Meet the team
We are absolutely thrilled to have a rockstar, speech-language pathologist join our team this year... Deanna Mosher! Deanna works tremendously hard at ChangeMakers Academy AND Beta Academy to provide speech therapy services. Originally from Canada, Deanna moved to the U.S. nine years ago to study speech-language pathology. She graduated from St. Cloud State University, just outside of Minneapolis. After graduating, she moved to California to take a job providing speech therapy to preschool children at Cameron School in El Cerrito. Although Deanna has only been on our team since August, it's amazing to see the progress students have made with her guidance. We are so grateful for you, Deanna!
Words about Deanna from Caliber Staff
"Coming on the the Caliber team this year, Deanna has dove into the culture, services, and dynamics with such finesse and perseverance. Her devotion to services and student really has shined through. Thank you Deanna."
All about Deanna!
1. What is your favorite thing about working at Caliber?
All of the amazing staff, teachers and children!! It's heart warming to see students' happy faces every day when it's speech time!
2. What was your favorite subject growing up?
English - I love creative writing
3. What is your favorite memory associated with music (maybe a memorable concert, or playing an instrument yourself!)?
Singing along to my favorite song in the car!
4. If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
I would like to travel all over the world. But if I had to choose one place, I would go to Italy and Greece. I would explore the cities, learn about the history and eat delicious food!
5. What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically about Richmond and Vallejo!)?
I love the diversity of the Bay Area. There are so many wonderful places to hike... Honestly, there is always something fun and exciting to do in the Bay!
6. What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
I'm newly married. I just tied the knot two months ago :)
Congratulations on the wedding, Deanna!
Aydee Sanchez-Velez has worked for Caliber Beta Academy since the founding year. She is originally from Benicia and has lived in Richmond for almost 5 years. Aydee joined Caliber as a custodian, but quickly realized that she wanted a more student-facing role on the Meal Team. As the Meal Coordinator, she has worked tirelessly to serve 4 meals a day and over 1,000 meals across Caliber Schools since 2015!
Words about Aydee from the Beta staff:
"Aydee takes care of our Beta kids like her own! She makes sure all kiddos are well fed and works relentlessly to ensure everyone gets a full & nutritional meal. Her hard labor shows in the smiles of each child that she encounters on a daily basis!"
"Aydee has been with Caliber since the beginning. She is such an important part of the Caliber family and does so much for our students behind the scenes. "
"Aydee is incredibly passionate about our students and this community. I really value her opinion, both as an employee and as a parent."
All about Aydee!
What is your favorite thing about working for Caliber?
My most favorite thing about working with Caliber is interacting with kids. I worked for the AAA insurance company for many years, until I figured out that working with kids is SO much more fun! I have a daughter and a nephew that go to school here and I want what's best for them.
What was your favorite subject growing up?
I had two favorite subjects: math and science! If you had asked my mom, she would have said it was RECESS!
What is your favorite memory associated with music?
I went to a Taylor Swift concert with my best friend. We had so much fun singing and dancing together... It was a blast!
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
I would want to visit Maui. I would love relaxing on the beach with my family.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
The cool weather! Although not so much lately....
Anything else you want to share?
Everyone should know that I am a kid at heart. I may look serious, but in reality I'm pretty silly!
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