Your Learning CoLab Staff & Educators

Shanel Chavers

Shanel Chavers

Educational Coordinator

Ms Shanel previously worked at iLead Encino and is a passionate, creative, organized and engaging personality who absolutely loves our kids and has a huge impact on them. She is originally from Buffalo, New York and loves music (she performs with various musical projects) and is the type of person who takes her experience from each year of working with kids and constantly upgrades for the next year. She already has great suggestions for us and will be the glue that keeps it all together as she will be on premises with us full time working with our facilitators and specialists to bring it all together.

Tess Wilson (Neumann)

Tess Wilson (Neumann)

Teacher

From the time I was a little girl, I have wanted to be a teacher! My dream came true when I received my teaching credential from Cal State Northridge in 2012. I was raised in Sherman Oaks and attended Adat Ari El Day School. Little did I know that around 10 years after graduating, I would be teaching kindergarten in the same classroom I was a student. I have taught in many different settings, ranging from a traditional classroom setting to a homeschool environment, as well as working with children one-on-one in their homes. This past academic school year, I instructed four iLEAD Encino kindergarteners twice a week in a homeschool setting. I love to spend time with my family and friends, teach, be active, and travel. I am passionate about empowering learners to reach their highest potential, accepting children for who they are, encouraging their curiosity, celebrating their individuality, and teaching them in a way that meets their specific needs.

Cristy Granados

Cristy Granados

Teachers Assistant

Originally from El Salvador. I graduated from the Teacher Training University of El Salvador in 1992, and worked for ten years as an elementary school teacher in my home country. I moved to the United States in 2002 and attended school to study Child Development. I worked as a Spanish teacher for several years teaching private classes, in a Spanish immersion program, and in Spanish summer camp. I believe that when working with children, the most important skills to have are patience, love and passion which I have learned from dedicating half of my life to teaching. It is truly enjoyable!

I am thankful for the opportunity to work as the TA at the Learning CoLab and I feel so lucky to be part of such a great team.