Mr. Austin Trujillo
Austin Trujillo is a credentialed educator and has been an active professional musician and private instructor for the past sixteen 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 2015, Mr. Trujillo has been working as a music and Spanish teacher at Our Lady of Malibu School. He has two young children in local Malibu schools and is looking forward to an exciting year 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 musical instrumental instruction 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 other community events.
Mr. John Meyers
Hi. I am "Coach" John Meyers. Feel free to call me “Coach”. This coming year is my20th year at OLM, 30th year teaching in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I taught previously at St. Martin of Tours School in Brentwood and St. James the Less School in La Crescenta.
I am a local product - I grew up in Pacific Palisades, attended Canyon Elementary School, Paul Revere Junior High School (now known as Paul Revere Middle School) and Palisades High School. After a short stint at Santa Monica College, I graduated from U.C.L.A. (sorry, Mr.Smith) and earned my California Teaching Credential at Cal State Northridge.
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All of our student athletes gain valuable life skills through participation in our athletic program. Our Lady of Malibu School actively participates in a number of team sports. As part of individual growth, we believe our sports activities assist with general health management, problem solving skills, self-esteem, social competence, and even academic achievement. Each year, our students take to the fields and courts competing in a variety of sports each season. We have recently excelled in Girls Volleyball and co-ed Track competitions. Many of our students are also very involved in district-wide athletic programs.
Mrs. Patrice Wachs
My name is Patrice Wachs and I currently teach art at OLM School to grades K through 5th as well as several electives to grades 6-8, including Studio Art, Ceramics and Digital Photography.
I believe God has given each of us the gift of creativity and my goal is to help each student find their creative gifts as well as use those gifts to enrich the lives of others.
I was born in Hawaii but grew up in Oregon. I was raised a Catholic and attended Catholic school until 8th grade. I graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Art
(painting and ceramics) and a BS in Elementary Education.
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At Our Lady of Malibu School, the creative activities of our Art program provide critical building blocks in our child’s development. We are devoted not only to the refinement of visual skills, but to the cultivation of the mind. Specific areas of development include the refinement of motor skills (through painting and drawing), the strengthening of problem solving and critical thinking skills, and overall increased innovation through expression and the art creation that carry into their adult lives. Students must bring creative force and imagination to their own development, where through our activities, we stimulate and appreciate their quality. We have adopted the Meet the Masters Program as part of our art curriculum - a very successful program that introduces our students to Master artists, teaches them the techniques which made the art revolutionary, and leads the students on a step-by-step journey through the art project in a studio setting.
Pepperdine University, committed to the highest academic excellence and Christian values, is located across the street from Our Lady of Malibu School. Through professors whose children attend OLM, students and alumni, Pepperdine has afforded our students the opportunity to utilize its exceptional resources.
Some of the activities that our students enjoy are conducting experiments in the Biology Lab with Dr. Tom Vandergon, participating in mock trials at the School of Law, performing at special events such as the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Pepperdine, and, we’ve used their exceptional tennis facilities for several fundraisers.
Dr. Theresa Flynn, an English professor, has been instrumental in conducting teacher training in language arts at OLM focusing on writing and rubric development.
Our continued relationship with Pepperdine University has had an invaluable impact on our students as well as our school.
Eat A Rainbow™
Nutrition plays a crucial role in the developmental, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes in children. Our Lady of Malibu School has implemented a program called Eat a RainbowNutrition Program. The Eat a Rainbow™ Nutrition Program is designed to teach children how to make healthy food choices and to develop good life-long eating habits. A primary focus of Eat a Rainbow™ is to encourage children to eat a wide variety of darkly colored fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Darkly colored fruits and vegetables are loaded with phytochemicals that boost our immune system and protect against chronic disease and cancer. Our students are taught the importance of eating healthy and our school strives to maintain this philosophy.