Our Teachers

experienced and driven

 

Jamie Butterworth

Jamie Butterworth graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Emory University.  She worked for many years in advertising and marketing for Chick-fil-A Corp., and moved to California as a brand manager making licensed toys for Applause, Inc.  Though always working in an artistic field, she didn't see herself as an artist until she joined her children in taking art classes many years ago. She was the Arts Chair at her daughters' elementary school for several years where she developed a visual and performing arts program that included classes during and after school. She hired and assisted teachers, taking best practices from what she observed. Jamie has been enjoying teaching her own classes for the past several years. She believes that every person is an artist whether they realize it or not. "There are so many different forms and materials, it's just a matter of finding what resonates with each person."

In addition to teaching, Jamie is past President of the Burbank Art Association, volunteers with the Burbank Arts for All Foundation, and enjoys singing Americana music.

Dave Christensen

Unique lessons for your one-of-a-kind child sums up what Dave and his teaching style are all about.  Constantly writing and adapting his original curriculum to fit any group of learners is something Dave does well. He enjoys the art of teaching immensely. Dave has been a music educator for over 2 decades and has helped dozens of students
on their way to careers in music. Dave is also an active songwriter, music producer and performer.  He enjoys the support of his wonderful wife and 2 boys, one of which is an 18-year-old drummer that works with Dave on many of his projects.  Recently 
overcoming cancer and chemotherapy, Dave’s zest for living and his philosophy of enjoying what you do in this life permeates his personality and teaching style.  Dave teaches the music classes for eduCollective as well as  private lessons in piano, guitar, drums,  bass, ukulele and mandolin. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with you!

Lynn Hayes

lynnannhayes@gmail.com * 323.491.7001

Lynn was a professional theatre director in Chicago (including at the prestigious Goodman Theatre) and Los Angeles (including at International City Theatre in Long Beach), and also directed youth at both the elementary grade and college level before becoming a mom. She homeschooled her children through their early years and now enjoys teaching other people's kids! Lynn holds a BA in Theatre and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and has a passion for the classics, especially Shakespeare (her two kids have Shakespearean names)! Outside of teaching, one of Lynn's favorite things to do is to explore our National Parks with her family.

Hillary King

Hillary King has a Bachelors in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a Master Teacher Permit in Early Childhood Education. Prior to starting Let’s Art Together, Hillary taught preschool in Pasadena for ten years. Currently she teaches art privately to local students and works with home school charters. She also teaches K-2nd grade classes with Barnabas Robotics, an educational robotics company in Pasadena. She is a firm believer in process over product. Inspiration, learning, and decision making all happen in the doing of something. As an art teacher her goals are to make the process fun, creative, and to inspire life long lovers of art. Hillary is mom to two incredible and independent college age daughters. Her husband is a wonderful dad and friend as well as an accomplished musician and film orchestrator. On a side note she loves to walk her dog, draw, crochet, and cook.

Tiffany Lamb

Tiffany is passionate about teaching kids how their bodies work, while showing them how to make fitness fun for life. As a certified personal trainer and licensed massage therapist, she believes getting in tune with their bodies gives kids so much confidence. As a homeschooling mother of two, she knows it takes a lot of patience and compassion to guide kids through life and learning opportunities both in the classroom and out of it. She is excited about the subjects she teaches and like to share that joy with her students.

Claudia Landeros

Maestra Claudia Landeros got a BA in Business Psychology from Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, in Mexico, a M.A. in Applied Linguistics to Teach Spanish as a Second Language from Universidad de Jaén, in Spain, a second B.A and M.A. in Spanish and Literature from Cal State LA. She worked for a business enterprise company in Mexico where she gained experience in Human Resources and Business Consulting working.

She was born and lived in Mexico until she immigrated in 2003. For the past 15 years she has been working as a private Spanish Linguistics tutor and Literature instructor. Her professional background includes instructing, designing lesson plans and curriculums. She also was writer and the editor in chief of the Spanish section of the University Times, the newspaper from Cal State LA.  Regarding her cultural background, she has been involved in many cultural activities, having a passion in dance, especially in Mexican Folklore dance.

Petra Poschmann

poschi2013@gmail.com * 626.644.7945

Petra Poschmann has a Master’s Degree in mathematics from UCLA and has worked in software development for 25 years developing mathematical software to model everything from space crafts and cars to roller blades and golf clubs.


In 1985, Petra left her home country Germany because she had fallen in love with California. Since then she put herself through college, had a good career in industry and raised two wonderful boys now 15 ½ and 18 (headed for UC Santa Barbara this fall) with her husband in San Gabriel, CA. She discovered her love of teaching while helping her two boys with their math homework, working with many different kids while being active in the PTA, and teaching a local community yoga class at the San Gabriel library. For the past 4 years, Petra has been working as a math tutor for kids ranging from 4th to 11th grade, a math teacher for kids ranging from 2nd through 6th grade, a robotics coach (Barnabas Robotics) as well as a yoga teacher, patient advocate and stress management specialist.


Kids learn in different ways and Petra enjoys using various approaches to help kids understand the concepts on a deeper level so that they can build on them in the next grade levels. Using slices of pizza to demonstrate fractions, a scale to visualize equalities/inequalities, water and oranges to demonstrate the relationship between volume of solids and volume of liquids, and written step by step problem solving are just a few examples of how this can be done. Most of all, Petra is trying to show the students how math can be fun!

Reese Taylor

Excited about learning, I am happiest when I am able to explain a complex concept to a child in a way they understand, help them see the magic in the world around them, and feel empowered by their own creativity or grasp of a topic. I believe all children are built to learn and it is my job to tap into that natural ability.


I have been teaching children ages 5-15 for over 8 years and love pulling from different resources to create my own curriculum. This allows me to present classes in a dynamic, holistic, and meaningful way. 

My current passion is creating a culture of acceptance, empathy, and diversity at the little homeschool learning center I started with Martha Zittel: Alternative Choices in Education, LLC.

Nina Zippay

Ms. Zippay is a writer, teacher, chef, and mother. She earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism at Southern Illinois University followed by a Juris Doctor degree in Chicago at Kent College of Law. After receiving a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business she started two education-based start-ups, Radical Radishes, a writing workshop, and a summer program for children and young adults, and Radical Cooks, a cooking school for both adults and children. She serves as board President for Odyssey Charter School in Altadena.

Martha Zittel

Martha Zittel is interested in preserving the beauty within each child. She listens to each; she cares for each, and she manages to help them learn in a fun, interactive, and kind way. She holds a Bachelors's Degree in Industrial Design. After many years operating and programing machines that make aerospace parts, she decided to become a Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness Facilitator, needlework activist, and a lifelong learner. She has been homeschooling for 13 years and teaching for more than two decades. For the last three years, her passion is to create a community for her family and other families at her Homeschool learning center, ACE.
She is beyond excited to be part of your community and collaborate with extraordinary teachers to bring support to your homeschool journey.

Michael Zittel

mikejzittel@gmail.com * 310.800.8043

Mike Zittel began drawing and painting at a young age. He published his first comic book in college where he gained his Bachelors in Fine Arts with a specialization in Illustration. He worked for 10 years creating comics, storyboards, and concept art, wining a Xeric Award for self-publishing writers/artists. After he started his family Michael spent a decade as a senior illustrator in the advertising industry creating key art used for print and web-based campaigns for video games seen internationally.


Later he went on to earn his Masters in Psychology and practices as a psychotherapist specializing in healing from the devastating effects of trauma. He has worked throughout Los Angeles in addiction and recovery facilities as well as in private practice. Michael is a Mindfulness Meditation teacher with over 35 years of training and 20 years of teaching in both clinical and public settings. He runs daily meditation sit groups and leads weekly classes.


Having learned drawing as a child, Michael especially enjoys working on building the fundamental skills of art with children. He regards art as a process of meditation, self-discovery, and building integrity of finding and following through on one’s vision; especially important skills for growing young people. 

 
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