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Doreen Bracamontes, Principal

Dear Encinal Jr. Sr. High School students and families, 

I am so excited to join you in the important work of learning and growing as a community. I look forward to facilitating a schooling experience where every student thrives academically in an environment that provides quality academic, health, and wellness programs with direct pathways to college and careers.

Prior to Encinal, I was a high school English teacher for twelve years, and then a vice-principal in San Leandro and Berkeley.  My leadership is grounded in culturally relevant educational theory, data analysis, and strategic action. I like to identify opportunity spaces and then leverage a team’s assets to achieve high academic outcomes for students. I am passionate about supporting social-emotional growth too, and health and wellness for both students and staff. 

A little more about me…

I am a native Californian, born and raised in the Central Valley. Before moving to the East Bay seventeen years ago, I completed undergraduate degrees, at UC Irvine, in English Literature and Sociology. I am a National Board Certified Teacher with twelve years of high school teaching experience, and a deep commitment to ending systemic barriers that exist for historically underrepresented students and their families. I am an alumna of the Principal Leadership Institute (PLI), at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education where I earned a Masters in Education focused on equity, social justice, and school leadership. 

When I’m not working, I am likely at a soccer game (except in this COVID time) watching my daughter defend her side of the field, or walking my two dogs. My eldest child is a junior at NYU (studying remotely this year). During basketball season, I watch as many of the Western Conference games as possible so that I’m up on the biggest threats to my team, and rising leaders across teams. Of course, I have not been able to watch or enjoy this year’s abbreviated version of the conference finals with the timing of school opening. 

While this fall is not at all what educators or families wish for our students, we are committed to providing the best experience possible and to meeting the challenges and opportunities of teaching and learning in a whole new environment. Like our students, we will persist and we will persevere! 


Doreen Bracamontes

Principal, Encinal Jr. Sr. High School


Jonathan Hohm, Vice Principal

I am very excited to join the Encinal family and call myself a Jet!  I have lived in Alameda for the last 14 years and look forward to working within the community I have enjoyed living in for so long.  Originally from San Diego, I received my B.A. from the University of Redlands.  Upon obtaining my teaching credential and moving to the Bay Area, I spent the last 13 years working for Newark USD.  My teaching roles in Newark ranged from teaching History and English to Middle School students at the Newark Community Day School, to History at Newark Memorial High School.  I then ventured into the position of Dean of Students at Newark Memorial High School and then to the Assistant Principal position.  During this time, I earned my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Cal State East Bay.  My educational philosophy is based on developing relationships with students, parents, and staff as a foundation to build both a culture and an atmosphere that produces not only great students but great people!


Kirstin snyder, dean of students

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

My name is Kirstin Snyder, and I am your new Dean of Support Services. My career began in Oakland as a College and Career Counselor. After becoming very curious about the acquisition of reading, I spent five years in Hayward working in the elementary world as a teacher and trained reading coach. My transition to Berkeley resulted in a very long stop,  and I have spent the last twenty years there teaching,  coaching, and coordinating intervention at the district level. I have my Master’s in Urban teacher Leadership and administrative credential that is focussed around equity. I am deeply committed to disrupting education’s systemic inequities and rebuilding our instructional practices so that all students thrive. In my short time, it has become evident Encinal is an amazing place, and wonderful people surround me. You will find I am solutions based and lead with clear communication and kindness. I believe in human connection and relationships, and I look forward to being a part of the Encinal Community.

Go JETS!!!!

Jamilah Jones-McLean, Vice Principal

I am a born and raised New Yorker living my California dream. After accidentally discovering my love of teaching, I sought out the area where there was most need and embarked on a path to study and teach special education in New York City. I later brought my passion for teaching and learning to Oakland and San Francisco, where I have not only had the pleasure of teaching diverse learners in middle and high school, but I have also had the good fortune to be able to teach and coach teachers. In my 12 years working with students and teachers from elementary to high school, I have seen the impact that high quality teaching and engaging learning experiences can have on students at each level. I believe that a school is responsible for the learning and development of every student and teacher in its community. I am excited to support that development with my new Encinal family. I join the Admin team ready to use my passion and dedication to be a leader for equity and social justice, to support all learners, and to uplift those in our community that have been underserved and left behind. I am inspired by the devoted team and dynamic students at Encinal to do my part to ensure that every person thrives and our most vulnerable students feel like they belong. Go Jets!

Cassie Ferguson, COST (Intervention) Coordinator

Born and raised in Indiana, I earned my undergraduate degree at Indiana University and my master's degree at Dominican University. I've been at Encinal for the last ten years where I've taught grade 9-11 English, Fusion literacy, English Language Development, AP support classes, and sophomore/junior advisory. In addition to teaching in the English department, I am also the Coordination of Services Team lead facilitator.

A Coordination of Services Team (COST) is a site based multidisciplinary team composed of service providers, school administration, and school staff. Weekly COST meetings provide a regular opportunity to triage intervention requests, assess student needs, and develop and monitor interventions to ensure those needs are met.  Ultimately,  the goal is to streamline the various intervention processes used at Encinal and strengthen the lines of communication between students, their families, and staff members.  This dual role as teacher and intervention coordinator combine by two passions: rigorous educational equity and student advocacy.