A higher-than-expected number of new students has led to an influx of new staff members at Laguna Beach Unified School District.
Many of the newcomers have interesting backgrounds in addition to their professional strengths.
?At El Morro Elementary School, Technology Support Aide Van Le is a second-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate. Melissa Martinez, an instructional assistant, is the mother of three boys. Nicole Osmanian Petersen and Camilla Maki round out the new classified, or non-teaching, staff and are also serving as instructional assistants, as well as being moms. Osmanian Petersen has an 8-month-old son; Maki has managed her daughter’s music career for more than 11 years. New teacher Cama Stevens, a sports fan, remembers sitting in the dugout at Anaheim Stadium when the Angels won the World Series. Elizabeth Black, the new Occupational Therapist who works at both El Morro and Top of the World schools, is a musician who plays piano by ear.