Principal’s Message

December 1, 2021

As I reflect on the first few months of the 2021-22 school year, I must express my most heartfelt thanks to our community of students, staff, and families for making our return to in-person learning a success! I cannot adequately express here the joy it has brought us to see our learners on campus each and every day — the sounds of laughter, play, and social interactions fill the air at recess and lunch, and our classrooms are abuzz with teaching and learning, hands-on activities, art, and music throughout the school day. With so many disruptions to school we have faced since March 2020, it is absolutely wonderful to be back together as a learning community once again.

We know that we have many challenges to meet moving forward to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures over the last (almost!) two years. At TLC, we are working hard to respond to our community’s needs, as we always have. This year, we have:

  • introduced our (tuition-free) After School Extended Learning program that provides childcare and additional learning practice to all students each day — join us!
  • increased mental health counseling on-site to offer additional supports to students as they reengage with their peers and friends
  • reestablished positive behavior supports focused on kindness, care, and empathy for others
  • provided opportunities for hands-on learning once again with art, music, math games, science activities, imaginary play…. and so much more!

In addition, we are thrilled to see our TLC-CA parent community coming together again and we look forward to continuing our work together for special events and activities, fundraising, and good times.  all families are invited and encouraged to be a part of this supportive and kind group of families. This makes such a difference for our students, and allows TLC to stay true to our mission of offering a high-quality, engaging, arts-enriched education to all students in our diverse-by-design school setting.  We hope to see you soon!

My very best to each, every, and all,

Dr. Jessica Tunney
Founding Principal and Executive Director

About Dr. Jessica Tunney

Dr. Tunney is an accomplished educator with more than 20 years of varied experience in the field of education as a general education teacher, special education teacher, professional development leader and coach, university teacher educator, and educational researcher. Dr. Tunney has taught learners of all ages – from young children to experienced adults – and is a passionate advocate for authentic and hands-on learning, inclusive practices and strategies, and ongoing reflection and collaboration as a tool for improvement and growth.

After earning a Master’s degree in Special Education from Bank Street College in NYC in 1999, Dr. Tunney began her career in education as a classroom teacher (Grades: K, 1, 5) and early literacy specialist (Grades: 1, 2) at P.S. 321 in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Tunney moved to California in 2006, and worked as a 4th Grade general education teacher at the nationally acclaimed inclusive model CHIME Charter School in Los Angeles from 2006 – 2009. After earning a Ph.D. in Education from UC Irvine in 2016, Dr. Tunney took on work as an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at UC Irvine teaching courses for elementary and secondary teacher candidates on topics including advanced learning theory, teacher inquiry, and teaching special populations in general education classrooms. Dr. Tunney has designed and led professional development for practicing teachers for well over a decade, coaching teachers at public and private schools on topics including Differentiated Instruction (DI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), neurodevelopment and neurodiversity in heterogeneous classrooms, and Professional Learning Community (PLC) inquiry work for ongoing improvements in teaching.

Dr. Tunney is a lifelong learner and educator who is committed to ensuring that all students are offered excellent schooling and are encouraged to discover the joy of curiosity, exploration, and new learning.

Founding Principal and Executive Director
Jessica Tunney, Ph.D.

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