OSA General Announcements
Tue, Aug 21 8:00am
Oakland School for the Arts

Dear OSA Family,


It is my honor to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year!  This is a milestone year for us as a learning community.  We are officially launching Oakland School for the Arts as a Linked Learning Pathway School and offering Career Technical Education (CTE) courses through our emphases.  In addition to our existing college preparation, students will be gaining industry experience and feedback from targeted partnerships for their art focus.


We have implemented administrative organizational changes in which there will be an all-school Principal and Assistant Principal.

  • My role as Principal will be the manager of the Academic and Arts teaching staff.
  • We welcome Phillip Gedeon, as Chief Academic Officer, who will be focusing on the many facets of curriculum and instruction to improve student achievement in Arts and Academics.
  • Mike Oz, Assistant Principal, will be responsible for Linked Learning Pathway coordination and the Student Support Services team comprised of the Dean of Students and the Counselors for both academic and social-emotional support for general education students.
  • Katy Zaugg, Dean of Students, will focus on student behavior by providing proactive supports using Restorative Justice practices and guiding the implementation of those solutions in classrooms as the first approach to address the social-emotional needs of students.
  • Arlyle Schultz, Head Counselor, will oversee course scheduling at OSA as well as our dual enrollment partner school, and will support students in grades 7 through 10.
  • Wendy Snyder, College and Career Counselor, will work directly with seniors in the college application process and support students in grades 6, 11, and 12.
  • Cava Menzies, Coordinator of Diversity and Equity, will oversee the internal and external community partnerships to recruit and support students and families of color. She will continue to be Director of the Step-It-Up Program as well as a Vocal Music instructor.
  • Matthew Travisano, Artistic Director, will be the artistic liaison to Administration and Advancement and will be the CTE Coordinator facilitating the implementation of pathway curriculum development with Mr. Oz.  He will remain the Theatre Department Chair.


As a learning community, we are committed to unifying our instruction to bring an experience to students that is engaging and relevant to their future as dynamic global citizens and innovative critical thinkers.  We are excited to provide arts integration at a higher level than we ever have before through specific collaboration and intentional lesson planning among arts and academic faculty.  Our goal is to prepare students for higher education in the field of study of their choice, as well as give them the advantage of high-level training and experience which will enable them to enter apprenticeships or artistic positions as a working professional.


Thank you for entrusting your students to us.  We look forward to another year of amazing performances, academic growth, and displays of their developing artistry.  It is our pleasure and passion to work with them.


  • Staci A. Smith
  • Principal
  • Oakland School for the Arts
  • 510-873-8800
  • email:  ssmith@oakarts.org