Sarah Hahn began teaching art at GRACE during the summer of 2020. She is an accomplished artist and is currently a student art teacher at Highland High School, through the CSUB credential program. Sarah teaches GRACE participants how to express their creativity using the elements of art. They create projects inspired by classical works, varying cultures, and their own personal lives.
We are thankful for Crystal Marin, Kern County Superintendent of Schools and Ursula Jaso, Lead Mentor for teaching cooking skills. Each month Crystal brings a fruit or vegetable to share along with a recipe and we cook together. Ursula leads our weekly cooking and baking sessions - which is a participant favorite.
Haley Smith began teaching at GRACE in August of 2020. She is a senior studying Music Education with an emphasis in voice at CSUB. Haley instructs participants in music literacy skills partly inspired by the Kodaly concept; along with a wide range of other music methods and ideas. Haley continually explores what works best with GRACE participants using a variety of techniques.
Ursula Jaso, the Lead Mentor, assisted by our dedicated volunteers take GRACE participants deeper in their faith through various teaching techniques. Each lesson includes skits, visuals, worship, and interactive exercises based on the Friendship Ministries curriculum.
Ballroom Dance offers much more than dancing. We are learning proper etiquette & gaining confidence as we share in a large group. Boyd Binninger, the lead dance instructor, is assisted by the amazing & talented Bob Lerude and Pat Swenson. These dedicated volunteers glide our participants across the floor for weekly FUN! Beginning in March of 2020, social distancing led us to line-dancing and shadow dancing! We dance with both our zoomers and those in attendance.