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Friday Faces: Kindergarten

*UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2014*

Here's the returning Kindergarten team for 2014-15, with their answers from last year's Friday Faces:

Mary Knudson

Kindergarten Lead Teacher and Educational Consultant

Q: What is your degree in?

A: Communications and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: Stay at Home Mom

Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: Look at the clock

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: Giuseppe’s in SLO

Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A:  The Little Engine that Could

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature that we've read at SLOCA? 

A:  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Sarah Root

Kindergarten Core Teacher (Track A) and Friday Foundations Kindergarten Teacher

Q: What is your degree in?

A: BA in Psychology; MA in Teaching with Elementary Ed. Emphasis; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: Before kids, right out of college, I worked with Santa Barbara County in the Mental Health field with children and adolescents doing behavioral plans and on-call crisis intervention.

Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: Change my 2 year old's diaper smile and get ready to work-out.

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: Giuseppe’s in Pismo Beach

Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A: Charlotte's Web (still a favorite today!) and when I was a little older The Baby Sitter's Club series from Ann M. Martin. I still have books #1-100 sitting in a box in my garage – I'm sure my husband would be happy to see them go smile

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature that we've read at SLOCA? 

A: I have two favorites: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney and The Raft by Jim LaMarche

Amy Houser

Kindergarten Core Teacher (Track B)

Q: What is your degree in?

A:  BA in Diversified General Studies

Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: I taught Kinder and 1st grade in Orange County for 5 years then worked in the SMBSD for 5 years as a Teacher Tutor.

Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: Let the chickens out of their evening coop.

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A:  I wish I was able to rattle off a long list, but the only restaurant I seem to get to is In-n-Out.

Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A: “Stand Back,” said the Elephant, I'm Going to Sneeze!” by Patricia Thomas

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature that we've read at SLOCA? 

A: I enjoyed The Prince and the Pauper as much as my kids did. 

Caroline Vaccaro

Kindergarten Art Teacher and Intermediate Art Teacher (both tracks)

Q: What is your degree in?

A:  I have a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Management.  I also have a second degree in Art with an emphasis in Fine Art and Art History from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. I attended Concordia University in Irvine for a secondary teaching credential in Art. 

Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: I spent many years in corporate sales for Verizon Wireless and Abbott Pharmaceuticals before my boys were born. I also owned a ceramics business for many years. In 2006 I opened Monart Art School to provide art education to the central coast. 

Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: I love to work late! I create new lessons, read, paint, and so the first thing I do in the morning is have a cup of coffee and give my boys a big kiss!

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: My parents house is my favorite local restaurant. My mom is the most wonderful cook and my father is a fisherman, hunter and gardener.  We have dinner together at least three times a week. 

Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A: Heidi and The Black Stallion. I still own the copies. Heidi reminded me about my grandmother’s house in Germany and I always loved horses when I was young. When I was in high school I started reading biographies and fell in love with them, especially about artists! I just finished a book about Emily Carr, a Canadian Artist who is famous for painting Totem Poles. 

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature that we've read at SLOCA? 

A: 6. My favorite piece of SLOCA literature was The Apprentice by Pilar Molina Llorente. It really made me want to live in the Renaissance.

Kindergarten teachers featured elsewhere:

Kaitlyn Perry

Kindergarten – Intermediate Music Teacher

Thank you ladies, for the opportunity to get to know you a little more! We appreciate all you do for our precious kinder students.

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