Meet Our Teachers

Jen Beauregard Shah

Lead Teacher

Claire Findley

Lead Teacher

Rachel Gorham

Director/

Founder

With her MEd in Child Development and over 18 years of experience, Rachel has worked with children of all ages, cultures, and languages. Through organizing service projects within schools and experience traveling within a variety of cultures, Rachel realizes the importance of kindness, community, and teaching children about the rest of the world. With her background in dance, she found a powerful way to bring culture and connection to children through music and dance in the outdoors.  She is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology focusing on children.

Jen Beauregard has over 13 years experience developing and facilitating safe and developmentally appropriate residential and educational environments. She has worked as a Special Education Lead Teacher, Arts Specialist, and Residential Program Director. She prides herself on staying up-to-date on research, using a multidisciplinary approach to incorporate statistically significant outcomes into activities. In addition to her work in therapeutic settings, she also has over 8 years experience developing and facilitating whole body and academic achievement plans.

Claire is an educator with 15 years of experience, working with children both outdoors and in the classroom, as well as developing biology, physics, and music curriculum and doing social work. She's been teaching kindergarten in East Oakland for the last several years and is looking forward to returning to exploring and creating with kids in nature this summer. She is a musician and dancer who was drawn to the arts at a young age. Claire is passionate about supporting children grow into thoughtful and kind individuals who are curious about the world around them.

Ryan Cook

Assistant Teacher

This is Ryan's first time at One Generation Camp! Ryan grew up on the Peninsula and spent many summers working with kids at a camp at his local church. At UC Santa Cruz he learned to love funk styles dances like breaking and house, and singing a cappella and barbershop music. Now living in Oakland, he's been working as an instructional aide at Laney College and part-time math tutor for junior high students. Ryan believes strongly in the importance of building trust and respect for effective communication, and in his free time he loves to hike and camp in the beautiful Oakland hills.

Regina Hunt

Assistant Teacher

A skilled artist and having worked event production for years, Regina is excited to move back into working with children. She has many years experience working in preschool and as a personal babysitter.

Alseny Soumah

West African

Dance Teacher

Antwan Davis

Body Percussionist,

Step Teacher

Denmis Bain Savigne

Cuban Dance

Teacher

Mohamed Lamine

Bangoura

West African

DrumTeacher

Mestre Recruta

Capoeira Teacher

Antwan Davis is a multi-percussionist that co-founded the performance arts company Molodi, performed with the Las Vegas and North American production of Stomp, and toured nationally with Step Afrika. He has been engaging audiences for 14 years with body percussion and stepping. As a teacher, he is enthused by creating community through body music, giving people a different outlet of expression. He actively performs and teaches workshops and residencies in the U.S and internationally.

From Santiago, Cuba, Denmis Bain Savigne is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, singer, and performer with experience in AfroCuban dance, folklore, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. Among many other performances, he performed around the world with Havana Nightclub and choreographed such works as the Latin Grammys, Emilio Estefan, Kenny Ortega, Siegfried & Roy, and Cirque du Soleil. Denmis has taught in a variety of venues including festivals, schools, and studios both nationally and internationally. Denmis is currently the owner of Cuban Rhythm and Rumba Dance Studio located in Vallejo, California.

With the nickname, “Sweet Feet” because of the speed yet quiet of his feet while dancing, Alseny truly puts a unique spin on traditional dance from Guinea, West Africa. Founder of the Lahydi Dance Collective and Annual Dance Festival, Alseny has taught dance and performed for many years including with the dance companies Les Merveilles D'Afrique and Le Ballet Du Guinea. Written up in SF Gate for his dance talent and productions of African performances, he is known to be exciting, creative, and dedicated to sharing and preserving the rich culture of his native home, Guinea.

Mestre Recruta, Chris Montiel, began Capoeira at the age of 19. In 2005, he graduated as a “Formado” by the United Capoeira Association (UCA), an internationally recognized capoeira school. In 2016, in recognition for his work, Recruta earned the title of “Mestre,”. In 2009, he realize his dream of opening his own academy in Hayward. Since 2000, he has had the privilege of being a part of the teaching collective at UCA, where he continues to regularly teach classes.  In addition, he has worked throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in a variety public and private schools, and  regularly teaches workshops for Capoeira schools around the US and abroad.

Lamine Bangoura is a master drummer and musician from Guinea, West Africa. He is a djembe fola, an expert in African percussion, and has been lead percussionist and musical director for African ballets across Western Africa and the San Francisco Bay Area.  He moved to the United States in April 2011 and has been teaching and directing classes and events since. Lamine carries the true spirit of Africa in his appreciation of the drum as a tool for human connection and language. 

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