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INDEPENDENT STUDY COORDINATOR Claudia Weintraub
Claudia grew up in Switzerland and moved to the United States in her early 20s. She earned her bachelor degree in English and German at California Lutheran University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She then went on to receive her single-subject teaching credential in English and her Masters Degree in teaching from CLU as well.
After teaching middle school and high school students at local public schools, she was approached by CLU to teach as a part-time adjunct faculty member in the German and English departments. When her own kids started to approach college age, she decided to look for full-time work and found a position at a charter school in Ventura as the Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator. During her time there, she learned as much as possible about charter schools, measurement and curriculum. She had the privilege of working under the director and was able to participate in such important tasks as the WASC re-visit, board presentations, creating math intervention strategies and the graduation committee, and more. She was also the high school counselor.
During her free time, Claudia breeds and raises alpacas and is a member of the Ventura County Sheriff’s K9 Search and Rescue team, where she works and trains her Labrador puppy, Toby, to be a search and rescue dog. She loves to be outdoors and spend time with her friends and family. Claudia is married and has three children, two of whom are in college and her youngest is a junior at Westlake High School.
SUPERVISING HOME SCHOOL TEACHER Leina Ball
Leina grew up on the Mendocino Coast of northern California. She earned her bachelors in geography and enjoyed learning about various people and places. Next she pursued her masters in teaching in a contstructivist program at Washington State University. Over the last dozen years she has taught all subjects in 4th-8th grades, taught English as a second language to first graders, and tutored foster students K-12th grade in their homes. She earned her national board certification in English and is a teaching consultant for the national writing project.
Until discovering BRIDGES and Ventura charter schools the closest she had come to educating in the spirit she was trained was through the national writing project. In the summer of 2010 she was fortunate to Co-Direct their summer institute which celebrates teachers teaching teachers and teachers who teach writing being writers themselves. She is an avid reader and writer who loves to share her enthusiasm for learning with her students. She also enjoys spending as much time as possible regenerating in nature.
SUPERVISING HOME SCHOOL TEACHER Gwen Campbell
Hi! My name is Gwendolyn Campbell and I am enthusiastically joining Bridges/Ventura Charter School, Homeschool Program as a Supervising Teacher for the 2012-2013 academic year. I have been a teacher in a second grade classroom at a charter school in the San Fernando Valley for the past 5 years. During that time I have also had the opportunity to consult at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County, present at the 16th annual California Charter School Conference, and help lead various extracurricular clubs at the charter school in which I taught. Prior to having my own classroom, I substituted at many schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles. I also possess a clear Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.
I really look forward to getting to know all the students and families in this program. I anticipate learning a lot from everyone and am excited to contribute to the students’ learning experience as well.
SUPERVISING HOME SCHOOL TEACHER Teri Gabler
Teri grew up in Manhattan Beach and then attended San Diego State, where she earned her degree in Liberal Studies and her multiple subject credential.
She then moved to San Francisco, where she began her teaching career. She taught 1st and 2nd grade. She then relocated to the Conejo Valley, where she taught Kindergarten and 1st grade. Teri currently teaches Parenting the Preschool Child at Conejo Valley Adult School.
Teri is enthusiastic about finding that educational spark in a child's eye. She experienced homeschooling her oldest child in first grade, and saw how that spark can shine bright when a child finds their passion. Both of her boys (6 and 9 years old) now attend Bridges Charter School and have a great love of learning.
SUPERVISING HOME SCHOOL TEACHER Stephanie Forbes
Stephanie grew up in Burbank, down the street from her own elementary school. She loved helping her teachers set up their classrooms every summer, and often dreamed of having her own classroom one day!
After high school, Stephanie joined the ITEP program at CSUN. She earned a BA in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. While studying at CSUN, Stephanie worked as a paraprofessional and substitute at CHIME Charter for two years. It was during this time that Stephanie realized her passion for inclusive education and the charter school movement.
Once receiving her credential, Stephanie was hired by LAUSD as a first grade teacher. After one year she realized she missed the charter school environment too much. Stephanie returned to her charter roots and helped develop the Phonics and Grammar curriculum for NEW Academy Canoga Park, where she taught second grade for three years.
Stephanie is excited to join the Homeschool team and share her passion for phonics, reading, and writing with the students at BRIDGES. She also hopes to work on a deeper level with families so that students can reach their maximum potential in all social and academic areas.
In her free time, Stephanie likes to snuggle with her three cats, travel with her husband, and read lots and lots of pigeon books!
SUPERVISING HOME SCHOOL TEACHER Samantha Watson
Samantha grew up in San Diego County, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Spanish from California Lutheran University, where she graduated cum laude. She then went on to receive her preliminary multiple-subject teaching credential and is currently pursuing her masters in Teacher Leadership at CLU.
Samantha’s previous work experience includes teaching in the 2nd, 4th and 5th grades and working as a teacher’s assistant in a Montessori elementary school. Joining the homeschool family in the Fall of 2011, Samantha has learned about many styles of teaching and curriculum and has been inspired by the teachers and parents she works alongside. She has an enthusiasm for learning and discovering which she hopes to share with her students.
She is passionate about traveling and learning about other cultures and people. During her years at CLU, she spent a semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and spent time in Peru where she volunteered in a local preschool. In her free time Samantha likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors, exploring southern California and spending time with her family and friends.