Navdeep Purewal – Executive Director

Dr. Purewal brings deep expertise and experience with next generation assessments, having led ACOE’s Assessment Network as the Director of Assessment and Analytics for the past year. As part of RAAP, she has strong relationships with curriculum, instruction, and assessment staff at our 19 districts, supporting and reviewing their Local Control Accountability Plans. Prior to joining ACOE, Navdeep was the Extended Learning Program Supervisor for 100+ staff at Berkeley Unified School District, managing both their Early Childhood and After School programming.

Navdeep taught two years as a multiple-subjects sixth-grade teacher in the Central Valley and four years as a seventh-grade science teacher at Elmhurst Community Prep in Oakland. While teaching seventh-grade, Navdeep was also the Science Department Chair for four years and a Beginning Teacher support and Assessment Coach (BTSA) for two years.

 Sasha Kirkman

Sasha joined ACOE after serving in various roles in public education for almost 20 years. Sasha was an English and Social Studies teacher in NY City and Bay Area public schools and went on to collaborate with educators as a Literacy Specialist and Instructional Coach focusing on developing students’ College and Career Readiness skills. Currently Sasha works on supporting districts with ELA Common Core implementation utilizing a Universal Design for Learning approach where all students are invited to the table of rigorous scholarship. Sasha is also honored to serve the State of California as a member of the Statewide Network of Educators charged with populating and vetting resources for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Digital Library.

Celine Liu

After more than a decade as a successful math teacher in extremely diverse classrooms Celine joined the ACOE team in 2014 to support math instruction for teachers, schools, and districts serving the diverse students in Alameda County.  Her passion around math education is anchored in a vision for community and individual transformation, with equity, economic and social justice serving as guiding principles behind all of her educational work. She is excited about the current shifts in math education and how they will increase the educational opportunities for our emerging young leaders.

Maria Vlahiotis

Maria Vlahiotis joined the ACOE team in August 2014 as a Literacy Specialist.  In this role, she is responsible for developing and delivering Common Core-aligned literacy and ELD professional development throughout the Alameda County, for educators teaching grades TK-12.  Maria’s teaching experience includes serving as an English Teacher and ELD Department Head at El Camino High School in South San Francisco, as well as working as the Lead Sophomore English and ELD 3 Teacher at Dublin High School.  Prior to joining ACOE, Maria was the Dublin High School Technology Coach, as well as the Dublin Unified School District Secondary Literacy Coach.  Maria is excited to bring her passion for working with educators, as well as incorporating technology into literacy instruction, to the ACOE Core Learning team.

Francisco Nieto

Francisco joined ACOE in October 2014 as Program Manager for Educational Technology. He has taught in Bay Area schools nieto_profilefor 14 years in Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward. He has experience in school reform efforts at both site and district levels, leading initiatives to improve student outcomes through technology and project-based learning. Francisco was one of the founding teachers at Encompass Academy, which opened in 2004 in East Oakland. He has developed curriculum for ELLs, published articles, and led professional developments on technology integration and the use of data to drive instruction. He has pioneered blended learning and mobile learning initiatives. He has developed iPad and web-based apps for math Common Core,  reading assessment and instruction tools for elementary schools.

Neva Bandelow

IMG_7292Neva brings 25 years of professional experience in early childhood education to the position. Most recently, Neva held the dual position of Quality Programs Manager and Local Planning Council Coordinator for the Alameda County General Service Agency’s Child Care department. Currently, Neva also serves as adjunct faculty at two of Alameda County’s Community Colleges, where she teaches coursework in Diversity and ECE Specialty classes. 

Leilani Hebert



Trish Anderson

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 12.50.43 PMTrish Anderson, has been with Alameda County Office of Education for twelve (12) years and currently works in CORE Learning as a Program Assistant. She was previously a School and Community Health Specialist for the California Healthy Kids and After School Resource Center. Trish served as the assistant to the Team California for Healthy After Schools (TCHAS) pilot project. She also held the position as the County’s Homeless Education Liaison and worked with the state’s high risk youth block grant AB825 for over eight (8) years. She has serve in the community as a Project Administrator and Medical Case Manager in the area of Infant Mortality and Morbidity and is a certified grief counselor. Trish has volunteered with a non-profit as the lead women’s facilitator and provides Cultural Based Co-Active Life Coaching to women sustainability groups. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed a year of graduate coursework in Counseling. Trish is also graduate of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), Executive Leadership Institute. In addition, she has a certificate in Medical Coding and Billing along with certification as a Medical Office Assistant.


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