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Campus Supervisors Miss Nicole Hoffman, 5th grade Mr. Layton Spracklen, 4th grade Mrs. Ann Hodge, 5th/6th grade Mrs. Cindy Panczel, Kindergarten Mrs. Jamie Chong, SAI Mrs. Janet Maki, Kindergarten Mrs. Jennifer Brodoski, TK/JK Mrs. Kirsten Riddick, 2nd grade Mrs. Linda Roy, 2nd grade Mrs. Marcy Knudson, 6th grade Mrs. Martha Lepore, 3rd grade Mrs. Shay Lundstrom, Principal Mrs. Tracy Spoor, 1st grade Ms. Heather Gearhart, 1st grade Office Staff Para Educators

Mrs. Shay Lundstrom, Principal

My Story

Autobiography

I grew up in Simi Valley, attending Bellwood Elementary, Valley View Junior High, and graduated from Simi Valley High School (go Pioneers!).  I had some amazing teachers throughout my years of schooling, but one in particular made a lasting impact on me...Mrs. Helen Daley. She was my teacher for 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade and she inspired me to become an educator.

I began working with children at a young age when I started coaching gymnastics (my favorite sport). I saw how challenging and rewarding coaching could be, but decided to pursue my degree in college in Human Resources Management at California State University Northridge.

After getting my Business degree, I went to work in corporate human resources and realized that wasn't for me. I then went to work for a non-profit mental health agency in the San Fernando Valley in human resources and enjoyed that much more. However, I had decided to get my elementary teaching credential soon after and did my second semester of student teaching at Crestview Elementary. I had an awesome master teacher in Mrs. Jan Brock and she taught me so much of what I still use today. I was hired to teach at Crestview for the next school year and my dream was a reality! I taught for nine years in fifth and first grade. By then I had two young children of my own at home and needed to take a year off to reevaluate my priorities.

Best decision I ever made, because I realized I wasn't done teaching, but needed more balance in my life. I started job sharing at Township Elementary and taught third grade for six years there.  During that time I decided I wanted to have a larger impact as an elementary school principal, so I enrolled in the Educational Leadership program through CSUN to get my Master's degree and administrative credential. I continued teaching for a couple of years after completing the program and got more involved in the Next Generation Science Standards implementation in our district, teaching two different sessions at Core Connections (Ed Camp style of professional development for Simi Educators).

 

Administration

I was hired to be the Dean of Students at Hillside Middle School aka Hillside STEAM Academy for the 2015/2016 school year. It was a huge jump going from elementary world to secondary and it took me a while to familiarize myself with all the workings of middle school. The Hillside staff was very patient and supportive of me and I feel fortunate to have been part of the team. I was in charge of school safety and handled student discipline for a majority of each day. I was the CAASPP testing coordinator as well, and enjoyed much success with the students' performing very well on the state testing. After two short years, I was promoted to site principal at Katherine Elementary. It has been a joy getting to know the staff and PTA at Katherine and I am enjoying being a Katherine CROC.

 

Beliefs

School is place of safety and learning where students are taught life-long skills to make their dreams a reality. I am passionate about reading and science, in particular, and my desire is that all students will enjoy reading and value scientific learning for many years to come.