Shana Gaviglio Kenney
Shana is a Marin County native with a dual teaching credential, including an Education Specialist Credential from Dominican University. Before founding All Children Academics, Shana worked in Bay Area public and private schools teaching Special Education to children from PreK through 5th grade. Shana spent many years preparing for All Children Academics by working and volunteering in many different educational settings. With much confidence and preparation, it was eventually time to venture off into owning and operating her own private school. The beginnings of All Children Academics started in a granny unit, in back of Shana’s home, on a 1/2 acre of land. Many of Shana’s current students followed her to her new program, leaving traditional schooling behind. Shana’s high energy, never-tiring nature and creative teaching philosophy attracted many new students to the small school. Shana kept designing, implementing and recreating new teaching materials and learning modalities, as well as developing a model for a bigger All Children Academics. Within no time, Shana was soon remodeling an old building in the Dominican neighborhood and designing it as the permanent home for All Children Academics.
As an educator and dreamer, Shana has always been an out-of-the-box thinker. She believes in pushing the limits and standards to improve each child’s education and each teacher’s abilities. Shana maintains the integrity of All Children Academics as a program where children can learn in a comfortable, natural and unique manner, and where children ARE expected to get dirty, get excited and learn at their own pace. Shana values her talented team of teachers and believes in current trainings, updated curriculums and modeling best practices. Shana’s ability to create close bonds and relationships with families is her most unique and valued characteristic. Anytime – day or night, weekend or holiday – you can find Shana at All Children Academics. She is always gardening, painting, creating new learning centers, designing curriculums or a new outdoor play area, or just enjoying the peaceful campus. Shana can often be seen out and about with her dog, Jagger, and daughter Emma. Shana is deeply involved in the special education community, both locally and nationally. Her goal is to always be improving, updating and maintaining the highest standards at All Children Academics.
Miss Cathy comes to ACA with over 15 years of teaching in traditional elementary school classrooms, private tutoring, and helping students meet IEP goals. Cathy’s extensive experience in education allows her to reach our variety of learners through multiple modalities. Cathy works with ACA’s students individually to advance them in reading, writing, and expression. Included in Cathy’s teachings are online reading programs that allow for parent involvement; direct access to student reports, benchmarks and assessments. Cathy’s calm nature makes learning safe and enjoyable for her students, they can’t wait for their private reading time with Miss Cathy!
Kathryn enters her fifth year at ACA as an early intervention educator. Kathryn holds an early childhood education permit with a focus on children 3-7 years old. Before teaching at All Children Academics, Kathryn taught in a first grade classroom where she gained experience teaching to the California Academic Content Standards. Upon employment at ACA Kathryn engrossed herself in multiple trainings, workshops, and education in relation to special education. Kathryn has become well versed in educating her students in the Zones of Regulation, Kimochis, Michelle Garcia Winners Social Thinking, ABA (including feeding therapy) and Floortime. Kathryn uses the GLAD teaching method to reach her students by delivering academic content and language, while using an integrated literacy approach.
Kathryn brings a soft confidence when working with children, engaging them in literature, academics and imaginative play. When Kathryn is not buried in a book, her time is spent working away in the kitchen, baking any and all things sweet and tasty.
Head Classroom Teacher: 1st-3rd Grade
Personal Emphasis: Gross and Fine Motor Groups, Positive Behavior Plans & Academic Creativity.
Miss Rosie continues to show her passion in special education by constantly advancing her education and trainings. Rosie has been dedicated to special education and learning new techniques to positively influence class participation, self-esteem, and social emotional development. Rosie brings a strong passion for the importance of motor development and kinesthetics in the classroom. Rosie’s skills benefit students in providing them with increased movement through simple and thoughtful techniques from programs like Brain Gym. Through Rosie’s powerful teachings, students benefit from increased visual, auditory, and language skills. Rosie’s commitment to social and emotional development and positive behavior plans, maintain consistency and positive behavior replacement. Rosie’s dedication and commitment to her students is evident in her non-stop learning and updates in the classroom. When Rosie isn’t teaching, you can find her at a Giant’s game, teaching volleyball, and enjoying her family.
Head Classroom Teacher: 4th/5th Grade
Personal Emphasis: Community Projects, Science, Technology and Individualized Lesson Planning.
Miss Jessica returns to ACA for her second year of hands-on teaching. Jessica brings a calm confidence to the classroom engaging our oldest students in a variety of curriculums to meet each of their learning needs. Jessica uses technology to engage her students through research based projects, blogging, creating videos, and much more! Jessica sees each student as an unique individual and tailors lessons to their individualized needs and interests. Jessica encourages her students to express themselves through multiple modalities; art, music and written expression. Jessica uses field trips to engage her students in hands on learning on a weekly basis. Jessica is a gem. Her ability to connect with each of her students and allow for different personalities to shine is truly a gift.
Social Skills Instructor
Personal Emphasis: Social Pragmatics, ABA, Son Rise Technique, Art & Kinestetics
Miss Alonna is a graduate top of her class from Sonoma State and the highly esteemed CATS program. (Collaborative Autism Trainings and Support Program). Alonna’s strong background in Autism and Behavioral Therapy, shows in her treatment of students using the son rise program, ABA, and social and emotional development. Alonna brings a strong kinesthetic and motor background, using her strengths as a special needs swim instructor, yoga guru, and avid hiker. Alonna’s teachings include expressive art therapy which she uses as a great way to connect and engage with children allowing them another “language” to express themselves. The CATS program started Alonna’s work with children on the Autism Spectrum and brought her to ACA where she did a year internship, before being hired on as a full time instructor. Alonna has a sweet and calm demeanor, with ever lasting patience, and creative teachings. ACA is lucky to have found Alonna and her commitment to early intervention.
Personal Emphasis: Motor Groups, Social Skills, & Creative Art
Miss Sia is in tune with our student’s feelings, needs, and connects with them in a playful way. Sia’s always happy, patient nature makes her a wonderful addition to our classroom. You can always find Sia playing a board game, completing an art project, or organizing an outdoor game. Sia is actively involved with children year round. She is constantly increasing her classroom skills by attending motor development sessions, tutoring elementary school aged children, and working as a camp counselor at the Greek Orthodox over summer and breaks. We are thrilled to have Miss Sia back for another school year!
Instructional Aide and Art Teacher
Miss Claire is a true delight! Her kindness and compassion for children radiates to all those around her. Miss Claire joins us for her second year at All Children Academics, bringing her artistic passion and education into our classrooms. Claire uses art as a form of expression, to help our quietest of students find their voice. Claire expands upon each art project depending on each child’s interests and abilities. Claire is that teacher that always has a group of students around her, as she makes everyone feel they are special.
Miss Adair comes to us as a gift. She brings a multitude of skills, knowledge and experience with children of all ages. Miss Adair has the ability to connect with any child or animal. She has taught our entire school how to care for and learn from each other. Miss Adair’s positive energy fills a room and brightens a child day. Miss Adair is present in every moment. She appreciates, and divulges herself in children and best educational practices.