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Andy Shin, Executive Director [bio]
Michael Duryee-Browner, Director of Curriculum and Instruction [bio]
Shane Maldonado, Director of High School Programs [bio
Ana Payes, Director of Middle School Programs [bio]
Rebecca Asch, Development Officer [bio]
Annie Giang, Outreach and Recruitment Manager [bio]
Melissa Canela, Spanish Interpreter/Translator [bio]
Agnes Choi, Chinese Interpreter [bio]
 
 

Andy Shin, Executive Director

Originally from New York, Andy was a Teaching Fellow at the Breakthrough sites in Long Island and Cambridge as an undergraduate and was immediately hooked. He subsequently taught sixth grade math and science in Oakland as a Teach For America corps member before returning to Breakthrough as Program Director at the Cambridge site. Andy has done short-term work for The Steppingstone Foundation, Aim High, and Summer Search, where he served as an Education Pioneers Fellow. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University and was an Urban Scholars Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, receiving an Ed.M. in School Leadership. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and two daughters.

   

Michael Duryee-Browner, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Michael was born and raised in San Francisco and attended SF Day School, where he got his start at Breakthrough (then known as Summerbridge) as an after-school tutor. Michael later served as a Teaching Fellow during the summers of 2010 and 2011, which is when he realized he wanted to be a teacher. After college, Michael spent a year teaching English in Italy. He then returned to San Francisco and taught at SF Day for six years, including two as a fourth grade teacher and four as the sixth grade History teacher. He also worked for Breakthrough as an Instructional Coach during the summers of 2016 and 2017. Michael holds a B.A. in History from Emory University and an M.A. in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. In his spare time, he enjoys Bay Area sports, playing chess, and learning about animals.

   

Shane Maldonado, Director of High School Programs

As a child of a military parent, Shane has lived throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Germany. After his family settled in the Monterey Bay Area, Shane was accepted into the Upward Bound program where he began volunteering as a peer tutor, eventually becoming Lead Tutor and Science Learning Manager. Shane later served as a Bilingual Teaching Assistant for first and fifth grades as an Americorps volunteer with the Urban Education League in Denver and taught seventh grade Math Skills for the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Outside of teaching, he is most passionate about college access pathways for urban high school youth, an area he has dedicated over 20 years of his career to through formal and informal roles within a variety of local and national education non-profits. Shane earned his B.A. in European History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his M.B.A/M.A. in Education Leadership from Mills College in Oakland. In his free time he rides his bike down steep hills, looks for whales along the coast, and dances to disco.

   

Ana Payes, Director of Middle School Programs

Born in El Salvador and raised in San Francisco's Mission District, Ana understood early on the importance of education as well as the disparities in the available options. A first generation college student, Ana graduated from Lowell High School and later earned her B.A. in Speech and Communication from San Francisco State University. Ana is committed to using her education to give back to her community. Over 10 years at KIPP Bay Area Schools, Ana gained diverse perspectives working as Business Manager, 7th grade Spanish teacher, Dean of Students and, most recently, Operations Manager at KIPP SF Bay Academy in the Western Addition. She also completed the KIPP School Leadership Program in 2010-2011. In her free time, Ana enjoys spending time with her family including her dog, Baxter, checking out concerts and craft fairs with friends, or traveling to new places with her sister.

   

Rebecca Asch, Development Officer

Originally from the Bay Area, Rebecca earned her B.A. in Political Communications from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After college, Rebecca returned to San Francisco and spent several years working in politics for Gavin Newsom before transitioning into the nonprofit world. She also obtained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and spent time in elementary school classrooms. Prior to joining Breakthrough in 2016, Rebecca led the Children’s Fund of San Mateo County. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, swimming and spending time outdoors with her husband, young daughters, and their dog.  

   

Annie Giang, Outreach and Recruitment Manager

Annie was born in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. when she was five years old. She grew up in San Francisco and has been surrounded by a diversity of cultures throughout her life. A first-generation college student, Annie graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with a B.A in cognitive science. While at Cal, Annie served as Partnerships Coordinator for a college-access non-profit based on campus. Annie is committed to giving back to the community and aspires to work in the non-profit sector in the future. In her free time, Annie likes to code websites and apps. 

   
  

Melissa Canela, Spanish Interpreter/Translator

Melissa was born and raised in San Jose, attending her neighborhood public schools. Her Breakthrough history began in 2006, as a student at the Silicon Valley site. She returned to Breakthrough Silicon Valley as a Teaching Fellow during the summers of 2012 and 2013, and volunteers for events and activities there whenever possible. She has worked at Breakthrough San Francisco since her initial year at the University of San Francisco, where she recently earned a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in education. Melissa currently serves as a Community Liaison for the Alum Rock Union School District in San Jose. Her interests include attending baseball games and dancing folklórico.

   

Agnes Choi, Chinese Interpreter

Born and raised in San Francisco, Agnes has been a member of the Breakthrough team for the past four years. Agnes attended Alice Fong Yu, a bilingual immersion school, where she developed her love for learning languages. Her passion continued to develop when she served as an ad hoc interpreter for her parents. In college at the University of California, Berkeley, Agnes served as a translator and interpreter for multiple health care organizations, including San Francisco Hep B Free. Agnes left the Bay Area and attended the University of Rochester School of Nursing and currently works as an RN at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In her free time, Agnes loves spending quality time with friends and family, running, and traveling.