Careers In Education

Date Time Location
March 12th 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Student Union, Ballroom C

Are you passionate about education and want to find ways to make the best connections with recruiters? Are you still exploring your options within education? Come to this event to gain valuable job search strategies and tips from local school district administrators including mock interviews, resume writing, interviewing techniques and teacher fair preparation!

About the panelists: 

Mary L. Berkey

Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
Union School District   
Mary is finishing her 8th year as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the Union School District.  Prior to that Mary served as Director of Human Resources and Administrator of Standards & Assessment at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.  Mary also served as an elementary principal for both Milpitas USD and Moreland SD as well as serving as an Asst. Principal in Moreland.  Mary’s teaching career spans three states, Missouri, Texas and California, teaching math to very diverse populations of students at both the high school and middle school level and in urban and rural settings. 

Michael Gallagher, Ed.D.

Deputy Superintendent, Human Resources
Sunnyvale School District
Michael earned a Single Subjects English teaching credential from San Jose State University in 1989 and is in his twenty-fifth year serving the students and families of Santa Clara County's public schools.  For the last ten years, Mike has served as a human resources administrator.   Mike began his career in education as an English teacher, baseball coach, activities director and student advisor at Andrew Hill High School and as an Associate principal at Santa Teresa and Independence High Schools in the East Side Union High School District.  Mike then worked ten years in the Cupertino Union School District as principal of Miller Middle School and as Director of Human Resources.  He had been in his current role in the Sunnyvale School District for the past six years.

Grace Pun 

Human Capital Specialist 
San Francisco Unified School District 
Grace is a Human Capital Specialist with the San Francisco Unified School District where she supports SFUSD’s mission of social justice and equity for all students directly through the recruitment, selection, and placement of educators.  As part of the Human Capital team, Grace supports over 20 high schools with strategic staffing and talent management.  Prior to joining SFUSD, Grace worked for over 6 years with the American Red Cross Bay Area, managing volunteers and working on disaster staffing and training.  She completed her B.A. at UC Berkeley and holds a Masters in Public Administration from USC with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.  During graduate school, she worked as an Education Pioneers fellow at New Leaders in the Bay Area.   


Ben Ochstein

Talent Manager 
KIPP Bay Area Schools 
Two weeks after starting teaching in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina knocked down my school in the 9th Ward. I joined a team to start a KIPP school for displaced hurricane evacuees, KIPP: New Orleans West. Ever since then I have been energized by the impact of KIPP. I taught for six years at KIPP New Orleans and KIPP DC before starting in teacher recruitment. I currently lead teacher recruitment for KIPP Bay Area Schools and have the pleasure of connecting with passionate educators ready to grow and develop in our amazing schools. 

Get prepared for upcoming teacher/credentialed education candidate fairs!