Staff Directory

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Amy Diaz

Principal – Principal’s Office

I graduated Cal Poly Pomona class of 1992 and Mount St. Mary’s class of 2004.

I earned a BS in Applied Mathematics and an MS in Educational Leadership.

I like to read and watch old movies.

Something you didn’t know about me is that I love to play on the Nintendo Wii with my kids!

I want to instill in children a passion for learning.

With hard work, you can accomplish anything!

Sharon Chew

I’ve been working at Laurel Span School for 21 years as a Special Education Teacher.

My goal is to give my students as many opportunities as possible to succeed in life and to grow as life long learners. At the end of each academic year, I reflect and am proud of my students and their accomplishments.

First Grade – Room 7

Mary Gandara

First Grade – Room 5

Andrew Glass

Second/Third Grade – Room 15

Tina Dannhausen

Hello Everyone!

My name is Tina Dannhausen. I am a 6-8 middle school teacher at Laurel Span School. I have been At Laurel since 2006 and love teaching Special Education to students with autism. I enjoy working with children and helping them reach for their goals through their education. I believeevery child should be valued and treated with respect. An education should empower a child and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world.

I grew up in a very small town in Wisconsin, only 250 people and moved out to Los Angeles alone when I was only 19 years old. I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Liberal Studies degree and I’m credentialed in general education and special education.

I live in Hollywood and I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my friends. During the summer and winter break I spend my free-time traveling back to Wisconsin and Chicagoto visit my family. I also enjoy arts and crafts and finding new fun, creative ways to help my students to achieve their goals.

I look forward to getting to know all of you this school year!

Fourth/Fifth Grade – Room 16

Glenn Kelsch

Second Grade – Room 4

Terry Whitney

Second Grade – Room 4

George Reyes

Sixth/Seventh Grade – Room 14

Graduated Harvard University in 1994 with a BA in Visual & Environmental Studies. Got my MFA in Film Directing and Producing at New York University in 2000 magna cum laude. Earned my certificate in Educational Technology at Tec De Monterrey de Mexico in 2004.

I’m a member of the Grand Marnier Film Fellowship: Lincoln Center, Stride Rite Public Service Fellowship, and Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship.

I’ve earned the Excellence in Teaching Award at Tec De Monterrey, the Creative Promise Award at the Tribeca Institute, the Fast Track and the Elizabeth Pena Award for a Film Independent.

I enjoy hiking, biking, running, camping, film making, watching films, reading books, watching plays, and listening to records (yes, old ones).

I teach because my elementary school experience was not a great one. I always knew that school could be a fun, exciting place where everyone could learn and I have dedicated myself to that purpose.

Something you didn’t know about me is that I have run two marathons and look forward to running more.

If you work hard and show enthusiasm, I promise you that every day will be a great school day.

Louise Lipman

Third Grade – Room 17

Andy Powell

Resource Specialist Program Teacher – Room 10

Mr. Powell earned his B.A. from Duke University, an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and holds a general education Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Level II Education Specialist Instruction Credential (mild/moderate disabilities). He has been teaching for 15 years with LAUSD. Every classroom presents a unique community of learners that varies not only in abilities, but also in learning styles. Powell teaches to the needs of each child so that all learners can feel capable and successful. He presents curriculum that involves the interests of the children and makes learning relevant to life. He incorporates themes, integrated units, projects, group work, individual work, and hands-on learning in order to make children active learners.

Trust everyone… but always cut the cards. – an old cowboy saying

Lilyan Oseledchit

Hello Everyone! My name is Lilyana Oseledchik.I have always dreamed to be a teacher. And my dream came true . I entered the university and graduated it with honors in 1966. I have been working as a teacher for 25 years in Ukraine.Then due to some reasons I moved to the USA in 2000 and after passing all possible and impossible tests and exams got clear credential and started to work as a teacher in Laurel Elementary. I am a third grade teacher . I enjoy working with children and helping them reach for their dreams through their education.I believe every child should be valued and treated with respect. To my mind, to be a good teacher you must have passion for your work .

Fourth Grade – Room 12

Paul Glaviano

Seventh Grade – Room 11

Mariana Morales-Andrade

Fifth Grade – Room 9

Graduated California State University Northridge class of 1995.

Earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, a California Teaching Credential (BCLAD) in 1999, and an M.A. in Elementary Education in 2009.

I like to read and watch movies with my family.

Something you didn’t know about me is that I have two lovebirds and one parakeet.

I teach because I enjoy helping children reach their potential.

“Always reach for your dreams and never give up.”

Brian Wisniewski

Seventh Grade – Room 12

Galen Maximilian Zarou

Sixth Grade Teacher – Room 13

Graduated Pomona College class of 1999.

Earned a B.A. Media Studies in Film & Video.

I enjoy hiking, playing basketball, and stand-up comedy.

Something you didn’t know about me is that like Martin Luther King Jr., I have been arrested and put in jail for my beliefs.

I teach because teachers change the world and help shape the future.

“Be who you are and do what you do, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

Maral Xintarianos

Pre-Kindergarten – Room 6

Graduated California State University Los Angeles in 2006.

Earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development.

I enjoy arts and crafts or anything to do with being creative and making something with my own hands. Things like sewing to painting to scrap-booking.

Something you may not know about me is that I can speak six languages: Armenian, Greek, English, French, Arabic and Turkish!

I have always had a love for children, so I knew that whatever I had decided to pursue in regards to my career path and personal goals, it had to involve children.

Always follow your heart. Do what makes you happy, and never give up on your dreams. Just be devoted, dedicated, and work hard. Hard work always goes a long way and those who strive to achieve their goals and try their best will always find happiness.

Audrey Pai

I was born in Virginia and moved around quite a bit before settling down in Los Angeles. I have lived in Kentucky, North Carolina, Korea, and Ohio. I have been teaching for 8 years, including one year in South Korea. I have been working with students with learning disabilities for the past 7 years and love what I do! I believe that it is important to teach students the tools they need to succeed in every classroom. I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, snowboarding, fishing, and so much more. I enjoy cooking and trying new foods. My motto in life is to lookfor positive aspects, even in negative situations.

Ms. Lillian Delgadillo

It is my belief that every classroom presents a unique community of learners that varies in both abilities and learning styles. I believe that by acting as a guide and allowing each child’s natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, the possibility for each child to reach his/her potential becomes far greater reaching in its impact than the school setting. My goal as an educator is to create lifelong learners that understand the concept that learning is a process that never ends. I look forward to getting to know and working with all of my students and their families this academic school year.

Monique Yankofsky

What does Monique Yankofsky brint to Laurel?

She brings the excitement, learning and fun she experienced as a child from Laurel School, private schools, and a school in Lima, Peru. She brings understanding and patience, 23 years experience teaching grades k-5 in different schools at LAUSD, working with special ed emotionally disturbed children, and as a resource teacher in a learning center, and some out of classroom jobs. She brings many hours of research online for classroom activities and lesson plans. Best of all, she brings the hope that her students will become self motivated life long learners and realize their potential to be productive and successful.