EDGE Advisors

Laura Detweiler

Laura Detweiler is a literacy, social studies, civics education, and leadership teacher. She spent her early career teaching at Acacia Elementary School & Lang Ranch Elementary School, teaching various grade levels before accepting a social studies position at Redwood Middle School in 1997. Laura has served as a mentor teacher, served on various writing and history/social science committees and cohorts, and is Redwood's Middle School's social studies department chair and Leadership Advisor. Through her 34-year teaching career, Mrs. Detweiler has remained passionate about teaching her students to think and write like historians and helping students connect to the Redwood community.

Christine Elkington

Mrs. Christine Elkington, a New York native, traveled the world while working on her college degrees.  She completed her BA in physical education with a minor in biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (anyone ever played snowshoe baseball?).  She received her M.Ed. in educational counseling in Utah where she taught high school and 2nd and 3rd grade until she decided she liked middle school the best. She taught math and science AND skiing in Park City, Utah for 6 years. She then moved to California and has raised both of her daughters (Molly, 18 and Emma, 22) here in Thousand Oaks for the past 20 years while teaching at Redwood. Over these years she planned curriculum and instruction courses of study for 7th- and 8th-grade math; was a teacher trainer for district CVUSD staff development; and together with Mr. Snow, she developed the first successful AVID program at Redwood for CVUSD.  She has a horse named Buster and loves to make jewelry, ski, swim in the ocean, scuba dive and ride bikes.  The EDGE Science class speaks to her expertise and her passion to be a better educator on the cutting edge.  She is excited and ecstatic to contribute to the EDGE team to create a truly innovative, inspirational program where creativity and exploration are at the forefront of knowledge.

Nancy Joly-Cause

Nancy Joly-Cause, a reading, writing, and social studies teacher, holds a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from California Lutheran University and a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She spent many productive years teaching at Westlake Elementary and Madroña Elementary before joining the staff of Redwood Middle School.  Nancy has also served as a district writing mentor, Upper-Grade Lead Teacher, and currently as Redwood’s English Department Chair. As a veteran teacher with thirty years of classroom experience in multiple grade levels, she lives by the motto: In order for kids to care about what you are teaching, they must first know that you care about them.

In the 8th-grade cohort, Mrs. Joly-Cause and Mrs. Detweiler will emphasize research skills based upon essential questions and themes in the social sciences.  The English component of the cohort will complement and enhance the in-depth understanding of these discipline-specific questions through the refinement of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Essential questions will be the springboard to foster student-driven and self-selected research projects within a real-world connection.

Tracy Rosenthal

I am so excited to be the Redwood EDGE Counselor!  This is my third year as a school counselor at Redwood and I have truly loved every minute of it.  After receiving my MSW from USC, I worked as a social worker for a couple of years before becoming a full-time mom to my two kids, Abby and Bennett.  Once my kids got older, I decided to go back to graduate school to earn my PPS credential at Cal Lutheran to become a school counselor.  On my free time, I enjoy hiking with my dog and spending time with family and friends.

Zachary Snow

Mr. Snow graduated from Westmont College with a major in English creative writing and a minor in art history. He then went on to get his credential and M.Ed. through Azusa Pacific University and got his history authorization through various universities and colleges. Mr. Snow enjoys reading history, fantasy and sci-fi; writing poetry and stories or books; playing, writing and listening to music; and running. He and his wife, Ellen, have two sets of boy-girl twins and are active in their church.  Mr. Snow began at Redwood in 2006 and has taught English, history, AVID, ASB, and now EDGE.  He is very excited to help create, develop and teach this vital program!




A student said  to Mrs. Detweiler, "Wait, sometimes I think I am learning more English in your class and Social Studies in Mrs. Joly-Cause's class." Which she wanted to reply, "We've got you right where we want you, son."

Mr. Snow meets Ms. Sylvia Mendez

Redwood Middle School

Redwood Middle School
233 Gainsborough Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Phone: (805) 497-7264
Fax: (805) 497-3734

Redwood Counseling Office:
Phone: (805) 446-1962
Fax: (805) 494-8930