Faculty & Specialists K-8

Lauren Thurmond

Lauren Thurmond graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education.  Her passion stems from relating to students who have felt marginalized from the norm due to the norms of society. Lauren’s curriculum is centered around understanding one’s own identity in order to better understand how you can contribute to …

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Gloria Quintaglie

Born and raised in Connecticut, Gloria is a diehard New Englander. She’s a former parent, longtime member of the Sequoyah community, and a true believer in progressive education. She began her work at Sequoyah coaching the volleyball team and volunteering in and out of the classroom, eventually working as a substitute teacher in K-8. In …

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Julieta Reynoso

Born in Mexico City and raised in Los Angeles, Julieta has walked parallel paths in education and the arts. Most recently she has worked as a preschool teacher, a teaching artist for students ages 4 and up, and as a camp counselor for a local program focused on outdoor learning. She feels very fortunate to …

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Cristina Barvo

Cristina Barvo is from Bogotá, Colombia where, after earning her BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Javeriana, she worked in marketing and sales for Hewlett-Packard. After moving to the United States in 2002, she completed a post-graduate Certificate in Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University and worked as a marketing consultant for …

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Victoria Tao

Victoria is based in the Thinkering Tank on the K-8 Campus and works closely with students, integrating technology and digital citizenship into the K-8 curriculum. She brings 10 years of teaching experience in cross-disciplinary subjects, including painting, graphic arts, print production, digital media, and experimental animation.

Grace Lazzarini

With a passion for social justice and activism in the classroom, Grace brings eight years of experience teaching in both traditional and progressive schools. Her deep interest and application of systems thinking, project-based learning and design thinking has helped students find connections to what they are learning to the world around them. Grace completed her …

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David Cutler-Kreutz

David brings nine years’ experience managing outdoors programs, guiding, and working as an outdoor educator. Most recently, David managed regional outdoor programming for Big City Mountaineers and worked as a staff trainer and manager for YMCA BOLD/GOLD. David has guided and taught climbing, kayaking, canoeing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, and outdoor skills to students and adults …

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Leilani Brooks

A native of Los Angeles, Leilani is a theatre-maker, storyteller, and teaching artist who has worked extensively with children with varying learning needs. She holds a BA in Theatre from UCLA with a focus on Arts Bridge Education. Over the past five years, she has served as the Theatre Director and Dean of Students at …

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