My name is Alina Acosta and I am thrilled to teach science at Los Encinos School.
I grew up in Florida and received a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Tampa. Post-graduate work led to a master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Central Florida.
In addition to my studies, I have worked in the laboratory doing research on malaria and Staphylococcus aureus. (Ed. Note: Staphylococcus aureus is a type of germ that about 30% of people carry in their noses. Most of the time, Staph does not cause any harm; however, sometimes it causes infections.)
I have also had the pleasure of attending numerous training seminars, some with NASA and others focused on inquiry-based learning. Having been raised in a family where science was prominent, I fell in love with the idea of wanting to share my love and excitement for this subject to those around me.
Being a teacher for nearly 10 years, focused primarily on science and math, it has come to be my philosophy that each student’s learning modality needs to be reached effectively and fairly to foster a successful educational experience that empowers everyone to learn, grow, and create. As a result, I have found Los Encinos to be a school that shares my passion and supports each student in the most profound and positive ways possible.
I love science and my passion is to teach students at a higher level while exciting them, developing their creative thinking minds, and establishing an inquisitive nature with a thirst to seek a solution.
I am a firm believer that we can educate students far beyond their expectations as long as we shape a solid foundation in their education and have them build upon that platform by providing structure, responsibility, independence, and pride in their studies. I am pleased to join the stellar team at Los Encinos School and look forward to a celestial year!
As far as my free time goes, I attribute my growing up in a Cuban household to the importance I place on family; and I love spending time with them. Both of my parents are Cuban and I was born in Ohio. Not being a native “Californian,” I also love exploring new places in and around the Sunshine State, and try to find ways to enrich my life, which includes playing with my rambunctious little five-pound, four-legged, fur-baby named Sevilla (a Yorkshire Terrier).