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About Me

Anthony Contreras

I am excited to join the Edendale Middle School team as Education Specialist in:


Period 1: Math

Period 2: English Language Arts

I look forward to creating a  peaceful and calming learning environment where students focus on:

  • Academic knowledge
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Social-emotional skill development

I am originally from Los Angeles, but I’ve lived in Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda for a combined 29 years. I interned at Kaiser Permanente in Union City as an individual and group therapist. I have worked in the San Lorenzo Unified School District for 7 years. I also used to perform live improv and acted in commercials and films. 

Since I am no match for the amount of experience and knowledge that YOU have as parents, grandparents and guardians, I value your input and any heads-up about specific needs or circumstances you feel I should know about. The beginning of the school year is a challenging transition for students, families and school staff. We appreciate your patience as we adjust to the new reality in this time of Coronavirus, COVID 19. 

  • What Inspires Me – 

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”  -Malcolm X

  • College – 

I’m a UC Berkeley alum with a degree in history and received my master’s of social work (MSW) in community mental health from Cal State East Bay. I am currently earning my credential at the Educational Psychology program at CSU East Bay.

  • District Tools I Use

Aeries, Google Classroom, Khan Academy, BrainPop, PBS Learning Media, Kahoot!, Learning Ally and Google Read/Write.

  • Attendance:  

I take attendance using Aeries. You can stay on top of attendance through the Aeries Family Portal or Aeries App

  • Office Hours: Wednesday 9:30am - 10:10am

Friday 1:30pm - 2:00pm

*You may schedule an alternate time with me by emailing me directly at:


  • Report Cards:  

I use Aeries to generate report cards. Families can view report cards through the Aeries Family Portal.

  • Gradebook:

I use the Aeries Gradebook so students and their parent-guardians can view grades through the Aeries Family Portal or Aeries App. 

  • Google Classroom:

    I am using Google Classroom to manage assignments.  If you would like daily or weekly digests of activities and missing assignments, I can invite you as a guardian.  Please email me with your request and email address.