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Alicia Papale Kathleen Wallingford .... Kathy LaReur Kim Kittleson Teachers From page 1 Coast in Connecticut. I graduated from Quinnlpiac University with a B.S, in marketing and advertis- ing in 1994. Upon graduation I moved to San Diego, Calif., and moved up to Los Angeles in 1997 where I attended Harbor College for child development and theatre arts classes. I earned my teach- ing credential at Cal State Long Beach. Recently, I earned my masters degree through Cal Poly, Pomona in Education Leadership, so I have a preliminary Adminis- trative Credential aswell. I have. been teaching for LBUSD since 2000. My most recent assignment was as King Elementary, teaching the 4/5 combo. I am honored to be part of the Avalon community as a teacher." Lisa Coussell comes to Avalon after 15 years of teaching, six for LB Unified. Her previous assign- ment was at Jordan High School where she taught eleventh-grade English and introduction to theatre arts. She said, "I'm delighted to be teaching Drama to eighth-graders and building upon their previous theater experience in Kids at Play here on the island. I received my B.A. from San Francisco State and my teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach. I learned to speak Spanish when I taught Eng- lish Language Development in Spain for five years. I really look forward to a wonderful school year here in Avalon.'" Thelma Spencer, who teaches fourth- and fifth-grade, comes from across the channel. She grew up in Oregon, and ttended col- lege in Portland. She is bilingual, has previously taught both English and Spanish. She enjoys Cinco de Mayo and other celebrations of Hispanic culture, and looks for- ward to a great year. Luz Ochoa, third-grade, was born in Torrance and raised in Long Beach. After graduating from Wilson High School, she went to college to become a teacher. She graduated from CSULB and was accepted into LB Unified's bilin- iii i  i - JOIN US FOR HAPPY HOUR Monday through Thursday 4-dPM & Friday 10PM-lose $4.00 FOR SELECT WELL COCKTAILS, WINE, TAP BEER & TAPAS! BLOODY MARY BAR Saturday & Sunday from 11:30AM to 3:00PM COME CREATE YOUR OWN BLOODY MARY! 6 Friday, September 16, 2011 gual intern program the last year it was offered. Two years ago, she decided to go back to CSULB to get her master's degree in edu- cation. In May 201"1, she received her master's in curriculum and in- struction with an emphasis in the arts.. "My goals for my class this year is create a learning environ- ment that is challenging but excit- ing, help my Students love learn- ing, and integrate arts into the curriculum," Luz said. On apersonal note, she said, "I am a huge Lakers fan. I have been watching them play for the past 12 years. I am the proud mother of an 8 year old daughter at Long- fellow Elementary and a 15-year- old daughter at Poly (PACE) High School." Katie Wallingford, our new math teacher, said, "I am origi- nally from Stockton, California. It's in the Centrat/N0rthern part of California. I was born and raised in Stockton with my sister. My sis- ter still lives in Stockton, ironical- ly right next door to our parent's house. I wanted to move to South- em California so that I could pur- sue my interests. I moved to Long Beach and was studying art and design until I made the switch to mathematics. It wasn't too far of a stretch for me, seeing I was natural in mathematics. I became highly interested in the education part of mathematics, so my degree is: bachelor's of science in mathemat- ics with an emphasis in education. This is my second year teaching. Last year I was at Millikan High School in Long Beach. I am con- stantly going to the TRC in LBUSD taking training classes and enhanc- ing my strategies as a teacher. I am involved in a math program called EQALS that teamed CSULB and certain LBUSD schools. Avalon was not part of the program; how- ever, they were kind enough to al- low me to stay, which will bring some valuable data to them in my opinion. I am an avid scuba diver and working towards my advanced open water certification at the mo- ment. I would like to work towards instructor so that eventually I can JUST AFEW DOORSFROM THE PIER ,  SCENT AVENUE teach people seeking their certifi- cation." "When I got the phone call ask- ing ifI wanted to teach at Avalon, I did not hesitate," she said. "Every- one has been so welcoming and of- feting their homes to me if I need to stay over. Guaranteed, I will stay over several days because I am highly involved in tutoring and CAHSEE programs after school. When I was in high school, I was involved in gymnastics, basketball, and track. I am coaching JV Girl's Basketball with Dave Hart, and looking forward to a great year." "I am a scuba diver and love diving," she said. "Before this job, I had only been to Catalina when I got my Open Water certification. I plan to stay over weekends so that I can relish the gorgeous diving spots. I am an outdoorsy girl, I like to hike, run, kayak, camp, snorkel, hula dance, and swim with sharks. I went to Hawaii recently to go on amazing adventures and one of them was swimming with sharks. I got in a cage with Galapagos Sharks for about half and hour, off C-__.. T -" ,,--:- -,-} Cata Wat., The, Hisb live ing t twicl Satu p.m. CATALINA COUPLES: CANDI AND J Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or th the Catalina Islander They can be young or otd. In mail your high resolution photo to THE CATAUNA ISLANDER