About Us - Our Staff



K/1

Miss Haley Johnson

Haley Johnson grew up in Thousand Oaks attending Conejo Valley schools throughout her education. She is thrilled to be a K/1 teacher at OCLM, and is excited to contribute to the school district that provided so many wonderful experiences for her. Haley earned her M.Ed. and multiple subjects teaching credential from Pepperdine University, and received her B.A. in Sociology from UCLA. Prior to becoming a teacher at OCLM, Haley worked as a Title I specialist for kindergarten at Walnut Elementary and as a reading and math specialist at Park Century School in Culver City. She enjoys helping her students find ways of learning that allow them to be successful, as well as creating a sense of caring and community in her classroom. In her free time, Haley enjoys being with her friends and family, baking, reading, and doing crafts. She looks forward to an amazing school year!


Mrs. Joelle Cox

Ms. Joelle Cox is excited to be continuing teaching in the OCLM program. She received her multiple subject teaching credential as well as her BA in Liberal Studies with an Art concentration at California Lutheran University.  She comes to OCLM after teaching 1st grade and Kindergarten for the past three years at Brentwood Private School; there, she was actively involved in implementing a character curriculum that earned the school two consecutive National School of Character Awards.  Working in diverse environments has helped her to develop a socially relevant curriculum that celebrates individuality and fosters an environment built around acceptance, respect, and responsibility. She believes in building a strong and trusting learning community where students feel safe to take risks and learn from their mistakes, while striving to do their best. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, her family, attending concerts and musical theater.

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Ms. Wendy DuBois

A nine year veteran of the Conejo Valley Unified School District, Ms Wendy joined OCLM in 2010 from Acacia Elementary School, where she taught Kindergarten and worked as a Title 1 Specialist. In this latter role and as a substitute, she has extensive experience working across grades K-5. She received her teaching credential from Cal State Channel Islands and UCSB Extension.

 

Ms. Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith earned her B.S. in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from the University of North Texas and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Literacy from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a proud graduate of Texas public schools and enjoyed spending the first 12 years of her teaching career giving back to the program and families that influenced her life tremendously!

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, doing arts/crafts, attending church, walking on the beach, and reading while drinking coffee and snuggling with her two cute kitties. Natalie loves making learning fun and believes that teaching children how to think, work with others and become life-long learners are the most important parts of her wonderful job! Incorporating the 7 Habits fits naturally into her teaching style, since it fosters independence in learning and the building of one's community. Above all, she is thrilled to join the OCLM family!

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Ms. Heather Lane

Heather Lane has been teaching in the Conejo Valley since 2004 and received her teaching credential from Chico State University...a dream that was inspired by her sixth grade teacher in her hometown of  Simi Valley. Heather has been at the Conejo campus since 2009 as a Title 1 Specialist and is now teaching grades four and five at OCLM. Previously, she taught fourth grade at University Elementary, second grade at Ladera Elementary, and was a substitute teacher for one year. Inspired by her sixth grade teacher to pursue education, Heather finds the unexpected turns of the day one of the most exciting elements about teaching along with discussions that occur naturally and that lead to the exploration of unplanned topics with students. Heather enjoys spending time at the beach, biking to play at the park with her son and family, and bodyboarding along the California Coast.