• Laguna

NAME: Rachel Tracy
POSITION AT LAGUNA: Administrative Assistant – Special Events and Alumni Relations

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Adventurous

Which emoji do you overuse?
😂

I knew I wanted to work at Laguna when...
I met the staff—everyone is so friendly and kind!

Hardly anybody knows that...
I love to stand up paddle board.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Barcelona, Spain

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
Anything Picasso

What do you like most about Laguna?
My amazing coworkers! And the beautiful location :)

What is your greatest fear?
Time—it goes by too fast.

When not at school, I can be found…
At the beach or the gym!

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NAME: Andrew Tolles
GRADE: 12

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Caring

Which emoji do you overuse?
The crying laughing emoji 😂

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when...
I saw how close of a relationship students and teachers had. Not to mention how friendly all the kids were when I shadowed.

Hardly anybody knows that...
I love to go mountain biking.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Either my bed or on a beach volleyball court with my friends.

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is...
Book: Harry Potter. My mom read them to me when I was little and I have read them many times since...still my favorite series to this day.

Movie: Forrest Gump. It has practically every movie genre combined into one and is absolutely hilarious.

What do you like most about Laguna?
My favorite part about Laguna is how, due to its smaller size, I can play on any sports team I choose. This has allowed me to become friends not only with the people in my grade, but across the entire high school.

What is your greatest fear?
SNAKES!!!

When not at school, I can be found...
Either at the beach, at friends' houses, or once again taking a power nap in bed.

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NAME: Jayla Provance
GRADE: 7

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Affable

Which emoji do you overuse?
💫

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when…
I met the teachers.

Hardly anybody knows that…
I figure skate and dance.

Where's your favorite place in the world?
Las Vegas or Mexico.

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
The Water Wars. I absolutely love that book.

What do you like most about Laguna?
The learning environment and the friendly teachers.

What is your greatest fear?
Spiders. They're creepy and annoying.

When not at school, I can be found…
At home or on the golf course.
 
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NAME: Austin
GRADE: 4

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Athletic

What is one fact about you that most people don't know?
I can throw a baseball 65 miles per hour.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Yankees Stadium

What do you like most about Laguna?
That we have youth sports.

What is your greatest fear?
Clowns

If you could be anything, what would you be?
Babe Ruth

Name one wild animal that you'd like to pet.
A pufferfish

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Scare people

When I'm not at school, my favorite place to be is...
Playing a baseball game with my friends.

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NAME: Elyse Vanetti
POSITION AT LAGUNA: First Grade Teacher

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Supportive

Which emoji do you overuse?
😂😂😂 (always in a group of 3)

I knew I wanted to work at Laguna when...
I realized how much the Lower School reminded me of a school I attended growing up. What a wonderful place to grow and learn!

Hardly anybody knows that...
...I’ve been paragliding in the Swiss Alps even though I’m afraid of heights!

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Anywhere cozy with family, friends, and music.

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
...music by female singer-songwriters such as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Ingrid Michaelson, and Sara Bareilles.

What do you like most about Laguna?
My colleagues! I admire their creativity, intelligence, and kindness. It’s great to be able to work with your friends and mentors every day.

What is your greatest fear?
SPIDERS (We name any we find in the classroom to get over that fear until the spider can be relocated.)

When not at school, I can be found…
...cooking at home, going on walks around my neighborhood with my husband, exploring book stores in LA, or at Disneyland!

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NAME: Audrey Murphy
GRADE: 11

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Happy

Which emoji do you overuse?
😂 or 💕

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when…
I met the teachers.

Hardly anybody knows that...
I fractured my wrist ice skating two birthdays in a row.

My favorite place in the world is
Serena Point at sunset

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
Jack Johnson or the Eagles

What do you like most about Laguna?
The beautiful campus, especially sunsets during soccer season.

What is your greatest fear?
Cows -- not a joke

When I'm not at school, I can be found...
Doing homework :) or at the beach with friends and family.

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NAME: Jonah Jeter
GRADE: 7

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
A total rebel.

Which emoji do you overuse?
The smiley face.

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when…
I shadowed here and everything just blew me away.

Hardly anybody knows that…
Vending machines kill more people than sharks.

Where's your favorite place in the world?
Rural Washington state.

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
The Simpsons.

What do you like most about Laguna?
The teachers.

What is your greatest fear?
Fear itself.

When not at school, I can be found…
At the gym.

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NAME: Izzie
GRADE: Kindergarten

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Nice

What is one fact about you that most people don't know?
I have been to Punta Mita.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
The zoo.

What do you like most about Laguna?
We learn.

What is your greatest fear?
Spooky stories

If you could be anything, what would it be?
I would be a bird.

Name one wild animal that you’d like to pet.
Some horses are wild, and I want to pet those.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I would hide in the walls and walk different places and see new places.

When not at school, my favorite place to be is…
...with my family.

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NAME: Caetano Perez-Marchant
GRADE: 11

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
"Why."

Which emoji do you overuse?
The 'Ok' hand: 👌

Hardly anybody knows that…
I met the 51st Poet Laureate of the United States.

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when…
I saw the small and community-driven campus.

Where's your favorite place in the world?
Rio de Janeiro

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

What do you like most about Laguna?
The tight-knit community!

What is your greatest fear?
Living forever.

When not at school, I can be found…
Downtown or online!

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NAME: Kevin Shertzer
POSITION AT LAGUNA: Social Science Department Chair & Instructor

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Curious

Which emoji do you overuse?
The anti-un-non emoji. Honestly, I can't recall a time I called upon the services of an emoji to express myself in the digital world.

Hardly anybody knows that...
I just completed an album of original music with my brother.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Ely, Minnesota

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
Bring It On. The movie is pure brilliance. One cannot detect whether it is a genuine effort to capture the world of cheerleading, or a farcical joke.

What do you like most about Laguna?
The community. I have great friends in the faculty and the students are caring, thoughtful, and appreciative.

What is your greatest fear?
Crowded cities.

When not at school, I can be found…
Fishing, playing guitar and banjo, throwing ceramics, reading, learning, and watching soccer.

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NAME: Yanhang "Tracy" Cao
GRADE: 7

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Unique.

Which emoji do you overuse?
😂

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when…
I was in 3rd grade.

Hardly anybody knows that…
I've been to 20 countries.

Where's your favorite place in the world?
My home in China.

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
Marvel movies, pop music, fantasy books...

What do you like most about Laguna?
Kind people, good enviroment, and amazing classes!

What is your greatest fear?
Losing someone.

When not at school, I can be found…
Maybe at the beach, at my favorite restaurant Via Vai, or State Street

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NAME: Sebastian
GRADE: Kindergarten

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Happy

What is one fact about you that most people don't know?
I lost a tooth.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
The kids' gym

What do you like most about Laguna?
Choice Time

What is your greatest fear?
The lights turning off and fire

If you could be anything, what would it be?
I want to be a person who makes ingredients.

Name one wild animal that you’d like to pet.
A penguin!

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I would go to Candyland.

When not at school, my favorite place to be is…
the MOXI Museum

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NAME:
Lauren Neubauer
GRADE: 9

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Dedicated

Which emoji do you overuse?
😂

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when...
I met all of the amazing people in my class, who have now become some of my closest friends.

Hardly anybody knows that...
I have a technology patent!

Where's your favorite place in the world?
Wherever my friends and family happen to be, but in particular, the hammock in my backyard.

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
I cannot imagine life without all of the funny throwback songs that my friends and I completely jammed out to in 4th grade! They make me laugh every time.

What do you like most about Laguna?
I love my friends, the academics and being on the various sports teams! I love absolutely everything about it!

What is your greatest fear?
Spiders, snakes, standing near the edge of a cliff, and scary movies

When not at school, I can be found…
Exercising, making or designing clothes, shopping, having fun with my friends or family, or going on another adventure of some sort!

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NAME
: Darla McDavid
ROLE AT LAGUNA: Assistant to Head of Lower School

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Friend

Which emoji do you overuse?
😂

I knew I wanted to work at Laguna when...
I first drove onto the adorable campus and then met Susan Naretto, the Head of Lower School at that time, for my interview. I will never forget Susan’s warm and welcoming smile, the twinkle in her eyes, and the way she said, “You must be Darla.”

Hardly anyone knows that…
I was an extra in a movie about Satan being on trial.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
My backyard.

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
The Bible

What do you like most about Laguna?
Having the privilege of impacting the lives of children, and being one of those who help them to feel safe and loved each day.

What is your greatest fear?
Driving on a bridge over water!

When not at school, I can be found…
Reading, writing, gardening, serving at my church, or listening to a Dodgers game.

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NAME
: Kent Dunn
GRADE: 8

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Unassuming

Which emoji do you overuse?
I'm not a heavy emoji user, but if I had to choose one, it would be 🏈

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when...
I knew how friendly the people were here after my shadow day and then I realized that this was my school.

Hardly anybody knows that...
I play the guitar and play golf.

Where's your favorite place in the world?
I like a lot of places in this world. If I had to narrow it down to one, it would likely be The Shard in London.

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
Either The Office or the Harry Potter series.

What do you like most about Laguna?
The thing that I like the most about Laguna is definitely the amount of activities there are to do. There is so much choice here that you can learn many skills from an elective in just one quarter, which is something that I find really cool about Laguna. 

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is that technology may replace humans in the next 80 years. I think that technology has already taken over the world in good and bad ways but primarily for good. I don't want robots to replace humans in jobs the same way that I don't want humans to become so over-reliant on technology.

When not at school, I can be found...
playing basketball or football with my twin brother, Robbie.

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NAME: Avery
GRADE: 4

What ONE word would others use to descibe you?
Kind

What is one fact about you that most people don't know?
I do hip hop dancing

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Hawaii

What do you like most about Laguna?
Everything!

If you could be anthing, what would you be?
The fastest person

Name one animal that you'd like to pet.
A monkey

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Prank people and do silly things!

When I'm not at school, my favorite place to be is...
...running around.

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NAME: Abbie Delwiche
GRADE: 9

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Creative

Which emoji do you overuse?


Where is your favorite place in the world?
Big Bear

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when...
I joined Laguna in kindergarten, so I didn't have the ability to make that decision, but I sure am glad my parents chose Laguna for me.

Hardly anybody knows that...
A pet peeve of mine is the feeling of silk.
 
The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
I honestly love a lot of books and I can't decide on one! I really like the book The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

What do you like most about Laguna?
The teachers. They are so helpful and kind.

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear would probably be breaking a limb.

When not at school, I can be found…
With my horses, Sunny and Rebel.

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NAME: Rob Moreno
POSITION AT LAGUNA: Middle & Upper School Music Instructor

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Honest

Which emoji do you overuse?
😂

I knew I wanted to work at Laguna when...
I worked on 'Grease' and 'Sweeney Todd' and saw the students' dedication to music and theater

Hardly anybody knows that...
I'm in a Dave Chappelle Netflix special

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
 
The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
Blue Note Records

What do you like most about Laguna?
The schedule

What is your greatest fear?
Not reaching my potential

When not at school, I can be found…
Gigging, rehearsing, or teaching.

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NAME: Dylan Comis
GRADE: 6

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Grateful

Which emoji do you overuse?
💯

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Everywhere. I want to go to every country in the world.

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when…
When my mom showed me the school, I thought it was great.
Thanks!

Hardly anybody knows that…
I love postcards.

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
Harry Potter.

What do you like most about Laguna?
I think we have a great community, we have good teachers, and great events.

What is your greatest fear?
Probably clowns.

When not at school, I can be found…
Practicing martial arts, on the trampoline, surfing, golfing, traveling, and more.

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NAME: Simone
GRADE: Kindergarten

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Fancy!

What is one fact about you that most people don't know?
I love Disney!

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Disneyland... I love Princesses!

What do you like most about Laguna?
It's a great school, and it's really fun.

What is your greatest fear?
Monsters

If you could be anything, what would it be?
A butterfly

Name one wild animal that you’d like to pet.
A wild butterfly

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Go around spying on people.

When not at school, my favorite place to be is
...at home!
 
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NAME: Charlotte Musch
GRADE: 9

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Kind

What is your favorite emoji?
🤩

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Wherever my family is! But I love to travel!

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when…
When my best friend visited Laguna and told me that it was the best school EVER!

Hardly anybody knows that…
I don’t think it’s a secret but I’m obsessed with fashion! So I love to look online for all the new trends.

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
I love the movie & book “The Hate U Give” and my current favorite song is "Happier."

What I love most about Laguna is...
That everyone is so nice, open and willing to help you!

What is your greatest fear?
Spiders, sharks, crocodiles, snakes, and planes sometimes, which is really weird since I love traveling.

When not at school, I can be found…
Shopping, sleeping or on my Instagram ;)

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NAME: Hayes
GRADE: 4

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Athletic

What is one fact about you that most people don't know?
I am an uncle.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Colorado

What do you like most about Laguna?
My friends and teachers

What is your greatest fear?
Sharks

If you could be anything, what would you be?
I would be a soccer player.

Name one wild animal that you'd like to pet.
Monkey

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Everything!

When I'm not at school, my favorite place to be is...
Colorado

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NAME: Jennifer Sawyers Pardue
ROLE: Upper School Math Instructor

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Miniature (funny word)
Loving (serious word) – this is what I’d hope they would use!

I knew I wanted to work at Laguna when...
I interviewed and taught a lesson to Ms. Santos' amazing Honors Precalculus class from last year!

Which emoji do you overuse?
😂

Hardly anybody knows that...
I know sign language.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Any place I’m with the people I love…
OR
Santorini, Greece!

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
My Bible

What do you like most about Laguna?
My students, my co-workers, the location, class sizes, how sweet everyone is, and that Laguna always offers healthy food and snacks when food is provided.

All of the above are equally tied for the things I like most!

What is your greatest fear?
Disappointing the ones I love….or anyone really

When not at school, I can be found…
At a crossfit gym OR somewhere new in SB with my husband!

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NAME: Berenice Chalupka-Clair
GRADE: 6

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Funny

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when...
I met the teachers!

Which emoji do you overuse?
😂

Hardly anybody knows that...
I love to dance!

My favorite place in the world is...

Santa Barbara

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
All of the Harry Potter movies

What do you like most about Laguna?
The sense of community and friendships

What is your greatest fear?
Tarantulas

When not at school, I can be found…
At the dance studio

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NAME
: Nils Lenke
GRADE: 10

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Interested. I am interested in quite a lot of different things.

I knew I wanted to attend Laguna when…
...I saw Laguna's campus.

Which emoji do you overuse?
😂

My favorite place in the world is...
Stockholm, Sweden

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
I am a huge Drake fan.

What do you like most about Laguna?
So far the students are what make Laguna so special.

What is your greatest fear?
Spiders

When not at school, I can be found…
On the football field or at the beach.

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NAME
: Courtney Guay
ROLE AT LAGUNA: Lower School Admissions Associate & Lower School Art Instructor

What ONE word would others use to describe you?
Enthusiastic!

I knew I wanted to work at Laguna...
...the second I saw how cute and whimsical the Lower School campus was.

Which emoji do you overuse?
The rainbow!

Hardly anybody knows that…
I don’t have eyebrows. The brows you see are completely fake!

My favorite place in the world is...
Italy!

The book/movie/work of art/piece of music I cannot imagine life without is…
Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and anything by Frida Kahlo

What do you like most about Laguna?
The collaboration between teachers and overall enthusiasm and love for Laguna that staff and faculty have.

What is your greatest fear?
Spiders and anything creepy crawly

When not at school, I can be found…
Spending quality time with my husband and son.

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NAME: John
GRADE: 4

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
The most amazing adventure I would go on would be to Machu Picchu.

What job do you think you'd be really good?
I think I would be really good at being a policeman.

What is one of your favorite smells?
One of my favorite smells is cinnamon.

What do you want to learn more about?
I would like to learn more about art.

If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would read, play outside, and look for constellations.

Who would you like to swap places with for the day?
I would like to swap places with Mr. Robitaille, our PE teacher.

What makes you really mad?
Running out of time when you have a lot to do.

What's the best thing that's ever happened to you?
Getting my very first soccer trophy.

What's something you'd never do again?
Ride Goofy's Flying Lessons in Disneyland.

If you had magical powers, what is something you'd change?
I would change global warming.

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NAME: Kathryn Norris
GRADE: 12

What ONE word best describes you?
Optimistic

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I worked as a ski instructor last year in Colorado.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Going on a really long road trip through the US visiting all 58 National Parks.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
My parents!

When do you feel fully alive?
Driving at night with all the windows down and music blasting.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
The 1920s in Paris.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My mom

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
Bowling alleys.... I really hate bowling alleys.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Learn how to make a Bullet Journal.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
People who like milk chocolate and people who like dark chocolate.

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NAME
: Amara Murphy
GRADE: 8

What ONE word best describes you?
Relaxed

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I love the ocean.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
I would love to study abroad during the summer in high school.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Being privileged enough to receive an amazing education.

When do you feel fully alive?
When I’m with my friends

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
I would love to visit the 80’s.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My mom

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
When people take what they have for granted

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would work on starting an organization that would help to educate children in impoverished countries that are in the labor trafficking system.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Those who give and those who take.

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NAME
: Kona
GRADE: 4

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
I would love to live in a land with all of the characters from Star Wars!

What job do you think you'd be really good at?
A dog trainer! The best job.

What is one of your favorite smells?
The yummy smell of BBQ.

What do you want to learn more about?
The different breeds of dogs.

If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would play with my dog.

Who would you like to swap places with for the day?
I would like to swap places for a day with my dog Gus!

What makes you really mad?
When I'm trying to think of something and can't get the answer.

What's the BEST thing that's ever happened to you?
The best thing that's ever happened to me was when I rode California Screamin' Roller Coaster in Disneyland!

What's something you'd NEVER do again?
I would never go to one of my old schools again.

If you had magical powers, what is something you'd change?
My magical power would be to make all the mean people nicer.

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NAME: Sasha Hsu
GRADE: 12

What ONE word best describes you?
Persistent

What’s an interesting fact about you?
My real name is Alexander.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
An off-road adventure through Iceland with friends.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Born into a great family that gives me the opportunity to live the best life I can.

When do you feel fully alive?
When I am fully immersed in nature.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
I would love to visit the viking era.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My mom. I aim to always try to make her smile as she looks down on me from heaven.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
Awful drivers and false rumors.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would read more books and workout more.

There are two types of people in this world – what are the two types?
Real and superficial.

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NAME: Tina Braniff
ROLE AT LAGUNA: Assistant to Middle and Upper School Division Heads

What ONE word best describes you?
Kind

What’s an interesting fact about you?
My father was a steeplechase jockey.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
I would love to live in a farmhouse in Tuscany for the summer and explore the countryside.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
My family

When do you feel fully alive?
Being outdoors, listening to music, or cooking in the kitchen with family and friends.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
The early 2000’s when my kids were little and my dog was a puppy!

Who inspires you to be a better person?
So many people! I learn every day from those around me.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
Selfishness

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would garden, paint, cook, read, and be mindful.

There are two types of people in this world – what are the two types?
Those that think of themselves and those that put others first.

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NAME: George Nicks
GRADE: 8

What ONE word best describes you?
Curious

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I can read all 7 Harry Potter books in 5 days.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
I would try to find somewhere no one has ever been before and discover something new.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
I think that I'm incredibly lucky to be alive right now. I think the world will change dramatically during my lifetime and I'm excited to be part of that.

When do you feel fully alive?
Any time I'm in the ocean or when I read a really good book.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
The early cretaceous period (dinosaur age). I'm a huge dinosaur nerd and it would be really cool to see them up close.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
A lot of people. I'm really inspired by Nikola Tesla and Andrew Carnegie; they both worked really hard to create real change in the world.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
Mayonnaise, I'm just completely disgusted by mayo.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would probably try to code or read something, but I would just end up watching the Office on Netflix. I am the Picasso of procrastination.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
People who take the lead and people who let others lead. Neither is better; sometimes its better to take the backseat on something and let a person with better qualifications drive and lead something that you can't. The challenge is choosing when to lead and when to follow.

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NAME
: Niccolo
GRADE: 4

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
The best adventure is life.

What job do you think you'd be really good at?
I think I'd be a good database engineer.

What is one of your favorite smells?
Lavender

What do you want to learn more about?
I want to learn more about wine making.

If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would play more sports.

Who would you like to swap places with for the day?
My brother

What makes you really mad?
When my brother teases me.

What's the BEST thing that's ever happened to you?
Being born was the best thing that's ever happened to me.

What's something you'd NEVER do again?
I'd never want to go to my old school in Massachusetts again.

If you had magical powers, what is something you'd change?
I would make no one homeless.

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NAME
: Tiffany Yabsley
GRADE: 12

What ONE word best describes you?
Mindful

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I am working towards becoming a certified personal trainer.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Living off a farm, only using supplies and food I've grown for a year in New Zealand.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
That I was born in Santa Barbara.

When do you feel fully alive?
Wake surfing in the summer at Lake Nacimiento with my friends blasting country music.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
In the Great Plains in the 1800's so I could travel by horseback.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My Dad; he is the most driven, hardworking, adventurous and FUN person I've ever met.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
When people interrupt me or don't acknowledge what I have to say.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would get my real estate license.

There are two types of people in this world – what are the two types?
People who work to be happy and people who work for money and status.

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NAME
: Kate Donovan
ROLE AT LAGUNA: Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

What ONE word best describes you?
Happy

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I was born on the Fourth of July!

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
I would love to go explore Spain.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
I got engaged last summer to my best friend!

When do you feel fully alive?
I feel fully alive when I am outdoors in the Sequoias amongst all the trees.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
I think the 50s would be a lot of fun.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
The children I work with inspire me to be a better person and they motivate me everyday.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
Having to sit in traffic.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would catch up on all my scrapbooking.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Early risers and night owls
 
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NAME: Alexia Acosta
GRADE: 6

What ONE word best describes you?
Nice

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I’m a twin

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
To go to Brazil and see some of the caves and a forest.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
I’m a part of an amazing family.

When do you feel fully alive?
When I’m going on a trip with my family.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
When the pyramids were being made.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My twin brother

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
When my little brother wants to play and I do not want to

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would work on painting more.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
There are some people that are hard working and some that are lazy.

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NAME
: Alexander
GRADE: Kindergarten 

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
I would want to go to the future! 

What job do you think you’d be really good at? 
Playing with a Yo-Yo

What is one of your favorite smells? 
Perfume 
 
What do you want to learn more about? 
Time 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would finish making my book.
 
Who would you like to swap places with for a day? 
I would just want to be me. I like me. 
 
What really makes you mad? 
When my little brother takes my stuff! 
 
What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you? 
One day I got chocolate coins! 
 
What is something you would never do again? 
Go back to the tree house at the park where I got cut. 
 
If you had magical powers, what is something that you would change?
I would change my house into a company building. 

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NAME: Katherine Ball
GRADE: 7

What ONE word best describes you?
Weird

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I've broken four fingers--all on different occasions.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Tour the world with my friends.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Having a nice brother.

When do you feel fully alive?
When I'm reading. 

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
1950s in England

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My mom and dad

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
When people crack their knuckles.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Read

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Cat people and everyone else

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NAME:
Chris Davis
ROLE AT LAGUNA: Main Office/Customer Service

What ONE word best describes you?
Down to earth

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I love to grow things

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?  
Trout fishing in Chile or New Zealand

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?  
Two sons

When do you feel fully alive?
When I’m outdoors

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
When Chumash lived peacefully along the South Coastline

Who inspires you to be a better person?
Lolli Lucas

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
People who ride bikes on the sidewalk! Illegal and so rude!

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Swim, walk, and garden

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Good and Bad (mostly all good)

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NAME: Itziar de Pedro Sarasola
GRADE: 11

What ONE word best describes you?
Ambitious.

What’s an interesting fact about you?
This is my first time ever in America!

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
To be able to tour the world with my friends and visit every country on Earth.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
To have the opportunity of coming to Santa Barbara for a year and live with an amazing host family.

When do you feel fully alive?
When I’m on a roller coaster.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
The future, definitely.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My family, especially my mom.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
When someone refuses to listen to your opinion because they think they are always right (but they are not).

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would invent teleportation. It would save us so much time!

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NAME
: Jake
GRADE: 6

What ONE word best describes you?
Humble

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I have never tried a strawberry and I like cabochons. A cabochon is a stone that you polish and shape with a machine.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Visiting the seven wonders of the world and hunting for diamonds

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Winning the school raffle two years in a row

When do you feel fully alive?
When I play with friends outside and play tennis and golf

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
The time period when the pyramids were created because I want to know how they created them

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My parents

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
When people hurt bugs or animals

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would do more homework because I would learn a lot from it and it is fun.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Heroes and villains

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NAME: Mieke Delwiche
ROLE AT LAGUNA: Kindergarten Instructor

What ONE word best describes you?
Creative

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I have a child in each division at Laguna. (and one in preschool!)

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Hiking Machu Pichu

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Tucker (ask me for the whole story some day)

When do you feel fully alive?
When everything successfully goes according to plan

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
The 1950's

Who inspires you to be a better person?
Darla McDavid

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
When people are mean

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Mountain bike with my husband

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
The glass-half-full people and the glass-half-empty people

. . . .

 
NAME: Lexi Andrews
GRADE: 11

What ONE word best describes you?
Hardworking

What’s an interesting fact about you?
My step sister and I set our parents up in 2nd grade!

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Swimming with the dolphins in a tropical place

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Having two more siblings!

When do you feel fully alive?
Driving around with the windows down listening to great music!

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My mom

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
Sitting in traffic when you have a place to be

If you didn’t have sleep, what would you do with this extra time?
Go to a new destination everyday...explore the world!

. . . .


NAME:
Steve Chan
ROLE: I am the Middle School Head. I also teach 8th grade American History.

What ONE word best describes you?
Purposeful

What’s an interesting fact about you?
In school I studied two African languages, Zulu and Shona.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
I would love to go to Greenland and see walruses on the shore.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Being able to work in a great middle school.

When do you feel fully alive?
Learning new things every day.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
I’d love to go back to ancient Egypt to see how the pyramids were really constructed.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
I am inspired by great leaders, like Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
Too much cilantro in my food.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I’d read more.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Dog people and everyone else

. . . .


NAME:
Luke
GRADE: Early Kindergarten

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Hiking, I have never been hiking before.

What job do you think you’d be really good at?
Keeping my hands to myself and listening to my teacher.

What is one of your favorite smells?
Pasta

What do you want to learn more about?
Math

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Play with my cars.

Who would you like to swap places with for a day?
My Daddy because I love him.

What really makes you mad?
When I get hurt.

What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you?
Getting goals at my soccer game.

What is something you would never do again?
I tried soccer and it was boring.

If you had magical powers, what is something that you would change?
Make the whole school into a playground.

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NAME:
Allison Armstrong
ROLE: Fifth Grade Teacher

What ONE word best describes you?
#GlassHalfFull (If you make it a hashtag, it counts as one word!)

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I had a radio show in college with my friend, Alex. It was called "Happy Hour with Al and Al." We'd play upbeat songs and share only positive world news.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Something that allows me to travel with a friend, experience the wilderness through hiking or other physical adventures, but ALSO experience cultures and new cities. I think I just described The Amazing Race.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
I've been lucky in a lot of ways, mostly circumstance. I'd have to say I've been pretty fortunate to start life with a built-in best friend: my identical twin sister!

When do you feel fully alive?
The feeling of weightless flying in powder snowboarding; or moments of laughter during boardgames with friends and family

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
Dickens' Era, but only if I could spend Christmas with Scrooge's nephew's family

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My dad. He believes in my capabilities more than anyone.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
Arrogance. Specifically, people talking confidently about something they know very little about. Self confidence is important, but I think genuine humility reveals a character of more wisdom.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would research the concept of laughter as medicine and revive my old passion in comedy improv.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Problem focused and solution oriented

. . . .



NAME:
John Pagano
ROLE: STEM Instructor (Robotics and Engineering for Gr. 7-12)

What ONE word best describes you?
Curious

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I was an exchange student during high school and spent a full year in Uruguay (South America).

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
To ride around Sicily on a scooter with my family

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Meeting my wife

When do you feel fully alive?
Riding fast in my MINI Cooper with the top down

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
I'd like to visit the early Eighties. I could play all the arcade games I wanted. I could see all the bands I loved but wasn't old enough to see. And I could invest in Apple.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My children (all seven of them) inspire and challenge me every day to be a better person.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
When people interrupt me.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would design and build another Battlebot.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
The two types of people in this world are "takers" and "givers."

. . . .



NAME: Chloe
GRADE: 5

What ONE word best describes you?
Kind

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I like to ice skate.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Paris, France!

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
I got my dog.

When do you feel fully alive?
When I ice skate or when I play vollyball

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
When my family members that died were alive

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My mom

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
People spitting or nails on a chalkboard

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would watch YouTube.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Mean and kind

. . . .



NAME: Blake 
GRADE: Early Kindergarten

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
To go on a water slide

What job do you think you’d be really good at?
Being a police officer

What is one of your favorite smells?
Cherries

What do you want to learn more about?
Animals

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would read a book and do letter practice and play.

Who would you like to swap places with for a day?
My dad because he is strong

What really makes you mad?
Someone being mean

What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you?
One time we were on our way home and we lost our way, we found a fair and I got to go on a roller coaster.

What is something you would never do again?
Eat broccoli

If you had magical powers, what is something that you would change?
I would want to go become a storm trooper.

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NAME: Drew Zailik 
ROLE: MS Humanities Instructor & Soccer Coach

What ONE word best describes you?
Oceanic

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I am obsessed with The Smashing Pumpkins.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
I would love to be a colonist on a distant planet

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Every moment is lucky! There are too many to name.

When do you feel fully alive?
Bodysurfing big waves in freezing cold California or Tropical Hawaii!!!

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
I would literally give anything to run around with dinosaurs.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
Easy...my wife is an amazing lady who inspires me in life every day

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
When people use mason jars as water bottles.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
OH MAN. I hate to sleep. Since it would be night time and I'd still have to be quiet, I'd probably write more music or take a night paddle.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Mods and Rockers

. . . .



NAME:
Farrah Martin
ROLE:
Fourth Grade Teacher

What ONE word best describes you?

Determined

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I've been inside the pyramids in Egypt.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
I would love to explore the Maldives.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
My move to Santa Barbara and Laguna Blanca have made me pretty lucky!

When do you feel fully alive?
When I'm having a good laugh with friends and family, I feel fully alive.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
Medieval Times

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My mom inspires me daily because she is kind, generous, and a go getter!

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
Costco shoppers who park their carts in the middle of the aisle as they taste food samples.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I'd spend more time with my hilarious nieces and nephews.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Joyful and apathetic

. . . .




NAME:
Sarah 
GRADE: 4

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Hawaii

What job do you think you’d be really good at?
Working at the animal shelter

What is one of your favorite smells?
Lavender

What do you want to learn more about?
Animals

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Help with my dog

Who would you like to swap places with for a day?
My dog

What really makes you mad?
People who don't listen to me

What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you?
Getting a dog

What is something you would never do again?
Not love animals

If you had magical powers, what is something that you would change?
People that are mean

. . . . 


NAME: 
Pamela Ellgen 
ROLE: 
Communications Coordinator

What ONE word best describes you?
Creative

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I love healthy cooking and have written several published cookbooks.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
A surf trip to Costa Rica or Nicaragua, or living in Southeast Asia for a year.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Getting married to my college sweetheart.

When do you feel fully alive?
When I’m surfing.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
I used to say I would visit Colonial America and challenge ideas about gender, race, and religion. But, now I live in the present, and civil discourse is often neither civil nor a discourse. It’s exhausting.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
My kids.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
People running stop signs in school zones.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Play LEGOS with my kids, surf, write, and cook.

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Curious and stagnant.

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NAME: 
Roth Yin 
GRADE: 
12

What ONE word best describes you?
Open. I wait to be filled by different people, by how they perceive me.

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I'm agnostic. It keeps me independent but also in awe of the surroundings.

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
Live only with the concept of present, no past and future, because 1) joy and pain would have no difference then 2) everything would become eternal.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Life has never let me down.

When do you feel fully alive?
Every time I can peel off the covers of an event and see the essence.

Which time period in history would you like to visit?
When hominins became human, because it would tell me that I, just like my ancestors, am vulnerable in surroundings but also strong in terms of willpower.

Who inspires you to be a better person?
Literally everyone, because it's always true for me that everyone has something to teach.

What really gets under your skin and makes you mad?
Things rarely get to me. But to answer the question, perhaps when something negative is directed at my family or friends.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Keep learning and be healthy.