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Summer Seminar Course Catalog

Course Catalog - Please review our Course Catalog with course descriptions below. You will find individual courses listed in the "Read More" Section. Each session has a grade range designation (6th - 12th), (6th - 8th) or (9th - 12th) and a corresponding time slot A, B, or C. 

Course Catalog for Week 1: July 11-15

List of 10 items.

  • Mr. Andrew Hasson

    Andrew Hasson is Woodside Priory School's athletic trainer. He has been working at Woodside Priory for over seven years now, keeping athletes safe and healthy throughout their sports seasons. Injuries can be a part of sports, and although they are sometimes difficult to deal with, he is the one to help athletes get through them.
    Andrew Hasson has worked with many different sports at various levels, including collegiate and professional levels. Andrew has played sports all his life and has a passion for helping students pursue their athletic goals. Andrew hopes to see you in one of his seminars, where you will learn more about the field of athletic training!
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  • Ms. Jill Elfishawy

    Jill Elfishawy joined the Priory community in 2013. She helped build the Franklin Garden Program and has watched it blossom and grow over the past decade. Her background is in the culinary arts and landscape design with baking and ServSafe certifications. She teaches Plant to Plate, Cultural Cooking, and Discourse of Dining. Her courses highlight the importance of growing what you eat and sustainable food systems. Teaching brings her immense fulfillment, and she loves nourishing students' minds and bellies.
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  • Mr. John Sugden

    John Sugden is entering his 20th year teaching at Woodside Priory and can’t imagine a better place in which to make the collaborative creative madness that is theater. A graduate of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts (BFA cum laude), he later received his MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and taught for nine years in ACT’s renowned Young Conservatory while teaching, acting, directing, and playwriting throughout the Bay Area.  A strong focus on “playing and doing” permeates these classes. His most significant focus is building an atmosphere of trust, support, fearless exploration, and creative risk-taking so that students find themselves doing work that surprises them.
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  • Mr. David Moseley

    David Moseley is the Assistant Athletic Director, Middle School PE Teacher, and All Sports Coach. He also has significant knowledge of all things collectibles. David Moseley was previously the marketing director of streetball.com and works with another former Stanford hoops standout Ryan Mendez. Moseley also coaches an AAU team with Weems at the Kris Weems Academy. 
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  • Ms. Tess Tran

    Tess Tran teaches English to sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Priory. Courses that she’s taught include Poetry, Short Stories, Literature Through the Camera Lens, and the Culture of Competition. Her favorite works to study highlight the intersection between different art forms, for example, jazz poetry or impressionist prose. Students in her classes have choreographed dances to poems, crafted sculpture essays, and created films to serve as epilogues to graphic novels. She’s also a big fan of applying critical lenses to pop culture. Everything we consume mirrors and shapes our values and perspectives: anything from memes to children’s books to Oscar-winning films merits our consideration! 
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  • Ms. Treahna Franco

    Treahna Franco has worked in schools for over five years in various roles: teacher, coach, and counselor. She has taught English Language Arts to students all over California and most recently has moved into a Wellness Counselor position at Woodside Priory. Treahna loves working with students and found that all students desire someone to listen, and that is where her transition from classroom teaching into a counselor role took place. She graduated with a Masters in Clinical Counseling from the University of San Francisco and supported survivors of domestic abuse before transitioning back into supporting school students. She is delighted to have found a home at Priory and looks forward to seeing faces in her seminars this summer.
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  • Ms. Sarah Sanchez

    Ms. Sanchez has studied Mandarin for ten years and has taught the language for four. She lived in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for a year in 2017 as an English teacher. Ms. Sanchez is expecting a baby boy in September. 
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  • Mr. David Rafoni

    David Rafoni has been a French and Philosophy Teacher at Woodside Priory School for the last six years; he taught before at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, UC Berkeley (as a Graduate Student Instructor), and at the Alliance française. In a nutshell, David has been a teacher all his life. He has a passion for International news.
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  • Ms. Hessen Ghazal PhD

    My name is Hessen Camille Ghazal. I have a degree from Lyon, France, teaching French as a second language, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in French and Educational Administration from Andrews University. I am a credentialed teacher in France and California. I took pastry classes in “Ecole Le Nôtre” in France. I have taught French at Stanford University, Andrews University and Academy, the Alliance Francaise, and the Collège Protestant Français. I have tutored and still tutor students and adults at all levels and with diverse cultural backgrounds. I have been teaching at Woodside Priory since 2015. My passion is to be in the classroom, interact with the students, and instill a love for the French language in a stress-free environment. I enjoy baking, cooking, listening to classical and French music, reading, and traveling in my spare time.
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  • Ms. Jing Wu

    Ms. Wu studied education at Stanford University and employs a wide array of student-centered methods in her classrooms. These include an emphasis on conversation skills and various levels of hands-on learning through fun games and exciting projects. Ms. Wu incorporates heritage speakers as leaders in her classes and provides well-crafted and differentiated materials to accelerate and maintain student learning to the fullest.
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Course Catalog for Week 2: July 18-22

List of 11 items.

  • Ms. Lisa Wood

    Lisa Wood is a middle school science and ceramics teacher at Priory. She has been an educator for over 20 years and brings her passion for science as well as her love of ceramics to her students. Come and get creative this summer in one of her hands-on classes.
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  • Ms. Reed Easley Sullivan

    Reed Easley Sullivan is a metalsmith, product designer, and community arts coordinator. She can't decide which aspect of metalworking she likes the most, but topping the list is forging iron and pouring molten metal. Some of her favorite things to make are kitchen utensils and items that commemorate special events like weddings. She loves to plan and coordinate projects that show off the visual voices and talents of those who want to get involved. You can see her work and the incredible work of her students on her website. reedeasley.com
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  • Ms. Kathy Gonzalez

    Kathy Gonzalez has just completed her 31st year teaching English in both public and independent high schools. Her first loves are literature, writing, and the teaching of writing, and she has worked extensively with the San Jose Area Writing Project. Kathy has also published a number of articles or chapters about teaching as well as seven books about the people of Venice, Italy. It is her passion for Venetian historical women that she will share in her "Redefining Beauty" course. For relaxation, Kathy gardens, does yoga, dances, travels, reads, and sews, including embroidery work, which she will present in the "Embroidered Heart" class.
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  • Ms. Jill Elfishawy

    Jill Elfishawy joined the Priory community in 2013. She helped build the Franklin Garden Program and has watched it blossom and grow over the past decade. Her background is in the culinary arts and landscape design with baking and ServSafe certifications. She teaches Plant to Plate, Cultural Cooking, and Discourse of Dining. Her courses highlight the importance of growing what you eat and sustainable food systems. Teaching brings her immense fulfillment, and she loves nourishing students' minds and bellies.
    Read More
  • Mr. Andrew Hasson

    Andrew Hasson is Woodside Priory School's athletic trainer. He has been working at Woodside Priory for over seven years now, keeping athletes safe and healthy throughout their sports seasons. Injuries can be a part of sports, and although they are sometimes difficult to deal with, he is the one to help athletes get through them.
    Andrew Hasson has worked with many different sports at various levels, including collegiate and professional levels. Andrew has played sports all his life and has a passion for helping students pursue their athletic goals. Andrew hopes to see you in one of his seminars, where you will learn more about the field of athletic training!
    Read More
  • Ms. Hessen Ghazal PhD

    My name is Hessen Camille Ghazal. I have a degree from Lyon, France, teaching French as a second language, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in French and Educational Administration from Andrews University. I am a credentialed teacher in France and California. I took pastry classes in “Ecole Le Nôtre” in France. I have taught French at Stanford University, Andrews University and Academy, the Alliance Francaise, and the Collège Protestant Français. I have tutored and still tutor students and adults at all levels and with diverse cultural backgrounds. I have been teaching at Woodside Priory since 2015. My passion is to be in the classroom, interact with the students, and instill a love for the French language in a stress-free environment. I enjoy baking, cooking, listening to classical and French music, reading, and traveling in my spare time.
    Read More
  • Ms. Sarah Sanchez

    Ms. Sanchez has studied Mandarin for ten years and has taught the language for four. She lived in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for a year in 2017 as an English teacher. Ms. Sanchez is expecting a baby boy in September. 
    Read More
  • Mr. David Rafoni

    David Rafoni has been a French and Philosophy Teacher at Woodside Priory School for the last six years; he taught before at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, UC Berkeley (as a Graduate Student Instructor), and at the Alliance française. In a nutshell, David has been a teacher all his life. He has a passion for International news.
    Read More
  • Mr. John Sugden

    John Sugden is entering his 20th year teaching at Woodside Priory and can’t imagine a better place in which to make the collaborative creative madness that is theater. A graduate of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts (BFA cum laude), he later received his MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and taught for nine years in ACT’s renowned Young Conservatory while teaching, acting, directing, and playwriting throughout the Bay Area.  A strong focus on “playing and doing” permeates these classes. His most significant focus is building an atmosphere of trust, support, fearless exploration, and creative risk-taking so that students find themselves doing work that surprises them.
    Read More
  • Ms. Treahna Franco

    Treahna Franco has worked in schools for over five years in various roles: teacher, coach, and counselor. She has taught English Language Arts to students all over California and most recently has moved into a Wellness Counselor position at Woodside Priory. Treahna loves working with students and found that all students desire someone to listen, and that is where her transition from classroom teaching into a counselor role took place. She graduated with a Masters in Clinical Counseling from the University of San Francisco and supported survivors of domestic abuse before transitioning back into supporting school students. She is delighted to have found a home at Priory and looks forward to seeing faces in her seminars this summer.
    Read More
  • Ms. Jing Wu

    Ms. Wu studied education at Stanford University and employs a wide array of student-centered methods in her classrooms. These include an emphasis on conversation skills and various levels of hands-on learning through fun games and exciting projects. Ms. Wu incorporates heritage speakers as leaders in her classes and provides well-crafted and differentiated materials to accelerate and maintain student learning to the fullest.
    Read More

Course Catalog for Week 3: July 25-29

List of 8 items.

  • Ms. Kathy Gonzalez

    Kathy Gonzalez has just completed her 31st year teaching English in both public and independent high schools. Her first loves are literature, writing, and the teaching of writing, and she has worked extensively with the San Jose Area Writing Project. Kathy has also published a number of articles or chapters about teaching as well as seven books about the people of Venice, Italy. It is her passion for Venetian historical women that she will share in her "Redefining Beauty" course. For relaxation, Kathy gardens, does yoga, dances, travels, reads, and sews, including embroidery work, which she will present in the "Embroidered Heart" class.
    Read More
  • Ms. Jill Elfishawy

    Jill Elfishawy joined the Priory community in 2013. She helped build the Franklin Garden Program and has watched it blossom and grow over the past decade. Her background is in the culinary arts and landscape design with baking and ServSafe certifications. She teaches Plant to Plate, Cultural Cooking, and Discourse of Dining. Her courses highlight the importance of growing what you eat and sustainable food systems. Teaching brings her immense fulfillment, and she loves nourishing students' minds and bellies.
    Read More
  • Ms. Treahna Franco

    Treahna Franco has worked in schools for over five years in various roles: teacher, coach, and counselor. She has taught English Language Arts to students all over California and most recently has moved into a Wellness Counselor position at Woodside Priory. Treahna loves working with students and found that all students desire someone to listen, and that is where her transition from classroom teaching into a counselor role took place. She graduated with a Masters in Clinical Counseling from the University of San Francisco and supported survivors of domestic abuse before transitioning back into supporting school students. She is delighted to have found a home at Priory and looks forward to seeing faces in her seminars this summer.
    Read More
  • Ms. Jing Wu

    Ms. Wu studied education at Stanford University and employs a wide array of student-centered methods in her classrooms. These include an emphasis on conversation skills and various levels of hands-on learning through fun games and exciting projects. Ms. Wu incorporates heritage speakers as leaders in her classes and provides well-crafted and differentiated materials to accelerate and maintain student learning to the fullest.
    Read More
  • Mr. Andrew Hasson

    Andrew Hasson is Woodside Priory School's athletic trainer. He has been working at Woodside Priory for over seven years now, keeping athletes safe and healthy throughout their sports seasons. Injuries can be a part of sports, and although they are sometimes difficult to deal with, he is the one to help athletes get through them.
    Andrew Hasson has worked with many different sports at various levels, including collegiate and professional levels. Andrew has played sports all his life and has a passion for helping students pursue their athletic goals. Andrew hopes to see you in one of his seminars, where you will learn more about the field of athletic training!
    Read More
  • Mr. David Rafoni

    David Rafoni has been a French and Philosophy Teacher at Woodside Priory School for the last six years; he taught before at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, UC Berkeley (as a Graduate Student Instructor), and at the Alliance française. In a nutshell, David has been a teacher all his life. He has a passion for International news.
    Read More
  • Mr. John Sugden

    John Sugden is entering his 20th year teaching at Woodside Priory and can’t imagine a better place in which to make the collaborative creative madness that is theater. A graduate of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts (BFA cum laude), he later received his MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and taught for nine years in ACT’s renowned Young Conservatory while teaching, acting, directing, and playwriting throughout the Bay Area.  A strong focus on “playing and doing” permeates these classes. His most significant focus is building an atmosphere of trust, support, fearless exploration, and creative risk-taking so that students find themselves doing work that surprises them.
    Read More
  • Ms. Sarah Sanchez

    Ms. Sanchez has studied Mandarin for ten years and has taught the language for four. She lived in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for a year in 2017 as an English teacher. Ms. Sanchez is expecting a baby boy in September. 
    Read More

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