I joined the Laurel Hall music staff in 2004 and teach TK-1st grade music. I am also an active freelance musician in Southern California, and I have maintained a private music studio for 20 years. I perform regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Barbara, Pacific and San Diego Symphonies and can be heard on many film and TV scores. I live in Burbank with my husband Damon Zick and our two sons.
I have enjoyed teaching Middle School English at Laurel Hall since 2004 and have worked with both 7th and 8th grade. I have a BA in English from Loyola Marymount University, a clear Multi-Subject Teaching Credential from University of Phoenix with a single-subject authorization in English, and a Masters in Education from University of Phoenix. I love getting to know my students and helping to prepare them for high school and beyond! I have been married for nine years; my husband also attended Laurel Hall from preschool through 8th grade. Our daughter Gwendolyn is entering second grade at Laurel Hall this year. I look forward to another fulfilling and challenging school year!
I started teaching at Laurel Hall in 2010. I have been teaching for 13 years with experience in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. This year, I join Mrs. Stradiotto on the 4th grade team. I am very excited for this opportunity! I earned my BA and Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State Northridge. I also have a Masters in Teaching from National University. I have been married for 12 years and have twin one-year-old boys. In my free time, I am involved with a Senior Girl Scout troop and enjoy spending time with my family. I feel blessed and truly thankful to be part of Laurel Hall where I am able to share my love of learning.
It is amazing to think that I am starting my 32nd year at Laurel Hall! I spent the first eight years teaching 1st Grade and then made the move to Kindergarten where the joy and excitement of the children continues to make every day full of discovery, learning and fun. My BA is from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD with majors in both Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. My Master’s is from Loyola Marymount University in Child and Adolescent Literacy. I also have a South Dakota Teaching Certificate. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am also one of the Co-Directors of the Summer Program. Working at Laurel Hall is a blessing, and I feel honored to be a part of such a wonderful school. I grew up in Minnesota, and Laurel Hall has always felt like being at home. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dog, Ginger, reading, practicing yoga, hiking, container gardening, and traveling.
Known as “Coach T,” I began teaching at Laurel Hall School in 2013 as an athletic coach. I then had the opportunity to work as the Elementary Physical Ed teacher. I attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School where I was a three-year varsity Letterman for the Dons Football program. I attended Antelope Valley College and received my Associate Science degree in Business Administration. After graduating, I received an athletic scholarship to play football for Langston University in Oklahoma. For seven years, I have volunteered and worked at with all age groups. I absolutely love teaching at Laurel Hall. My goal is to encourage students to master their own talents and allow them to create whatever inspires them so they create a passion for athletic sports. I'm very excited about the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of all student-athletes, and I'm committed to helping form faith-filled leaders. An education should empower a child and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world. Married for four years now to Sharde. In my free time, I enjoy playing and spending time with my family.
A member of the Laurel Hall staff since 2004, I am the Middle School Bible teacher. I like teaching Bible because it gives me an opportunity to explore my own faith by dealing with the challenges from my students. I graduated from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan with a major in Sociology and a minor in Journalism. I have done additional coursework in education at Grand Canyon State University. My wife, Pati, is also a teacher at Laurel Hall, and our two children are currently working in the education field. I enjoy hiking, backpacking and have a reverence for the outdoors.
The 2019-2020 school year marks my 22nd year with Laurel Hall. During this time I have taught Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 3rd, 6th, and 7th grades, and I served as Director of Middle School for four years. I served as Mock Trial supervising teacher for five years and also teach Sunday School at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Outside of Laurel Hall, I have taught classes such as Creative Drama, Creative Movement and various science classes through the City of Burbank. I earned my BA, AA and teaching credential from Siena Heights University, and my Master’s from Loyola Marymount University. My husband and I just celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary, and we have two grown children, both who also work in education. When I have free time, I like to spend time with my family and hang out with friends.
I began teaching at Laurel Hall in 2001, after an 18-year career in television casting, which ultimately took too much of my time away from my son, Travis. Changing careers enabled me to pursue my intended career path and actually apply my education. I teach 1st grade at Laurel Hall School. I have also taught Middle School Language Arts, 5th Grade, K-4th Art, and K-8th Computer. Teaching students, with their unending enthusiasm for all things, has reinforced my love of it and inspired me to explore many opportunities here on campus. Each new experience has brought its own reward and revelation. I am a graduate of UCLA and have a Masters in Literacy from LMU. My "me time" is spent camping, cooking, needle working, journaling and making memories with family and friends. It has all been a remarkable journey, and I so look forward to another year of learning and relationship building within the exceptional Laurel Hall Community.
I joined Laurel Hall's staff in 1998, and have taught 4th through 8th grade music these past 21 years. I currently teach vocals and choir for students in grades 4-8. For 17 years, I served as Director, Producer and Musical Director for the highly acclaimed Laurel Hall Middle School Musicals, which are performed every Spring; I also directed and produced our summer musical for 3rd through 8th grades. My BM is from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, and my Masters in Music is from Indiana University. My major was Piano Performance. My teaching credential is in Single-Subject, Music. In my free time, I am learning both books of Bach's "Well Tempered Klavier."
I joined the Laurel hall Laurel Hall team as a full-time teacher for the 2014-2015 school year. I have taught 6th and 4th grade and currently serve as the Laurel Hall Art teacher. After graduating from community college and obtaining an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, I was not sure what I wanted to do in my career. During my first year at Cal State Northridge, I began to work for the Sunny Days Camp and realized the joy and excitement children bring to life. I decided I would make working with children my lifetime goal. I graduated CSUN with a BA in Fine Arts in 2011 and then continued there completing a Single-Subject Teaching Credential. I went into substitute teaching where I taught at many different school in the LA and San Fernando Valley area. Also in 2014, I began an Education Master’s program. I am looking forward to many wonderful fun-filled years at Laurel Hall.
I am excited to start my fourth year teaching 6th grade math and Yearbook at Laurel Hall! I have been teaching math for 32 years, mostly at the high-school level. I have a BS in Mathematics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Colloquy from Concordia, Irvine. Married for 27 years, I have three children. My youngest is a high school student athlete and a travel softball player, so most of my free time is spent at games and practices. When I have time to myself, I enjoy reading, origami, watching the Dodgers and walking our two dogs.
I enthusiastically joined the staff at Laurel Hall in 2016 as the 8th grade Algebra teacher. I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher, and I use a variety of teaching techniques to help each student achieve success. Prior to Laurel Hall, I taught for over 30 years in Pinecrest School; first with a long stint in 4th grade, then I transitioned to Middle School and taught math. I graduated with a BA and a Multi-Subject K-8 Teaching Credential from Covenant College in Tennessee. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy seeing my students involved in other activities and like to attend school games, concerts and plays. I am truly blessed to be part of the amazing staff at Laurel Hall School.
Currently, I teach 2nd and 3rd grade music, as well as TK, Kindergarten and 1st grade Library classes at Laurel Hall. In addition, I schedule and plan elementary and all-school chapels as well as lead the 4th and 5th grade Praise Teams. After a childhood filled with music, I graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis with a degree in Music Education and Music Performance with majors in Piano, Violin and Voice. While waiting for my first teaching job, I supported myself acting at a summer stock theatre. That acting job lead to another and another and, before I knew it, I had spent 25 years acting in theater and television in New York and Los Angeles. My husband and I became members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and, when they lost their Choir Director, I offered my services as the interim director. Through this temporary position, I was convinced me to revive the Handbell program at school. When I became the full-time Music Minister at Emmanuel, I was then convinced to also teach elementary. I have continued my music education with many Orff classes and workshops. The Orff perspective of teaching music is to learn musical concepts by doing, and I do so enjoy seeing my students busily playing their xylophones, percussion instruments and recorders as they learn!
Currenly teaching 2nd grade, I have been part of Laurel Hall's staff for 26 years. My BA is from Cal State Northridge. I completed my Multi-Subject Teaching Credential and Master’s at the University of LaVerne. My two children are alumni of Laurel Hall. In my free time, I enjoy running, yoga, reading and hiking. I feel blessed to be a part of this Laurel Hall community.
Laurel Hall has been in my life for 19 years -- first as a parent when my son attended. During that time, I volunteered for everything, including teaching journalism as a middle school elective. In 2007, I was hired part time to facilitate Homework Room, substitute and work Laurel Hall's Summer Camp. This year I will be teaching 6th grade English. I have also taught 5th-8th grade art, a Middle School elective, and I have facilitated Study Halls and Homework Academy. I hold a degree in Journalism from Cal State Northridge. While I have not finished my credential, I have passed the CBEST and earned Pre-School Certificates for teaching and director. The 2017-18 school year was my first full-time year here, and I am excited to be here at this incredible school during this exciting time. When I am not at school, you'll find me in my glittery dragonfly, She Shed with a good book.
I am the Director of Music at Emmanuel Lutheran Church where I conduct the Chancel Choir, Children's Choir and Handbells. I am also the Director of the Music Department at Laurel Hall School. Teaching guitar since I was 13, I enjoy playing in all styles. I have written musical arrangements for artists ranging from Elton John to UCLA's opera program, covering a variety of types of instrumentation. My passion for teaching music comes from a belief that the world would be a better place if everyone was able to read and appreciate music. In 2004, I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a focus on guitar and film scoring. Though I play guitar everyday, I have a lifelong curiosity in musical instruments that drives me to learn something about playing all of them. If you have questions about how to play an unusual instrument, ask me!
I have been working at Laurel Hall for over 12 years. I began working in Kindergarten, taught 3rd grade and have found my home in 5th grade. I received my BS from the University of Connecticut. I have been married 26 years and have two sons. In my free time, I enjoy reading, museums and spending time with my family.
I joined Laurel Hall's staff in 1986. Currently, I am one of the 1st grade teachers, I have also taught Kindergarten and 2nd grade. I was born and raised in Poland; in 1980, I moved to the USA where I settled in California with my family. Married for 32 years, our daughter attended and graduated from Laurel Hall School. I graduated from Czestochowa University with a BA degree in Elementary Education. Later I earned my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. In my free time, I enjoy reading, cooking, gardening and traveling. I feel blessed to be part of Laurel Hall's family, and I look forward to teaching our great students at Laurel Hall School.
In 2011, I accepted a full-time teaching position at Laurel Hall, although my connection to the school began long ago. I was actually baptized in Parish Hall as an infant during Emmanuel’s Summer Folk Service. This year, I am teaching 6th and 7th grade social studies. Previously, I taught English to 6th and 7th grade students. I have taught Photography and Introduction to Debate electives. Two years ago, I stepped into the role of Associated Student Body (ASB) Facilitator where I help Middle School students take ownership of student body activities and missions. Over my years here, I have enjoyed my work with the 4th, 6th, and 7th graders and love guiding students through the curriculum and challenging them to think critically in all aspects of their lives. I began my career in education as a teaching assistant at Viewpoint School in 2008 while completing my credential at Cal State Northridge.
This will be my 6th year teaching and coaching at Laurel Hall. I am grateful for the opportunity to enhance children's creative talents, and work with our phenomenal staff. In 2012, I received a certification in Massage Therapy and Physical Therapy. I am currently enrolled at Pasadena City College furthering my education. I have been dancing for 25 years and, for 12 years, I have taught dance at various schools including public, private, and privately-owned studios. I have my mother to thank for introducing me to this wonderful art form. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and expanding my horizons.
I began teaching at Laurel Hall in 2007. This will be my eighth year teaching the Transitional Kindergarten class. It is a blessing for me to provide children with various learning experiences. I graduated Pierce College with an AA; I attended Cal State Northridge and earned a BA in Liberal Arts. I completed several additional units in Child Development and received my teaching credential. I have been teaching young children for over 30 years and I have also been a Nanny. I have lived in California all my life, but I love to travel when I can. In my free time, I love to read, listen to music, cook, garden and watch old movies. I am looking forward to an enriching year
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, I am a proud Laurel Hall alumni! This is my third year as a 3rd-grade teacher. I aspire to positively impact my students' lives and help them reach their full potential, while building a caring and lasting relationship with them. At 16, I began working with children as a junior summer camp counselor for Laurel Hall. This experience helped uncover my love and passion for children. After a few summers working at Laurel Hall’s summer camp, I transitioned into a counselor for the EDP program. When the opportunity arose to become a teacher’s aide for Transitional Kindergarten, I eagerly accepted the position. I realized I wanted to continue on this career path and become a teacher and enrolled in a Master’s program I then became a teacher's aide for the 1st grade. After two years of hard work and dedication, I received a Master’s Special/General Education: Cross Categorical from Grand Canyon University. Children are the future and I want to inspire them to build a better world!
I have been teaching for 20 years, 13 of those at Laurel Hall; now, I wouldn't teach anywhere else. My experience spans all grades K-8th. The caring environment here is the best there is; my three children attended LH and went on to prestigious Catholic high schools and colleges. My husband of 32 years and I are from Philadelphia. I attended West Chester University and received my BSED with a minor in Special Education. I have taken advantage of every continuing education seminar I am able attend covering a wide range of topics. I enjoy learning new things, and I hope I spread my excitement to my students. In my spare time, I spend a great deal of time reading; I have many friends who are authors. My special interest is animal rescue - we are currently raising Guide Dog puppies.
I joined the staff of Laurel Hall in 1979. I have been teaching for over 32 years. I have experience in 2nd, 4th and 7th grades with an emphasis in math for 3rd through 5th grades. My BA degree is from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. I have a Multi-Subject Clear Lifetime Credential from the State of California. I love teaching in a Christian environment especially since I also attended Laurel Hall School. Additionally, I have been a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church since birth. I have been married for 24 years and have three children who also attended Laurel Hall. My youngest is in college and plans to major in education. In my free time I enjoy reading, gardening and spending time with my family and friends.
I joined the LHS faculty in 2018. I currently teach 4th grade classes at Laurel Hall. I am a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a degree in Child Development. I am a dedicated supporter of private schools where the development of students can be fostered in an academic, social, and spiritual sense. Prior to coming to Laurel hall, I taught at Salem Lutheran. I feel fortunate to have a job that gives me great joy, a profession where I can cultivate in students a lifelong love of learning . When I am away from school, I enjoy time spent with family and our many pets, traveling, and hiking!
Since 2015, I have been a Kindergarten teacher at Laurel Hall. Prior to teaching here, I taught for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 16 years. The majority of my career has been teaching Kindergarten, but I have also taught a K-1st split class, a 3rd grade class and have been a substitute for various local charter schools with students from all grades. I grew up the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Cal State Northridge. In 1996, I obtained my BA in Child Development with a minor in Psychology; in 2001, I received my Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential; In 2003, I graduated with a Masters in Educational Administration and received a preliminary administrative credential. I enjoy working with children and joining them in their academic and social journey. My husband of 15 years is also a teacher; he teaches English and coaches wrestling. We have two daughters ages 14 and 11. I enjoy spending my free time with my family visiting amusement parks and going on vacations.
I joined the Laurel Hall staff in 2016, I absolutely love teaching Science. I have also taught health and 8th grade history at Laurel Hall. My teaching career began over 32 years ago. Since then I have had the opportunity and pleasure to teach many different grade levels from Kindergarten through 9th grade. Students often ask me which subject I like teaching the best and I can honestly say that I love them all! I graduated from Cal State Northridge with a BA in History. I completed the teaching credential program at CSUN and have been awarded both a Single Subject and a Multiple Subject credential, along with the Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate. I recently completed a course on methods of teaching the Next Generation Science Standards with an emphasis on STEM. My philosophy of education includes the belief that a teacher’s expertise and qualifications are directly related to the success of his or her students. I have been married for 26 years; have two sons and two chihuahuas. When I’m not teaching I love to spend time with my family, watch Masterpiece Theater, cycle, tinker in my workshop, read and hike along the beautiful trails by my house.
This will be my third year as a part of Laurel Hall's staff and my fourth year as a full-time teacher. After teaching both third and fifth grade, I am very excited that this year, I have been named Laurel Hall’s Educational Technology Coordinator. My teaching experience has also included substitute teaching and working as an intervention specialist. I have had the opportunity to work at a camp for visually impaired and multi-disabled children, as well as the opportunity to teach in India through a mission trip. I have a Multiple Subject Credential, and I completed my BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Music at California Lutheran University. I also completed my Master’s in Educational Technology and Leadership at Cal State Los Angeles. I truly enjoy teaching and love learning. When I am not teaching, I like to take my dog, Daisy, for long walks; I also enjoy going to the beach, spending time with family, traveling and checking out new yummy places to eat and new movies.
Along with being a freelance musician, I have devoted my time to teaching. This is my 17th year as the Strings Director at Laurel Hall. I have also coached many youth orchestras around Los Angeles and have taught with the Harmony Project, a non-profit youth organization. Originally from the Chicago area, I received my BA in Music Performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville followed by a Masters in Music Performance in 2002 from the California Institute of the Arts. I have played with such ensembles as the St. Louis Philharmonic, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Riverside Philharmonic, the Fresno Philharmonic, the El Paso Opera and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. In the soundtrack of the IMAX movie “Mystery of the Nile,” I am the featured violin soloist. I have performed live with Carmen Lundy and performed with the Dave Matthew’s Band on their “You and Me Video.”
Since 2002, I taught first grade at Laurel Hall School. This year, I join Mrs. Komisar as one-half of the second grade teaching team. I enjoy being a teacher and making every day a fun learning experience. My BA is from Cal State Northridge with a major in Liberal Studies. I also have my California Teaching Credential allowing me to teach preschool through 12th Grade. I have two children, who are both graduates of Laurel Hall. I have been married for 29 years and we have five pets. In my spare time I enjoy going to the beach, traveling, tea tasting, going to the movies and having parties at my home.