Academic Success

Contact Information

Sarah Ensign

Life Skills, Language Arts, Academic Seminar

Email: Sarah.Ensign@lmusd.org

Phone: (805)474-3400 ext. 8422

Hello Mesa Students and Families! My name is Sarah Ensign, and this is my 7th year as an education specialist at Mesa. I have two awesome kids, a great husband, and a new puppy named Moose. This summer has been an interesting one, but I have gotten a lot of time to research and work on engaging and innovative lessons and practices for distance learning! This year, I will be teaching Language Arts and Academic Seminar, two of my favorite classes.In our language arts class, we use a curriculum called Read180. Read180 is a class designed for students who want to improve and increase their reading ability. The program is designed to meet individual needs in reading and writing skills. In addition, students will learn a variety of strategies for both reading and learning. I have had a ton of success with this program, and I am very excited to see the progress we can make together!Academic Seminar is an elective course that is intended to help students develop habits that support their academic success and executive functioning. Academic Seminar will emphasize topics such as organization, goal setting, study habits, and self-advocacy. This will be a place for students to not only participate in lessons that will teach academic skills, but also get support on assignments from other classes.I'm looking forward to meeting you all!


Haley Penserini

Language Arts, Math, Academic Seminar

Email: Haley.Penserini@lmusd.org

Phone: (805)474-3400 ext. 8194


Hello Mesa Students and Families! My name is Haley Penserini. This is my 5th year as a Special Education teacher and 2nd year as a Resource Specialist at Mesa Middle School. This Summer, I enjoyed practicing yoga and reading at the beach with my dog, Ronnie, while also preparing for the upcoming school year.This year, I will be teaching Language Arts courses which will focus on improving student’s reading and writing skills through the Read 180 and System 44 programs. Using a blended model of whole-group instruction, small-group instruction, and independent practice allows students to work at their individual level while also being given the opportunity to collaborate (virtually) with their classmates. My students and I have really enjoyed using this program and I look forward to expanding our participation in these evidence-based practices. I will also be teaching Academic Seminar. This elective class will focus on developing study habits and educational practices to increase academic success. Students will practice goal-setting and self-advocacy skills while also receiving small group instruction and support with assignments from their other classes. I hope you all had a fun and safe summer; I look forward to meeting you all and re-connecting with returning students and families.

Meghan Alton

Math, Academic Seminar

Email: Meghan.Alton@lmusd.org

Phone: (805)474-3400 ext. 8018


Hello Mesa Students and Families! My name is Meghan Alton and this is my 2nd year as an education specialist at Mesa. Before teaching at Mesa, I taught at Nipomo High School for four years. This year, I will be teaching Math and Academic Seminar. In our math class we will work on algebra concepts preparing students for their future math classes, as well as working with positive and negative numbers and variables. Academic Seminar is an elective course that is intended to help students develop habits that support their academic success and executive functioning. Academic Seminar will emphasize topics such as organization, goal setting, study habits, and self-advocacy. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with family and friends, camping, and taking care of my plants. I'm looking forward to meeting you all!

Kyle Pierson

Language Arts, Math, Science/Social Studies, Teen Skills

Email: Kyle.Pierson@lmusd.org

Phone: (805)474-3400 ext. 8177


Hello Mesa Students and Families! My name is Kyle Pierson and this is my 14th year as an educator and my second year as an education specialist at Mesa Middle School. When I am not teaching, you will most likely find me at the beach kayaking, paddle boarding, or fishing. I also love to garden and I have taken the time while social distancing this summer to build the garden of my dreams. Even though I have had a great summer, I am beyond ready to get back to work teaching Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and an elective. I will be teaching two math classes this year (one 7th grade and one 8th grade) that will focus on teaching the foundations that all 7th and 8th grade students need in order to build the skills necessary to be successful at a high school level. Each class will be tailored, accommodated and modified to meet the needs of all of my students. We Will aim high to meet all of our goals! In our English Languages arts class we will use a mixture of Reading A-Z, Unique Learning Systems, and digital notebooks The program is designed to meet individual needs in reading and writing skills.U.S. History will be our main focus for the first semester of the year. As a class we will travel back in time and start our year traveling the 13 colonies, while working ahead to the Civil Rights Movement. Science will be our focus during the second semester. As a class we will explore the life sciences. During the semester we will focus on ecosystems, animals and plants.


Alex Kirker

SDC

Email: Alex.Kirker@lmusd.org

Phone: (805)474-3400 ext. 8087


Hello Mesa Students and Families! Welcome to Room 75! My name is Alex Kirker. This is my second year at Mesa Middle School. Throughout this strange time I have tried to find ways to be outside, safely, by taking up some old interests like fishing and golf which has been a blast. Over the break, I was fortunate enough to become a homeowner which allowed me to spend a lot of time working on various projects around the house. I also recently became a first time dog owner to a rescue pup named Ronnie. He is very skilled in sleeping on the couch and taking food from the counter. Lets just say he has some goals to work on, but were excited that he is ours. Maybe you all will meet him one day. For those returning, we had a great start to last year, but I was saddened by the way it ended and the way we are beginning this year. However, I look forward to seeing your faces online and hope to be able to check in physically to build new and maintain current relationships for when we return to campus. This year, I plan on continuing to find new outlets that will effectively support our students in reaching their goals whether that be online or by delivering physical supports such as manipulatives or worksheets to our students. While this year may be tough to navigate, know that we are in this together and if there is anything you need, please feel free to contact me via email at alex.kirker@lmusd.org . Once this contact has been made, we can then exchange phone numbers and discuss preferred forms of communication. I look forward to meeting you all and finding our rhythm as a team for a successful year for room 75!