Faculty in Focus

With “Stories All Around Us,” we decided to devote a segment of the website to the stories of our faculty and staff. We’ll add more installments here periodically throughout the year. Enjoy.


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IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN

Born right here in the San Fernando Valley, Ilene Reinfeld is celebrating her 16th year as Head of School at Los Encinos School. Interestingly enough, having achieved the success she has as an educator…(READ MORE…)


SPORTSMASTER

“I wanted to grow up to become one of the cool counselors I had at summer camp,” says Taylor Costin, a native Los Angelean and a P.E. teacher at Los Encinos School. (READ MORE…)
Taylor Costin


CAMPY FAMILY

Carlin Bell is not only a 4th grade teacher here at Los Encinos School, she’s also busy preparing for camp. Carlin will be the co-director of Camp Los Encinos for her second year in a row. “Camp is where I made some of my best friends,” Ms. Bell recalls. (READ MORE…)pic of Carlin Bell


FAMILY VALUES

Now in her 12th year at Los Encinos School, Joanne Vaisman has had the pleasure of enrolling all three of her children at LES. (READ MORE…)pic of Joanne Vaisman


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, Lauren Arshad, 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