Patty Cowan joined First Lutheran School & Arts in 2000. Mrs. Cowan brought with her over 12 years of skills and experience as a legal assistant, changing her career path to be in a Christ centered environment.
Position: Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Michelle Goetsch came to us from Thousand Oaks
, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from California Lutheran University (CLU). She was an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for 20 years, having served as Sunday Church School Director and on the church council. Her career path included positions in general education, special education, business and theater arts. She joined First Lutheran School and Arts in 2013 with a deep appreciation for the individual talents and needs of each child as she is the mother both a grown Autistic child and a gifted child.
Biography: Aydee Quintana
Position: Pre-K Teacher, Preschool Director
Biography: Wendy Spry began teaching our littlest preschool students in 2011. She earned her early childhood education from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. Ms. Spry has been teaching Pre-K and Preschool classes for over 10 years.
Position: Preschool Teacher
Biography: Heydi Cubas began teaching at First Lutheran School & Arts in 2000. Mrs. Cubas earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Arts and Elementary Education from California State University Northridge (CSUN). Her teaching career began in 1991 at Los Angeles Unified School District. Mrs. Cubas is very passionate about her work and enjoys teaching and interacting with her students everyday. Being certified in early child development education allows her to understand each individual students educational needs and take the appropritate steps to make sure they are met.
: Wendee Hayano earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and Multiple Subject teaching credential from California State University, Los Angeles in 2001. She spent over four years teaching second grade at First Lutheran School in Burbank, before the school’s closure, and enjoyed substitute teaching at First Lutheran School, Glendale until joining the full time staff in 2014. Ms. Hayano enthusiastically incorporates hands on learning and believes students learn best by doing.
Biography: Mrs. Maxwell graduated from Chico
State University, with a B.A. in Child Development. She taught 2nd
grade at American Lutheran Elementary School, Burbank, for 8 years, and Jr. Kindergarten/Kindergarten at Concordia-Burbank, for 4 years. During the 2014-2015 school year, Mrs. Maxwell served as a substitute teacher here at First Lutheran and is beloved by students, parents, and staff alike. Teaching is a joy, and she is dedicated to the learning process; especially incorporating fun new ways to retain necessary skills.
Dana Skaff joined First Lutheran School & Arts in 2008. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and teaching credential from California State University Northridge (CSUN) in 1994. Mrs. Skaff has over 23 years of teaching experience, and has served as a school director. She loves teaching the kindergarten class phonics based reading, hands on science and helping her students discover God’s world in a safe and nurturing environment.
Maureen Vignale joined First Lutheran School (FLS) in 2009. She earned a Master of Arts degree in both Elementary Education and Reading Instruction from Loyola Marmount University, as well as her multi-subject teaching credential. She has been teaching for over 20 years, and both of her children are students at FLS. A dynamic and creative educator. Mrs. Vignale thinks outside the box to find each child’s learning style. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to pass on knowledge and the love of learning to future generations.
Joanne Lewis earned her degree and teaching credential from California State University, Los Angeles in 1981. She taught multiple subjects at Grace Christian Academy for 11 years, before the school’s closure. Ms. Lewis also spent a number of years providing science enrichment clubs for schools, including First Lutheran, before joining us full time in 2014.
Biography: Karen Palmer joined First Lutheran School & Arts in 2007. She has a multi-subject teaching credential and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Michigan. Ms. Palmer has been teaching in both public and private schools for over 24 years and has experience in everything from elementary special education to middle school Algebra 1 .
Biography: Anita Stoker joined First Lutheran School & Arts in 2009. She earned her B.S. degree in Education, with an emphasis in Literature from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Mrs. Stoker also completed post-graduate seminary courses in Old and New Testament studies, church history, and Lutheran theology. Prior to teaching middle school, Mrs. Stoker served as the Interim Administrative Officer for Lutheran Schools in Southern California and Hawaii, and spent over twelve years serving as the Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry for churches in Minnesota and California.
Department: English & Christian Education
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Phone: (818) 244-7319
Biography: Isabel Villanueva joined First Lutheran School in 1998. She earned her B.S. degree in Psychology and completed her pre-medical courses, which molded her to become a doctor of medicine. She received her degree from the College of Science at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. Her journey includes a career in School Guidance Counseling and Psychology. Isabel’s passion for imparting knowledge made her pursue teaching at the pedagogy level in the US. She is trained in Child Development and certified in California Basic Educational Skills.
Department: Social Studies
Grades: 6, 7, 8
AUXILLARY TEACHING STAFF
Joanna Fodczuk began teaching Fine Arts at First Lutheran School & Arts in 2002. In 1997 she earned her MFA degree in painting from Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. She continued her education in graphic design, art history, and teaching and exhibited her work in many galleries around the world. She loves to teach art because it unleashes her students’ inner creativity. Ms. Fodczuk helps her students find the freedom and happiness from being fully immersed in the creative process. “I love when children are happy about their work, when they feel they were challenged and able to find their way to themselves in their artwork. I’m happy to see them smile at their creations.”
Position: Fine Arts Teacher
Position: Armenian Language Teacher, Choir/Music Theory Teacher
Biography: Aileen Ramilo has been employed at First Lutheran School since 2006, where both of her children attended. She ensures our children are safe and healthy, supervising recess and lunch for grades K-8th grade. In 1993 she earned her B.A.from Margknoll College in Manila, Philippines.
Position: Lunch and Recess Supervisor