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Friday Faces 2014: LMS, UMS, and High School

We hope to seee many of you at Fred & Betty's tonight from 6-9pm for our 1 Year Anniversary Pary and Art After Dark! And if you want to come support our SLOCA Athletes tomorrow, there are few events happening to choose from: The high school girls play in a volleyball tournament at Nipomo High School at 9 am;  the middle school cross country boys are running in the Judkins Mountain Goat Invitational at 9 am at Judkins Middle School in Pismo Beach; and the high school cross country boys are running in the Brug Invitational at Santa Margarita Lake at 10 am.

Today we have three new Friday Faces to introduce you to from the LMS, UMS, and High School levels. Plus links to last year’s answers from our returning teachers, which you’ll find below: 

Guy Kinnear

Lower Middle School, Upper Middle School, and High School Art Teacher

Q: What is your degree in?

A: MFA Painting & Traditional Media

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

A: College Art Professor

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

A: Sit for five minutes with my lovely wife, drink cafe' from a stove top espresso maker, and absorb the love and energy from my two wild kids. 

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: Nardone's Pizza

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

A: The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature? 

A: Dante's Divine Comedy

Steven Sarwine

Upper Middle School History/Literature Teacher (both tracks)

Q: What is your degree in?

A: My degree is in English from Cal State University, Fullerton.

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

A: Before SLOCA, I was a teacher at Fusion Academy, Huntington Beach. 

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

A: My dog gets all the special treatment before I even get to look at myself in the mirror.

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: I am living in the Paso Robles area, so I am a bit more familiar with the restaurants out here. I love Il Cortile.

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

A: My father would read Tom Sawyer to my brother and me before bed, so that holds a special place in my heart.

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature? 

A: That is a big question for a Literature teacher, but I'm a sucker for Shakespeare. I love Hamlet. 

Nicholas Larson

High School Spanish Teacher, A4/B4 Study Lab Teacher

Q: What is your degree in?

A: Major in Kinesiology with a focus in Clinical Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Minors in Spanish and Philosophy

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

A: I was a substitute teacher all around San Luis Obispo county, and before that I did a year of service through AmeriCorps.

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

A: I quickly climb down the ladder, always on the verge of falling, and sit down at the piano that I keep in my tiny room. Then, I drink at least two tall glasses of water (keeps you regular). And then I realize that I'm late. 

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: I love ethnic food, so I would have to say Thai Boat because the two brothers that run the front of the house are the two most loving and charismatic people in town; however, if there was an Ethiopian restaurant, then that might be my favorite. 

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

A: Since I didn't discover that actual reading was enjoyable until high school, I relied on the wonders of Dr. Seuss when I needed a good read. Green Eggs and Ham was always a favorite, but I also have to acknowledge P.D. Eastman's Go Dog Go as the book that I read most often as a child. 

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature? 

A: I am a sucker for German Philosophy (e.g. Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Heidegger) and so was Herman Hesse, so his books always seem to massage my soul. Siddhartha changed my life.  

CLICK HERE to read last year’s Friday Faces on our returning Lower Middle School teachers.

CLICK HERE to read last year’s Friday Faces on our returning Upper Middle School teachers.

CLICK HERE to read last year’s Friday Faces on our returning High School teachers.

Thanks for sharing! We are thrilled to have you all join Team SLOCA and look forward to seeing you around campus. 

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