Dr. Bianca D’Allesandro
or Dr. D as she is known has been an educator and administrator in Oakland for past 10 years. She joined the Skyline High School community after being the principal of Bret Harte Middle School. Prior to Bret Harte, Dr. D was the founding Head of High School at Madison Park Academy – an OUSD expanding school – and was instrumental in creating this new school from the ground up. She worked closely with families, the principal, district officials, and other community partners to create an innovative program including Advanced Placement coursework for every student, an internship model for upperclassmen, and a K-12 continuity framework that supports graduation success among at-risk youth. She is proud to say that in their first year, Madison Park Academy received the highest 9th grade SRI scores, and were also celebrated for their work with AAMA (African American Male Achievement). In addition to her roles at Bret Harte and Madison Park, Dr. D was the Dean of Students at Oakland School for the Arts, a California Distinguished School.
Dr. D’s career demonstrates her focus on bridging the personal experience of students and families with the building of structures to support their success. She believes in cultivating creative solutions for what education can be and, in actively building equity into our structures and school culture.
Degrees & Certificates:
Bachelor of Arts, Literature, minor Photography, Bard College. Master of Arts, Education, Bard College; Teaching Credential, Bard College; PhD, Educational Leadership, Mills College.
Nicole Pierce has worked in Oakland public school for the past 10 years. Prior to joining the Skyline High School community, Ms. Pierce’s experience in Oakland includes school leadership positions at United For Success Academy, Madison Park Business and Art Academy, and other innovative schools across the Bay Area. Yet, she is immensely proud starting her career at West Oakland Middle School (WOMS). As a founding teacher leader at WOMS, she was one of two teachers to receive Oakland Unified School District’s High Achievement Award in 2009, with WOMS achieving its highest API increase (over 100 points) in that same year. She attributes this experience to the start of her continuing pursuit of educational leadership.
has worked in Oakland public school for the past 10 years. Prior to joining the Skyline High School community, Ms. Pierce’s experience in Oakland includes school leadership positions at United For Success Academy, Madison Park Business and Art Academy, and other innovative schools across the Bay Area. Yet, she is immensely proud starting her career at West Oakland Middle School (WOMS). As a founding teacher leader at WOMS, she was one of two teachers to receive Oakland Unified School District’s High Achievement Award in 2009, with WOMS achieving its highest API increase (over 100 points) in that same year. She attributes this experience to the start of her continuing pursuit of educational leadership.
Throughout Ms. Pierce’s career she has exhibited a commitment to raising academic rigor and serving children of Oakland in an engaging manner that values their respective cultural backgrounds and respects current best practices. She believes in a school that grounds academic goals in authentic learning experiences for all students, provides wrap around services for individual students and families, and values teachers, counselors, and staff as professionals and collaborators in this work. As a result of her experience and passion, she brings a unique and diversified perspective to this work – one that raises the professional and academic bar, while also raising an appreciation for diversity, love, and understanding. Nicole considers education to be an evolving profession, and attempts to model the Skyline core value of “excellence” by pursuing additional educational opportunities whenever possible.
Degrees & Certificates:
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, minor Human Biology, Stanford University; Master of Arts, Education and Teaching Credential, Stanford University; Master of Arts, Administration Leadership and Administrative Credential, Reach Institute of School Leadership.
worked in the biotechnology industry for 7 years purifying and characterizing proteins that went into vaccines and diagnostics for diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis. This is in her 7th year at Skyline High School (2nd year as Assistant Principal) and has been teaching science for over 17 years in Oakland Unified District. She primarily taught Biotechnology, Physiology, and Educational Psychology. She likes to ski, hike, dance, and spend time with her family. She really enjoys supporting Oakland youth to reach their college and career hopes and dreams.
Degrees & Certificates:
B.S. in Molecular Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz. MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College
is an Oakland, California-based visual artist and art educator. Jamie’s artwork is imbued with themes of eco-justice, speculative fiction and exo-biology. He creates bodies of work in acrylic painting, drawing and mixed media cut paper. His philosophy as an art educator is that all youth deserve access to a high-quality free arts education, and that creative inquiry is fundamental to solving the most pressing problems of our future. Jamie is the recipient of the William H. Lewis Watercolor award and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation fellowship. Jamie’s work has been exhibited in the California Bay Area, Canada, Mexico and Japan. He currently serves as the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Skyline High School and teaches Art 2, AP Art and Dual Enrollment Painting.
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Michigan School of Art and Design; Master of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts; Single Subject Visual Art Credential; Career Technical Education Credential: Arts, Media and Entertainment.