.At Yak Academy-- Redondo Beach, we believe in teaching empathy and generosity. What better way to do so, than to lead by example!
This holiday season, we have decided to extend our holiday cheer beyond the walls and doors of our center. We worked in conjunction with Children's Hospital of Los Angeles to sponsor a family who has a patient admitted in one of their units during this season.
The family that was assigned to us is a local family of 4 living in Hawthorne. Thanks to the generous donations from our Spanish Immersion Preschool & Language Enrichment Families, we were able to collect over $500 in gift cards and a plethora of gifts for a local family.
In order to make connections to our season of giving, we taught lessons and had activities that revolved around empathy and generosity.
On Saturday, December 16th our very own Yak Academy Kindness Ambassador, Melody Perez, represented Yak Academy at CHLA's North Pole. Along with her family, they took all of the gifts and donations and will be given to our sponsored family just in time for the holidays.
We are thankful for the families we have at Yak Academy. Let us remember that every act of kindness, big or small, makes our world a better place! We are thankful for our Yaksters and Yak Families, and wish you all happy holidays.
Yak Academy -- Redondo Beach
"One of the many things that Yak Academy takes pride in is the nurturing and loving environment that our teachers create on a daily basis! When you step foot into any of our classes, you feel at home and your child feels safe. It is all thanks to our amazing teachers.
It takes a special kind of person to be able to pour their heart and soul into their work on a day in and day out, and do it with such patience and grace. Our teacher of the month for December is a perfect example of creating a nurturing environment for all students, and you will understand right away why we call her "Mamá".
Our December Teacher "in the Spotlight" is Ms. Selene.
Ms. Selene has been with Yak Academy -- Redondo Beach for approximately 3 years, and she seamlessly became part of our Yak family. She is currently one of our Preschool Transitional 2s teacher as well as one of our Spanish Enrichment Teacher on Saturdays. Prior to working with us, she has had plenty of teaching experience in her home country of Mexico as well as volunteering as a Sunday School teacher at her local church. Ms. Selene's term of endearment amongst our teachers is "Mamá Selene" given her ability to nurture all of her students so gently and patiently.
Her passion for teaching is seen in the way she is able to recognize each child's individual needs. Ms. Selene teaches from her heart, and demonstrates compassion and empathy that channels to our students and staff alike. Ms. Selene continues to show growth and dedication to refining her teaching craft at Yak, and we are honored to have her in our lives and at our school. If you ever take a tour of our preschool, don't be surprised to see Ms. Selene with a child in her arms, and one on each side while she sings, dances, and giggles with our little Yaksters!
Thank you Ms. Selene for your dedication to our students and families.