Staff Gift Ideas
Our generous families often ask what our teachers would like to have as a gift so that they may best tailor presents for them. In order to make it easier on you, below is a list of teacher and staff personal preferences and dislikes. In no way do we want you to feel obligated to give a gift! But for those of you who would like some gift ideas for easier shopping, please see below! We will do our best to keep this list updated. Thank you!
Ms. Sanchez (K) - Loves all foods: brownies, chocolate chip cookies, Doritos, popcorn, sugar cookies, and Z-bars, but dislikes all mint things! Also enjoys the scents of cinnamon, coconut, pumpkin, and vanilla. She collects hats, and enjoys dancing, Hip-Hop, drawing, going to the movies, hiking, ice skating, and writing. Favorite music genres are Bachata, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Merengue, Rap, Rock, R&B, Salsa, and Soul. Prefers Amazon gift cards and Disney, Gap, Nike, and Target stores. Loves coffee, tea, water, books, massages, and plants!
Mrs. Voloshin (K) - Loves chocolate, coffee, candy, and especially oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! But dislikes cinnamon in all foods or scents. Enjoys all types of music. Allergic to cats! Likes mani/pedis and massages. Prefers gift cards from Starbucks, Target, or Nordstrom.
Mrs. Powers (K Asst.) - Loves Pasta/seafood/steak/chocolates/Starbucks/popcorn/ice cream, but dislikes soft-centered chocolates. Dislikes strong smelling scents, but likes the light smells of Peony / Flowers. Enjoys gardening and collects orchids / inside/outside plants / flowers / things for a garden or patio. Enjoys music, books, and movies involving any kind of love/romantic story / real life / Disney / animals. Likes massages, mani-pedis. Likes VISA gift cards.
Ms. Chan (K Asst.) - Loves Japanese and Thai food, and dark chocolate chips. Likes the smell of lavender, sea breeze, and vanilla. She collects candles, plants, seashells, and vases. Her hobbies are dancing, singing, swimming, and travelling. Her favorite stores are Banana Republic, Safeway, and Trader Joe's. She drinks coffee and tea; ginger lemon tea and hot chocolate being her favorites.
Ms. Yakas (1st Asst.) - Likes Bark things, Oreo thin mint cookies, dark chocolate covered almonds, pita chips, and trail mix. Likes to drink coffee, tea, and coke. Likes the smell of roses, sea cotton blossom, and cherry blossom, but nothing with fruit or vegetable smells. She's a big fan of Stitch, Beauty and the Beast, and Tinkerbell, and collects crystals, make-up, and sea shells. She enjoys boxing, Jiu Jitsu, running, hula and Tahitian dancing, and drawing. She likes Hip Hop, R&B, Musical Theater music, Rock, and the Beatles, and adventure, comedy, or musical movies. Gift cards she likes are: Amazon, Target, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and See's Candy. She enjoys movies, books, massage, plants, and mani/pedis, but is really into musical theater, travelling, and playing with her puppy.
Mrs. Burleson (1st) - Likes to work out, go to the beach, read, hike, and crochet! Likes to drink coffee, white/red wine. Likes plants. Likes massages. Does not like pork products or the smell of vanilla; Does like lemongrass. Prefers gift cards from Amazon and Target.
(1st) - Likes tea, white/red wine, Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mint), peanut M&M's, Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and spicy hot Cheetos. Does not like raisins.
Likes the smell of lavender and peppermint. Does not like the smell of licorice or vinegar.
She enjoys books and movies (Disney) as well as massages, mani/pedis, traveling, badminton, and trying out new restaurants. She collects memories.
Mrs. Fong (1st Asst.) - Likes coffee, tea, dark chocolate, and popcorn. Dislikes anything spicy/hot or sour. Likes the scents of fruit/citrus, vanilla, and mint. Dislikes the scents of patchouli or anything musky. Enjoys cooking and baking. Likes gift cards from Target, Amazon, Safeway or Lucky.
Ms. Nicholes (2nd) - Loves books, massage, mani-pedis, coffee, tea, red/white wine, Aunty Anne Pretzels, M&M's, fruit snacks, and any snack from Trader Joes (like Penguin Bellies!). Likes the smell of the ocean and pine trees. Enjoys scuba diving, reading, roller derby, working out, running, yoga, meditation, cooking, and collecting crystals. Enjoys the music/movies: Vance Joy, K Flay, Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Dislikes dried fruit in general, and it may seem strange being that she is a teacher, but she is allergic to apples! She requests, "Please, no plants." Also, she'll really enjoy gift cards from East West Bookstore, Therapy store, Target, Starbucks, and Michaels.
Ms. Baradaran (2nd/3rd Asst.) - Loves dried fruits & nuts, and Mediterranean foods, but dislikes burgers, chocolate, and bitter, spicy foods. Likes the scent of Jasmine, listening to pop music, and collects mugs. Her hobbies are hiking, kayaking, skiing, and swimming. She enjoys gift cards from Amazon, Bath and Body Works, Macy's, Sephora, and Target. She also drinks coffee and tea, and likes books and movies.
Ms. Carr (2nd/3rd Asst.) - Loves sandwiches, mac & cheese, and Annie's Chocolate Chip Bunny Grahams! Also enjoys broccoli, chicken, french fries, pasta, peach ring candies, pickles, and salami. She likes the color blue, the scent after it rains, the scent of bubble gum, the smell of Fall, and any music, except Country and Rap. Favorite books are classic literature and murder mysteries, favorite movie is Spider-Man: Homecoming, and favorite TV shows are Law & Order: SVU, Reign, and the Ghost Whisperer. She collects pens, loves penguins, loves Disney, and her hobbies are cross stitching and embroidery. Allergic to all types of NUTS. Likes Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ikea, Old Navy, and Target. She drinks coffee/tea and enjoys mani/pedis.
Ms. Quan (3rd) - Loves bubble/boba tea, coffee (Philz #1), fresh fruit, apple-filled pasties, and Japanese Kit-Kats. Dislikes assorted chocolate truffles, anything with peanut butter, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, or pecans because she is allergic to nuts- specifically walnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, and pecans, also nickel and cats! Enjoys plants, massages, cafe-style Jazz or Bossa Nova, digital drawing, video games, and arts & crafts. Favorite scents: fruity/citrus (especially grapefruit, blood orange, and berry), fresh (ocean), warm and spicy. Least favorite scents: tobacco, and overly sweet florals.
Collects fancy tea cups, and hidden mickey Disney enamel pins. She appreciates anything and everything!
Mr. Dyson (4th) - Mr. Dyson likes books, music, and Philz Coffee, niche apple varieties, dried fruit, and beef jerky. He’s not a fan of sweets (except for pecan pie). He loves local bookstores like Bird and Becket or Dog Eared Books. He enjoys going to movies when there is something good out. He loves surfing and supporting shops like Aqua Surf Shop. He is also a sucker for shoes, clothes, and accessories.
Ms. Aldrich-Meeks (5th) - Loves Soul food and Chinese food, almond M&M's, Godiva chocolates, Starbucks, popcorn, tea, and anything peach. Dislikes dark chocolate, coffee, and curry. Collects cards, candles, and pictures. Likes the scents of peach, vanilla, lavender, floral, but least of all: orange. She loves doing community service for non-profits, going to the spa, writing, watching movies, and traveling near the water. Likes massages and mani/pedis. Enjoys R&B, Soul, and Gospel music. Favorite movies: Love & Basketball, 5 Heartbeats. Likes gift cards from Amazon, TJ Maxx, Target, and Walmart.
Mr. Young (4th/5th Asst.) - Especially likes boba, welch's fruit snacks, and burgers. Allergic to seafood. Loves Star Wars and Harry Potter stuff, photography, baseball, movies/music from the 80's-00's ("oldies"), and anything that smells of mint. Of all the gift cards, he prefers Apple or Amazon.
Mrs. Valladares (6-8th) - Loves chocolate covered gummy bears, BBQ chips, skinny popcorn, Have'a Corn Chips, Powerberries (Trader Joes), Indian and Mexican food. Likes coffee and tea. Dislikes anything with corn, soy, melon, or nuts, because she is allergic to soy, melon, nuts, and peanuts. Likes the smell of jasmine, light florals, or fresh scents. Dislikes vanilla or heavy scents. Collects cool copies of Pride and Prejudice (favorite book) and cooking/baking tools because she likes to read, cook, and bake. Music/Movie loves: Adele, One Republic, Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, North & South. Likes massages and mani/pedis. Likes gift cards to Starbucks, Amazon, Old Navy, and Target.
Mr. Trapasso (6-8th) - Likes music (singer/songwriter), books, Peets gift cards, and black tea.
Mr. Yurman-Glaser (6-8th) - Loves music, amazon.com gift cards, coffee, tea, and other drinks. Enjoys eating and playing guitar, books, plants, and movies. Does not like tomatoes.
Ms. Yamanoha (6-8th/ Asst. V.P.) - Has become an aspiring gardener during Covid times and collects unique succulents/cactuses. Also collects cool pieces of art/ jewelry. Enjoys hot yoga, wine-tasting, new restaurants, social media, massages, and mani/pedis. Likes gift cards to Amazon, Target, and DoorDash. Loves Coca-Cola mini cans, coffee, anything lemon-flavored, breakfasty foods of all types, or anything with acai-berries or dark chocolate. A good old-fashioned beans, rice, and cheese burrito will also do the trick! Likes students, but won't eat them. Dislikes cilantro, mango, seafood, chicken, and artificial flavorings. Likes the smell of sage, palo santo, fresh oranges, night blooming jasmine, and cotton candy. Dislikes heavy/strong scents. Can't have candles due to cats. Also, collects cats.
Ms. Manuel (6-8th Asst.) - Likes brussels sprouts, Cheese-Its, In-N-Out Burgers, pasta, pizza, sushi, white cheddar popcorn, coffee, matcha, tea, and super spicy food!!! Enjoys the smell of chocolate, lavender, maple syrup, and marshmallows. Enjoys reading, baking, and painting. Prefers receiving books or gift cards to Amazon, Bath and Body Works, Barnes and Noble, Forever 21, Ikea, In-N-Out, Starbucks, Target, and Trader Joe's. She collects Peppa Pig stickers and candles. Her hobbies are baking, gardening, hiking, knitting, and painting. Her favorite music is Hannah Montana, The Jonas Brothers, and K-POP. Allergic to pollen.
Sr. Cohen (Spanish - 2-8th) - Likes spicy, vegetarian foods, nut butters, healthy trail mix, organic fruits, spicy dips, music, green tea, traveling, reading, dining out, movies, running, biking. Does not like coffee.
Ms. Kitty (Music- K-8th & Spanish - K-2) - Likes vegetarian foods - Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian. Does not eat meat or fish. Likes citrus scents and not the smell of socks! Prefers gift cards to Target, Costco, Amazon, Starbucks, and Peet's. She collects little, music-related things, Totoro, anything cat, dog, and cockatiel related.
(Art - K-8th) - Likes banana bread and carrot cake, but not tofu!
Enjoys the scent of jasmine and lychee, but not skunks.
She collects art books and prefers gift cards from Amazon, Peet's, and Target. She also enjoys coffee, tea, books, and plants.
Mr. Dela Cruz (Technology) - Likes Auntie Anne's almond pretzels, movies, traveling, H&M, coffee, tea, and other drinks, along with the color black.
Mr. Marquez (Head of Information Technology) - Likes Starbucks cards, massages, movies, baklava, and Mediterranean food.
Mr. La Spina (Head of Maintenance) - Loves Italian food, and his favorite colors are blue and green! His favorite snacks are chocolate cookies or biscotti & coffee, his favorite scents are cinnamon and citrus, and his favorite music is Scotch/Irish/Andean. His favorite animals are birds and wild butterflies, his favorite book is Don Quixote, and he likes to watch nature/science documentaries. He drinks coffee, scotch, and wine, and when he gets stressed out, he runs, but his hobby is to listen to music and relax.
Mr. Lee (Extended Care Director) - Likes spicy foods, coffee, tea, juice, movies, books, and going out to eat. Does not like ginger or parsley. Collects Sci-Fi and enjoys working on models. Enjoys gift cards to Target.
Mr. Willson (Office Manager) - Likes sweet and salty things like butter-toffee peanuts, yogurt pretzels, and caramel & cheese popcorn. Loves white chocolate, but can't have too much sugar. Enjoys playing video games and Dungeons & Dragons, and likes gift cards for restaurants, Nintendo, and Steam. Does not eat spicy food or drink coffee.
Ms. Leonard (Vice Principal) - Likes Mexican, Thai, and Japanese foods, plants, flowers, cooking, gardening, Rock and 80's Alternative music, mani/pedis, books, movies, decaf coffee, and tea. Enjoys gift cards to Starbucks, Peets, or Target.
Ms. Clayton (Principal) - Likes coffee (vanilla lattes), books (fantasy, sci fi, memoirs, true crime(!), pedagogy), movies, music, musicals, yogurt pretzels, the scents: vanilla and cinnamon, the color blue. Does not like scents that are too fruity, strong floral, patchouli, cigarette smoke! Enjoys gift cards to Starbucks, Target, and Amazon. Allergic to chocolate.