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Teachers – Fall 2017

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Elmarie Hyman – Founder, Executive Director, and Teacher: Math, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Bookkeeping

Elmarie is the owner of Learn Beyond The Book and has more than 14 years experience as an educator.  She has taught her own 4 children (currently ranging in age from 7th grade to college), as well as group classes for homeschoolers and after school enrichment classes for public school students. She also has experience tutoring and has been a speaker at various homeschool seminars and conventions.  She has been the coordinator of various homeschool co-ops and support groups, organizing numerous fieldtrips and other homeschool events as well.  Before she started teaching, she obtained a degree in Accounting and worked as an accountant and auditor for years. She has a passion for education, and strives to accomplish that goal through means that go way beyond the textbook.  She loves using projects, games, and hands-on learning while teaching, which is evident in the classes that she offers, as well as in the Where’s the Money curriculum she developed for teaching Economics, Finance, and Entrepreneurship.

ASEASE Enrichment – Lego Robotics, Lego Mindstorms, Video Game Design Level 1, Scratch Programming

Art-Sports-Education (A.S.E.) Enrichment, Inc. is a non-profit corporation specializing in enrichment classes which are geared to enhance children’s education. Students are involved in hands-on activities that stimulate creativity, imagination, problem solving, critical thinking, and much more. Both Jeanne Hammonds and Kim Hammonds manage A.S.E. Enrichment, Inc. and have a passion for quality education to be given to children in the Santa Clarita Valley. Bart and Kim both were homeschooled for part of their lives and love working with homeschoolers.

Susan BeatySusan Beaty – Piano Lessons – Santa Clarita

Susan grew up in Southern California and has been playing piano since the age of 6. She received her education from UCLA, earning a degree in Music Education. Starting small while raising her 4 daughters, she now maintains a private studio and has for over 30 years, averaging 35-40 students.

She is an active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) and offers her students the Certificate of Merit®  testing program. She also holds a position on the CM Council and helps to run the program throughout the state.

Susan is also a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) which allows her to offer her students even more testing and performing opportunities.

One of the things Susan enjoys most about teaching piano is that each student is different, with unique capabilities and challenges. Her goal is to instill a lifelong love for listening and making music in all of her students.

Gillian Bellinger – Improv & Comedy

Gillian is an experienced Improv & Comedy teacher and professional actress and comedian. Check out Gillian’s impressive resume and some clips on her website.

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AJ Bondio – Martial Arts: Tang Soo Do & Circus Arts 

AJ Bondio has earned his Fourth Degree Master Black Belt and has trained for the past 13 years under Grandmaster Dennis Ichikawa. He has been a lead instructor for four years and co-instructor for five years before that. AJ is a homeschooler himself and loves teaching! He is currently co-captain of the T.O./Westlake Karate Studio Demonstration Team. AJ is also a professional juggler and has been juggling for four years. He has taught juggling for two years. He has worked private parties and performed at variety shows. He also performs object balancing and plate spinning.

Chris Bradfield – Computer Programming with Python & 3D CAD & Printing

Chris is an Internet and game industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in software and technology.  During that time he has worked as a developer, engineer and manager for a number of technology startups.  He is a strong believer in the value of learning to program and he founded KidsCanCode in 2013 with that mission.  He teaches after school and summer
classes for kids of all ages and experience levels.

jenniferbradleyJennifer Bradley – Animal Science & Tell Me Why Science

Jennifer was homeschooled beginning in seventh grade to allow her to compete in the rigorous schedule of the Arabian horse show circuit. Her passion for animals led her to Cal Poly Pomona University. She graduated with honors with a B.S. in Animal Science. Jennifer later developed an interest in animal behavior, which she studied from world renowned animal behaviorists and trainers. She volunteered at animal shelters, zoos, and wildlife rehabilitation centers. After college she owned and operated her own dog care business for several years until becoming a full time mom to now three young children.

  Kris Chase – Beginning & Intermediate Band

Kris has a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. She also trained and worked as a band instrument repair technician in Milwaukee, WI. She retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of active and reserve service in military intelligence. Kris is a homeschool mom and lives in Canyon Country with her husband and daughter.


Alicia Danielle picAlicia Danielle – Nutrition & Cooking Workshops, Ten to Zen & Yoga

Alicia is a holistic nutritionist who loves to work with kids and adults and teach them how to cook healthy meals.  Here is her website: http://www.nourishedbyalicia.com/about-us.html

CindyCindy Dominguez – Writing, Phonics, Literature & Reading Comprehension, and Educational Therapy in SCV & Sherman Oaks

Cindy Dominguez is a student member of the Association of Educational Therapists and an intern in the Educational Therapy master’s program at California State University Northridge.  She previously worked as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 20 years.  Cindy has been working in the homeschooling community for the past two years at Learn Beyond the Book and SCVi Charter School and is tailoring her practice to the specific needs of students with learning difficulties in the homeschooling setting.  She specializes in working with students with reading difficulties in kindergarten through 12th grade.  Cindy is also fluent in Latin American Spanish and loves sharing that with students.


emily-ellsworthEmily Ellsworth – Drama – Lancaster

Emily Ellsworth is a recently retired middle-school teacher for Westside Union School District, and a former writing and literature teacher at AV College.  She taught language arts and drama at Joe Walker Middle School and partnered in the formation of an after-school Drama Club program, active for nearly a decade.   Past Drama Club productions included one-act musicals “Mulan Jr,” “Captain Bree and her Lady Pirates,” and “Don’t Say No to the USO,” to name a few. Mrs. Ellsworth currently volunteers at Joe Walker MS to continue her involvement in the Drama Club, where rehearsals are underway for “Shrek Jr.”

“My oldest daughter caught the theater bug at age 11,” Mrs. Ellsworth said,      “and from then on she and all of her 5 siblings participated in children’s theater productions at LPAC for many years.  I was in some of the plays along with them, and as we laughed and sang together we made wonderful, binding memories.”

“Teaching drama was the highlight of my career, and I’m delighted to have a chance to continue doing that,” she said. “Watching students on stage blossom in their confidence and sense of achievement over time is incredibly exciting and rewarding.  It’s one way I love making a difference for kids.”

Jose EstradaJose Estrada – Play-based Spanish & Spanish Conversations with Immersion

Read more about Jose at this link


shanongarciaShanon Garcia – Musikgarten, Music & Beginning Strings – Northridge

Shanon is a second-generation homeschool parent who grew up in a musical family in Ventura County. From a young age she studied Suzuki violin and piano, and participated in fiddle contests as well as multiple community and youth orchestras. At the age of 16 she entered the Applied Music Program at Moorpark College, then continued to study violin at California State University, Northridge, where she received a BM in Violin Performance.
Shanon has taught over 80 private violin, viola, and piano students of all ages and levels, as well as violin classes at The Valley Waldorf City School of Los Angeles. Teaching is her passion, and she has received certifications in the O’Connor Violin Method, Music Learning Theory, and the Musikgarten Keyboard Method.
Read more on her website

 brianaBriana Guardino – North Valley site manager, Moving Beyond The Page, Science Exploration for Little Ones and Fun with Phonics

Briana is a credentialed teacher who taught school for over a decade, and has now homeschooled her children for over a decade. She has coordinated a homeschool co-op, a homeschool scouting program, park days, various field trips, and is now the site manager for Learn Beyond the Book in Northridge. Briana believes that children learn best when they are engaged, curious, and having fun!

jonnybiggerJonny Hyman – Technology, Moviemaking, Video Game Design, Private Pilot Groundschool, History of Science, Learning Social Studies & Science through Video Games, and Science Overview

Jonny is a college student and private pilot and has taught several classes before, including Guitar, Photography, Graphic Design, Technology, and Adobe Aftereffects, Physics, Let’s Fix That, Chess, Video Game Design, and more.  He has extensive experience in graphic design, photography, visual effects for video, movie making, as well as technology skills and has done several projects for his own company that he is growing on the side: http://cargocollective.com/jonnyhyman/index .He has also built himself a high-end computer and knows it inside out. Jonny’s other loves are Singing and Aviation. He has his private pilot license and is working towards a commercial license and his ultimate goal of becoming an Aerospace Engineer.

aimeeibarraAimee Ibarra – Meet the Masters Art, Literature-based Science, Art & Music

Aimee Ibarra a native Californian who has been a homeschooling mom to her 8 children for 16 years. She is passionate about creating environments for children to fall in love with learning. She has worn a variety of different hats over the years from preschool teacher to financial coach. She currently takes an educational approach in helping her children plan for their future by day and helping individuals and families do the same by night.

NoonehNooneh Kradjian – Meet the Masters Art History, Math Exploration & Discoveries, Math & Logic Games – Sherman Oaks

Nooneh is the Founder and Executive Director of S.L.A.M Tutoring Center where our Sherman Oaks classes are held.

She’s been a Professional Educator for 20+ years and a teacher developer as a UCLA Consultant.

 


MarieLafranqueMarie Lafranque – Meet the Masters Art History, Math through Literature, American Girl Doll History, French, Time Traveler Kids, Keepers of the Earth – Sherman Oaks & Northridge

Marie Lafranque is a second generation homeschooler originating from France. She has worked with children her whole life, both as a Nanny and as a Tutor, and has a BS degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago. She loves teaching and is always looking for new subjects to get the kids interested in. From French to Art and History, while sneaking in some Math and Science, every subject is brought to life with the interest of the children in mind. Hands on and fun, Marie is known for her quick bursts of focused learning, followed by creative activities that allow children’s brains to rest and soak up the information that was just given.

 

BJ Lange – Improv & Comedy

BJ Lange (also known by his high school nickname “HONKEY”) is a resident of Los Angeles and a native of St. Louis. BJ is an alumnus of iO West (formerly improvOlympic West), and a graduate of The Second City Conservatory, Long Form, and Musical Improv Program.

BJ has been seen on Dr. Phil, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and MTV in addition to his other film, TV, and commercial credits. He is an instructor at The Improv Trick, 3-2-1 Acting Studios, and The Second City Hollywood. He is also instructs at the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts.

BJ uses his improv training in other aspects of his career including hosting national televised events and tours such as Maxim’s Spring Break in Panama City Beach, FL. His talents also led him into “shoutcasting” for the The World Series of Video Games (CBS Sports) and hosting GameRiot (MTV2).

Live events are where BJ continued to thrive as he kept audiences entertained hosting events such as the Simon© dTour Live! Presented by ABC Family, X-Games BMX Jams, and the LG National Texting Championship and Mobile World Cup. BJ also toured with famed Disney star Selena Gomez while hosting the Monte Carlo movie tour! Other notable events include “Meet Your Makers” a 60 minute late-night talk show event for Electronic Arts at the GameStop Manager’s Conference. BJ has traveled worldwide performing including Germany for the U.S. Army and living in Blackpool England for a few months while performing at a theatre at the Pleasure Beach Amusement Park!

He has studied with some of the greatest minds in improv, having been one of The Improv Trick’s first students in St. Louis completing the program directed by Bill Chott. He has studied at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Los Angeles.

Around Los Angeles, you can find BJ playing with Not On A Boat – a weekly show at iO West, Gold Improv – an improv and sketch group comprised of his Second City grad group, and a few others.

When BJ’s not “Yes, and-ing” his passions include beat boxing, motorcycles, aviation, barbequing, and volunteering. BJ is a pilot, and proudly serves as a volunteer Public Affairs Officer for the Missouri Wing of Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary, where he is also an accomplished aircrew member and graduate of the Air Force & Coast Guard’s National Search & Rescue school. BJ has received many service awards including a Presidential National Disaster Relief ribbon, and a “Find” ribbon for his Search & Rescue service.

Laura pictureLaura Lanoil – Theater, Theater Games and Musical Theater

Laura Lanoil has worked in Film, TV and Commercials as well as Voice-overs and live theatre. She worked with Robert Altman,Anthony Newley Jane Curtain, Jon Cryer, Tyne Daly,Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon to name a few. She has taught at the Canyon Theatre Guild for eight years. She has performed at the local theatres in the Santa Clarita Valley.Teaching kids and giving them tools for self esteem is a great passion and she feels blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of SCV Theatre Community.

Michael Lyn – Guitar (Beginning & Advanced) & Songwriting

Michael has 25-Years of Experience Teaching and Performing and is the current Director of the Guitar Program at Champs Charter High School.  He has formal education in Classical Guitar and Music Theory.  Michael is also the Worship Music Coach and Performer at Shepherd of the Hills, Church of the Canyons, and Real Life Church.He is the owner of Michael Lyn Music


JoshMannJosh Mann – Theater Adventures with Stories & Songs
Josh has extensive experience tutoring and teaching at many private schools in the Los Angeles area for the past six years, including, Campbell Hall, Windward, New Roads, New Community Jewish High School (de Toledo), Bridges Academy, Urban Homeschoolers and Westmark. He has also tutored students who attended Pierce College, CSUN, Harvard Westlake, Brentwood, and Crespi. He has taught literature, creative writing, life skills, drama, film, and Shakespeare classes to students of all ages.  He specializes in helping students who have learning disabilities and behavior challenges, such as Dyslexia, Autism, ADD, and Aspergers syndrome. Josh also incorporates life coaching skills into his process of working with students, in order to assist with organization, scheduling, executive functioning, time management, social skill improvement, and motivation. He also has experience teaching young children how to read and improving the reading skills of all students. Additionally, he works with students on college essay writing and SAT Preparation.  He has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in writing and also studied at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and at Oxford University.  
 

carlamoranCarla Moran – Sewing & Textile Design

Carla’s background is in Art and Fashion Design. She also enjoys crafting and home decorating. She earned her BFA in Fashion Design at Woodbury University in 2009. Prior to that she earned her AA in Art at Los Angeles Valley College. Her most recent work experience was in apparel production overseas as a Technical Designer. In her field of work students are engaging their creative sense as well as using math and measuring skills. Fashion Design is a also sculptural and perfected through trial and error. There is a lot more going on besides pretty drawing. Students actually build stuff. In her classes, you can look forward to exploring Textile Design, Patternmaking, Color Theory, and so much more.


AmyNinioAmy Ninio – Decoding & Reading Comprehension, Music & Recorder, Folktales & Music, Reading Comprehension
Amy Ninio has been teaching children for over 15 years, specializing in reading and learning challenges.  She has worked in various educational settings in Boston, Israel, and Santa Clarita.  She incorporates multisensory reading programs including Project Read and Lindamood-Bell, always individualizing instruction.  In addition, Amy has a passion for storytelling and music.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach Folktales and Music as well as Music & Recorder classes inviting students to become tellers of tales and master musicians.Amy also does tutoring in decoding and reading comprehension.Amy has a Master’s Degree in teaching English Language Learners and an English Teaching Credential. She can be found singing, playing the flute, hiking with her dogs, and enjoying her four children.


Play-wellPlay-Well Teknologies – Lego Engineering & Programming – Simi Valley, Sherman Oaks & Northridge locations

Read more about Play-Well Teknologies on their website: http://www.play-well.org/


IMG_9759Kristy Robinson – US Elections

Kristy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1994 and later her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in 1996 from Cal State Northridge.  She then taught grades K-2 for the Castaic School District for 10 years. She taught homeschool classes and was the director of a charter school home study program.  She is a mom to 4 kids and homechooling 2 of them. She love teaching using a theme as a jumping of point and seeing where it takes us. She loves working with kids and seeing things through their eyes. Kristy says, “They teach me so much about living in the moment”.


BeverlyRousseauBeverly Rousseau – Creative Writing , Poetry & Playwriting

Beverly Rousseau attended Washington University in St. Louis earning a MFA in Creative Writing and an M.Ed. After finishing her degrees, she lived in Tokyo, Japan for five years. In California, she’s taught English at College of the Canyons and at California State University-Northridge. Now retired, Beverly has published a book of short stories entitled “Inside Stories.” She is very pleased to be offering classes at Learn Beyond the Book.

 


ElizabethRydallElizabeth Rydall – Recycling, Repurposing & Junk Art, Shakespeare & Mythology and Stories through the Arts

Elizabeth is a local artist and educator, plus former veteran homeschool mom, who has been teaching Art, Theater, and many other subjects for years to students of all ages in home school co-ops and later charter schools. She has been a teacher at SCVi charter school and still teaches there part-time when she is not creating her own art for local art shows.

See more of Elizabeth’s Art on her website

 

Megan Sanchez – Social & Political Science through the Arts – North Valley

Megan Sanchez teaches Political and Social Sciences through the Arts. For most of the past 10 years she has worked with children in a school setting or as a nanny.  Ranging from working in an arts facility to a homeschool environment, preschool, and at a family’s home, she strives to bring imagination and creativity into the learning process. Megan finds that connecting the content which is being studied to art is very valuable for high schoolers, often times sparking healthy, open conversation and discourse. She is currently finishing a Pospartum Certification and will be going back to school to finish a B.S. in Human Behavior. Megan has studied Fine Art and Art History at Pasadena City College and Kansas City Art Institute. In addition to teaching she is also a homeschooling parent to two very vivacious, opinionated and creative, sparkly little girls.


jessicaschulman    Jessica Schulman – Lab for Mission College class in Health & Nutrition

Dr. Schulman is an expert in preventive medicine. Her approach to teaching and wellness is truly integrative due to her experiential learning and formal education. After graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she went on to achieve a master’s degree in public health nutrition, while completing her dietetic internship (registered dietitian/nutritionist) at the VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles. She completed her PhD in health behavior at the University of Florida and has recently completed a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Her research addressed the lack of nutrition education among doctors in the U.S. and she has published in several peer-reviewed journals. In addition, Dr. Schulman has taught numerous classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida, Brandman University, College of the Canyons, among others. She has worked a clinical dietitian at Dr. Dean Ornish’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and led fitness classes at the Pritikin Longevity Institute and UCLA’s John Wooden Center. Dr. Schulman describes that her “greatest and most satisfying job has been being a mom.” Dr. Schulman is a proponent of breastfeeding and takes a family centered approach to wellness. While raising her children, and homeschooling her daughter with special needs, she wrote the books: (1) Nutrition in Sickness and in Health and (2) Relational Nutrition: The Psychology of Attachment and Food Behavior.
Dr. Schulman’s professional goals involve increasing nutrition literacy for physicians, allied health-care professionals, and bridging the gap between public health, medicine, psychology, health behavior, and wellness.

  1. Teaching Philosophy
    I believe that through teaching there is potential for students to contribute to the future of society. I lean towards a “teacher-scholar” model where I meet students where they are at and nurture their intellectual interests, participation in scholarly events and community services, and curiosity. Specifically, I encourage student to explore and move forward from a traditional scholarly working model to one that promotes exploration and fosters lifelong learning. Basically, to make the world a better place.
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RobinSchulzRobin Schulz – Waldorf-inspired classes in SCV and Sherman Oaks

Teacher Robin Schulz is a graduate of U.S.C. with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and an emphasis in Child Development. She is currently completing her Waldorf teacher training at Highland Hall. She shares her experience as a homeschooling mother of two, using a Waldorf inspired curriculum for both. She has worked with children from K-12th grade in all aspects of learning for over ten years.

lizziepicLizzie Scott – Math & Logic Games & some Teen Seminars & High School Literature and Composition, Typing, Writing & Editing & High School Literature & Composition

Lizzie Scott is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher who has expertise in math, language arts, and psychology.  Her classes incorporate discussions, games, and activities tailored to each student’s personality, strengths, and challenges. Lizzie holds both a B. A. in Psychology (with a minor in English), as well as an M. S. in Counseling.  With experience in both the traditional classroom and small-group settings, Lizzie connects with her students as a group and as individuals, and works to build a supportive learning environment, and take the educational experience to a deeper level. As a member of Mensa and a game enthusiast, Lizzie has strong mathematical and logical skills as well, and uses games and fun activities to help students enjoy what they are learning and to bring out creativity and connection.  Lizzie creates classes that are exciting for those who already enjoy the subjects she teaches, engaging for those who tend to find the topics challenging, and fun for all!

ScottySebestaScott Sebesta – High School Biology & Lab -SCV, High School Chemistry – Northridge & High School Biology, Physics & Chemistry labs

Scott is a full time student and tutor currently attending CSUN with a major in Physics. He transferred to CSUN in spring 2016 from College of the Canyons. Scott has been working as a private science and math tutor for the past 4 years and with his cousin started their own private tutoring company in the fall of 2015.


donnaseidmanDonna Seidman – Public Speaking, Latin, Formal Logic

Donna Seidman, a veteran homeschool mom of seven children, enjoys teaching Writing and other subjects using the IEW curriculum. As a mother of five boys who would rather do anything but write, she turned to co-ops that were teaching IEW and soon began to teach the program as well. It has paid off. Even her adult children who don’t “love” writing realize how their skills have helped them in their education and careers. They still enjoy dressing up mom’s writing! She has taught Classical Conversations challenge levels over the past several years and is currently helping to design a classical program for a charter school independent study program. She continues to teach middle school students multiple classical subjects using IEW as a springboard to integrate history, science, Latin, literature, and logic.


Elizabeth Seward – Waldorf Knitting & Hand Sewing and Embroidery

Elizabeth Seward, PhD has been a teacher in private and public Waldorf schools for 30 years. She delights in teaching handwork to homeschool groups, charter school students, parents, and teachers, and in sharing the enlivening and successful Waldorf curriculum. Elizabeth has been knitting for over 50 years, was a contributing editor to Living Crafts magazine, and is the author of the forthcoming book Teaching Through Stories: Jane and Jeremy Learn to Knit.

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Ashley Spalding – Vocal Training, Songwriting & Recording and Voice Over Techniques

Ashley Spalding is a Southern California native who has been a singer and song writer for over nine years. She pursued her love for music and song writing at the College of the Canyons in musical theater, followed by two years at the LA Film and Recording School with a science degree in audio engineering, where she graduated at the top of her class. Currently, Ashley works closely with students through mindful exercises that help them discover their own unique voice, no matter the genre or style. Her goal is for her students to gain a self-confidence that propels their musical and poetic passions to a new form of self expression.

TerriStairpicTerri Stair – Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Writing Classes, Grammar Classes, and Individual Personalized Tutoring, Accredited Instructor for the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)

 

    Graduating with a Bachelor of Science from California State University, Northridge and high honors from the UCLA Paralegal Program, Terri enjoyed a decade in the world of litigation. However, her desire to preserve her children’s love of learning lured her into an unexpected adventure, home schooling. While teaching a home school group class, she was surprised to discover it was a blast!

    As author and illustrator of “The STAIR WAY to My Secret Recipes for Making Grammar Fun and Easy,” Terri is reaching beyond the classroom to encourage parents, teachers, and students with the clever and whimsical posters and props she created to transform grammar from boring and bewildering to amusing and understandable!  Visit www.thestairwaytogrammar.com to learn more.

    Terri is a Certified Instructor for the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), and she delights in equipping students to listen, speak, read, write, and think the IEW way.  After a three day IEW summer camp, a shy student’s note exclaimed, “I am so glad I took this class…it made writing a lot more fun and ENJOYABLE! This class was EPIC!” (Emphasis added by student.)  A busy mom wrote, “She (her daughter) has really come to love writing in just these three days. I am so thankful…!” Terri’s enthusiasm for teaching grows every time her students overcome their apprehensions about writing and become confident communicators.


Gracie Tauch – Algebra 1, 2, Geometry, Geology, Physics, Entrepreneurship, Nature Journaling, Math & Science Tutoring

Gracie received a BS in GeoPhysics from CSUN and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education as well as a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math. She has completed and passed the CBEST as well as the Math I and Math II CSET tests and is completing the last semester of her student teaching at a local high school. She has taught different levels of Math & Science in a private school and was a student instruction leader for a Math 101 class at CSUN. She also has been tutoring Math and Science regularly since 2011. She has done private and small group tutoring at an independent study charter school as well as served as a substitute teacher. Gracie is very passionate about helping people understand Math & Science concepts they felt that they would always struggle with!
She currently has her own tutoring business and is very excited to be joining the Learn Beyond the Book team.

211024 FYC ScreeningKim Turney – Stage Combat (for Academy of Theatrical Combat) 

Kim received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Theater and Acting from Ohio State University.  She has tons of teaching, theater and acting experience, which you can read more about at this link.


kirk-watanabeKirk Watanabe – Math & SAT/ACT Test Prep 
Kirk has been teaching and tutoring in Math since high school and more recently has taught many SAT & ACT Prep courses.  He has been the Manager of Instruction for Catalyst Prep where he taught all different subjects .  He is excited to join us in the Math program as well as offering test prep courses.
LaineyWhiteLainey White – Violin 

Lainey boasts a highly developed skill set in successful business ownership, organization, and communication with a history of excellence in the music industry as a concert studio violinist for numerous orchestras, ensembles, solo artists, theaters, and composers based in the Los Angeles area. Lainey currently teaches at Keyboard Galleria and has some private students as well.  

Sonia Wike – Language Arts, Social Studies & Science through Stories & Our Amazing Bodies, Writing for Little Ones

Sonia Wike earned her BA in Liberal Studies at Cal Poly Pomona in 2004. She is a mother of three children, Tyler 19, Lucas 15 and Sasha 3.5 years old. She taught English as a second language in the Arcadia School District for grades K-5. Sonia taught 1st and 2nd grade as well as Spanish at The Waverly School in Pasadena for 3 years. She also created a successful after school class called Fun with Literature, where the children wrote, illustrated and made their very own books to take home. Currently, Sonia is the EAKK! (eco art kids kollective!) Coordinator for a non-profit organization called Family Love Village. She organizes art and craft activities while at the same time inspiring creative ideas to keep trash out of landfills by making art out of the trash found around the house. She has organized events at Lightning in a Bottle, The Los Angeles Decompression as well as various birthday parties and events. Her teaching philosophy is that she is the facilitator, a helper, in the learning process. Children carve the way to what and how she facilitates.  Sonia is also one of our awesome Inspire teachers.

marthazittelMartha Zittel – Atlas Adventures, Dynamic Art – Northridge

Martha Zittel was born and raised in Mexico City where she earned her BA in Industrial Design. In the United States she worked for many years in the Aerospace Industry, but she found that exploring her artistic vein was her passion and her path. She likes to work with all kinds of materials and techniques to create bi-dimensional and tridimensional art. She married a professional Illustrator and both she and her husband homeschool their two daughters who share their love for creativity. Martha has been teaching for over 25 years to populations ranging from At-Risk-Youth at an inner city school, working with both outpatients and clinicians in a mental health clinic, and with groups of mothers and homeschoolers. She loves working with kids and is constantly inspired by their fearlessness in expressing themselves. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, a Meditation facilitator, Certified Massage Therapist, and Doula. In her spare time, Martha is an avid reader, a World traveler, a closet writer and a doll maker.

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