meet our leaders
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Wanny Hersey – Founding Superintendent
Wanny 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.
Cynthia Brictson – Principal/Director of Instructional Services
Cynthia 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.
Alison Schwartzbaum – Assistant Principal
Alison Schwartzbaum has experience in public and independent schools at the K-8, middle, and high school levels. She began her career as a teacher in Miami, Florida where she taught at the middle and high school level. After receiving her Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program, Schwartzbaum joined the BCS team where she provides valuable expertise in designing interdisciplinary learning models that promote individual student success and nurture curiosity, encourage creativity, and foster compassion.
Jennifer Anderson-Rosse – Assistant Principal
Jennifer Anderson-Rosse has been an educator for over 15 years, and has been a part of the BCS team for 9 years. During her time at BCS, she has held a variety of roles including classroom teacher, primary team leader and administrator. Anderson-Rosse’s passion and leadership have led her to mentor and support new teachers through Induction/Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA), oversee BCS’s English Language Learner program and coordinate CELDT testing, and plan and deliver high quality professional development.
Jessica Lura – Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
A Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Jessica Lura began her career in education over 16 years ago with Teach for America. Lura joined the BCS team 11 years ago and 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, 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, and was the 2013 Santa Clara County Office of Education Charter School Teacher of the Year.