Sanctuary Spaces - Trauma Responsive Coaching
"Rarely in my twenty years as a school psychologist in the Oakland schools have I had the opportunity to work with an individual who impacted both the lives of her students and the climate of a school on so many levels. The school in which I witnessed Ms. Scheinfeld’s work is deemed as having some of the lowest test scores in the district, and yet her work with her students led to many measurable gains in academic skills, jumps in critical reading and thinking skills, portfolios filled with examples of writing, including poetry in Spanish and in English. But so many of the gains her students made are harder to quantify and are not reflected in these scores. These are the gains that sometimes matter even more, gains in social, emotional and moral development: the ability to listen, to solve problems in a peaceful manner, to have a sense of hope, to look to the good of the greater community, to care for the environment.
Words that come to mind when I think about Carlee are organized, motivational , creative, energetic, passionate, disciplined, strict, caring. But all these words are really inadequate to express the intensity of focus and passion that Carlee brings to what she does. She is a visionary who sees what schools and teachers can be in a new light, as her teaching includes the needs of the whole child, and expands beyond the walls of the classroom. Carlee is an advocate for change who is tireless in her efforts to speak out for what students need, who fights on their behalf, who never loses her convictions about their potential and her own to solve problems."
-Karen Marker, School Psychologist
Carlee led, inspired and held the vision for the Humanities department and the sixth grade team. She provided space for teachers to develop sufficient trust to share and collaborate at a deep level, taking collective responsibility for all the children. In an era of increasing accountability around test scores, she managed the delicate balance between getting ‘results’ and holding our relational and child-centered theory of action. I leave for last what I deem Carlee’s greatest gifts, her love and respect for children and their capacity for greatness. She meets them where they are developmentally and academically, and pushes further than they think possible. Students confide to her their personal circumstances, even our most angry and alienated young men. Seeing that one talented boy was one step from expulsion for repeated fighting, Carlee prevailed in getting him into the Oakland School Of The Arts where he has flourished as an amazing dancer with a 3.5 GPA. She takes her classes camping for a week, often their first time outside Oakland. She supports a host of young slam poets, dancers, rappers, artists and budding activists. Students come back to visit her year after year, confident that she will be just as committed to them as when they were in her class. Carlee Scheinfeld will champion justice and equity for children and communities in everything she turns to, and I give her my highest recommendation.
-Phil Cotty, Principal, Science Coach, OUSD