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Meres-Sia Gabriel

Leadership Style: Transformational

Work History


French Teacher

Hercules High School

Innovated curriculum for French levels 1, 2, and 3.  Created holistic, student-centered lessons. Built  caring, intentional, and equitable classroom.  Planned, initiated and guided units of study in French which involved speaking, listening, writing, and reading.  Expanded student global awareness with units on francophone cultures.


Independent Studies Teacher

Quest Academy

Provided academic case management for students 16-18 years old, returning to school from a condition of confinement or incarceration.  Worked closely with families, probation, social services, and community organizations to guide students in their academic programs.  Served as a liaison with administrator to keep him informed of program status.  Kept accurate records of student attendance and course completions. Facilitated the enrollment process and assigned courses based on analysis of transcript.  Audited student records for the purposes of informing students, their families and the students’ respective districts of student progress.  Effectively scheduled and managed student contact days to maintain efficient academic progress.


Itinerant Floater

Alameda County Office of Education

 Served as long term sub at various sites such as: Juvenile Justice Center,  Camp Sweeney, Thunder Road, Quest and the academies for pregnant and parenting teens.


French Teacher

Far West Middle/High & Berkeley Technology Academy

Created holistic, student-centered lessons. Built a caring, intentional, and equitable classroom.  Incorporated yoga and meditation techniques to create a low-anxiety environment. Developed student confidence with opportunities to demonstrate student leadership in the classroom, school and community. Expanded student global awareness through guest speakers, films, excursions and lessons on francophone cultures.  Planned, initiated and guided units of study in French which involved speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Created authentic assessments, evaluated those assessments, and promptly graded those assessments and each student’s other work (assignments, presentations, etc.) Fostered thought, discussion, reading comprehension, linguistic analysis, a consistent work ethic, and a desire for learning and excellence.  Communicated regularly and constructively with colleagues, administrators, students, and parents. Fulfilled other duties as assigned.  Other subjects taught: English, Ethnic Studies, Yoga and Cyber High.

2008 2012

Beginning Teacher Support Assessment Coach (BTSA)

Berkeley Unified School District

Assisted beginning and veteran teachers with clearing their credentials. Offered emotional support.  Edited letters to parents. Offered lesson plans for units appropriate to the assignments. Collected evidence about the participating teacher’s practice through the language of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. Observed teachers while teaching; offered feedback; asked probing questions about the observation; and looked over student work.   Assisted teachers in choosing an individualized plan for improving an aspect of their teaching. Built a formative assessment binder with teachers to collect the evidence of the year’s work together. 

2011 2012

Professional Development Coordinator

Berkeley Technology Academy

Pioneered Berkeley Technology's teacher-led PD series.  Coordinated with teachers and administrator to identify needs.  Prepared a variety of written materials (memos, peer observation forms,  pre- and post evaluation forms, thank-you notes and sign-in sheets) to document activities, provide written reference, and/or convey information. Maintained a variety of manual and electronic files for the purpose of providing up-to-date reference and complying with regulatory requirements and establishing guidelines. Participated in meetings, for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.  Researched a variety of information on designing effective professional developments in order to meet staff training needs. Responded to inquiries to resolve problems, provide information and/or refer to appropriate personnel.


Instructional Trainer for Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

Berkeley Technology Academy

Collaborated with Berkeley Mental Health professionals to meet the emotional and academic needs of students who have been exposed to violence and who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Tailored CBITS curriculum to fit the specific needs of kinesthetic learners.  Focused on helping students learn how to challenge their thoughts when confronted with an emotional situation.  Students received certificates of participation. 


ESL Teacher

International Rescue Committee

Developed and delivered lesson plans that utilized a broad range of appropriate teaching techniques and strategies for adult learners from Bosnia, Algeria, China, Vietnam, and Burma.  Addressed all aspects of communication through appropriate instruction that developed each student’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in the appropriate content area.  Administered academic and language assessments for the purpose of evaluating student progress for meeting academic learning targets and language acquisition.  Provided a nurturing and supportive learning environment.  Adapted curriculum to provide individual, small group, and/or remedial instruction as to meet the needs of individual students and subgroups of students.  Conducted home visits and helped clients secure housing and understand how to get groceries.


2011 2012

Administrative Services Credential, Tier 1

Cal State East Bay/California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Develop, coordinate, and assess instructional programs
  • Evaluate certificated and classified personnel
  • Provide students' discipline
  • Provide certificated and classified employees discipline
  • Supervise certificated and classified personnel
  • Manage school site, district, or county level fiscal services
  • Recruit, employ, and assign certificated and classified personnel
  • Develop, coordinate, and supervise student support services

California Teaching Credential

Cal State East Bay/California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Single Subject Teaching Credential French


TESOL Certificate

Transworld Schools




Middlebury College School in France/la Nouvelle Sorbonne

French Language and Francophone Literature of the African Diaspora



Howard University

French and Anthropology



Spoken, written, reading language fluency: French, English

Translation abilities: French-English; English-French

Computer proficiency: Microsoft Office: Word

Social Media: Instagram,  Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat

Personal Accomplishments



I Twirl in the Smoke (Palm Oil Press)

Twirl lovingly offers the gift of a life's worth of learning to its readers. This mixed-genre memoir traces one woman's story from youth to motherhood, from pain and insecurity to self-confidence and self-actualization. Through its songs and meditations, the work testifies to the transformative powers of love--romantic, filial, divine, and self love.