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Leadership Team

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Wanny Hersey – Founding Superintendent

Mrs. Hersey is a dynamic leader with a proven track record of cultivating excellent teachers and establishing innovative programs for students. An educator for over 30 years, Hersey started in the classroom as a teacher in Vancouver, Canada. Her award-winning career in education includes teaching and administrative experience spanning elementary, middle and high school.  Under her leadership, BCS has achieved national recognition for excellence in education. The school has been named an exemplary Visual and Performing Arts school, earned the distinction of being a California Distinguished School (two times) and was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2014-15. Since its inception, BCS has been ranked in the top 1% of all public schools in the state; in 2015, BCS was named the top scoring K-8 public school in California. In 2016, BCS was honored to be designated an Exemplar School by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and in 2018, the first school in the US to be inducted into the P21 Global Schools Network.

Cynthia Brictson – Principal/Director of Instructional Services

Ms. Brictson’s wealth of experience spans many aspects of public education including staff development, technology integration, STEAM implementation, and implementing data-driven approaches to student learning. Prior to joining BCS, she served as the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Regional Superintendent for DeKalb County Schools where she supported the STEM certification of nine public schools. Cynthia is an Apple Innovative Educator, is on the Board of Advisors for the STEM World School in India, and is also a member of the Chief Academic Advisory Council for the Center for Digital Education. Ms. Brictson is deeply passionate about Project-Based Learning and is excited to work alongside students as they solve real world problems and gain the tools they need to be successful in this ever-changing world.

Jennifer Anderson-Rosse – Administrator

Mrs. Anderson-Rosse has been an educator for 18 years working as a teacher and school leader across traditional public, international and public charter schools. She joined BCS in its third year of operation and is now in her 12th year working at BCS. During her time at BCS, she has held a variety of roles including classroom teacher, primary team leader and assistant principal. Mrs. Anderson-Rosse has significant experience with planning and delivering high quality professional development, coaching, mentoring, and evaluating teachers, overseeing the schools English Learner Program, and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Her passion for teaching and leadership have led her to mentor and support new teachers through Induction/Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA).

Melissa Christie – Assistant Principal

Mrs. Christie has spent the last 28 years in education serving students and their families as a Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics Coach, Mathematics Coordinator, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. As a proud mother of four children who have each taken very distinct paths in their own learning and careers, she values options in education and believes each child has a unique gift to bring to the classroom and beyond. Mrs. Christie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Hawaii and taught mathematics for 12 years in Hawaii before returning to California. Upon her return, she served as an instructional coach and specialist for the GEAR UP program where she helped students access rigorous middle and high school programs. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from San Jose State and joined the Santa Clara County Office of Education where she collaborated with her team to design and deliver professional development services in S.T.E.A.M., Multilingual Education, and Learning Multimedia services.

Dr. Billy Martin – Assistant Principal

Dr. Martin has been an educator for more than a decade. He graduated from San Francisco State University where he earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with a focus on equity and social justice. Dr. Martin’s research interests have focused on the practices and beliefs of teachers at STEM elementary schools. In addition to teaching various grade levels, Dr. Martin has held a variety of leadership positions that have involved grade level team building, curriculum design, professional development, technology initiatives, and assessment. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor in San Francisco State University’s Elementary Education Department where he taught graduate courses on teacher research. Dr. Martin is a dedicated professional and fair instructional leader with a passion for providing meaningful teaching and learning experiences for the whole school community.

Jessica Lura – Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

A Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Ms. Lura began her career in education over 18 years ago with Teach for America. She joined the BCS team 14 years ago and has served in a variety of roles, including classroom teacher and primary middle school teacher before accepting her current position as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships. In this role, Ms. Lura wears several hats. She works with students on a variety of projects, supports and collaborates with teachers as they implement BCS’s programs and goals, and works with outside organizations to create positive educational opportunities for all students. She has a Masters in Elementary Education with a focus on Critical Research from San Jose State, is a Google Certified Innovator, a Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship Certified Educator and EdTech Mentor, a National Geographic Educator, and was the 2013 Santa Clara County Office of Education Charter School Teacher of the Year.