Giselle Hendrie was born in Trinidad, studied in New York, and moved to the Bay area in 2004. She joined the OSA community in the fall of 2005 as the Director of Student Affairs. Giselle earned a BA at Pace University in Sociology/Anthropology, with a minor in Women's Studies, an MA in Sociology from New York University, and an MS in Educational Leadership at Cal State East Bay. Giselle also holds a Social Science teaching credential. Prior to becoming an administrator at OSA Giselle worked with New York Youth at Risk as a mentor and program manager, and taught summer and evening Sociology classes at NYU, and Brooklyn's Touro College. Her current role as OSA's Director of Academic Support Services and College Advising, along with her teaching an upper level Sociology elective, allow Giselle to oversee the school's academic support programs, to engage with juniors and seniors as they make the transition to their post-secondary lives, and to spend time with students in the classroom. Giselle believes that achievement is about much more than test scores and that successful schools must foster emotional, social, academic, and creative engagement and growth in our young people.