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After-School Enrichment Programs

Offered ON CAMPUS at Los Al USD Schools

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You will find flyers, class descriptions and teacher bios below.  Are you ready to register for classes?  Click HERE!

 

The Fall Session will begin the week of Sept. 4 (August 27 at Weaver).
Registration is now open.

LAEF is proud to offer FREE global language classes to 2nd graders across the district. We are so grateful to YOU for supporting LAEF, which makes this opportunity possible. Our goal is to expand free or reduced-fee language classes to additional grade levels in the future.

The free 2nd grade Global Language classes have 24 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 2018 After-School Program Flyers

Click HERE for the Hopkinson flyer

Click HERE for the LAE flyer

Click HERE for the Lee flyer

Click HERE for the McGaugh flyer

Click HERE for the Rossmoor flyer

Click HERE for the Weaver flyer

Please note: all families that participate in Kids Korner extended daycare MUST complete the required release form prior to the start of LAEF Classes!

To download and print EDCC Activity Release Form, click HERE.

Click HERE for the Pre-School flyer (Lee CDC)

Click HERE for the Pre-School flyer (Weaver CDC)

 

Click HERE for the McAuliffe’s flyer

Click HERE for the Oak flyer

Click HERE for the LAHS flyer

 

Clinics in the Arts Flyers

Click HERE for the Dance Clinic flyer

 
LAEF – No Class Days

No class days for LAEF at all Elementary Schools (Including CDC) except for Weaver:
Mondays – November 5, 12 and 19
Tuesdays – November 6, 13 and 20
Wednesdays – November 7 and 21
Thursdays – November 8 and 22
Fridays – September 28 and November 9 and 23

No class days for LAEF at Weaver:
Mondays – September 3, October 1, November 5, 12 and 19
Tuesdays – October 2, November 6, 13 and 20
Wednesdays – October 3, November 7 and 21
Thursdays – October 4, November 8 and 22
Fridays – September 28, October 5, November 9 and 23

No Class days for McAuliffe and Oak:
Mondays – November 12 and November 19
Tuesdays – November 20
Wednesdays – October 17 and November 21
Thursdays – October 18 and November 22
Fridays – September 28, October 19 and November 23

Fall 2018 Class Descriptions

American Sign Language – ASL is a fun, interactive, hands-on second language! 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.

Aventuras de Dinosaurio – 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 our own dinosaur adventures in Spanish!

Breakdance – Learn this 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 – Academic Chess 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!

Creative Drama – At Drama Kids, we push the tables and chairs aside and ask students to throw their inhibitions out the window. Drama Kids provides 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 Drama Kids, “THE DIFFERENCE IS DRAMATIC”!

Dig It! Dino Science – Have you ever wanted to go on an expedition to find the skeleton of a giant T-Rex? Then join us in Dig It! Dino Science where we will make our own dinosaur fossils and eggs (which we’ll crack open to see what’s inside!) and even team build a T-Rex together. We’ll tackle the toughest dinosaur questions that scare the bravest of scientists, and so much more!

Digital Art/Computer Graphics – If you love computers and being creative, you will love this class! In this class students will be introduced to the basics of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will use digital drawing tools, digital photography, scanners, and printers. They will learn how to create awesome original artwork through projects that appeal to their individual interests. They will have the opportunity to explore character illustration, photo manipulation, drawing, or simply create cool images on computers!

Drawing and Painting – 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. 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.

French – 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!

Girls Self Defense – Kenpo Karate with an emphasis on practical self-defense for girls as well as empowerment. In Kenpo Karate children of all ages learn self-discipline and respect in this physical fitness class. Basic Karate techniques will improve student strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination.

Gymnastics – This Beginning/Intermediate Gymnastic class will introduce your child the exciting sport of gymnastics! Our program will teach your child stretching, locomotor skills, and basic gymnastics skills on the vault, bars, balance beam, and floor. It will improve your child’s coordination, strength, and developmental skills in a fun and safe environment. Gymnasts will be challenged with skill progressions as they advance in their abilities.

Japanese – Students will gain exposure and introduction to the Japanese language and culture through reading, writing, listening, and engaging in well-chosen activities according to their developmental stages, 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.

Jurassic Art – Let your child have a Jurassic experience through art! The students will learn different art-making techniques, such as collage, puppet-making, drawing and painting (and more!) that represent this exciting time period. They will develop 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 the natural environment and the fantastic creatures that have populated our planet before us.

Kenpo Karate – 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.

Kids Show Choir – Dive into the world of vocal music with Mr. von Kolen. This exciting class led my McGaugh’s Music Specialist will teach your child to sing, act, and perform with songs from Peter Pan. The BIG performance will be on the last day of class.

LAEF Fit! Nutrition, Fitness, and Yoga – Students will be introduced to a variety of topics that affect their immediate and long-term health. We promote a healthy and active lifestyle through discussion, high-energy workouts, followed by a yoga cool-down at the end of each class, in order to allow students to easily transition to the start of their school day. We will be covering topics including diet, exercise, good hygiene, and accessible resources in the community.

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! Each child will receive a LEGO® gift along with a certification of participation on the last day of class.

Mandarin (Elena Freeh) – 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 (Global Cultural) – Immerse your child in the Mandarin language. Students will familiarize themselves with Chinese culture through music and art.

Musical Theatre Class – Wizard of Oz – students will learn the basics of musical theatre (singing, dancing, acting) while learning material from the musical Wizard of Oz. They will study roles, learn lines, and work on vocals and choreography to produce a performance of selections from the show at the end of the session.

Musical Theater – 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, 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!!!

Origami – 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.

Prehistoric Art – In this art class we will be exploring dinosaurs through the lens of making art. We will work with a variety of mediums in engaging and age-appropriate ways to create both abstract and representational art.

Preparing for the College Essay – This is an ideal course for students who will be applying to colleges and universities. This 7-week course will guide students to writing an effective college essay. Students will gain tips, be guided through revisions and have a polished essay ready to submit to colleges. All students will receive a book titled, “Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps” by Alan Gelb.

Public Speaking – Do you want to become a powerful public speaker before your peers? Public speaking is designed to teach presentation skills for informative, persuasive, debate, and impromptu styles of speech delivery. It will also focus on the written aspect of speech organization, as well as how to be confident and comfortable in front of an audience. This course prepares students for a variety of academic and other situations in which formal presentations are required. Students will learn how to research, outline, and deliver short, informal presentations as well as longer speeches. Students will also learn about the qualities colleges’ value and how to strengthen their preparation for college.

Robotics – This class provides students with engaging hands-on explorations of computer science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields using robots. Students will build and program real-life robotic solutions using motors, sensors, batteries, connectors, and various structural elements. Through this engaging program, students will show creativity, use teamwork, and strengthen their skills in logic, math, problem solving, and deduction. LAEF thanks Andeavor for their generous Robotics grant!

Skateboarding – 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”.

Speech and Debate – 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.

The Art of Magic – This class promotes public speaking through the performance art of magic! Students will learn different magic tricks and will craft some of their own magic gear! Children will enhance their motor skills, team work, performance skills, and more! Students will present their magic tricks at the end of the session. Each child will receive a magic gift and certification of participation on the last day.

THEATRIX: Musical Theater – Students are encouraged to explore their unique talents through guided theatre games, exercises and instruction designed to create a foundation of musical theatre basics, free inhibitions and inspire creativity. Participants will begin to develop an awareness of themselves and others, creating an understanding of appropriate and effective communication for stage and everyday life. Participants will discover the tools of the Actor’s Instrument and how they are used to communicate on and off stage. With over 30 years working with children in theatre, the instructor will share the basics of singing, dancing and acting and guide students to a final class performance of a musical number from classic musical theatre. Watch them shine!!

THEATRIX: Stage Crafts – Everyone has their talents and theatre is the perfect outlet for talents of all kinds. If being on stage is not inspiring, maybe behind the scenes, creating the magic of theatre is where your child will shine. Stage Crafts with Tim Thorn takes a desire to create art and brings it to life. No matter the skill level, students will be guided through the creative process. Beginning with a play script as inspiration, participants will explore their creativity by conceptualizing scenic and prop designs. Basic art and design concepts and skills will be explored. Students will bring their designs to life through drawings, prop creation and ultimately a scale model of their design.

World Dance – 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 2018

Emily Barnett – Emily Anne Barnett is an artist printmaker with an MFA in Studio Art from Cal State Long Beach. Alongside printmaking she also makes clothing, quilts, writes and publishes zines. She enjoys working with young artists and exploring new ways to play with all kinds of art mediums. She also has 700 Pokemon in her Pokedex.

Maki Blanq – Maki Kakihara Blancq was born in Nara, Japan, between Osaka and Kyoto. After high school Maki studied English abroad in both Berkeley and Los Angeles. After graduating college Maki moved permanently to the United States and married a native of Los Alamitos. Along with her husband Jeffrey she continues to serve the community with her passion so that those of the community can learn all about her native Japan.

Sara Brim – Sara is the new and fantastic art teacher at McGaugh! Sara received her Bachelor’s degree and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art from California State University, Long Beach. She has had experience working with children in after-school art programs, art studios, and in high school classrooms. Her mission is to share her love of art with students so that they can find joy in it and learn useful skills like problem solving in a fun and engaging way.

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!

Adam Cohen (Skatedogs) – 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 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.

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. This is Courtney’s second year with LAEF and she is thrilled to teach her students the correct fundamentals while having fun!

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!

Kiyomi Fukui – Kiyomi is a Japanese-American artist who lives and works in Long Beach. Recent exhibitions include Poetics of Relation, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles; Thread, El Camino Art Gallery, Torrance; and Bloom Polylogue, Gallery 211, Santa Ana. She received an MFA in Printmaking from California State University Long Beach and a BFA in Graphic Design from La Sierra University. In addition to producing print-based artwork, Kiyomi also practices participatory performance and fiber arts, such as tatting and crocheting.

Mariela E. 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.

Global Cultural Foundation is a non-profit organization, evolved in the last 20 years, and in the current form since 2009. Their mission is to help individuals to achieve their professional, career and personal goals to be globally versatile and competitive. The professional and volunteer staff brings together multifaceted talents and experiences, and more importantly passion and caring. They administer US Federal, State, Local funded programs; offer language and cultural classes for preschoolers to adults; and organize exchange programs and tours.

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.

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.

Vivien Ridgway – Vivien Ridgway is an American Sign Language interpreter and Deaf Studies student originally from Seattle Washington. Vivien moved to Orange County four years ago to study American Sign Language Interpreting, and has been heavily involved in the Deaf community ever since! She is a sign language interpreter at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, and when she isn’t working enjoys playing guitar, swimming, and hanging out with her dog, Sheila.

May Roded – May is a graduate from California State University, Long Beach where she earned her bachelor in fine arts in Printmaking. May has shown her work locally and internationally: Brea City gallery, SRISA gallery in Italy, and Flatline gallery in Long Beach, Ca. She currently works out of her shared studio space, the Collective Print Studio, in Long Beach, Ca. May uses printmaking and film photography to incorporate memory and floral imagery in her work.

Jenna Rogers – Ms. Rogers has a great love for foreign languages and cultures. Jenna received her Bachelor’s in French and Spanish at California State University of Long Beach and she is currently in my 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.

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.

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!

Nalani Stumpf – owns the mobile gymnastics program Leap of Faith Gymnastics with her husband, Chris. She fell in love with the sport of gymnastics at just four years of age. Nalani competed for Newhope Gymnastics in Fountain Valley where she began coaching in high school, working her way up to recreational supervisor, special events coordinator, and competitive team coach. Nalani has been coaching for over 20 years. She has been a USA Gymnastics professional member and a certified compulsory judge.

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.

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.

Elena Vieiro – Elena Rodríguez Vieiro was born and raised in Vigo, Spain, and has been a multidisciplinary artist living in the United States since 2013. She has been teaching children from Kindergarten through 8th grade in the Long Beach area for three years. She has a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing and Painting as well as a certificate for teaching at the high school level. She later went on to study a two year program in Jewelry production and design, and she also has several years of experience as a ceramist.
She has also received Erasmus and Seneca grants which have allowed her to study abroad in various cities and countries, including the University of Iasi, Romania as well as the University of Valencia, Spain. She is an active member of The Collective Print Studio based in Long Beach.

Topher von Kolen – Mr. von Kolen is the Music Specialist at McGaugh Elementary School. His resume includes a TED Talk virtual choir with Eric Whitacre in 2013, singing in the opera choruses for Andrea Bocelli in 2013 and 2016, to singing under the baton of film composer maestro John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl. He has a great passion for music and working with children!

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 – Jerry Wetzel is 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.

Brian Wright (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.

 

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 programdirector@laef4kids.org