Ayala Goldstein believes in the transformative power of high quality out-of-school time (OST) programs. Early experiences as a camp counselor led her to afterschool programs and school day teaching where she saw young people become more of themselves through having access to enriching experiences and adult mentors. She joined the CalSAC team in September 2018 as the Program Manager motivated by the opportunity to expand the resources that out-of-school time professionals have to support their students.
Previously, she founded and ran a site-based school garden program in Oakland, California, which incorporated field trips, service learning projects and community work days into daytime learning. During this time, she was hired to author a standards-aligned curriculum based on her work and stayed connected to the OST field by leading professional development trainings for other educators interested in starting similar programs. Ayala holds a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego in Cognitive Science and a master’s degree from NYU in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy.
In her free time, Ayala most enjoys swimming in lakes, meandering walks, and eating ice cream cones.