Greeting from Dr. Andrea Kittelson
It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the principal of Walgrove. Walgrove is a vibrant community replete with positive energy, artistic and entrepreneurial exuberance and big dreams. I am excited about all that we will together create!
To share a bit about myself, I have an MFA in Theater, a Doctorate in Education, and I have been an educator for over 29 years, 20+ as a teacher and 9 an administrator. I have taught nearly all grades, K-12, and all subjects, from bilingual kindergarten in East Oakland to middle school math in Hayward to Advanced Placement English Literature at Beverly Hills High. As an administrator, I served at a charter span-school in Carson for a year, the juvenile court schools for the Los Angeles County Office of Education for three and a half years (acting as the lone on-site administrator for two and a half years, overseeing all aspects of instruction, including Special Education, and hosting over 250 IEP meetings), and now Walgrove for five years.
My passions include creativity, rigor, experimentation, entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary project-based work where students dream, discover, craft and create and ultimately become all they are meant to become.
It is a joy to be immersed in a place where the arts and humanities play a role in unmasking the complexities of math and science and where students are cultivated to become the skilled and confident leaders and collaborators of tomorrow.
I am thrilled to work in an environment where social-emotional growth is emphasized alongside academic prowess, recognizing that in addition to scholarship, students must build social skills and emotional intelligence in order to become truly great leaders poised to effect positive change in our ever-evolving global family.
With its Wildlands, STEAM Studio, Edible Garden, theater program, small burgeoning farm and myriad other offerings, I am convinced that Walgrove is the quintessential den of creativity and a truly unique place where children both flourish and are happy.
With great eagerness and enthusiasm, I look forward to another fantastic year with all of you. If you have any questions, concerns, ideas or dreams, please share them with me. I would love to hear from you.