Pre-K: Nicole Virgillio
My name is Nicole and I'm a second year teacher at Malcolm X Academy. I moved to the city from the desert in Southern California where I was born and raised. I'm into eating healthy and keeping fit, you can find me cooking up something yummy in the kitchen, hiking a new hill, or hitting the tennis courts on weekends. My other half is a pup I adopted in Vietnam while I was living and working there. I've been working in Early Education for 5 years now and love love love it. The energy that the kids bring keeps me going! I'm so excited for another year and to see this group of kids not only get a head start on their education, but also growing into responsible, caring, amazing little human beings :D
Kindergarten: Codion Isom
Hello my name is Codion Isom and I’m from a place called Benton Harbor, Michigan. I am the second oldest of 4 children. I have a young daughter who is also in kindergarten. This is my 1st year teaching, but I’ve had the pleasure to be working in the Malcolm X Academy atmosphere for little over a year now as an after school teacher. I also worked as a paraeducator at Willie Brown Middle School last school year. For fun I think I'm a bit of a nerd for video games but I also like to hike and get outdoors. My favorite subject is math. I think we’ll enjoy how we can bring math to life with distance learning.
2nd Grade: Rachel Der
I am a proud native of San Francisco and my family has lived in the city for 3 generations. I received my teaching credential and Master's of Education at UCLA. This will be my fifth year teaching at Malcolm X. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, boxing, and spending time with my family.
3rd Grade: Tim Puranen
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from San Francisco State University. My research focus explored how our mindset affects our math problem solving. I have continued my education by taking classes and seminars in Science, Social Justice, Computer Programming, and Classroom Management. Most importantly though, I’ve been lucky enough to have Malcolm X Academy as my personal learning community for the past 8 years. The relationships I’ve created with staff, families, and students define me as an educator.
I have a lot of hobbies! I enjoy cooking, playing musical instruments, learning, and teaching!
4th Grade: Rebecca Seid
My name is Rebecca Seid, and after teaching 5th grade for the past 4 years, I am excited to switch it up and am now the 4th grade teacher at Malcolm X Academy! Before moving to the Bay Area with my husband and 9 pets (cats, dogs, and rabbits), I taught 5th grade for seven years in Cincinnati and fourth grade for two years in Mississippi. We now have a one-year-old daughter named Madeline June (MJ for short) and love to spend time outdoors hiking and going to the beach.
5th Grade: Dolores Keizer Cohen
My name is Dolores Keizer Cohen, the students call me Ms Dolores, and I am a proud Malcolm X Academy 5th Grade teacher. I am a San Francisco native but spent my school years in Marin. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Paleoanthropology and Native American Studies from UC Berkeley. I also completed a post-bac Pre-Med degree at Laney College and a degree in Mortuary Science from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. I received my teaching credential from Fresno State through the CalStateTeach program. This will be my second year teaching as part of the MXA team.
I am passionate about teaching and learning and I love working with upper elementary students. Helping each student find the confidence to ask questions and find their learning strengths is a challenge that I am honored to accept every day. I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, empowering environment.
Personally, I have been with my husband for 27 years and have three fabulous daughters who are 18, 16, and 13 years old and have attended SFUSD schools. We are a family of nerds that love nothing more than sitting around reading and talking about superheroes. I also enjoy cooking, art, and keeping up on the latest scientific discoveries.