TECA-SF Board of Education

The Thomas Edison Charter Academy Board of Education is composed of parents and community members who play a vital role in the governance of TECA. They ensure that the students in our school receive the best education possible. The board meets together regularly to make decisions regarding school policies, budget allocations, and educational goals.

Please Join Us

We generally hold our board meetings on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are open to all TECA families and community members.

TECA’s collaborative policies, programs, and instructional framework have helped our community bring a vision of educational excellence to life. We are committed to including students, parents, teachers, and our community in our decision-making process.

Translation Services

The board strives to make board meetings accessible to all members of the TECA community. Although we conduct board meetings in English, language interpretation is available upon request. If you would like to attend a board meeting and require language interpretation, please contact (415) 970-3330, ext. 221 as soon as possible, but at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting, and we will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Our Responsibilities

Under the requirements of the State Board of Education, the TECA board is responsible for ensuring that the school:

  • implements the provisions of its charter as approved;
  • obeys all requirements of federal, state, and local law that apply to the school;
  • operates prudently in all respects; and
  • provides a sound education for all of its students.

Meet the Board of Education


Claudia Quinonez
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About Claudia Quinonez

Claudia Quinonez began her career in the non-profit field over 15 years ago. She started off serving families and children in San Salvador, Central America, and now in the San Francisco, Bay Area. She holds a bachelor’s in public relations and communications and certifications in dialogue education, design thinking, and agile project management.

Claudia currently holds the position of director of community, innovation, and impact at Children’s Council of San Francisco, a San Francisco non-profit organization that supports families and children in accessing quality early education, and leads organizational projects that serve the city’s early education field. Claudia started her independent consulting business “CQ Consulting” in 2017 to support non-profits in building capacity through contracted projects in diverse topics, such as project management, human-centered design, and design of adult learning events.

Claudia formerly sat as chair of TECA’s School Site Council.

Claudia and her husband have two elementary-age children attending TECA.

"I joined the board of education at TECA because I want to ensure we have a parent’s voice at the decision-making table, and to be of service in creating the best school for our children. Quality education is a must, not a nice-to-have."


Keisha McCarthy
Director of the Board of Education
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About Keisha McCarthy

Keisha McCarthy grew up in an Air Force family living in various cities across the United States. Her family also spent a couple of years stationed abroad in Germany. Her family finally settled down in Sacramento, California where she attended college at California State University, Sacramento. Drawn by its diversity and rich culture, Mrs. McCarthy eventually migrated and settled down in San Francisco, California.

Currently, Mrs. McCarthy works in the San Francisco Unified School District as a school office manager and is a parent at TECA. Mrs. McCarthy has served two years on the TECA School Site Counsel (SSC). She spent much time collaborating with other parents to raise money for the TECA PTA, and she eventually served as fundraising co-chair. Ms. McCarthy believes that through her extensive experience as a SSC member, parent volunteer, and fundraiser, as well as her experience working with staff and children within the SFUSD, she can effectively serve the TECA community in order to lead our children to great success. 

“I joined the board because I believe our children deserve access to the best education and opportunities in life. I believe the best way to lead our children to success is by both engaging and supporting the entire community, including children, families, and staff. I am passionate about dedicating my time to ensure a positive and productive future for all of our children.”


Brenden Green
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About Brenden Green

Brendan Green was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and spent his formative years in Indianapolis, Indian,a and London, England. The dichotomy in his schooling gave him a taste of how different cultures approach education in different ways. This began his lifelong interest in education and educational methodology, which culminated in him starting his own educational toy and digital media company while pursuing an MBA at the Wharton School. Brendan spent four years developing toys that bridged traditional and new technology to help children build skills and promote positive play patterns. In 2015 he and the company moved to San Francisco. While the kids loved the product, it was not meant to be and Brendan now leads global customer operations for a Bay Area-based technology company.

Education is the key that unlocks not only the opportunity but also creativity and wonder. Every child deserves a great education, not only because every child deserves equal opportunity, but also because every child deserves to unlock and fuel creativity and sense of wonder. It’s truly a great thing to expose a young mind to something new and watch the excitement grow. As a society, I believe we all must do more to nurture young minds and dedicate ourselves to support our teachers and the institutions, like TECA, who are doing so.


Dr. Annette Cañeda
Board Member
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About Annette Cañeda

Dr. Annette Cañeda teaches business communications at San Francisco State University and also develops professional leadership programs at the University of California, San Francisco. She has worked in the field of learning and development for more than 20 years for a variety of industries.

Annette earned a doctor of education in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco, a master of science in environmental and industrial hygiene from the University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Washington.

Annette grew up in San Francisco, attending public schools like John McLaren Elementary, James Denman Junior High, and graduating from Lowell High School. While raising her son and daughter in the city, she served as the PTA board president for three years at their K through eight Catholic school before they moved on to attend Lowell High. 

Annette believes in a systems approach to change, and she values the diversity of voices at the table to help take the "right" action.


Joanna Powell
Board Member
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About Joanna Powell

Board member since: September 20, 2017

Joanna Powell grew up in Southern California, where she had the good fortune to attend rigorous elementary and secondary schools that prepared her for a lifetime of learning. She then moved to the east coast to attend Yale University and graduated cum laude with a BA in political science. After college, she became a second grade English as a second language teacher in the Bronx.

Joanna left the classroom and enrolled at NYU for law school, where she focused on education law and policy. Following law school, she moved back to California where she clerked for a federal judge. After practicing education litigation at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, she transitioned to school law firm Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, where she focused on special education, governance, and labor and employment issues. Currently, she serves as one of three attorneys in the Oakland Unified School District's Office of the General Counsel, representing and counseling the district on education law and policy matters in service of its mission to ensure that every student thrives.

“My time as a second-grade teacher in the Bronx instilled in me the belief that all children can learn, and I’ve dedicated my career to expanding their access to the educational opportunities that allow them to do so. I joined the TECA board because I live in the community and want to help ensure that the children in my community have excellent educational options. Thank you for welcoming me!”


Nathan Weems
Board Member
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About Nathan Weems

Nathan has over 20 years of operational experience in management roles spanning finance, business development, and marketing in private and public companies. His experience includes tenure at a top Wall Street investment bank and Big-4 accounting firm. He holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. You can usually find Nathan on two wheels or two skis exploring the outdoors with his family. A San Francisco resident for more than 20 years, Nathan has three generations of teachers in his family.

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Laura Medina Quintanar
Board Member
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About Laura Medina Quintanar

Laura was born in Mexico City, but she grew up in San Francisco's Mission District. Laura had the fortune of staying local throughout her educational journey. She attended City College of San Francisco before transferring to UC Berkeley where she earned a BA in political science. Following graduation, she entered the workforce and held a variety of program positions at SMART, a college access organization, before ultimately returning to the classroom to earn her master’s in public administration at San Francisco State University.

Currently, Laura is the executive director for Horizons at SFFS, a nonprofit in San Francisco's Mission District working to close the opportunity gap for underserved youth through summer learning. Laura brings experience in program development, project management, and strategic planning. Her leadership approach is deeply rooted in her identities as an immigrant, a Latina, a first-generation college student, and a woman. She believes that leaders should be collaborative, empathetic, and above all, authentic. 

"As someone who grew up in the Mission District and received a bilingual education, I identify strongly with TECA's student population. I joined the board because I want to use my education and expertise to work alongside the TECA community to ensure that our students have access to the resources and experiences they need to be able to reach their full potential."


Madison Bruno
Teacher Representative
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About Madison Bruno


Please note the teacher representative is not a legal member of the board and does not vote on board matters. This individual represents the teachers at board meetings ensuring staff have a voice at the table.

Interested in Being on the Board?

If you are interested in being considered for membership on the TECA Board of Education, please email your résumé, cover letter, and questions to Karla Zambrano-Armijos.

We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, but we generally hold elections on or around June 30.

Board Committees

It takes a village to keep it all running as it should at TECA. We thank our school and community family for supporting our efforts. Please consider the many ways you can help as you learn more about some of our committees.

Finance & Funding Committee
Governance & Compliance Committee
Student & Family Committee