Faculty in Focus

This year, the school-wide theme is “Stories All Around Us,” so we decided to devote a segment of the website to the stories of our faculty. We begin with the teachers and assistants who are new to the school and we’ll add more installments here periodically throughout the year. Enjoy.


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LIFE ADVICE

Debbie Seidel, our new 2nd grade teacher, got plenty of life advice from her family growing up. First, she says, “Teaching was not my idea. I thought maybe I should be an attorney, but my dad suggested teaching because I was great with kids.” (READ MORE…)
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JUAN TEACHER, JUAN BOOK, AND JUAN PEN

The new sixth grade assistant teacher at Los Encinos School has lived more than half his life outside of the United States. Born in Culiacán, a city in northwestern Mexico and the capital of the state of Sinaloa, Juan Campos moved to the U.S. with his parents and two younger siblings when he was 12-years-old… (READ MORE…)
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EXPLORATION, DISCOVERY, & DOGS

Our new Science Specialist took a rather circuitous route to travel the relatively short distance from Topanga Canyon — where she was born — to Los Encinos School. (READ MORE…)

photo of Lauren and her husband, Belal.


LOTTS OF FUN AND LEARNING

Terri Lotts joins the kindergarten teaching team this year and says she wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a little girl. “My grandfather built me a schoolhouse in my backyard equipped with desks and a chalkboard,” she recalls, smiling. “I used to ‘teach’ all of the neighborhood children!” (READ MORE…)

photo of terri, andy, and emma