About Ms. Kaplan

My name is Ms. Melissa Kaplan and this school year marks my 12th year of teaching 6th grade! This school year also marks my first year at Synergy Kinetic Academy.  I am very excited to join the Synergy family!

Before joining Synergy, I taught 6th grade at a middle school in LAUSD.  Prior to that, I volunteered at two different schools while completing my B.A. at San Francisco State University. I graduated from SFSU in 2004 with honors and a degree in Child & Adolescent Development, with a focus on school-age children (K-8) & their families.

In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering with Southern California Bulldog Rescue.  Saving dogs is my biggest passion outside of teaching!  For fun, I love going to Disneyland and the beach.

Mission Statement
My mission as teacher is to inspire you to be the most successful student that you can be.  I believe that all of you have great potential and it is my job as a teacher to nurture that potential.  We will learn together as a class from each other and ourselves.  It is my goal for you to be the best that you can be, not only in the classroom but at home and in your community as well.  Through the safe and respectful environment that we create, we can all achieve these goals together.  It can be done and we WILL do it.



2016 - Present
6th Grade Teacher 
Synergy Kinetic Academy

Los Angeles, CA

2005 - 2016
6th Grade Teacher
Caroldale Learning Community

Carson, CA

2004 – 2005
Student Teacher
Malcolm X Elementary School                                                                           Berkeley, CA

June 2004 – August 2004
Camp Counselor
Summerkids                                                                                                     Pasadena, CA

Jan. 2002 – May 2003
College Tutor/Co-Leader of Program
BuddyUP! Tutoring Program                                                                           Richmond, CA

Honors & Certifications

California Clear Multiple Subject Credential

Single Subject English Authorization

Recipient of the
Golden Apple Award from the
LAUSD District Intern Program

Carson Teacher of the Year Nominee 2007

LAUSD Gate Certification