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!


Etta Murray

My name is Etta Murray, this is my 6th year working in the Goleta Union School District and 4th year teaching 6th grade at Kellogg! I grew up in Santa Barbara, attending undergrad at UCSB and later graduating from UC Santa Cruz with my teaching credential and Masters in Education. Post graduation I moved to teach English in China for about a year and a half teaching children from the age of 3 to 16. Originally studying abroad in France as an undergraduate stemmed my love for travel and interest in language acquisition. So taking time to live in another part of the world seemed like a natural progression. 


My interest in education developed out of watching my parents work towards their degrees at UCSB and my own struggles to learn to read. As an educator I hope to encourage confidence in each child’s self worth and value within our classroom. As a community of learners we all have different strengths and areas for growth. I strive to create an environment where students feel challenged, successful and heard. 6th grade is such an amazing year of development and growth full of rich academic content! I hope to send students to 7th grade feeling prepared academically, socially and emotionally. 


As a learner myself I am very interested in new research surrounding trauma informed teaching, culturally responsive teaching and mindfulness. In my time outside the classroom I enjoy going on camping trips with my fiancé and our dog, spending time at the beach, on a hike or skiing! Perhaps sometime in the future we’ll go traveling once again!

Susan Wilson-Woods

Welcome to our Kellogg website! I have been teaching for 18 years and have been lucky enough to work at Kellogg (my alma mater!) the last eight years. My career has focused on the middle childhood experience teaching  4th, a 4/5 combo, 5th and 6th grades. I’ve worked in schools from Santa Barbara, to San Francisco, to Seattle.


I received my BA in Psychology and my Masters in Education from UCSB. Later, I received my National Board Certification in Middle Childhood Education.


Inspiring children to discover a love for learning, something my fourth grade teacher instilled in me, is part of why I love this job so much. Learning from one another and creating a community that builds each other up academically, emotionally and socially is what I strive to create in our learning environment each year. Another reason I love teaching is the joy I see in students when they set goals and then achieve those goals, there’s nothing quite like it! Lastly, I absolutely love taking children outside of the classroom, having them learn from the world around them is a priceless gift that they can take with them and cultivate throughout their lives.


In my free time I love getting out in nature. My husband and I enjoy hiking on the weekends and love taking the kids to the beach. When I am not outdoors I am either daydreaming about my next traveling adventure or cozying up with my two dogs a good book.

Paige Huyck

Hello there! This is my second year teaching 6th grade, and my first 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 adventuring. Whether it be exploring nooks 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. During my recent abundance of downtime, I have found a new appreciation for cooking.