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CEF Dollars at Work

The John Baldwin Cougar Education Fund is an affiliate of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation. For more information, visit


Rachel McCutchen, Reading Specialist,

Grades Supported: K-5

Rachel is a credentialed teacher that oversees our literacy intervention program. There are many facets to her position, including data analysis of all students, assisting in administering diagnostic assessments for students performing below standard, delivery of intervention in small groups and 1-1 (including Structured Literacy Intervention, Leveled Literacy Instruction, Reading Recovery, and other research based models), staff training, attendance at Student Success Team meetings, coordination of the intervention schedule/master schedule, parent communications, and progress monitoring to staff.


Leigh Chan, Instructional Assistant, Literacy,

Grades Supported: K-5

Leigh is a highly trained instructional assistant that delivers a variety of interventions to our students. Similar to Rachel, her position has a lot of responsibilities, including: working with Rachel to analyze student data, assisting with assessments, coordinating a schedule to deliver small group and, on occasion, 1-1 intervention, supporting phonemic awareness, letter sounds & phonics, concepts of print, reading fluency and expression, and reading comprehension, reporting progress to parents and teachers, and participating in ongoing training.


Norma Andres, Instructional Assistant, Math,

Grades Supported: 1-5

Norma manages our Tier 2 and Tier 3 math intervention program. She supports students in acquiring essential grade level standards, as well as students that may be lacking prerequisite skills needed to access grade level content. Norma uses a variety of strategies to build understanding on foundation of numbers, base 10 place value, composing and decomposing numbers, multiplication and division, and decimals and fractions. Norma works with grade level teachers to build our math intervention schedule and provides detailed updates on student progress.


Lubna Jawaid, Library Media Coordinator,

Grades Supported:  TK-5 (6 hours a week)

Lubna oversees all media at John Baldwin. Lubna catalogs and distributes instructional materials for students and staff, manages online subscriptions, and oversees distribution of library materials. During this past school year, Lubna has further assisted with supplies/materials distribution for remote instruction, hybrid student supervision, online read alouds, online checkout of library materials for remote instruction, and hybrid delivery of library materials to classrooms. Our Cougar Ed Fund supplements her district allocated hours, bringing her on campus for a total 18 hours per week.


Nivedita Krishnaswami, Senior Primary Para "Rainbow Room" 

Grades Supported:  TK-5 (4.5 hours)

Nivedita facilitates the Rainbow Room program at John Baldwin. Rainbow Program is a research based early intervention program that helps our students in a variety of areas, including developing social skills, fostering healthy self-concept, developing leadership skills, and assisting with life transitions. These interventions are provided via various models, such as Primary Intervention Program (PIP) where students participate in non-directive play; Small Group Supports such as Second Step, Steps to Respect, PALS, and Get Ready for Middle School. All of these programs have continued to be offered, virtually, during this past school year. In addition to these supports, Nivedita has assisted with supervision and staff training. Our Cougar Ed Fund supplements her district allocated hours, allowing her to support our students for 19.5 hours a week. 

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