Irene S

Irene St. Roseman

Co-Founder & Head of School

Originally from the island of St. Lucia in the West Indies, Dr. Irene St. Roseman immigrated to New York City as a child. She has spent the last thirty years in K-12 education, first as a high school teacher at the Head-Royce School in Oakland. She then served as Academic Director and, later, as Executive Director of Realizing Intellect through Self-Empowerment (RISE), a youth development and college preparatory program for socio-economically disadvantaged students of color. After 15 years of academic leadership in education non-profits, Irene entered into school leadership. She joined the Making Waves Community in 2008, first as Dean of Students and then as the Middle School Head. Under her direction, API scores rose from 640 in 2009 to 822 in 2013. Irene holds a B.A. in English from State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as an M.A. and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Mills College. She resides in Oakland with Paul, her husband of more than 20 years.