Summer Academy

Welcome to Los Altos School District's iLearn Summer Academy 2012 and a journey into learning!

May just completed her sixth year of teaching at Oak School in the sixth grade. Originally from southern California, she was inspired to go    into teaching after spending one summer teaching English in a rural city in China after completing High School. She also spent four summers in a probationary school in Orange County teaching CAHSEE prep courses for at risk students. After completing her credential and Masters in Education at UC Davis, she moved to the bay area. May has always loved integrating technology into the classroom and trying something new each year. This past year she focused on integrating collaborative writing and teacher feedback in writing with the use of Google Docs. 

Amy just finished her fifth year as a 6th grade teacher at Almond Elementary School. She completed her 7th year of teaching and has taught 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade. Amy has a Master's degree in educational technology and enjoys finding fun and innovative ways to engage and inspire students while using technology in her classroom. Amy was also founder and co-owner of Fun With Media, a digital media studio for kids and adults.  

  • Kami Thordarson 

    Kami has taught in Los Altos for four years and came to us from the Poudre School District in Colorado where she began teaching in 1999.  Kami holds a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in Education. Kami is an expert in project-based learning and enjoys engaging students with creative lessons that focus on incorporating 21st century skills.  Last summer, Kami completed the MERIT program through Krause Center for Innovation.

  • Ellen Kraska
Ellen has been working as an upper elementary educator since 2004 and is passionate about incorporating creativity, the arts and technology into the curriculum. Prior to becoming a teacher, Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan.  She also enjoyed working in specialized corporate educational environments that integrate the creative process and collaboration within group strategy sessions. Ellen loves to go on adventures with her husband and two daughters, Kelsey and Serena. To learn more about her, check out her blog post on the Los Altos Year of Learning Blog, her class blog, her class's flickr photostream and/or follow her on Twitter @KraskaE.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction:

Alyssa joined Los Altos School District in 2006 as principal for Santa Rita Elementary School.  Prior to her four years at Santa Rita, Alyssa spent the first ten years of her educational career in Southern California, working first as a primary grade elementary teacher spanning all subject areas and then as an administer for both San Diego City Unified and Del Mar Union School District. Alyssa is excited to support the development of 21st century learning environments that meet the needs of all students.  When not working she loves spending time with her boys!

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