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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!