Meet our kindergarten teacher – Ms. Toni

Toni Melgar has been teaching for over 7 years in local schools in southern Orange County.  Additionally, she has spent many years studying and observing teaching and keeps up with her continuing education to keep her skills at the forefront of current teaching methodologies.  She has received both her Associate of Science in early childhood education and her Associate Teacher certificate.

Toni lives in Lake Forest with her husband, three daughters, one Chihuahua and one Boston terrier (dogs are family too!).  She also currently homeschools her daughters and realizes the importance of individualized education.  Her passion for life is seeing others learn and excel at their stage in life and she respects the learning process and adores children.  She loves to be involved, nurture learning through play and see children achieve their goals.

Teaching is what Toni always felt she was meant to be doing and she feels beyond grateful to be a part of your family’s education!

Meet our grade 1/2 teacher – CHECK BACK SHORTLY FOR OUR GRADE 1/2 TEACHER BIO!

Meet our grade 3/4 teacher – Mrs. Vose

Hi!  I’m Lindsey Vose (or Mrs. Vose as my students call me).  I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio and have been living in California for 11 years.  I received my B.A. in psychology in Ohio and continued on to graduate school in California at Azusa Pacific University.  While at APU, I received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in educational technology. For the last 6 years, I have been teaching in a public school setting; I have taught kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade.  I love providing my students with a nurturing and safe environment where they can explore and expand their love for learning.

Building relationships with my students is my first priority.  Before students can learn from a teacher, they must trust them.  Regardless of each child’s background, culture, socioeconomic status, educational strengths, and challenges, all students can learn. It is my job to meet the needs of all of my students and value their individual learning styles.  In my classroom, I teach my students to be critical thinkers and readers. We have deep discussions about the literature we read, which teaches them the skills to continue this thinking when they are reading independently. In addition to academics, I believe that children need exposure to extracurriculars that will provide them with 21st-century skills critical to their success in the future.  I incorporate digital storytelling into writing, which has given my students a voice and has enhanced their writing. Giving my students access to robots and coding has introduced them to science and engineering, which in turn has taught them important life skills in problem-solving, teamwork, and perseverance.

My classroom is a place where students feel safe, honored, respected, and valued.  We ask questions, learn from each other’s opinions and ideas, share our strategies, ask for help if we don’t understand, work in teams, problem-solve together, and encourage and push each other to be better.  I believe that every student should love learning and always have a curiosity and spark to learn more.

Meet our grade 5/6 and lead teacher – Ms. Brooke

It’s a pleasure to meet you!  I’m Brooke Kuhnel (Ms. Brooke, to our students).  Growing up just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, my love of education and deep connection with teaching grew from the positive memories I had from my elementary teachers (yes, I loved school!).  After moving to Arizona, I graduated from Ottawa University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education.  Upon marrying my husband in Sedona, we moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where I taught in a highly ranked public school for 7 years before moving to California in 2012.  Since 2012, I’ve dedicated myself to private homeschooling and tutoring and have further refined my instructional techniques while developing a mastery of effectively teaching Common Core standards.

I love working with children of all ages!  I have experience teaching preschool, kindergarten, 5th, and 6th grades in a public school and all ages from preschool – 8th grade as a private homeschool teacher and tutor, and I use these experiences to customize your student’s learning and curriculum and prepare him/her for success.

My students have experienced measurable improvement and success, as I’ve helped them work to their fullest potential while having fun in the process.  I take pride in providing well prepared, thought-provoking, structured, clear, and caring instruction and educational content that leaves students with a clear path to comprehension and retention of concepts and information.  Among my goals are to encourage them to think critically in order to problem-solve, confidently ask questions, and build trust and confidence in themselves.  I truly love teaching and fully believe that when a student steps into the classroom, each interaction and introduction to a concept or experience builds a love for and success in his/her learning.

I have a 13-year-old daughter who loves and values her friendships, softball, video games, and various arts. When not traveling throughout Southern California to softball games and tournaments, you can find me at home cuddled up to our dog Blondie or watching historical fiction and true crime TV shows.

I’m excited to help your kid (s) reach new heights here at SOCHH!