TEACHING LEARNING CREATING, PLUS
Norma Delgado- Consultant
Norma has been working in the field of education for 16 years. She began her career as an instructional assistant at Casa Pacifica NPS while she completed her bachelors degree in Sociology. It soon became clear to her that teaching was her passion. She was offered a teaching position at Casa Pacifica, where she taught for 4 years. After completing her Masters degree in Education, Norma moved to the public school system. She has vast experience working with students with disabilities in a variety of different settings. Norma has been on her school leadership team the last 6 years and is a lead teacher. She has also served on a WASC visiting committee in which she visited an NPS school. She wishes to pursue her Doctorate in Education in the near future, but currently enjoys spending time with her family and playing soccer.
Because individual children and adolescents have very different personalities and needs, TLC+ staff is trained in several intervention and social skill building programs to help support students in making positive social choices, manage difficult situations and elevated emotions appropriately, and reflect on past interactions with newly acquired skills:
LSCI – Life Space Crisis Intervention is a nationally recognized, professional training and certification program sponsored by the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute of Hagerstown, Maryland.
LSCI is an advanced, interactive therapeutic strategy for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. LSCI views problems or stressful incidents as opportunities for learning, growth, insight, and change. This nonphysical intervention program uses a multi-theoretical approach to behavior management and problem solving.
NCPI – Non-violent Crisis Prevention Intervention
NCPI’s training emphasizes early intervention and nonphysical methods of preventing or managing disruptive behavior. CPI’s safety techniques for staff are also demonstrated and practiced to prepare staff to safely remove themselves and others from a dangerous situation.
CPI also teaches staff non-harmful techniques when an individual becomes an immediate danger to self or others.
ART – Aggression Replacement Training
ART is a cognitive behavioral intervention program to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior. Developed by Arnold P. Goldstein and Barry Glick, ART has been implemented in schools and juvenile delinquency programs across the United States and throughout the world.
Tracy Takahashi, Teacher
Tracy Takahashi, a Californian native, was born in Los Angeles. A student of the California public school system, including the community college system, she is grateful for the excellent, well-rounded education she received in a time when “whole child” was not a buzz word. When she is teaching, Tracy draws inspiration from her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Mason; her junior high school homeroom teacher, Mr. Shipley; Mrs. Serrano, her 11th grade high school English teacher; Mr. Caswell, her high school counselor, and her husband Norbert, the most patient person she ever met. They have influenced her and helped her shape her teaching philosophy: cultivating a community of individuals and ideas where teaching and learning are shared responsibilities. Tracy never had a student ask a question she didn’t like and she believes in the old cliché “Practice makes perfect.” Whether a student is beginning to learn to read or is writing his or her first research paper, she believes one should “practice, practice, practice”. As a student, Tracy has received almost as many bad grades as good, but she’s never received a grade she didn’t earn, even the bad ones. As a teacher, she’s never given students grades they didn’t earn, even the bad ones.
Prior to arriving at TLC Plus, Tracy taught multiple subjects at both public and non-public schools, including Casa Pacifica, Bridges School, North Hills Preparatory, and in the Rio School District in Oxnard. She began her teaching career at the Nanyang Preparatory School in Singapore. Tracy received her B.A. in English from the University of New Mexico and would like to live in the Southwest again one day. She is currently completing her Masters in Education.
Tracy likes the sound of words, a good laugh, gardening, anything to do with spending time with her daughter, Ce-Ce, and finding the perfect pair of shoes…again and again. She loves watching “Dowton Abbey” and “Suits” and counts herself fortunate when she catches reruns of “Firefly.” Tracy lives locally with her husband, daughter, three cats, and twelve goldfish. This summer she is trying to grow tomatoes.
Dakarai Sabana, Campus Supervisor
Dakarai has been employed by TLC+ for 4 years. Prior to coming to work as a campus supervisor, Dakarai worked in the retail business and on his time off would volunteer at TLC+. Dakarai became interested in working at our school because he felt he understood the situations students at TLC+ we're going through. Having been through experiences similar to those of our students, Dakarai adds a wealth of knowledge and understanding to assist in our day-to-day operations. Dakarai’s maturity and ability to relate to students is extremely valuable. His youth is only one avenue through which he can guide students and offer suggestions on how to problem solve and how to have healthier relations with staff and peers. On his time off, Dakarai enjoys spending time with his dog Luna, hanging out with his brother, and going to the movies.
Luis Rivera - Instructional Assistant
Born and raised in Ventura, Luis brings a lot of experience and knowledge to TLC +. He has been working with children for about 15 years. His experience working with kids started when he was a kid himself, when his mother ran a day care business and Luis was always there to lend a helping hand. When luis was a young adult he started working at a Group Home for youths at risk. There he gained a lot of experience dealing and managing various emotional needs and behaviors. After working in a couple of different group homes for a few years, he then decided to work with kids in an educational setting.
In 2006, Luis worked at his first Non Public School in Ventura named CalWest, as an instructional assistant. After CalWest he then worked a charter school in Thousand Oaks as a P.E. Specialist for grades K-8. Luis said he is fortunate to have worked in different settings and populations of kids. With his experience and passion for helping kids, Luis played a role in helping build and create TLC+. He has been at TLC+ since day 1 and is happy with how the program has been running. “ It’s a rewarding feeling seeing the students that follow the program and become successful after TLC+.” TLC+ has been running for four years and hopes to see it grow for another 4 years. When Luis is not working he enjoys spending time with his family, friends and playing soccer.
Kevin Henry, Instructional Assistant
Kevin is originally from Philadelphia, now calls Oxnard, California home. He came to California to continue his education at Cal State Channel Islands graduating with his BA and majoring in Cultural Anthropology. Kevin is obsessed with History and has a passion for the Arts, giving him an advantageous background to use when leading a lesson or working as a one-on-one. His classroom often has music playing as student’s transition from one class to another, a technique used to improve the disposition of students prior to beginning a lesson. Kevin is continually attempting fun and imaginative techniques to inspire students, often uses educational games to prove a point or teach a lesson. Kevin came to TLC “ to make a change in a kids life”; “Never Give up” is his motto. Kevin loves all things sports and traveling. When he is not found playing sports he can be found traveling to some far off land to explore and experience different cultures.
To support individual learning styles through a variety of experiences building on strengths and using differentiated activities to enrich student learning.
Hilda Salas, Director
Hilda has 21 years of experience in the field of education. Hilda was employed by the Oxnard Union High School District as a School Psychologist at Rio Mesa High School for 7 years and then as the District Psychologist for 8 years. Responsibilities at the district office included managing a caseload of students placed at non-public schools, where Hilda quickly learned about the unique needs of students placed in NPS’s. Hilda then moved onto a position as the founding Director of BRIDGES Charter School where she learned all the intricacies of starting a school from the ground up. Personal experience as well as a significant amount of schooling has prepared Hilda for the opening of TLC+. Hilda holds a Master’s Degree in School Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, a School Psychology Credential and a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
Studies in Psychology reinforced Hilda’s personal belief that children need to be provided with social and emotional support so that they may grow to be healthy adults who are creative, leaders, and embrace learning throughout their lifetime. Hilda further strives to make the school day enjoyable, believing that if a child is having fun, learning will naturally occur.
Hilda is very knowledgable in the field of Special Education, parent and student rights, community resources and is well known and respected in the Ventura County educational community.
Developing relationships with students and their families has always been one of Hilda’s favorite parts of working in the field of education. Hilda also finds satisfaction in supporting students with special needs, always encouraging them to reach their highest potential and personal educational goals.
Jackie Hamer- Teacher (Substitute)
Laiah Lampke - Teacher
Laiah was born and raised in the diverse state of California, and derives from a family of educators. Laiah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development, a Special Education Credential from CSUN and UCLA, and an Autism Certification from UCLA. Prior to her teaching, she received a certification in Commercial Art and worked as a graphic and fine artist designing graphics and paintings for homes and businesses. Laiah's goal has always been to implement art into the curriculum as she feels that art allows students to make connections between various subjects, as well as fosters creativity, self-expression and confidence. This supports the ideology of differentiation since it embraces student’s divergent affinities and their abilities which in turn, shapes learning.
Laiah began her teaching career working at an NPS school where she had the opportunity to teach students ranging from grades sixth to twelfth in all core subjects. In addition, she began an art program for the school. She went on to teach at an elementary school in Los Angeles Unified School District for students with autism, grades kindergarten through second. Laiah joined TLC Plus team in 2016, where she teaches mathematics and art.
She has returned to her roots with enthusiasm about implementing her skills to create art projects in conjunction with the curriculum. She believes by providing effective lesson plans in an exciting hands-on approach facilitates students to benefit in all styles of learning and ability levels. Laiah prides herself in being exceedingly adaptable and versatile, as she has valued the opportunity to teach a diverse group of students. Laiah feels that she has learned so much from her students and it has been quite rewarding to watch each one of them grow, thus becoming more skillful and confident throughout the time they have spent together. When Laiah is not teaching, she is painting, hiking, or spending time with her family and friends.