Fall After-School Flyers are posted below!
Online registration is now open – click on the link below.
Classes will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (Monday, August 26 at Weaver).
You will find flyers, class descriptions and teacher bios below. Are you ready to register for classes? Click HERE!
LAEF is proud to offer FREE global language classes to 2nd and 3rd graders across the district and reduced pricing for all other language classes! We are so grateful to YOU for supporting LAEF, which makes this opportunity possible.
The free 2nd and 3rd grade Global Language classes have 17 seats available. If the class fills up, we will do our best to add another class, which may be a different language and on a different day of the week. All languages offered are currently available for Los Alamitos High School students, so our goal is to expose children to languages they can pursue further in their secondary education.
Fall 2019 After-School Program Flyers
Please note: all families that participate in Kids Korner extended daycare MUST complete the required release form prior to the start of LAEF Classes!
Middle School Dance Intensive Flyer
Lee’s Maker Club Flyer
Clinics in the Arts Flyer
No class days for LAEF at all Elementary Schools (Including CDC) except for Weaver:
Mondays – November 4, 11, 25
Tuesdays – November 5, 12, 26
Wednesdays – November 6, 27
Thursdays – November 7, 28
Fridays – November 1, 8, 29
No class days for LAEF at Weaver:
Mondays – September 2, 30 and November 4, 11, 25
Tuesdays – October 1 and November 5, 12, 26
Wednesdays – October 2 and November 6, 27
Thursdays – October 3 and November 7, 28
Fridays – October 4 and November 1, 8, 29
No Class days for McAuliffe and Oak:
Mondays – November 11, 25
Tuesdays – October 15 and November 26
Wednesdays – N/A
Thursdays – October 17 and November 28
Fridays – October 18 and November 1, 29
No Class days for LAHS:
Mondays – N/A
Wednesdays – N/A
Thursdays – N/A
Fall 2019 Class Descriptions
American Sign Language – ASL is a fun, interactive, hands-on second language to learn! Learning ASL has many cognitive benefits such as higher abstract and creative thinking, better problem-solving, better listening skills and greater academic achievement. Students will present what they have learned at the end of the session.
All Aboard the Art Ship! – Students will learn different art-making techniques, such as collage, puppet-making, drawing, painting and more! They will create pieces of art as a collective learning experience, gaining valuable knowledge about the benefits of working both in teams and individually on projects, as well as creating and learning about sailing the high seas as a pirate!
Ahoy Matey Art! (Atwood) – Welcoming art students aboard the art ship! Students will learn different art marking techniques, including: collage, color mixing/theory, drawing and painting with a variety of water soluble mediums. They will explore different ways to create in ways that are gifted from the sea. Students will benefit from working with their pirate crew while also being inspired by their own hidden treasure.
Acting Academy (Drama Kids) – Acting Academy will allow kids to expand their skills in acting, public speaking and performing. Students will participate in a drama enrichment program and stage performances that will help build confidence and creativity that can have a dramatic positive impact on academic, personal and professional success. Kids will engage in activities such as speech training, mini-scripts and improvisations in small groups, monologues, character analysis, auditioning-skill development and production techniques.
Breakdance – Learn to breakdance; a dynamic and entertaining form of dance! Students will be introduced to the world of breakdance and learn moves like TopRock, Six-Step, Freezes, Swipes and more!
Chess – This class uses a fun, story based curriculum to get children excited about chess! Our lessons are tailored to the skill level of the students; all chess levels are welcome! In each class, children will get a 30 minute lesson followed by 30 minutes of chess playing time! We use chess to teach many life skills including sportsmanship, patience, strategic thinking, planning ahead, and working toward a goal. The class will end with a fun tournament where children have the opportunity to win trophies and prizes!
Co-Ed Cheer (Rise Up Athletics, formerly known as Kidnastics) – This is a NON-Building cheer class where students don’t actually stunt each other. Instead they learn the following skill sets. 1. Proper Warm-up and Stretching techniques 2. Beginner jumps. 3. Motions. 4. Dance and Chants. 5.Tumbling. 6. Proper body positions for stunting taught on the floor, transitions to a target spot on floor and then balancing. 7. The class will finish with a high enery, fun performance on the last day of class!
Co-Ed Cheer (Goldman) – Cheer is a sport involving the performance of organized cheering, chanting, and dancing. Cheer-leading teaches teamwork. The ability to work with other people to achieve a goal is an aspect of cheer-leading that carries over into your non-cheer life. This is because cheer-leading instills a strong work ethic. Cheerleaders are high achievers because cheer-leading teaches the following five key traits.
1. Confidence 2. Dependability 3. Responsibility 4. Accountability 5. Difficulty
Creative Drama – Tables and chairs will be pushed aside and students will be asked to throw their inhibitions out the window. This is an environment that encourages students to experiment with their voices and express themselves creatively without judgment. This fun, unique class teaches students acting skills while enabling them to also develop important life skills such as leadership, confidence, communication, verbal expression and team building, regardless of age or prior experience. Students will have the opportunity to present what they’ve learned at the end of the session. With Creative Drama, “THE DIFFERENCE IS DRAMATIC”!
Drivers Education (Kanor) – This in-class teen Driver’s Education program is approved by the DMV to comply with California requirements to earn an instructional permit. *This class does not cover behind the-wheel training.
Drawing and Painting (Atwood) – Master the fundamental techniques of Drawing & Painting while expanding your conceptual boundaries and developing your own artistic vision! Students will create images to tell stories, convey information, and evoke emotions. Explore digital arts through use of printer projects by progressing handmade skills to the digital realm. Students will learn techniques, create projects, and use processes that will allow them to build a great portfolio. They will also have the opportunity to learn techniques from classical to multicultural artists from around the world. *LAEF thanks Epson for their generous Digital Arts grant!
Fall Food Exploration (Cigliano) – Young students will be preparing delicious dishes and snacks using seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and all natural ingredients. Students create culinary masterpieces in this hands-on cooking class. Students will be cooking and tasting different foods! Cooking is amazingly appealing to their tactile senses; pouring, stirring and touching can teach cooperation and a sense of pride in their creations. We hope that our students will develop life-long appreciation for nutritious food and good eating habits. Accommodations can always be made for your child if he/she has food allergies.
French (Hollis) – Bonjour! Would you like to learn how to «parler le français ?» Have fun learning the basics of French language in a dynamic and interactive environment! In this class students will be introduced to foundational French vocabulary and phrases. Students will practice conversation with their classmates and learn about French culture, arts and cuisine. Instruction will include movies, videos, games and fun activities that will immerse you in all things French. Très bien!
Gymnastics – This class is designed to increase coordination, strength, flexibility, and body awareness by utilizing kid sized gymnastics equipment. Your child will learn gymnastics skills in a safe, fun, and progressive curriculum.
Girls Self Defense – Kenpo Karate with an emphasis on practical self-defense for girls, as well as empowerment.
Japanese (Brubacher) – Students will gain exposure and introduction to the Japanese language and culture through reading, writing, listening, and engaging in complementary activities (origami craft and singing songs) which will provide a foundation for further study.
Jiu Jitsu – This class will focus on bully prevention and self-defense while helping students gain confidence in their physical abilities using Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Kenpo Karate (Solow) – Students of all ages learn self-discipline and respect in this physical fitness class. Basic Karate techniques will improve student strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination.
Lacrosse (Taibi) – Lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in America, started on the East Coast by the Native Americans in the 12th century. Lacrosse has grown to be one of the fastest growing sports in the country. This interactive sport combines the basic skills used in soccer, basketball, and hockey into one fast paced, high scoring game. Athletes will learn all the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing, and shooting, all in a fun, non-checking environment.
LEGO Academy (Play-Well) – LEGO Academy – This class uses LEGOs to teach fundamental physics and engineering concepts! This class will introduce students to unique math concepts and mechanical designs using LEGOs. Students will build spring balance scales and perform scientific tests using their creation. Students are encouraged to imagine and apply scenarios to their projects that reflect current studies.
LEGO Architecture – In this fun class, students will build their way through history starting with the Ancient Egyptians and ending in a futuristic city! Each week they will learn fun facts about a period in history and then build based on what they learned! They will build buildings, historical settings, and stories out of LEGO® bricks as they learn history and go through time in this Architectural Time Machine!
Mandarin (Freeh and Wu) – This class offers children an introduction to the Chinese language and culture through games and interaction. The children will study basic words: greetings, food, animals and counting. They will try their skills at calligraphy and making their own first strokes of Chinese characters. Each lesson will have dedicated time for learning about culture and time for fun, including learning rhymes and songs.
Mandarin (Surkova) – This class offers children an introduction to the Chinese language and culture through games and interaction. The children will study basic words: greetings, food, animals and counting. They will try their skills at calligraphy and making their own first strokes of Chinese characters. Each lesson will have dedicated time for learning about culture and time for fun, including learning rhymes and songs.
Musical Theater – The Little Mermaid (Hanlen) – Students will enhance their singing, dancing and acting skills using material from the musical The Little Mermaid. They will learn choreography and improve their vocal abilities while studying roles and learning lines from selections of The Little Mermaid which will be performed at the end of the session.
Musical Theater (Coralie Prince) Experience the joy and fun of participating in scenes and songs from well-known musicals. Build self-confidence and skills that will assist you in every aspect of school and beyond. We sing, we act, play and move. All students will be cast and coached in the scenes with a culminating performance the last class period!! This class is one you will enjoy and remember!!!
Musical Theater – Peter Pan (Thorn) – In this musical theatre class, students will learn music and dances from Peter Pan. They will learn the fun of singing and dancing while also being challenged with imagination building exercises, performing basics of theater and learning the work that goes into a production. Students will learn music, lyrics and age-appropriate dance choreography. Musical theatre helps develop self-expression and communication skills boosting self- confidence while developing physical coordination, mental focus, social cooperation, personal responsibility and much more. Even without Tinkerbell’s fairy dust, the magic of theatre will come alive in a class performance on the final day, where all Lost Boys (girls too!) declare in proud Neverland fashion, “I won’t grow up”!
Muay Thai (Wetzel) – This NON-CONTACT class will focus on teaching the art of Muay Thai Kickboxing while at the same time helping the students to become more fit, confident and coordinated. Students will also focus on core skills including focus, discipline, tenacity, and discipline.
Origami (Strategic Kids) – A fun and exciting class where children will learn the Japanese art of origami along with a different aspect of Japanese culture each week! Every student will receive an origami instruction sheet on what was covered that day. They will take home projects after every class! Students will make origami hearts, origami cups, samurai helmets, and several animals such as dogs, cats, cranes and more! They will start with easy creations and get more and more complex.
Origami (Brubacher) – Children will practice developing fine motor skills and following precise instructions by folding and crafting paper known as origami. This also lays a foundation for geometry and math. Students will be introduced to Japanese children’s songs.
Rise Up Athletics – Rise Up Athletics, formerly known as Kidnastics, offers gymnastics based programs for boys and girls of all elementary ages. From gymnastics, cheerleading, tumbling, ninjas,and more Rise Up Athletics has something for everyone. The entire staff is highly trained and focused on making sure each student leaves feeling positive and successful!
Science on the High Seas! Swashbucklers, Sailors & Scallawags (Fox) – How did sailors find their way across the ocean before GPS? They used the stars! We’ll explore this technology, as well as make a compass, telescope and look for buried treasure. Teams will build a ship and navigate a small ‘ocean’ to find real pirate coins along the way- and so much more. Join our swashbuckling crew as we sail our way through Science on the High Seas!
Soccer with Sportsmanship (Pure Game) – By establishing a safe, fun and encouraging environment, the Field Champion (Teacher) delivers the Pure Game S.T.A.R. SOCCER value-based curriculum. By infusing sports-based activities and character-building curriculum, students have a unique experiential learning process that develops and improves self-confidence, self-esteem, and positive attitudes. Students work through challenging situations, setting and achieving realistic goals, understanding the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and providing a positive and encouraging demeanor of hope for a better life.
Speech and Debate (Garcia) – This course will help students develop and improve public speaking, argumentative, and critical¬ thinking skills in communication settings. Students will prepare and deliver speeches and participate in several in ¬class debates and forums on current topics. Techniques will be taught to control speech anxiety, as well as build the skillset to structure and organize information for a variety of audiences. As such, the fundamentals of physical and verbal delivery skills, use of language and gesturing, as well as listening skills will be learned or enhanced.
Speech and Debate (Ruano) – This course will help students develop and improve public speaking, argumentative, and critical¬ thinking skills in communication settings. Students will prepare and deliver speeches and participate in several in ¬class debates and forums on current topics. Techniques will be taught to control speech anxiety, as well as build the skillset to structure and organize information for a variety of audiences. As such, the fundamentals of physical and verbal delivery skills, use of language and gesturing, as well as listening skills will be learned or enhanced.
Spanish (Rogers) – Immerse your child in the Spanish language. Instructional focus is on building Spanish vocabulary, conversational dialogue and cultural awareness. We’ll also be working on creating pirate adventures in Spanish!
Spanish (DeNardo) – This Spanish class is taught through music, movement, repetition, visuals, and games by native speakers. This Spanish class will be fun, engaging, and there will be a focus on biliteracy and biculturalism.
Spanish – ¡Ahoy Compañeros! (Brown) – Introduction to Spanish language and Hispanic culture through interactive activities, stories, videos, songs and more! Students will be introduced to Spanish through reading, writing and listening. Join us as we embark on a pirate adventure and learn basic greetings, alphabet, days of the week, months and seasons of the year, basic colors and more!
Soccer (LA Galaxy O.C.) – LA Galaxy Orange County provides a FUNdamental soccer experience for all players. Following an age-appropriate curriculum, every player will be provided with a fun yet challenging environment facilitating the development of soccer skills and techniques. Staffed by qualified professional LA Galaxy OC coaches.
Skateboarding (Skatedogs) – Skatedogs is a hands-on skateboarding after school program for all levels. Whether you are just learning, or ready to move on to advanced tricks this program is right for you. This popular sport is a fun and exciting way for students to get a great workout while building coordination and self-confidence. The blacktop will be turned into a temporary skate park to give students an ideal opportunity to skate like the pros. Fill your afternoon with ramps and rails as you continue to improve your skating ability each week. Requirements: A “trick” skateboard, knee pads, elbow pads, a helmet and a signed Skatedogs waiver. Visit SkateDogs.com to view their online skateboard customizer and to learn more about what type of skateboard to bring. You can purchase safety gear and/or a skateboard and they can bring on the first day of class by selecting “local pick up”.
Volleyball – Students will learn the basic skills needed to participate in the game of volleyball. The focus will be technique when passing (bumping), setting, serving, and hitting (spiking)! These skills will be applied while participating in drills and lead-up games related to the game of volleyball.
The World Underwater (Hultberg) – Ahoy Mateys! In this course, students will voyage to each of the oceanic habitats around the world. Students will learn about the animals that occupy each habitat and their adaptations to help them survive. Students will gain an understanding of each unique habitat and what makes each so special.
World Dance (M. Jones) – Children will learn dances from different countries, about their people and customs. Music and steps from African, Brazilian, Chinese and Hawaiian dances will be covered during these two weeks: needed props will be provided.
Teacher Bios – Fall 2019
Lainey Atwood – Lainey Atwood is an artist who is eager to share her love for art with her students. She recently graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in drawing and painting. She learned an appreciation for art through her mother, a high school art teacher. She is excited to give back to the Los Alamitos community by sharing her knowledge of art and passion for teaching. Lainey is a graduate of Los Alamitos High School.
Laura Bietman – Laura graduated from CSULB with her Bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language Linguistics and Interpreting. She currently works as an ASL-English interpreter at El Camino College in Torrance. She has lived in Los Alamitos since middle school, and her two younger siblings are currently students in the district. Laura’s younger brother, Andrew, has Autism and has inspired her to work and volunteer with people of all types of abilities, and he is the reason she is so passionate about her work. Laura is a graduate of Los Alamitos High School.
Lordes Brown – As a native Spanish speaker, sharing the love of my first language and culture has become my impetus for teaching Spanish to elementary level children. I spoke Spanish consistently during my former twenty-one year career as a police services dispatcher in a predominantly Hispanic community. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, all from CSU, Long Beach. I am a proud mother of two children who attend the Los Alamitos School District and a supportive member and resident of the Los Alamitos community.
Kathy Brubacher – Kathy Brubacher is fully bilingual in English and Japanese having been formally educated in both the US and Japan during her formative years and through graduate school. Her interest in education—the development of the mind and heart—was sparked as a young adult by her mentor and with support of her parents. As a certified teacher in Japan and professional mom, she has taught various age groups in multiple settings including private schools, private tutoring, and homeschooling. Kathy encourages her students to aim high and pursue excellence in whatever they do. She believes passion typically comes after mastery of a subject opening doors to opportunities for the future and present. She is looking forward to teaching Japanese this fall!
Ollie Cigliano – Ollie graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Comparative Literature, English, Italian and Spanish. Ollie is a fully credentialed and highly qualified classroom teacher. She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State Long Beach, and an Ed Specialist Credential from the Orange County Department of Education with English Language Learner and Autism Authorization. Ollie earned her director’s credential from UCLA and has run an enrichment program and preschool as both a non-profit and a small business. She has 16 years of teaching experience and integrates inquiry-based and hands-on learning into her cooking classes. She cooked in Spain and Rome while completing her undergraduate work; and traveled extensively throughout Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii and Europe. Ollie brings her traveling experiences to the kitchen with simple, rustic dishes using local and sustainable ingredients. While living in Berkeley, Ollie was inspired by Alice Waters’ cooking, edible garden, and farm-to-school programs. She currently works as a private chef and teaches organic cooking and biodynamic gardening classes. Her family’s roots are from Ischia, a small island off of Naples, which is reflected in her Italo-California fusion cooking and passion for gardening. In her spare time she enjoys cooking with her family, creating cheese plates, caring for a baby California desert tortoise and Zucca the puppy (Italian for squash). Ollie is excited about teaching for LAEF this summer at SEI!
Courtney Curran – Courtney takes an enthusiastic approach to both teaching and coaching with over 15 years of highly immersive experience. She played collegiate volleyball at both CSUF and Hawaii Pacific University from 2008 to 2012. She continued to hone her knowledge of the game as a graduate assistant coach at HPU, in addition to coaching various club teams in Hawaii and Southern California for girls ages 8 through 18. After being avidly involved with CSULB’s 49er Camp and Camp Nugget programming, Courtney earned her teaching credential at CSULB. She currently leads the Adapted PE program at McAuliffe and Los Al High School, and teaches gross motor skills for children of all ability levels in the elementary setting.
James Danforth – James Danforth – James holds a multiple subject credential and has dual bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology. James has worked as a STEM and Innovation Specialist in the Fullerton School District for 2 years, including serving as the Robotics Team Coach, and currently works at McAuliffe Middle School as a Math Interventionist and STEAM Club Coach. James is passionate about connecting students to Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics and helping each student find their individual passion for learning!
Pilar DeNardo – Pilar DeNardo was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain and in Perú. After graduating from college, she came to the United States to learn English. Pilar earned an M.A in Bilingual Education as well as multiple teaching credentials. After teaching elementary school for 5 years and becoming a mom, Pilar decided to open her own business and teach her native language to many different schools.
Angie Wolf (Drama Kids) – Angie is the Director of Drama Kids North Orange County. She graduated from San Francisco State University where she completed her teaching credential and majored in Child Development. She is a former elementary school teacher, after-school program instructor and camp counselor. She’s passionate about working with children and is a true believer that boosting confidence is key to developing successful individuals ready to take on the world. She is a mom with two fun and beautiful little girls and can’t wait to bring Drama Kids to her community!
Jeff West (Drama Kids) – Jeff is the Director of Drama Kids North Orange County. Drama Kids International is the largest after-school drama program in the world with students at nearly 2000 locations in over 25 countries. As a teacher, performer and business owner, Jeff recognizes the invaluable impact that teaching children strong communication skills can have on their daily lives. He received his BA in Psychology and MBA from UC Irvine. Jeff is passionate about helping kids build confidence, leadership skills, verbal expression and creative thinking at a young age. He lives in Seal Beach and enjoys performing with his band, teaching courses at UCI and UCLA, facilitating improv classes with children and adults and, of course, spending time with his family and friends.
Melodie Fox – Melodie graduated from Hope International University in Fullerton with a B.A. in Human Development and has taught in several private elementary schools throughout southern California for over twenty years. Developing her own curriculum and spear-heading an innovative after school program on the east coast, she moved back in CA to pursue her love of hands-on teaching in the classroom. She is currently a projects coordinator at Oakwood Academy in Long Beach.
Elena Freeh – Elena graduated from People’s Friendship University of Russia, earned her B.A. degree in World History. Her diploma comes with teaching credentials. Elena spent three years at Tianjin University where she earned certificates in Chinese language proficiency (including a HSK certificate) and she took Master degree courses in economic and trade law in Mandarin. She worked in Russia as a middle school ESL teacher. In China she tutored ESL to groups of students from preschool to middle school age and individually tutored Russian language to Chinese and Korean students. Elena has experience developing individual teaching plans suitable for different ages, skill sets and requirements, creating fun activities to make classes interesting and fun. She strongly believes that anyone can learn a foreign language and enjoy the process. Elena is a proud parent of two students in the Los Alamitos Unified School District. Elena is extremely excited to teach for LAEF!
Mariela Garcia-Alvarado – Mariela graduated from California State University-Fullerton with three bachelors of arts degrees in American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and Philosophy and received the prestigious Edward J. Praitis Scholarship for her outstanding achievements in Philosophy at the commencement ceremony; moreover, Mariela was also chosen to represent the Chicana/o Studies department at the 2016 Ethnic Studies Conference at Chapman University and was awarded the Susan Flinkingshelt Student Association Service Award by the American Studies department. While completing her degree, Mariela debated for the varsity policy debate division and received multiple individual speaker awards and made it to many finalist rounds with her partners. During her last year of debate, she was awarded the Giles Scholarship by the CSU-Fullerton Forensics team and was awarded the 2017 CEDA All American Scholar- an award that recognizes those who demonstrate exceptional competitive and academic achievements as they participate in intercollegiate debate. Coach Mariela has been coaching for numerous schools and companies for 5 years, helping many students place in finalist rounds, raise their grades, and be accepted to many prestigious schools.
Toni Goldman – Toni has 3 children who attend McGaugh Elementary. They are in the 1st, 4th, and 5th grades. She is a veteran of United States Navy and her husband is active duty military for the Navy. Toni is a proactive PTA parent and she absolutely adores the McGaugh school and community. Toni has been cheer-leading most of her life and has coached cheer for 10+ years. She is a certified Youth Cheer and Dance Alliance Instrustor (YCADA). Toni coached Cheer for 3 years with Pop Warner Football and Cheer. Toni holds two 2nd place National Titles and one 5th place National tite. She holds a National Administration of Youth Services Certification (NAYS). She loves everything about cheer and what it teaches young kids. Toni is very excited to lead this new LAEF class.
Alan Grant – Alan teaches Computer Science at Los Alamitos High School and is the Assistant Cross Country Coach. Mr. Grant has been teaching for 5 years and has taught AP Calculus, Pre-Calculus and Career Technical Education courses in Hospitality and Tourism. Prior to teaching, Mr. Grant owned and operated a local restaurant, zpizza on Main Street in Seal Beach, from 2004-2015. Mr. Grant is also an active long distance runner, having won the Seal Beach 10K four consecutive years from 2008-2011 and competing in the 2017 Boston Marathon. Alan is the Computer Science teacher at LAHS.
Brenna Hanlen – Brenna Hanlen has been working in children’s theatre for 11 years. She has directed, musically directed, and choreographed for Musical Youth Artists Repertory Theatre. She is currently taking classes a LBCC in hopes of transferring and eventually attaining a BFA in Musical Theatre. She can’t wait to bring musical theatre to your kids!
Rebecca Hollis – Rebecca Hollis is a longtime creative professional who has worked as a fashion designer, digital artist, and computer graphic and textile designer. She holds a BA in art history and studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She holds CTE teaching credentials in Arts, Media, and Entertainment, and Fashion and Interior Design.
Johanna Hultberg – Johanna Hultberg is a junior at CSULB studying Marine Biology. She volunteers in Dr. Lowe’s Shark Lab and the Marine Mammal Care Center. She spends her free time SCUBA diving and baking. She hopes to have a career in educating kids about our special ocean!
Monik Jones – Monik is an artistic director, choreographer, entrepreneur and dance educator. She received her BA from UCLA in World Arts and Cultural and her M.F.A in Dance from UCI. It was at UCLA where her love of world dance was cultivated. She has traveled and taught in Brazil, Croatia and Ghana, West Africa. In 2004 she founded Monik’s Creative Movement a dance education company that provides quality dance education throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Her passion is education and she is an adjunct professor of dance at several Community Colleges.
Kendra Koelsch – Kendra, former Rainbow Wahine Indoor Volleyball player at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Master’s student at CSULB in Kinesiology, has played at the highest level and has been coached by Olympic legends. Kendra led the Rainbow Wahine as captain to the NCAA Championship tournament each year, making it to the Sweet Sixteens. The past five years, she has enjoyed coaching clinics throughout the islands of Hawai’i and coaching club volleyball. Kendra has a Bachelors degree in elementary education from University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Her mission as a coach is to show her athletes just how FUN the sport of volleyball can be, while also building foundational technique!
Kanor Driving School (Driver’s Education) – All of Kanor’s driving instructors have passed industry standardized tests as well as in-house testing prior to becoming a member of their staff. You can be confident that Kanor’s instructors know exactly what it takes to help the student reach their goal of becoming an educated driver.
L.A. Galaxy – LA Galaxy OC provides professional, quality coaches for all after-school programs. Coaches are certified by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and The Football Association England (FA). All coaches are CDC concussion certified. Currently coaches work in our highly competitive club program coaching teams in the Southern California Developmental Soccer League (SCDSL). They have numerous years of working with children of all age and skill levels and look forward to putting on after-school programs. They have taught classes at other school districts in Southern California including Irvine & Saddleback Valley.
Alex Montes – Alex is a gymnastics coach of five years with 13 years of actual gymnastics experience. He is a coach at SCATS in Huntington Beach. He enjoys teaching children and giving back to the sport that taught him how to stay fit and healthy. He is currently attending school seeking a degree in education as his aspiration is to continue to teach children of all ages.
Elizabeth Munoz – Elizabeth graduated with a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing with a minor in Marketing from California State University Long Beach. Munzon is a traditional oil painter working out of her studio in Long Beach where she also serves as Director. Elizabeth currently works as an art educator and as an administrator for the Arts Council for Long Beach.
Katie Perez – Katie, a California native, is an accomplished artist and teacher. A recent graduate from California State University, Long Beach, Katie has already led her students to art competitions and had their work shown in the Nixon Public Library. Her art, especially in the classroom, focuses on the collaborative. Katie has a heart for her community that can be seen not only in her work, but also in the way that she interacts with others. She is both detail oriented and creatively flexible, allowing students to explore their ideas while holding them to a high artistic standard.
Play-Well (Trayer Harvey) – Trayer is a native of Long Beach and an avid LEGO fan. He studied Robotics at the UC Santa Cruz and really enjoys bringing his love for STEM into the classroom. Trayer has just completed his first summer teaching Play-Well LEGO Engineering Summer Camps all across Orange County. His favorite Play-Well project is Battletracks!
Coralie Prince – Coralie Prince’s life has been music from the time she was born! Her father was a singer/songwriter/pianist and producer of shows. Mother, a nurse, performed at home and supported the arts. Coralie began piano when she was a toddler and violin when she was 6. She most recently taught elementary classroom music at Hopkinson and Lee both from 1980 to 2014. She directed grade level shows and produced, directed, accompanied a large musical each year with the 5th grade and/or the 4/5 chorus. She taught piano privately for many years and later, a summer Musical Theater Workshop for grades 3 thru 12. She is so excited to continue working with the students in the LAEF Musical Theater Class.
Pure Game – Field Champion Alex has played soccer for the majority of his life. He has learned many important lessons from soccer that have shaped the person he is today. Working at Pure Game gives him the opportunity to use soccer, as well as other sports, as an educational tool to help develop students’ life skills. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach and has worked to be a leader in his community both on the field and off since then.
Rise Up Athletics – pending.
Noemi Robles – Noemi is a graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a major in Dietetics and Food Administration. She enjoys cooking, shopping at the farmer’s market, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She is adventurous and likes to try new things. Currently she is employed with Levy at the Dignity Health Sports Park. Noemi has taught Fun with Food the past two summers with LAEF. She is motivated and excited to teach students about healthy and delicious foods!
Jenna Rogers – Jenna graduated from Los Alamitos High School and went through the district. She has a great love for foreign languages and cultures. She received her Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish at California State University of Long Beach. Jenna is currently enrolled in her Masters of Education at Concordia University. Her dream is to open an international preschool one day to encourage children to learn another language as young as possible. Jenna looks forward to sharing her passion with your children and, hopefully, inspiring them to continue an education in another language. Jenna currently teaches third grade at Harkham Hillel. Jenna has taught after-school with LAEF and is currently teaching Spanish at LAHS!
Raul Ruano – Raul earned bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and American Studies at Cal State Fullerton. Raul competed in varsity policy debate at CSUF, winning multiple awards, including: 1st place speaker, top-10 speaker finishes, and octo-final finishes in 2 national tournaments. He was also awarded the All-American debater award at the national CEDA tournament in 2018. His training in performative-style argumentation fueled a passion for teaching others how to use debate to refine civic leadership skills.
Skate Dogs (Adam Cohen) – Born in Huntington Beach, it wasn’t long until the owner of Skatedogs, Adam Cohen picked up a skateboard. It quickly became his passion and he would skateboard whenever he had free time. At a very young age, he realized that he wanted to turn this passion into a business. So after graduating Edison in High School, he enrolled at SDSU to earn a degree in business. Skatedogs offered their first summer camp in Los Alamitos in 2008 and they now have 4 mobile skateboard parks running skateboarding programs allover SoCal and NorCal. He’s so happy to be able to use skateboarding as a tool to inspire children to find their passion in life, live a healthy lifestyle, and make long lasting friendships.
Andrea Solow – Andrea Solow has been a student of Kenpo Karate for over 30 years and is currently a 5th Degree Black Belt. She has been the International champion six times and has won more than 150 1st place trophies in her tournament career. Ms. Solow owned and operated a karate school in Telluride, Colorado for 15 years. She has instructed several hundred people over the years, having many advanced students, and bringing several people to the rank of black belt. She recently moved back to her home state, California, with her husband and two children who attend school at Weaver. Ms. Solow is passionate about teaching kids and is excited to be an instructor for the LAEF program!
Strategic Kids – The mission of Strategic Kids is to be a positive impact on our community by teaching life strategies through games. Program instructors have experience working with elementary aged children. They have energetic and fun personalities that inspire kids.
Anastasiia Surkova – Anastasiia is a Chinese language teacher educated in Chongqing, China. Her areas of expertise include spoken Mandarin, calligraphy, and Chinese culture. Anastasiia’s experience includes written/oral translation as well as group language lessons that embraces interactive learning styles for children K – 8th. She is excited to bring her knowledge of Mandarin and Chinese culture to her students in Los Alamitos.
Jordon Taibi – Jordon is currently a student at Cal State University of Long Beach. Entering his fourth year, he hopes to graduate with a degree in Sports Psychology. Prior to joining the LAEF team, he worked with Long Beach Parks and Recreation at Wardlow Park as a day camp leader and coach. Outside of work, he enjoys snowboarding and watching sports. Jordon is a graduate of Los Alamitos High School where he played lacrosse through his tenure there.
Timothy Thorn – Educating youth through performance has been a focus throughout Tim’s life. Early in his career, he toured with The Lilliput Players, The Imagination Machine, True Colors, and You Need to Read. He has also performed with children for multiple educational youth theatre groups including First Artist Children’s Theatre, Children’s Theatre Experience and Musical Youth Artist Repertory Theatre (MYART). Tim has taught theatre through multiple school districts throughout California including Fullerton’s All the Arts for All The Kids program, various after school programs, as well as, the Orange County High School for the Arts. As a founding member of MYART, now in its 26th year, Tim served as Assistant Artistic Director, as well as, Resident Director of MYART northern California where he directed and choreographed youth casts of up to 300 performers in multiple productions. He has also choreographed the spring musical at Cerritos High School (his alma mater) for the past two decades. Tim is currently a member of two educational theatre groups. With Long Beach based, Olio Theatre Works, he helped develop a new anti-bullying school touring program, Grasping Bullying, premiering in the 2017-18 school year. He also currently serves as the Resident Director and Technical Director of Phantom Projects Theatre Group.
WeBreak – WeBreak Hip-Hop Dance Company was founded in 2011 by Brian Wright. Brian Wright is a natural and gifted instructor in dance and has been teaching dance for the past 12 years. He loves working with children, teens and adults and has been dancing for over 17 years and breakdancing for over 12 years. He, along with a friend, founded and designed the California State University Breakers, a campus club committed to teaching the art form of breaking at Cal State University Long Beach. The CSULB Breakers won the very first intercollegiate breakdance competition at LMU in 2006. Brian also received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from CSULB.
Arnold Weintraub – Dr. Weintraub has been teaching since 1966. He received his BA degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a double major in English and Speech Communication. He received his MA and PHD degrees in Speech Communication from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He taught English at every level, ranging from remedial through AP Honors. He coached Debate for 11 years at Omaha Central High School. He has also taught several courses in Speech Communication at El Camino College and Golden West College. Dr. Weintraub is an enthusiastic teacher and served as a walk-on coach at Los Alamitos High School, coaching the Debate team and the Mock Trial team.
Jerry Wetzel (Centerline Gym) – Jerry is the founder of Red Zone Threat Management and travels nationally and internationally teaching seminars to members of the DEA, Local Law Enforcement, and civilians on the topic of personal protection. He is the author of the book “Red Zone Prime: A Foundation for Personal Protection”. In addition he is a passionate instructor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts which he teaches at the facility he has owned and operated for the last 14 years, Centerline Martial Arts and Fitness. Jerry runs kids classes daily in mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as the kids BJJ competition team. He has one child who is a Weaver student as well as one who just left Weaver to move into 6th grade at Oak. Jerry firmly believes that every child has the right to enjoy their school days without fear of being bullied and is committed to helping them develop the necessary tools and attitude to help them on their journey.
Binbin Wu – Binbin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Huangshan University, China and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of California, Riverside. Currently, she is enrolled in a teaching credential program in Mandarin at CSU Long Beach. She will finishing her teaching credential in the fall of 2019. She has taught Mandarin in the education field for many years serving a diverse student population. Binbin Wu has a passion to help individuals to succeed in their Mandarin learning and she hopes to leverage all her experiences for the benefit of the students.
Aside from the FUN, innovative classes offered, did you know quality After School Programs:
- Give children activity choices, engage them in enrichment activities, and support socialization and team learning
- Pay academic dividends during the school day, whether or not the class is classified as “academic,” because programs feature reading, language comprehension and analytic thought
- Provide opportunities for group projects which enhance children’s learning, as do music, art, theatre, and computer activities, as well as reading for pleasure and writing for an audience
- Let students connect with teachers in a lower teacher-child ratio setting. Such meaningful interactions are associated with more positive interactions, less negativity, and more flexible and age-appropriate activities
- Allow students (most markedly boys) greater flexibility to make choices in their class activities, which research connects to better social skills with classroom peers
- Can decrease TV viewing behavior in children!! Researchers found that children watch far more television at home after school than they do at after-school programs. In numerous studies, time viewing television has been associated with lower reading achievement and more frequent behavior problems among children.
LAEF’s After School Programs…where Los Al students have fun and parents have peace of mind! Have questions about programs? E-mail our Program Director at email@example.com