Get to Know our New Faculty and Staff
Get to Know our New Faculty and Staff
Each year, we like to help you and your children get to know our new faculty and staff by providing you with their educational and professional backgrounds, as well as a few fun facts. You may have already met some of our new teachers and specialists during Summer Camp, but you probably don't know their favorite foods or hobbies! Read below to find out about the newest members of the Laurence family.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Greg Kovacs, Director of Operations & Auxiliary Programs

What is your educational background?
I have an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California (USC) and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

What is your prior work experience?
With more than 25 years of experience in Education, youth leadership, experiential education, and non-profit administration, I have served as Head of School for Kadima Day School in West Hills, the Executive Director for the C5 Youth Foundation of Southern California (C5LA), and have worked closely with the Los Angeles Unified School District in order to help youth from underserved communities graduate high school and obtain a higher education. Prior to working at C5LA, I was the founding executive director serving the pilot program for one of Coca-Cola's signature charities, the Camp Coca-Cola Foundation.  As Vice-President of Operations for Camp Coca-Cola, I worked tirelessly to grow an education and youth leadership model to nationwide success, helping youth become "Character Driven," "Challenge Ready," "Community Focused," "College Bound" and "Committed to a Better Future."  Through these ideals, I have empowered more than 4,000 students to attend college and become active leaders in their communities in order to make positive change in the world in which they live.

What is your favorite food?  
Anything Asian!  

What is your favorite book? 
To Kill a Mockingbird and the Harry Potter series!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.  
I am an avid cyclist and when not working or spending time with my wife and two daughters, you will find me on my bike - riding all over the California coast!  Oh yeah, one more thing, you all probably know my wife . . .  Jennifer Kovacs!

FACULTY
Sabrina Crame, 2nd Grade Teacher

What is your educational background?
I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in psychology. I then attended the University of Southern California, where I received a Master of Arts in Teaching.

What is your prior work experience?
Prior to earning my master's and becoming a teacher, I spent six years as a publicist for restaurants in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Once I started teaching, I was a maternity sub with Jessica Alva at the Brentwood School teaching 2nd grade. I then came to Laurence and taught 4th grade with Kim Milman for three years. In Washington D.C., I taught 2nd grade at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School for three years. I am so thrilled to be back at Laurence!

What is your favorite food?
I have a sweet tooth, and my favorite food is anything chocolate!

What is your favorite book?
My favorite books are the Harry Potter series, and The Time Traveler's Wife.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I love to dance and still take classes. I also love watching college football and rooting for my Oklahoma Sooners! BOOMER SOONER!

Robert Decker, Director of Performing Arts

What is your educational background?
I grew up in Pennsylvania, and after high school I moved to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. I completed my B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at The New School University in NYC and my Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film and Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles. I have always had a love for the performing arts and chose that focus in my studies.

What is your prior work experience?
I have toured all over the country with children's theatre, taught drama at schools, theatres, and arts organizations on both the east and west coasts, directed musicals, and done a lot of acting, singing, and dancing, too. 

What is your favorite food?
My favorite foods are fettuccine alfredo and cookies n' cream ice cream (not eaten at the same time).

What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is The Emerald City of Oz, published in 1910. It is the 6th book in L. Frank Baum's series.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself. 
The craziest thing I've done this year was zip-lining through the trees in Jamaica!

Evelyn Lemus, Science Associate Teacher

What is your educational background? 
I have a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge.  

What is your prior work experience?
I have worked closely with children for more than 14 years, and, prior to coming to Laurence, I worked at independent schools as an Associate Teacher in the Science Department and as a Second Grade Teaching Associate.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is Lasagna. 

What is your favorite book?
My all-time favorite book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself. 
Over 14 years ago, I founded an all girls car club and had a huge passion for fast cars. Within three years, I competed to showcase my car and won more than 30 trophies at car shows. 

Mark Tennyson, Technology Integration Specialist 

What is your educational background?
I graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. While attending LMU, I was active in The LMU Choruses and Opera Workshop. I earned my Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Azusa Pacific University.

What is your prior work experience?
I worked at Westchester Lutheran Church and School for 25 years in many different capacities, from Director of Daycare to teaching computers and drama. Over the years I coached cross country, basketball, and golf. I started the Drama Program in 1999, and directed more than 20 productions over the years. 

What is your favorite food?
Mexican food!

What is your favorite book?
I am currently reading Runaway Species by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman. 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself. 
I've been married to my wife Rita for 20 years. We met doing theatre in college at LMU. We have no children, but we do have three dogs. My favorite movie is The Great Escape or anything Star Wars. I am a lifelong Star Wars fan and love attending conventions like San Diego's Comic-Con and Star Wars Celebration. I am also a converted fitness junkie, who likes to work out at Nerdstrong Gym located in North Hollywood (the galaxy's premier gym for humans, aliens, and extra dimensional beings of all types). I am scheduled to complete my Spartan Race Trifecta this November with a 13+ mile obstacle course.