The Sierra School is very excited to announce the growth of our teacher - leadership team. Alex Gamboa joins as the new Head of Development and Community Partnerships; Margarita Robles joins us as Spanish Teacher, SEP - PE coordinator, and Lauren Gamboa joins us as multi-media art, dance and yoga teacher.
As Head of Development and Community Partnerships, Alex will develop our endowment, strengthen our infrastructure and nurture community partnerships. Gamboa brings to the Sierra School a diverse background in sustainable entrepreneurship, business management, education and real estate. Alex graduated from Yale University with a degree in Economics and also played on the Division I level basketball team where he earned Rookie of the Year honors, helped lead the team to an Ivy League Championship, was appointed Captain, and named a member of the All Ivy-Academic Team. Shortly after graduation, Alex started a non-profit organization called Envirolution. As Executive Director for over 6 years, Alex oversaw operations in both New York and Nevada with a focus on community engagement, partnership development, program and curriculum creation, fundraising and business administration. Alex spearheaded the formation of a for-profit venture for the New York operations and co-wrote a successful 1 million U.S. Dollar National Science Foundation grant for Nevada operations. Both entities still operate successfully today. Alex has taught sustainability classes at the middle and high school levels and will teach such a class at the Sierra School. Alex has also always remained active in the real estate sector, working as a broker and investor in New York, California and Nevada. Coming from a Mexican-American background and having traveled through many parts of Mexico, Alex is dedicated to making a positive impact here in Todos Santos.
Margarita Robles, of Todos Santos, contributes a strong skills set as an experienced SEP regional coordinator. She regularly attends educational conferences in Mexico City. Robles has solid experience in administration, having directed the local public junior high school. She is a SEP accredited physical education instructor, with a passion for team sport and especially basketball. Margarita will instruct Spanish language for non-native speakers, Spanish literature for native speakers, world history and civics. She will also oversee the coordination of our sports program per SEP requirements. Margarita's range of skills, SEP expertise and local knowledge, will strengthen our competitive application for Mexican national accreditation.
Lauren Gamboa brings us a dynamic with nearly a decade of instructional experience in the art. She has been a competitive figure skater, NFL cheerleader, sculpture technician, dance teacher, film production and fine art gallery manager, and instructor in the visual, performing and healing arts. She holds an M.F.A. in Sculpture & New Media from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, and also studied at the Rome, Italy Campus. Lauren has taught primary through higher education at schools, non-profits and hospitals, creating curriculum in two and three-dimensional foundations, including multimedia, video and stop animation. Through her creative consulting business, Lauren works with youth and adults dealing with depression and addiction by facilitating collaborative and creative project opportunities. She is also a certified yoga instructor and since 2012 has provided coaching services that help young athletes stay in sports longer, in better health and in the desired capacity. Lauren is excited to share her passion and expertise in the arts with Sierra Schools students and teachers, allowing us to follow the rigorous IB Diploma Programme arts education model.
Victor Chavèz, 10th grader Before the 2015-2016 school year ended, Sierra School students and teachers returned to San Pedrito to take eco-action.
San Pedrito beach is a well-known surf spot. The beach hosts competitions for surfers from all over the world. Student, Diego Millan Aguilar asserted, "it's unfortunate that this beach is not well maintained. When we first came here to make our environmental study, we concluded that garbage is often forgotten and just left here. This garbage is accumulating. It's necessary to do something to stop this situation." In the students' marine study, students observed different species of fish, seaweed, as well as small shells and a possible turtle nest. Some assumptions made in the report noted that human activity has reduced marine life. Camping, overfishing, and real estate development destroys dunes and beach. Aware of the dangers of high-impact use and in effort to protect the biome, students filled several garbage bags of trash. Student action can generate awareness. Upon successful completion of the cleanup day, students returned to school, excited about their work, and eager to do more community service work and conservation efforts for our town and region.
La Playa San Pedrito es un lugar altamente conocido por el surf. Se han hecho competencias donde llegan competidores internacionales. Diego Aguilar (Estudiante) Añadió: – Es lamentable que esta playa no esté bien cuidada, cuando llegamos por primera vez para hacer nuestro estudio ambiental, llegué a conclusión de que la basura que a veces se nos olvida o que se nos ha quedado, se va acumulando con la de los demás visitantes, por eso es necesario hacer algo para detener esa situación – En el estudio de campo marino, se encontraron diferentes especies de peces dentro del mar, un cuanto de alga marina en la costa, al igual que conchas pequeñas, y un posible nido de tortugas. Algunas de las hipótesis que se formularon dentro del reporte, señalaron que la actividad humana ha ocasionado una debilitación a la vida marina, tales como los campamentos, pesca excesiva, y las consecuencias del desarrollo inmobiliario que provocan su deterioro. Esta toma de conciencia, movilizo a un grupo estudiantes y maestros de la escuela Sierra, que hicieron una jornada de limpieza matutina, como resultado se lograron llenar varias bolsas de basura, que ahora representan un riesgo menos para los seres vivos que habitan ese bioma. En entrevista exclusiva Víctor Chávez (Estudiante) concluyó: – La toma de este tipo de pequeñas, pero significativas acciones, generan que se pueda concientizar a más gente y motivarlos a que apoyen lo que nosotros hacemos – Al terminar satisfactoriamente la jornada de limpieza, se alistaron para regresar a la escuela, entusiasmados por su trabajo y deseosos de poder hacer más acciones como estas para la comunidad.
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.