Welcome to the Kindergarten
Our goal for kindergarten is to provide your child with a strong foundation of both academic and social skills while also promoting a love of learning. By the end of the year, children know about letters, words, and sounds and apply this knowledge to read and write simple sentences. They can relate an experience or creative story in a logical sequence. They understand small numbers, quantities, and simple shapes in their everyday environment as well as count, compare, describe and sort objects, and develop a sense of properties and patterns through art and other multisensory activities.
Please feel free to download and read the New Kinder Parent Info packet.
Meet the Teachers
At Pali we are so fortunate to have a great group of kindergarten teachers who inspire, encourage and challenge our students to be the best that they can be. Our wonderful teachers are:
Alexis Bourne has been teaching for almost two decades, with the last eight years here at Pali. She's taught from Kindergarten to sixth grade; she's also a Reading Recovery Teacher.
She has a Masters in Special Education--in the past she has taught Deaf and hard-of-hearing
students. Her first school memory is being sent home on the wrong bus on the first day of
Ms. Muscarella and Ms. Yamamoto
Ms. Muscarella and Ms. Yamamoto love collaborating their work with their shared Kindergarten classroom. The
two teachers are in constant communication, so their students experience a seamless transition between
the two and benefit from each of their teachers' strengths. They also really understand young children
because they both have two of their own at home. Together they bring over 25 years of experience to the
Originally from Upstate New York, Mrs. Muscarella has taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past 9 years. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degree from the State University of New York at Oswego moving to Southern California shortly thereafter to begin her teaching career. The majority of the past decade, Mrs. Muscarella has taught both Kindergarten and First grades in South Los Angeles. She is really looking forward to teaching in the wonderful environment that Pali brings to the students.
Mrs. Muscarella employs hands-on lessons to help students comprehend and retain many of the academic skills and concepts they learn. She likes her students to see, hear, and feel what they are learning. She strongly believes that learning should be fun for students. Mrs. Muscarella's favorite subject is Reading, and she enjoys sharing this passion with her students.
Elsa Yamamoto was born and raised in Los Angeles. She earned her teaching credential from UC Irvine and later earned a Masters in English from CSUN. She taught third grade for 5 years in Orange County. After missing living in L.A., she moved back to her hometown and started teaching at Pali and has taught third, fourth, second, and kindergarten for the last 13 years there. On her free time, she likes to travel, do arts and crafts, play '80s music on her guitar, and hang out with her husband, daughter, and son.
Anna Martinez-Mollica was born and raised in Los Angeles. Anna's received a Bachelors degree in Liberal studies with a concentration in child development. She received her Multiple Subject teaching credential and then Completed her Master's degree in Teaching and Curriculum. For the last 11 years she's taught a variety of grades, but finds her passion in working with Kindergarten.
When Mr. Walker was very young, he decided that he quite liked elementary school and never wanted to leave. Fast forward many years and Mr. Walker has certainly made good on that promise to himself. He is married to a talented chef, has two wonderful children and two vocal cats. Mr. Walker is a graduate of Humboldt Sate University. (Go, Lumberjacks!) Most days after school you can find Mr. Walker washing off the stress of the day at either Sunset or Topanga.