Lodestone News: September 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

Fall is upon us and school is back in-session. Whether the movement back to school was remote, hybrid, or face-to face, we hope the transition back was a smooth one.

As always, the staff and administration here at Lodestone are once again reaching out in partnership with any of those who are looking for remediation, intervention, homework help, supplemental math and English instruction, enrichment, or instruction in foreign languages (Spanish and Korean). Individual and small group instruction is invaluable. Our experienced and caring instructors are here to help. Sign up for online classes!

Meet our incredible team!

Ms. Elizabeth (Math & English instructor)

“Hello. My name is Ms. Elizabeth. I am a California native and have lived in La Habra for almost 25 years. I have been married for 31 years and we have raised 3 daughters. I've been working with children in some capacity for almost 20 years, starting with a children's club at my church. I homeschooled my children and they are all currently in various stages of either college degrees or careers. During our homeschooling years, I taught a couple of classes to high school students in our independent study program. In addition, I've worked as a substitute teacher in public and private schools.  Currently, I work as both a tutor and as a paraprofessional at a local elementary school helping students with English. I hold a bachelor's degree in business administration and am currently taking child development courses to enhance my career. Working with children brings joy and laughter to my days!”

Ms. Elvia Villaseñor (Spanish Instructor)

“Hello. I am so happy to introduce myself as the new Spanish Teacher. My name is Ms. Elvia Villasenor. I have been in the educational field for over 15 years—working as an educator both in public and private sectors. I have a master’s degree in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. Both of my parents are from Mexico and raised me to love our cultural background, so Spanish became my first language.
I enjoy hiking with my three children. My husband and I love to travel. Our last trip was to Rome and Venice, Italy, where I was happy to have conversation with the locals while speaking Spanish!
I am happy to share my knowledge, enthusiasm, and love of Spanish with the students! I am sure they will be excited and proud to continue learning another language!”
~ “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” (Frank Smith)

Mr. Ken (English & Writing instructor)

“I was born and raised in Southern CA, am a proud Father of three daughters, and have devoted much of my life to education and teaching. For the past 13 years, I have worked as a classroom teacher for both middle and high school, and as a private tutor, helping students develop and improve their writing techniques and deepen their understanding of literature. My life journey has led me to live in a handful of US states, from Hawai’i to New Jersey, and I’ve spent the last six years living and working in Shenzhen, China as a college application counselor, assisting Chinese students applying to US universities—so it seems, I really enjoy meeting new people and experiencing new places and cultures. I hold a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Religious Studies, and have earned an English teaching credential because I'm fascinated by not only life’s mysteries but also the power of writing and reading literature to open our minds to new ideas about the world and ourselves. When I'm not reading, writing poetry or prose, or working, I enjoy long walks, longer road trips, and gardening.”

Ms. Grace (Korean instructor)

“Hello. I am Ms. Grace. I have been teaching Korean for over 8 years to students in pre-k through 7th grade. I enjoy teaching Korean language and its culture so that the children can learn to appreciate it more and gain a deeper understanding of it. My wish is for the children to become global-minded, talented individuals. I enjoy teaching non-natives as well. Through my years of experience, I have mastered many ways to teach students to speak, read, comprehend, and write the Korean language. I incorporate Korean folk traditional songs and Korean TV shows/drama in my teaching. I enjoy teaching students how to communicate with parents and grandparents using an app called Kakao to send messages in Korean. My hope and goal is for the children to adopt Korean as their second language.”

Mr. Joseph (Math & Science instructor)

“Hi. I am currently attending the University of California at San Diego. I am also heavily involved in the SONA research community. I have always manifested a passion for teaching, counseling, and mentoring since high school through a vast array of extracurricular activities, including founder of the Autism Youth Awareness Club, treasurer of Key Club, and a member of Youth Leadership America. Post high school, I have served as student body judicial officer at university prior to transfer to UCSD, held leadership positions within varying spiritual organizations, and is co-founder of Kimbap2go in San Diego (a food catering service startup for UCSD students). I have never ceased to participate in tutoring over ten years. Teaching, to me, is an opportunity to deepen relations with my students and instill confidence within every individual—‘that grades do not define who you are, yet good grades will follow as you continue to be diligent and hardworking, ultimately becoming the best version of yourself.’ When I’m not studying or teaching, I enjoy reading, meditating, hiking, working out, cooking, and deepening interpersonal relationships.”

Ms. Tania (Math & English instructor)

“Hello. I am Tania Popoff.  I am married, have three grown children, and I am a grandmother to a beautiful baby girl.  I am an Instructional Aide in the Fullerton School District in an Intense Speech Program for preschoolers. I have worked as a Preschool Teacher in a private school in Hacienda Heights. I have consistently worked with children since 2004.  I am also attending Central State University taking Early Childhood Education courses. I have always enjoyed working with children and I have a passion for teaching. My personal interests are reading historical fiction books, going on hikes, and riding my bike at the beach.”

What does Lodestone offer?

We offer the following subjects/classes:

  • Math and English. We are available to assist students in TK through 8th grade. (Free assessment and workbooks for grades K-6)
  • Spanish and Korean Languages. We offer private classes for students in grades TK-8th Grade. We are an approved vendor for the following homeschool charter school programs.

We offer the following grouping options (currently online):

  • Private (one-to-one) instruction
  • Small grouping (2-4 students). We encourage parents to coordinate with family and friends to create their own groups.

We offer various instructional time options with the following rate plans:

  • Private tutoring (one-to-one)--$40 per hour
  • Small group (2-4 students, grades TK-6, four-week sessions)—per student:
    • 1 hour per week: $140
    • 2 hours per week: $250
    • 3 hours per week: $340
    • 4 hours per week: $400

We are open to working with you to meet your needs:

  • We are an approved vendor for the following homeschool and charter school programs: Sage Oaks, iLead Exploration, Inspire Charter, Blue Ridge Academy, Mission Vista Academy, Cabrillo Point, Pacific Coast, Sky Mountain (If you're interested in our classes and you don't find your school, please contact us.)

Last, but most importantly, Lodestone Academy offers you the opportunity to provide your children with the special gift of education. One-to-one and small group instruction allows for more personalized education plans and directed assistance in targeted areas, all in an environment where children get the attention they need and deserve. If you have questions about any of our programs, please reach out to us today. We are here to serve you.

Warmest Regards,

Lodestone Academy
(562) 902-0508