GET TO KNOW TKG: Lena Garcia Kaufman

Welcome to a spotlight on one of the educators involved in developing our program and leading us in the Education Revolution!  More available, here.

Lena Garcia Kaufman is a UC Santa Cruz alum with a bachelors in Psychology as well as a UCLA graduate with a masters degree in education. She has been an elementary school teacher for the last 11 years. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she has also been a teacher coach and mentor teacher. She has served as an educational consultant for the Natural history museum helping to create project-based, art infused resources to support museum exhibits.  Lena says,

“When I was studying to be a teacher I took sociology, human development and child psychology.When I became a teacher I referenced the theories of social justice, transformative pedagogy and constructivism. When I was pregnant, I studied how to attach, respect, listen and play. But now that our daughter is 5, all of the theories I studied and tried to implement are no longer theories. Watching a human grow in front of my eyes makes all the ideas real. I knew that she needed a school where she could develop, thrive and connect. A place where theories become real. The Knowing Garden is this place for our family and I am so excited to be a part of its growth.”

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Our next Community Workshop (open to the public) will be on Tuesday October 30th.  Please LIKE us on Facebook or follow our Tweets to stay updated.  Information will also be posted here!  Come meet Lena.


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