Academics

Advanced & Regular Math

Ms. Jessica Juarez- 6th, 7th  &  8th Grade

jjuarez@olmalibuschool.org

 

 

The advanced math program is designed to boost the math competency of our middle school students. This exciting and challenging program is taught by highly acclaimed mathematics experts. It is designed to prepare our students for high school, even college level programs.

 

"MathCounts Club"

Join our "MathCounts Club" and immerse yourself in the studies and competition of advanced math. Once a week after school join our Pepperdine connection to compete against other schools. This program is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math and love to be challenged.

 

Technology, STEM  & Robotics

Mr. Glen Sunyich

gsunyich@olmalibuschool.org 

 

Hi, my name is Glen Sunyich and I teach technology at Our Lady Of Malibu School. After graduation from Don Bosco Technical Institute I attended Cal Poly Pomona as a dual major in Engineering and Mathematics. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and taught undergraduate Calculus classes while working on my Masters degree in the mid 70’s. I attended graduate classes in Applied Mathematics at Northrop University and my Masters of Business administration at Pacific Coast College.

You can read Mr. Glen Sunyich's full bio below.

Technology when used effectively and implemented purposefully can transform how our students think and learn. Our program seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by engaging students in a hands on curriculum.

 

Lego Robotics - Offered for third and fourth grades.

VEX Robotics National Competition- offered for Middle school. Students are challenged with building a robot and designing and building a robot to compete against other teams. They are challenged through learning teamwork robotic skills and programming challenges.

 

 

Speech & Debate

Mr. Les Hardie

 

I'm very happy to be teaching another class in speech and debate at OLM. We had our first class last spring, which was so popular OLM decided to repeat it again this year. This year we are dividing speech and debate into separate classes, so the students will have more time to learn the basics and practice their assignments.


Several years ago, after practicing law for a really long time, I  became a senior advisor to the Chaminade Speech and Debate Team.  As a lawyer, I was always in court, arguing my case and trying to persuade the judge to rule in my client's favor. This convinced me of the importance of learning how to speak effectively, and how to argue persuasively. Teaching these skills to your students is my passion and pleasure. Speech and debate are fun, challenging, intellectually invigorating and life changing. Let's speak!

 

At Our Lady of Malibu School, we believe that through the human capacity of language, individuals participate with others in shaping their world.  We believe communication skills are essential for empowering youth to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and leaders in our global society. The advancement of these critical skills provide measurable growth in critical thinking, advocacy writing, research skills, creativity, and public speaking.  Through our curriculum, we commit to both Argument – expressing our faith in reason-giving as a key to that power, and Advocacy – expressing our faith in oral expression as a means to empower people in situations of their lives.   Our teaching seeks to prepare students through classrooms, forums, and competition for participation in their world.  We invest aggressively in a speech and debate club that learns, practices, and competes with other students.  

 

Music

Mr. Austin Trujillo

atrujillo@olmalibuschool.org

 

Austin Trujillo is a credentialed educator and has been an active professional musician and private instructor for the past fourteen years.  As a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, he holds a B.A. in Music from Pepperdine University where he studied violin performance and music theory/composition, acting as the concertmaster of the symphony from 2001-2003.  He has worked as a studio and session player for many top film and TV composers, music producers, recording artists and symphonies.  Since 2014, Mr. Trujillo has been working as a substitute teacher at Our Lady of Malibu School as well as the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.  He has two young children in local Malibu schools and is looking forward to an exciting year as the new music teacher at Our Lady of Malibu School.

Music fuels the mind thus our creativity and has the ability to make discoveries and create innovations. Artistic education developes the whole brain. The music department at Our Lady of Malibu School engages all students in grades kindergarten through eighth. We offer musical theatre productions as well as weekly music classes and orchestra. Students are often asked to perform at the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, Veteran's Day celebrations, Pepperdine's 75th Anniversary Celebration, and numerous community events. 

 

 

Foreign Languages

Mr. Austin Trujillo - Spanish

Mr. Ahmad Diba - French

Ms. Yun Ru - Mandarin

 

Spanish

Mr. Austin Trujillo - Spanish

 

Bio to come

French

Ahmad Diba - French

Mandarin

Yun Ru - Mandarin

Hi. My name is Yun Ru.  I have been teaching and tutoring Mandarin for 7 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Language Art from The Television University in China and an Associate’s Degree at Elementary Education. I also am certified and graduated from Startalk Professional Teacher Training Program in Mandarin.

 

I am continuing my education every summer to improve my teaching skills. I have been working for the Federal Found Program teaching underprivileged children Mandarin in south central and east LA every summer.

 

I have been teaching at OLM for five years. I love children and I have three of my own. I know every child has their own way to learn so I try to design the curriculum to fit everyone. I love to see a smile on their face while they are learning Mandarin!