The Middle School
Michelle Doyle – Director of Study and Work
A native of Ireland, Michelle Doyle was a history and literature scholar at University College Dublin where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She holds Montessori international teaching certificates for primary, lower elementary, upper elementary, special education and a BA in Humanities from St. Nicholas Montessori College in Dublin. Michelle completed a two-year training course with the Houston Montessori Center in Texas, where she earned her Montessori adolescent teaching credential.
Michelle has over twenty-five years of experience teaching in both Ireland and California. She has taught all ages but her true love is the adolescent. Prior to joining the Alsion faculty, she was Head Teacher for five years at another Bay Area Montessori adolescent program. Michelle is responsible for curriculum development and she teaches English, world and European history, geography, and current events. She also teaches psychology and philosophy electives. Her interests outside school include hiking, digital photography, horses riding and cattle drives.
Bradley Buchanan – Director of Mathematics Education
Bradley Buchanan earned his math degree from San Jose State and has been teaching middle school math and logic since 2013.
I cultivate an educational atmosphere by offering my students respect and expecting nothing less from them in return. My classroom is often lighthearted and fun, but always predicated upon focus and productivity. My students understand that my lofty standards are the result of an unwavering belief in them and their abilities to overcome and achieve.
Among the first things I tell my students is that if they learn only math from me, then something has gone horribly wrong. Education is not about a collection of facts, but inspiring minds and empowering the learner to action. I strive for my students to believe in themselves, to think for themselves and to understand the value of character.
Jennifer Schriber – Director of Science Education
Jennifer Schriber received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida in December 1999. After earning her degree, Jennifer explored and worked at various locations throughout the world. Eventually, Jennifer’s passion for knowledge and research led her to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she obtained a Master of Science in Tropical Plant and Soil Science. For over fifteen years, Jennifer has been a biologist, researcher, consultant, supervisor, and an educator. In 2007, she became an adjunct Science Instructor for San Jose City College where, in conjunction with her teaching duties at Alsion, she still teaches. Presently, she is working on obtaining her Master of Education focusing on Montessori methods. When Jennifer is not in the classroom teaching, she is exploring the great outdoors.
Fabiana Grant – Spanish Instructor
Fabiana Grant is a native of Argentina who majored in English as a Second Language/Spanish Grammar. She holds a Master’s Degree in Language and English Literature from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. She has been a professor of ESL and Spanish for over twenty years at Asociación Mendocina de Intercambio Cultural Anglo-Argentino, a private institute sponsored by the U.S. embassy. Fabiana also has administered Michigan Proficiency exams in an institute based on Montessori principles. She likewise worked as Spanish-English translator for commercial and high tech businesses. Fabiana is currently continuing her studies in the Liberal Arts.
Asha Kalonia - Director of Art Education
Asha Kalonia earned her bachelor’s degree in Art Education from San Francisco State University in 2014 and then her Single-Subject Teaching Credential in 2015. Asha attended Alsion Middle School, where she was inspired to pursue a career in art. She then decided she wanted to bring what she learned and integrate art into Alsion’s curriculum. She believes every individual is creative in their own way and uses art to ignite this creativity. In her own art practice, she enjoys painting and experimentation with mixed medias.
Erin Coonrod - Director of General Education
Erin Coonrod joined Alsion in 2016. She taught for 4 years as a generalist for all subjects at School of the Woods a Houston based Montessori Program. She received her Montessori training at Houston Montessori Center and is a certified Secondary Montessori Teacher through the American Montessori Institute. She also holds a State of California Teaching Credential. She received her B.A. at California Lutheran University. She loves getting to know her students at Alsion, and is excited to witness their growth as writers, scientists, and people!
Robert Reese - Director of Fitness and Outdoor Education/History and Social Studies Instructor
Robert Ricardo Reese’s writing has appeared in Asia Literary Review(alongside Nobel five-time front-runner Ko-Un), Blackbird, Drunken Boat, Entropy, Poems Against War, Santa Clara Review, Madcap Review, and in other journals. A finalist for the California Writers Exchange Award (Poets & Writers Magazine), he is also a Cave Canem Fellow and a graduate of the M.F.A. Program at San Francisco State University. He was an Emerging Artist for Kearny Street Workshop in 2014 (sponsored by Poets & Writers Magazine) and taught poetry as a Writer-in-Residence at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.
The High School
Paul H. Go – Director of the Early College High School / Instructor / Counselor
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Paul Go was naturally and quickly enamored of Asia’s verdant, mysterious and buoyant folklore, literature and art.
He therefore had no choice but earn a degree in literature from Ateneo de Manila University and was fated to get a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing at Boston University. It is no surprise either that he has taught literature, composition and creative writing in the high-school, collegiate and graduate levels since 1992.
While not looking over the shoulders of Philip Pirrip, Timofey Pnin and Joe Kavalier, Paul continues his sedentary life by studying film and pursuing, via remote control, the Boston Red Sox.