6th Grade

Susan YeeKelly Hammond 

Susan Yee , Ben Jarvis and Anna Strenk

We absolutely love teaching and are extremely excited to be teaching the 6th grade. We will do our best to provide interesting, enriching, and fun learning activities. Our hope is that our students will acquire a love of learning and the belief that hard work, curiosity, and confidence will enable them to be successful in school and in life.

The 6th grade will be a very important and memorable year. Students will participate in simulations, create projects, and write reports. We will focus on the following academic areas.

Social Studies
Ancient Civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, and Greece.

Earth Science
Oceanography, plate tectonics, shaping earth's surface, heat, energy in the earth system, ecology, resources, and scientific investigation and experimentation.

Students will build on skills learned in 5th grade in the areas of number sense, algebra/functions, geometry, statistics/probability, and problem solving.

Houghton Mifflin Reading Anthology, The Cay, Number the Stars, Tuck Everlasting, Julie of the Wolves, The Adventures of Ulysses, and The Giver.

Main focus this year will be on expository writing, but will also write narratives, letters, and news articles.

6th Grade Expectations

Listen attentively to others - We will listen to each other carefully, making sure that we are looking at the person speaking.

Speak to others using a respectful tone of voice - We will talk to each other with respect, ask questions, and share information even when angry or upset.

Show basic respect and friendliness - We will be friendly to one another even if we are not all friends. This includes welcoming and showing interest in one another, and getting to know one another through sharing and
cooperative work.

Have positive work attitudes - We will concentrate and persist even on difficult tasks. We will never say "I can't".

Resolve conflicts peacefully - We will work to resolve conflicts with fairness and active listening.

Relate to others without bullying - We will treat others with respect at all times, even when things are not going the way we want. This means that we will not use mean words or do mean things to others in our school.

Complete assignments with care and on time - We will complete all homework and class work neatly, carefully, and on time. We will take pride in our work.

Susana Yee

I am thrilled to be joining the Mountain View community and am looking forward to getting to know all of the children, families, and staff. Although new to the district, this will be my 11th year of teaching, and I have had experience in a variety of grade levels and school sites. I have taught in the Palo Alto Unified School District and most recently at Crane Country Day School in Montecito. I graduated UCSB with a B.A. double-major in Psychology and Sociology and a Master in Education with a multiple-subject teaching credential. As a teacher, I believe it is critical to provide engaging opportunities for every child to explore, discover, think critically, and connect their learning to the world they live in. I am passionate about providing authentic learning experiences for all students. Outside of the classroom, I love to spend time with my family, especially outdoors. My husband, Nathan, and I have two children Madelyn (4) and Everett (1.5) who keep us very busy and happy. I am so excited to be starting a new chapter here at Mountain View!

Ben Jarvis

I am grateful and excited to be joining the Mountain View community this school year.  This will be my fifth year teaching, and my first year teaching in Goleta. 

After attending UCSB, where I graduated with my B.A. in History, I moved to the Bay Area, earned my multiple-subject teaching credential, and began teaching in the city of Richmond. I have taught various grade levels, as well as in a dual-language Spanish setting.  As a teacher, I believe that it is essential to build authentic relationships with each student, and through student-centered instruction, teach students the tools they need to explore and expand their interests and passions, utilize their curiosity, and build their self-confidence.  

This summer, my wife, Stephanie, who is also beginning her teaching journey in Goleta, my daughter Taiyari (5), and I made the move back to the Santa Barbara area.  We are thrilled to return to the community we call home, and to walk the amazing mountain trails, spend days at the beach, explore the MOXI, and make the trek to Santa Cruz Island. 

Anna Strenk

I am thrilled to be joining the Mountain View Cougar community and am excited to get to know all of our wonderful students, families, and staff! This will be my fourth year teaching, two of which I spent teaching 5th and 6th grades in Madrid, Spain. Last year, I joined the Hollister team, student teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades in pursuit of my Master in Education and California teaching credential. I’m a UCSB alumni (go Gauchos!) and feel lucky to call Santa Barbara home. As a teacher, I am passionate about building innovative learning spaces and believe that education should be engaging, inclusive, and adaptive. In my classroom, I want students to feel that their unique voices are valued and celebrated within our community. Outside of the classroom, I love cooking new recipes, hiking in the Santa Ynez mountains, and curling up on the couch with a new novel. I am eager to begin my journey here at Mountain View!