Sixth Grade

The sixth grade team at Kellogg works to provide each student with the opportunity to grow to become empathetic and involved COMMUNITY MEMBERS, integral to the diversity and creation of our classes and school. Proficient WRITERS; able to construct a strong thesis and adeptly support claims with direct quoted text evidence. Become confident MATHEMATICIANS who recognize engaging with mathematics individually and collaboratively is a creative process and not just an end goal. Avid READERS of all genres of fiction and non-fiction texts - challenging themselves to think deeply about content and engage in discussions that change their perspective. HISTORIANS of ancient civilizations and current events who ask: Whose perspective? What is the cause? How does this affect us? How have things changed over time? SCIENTISTS who ask: HOW does this happen and work? What do I wonder? How does this affect/change our environment? They are scientists who can explain natural phenomena and support a claim!

As a special year ending their time in elementary school we strive to encourage 6th grade students to learn to self advocate, practice organizational skills and gain confidence in themselves as they step towards Jr High and beyond!


Danny Fitzgibbons

Hi! This is my 10th year with GUSD as a Certificated Tutor, then a Learning Center Teacher, and now as a sixth grade teacher. The reason I became a teacher after many years of traveling and owning and operating small, local businesses was to try to translate those experiences into learning opportunities for my students. I’m most excited to teach social studies this year because the students are at an age where we can have deeper conversations about global issues. 

I have had the awesome privilege of being able to teach at the same school that my kids attend. My daughter just finished Kellogg and my son is in Mr. Wilkes’ 5th grade class. 

When I’m not teaching, I love to travel with my family (Lynn, Devon and Robbie) and do a lot of mountain biking.

Bianca Paullin

I am so very excited to have joined the Kellogg team in 2021 to teach sixth grade. My teaching career in the Goleta Union School District began in sixth grade in 1997. Over the following decades, I taught various grades in various schools. Returning to this grade level after all of those years makes my heart sing as I am passionate about the last year of elementary school. It is, without doubt, a momentous year. 

I am not a creature of habit, always looking for new adventures in life. I was born in East Germany and a lucky turn of world events allowed me to immigrate to the United States in 1991. Growing up in a relatively restricted and regulated environment made me yearn to discover and explore the world. Hence, I am a passionate traveler and learner.

The same curiosity drives my teaching. I am always looking for more effective ways to help my students learn. I love that every day brings new challenges and celebrations. Hopefully, I will be able to welcome your child to my class.

Paige Huyck

Hello there! This is my fifth year teaching 6th grade, and my fourth year at Kellogg. Kellogg has a special place in my heart because it is where I attended elementary school! 


I studied education at San Diego State and then moved back to attend UCSB for my M. ED and my teaching credential. I have dreamed of being a teacher since I was in 2nd grade. I love working with inquisitive minds.  I hope to spark curiosity and a love of learning in students. They are future world changers!


In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. Whether it be exploring areas of our beautiful town, trying a new restaurant, or relaxing at the beach, I’m always on the move. I enjoy surfing, snowboarding, tennis, basketball, and traveling.