth programs, Lai credits her After School Teachers for guiding and motivating her. She is driven to provide love and support to children and families that need it the most. Lai has a Bachelor’s degree in human development with an emphasis in childhood and minor in ethnic studies. In her spare time, Lai enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, jogging or biking.
Ms. Zuly has been working as a Para educator at Lazear Charter Academy for 4 years. She has experience working with students in TK-3rd grade and kids on the spectrum. Ms.Zuly was raised in the Fruitvale community so she likes to support her community and kids that need that extra hand. Ms.Zuly is also an after-school teacher who works with EBAYC. She enjoys doing activities with kids and seeing how excited they get when they do something they have never done before.
Ms. Diana is our 3rd/4th grade after-school teacher and has been with EBAYC since 2018. Ms. Diana was born and raised in Oakland, and comes from only Spanish-speaking parents. She couldn’t receive academic help at home, so her mother placed her in after-school programs throughout most of her education. Not only did Ms. Diana get help with her work, but she received a ‘key’ that opened a lot of doors with different opportunities which helped her develop new skills and reveal her own potential. She loves to cook, camp, paint and go for hikes.
Ms. Jenny is our 7th/8th after-school teacher. She has worked with EBAYC for four years with a focus on supporting 6th-8th graders. Ms. Jenny is an Oakland native and an alum of EBAYC and College Track Oakland after school programs. “Growing up in Oakland is beautiful and there’s truly no place like home. However our community faces a lot of challenges. Therefore, I want to share values, knowledge and support to my students, like EBAYC and CT Oakland did once for me,” said Ms. Jenny. Ms. Jenny enjoys building positive relationships with students and seeing them all thrive and grow each year! During her free time, Ms. Jenny loves reading books about social sciences and ethnic studies.
Ms.Summerfield is our 5th/6th grade after school teacher at Lazear Charter Academy through EBAYC. Recently graduated from University of California, Berkeley Ms.Summerfield has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Film & Media Studies. Raised in the Bay Area, Ms.Summerfield has worked with children in the Alameda Parks Department, Bella Vista Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary. She enjoys tutoring , babysitting, and making Jewelry outside of work.
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 a Literacy Club 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.
Fostering an Inclusive Community
Community Leadership Circles
Academic Mentors implement Building Intentional Communities curriculum to provide a safe, supportive space for youth to express themselves and build connections to support their social and emotional growth. Youth gain leadership skills to co-design and co-facilitate a group activity for their peers with support from their Academic Mentors.
Expanding Youth Horizons
Youth participate in a semester rotation of enrichment workshops that includes: team sports (soccer/ flag football), arts and media (arts & crafts/yearbook/architectural design), cooking (multi-ethnic and cultural) and science (physics/environmental). The workshops incorporate character and community building with the underlying themes of leadership, empathy, cultural sensitivity and social responsibility.
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