Anna Richert

Faculty Director

BS Skidmore College, Education; MA Syracuse University, Education; MA Stanford University, Sociology; PhD, Stanford University, Curriculum and Teacher Education

Anna is the Faculty Director for the program. She oversees the lead teams’ inquiries and the program’s content development. Anna’s  teaching and research interests center on the preparation of and on-going support for teachers in urban schools.  Seeing inquiry as both a stance towards practice and a methodology for teaching and teacher learning, she has developed strategies for teacher education and support about which she has written extensively.  For her recent Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio fellowship she began a book project, published by Teachers College, titled, What Should I do?  Managing the Dilemmas of Teaching in Urban Schools, which is the focus of her current work. She is a member of the Board of the National Equity Project and a past member of the Board of the National Coalition of Essential Schools. Her recent chapter coauthored with Claire Bove is entitled “Inquiry for equity:  Supporting teacher research” is coming out this fall in the Handbook of Reflective Inquiry.   Her work as a Teacher Education Scholar with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is documented by her Web page Learning about Adolescents from Teachers who Teach Them Well and her article, “Inquiring about practice:  Using web based materials in teacher education,” published in Teaching Education.

Carrie Wilson

Executive Director

BA Emory University, English; MA Mills College, Education

Carrie coordinates the School-site Scholars, the development and outreach efforts for the Mills Teacher Scholars, and facilitates two school site projects. Her graduate research focused on supporting an inquiry stance in post-observation conversations with novice teachers. Carrie is a former Mills supervisor and cooperating teacher. She taught English and English Language Development at San Leandro High for six years and has been a literacy instructor at both the elementary and junior high levels. As a high school teacher, Carrie participated in the Mills Teacher Scholars Group.

Claire Bove

Associate Director

BS UC Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology; MA UC Berkeley, Education in Math, Science, and Technology

Claire directs the Scholars Group, facilitates a School-site Scholars project, supports program development, and is designing the sustainability model for Mills Teacher Scholars. She taught science at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro for nine years. She has been a district mentor, and a cooperating teacher. She is a Carnegie Scholar and her current research focuses on the developing teacher leadership.

Aija Simmons

Program Associate

BA UC Berkeley, Sociology; MA Mills College, Education

Aija leads the Teacher Scholar Leaders Network. She is a fourth and fifth grade teachers at New Highland Academy School. Aija was supported by Mills Teacher Scholars as a novice teacher and currently participates in the New Highland School-site Scholars. Through the Scholars Publishing Program Aija created a website showcasing her inquiry work with the Scholars Group. Aija also leads workshops that are informed by her inquiry work for the Bay Area Writing Project.

Daniela Mantilla

Program Associate

BA Swarthmore College, Psychology; MA Mills College, Education

Daniela facilitates a School-site Scholars project and directs the Mills Teacher Scholars blog and workspace. A former Mills supervisor and cooperating teacher, Daniela is currently the Title I Coach at Washington Elementary in San Leandro Unified. Daniela worked as a bilingual elementary teacher for many years and participated in the Scholars Group.

Laura Alvarez

Program Associate

MA Mills College, Education; PhD, Stanford University, Educational Linguistics

Laura co-leads the Scholars Group and designs and delivers language acquisition content support. She is a teacher at Melrose Leadership Academy in Oakland where she continues to research and build on her dissertation work. Laura taught elementary school for four years in a Spanish bilingual program in Oakland, California and prior to completing her doctorate in educational linguistics at Stanford University.


Jennifer Ahn

Program Associate

BA UC Berkeley, English; MA UC Berkeley, Education

Jennifer co-facilitates two School-site Scholars projects and assists with the Scholars Group. A former high school English teacher and counselor, she has served as a district mentor and teacher leader. She has engaged in classroom inquiry throughout her career, including projects funded by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, Jobs for the Future, and the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching at Columbia University’s Teacher College.


Ana Margarita Moreno

Program Associate

BA Pomona College, Sociology;  MA Teachers College Columbia University, Bilingual /Bicultural Education

Ana co-facilitates two School-site Scholars projects and assists with the Scholars Group.  She has extensive teaching experience as a middle school Spanish teacher and as a bilingual elementary school teacher.  She has taught in rural Texas, in New York City, in Brazil and in Oakland.  Ana’s graduate work at Teachers College Columbia University focused on the integration of multicultural/multilingual literature in bilingual classrooms.


Jean Witzke

Program Assistant

BA University of Michigan, Commercial Design

Jean manages the office and performs numerous support jobs to keep the MTS program running smoothly. She is a veteran organizer with thirteen years of experience in school office administration and previous experience teaching elementary art. A love of both art and math led her to major in commercial design at the University of Michigan School of Architecture and Design.