Mrs. Angie LaFazia
My name is Angie LaFazia, and I am proud to be the Journeys-3rd gr. Learning Center teacher at Sumac. I received my Bachelors in Special Education from Ohio State University, (GO BUCKS!) and my Masters in Special Education at Cal Lutheran. My husband and I met at OSU, and have two wonderful sons, Alex and Nick, and a goldendoodle named Sadie. I began my teaching career in Ohio as an Infant Stimulation Specialist, and taught preschool and middle school special education, before moving to Las Virgenes. While at LVUSD, I have taught Special Education at the Elementary level, first at White Oak, and then at Sumac, which has been my home for over 20 years.. I’ve had the opportunity to be a Learning Center teacher, Mentor teacher, BITSA support teacher, and Grade Level Lead teacher during my time in Las Virgenes. I have always loved working with students who have a variety of challenges, and consider myself lucky to continue to do that at Sumac this year.
Primary Learning Center: Journeys, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grades
Welcome to Sumac! This year, I will be working with Journeys, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students in the Learning Center. I also work very closely with your child's General Education teacher and other Specialists to be sure we collaborate in a team approach to address all of our students' needs. Please feel free to call or e-mail me anytime (see contact information) if you have any concerns or just to say hi!
I have been a teacher with Las Virgenes for 26 years, and this is my 21st year at Sumac. Sumac L-Stem is an excellent school with wonderful teachers and staff. I work with a dedicated and well trained staff of Instructional Assistants, and we are all looking forward to a great year!
Every student should enjoy the freedom to learn, to make mistakes, and to improve.
Your child will be learning many skills in a variety of ways. In addition to small group instruction, your child's lessons will be personalized for his or her individualized needs.
I believe that homework for 1st through 3rd grade is an important aid in helping students further their experiences in school. Homework is useful in reinforcing what has been learned while teaching responsibility and good study habits. It is reinforcing to your child when you show excitement about their hard work. Your child will enjoy feelings of pride for work completed when due dates arrive. We are also careful to accommodate and/or modify homework for the individual needs of each student. Please let me know if there are any difficulties with homework so we can work together to solve any problems. Thank you for your help.
Students respond well to positive reinforcement. Students' particular reinforcement systems may be individualized by their IEP. All students may participate in my classroom's reinforcement system. They can earn rewards for appropriate behaviors such as participating in class discussions, completing work, staying focused on their tasks and following class rules. My goal is to 'catch them being good', showing effort and doing great work! Donations of items to be used as rewards/prizes are greatly appreciated and gladly accepted!
If you are able, our classroom would appreciate any of the following items you are able to contribute:
Toys, novelties, etc. for our prize boxes
Pencil top erasers
Xerox paper (any brand)
One of my goals is to provide information that will enable you to better assist your child with a variety of academic and social skills concepts. Educational links that are aligned with our current standards and units of study are listed below to assist you and your child in the learning process.