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TK at NDA: A Day in the Life

About Mrs. Haupt

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, Elementary School Director

Mrs. Haupt is excited to be returning for another year in Transitional Kindergarten at Notre Dame Academy. Her passion for early childhood education is rooted in her educational and professional background. Mrs. Haupt has a degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley where she worked in educational research developing math curricula and manipulatives for early learners. She received her Master’s in Education and Clear Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California, Los Angeles, writing her thesis on building community in Kindergarten classrooms. In her thirteen years of teaching, Mrs. Haupt has worked in both public and private schools and has been honored with a Teacher Eddy Award from the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. When she is not at school, Mrs. Haupt enjoys reading and playing with her two sons, James and Alex.

What Current Families Have to Say

It’s hard to believe that Jordan, our eldest daughter, will soon be graduating from Notre Dame Academy Elementary. The past 2.5 years has been such a wonderful experience both for Jordan and our family. The challenges of the current pandemic have not made it easy on anyone, but NDAE faculty have risen to the challenge and affirmed to us why NDAE was our top choice and where we plan to send all three of our children. We’ve experienced firsthand the selfless, sacrificing nature of NDAE’s faculty and their unyielding dedication to providing our students with the very best learning environment despite the current environment. Seeing the faculty sacrificing their day off to organize an adapted Family Picnic last month just so that our kids could feel reconnected with their teachers and have some fun and semblance of normalcy was humbling, to say the least. The tireless, too often under-appreciated work that our NDAE teachers are undertaking to creatively and successfully adapt to teaching online is reflected in how engaged both of our daughters continue to be despite not have stepped one foot onto campus this year. The consistent transparency by NDAE’s leadership, headed by Ms. Hobbs, in sharing information in real-time also provides invaluable comfort to us as parents that we are truly part of the NDA family and that we are in this together. Thank you NDAE.

 

-The Park Family

Jordan (NDAE ’21), Hayden (NDAE ’23), Connor (future Knight), Shaun & Kelly

Courtney Simmons Parent of Kindergarten Student Our family is so thankful to be a part of the Notre Dame Academy Elementary community. Since starting in TK, our daughter has received many opportunities to grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

The focus on 21st century learning within a secure, supportive, and faith-based environment is invaluable. We are especially thankful and in awe of the teachers’ and staff’s dedication to ensure all of the students have the opportunity for continued learning and a community during distance learning.
Jenn Stoner Parent of 1st Grade Student Our oldest daughter started at NDA when she was in TK and we could not be happier with our choice. The school’s philosophies and emphasis on social/emotional learning, kindness, empathy, growth mindset, and programs designed around building 21st century skills are so important for today’s little learners. We now have two girls at NDA and look forward to continue to watch them grow. Mario Apodaca Parent of 1st Grade Student Our family experience at Notre Dame Academy Elementary School has truly been memorable. The teachers and staff are nurturing, patient, thoughtful, organized and overall amazing. The Principal leads her team by example with her true genuine kindness, engagement, teamwork and innovation. NDAE ensures students have the resources to develop their 21st century skills necessary in preparation for the real world. NDAE academic achievement is as equally as important as its emphasis on diversity, to develop kind, inclusive and empathetic children. We genuinely love this school as much as our daughter and we feel so blessed to be a part of the NDAE community. Elaine Patel Parent of 3rd, 5th, and 6th Grade Students Coming from a public school, I was looking for a small, intimate environment for my three children. NDA has exceeding my expectations and checks off so many boxes on what I want for my family. The level of care at NDA is unparalleled. From Principal Ms. Hobbs knowing my kids like a fun aunt would to Vice Principal Ms. Hickl sharing her lunch break to help my son with homework, to Ms. Bomberger checking in to see how my kids' birthday parties went to Ms. Tran emailing me about a zoo promotion in the city where we had planned to take a family trip. This school is a special place because of the people that fill its halls. Teachers genuinely want to teach and they are supported by leadership that develops them in specific skills my kids will need when they pursuit their own careers. My kids are learning study skills at 3rd, 5th and 6th grade that I didn't learn until college and can master those skills into their adult professions. I'm looking forward to the teenagers they become because of their foundation at NDA. Michael Brownlee Parent of 1st and 5th Grade Students Notre Dame Academy is just what our family was in search of: A diverse staff and student body, top-notch academics and a school where our girls would grow spiritually. In our two years, we realized NDA was so much more. It’s also become a school of comfort, connection and community. It’s where the principal knows our children by name; where schoolmates and families can lean on each other; and in these times of CV-19, we’ve witnessed how administrators have really dug in and are committed to reimagining and redeveloping what learning looks and feels like for our children. All of this, while keeping their minds and hearts open to the input, ideas and concerns of their community of parents!

Yes, there are several school choices, but only ONE Notre Dame Academy.
Arlene Gelacio Parent of 8th Grade Student Coming from a small town in Hawaii that was family oriented, excellent community & great education, I was a bit concerned in moving back to LA. Our minds was at ease as soon as we went through the school tour. To return to NDA after our first child plus being away for so many years and to give our second child the opportunity in 7th grade was a no-brainer. She acclimated so well as the students welcomed her without hesitation. Currently, in 8th grade, she continues to excel in all her classes. We are beyond happy with the tremendous support by the administration, faculty & staff. The activities, curriculum with 21st Century technology & education has remain at the top level especially during this unprecedented time. We feel blessed that we've made the right decision. Naeli Kiely Parent of 2nd, 5th, and 8th Grade Students We have been a NDAE family for almost 9 years and counting. NDAE's commitment to our three children and all its students goes beyond expectation. Teachers and staff members supported our son’s passion in marine biology, from adopting fish as class pets, 3D printing a fly fishing reel to encouraging and helping secure internships at the local aquarium. When our family decided to take 4 months to live in South Africa, we were able to communicate directly with the principal and individual teachers to ensure that our children maintained their academic requirements while receiving sufficient leeway to have an adventure of a lifetime. When we sought advice on how to help another child maintain his interest in math, we were able to speak directly with the teachers and staff to discuss and quickly implement a structure that continues to spark his interest. NDAE provides for an environment where each child is is not only celebrated for their individuality but also supported and guided. Our teachers work tirelessly and there is never a doubt in our minds that our children’s safety and growth are always at the forefront. Freya Shih Parent of 6th Grade Student What else can I say except that we love NDAE! The amazingly friendly, hard-working, hands-on, present & accounted for staff, faculty, administration and teachers who make our children feel safe, seen and heard and challenged is the reason why we chose this school.

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