Spring Classes are now running!
The Spring Session began the week of January 22.
Spring 2019 Flyers are posted below!
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 graders across the district and NEW reduced pricing for all other language classes! We are so grateful to YOU for supporting LAEF, which makes this opportunity possible.
The free 2nd 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.
Spring 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!
Zero Period Middle School Flyers
Sports Clinics Flyers
LAEF – No Class Days
No class days for LAEF at all Elementary Schools (Including CDC) except for Weaver:
Mondays – February 18, 25, April 22
Tuesdays – February 19, 26 and April 23
Wednesdays – February 20, 27 and April 24
Thursdays – February 21, 28, (March 14 @ Hopkinson, Lee, and Rossmoor), (March 21 @ LAE and McGaugh) and April 25
Fridays – February 22, March 1, 15 and April 26
No class days for LAEF at Weaver:
Mondays – February 18, 25, April 15, and 22
Tuesdays – February 19, 26, April 16, and 23
Wednesdays – February 20, 27, April 17 and 24
Thursdays – February 21, 28, March 14, April 18 and 25
Fridays – February 22, March 1, 15, April 19 and 26
No Class days for McAuliffe and Oak:
Mondays – February 18 and April 22
Tuesdays – February 19 and April 23
Wednesdays – February 20, March 20, 27, and April 24
Thursdays – February 21, March 21, and April 25
Fridays – February 22, March 15, 22, and April 26
No Class days for LAHS:
Mondays – February 18
Wednesdays – February 20
Thursdays – February 21
Spring 2019 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.
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 – 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!
Cowboy Art – The students will learn different art-making techniques, such as collage, puppet-making, drawing and painting and more! 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 all facets of the Wild Wild West.
Creative Drama – The 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”!
Crochet – Fun with Yarn – Get crafty with the exciting art of yarn and fabric! This class will teach children how to crochet various forms, along with different fiber techniques, such as pom-pom/tassel making, weaving, embroidery and more. Through this course, students will build fine motor skills and discover the joy of making objects with their own hands, while learning about a little history of fiber arts and different artists and designers around the world.
Drawing, Painting & Digit Arts – 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!
Driver’s Education – 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.
Engineering with LEGO (TK-K) – This class will get student working with LEGO® while teaching a wide variety of engineering topics. Children will learn organizational and fine motor skills, as well as team work and other life strategies! Through this course, the students will discover simple engineering concepts (gears, levers, pulleys) by engaging in fun activities and guided play. Each child will receive a LEGO® gift along with a certification of participation on the last day of class.
Engineering with LEGO (1st-5th) – This class will get students’ motors running! Through this course students will build models designed to introduce them to core concepts essential to science, technology, engineering, and math. Children will also utilize LEGO® Power Functions to illustrate fundamental principles of simple machines and mechanisms. Each child will receive a LEGO® gift along with a certification of participation on the last day of class.
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.
Golf – We bring the golf course to you making it convenient and affordable for all skill levels to learn and play golf in a fun and safe environment. Certified instructors help students develop golf knowledge and skills from hand-eye coordination to grip and stance to full swing mechanics. At the same time, coaches use the sport to teach valuable life lessons like honesty and sportsmanship. Students participate in STEAM labs that allow them to explore academic concepts like spin, loft and slope through the game. Modified equipment and station-based activities are designed to help each student reach a new level of success on the course in an entertaining and supportive environment.
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.
How to Navigate Social Media and Yourself – Students will learn about human behavior using the internet by exploring many aspects of social life online. Students will also learn the basics of learning healthy online lives.
Intro to Guitar – This class is designed as an introduction to guitar for new learners. Students will learn the basic aspects of music theory, including western notes, what a scale is, what a major/minor cord is and what keys are. *Students should bring an acoustic or Electric guitar (with an amplifier), a notebook or notepad and a guitar pick.
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.
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 Choir – “Annie Oakley” – (THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS!!)
YEE HAW!! Join us for a special “western” Kids Choir experience! Annie Oakley, a real-life celebrity from the old west, is best known for her travelling show of spectacular shooting tricks. The Kids Choir will perform multiple songs from the classic American musical that celebrates the life of Annie Oakley. Songs will include “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better”. Students will develop their understanding of their voice and how to use it. This class will finish with style, Annie Oakley, with a spectacular performance on the final day of class.
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.
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.
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.
McAuliffe Debate Team – From 1988-1993, Dr. Weintraub coached the Los Al Debate Team. They won the California State Speech and Debate Tournament every year. If you want to win on the Speech and Debate Team, Join now!!! Tournaments and Scrambles will be additional & separate from this class.
Musical Theatre – “Charlotte’s Web” – Join us in bringing E.B. White’s classic story to life!! Learn the creative process with an instructor with over 30 years experience! If you’ve always wanted to perform, here is a safe to place explore how to create a character and how to use all the parts of the actor’s instrument to entertain. Whether you want to play Wilbur, Charlotte, Templeton, a farm animal or one of the humans that take care of the animals, there’s something for everyone in this fun and heartwarming story. Students will explore basic performance principles and memorization while having fun exploring self expression. Parents, it’s not ALL fun and games, though there will be a lot of that, because acting requires focus and hard work to make it look so easy. Scenery and props will also be created by the students as a part of the creative process. So join all your favorite characters in the rehearsal process culminating in a final performance of everyone’s favorite, CHARLOTTE’S WEB.
Musical Theatre – “How to Eat Like a Child” – Students will learn the basics of musical theatre (singing, dancing, acting) while learning material from the musical, “How to Eat Like a Child.” 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 Theatre – “Wild West Song and Dance” – SINGING, DANCING, ACTING ~ Join us for a special “western” musical theatre experience. Students will explore self-expression while discovering the tools of the Actor’s Instrument and how they can be utilized in performance. Guided by an instructor with over 30 years of theatre experience, students receive instruction in the basics of singing, dancing and acting, and will shine “on stage” in a final class performance of a musical number celebrating the Wild West!! It’ll be high-kicking fun on the ranch!!
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.
Preparing for the College Essay – This is an ideal course for students who will be applying to colleges and universities. This 6-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.
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”.
Soccer – 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.
Spanish – 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 Wild Wild West adventures in Spanish!
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.
Tennis –A fun introduction to the game of tennis for all skill levels. Students focus on improving fine motor skills and coordination through games and drills while learning the basic rules & etiquette of tennis. Coaches use teachable moments during each lesson and game to promote life skills like honesty and sportsmanship. Modified equipment and station-based activities are designed to help each student reach a new level of success on the court in an entertaining and supportive environment. Students also participate in STEAM labs that allow them to explore academic concepts like balance, spin and trajectory throughout the game.
Ultimate Frisbee –This unique enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of throwing, catching, and marking while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM labs that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry and force throughout the game.
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.
Spanish – 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!
Wild West Science – How did science help capture bank robbers Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? How did trains move only on steam? Earn your sheriff’s badge by finding out as we tame the Wild West with science! We’ll make our own camera, create a steam powered boat, and even pan for gold. Join us for a wild time in the Wild West!
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 – Spring 2019
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.
Kathy Brubacher – Kathy 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.
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!
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 once again!
Kiyomi Fukui-Nannery – 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.
Kidnastics – Our LAEF classes will be under the direction of Adam Hawkins and our Rise Up Athletics (R.U.A.) staff. Adam is a graduate from Cal Poly but trained at UC Santa Barbara in gymnastics and cheer. Adam has coached 2 summers at Woodward West training center and in total has coached for 18 years. His certifications include USAG, Compulsory/Optional Coach, 11 years High School Coaching, 5x National All-Star cheer champion coach and he was an All-Star World’s athlete in 2010 placing 7th. He has worked for R.U.A. since 2010 and has been our Program director as of 2018. Our coaches go through a hands-on training program with various coaches which ends up being at least 10 classes. During this process, they are instructed on skill progression, class management, and simple old fashion FUN!
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 ages and skill levels and look forward to putting on after-school programs in Los Alamitos/Seal Beach.
Luis Morales – Pending
Brianna Ojeda – Brianna Ojeda, a graduate of Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2015, earned her Bachelors in Behavioral Science with a double emphasis in Psychology and Sociology, and a minor in Spanish this past May from Concordia University Irvine. She is now working with special needs children providing in-home behavioral therapy. Understanding the importance of learning a foreign language at a young age, Brianna looks forward to working with elementary grade-school children, in order to teach the fundamentals of Spanish through games and hands-on activities, in a creative, engaging setting.
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!
Plaza One Production – Monik Jones (World Dance) – Monik began dancing at the age of 8 in church. She trained at the Los Angeles High School of the Performing Arts, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures, concentrating in dance with a minor in education from UCLA. She went to the University of California, Irvine where she was mentored by the legendary Donald McKayle and earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance. Miss Monik has founded Monik’s Creative Movement Education Program where the goals are to focus on gross motor skills, coordination, rhythm, creative expression and self-confidence through the medium of dance. Ms. Jones teaches all forms of dance but is best known for her reputation as a liturgical dancer, choreographer,and a teacher. She is the Artistic Director of Vessels of Praise Liturgical Dance Ministry from the Judson Baptist Churs. Ms. Jones has developed a liturgical dance curriculum that she teaches across the country. She joined Plaza Production One team in September 2006.
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.
Simone Rogers- Simone is an aspiring teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and studied abroad for one year in Argentina. The past two years she worked as an English Language Assistant at a bilingual, public elementary school in Spain. She is excited to be back in Los Al, where she went to school. Simone is also excited to explore the Spanish language and culture with her students.
May Roded – May Roded 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 Roded uses printmaking and film photography to incorporate memory and floral imagery in her work.
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!
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.
TGA Premier Sports – Kevin Oliver, TGA Premier Sports.
TGA of Greater Long Beach is owned and operated by Kevin, who is an avid athlete himself and supporter of all youth sports programs. Kevin owes a lot of his success in business to life lessons that were learned in his early childhood from being involved in sports. Things like being part of a team, leading by example, learning from defeat, improving your skills, and competing with your best effort are just a few of the things children of all ages can takeaway from their experience with sports. All these are applicable to everyday life and now its Kevin’s chance to give back these same lessons to the children of our community and show them how a solid foundation of sports can catapult them to their own successful future. All TGA coaches are screened and sport-certified in TGA’s rigorous STEAM infused curriculum that is revolutionary by combining youth athletic instruction with academic concepts related to each sport. Join Kevin and TGA to get kids off the couch and out in the sun!
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 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.
Brian Wright (WeBreak) – WeBreak Hip-Hop Dance Company was founded in 2011 by Brian Wright. Brian 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 – 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org