Chayla with CEO Jennifer Moses at Caliber's first ever 8th grade graduation.
Words about Chayla from her coworkers:
"OMG... So totally deserved and overdue !
I don't even know where to start. Chayla is and has been the "heart" and "act" of the Caliber SSO since day 1 (which is not to discount her smarts or thinking skills, which are top notch too!). I am constantly amazed by how deeply she cares about our students and staff. Whether it's her formal role advocating for staff as our head of HR, or going the extra mile for our students on things like the DC or Alabama trip, Chayla is a tireless supporter of our community. I can't think of anyone on the team who better exemplifies Caliber's spirit and values!"
"Chayla is our rock in the SSO. She has been here since the beginning, is calm, cool + collected, and she always reminds us of our big picture and moral compass. Beyond that, there is never a job that is too big or too small for Chayla. She takes on responsibility and initiatives that are outside of her "job description" all the time and never hesitates or complains. Chayla is a gem in every way. And really --- is there any more beautiful smile than hers?!!? no!! We love you Chayla, so so much. Caliber is beyond lucky to have you as a founding member and leader."
" I cannot say all the great things about Chayla in one short paragraph! I'm constantly in awe at how gracefully she handles stressful situations. She always has a welcoming smile and is always willing to help in any way she can. I don't know how she does everything and manages to have a smile on her face AT ALL times. She's inspirational and someone I look up to since day 1! "
"She is benevolent. She has a depth that gravites people to her and wraps warmth, support…….. And sometimes perspective to those around her."
A recent interview with Chayla:
What is your favorite thing about working at Caliber?
I love that I'm able to grow here. I have so much respect for everyone I work with and am proud to be on this team because I feel like they truly have "students first" in mind. It's fulfilling to work at a place where we not only talk about equity but are doing the hard (ongoing!) work to make an equitable space for our staff, students and families. I haven't seen that many places I've worked before.
What was your favorite subject when you were in school and why?
Definitely Sociology! I've always been interested in learning about different cultures, religions and how we all interact.
What is your favorite memory associated with music (maybe a memorable concert, or playing an instrument yourself!)?
I saw Stevie Wonder at the Oakland Arena a few years ago. After the show I went to bed then got a call from a friend that Stevie was doing a secret small show with less than 200 people at Yoshi's and they had an extra ticket. I jumped out of bed and went! He jammed until 4AM and interacted with everyone after the show. I even have a pic of him photobombing us! Favorite memory for sure!
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
I'm dying to go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, it's at the top of my travel bucket list.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically Richmond )?
Born & raised in the Bay Area! My favorite thing is the diversity and the mentality of acceptance for people to come as they are.
What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
I made it to the 3rd round of auditions for X-Factor a few years ago and got a golden ticket! Scary and super fun experience!