Kathy Gallo & Kelly Hammond
The Mountain View kindergarten program provides each child time to mature intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally at his/her own rate and according to his/her own capacity . The program offers the child an opportunity to extend his/her interests and create new ones.
Learning experiences and instruction are designed to address each child’s developmental needs, abilities, and strengths and provide a broad foundation for future academic growth . The kindergarten program is intended to provide an atmosphere that is responsive to a variety of learning styles, promotes a love of learning, and instills a sense of positive self-worth .
I have been at Mountain View for 19 years, and have taught in this order: third, sixth, four/five combo, fourth, third, including a 3/4 combo and now kindergarten . I have been very happy at MV, I say it and mean it-I hit the job lottery. It’s a great school, with wonderful families.
My interests are basic-family, travel, tennis, food-the good life ! Mark and I love our life here in Santa Barbara and enjoy it to the fullest.
I have spent many years at Mountain View, 7 of those as a student and the rest teaching. I have taught 1st, 2nd and 6th grades here at Mountain View, and I am excited to be joining the kindergarten team. I love all the families and the community here! It’s a very special place!
Attending Cal Poly, SLO I became a Mustang completing my teaching credential along with my BS in Liberal Studies. Later I went back to school to get my Masters in Leadership and Social Justice. I feel so lucky to be working at Mountain View helping guide students in their last year here at Mountain View. The relationships built with students and the joy in seeing each student grow and succeed are part of the many reasons I went into teaching. Every day is a learning experience, every day is a new slate and every day presents new rewards and new challenges.
I am an avid traveler and love to take new adventures. I have been to Iceland, Spain and the Sierras. Past summers I hiked KIlimanjaro, built a school in Nicaragua and backpacked around South America. I’m also a big Giants fan, Dodgers hats are not allowed in my classroom (just kidding).