Miss Lainie K - 12
Meet & Greets and intake sessions for NEW students to then be placed with one of my amazing teachers who are trained by me :)
MA Ed. Educational Therapist, Credentialed Teacher
Miss Lainie is our fearless leader and the creator of our multi-sensory learning program. She is an educational therapist and holds a master's degree in education. With more than 30 years of classroom teaching experience across a spectrum of ages, from kindergarten through 12th grade, she is truly dedicated to changing children's lives. Read her full story here.
Miss Madi - 6 -12 grade Math, Science
I attended Bryn Mawr College where I received my B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Film Studies. Raised by two teachers, I have always loved education but felt discouraged when I saw their struggles in traditional public school. A few years ago I had an opportunity to work at a summer camp that encouraged hands-on, innovative learning and once again found a passion for teaching in non-traditional learning environments. I have taught and tutored in everything from Mathematics to Go-Kart building and design. I am excited to be an Academic Coach because of the multi sensory learning model which inspires students to learn and grow in their own way!
Miss Zoe W - Remote sessions 6 - 12th grade English, History
BA in English Literature and a Secondary English Language Arts Credential - CU Boulder's School of Education.
I have always been a hands-on learner, benefiting from activities, colors, and movement to help me learn new material. My goal as an educator is to encourage lifelong learners, and a key component of meeting that goal is to provide an academically challenging learning environment where students feel safe to express their perspective and are valued for that perspective. As a teacher, my personal goal is helping students challenge themselves to see their own possibilities for success, teaching them in ways that they can grasp and understand all subjects presented to them. I attended University of Colorado, Boulder where I received my BA in English Literature and a Secondary English Language Arts Credential from CU Boulder's School of Education.
MR. PEDRO 6 - 12 grade Math & Science
I am a graduate from UC Berkeley with a B.A in Anthropology specializing in Bioarchaeology and Bio-social and cultural studies. I also have an A.S in Applied mathematics, A.A in Mathematics and General Sciences, and an A.A in Behavioral and Social Sciences. I have always believed in diversifying what I learn and strive to be a lifelong learner. Part of my journey in learning is being able to share all the subjects and experiences that are available for everyone to learn. I hope to help others grow a passion for lifelong learning.
When I am not trying to learn new things I like to spend my time growing and maintaining coral reef tanks, playing with my pet bunnies, or going for runs and playing fetch with my dog Gerdy.
Mr Max. 6 - 12 grade English, History
I became an educator because I dreaded school when I was younger. The rigidity of the classroom and repetitive lessons were unbearable. My goal is to help students avoid developing these same negative and debilitating views of school. I value maintaining a positive rapport with each student, where they know that I am just as interested in hearing about their hobbies, and accomplishments outside of school as I am with seeing them succeed in school. My mission is to make sure my students always know I am a friend ready to help them with any challenge.
I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in English Literature and Human Development and Family Studies. Prior to coming to Core Academy, I worked as a full time tutor in all subjects and standardized test prep. Outside of school, I enjoy writing, drawing, and fly fishing.
Miss Cyndi K - 5
BA, Liberal Studies CA Teaching Credential MA, Teaching Leadership
Since the age of 13 I dreamed of becoming a teacher. I set my course on achieving that goal, graduating with a BA in Liberal Studies (with a minor in Early Childhood Development) from Cal State East Bay. Then, I earned my California teaching credential through the credential program at Saint Mary’s College. In 2011-12 I returned to St. Mary’s to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching Leadership.
I have been an elementary school teacher for more than 20 years, and currently teach first grade in Martinez. It has been my greatest privilege to serve the children and families in my community through teaching. As I joined the staff at Lainie’s Learning Lane, I noticed immediately how students are cared for. The staff gets to know each child individually, learning about each one’s likes and dislikes, hobbies and interests, as well as identifying their strengths and learning styles. I firmly believe that all children can learn and that the best learning occurs when students are nurtured and inspired. That’s exactly what is done here at Lainie’s Learning Lane, and I’m excited to be a part of it!
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