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.

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

JoannaPowell

Joanna Powell
President
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About Joanna Powell

Board member since: September 20, 2017
Term expires: September 30, 2020

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 B.A. in political science. After college, she became a second grade English as a second language teacher in the Bronx through Teach for America. 

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 and practiced education litigation at a big law firm. She now works as a school attorney at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, where she works on litigation, special education, and labor and employment issues. She also volunteers as a tutor with SMART.

“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!”


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RyanHazelton

Ryan Hazelton
Vice President
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About Ryan Hazelton

Board member since: April 11, 2017
Term expires: April 30, 2020

Mr. Hazelton grew up in San Diego, arriving in San Francisco ten years ago in pursuit of a career in online advertising technologies. After a few years and having previously worked in a welfare-to-work office out of college, Mr. Hazelton decided to leave the tech sector and pivot to a career in nonprofit. A new passion for education and building healthy families arose from a position fundraising for a nonprofit preschool focused on providing low-income and homeless families with early childhood education and family support services in the Mission District. Mr. Hazelton currently works in fundraising as the major gifts and individual giving officer at Safe & Sound, a nonprofit organization working to end child abuse and strengthen families in San Francisco.

Mr. Hazelton holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, San Diego, and also sits on the board of directors at Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, to increase early literacy skills and family engagement programming in the Bay Area.

“Education is the great equalizer. I joined the board of directors at TECA because I believe all children deserve access to high-quality education in a safe and nurturing environment. When children are empowered with education and encouraged to be curious explorers of the world, the opportunities they have to better themselves and the community can be endless. And, when parents and caregivers can drop off their children in a safe and nurturing environment during the day, they can focus their attention on building and maintaining a healthy, stable home for the family to thrive. This is how we build a stronger and healthier community for us all.”

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KarlaZambrano-Armijos

Karla Zambrano-Armijos
Interim Secretary
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About Karla Zambrano-Armijos

Board member since: July 8, 2014
Term expires: July 31, 2020

Karla Zambrano-Armijos is currently a family support specialist in the Early Education Department of the San Francisco Unified School District. Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Zambrano-Armijos has been working with families with young children in various capacities since 2007. Ms. Zambrano-Armijos moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 and has since worked in various early education schools focusing on primarily supporting children and their families that have experienced trauma, chronic violence, and homelessness. With bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy from Boston University and a background in psychoanalysis from the New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Ms. Zambrano-Armijos understands the importance of positive relationships and access to equitable education to the success of the families in our community.

“I joined the board because it would give me the opportunity to support the community I already work with in a larger capacity. Being able to ensure adequate education to all families is imperative to build on the families’ protective factors. It is only in this way that we, as a society, will succeed.”


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EricHoepner

Eric Hoepner
Treasurer
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About Eric Hoepner

Board member since: April 11, 2017
Term expires: April 30, 2020

Mr. Hoepner brings almost 20 years of IT experience, specializing in project management, systems administration, and cost reductions. He is currently an IT procurement and budget specialist at Genomic Health. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Mr. Hoepner has fallen in love with San Francisco since arriving in 2012 and is an avid volunteer with several organizations, including AIDS/LifeCycle where he is a training ride leader and top fundraiser. Mr. Hoepner holds a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from the University of Florida.

“Life has been good to me. I am grateful for this and love to give back to the community every chance I can. I have joined TECA’s board to share my experience and make an even greater impact on my community.”

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KeishaMcCarthy

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.”

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ClaudiaQuinonez

Claudia Quinonez
Director of the Board of Education
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About Claudia Quinonez

Claudia Quinonez grew up in El Salvador and moved to San Francisco 10 years ago. She holds a BA in public relations and communications and began her career in the non-profit field over 15 years ago. First, serving families and children in El Salvador and now in San Francisco.

Claudia currently holds the position of strategic innovations manager at Children’s Council’s of San Francisco, a non-profit organization that serves families and children in helping them access quality early education and leads organizational projects that serve the City’s Early Education Field.

Claudia is an active member of the San Francisco Child Care Planning & Advisory Council and 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 parent’s voices 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”.

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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 Ryan Hazelton.

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.

Development & External Affairs Committee
Finance Committee
Compliance & Operations Committee
Technology Committee
School Performance & Student Achievement Committee
Program Planning & Parent Engagement
Executive Committee
Student & Family Experience Committee
Finance & Fundraising Committee
Governance & Nominating Committee