A Word from the Principal

Wow! What an exciting school launch for TLC! I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the school community we are building together with students, teachers, staff, and parents. As I reflect on these early days, a few highlights stand out:

  • The laughter and talk I hear daily as children make new friends, get to know their peers, and play together during recess and lunch, and before and after school.
  • Seeing our classrooms come together as teachers establish the positive norms and routines with students and develop the strong foundation of community necessary for deep learning at school.
  • Witnessing the power of our music and art programs to inspire and engage students in an enriched and creative environment.
  • Learning about and getting to know the parents, siblings and family members that make up our school community.
  • Developing and supporting the TLC staff in offering thoughtful, caring, and high-quality learning experiences to all students.

I very much look forward to this year with all of you, and once again I would like to express my delight at the opportunity to offer this school with this model of excellence in education to our community.

Best to 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.