A Word from the Principal

On behalf of our entire staff, I am writing to welcome new and returning families to the 2019-2020 school year!  We are delighted that you have chosen to be a part of our TLC community, and we are all looking forward to another joyful and successful year together. It is such a thrill to see how our school has grown.

I would like to thank parents and guardians for making sure students were at school and ready to learn on the first day of school. We had an excellent first day of learning, seeing friends old and new, and getting settled in with our classrooms and teachers.  I look forward to greeting parents and families each morning at arrival, and I very much hope to get to know you and your families over the course of this year.


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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