Next year, I am super happy to be taking on a new role here at SDJA! Many of you know that I was the computer teacher here for eleven of my 16 years. I have presented at conferences in the EdTech industry on Global Collaboration, EdTech, and Design. A few years ago, I attended an entrepreneurship conference at Steve Blank’s house in northern California and have implemented what I learned with the 5th graders. Fifth graders worked closely with the Campus Master Plan committee and Design team to identify a problem here on campus and create a prototype to solve it. With my extensive professional development in all things STEM, innovation and entrepreneurship, I am elated to be on the team to develop the CIET, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking. Kwaku Aning, the Director of the CIET, an MUS teacher, our IT man Chris and I will team up to develop the Center. My responsibility will be to focus on bringing innovative, exciting programs and opportunities to our K-5 students. I already have a long list of ideas and opportunities lined up (but first I must wait for Kwaku.)
Have no fear! While we are planning and developing the Center, I will be in the classroom teaching Project Lead the Way to K and 1st graders, STEM to 3rd graders, Computer Science classes to K-5, Robotics to 5th and taking on administration and logistics for Mission Innovation. I am excited to work closely with Irene Lerner and continue to hold the STEM program up to the high standards that Irene has set thus far.
This summer, while you are all relaxing and enjoying family time, I will begin this next exciting chapter of my life at SDJA. I look forward to welcoming Kwaku and sharing with him all the wonderful achievements, programs, and projects that have shaped our school over the years. Mostly I am excited to show Kwaku how terrific are our faculty, staff, parents and most of all, our students! I am humbled, honored and grateful to be able to do what I love to do which is to Challenge Minds, Inspire Purpose, and Explore Possibilities. Happy Shappy is happier than ever!
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward As I walked down Market Street a few days ago, I saw this quote written on a wall. What a good and timely reminder it was for me. The Hebrew word for gratitude is hakarat hatov […]
We are so glad that so many people could come out and shop at our first ever Farm Stand. Parents and students picked up a variety of organic items, including mulberries, basil, sage, tea, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, edible flowers and more. It is all a part of the beautiful and growing connection between food […]
Throughout the year, Mrs. King has enjoyed inviting a “super mensch” from each class for monthly ice cream parties. We had our last ice cream party of the year this past week. One of the best things we learned this year is how to dispense whip cream from a can without it getting sprayed all […]
Over the last few years, many of our students have participated in the Junior Achievement Summer Programs and have had a blast. Not only are they fun, but these offerings are also a great warm up for the academic school year. Your child will get a “head start” on learning about personal finance, economics and […]
Lauren Mathews grew up in Southern California. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and her teaching credential from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2011. For the past three years, Lauren has been teaching first grade in San Diego. Previously, she taught preschool in Colorado for 2 years. Through San Diego State University, Lauren added a […]
Alli Ramseyer is thrilled to be joining the First Grade teaching team at SDJA. She has been teaching since 2002, after graduating from Vanderbilt University. After teaching in Brooklyn, NY for many years, she received her Masters degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College in Lucy Calkins’ Literacy Specialist program. Her biggest passion is helping spark […]
Next year, I am super happy to be taking on a new role here at SDJA! Many of you know that I was the computer teacher here for eleven of my 16 years. I have presented at conferences in the EdTech industry on Global Collaboration, EdTech, and Design. A few years ago, I attended an […]
Twenty-five GMLS students, two parents, six staff members and some of their children, and a U-Haul truck FULL of donated items headed to Palomar Family Counseling Services headquarters on May 30th to deliver hope to countless families living well under the poverty line. This hope came in the form of gently used clothing, shoes, toys, […]
10 Things We’ve Learned About Chickens Different chickens lay different color eggs It was a huge surprise to us to learn that chickens lay different color eggs. For example, Araucanas chickens lay blue eggs and an Olive Egger chicken lays green eggs. Our chickens lay brown eggs, green eggs, blue eggs and white eggs. Chickens […]
Families came together last Sunday for a spirited Family Dance. The kids enjoyed donuts (lots of them!), dancing and party games while the adults got to mingle and partake of some wine and cheese. It is always so fun to see the kids together outside of the school day, some of them dressed to the […]
Over the last few weeks I have been asked by many of you, “How did you like being the PTO Chair?” Without hesitation I can say that it has been truly amazing. The reason I can say so, with a smile on my face, is because of the entire PTO board, the numerous parent volunteers, […]
We are excited to be getting a great team on board for next year. We are still looking for a Vice-Chair, Holiday Co-Chairs and Room Parents. If you are interested in these roles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information or to volunteer. Chair – Jordanna Rubin Vice-Chair – Open – Coordination of room […]