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 first started working with EBAYC as started as a high school volunteer at Garfield Elementary in 2002. She then joined the Roosevelt Middle School team, serving as an Academic Mentor, Program Assistant, Program Coordinator and Family Engagement Coordinator, and Program Director at Westlake Middle School. She enjoys the family engagement, relationship building and program development aspects of her current role s Program Director at EPIC Middle School. As an alumni of EBAYC’s middle school youth programs, Lai credits her mentors for guiding and motivating her. She is driven to give the love and support every child needs to be their best in the communities that need it the most. Lai is currently pursuing a degree in Human Development.
Ms. Diana is our 1st/2nd 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. That’s why she loves the work she does; she sees herself in these kids, and loves the opportunity to help them discover what they can be capable of. Ms. Diana loves art, hikes, camping and taking selfies.
Ms. Diana has been with EBAYC for seven years, previously at Franklin Elementary and Roosevelt Middle School before joining the EBAYC Lazear team. Something special that she brings to her role is being able to give back to the community and be able to give students that trust in an adult to be able to talk to when they don’t feel comfortable talking to anyone else. Her favorite thing about working with youth is seeing them grow academically and personally. In her spare time, she enjoys horror movies and horror shows.
Hello everyone! My name is Oswaldo and I’m the 8th grade after school teacher at Lazear. I am originally from San Fernando in the Los Angeles area, but I have spent my last four years at UC Berkeley completing my undergraduate education. I am really passionate about helping When I am not studying I enjoy discovering new music and playing or watching sports. I have worked with youth throughout my undergraduate education and can say it is one of my passions. Growing up I had a lot of support systems so I am very big on youth development and mentorship programs. I definitely would not be where I am today without my support systems, so I want to pay it forward and be that support system for whoever needs it.
Karen is from Jalisco, Mexico, and has lived in Oakland since the age of two. She is a proud product of the Oakland public school system. For the past four years, she has worked at EBAYC as a dedicated mentor and role model for the youth in Oakland. Karen is the mother of a three year old, her favorite color is blue, and she loves to watch the same movies numerous times.
Ms. Colleen has been with EBAYC since 2019 and has been serving the youth at Lazear Charter Academy for the second year now. She was born in the Philippines and has done the majority of her growing up here in the bay area. Ms. Colleen is currently completing her last year as an undergrad at Cal State East Bay, with the goal of becoming a teacher in the near future. One of her passions is working with the youth in her community and hoping to be that role model that students need in order to feel safe and seen at school. Her favorite part of her role as an after school teacher is being able to connect with the future generation and knowing that she’s making a positive impact in their lives. Outside of the work she does with EBAYC, Ms. Colleen enjoys arts and crafts, visiting new places, and eating good food.
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.
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.