Summer 2019 Faculty and Staff



Taghi Amundson, Program Assistant

Taghi Amundson grew up in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, and moved to the Richmond during elementary school. He graduated from the San Francisco Friends School in 2014, and The Urban School of San Francisco in 2018. He currently attends Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where he is on the pre-business track with a concentration in Spanish. Taghi has volunteered every summer at Horizons since 2014, and also volunteered at New Traditions Elementary for the past two years. Outside of the classroom, he is an avid movie watcher, baseball player, and music listener. This summer, he is especially excited to see returning students and meet new ones, as well as see the strides students make in reading and math over the course of the program.



Ymilul Bates, Reading/Math Specialist

Ymilul Bates was born in Jerusalem and spent many of her childhood years traveling around the world performing theater in the streets with her parents.  She currently lives in the East Bay with her son and their dog. She has taught in the San Francisco Unified School District for 21 years. She taught special education at Buena Vista Horace Mann for sixteen years and currently teaches general education Spanish immersion at Leonard Flynn.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Reed College and later earned her bilingual teaching credential at the University of San Francisco and her special education teaching credential from San Francisco State. She enjoys theater and hiking and is passionate about public education and strengthening bonds between communities.


Daney Espíritu

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Angelica Gonzalez or Angie, was born and raised in Los Angeles. She moved to San Francisco six years ago when she transferred to San Francisco State University from East Los Angeles College. She earned her B.A. in Latina/o Studies and a minor in Race & Resistance Studies in 2015. A native Spanish speaker, Angie has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant since she was 19 years old with students from different ages and backgrounds. Most recently, she works as a fourth grade teaching assistant at San Francisco Friends School and is currently seeking her Master's Degree and Credential through the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI). Angie is excited to join the Horizons’ staff  for her third year this summer and is excited for the opportunity to reconnect with the program’s students, families, staff and volunteers. Outside of school, Angie’s hobbies include hiking, listening to podcasts, audiobooks, cooking without measuring, going to concerts and road trips. She currently lives in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood with her partner and pet bearded dragon Rayquaza.


Ben Lopez

Ben is a Bay Area Teacher Training Institute student. He earned his B.A. in English at San Francisco State University. Ben was the caretaker of his grandparents for ten years, helping him to develop compassion, empathy, and patience. More recently Ben worked for six years as a bookseller at Christopher’s Books, where he found joy in community and art. Ben strives for balance within himself and the outside world, practicing mindfulness and meditation regularly. An avid reader and Giants fan, Ben lives with his partner Ema and their daughter Mika in Portrero Hill.


Jaymie Lynne Santiago

Ms. Santiago grew up outside of Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Education Studies. After completing her California Credential and earning a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she began her teaching career. Ms. Santiago has taught for 7 years, teaching Kindergarten and 2nd grade, and she currently teaches for SFUSD. Outside of teaching, her passions include reading, hiking, baking, and running. She loves to be outside and explore the world around her. Ms. Santiago is looking forward to an exciting summer at Horizons!


Francisco Morales O’Connor


Audrey Sachleben, Program Assistant

Audrey grew up in the Richmond District of San Francisco and is a graduate of San Francisco Friends School (2013) and Marin Academy (2017). She is currently a sophomore at Middlebury College in Vermont where she is majoring in Political Science with minors in Education Studies and Spanish. Audrey has worked with students of all ages in tutoring, literacy, and summer camp programs such as the Page One Literacy Project in Vermont and the Crossroads tutoring program in San Rafael, CA. In her free time, Audrey enjoys playing soccer, reading, and spending time outdoors. Audrey has been a student volunteer with the Horizons program for two summers and she is thrilled to be joining the staff as a program assistant.