K-8 & Herrick Hospital

Kamala Asher

A world traveler and experienced teacher, Kamala Asher heads the K-8 program at BIS. She teaches all subjects to grades 4 through 8. At BIS since 2005, Ms. Asher loves to see students learn to express themselves through the writing process. Her qualifications include a Master’s in Transformative Learning, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Bachelor’s in Social Science. Past educational experiences include teaching preschool-8th graders, leading teacher training and a dropout prevention program, and founding/directing a school-based family resource center. Ms. Asher is also a mentor for BIS high school students and is involved in the garden. She has visited more than ten countries including India and Morocco.


Michelle Cruciani


Michelle Cruciani is the K-5 teacher of all elementary subjects. For two years, she was an active member of the BIS Student Governance Council. Before teaching at BIS for three years, Michelle provided ELD and math support to elementary students in Berkeley Unified. Michelle holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Reading Specialist Credential. She enjoys crafting lessons, and listening to students read and recite their own poetry. When not teaching,
she relaxes with her family.


Jonas Lamattery-Brownell

Jonas Lamattery-Brownell is the Herrick Hospital teacher at BIS. Jonas teaches all subjects to 6-12th grade students, primarily focusing on English and History. His credentials include a BA with a concentration in History from Columbia College in New York, and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the New College of California in San Francisco. Jonas believes that the subjects he teaches are vital to understanding the world in which we live, so he often volunteers his lunch to spend more time with the students. Outside of BIS, Jonas is a student of Tibetan Nyingma Buddhism and is currently learning Tibetan.