Larisa Showalter - Co-Director of the CTL
ext. 1030 :: lshowalter[at]windwardschool.org

Larisa Showalter is Co-Director for the Center of Teaching & Learning at Windward School, where she collaborates with faculty on planning curricula and creating projects, as well as team teaching in classes; she assists faculty with the creative and effective application of different pedagogies for teaching, learning and scholarship; and, with the Director of Technology, facilitates technology-enhanced curricular innovations.
Larisa received a B.A. in History, as well as Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, from Wellesley College, and her Masters' degree at Columbia University.  With over ten years of experience in education, she brings to her position her time as a classroom teacher, instructional designer, and instructional coach. Larisa also previously worked as an administrator at a school in Baltimore, Maryland.  Through her time as an administrator, she came to realize that her heart remained in the classroom and that what she really loved was thinking about pedagogy, curricula, and teacher learning.

 

Jim Bologna - Co-Director of the CTL

ext. 1100 :: jbologna[at]windwardschool.org

Jim Bologna has served the Windward community as Director of Technology since 2004, the Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning since 2005, the Science and Technology Department Administrative Co-Chair from 2007 to 2011, and the Dean of Science and Technology Outreach since 2011. During that time, Jim and his colleagues in the Science Department developed and integrated active learning methodology into the curriculum, led a summer institute on active learning that they shared regionally and nationally in 2011, and expanded the Robotics program into classes available for all grade levels. That program has since expanded again into Engineering classes and a STEAM Scholars program.

Jim received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. After several years as a consultant, Jim joined the technology staff at his alma mater and found his calling: education. Jim has been working in educational technology for over twenty-four years. In addition to working with an amazing group of people in the Center for Teaching and Learning, Jim coordinates the efforts of the Technology and Registrar Offices in support of academic and administrative computing.  Jim also teaches web design and iOS app and game design and supports the STEAM program. Jim is the Technology and Sustainability advisor for campus construction projects and is the primary contact for Windward School’s certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Schools program. 

Jim is an active member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the International Society for Technology in Education, the Computer Using Educators of LA, the Los Angeles iPad Consortium, and the Independent Technology professionals in Los Angeles. 

In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and riding roller coasters.

 

Sarah Clark - Research Librarian and CTL Coordinator

ext. 1028 :: sclark[at]windwardschool.org

 

Sarah Clark joined Windward in 2009 and serves as Research Librarian and Coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning. Her main focus is supporting students, particularly high school students, in acquiring the information literacy and research skills they will need for their academic, personal, and professional lives. She collaborates with all members of the CTL to support research-based projects across the curricula. Her goal is to teach students essential information literacy skills to help them access, navigate, evaluate, analyze and synthesize information from an increasingly complex set of information sources.

In 2010, Sarah was the first school librarian selected to participate in the Eureka! Leadership Institute, a program hosted by the California Library Association dedicated to nurturing future leaders of California libraries. As part of her commitment, she has been working with fellow Research Librarian and a group of teachers to develop an integrated information literacy curriculum with the goal of preparing Windward students for college-level research and lifelong learning.

Sarah received her B.A. in Italian Language and Literature at Smith College, her Masters in Gastronomic Sciences from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, and earned her Masters in Library and Information Sciences from UCLA.

A longtime lover of language, books, and learning, Sarah is dedicated building communities of readers and to cultivating a thriving library space where students and faculty can come together to learn, collaborate, and share newfound knowledge.

In her free time, Sarah (a clear Gemini with too many interests) dabbles in knitting, sewing, gardening, dancing, and synchronized swimming.

 

Daniel Gutierrez - Coordinator of Writing and Rhetoric Across the Curriculum Program

ext. 1031 :: dgutierrez[at]windwardschool.org

Daniel Gutierrez joined Windward in 2008. As an instructor he's taught AP European History, World History, Human Geography, Economics, and a senior research seminar on Latin America. From 2011 to 2014 he directed Windward's Writing Across the Curriculum Program and managed the Studio for Writing and Rhetoric (a peer-to-peer writing center). 

Daniel received his B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Masters in History from Harvard University. He first developed his love of teaching while serving as a graduate student Teaching Fellow for numerous undergraduate classes and tutorials, for which he was twice awarded the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.

As a teacher Daniel is most concerned with exploring how the study of the humanities and social sciences can be used to teach students valuable information literacy, research, and visual literacy skills, as well as helping students improve their analytical writing abilities.

Daniel grew up in Southern California and Mexico, but still pines for autumn in New England, Fenway Park, and fried clams. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys hanging out with his wife and six-year old son, Rafael. 

 

Cielo Botello-Williams - Research Librarian

ext. 1027 :: cbotellowilliams[at]windwardschool.org

Cielo joined the CTL in 2011 after nine years of diverse library experience.  She first discovered her passion for libraries when a friend suggested she take a position at a Los Angeles public elementary school.  Realizing her love of connecting youth with information, she attended UCLA and received her Masters in Library and Information Sciences with a focus in youth services.

She has since gained a wealth of knowledge working at various institutions including public, community college and university libraries.  She is excited to bring her experience to Windward and organize student participation in choosing materials and planning fun activities in the CTL.

In her free time, Cielo enjoys synchronized swimming and playing with her two cats.

 

Lisa Lamont - Educational Technology Specialist

ext. 1029  :: llamont[at]windwardschool.org

Lisa is is the Educational Technology Specialist in the Center for Teaching and Learning and also teaches Middle School Game Design and Middle School Computer Programming.
In her role in the CTL she works extensively with  faculty and staff in order to create meaningful, technology rich experiences for student. She leads faculty and staff workshops on technology, collaborates with faculty to create lessons to teach 21st Century Skills and helps design curricula to challenge students to think critically and creatively. 
She also leads a technology education program for parents to help create a connected culture surrounding technology at Windward.
Lisa holds a bachelors in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA, and a Masters in Educational Technology and Media Leadership form CSULB. She is a lifelong scholar and continues to develop new expertise that she is able to share with the Windward Community. 

 

Jennifer Altounian - Student Technology Integrationist

jaltounian[at]windwardschool.org

Jenn Altounian began her journey with Windward School in the summer of 2014 as the Student Technology Intergrationist. As the Student Technology Integrationist, Jennifer focuses on serving the student population with their technology needs. Not only does she focus on assisting them through troubleshooting, but she also works with students in teaching them responsible and meaningful ways of engaging in technology usage in their academic and personal lives. Currently, she is focusing on digital citizenship, 21st century skills, and teaching an experiential blogging class where students create and maintain their own blogs.

Jennifer first discovered her interest for education at an early age with dreams of becoming a classroom teacher. Her dedication to teaching and learning led Jenn to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Natural Sciences from California State University, Long Beach. After working heavily in educational testing and data management, she returned to CSULB for a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and Media Leadership, graduating in 2014. Her passion for effective technology use in education is evident as she is constantly striving to find and share new ways to effectively utilize technology while learning and demonstrating content mastery. She hopes to bring this passion to the CTL as the student technology support contact.

 

Karen Nguyen - CTL Apprentice

knguyen[at]windwardschool.org

Karen Nguyen is a second year graduate student in the MLIS program at UCLA with a focus on children and youth services. She received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts (ICAM) at UCSD. She is passionate about literacy, diversity, and creativity. This is reflected in her prior experiences teaching English abroad and participating in library read-aloud programs. At Windward School, her goal is to provide students the necessary support and tools to help them succeed in their academic endeavors and beyond.

 

Baking, running, archery, and karaoke are among many of her various hobbies. She has a fondness for all things Jane Austen and the Lord of the Rings.