Janice Oliver-Iraci - Social Skills Group and Visual Arts
Janice, or "Mrs. Oi" as she is affectionately known, is a holistic educator who has worked with children for over two decades in many capacities. As a credentialed teacher with a master's degree in education, Janice has intensely studied different ways of teaching and learning, and she is a fan of using creativity and innovation to reach all children. As a teacher who has current Waldorf experience, Janice is able to bring many of those methods to the children of Kaleidoscope. If you enjoy Waldorf education, you will likely enjoy her classes.
Her teaching experience includes quite a few years of teaching Kindergarten and the elementary grades. She has taught multiple subject classrooms as well as classes concentrated on reading, math, art, choir, social sciences, foreign language and values. Her teaching practice has included mentorship, collaboration and growth, and because of these values, she is able to bring them to the children under her instruction. She has been honored with accolades such as Veteran Teacher of the Year and graduated Summa Cum Laude with both her bachelor's and master's degrees which were both earned at Brandman University.
Mrs. Oi has been well-loved by her students over the years because she strives to create relationships of trust and respect. She truly cares - not only about the children she works with, but their families too. Her style is warm and oriented toward a growth mindset.
Richard Creel - Academic Intervention: Reading
Richard Creel is a childhood educator with over thirty years teaching experience. A graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara School of Education, Richard also has been recognized as a Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development Specialist. His work with children has included a focus on reading instruction using different pedagogical and psychological methodologies. He has been specifically trained as a reading interventionist in both the “Reading Recovery” and “Success for All” reading programs. In addition, he has been trained in and incorporated Waldorf methodology for public school teachers. His training also comprises courses in “The Power of Art in the Classroom,” “Brain Gym,” and “Education through Music.”
Richard looks forward to working with students who have just begun to negotiate the journey toward becoming proficient readers and writers. He brings his creativity and compassion to his work with children who need a boost of confidence.
Myles Taylor is a music teacher from Sacramento, Ca. In the last couple years, Myles has established himself as a sought-after educator and mentor for students. With over 20 years of Saxophone experience, he has had the privilege of performing at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall. He has been a music teacher for 5 years teaching both private lessons as well as entire concert bands.
Mostly self-taught at an early age, Myles has a passion for showing students’ their ability to express their most unique and authentic self with and through their instruments. He has worked at places such as Cazadero Music Camp, to continue to instill the belief of self-expression, as it relates to community improvement. With the growing demand for child-centric learning, Myles looks to see what the needs are of the students and to be a guide on their personal life journey.
Myles Taylor - Musical Motivation
Veronica Hinkle of Crafty Oasis - Craft Class
Veronica Hinkle is the founder and instructor of The Crafty Oasis. She initially started The Crafty Oasis during a dark personal time. During that time, she yearned to work with her hands, heart, and mind through creation. Revisiting the past, it became clear that she then thrived the most during periods involving creativity. It was from this return to creativity that her craft classes and parties were born.
Teaching crafts and fostering a love for creativity is the culmination of a lifetime experience with arts and crafts. Her youth provided a strong creative foundation. Her childhood home was imaginative and art supplies were always available. During her middle school years she worked with her peers to plan, budget, and execute extravagant school dances. As a teenager she had the privilege of volunteering at a summer art camp. She has taken many art classes over the years and has dedicated the last six years to learning digital design.
Her background is diverse yet rooted in creativity and customer service. Her experience teaching crafts spans over six years in both a volunteer and professional capacity. Her approach is to teach from a place of understanding and serving the whole student. She believes that learning is non-linear. The intention is to create an environment that fosters imagination, curiosity, experimentation, and mutual respect. Her emphasis is more on moving through the design process than the outcome. Many projects incorporate nature, science, math and more. Veronica ran and operated her own craft studio from June 2018- June 2020. She ran a successful Summer Program in 2021. During the program, children were immersed in the creative process.
Creativity is the legacy to her three children and to those she serves. She is honored to share this sacred space to create. Offering a creative renaissance is powerful and timely. She firmly believes creativity is innate and only needs to be nurtured. Veronica is thrilled to refresh your creativity.