MEET OUR TEAM
Miss Lainie 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 25 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.
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.
Miss Jana: MA Ed, Credentialed Teacher
I am so excited to be introducing myself to this community! I wanted to be a teacher starting in 4th grade when an educator made me feel like I was her most favorite student. I realised that all her students felt that way and I grew up wanting to do that too...so I did! I received my Multiple Subject Credential in 2000, along with my Masters in Education. I began teaching right away in the Solana Beach School District K-3. When we moved to Northern CA, I began teaching in the MDUSD at Monte Gardens Elementary in 2nd grade, I just love the primary grades! Since 2004, I have been raising our three children, tutoring, volunteering in the classroom, and now homeschooling. With my 8th grader headed back to the classroom, my 6th grader homeschooling, becoming more independent, and my profound dyslexic 3rd grader headed to a private school for young dyslexics, it all came together for me to join with Miss Lainie here at Lainie’s Learning Lane and head up the Homeschool side of her business. My goal is to continue to bring joy to young students while they are actively engaged in their school time and learning. Let’s do it!!
Hi! I’m Mr. Christian, a Canadian born in Toronto and raised in both China and the US. In 2015 I graduated from Skidmore college (an east coast liberal arts school) with a BS with honors degree in Economics and a fistful of science credits. The following year I studied theology at Regent College in my home country of Canada. I love learning, teaching, and equipping children to embrace their fullest potential. I'm also moderately athletic!
My name is Ayanna Green, and I recently graduated from Howard University with a BA in Spanish and a minor in psychology. I have had a passion for Spanish since my very first Spanish class when I was six years old. Since then, my love for not only the language, but the various cultures within the Latin American community has led me on an adventurous journey. I have had the incredible opportunity to visit countries like Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, and the Dominican Republic. My six weeks spent in Buenos Aires, Argentina during a summer Spanish & Counseling program in 2015 not only exposed me to new accents, words, sounds, and people groups, but also the beauty of travel. Each Spanish course I’ve enrolled in, each teacher I’ve encountered, and every Spanish-speaking country I have traveled to have shaped me into the Spanish- and adventure-loving teacher I am today. I hope to bring this passion into the lives of the students I tutor and instead of seeing grammar and vocabulary as a road block, I hope they view it as an opportunity to learn and have fun while doing so.
I graduated in 2016 from James Madison University, with a BS degree in Health Sciences, focus in Health Studies and preparation in Occupational Therapy. I’ve always enjoyed the benefits of learning, especially being able to relate the information I’ve acquired to real life scenarios. My goal is to provide the adequate tools needed for students to obtain an understanding of their subjects, and to use this information in their everyday lives. I want the students to be able to have an appreciation for the things they are learning, but still make it fun for them and to develop a love for learning. I also want the students to realize the potential they have to do incredible things in not only their classes, but their futures. I’m currently a preschool teacher for 8 lovely 3 year olds, and in my free time I find myself on Pinterest looking for the next fun math/science activity for them to do!
I am a recent graduate from UC Berkeley with a B.A in Anthropology specializing in Bio-archaeology 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.
Miss Ilene MA Ed, Teaching Credential
I have always loved to explore new cultures and exotic locations around the globe. My love for travel has led me to follow a BS in Sociology from San Francisco State University. Shortly afterwards, I received my teaching credential and my Masters in Education. My first teaching position was working with children with special needs in the Full Inclusion Program in Livermore, CA. It has driven me to always be reflective and try new techniques to help reach students struggling in their studies. I have been blessed to be able to homeschool my daughter for the last two years. It has been a great experience to be a part of a community so dedicated, caring, and supportive to finding and sharing resources that are flexible and tailored to the needs of the child.
I am new to Walnut Creek and I am excited to be a part of Core Academy because I believe that teaching the whole child is the best way for a child to learn. My goal is for children to be life long learners and become confident in their ability to express themselves.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a teacher, helping kids to learn and grow. I love to see the look of achievement when a student understands a new concept! I’m currently a junior at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga pursuing a degree in Education with a minor in Environmental Science and am excited to be part of the team at Lainie’s Learning Lane!
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