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 community members 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.
Rachel Kavanaugh, School Counselor
What is your educational background? I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) for college and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Then I traveled to New York City and obtained a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Yeshiva University's Ferkauf School of Graduate Psychology in their Combined School-Clinical Psychology program.
What is your prior work experience? While I have worked in various clinical and school settings, all my work has been with children of all ages and backgrounds. While in New York, I worked at the Cooke Center Grammar School, the New York Center for Children, and Mount Sinai Hospital's Seaver Autism Center and Pediatric Neuropsychology Center. After returning to Los Angeles, I've worked, and continue to work part-time, at The Help Group. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in The Help Group's Psychology Training Department in which I provide psychological assessment supervision and training to Psy.D. pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows.
What is your favorite food? Sushi!
What is your favorite book? Definitely the Harry Potter series!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I was a competitive gymnast for about 11 years and quit due to an injury. However, as a result, I began coaching, which was also when I first developed an interest in psychology and working with children.
Katie Fragapane, 3rd Grade Teacher
What is your educational background? I completed my undergraduate degree at Boston College, double majoring in Elementary Education and Applied Psychology with a minor in Special Education. I completed my master's degree at San Diego State University in Educational Leadership.
What is your prior work experience? I worked for three years at Brentwood School as a Third Grade Teacher.
What is your favorite food? I have a weakness for potato chips and French fries.
What is your favorite book? My favorite book is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simon and my favorite book series is The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. My favorite place I've traveled to is Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I befriended a one-month old baby elephant named Vara.
Corinne Metling, 2nd Grade Teacher
What is your educational background? After attending independent schools in Los Angeles K-12, I received my bachelor's degree in Journalism/Strategic Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received my master's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University in 2017.
What is your prior work experience? After working for several years at a children's overnight summer camp, I spent a few years working at an advertising agency after college. Knowing I wanted to go into education, I worked at Oakwood Elementary School as a second grade classroom assistant for two years while I completed my master's degree at Loyola Marymount University. After spending my last semester student teaching in the Lawndale district and a Los Angeles area charter, last year, I became a first grade teacher at Endeavor College Prep Charter School in Boyle Heights. I am excited to be working in second grade again here at Laurence!
What is your favorite food? I probably have a favorite within every "genre" of food, but I am always up for sushi or tacos!
What is your favorite book? It's hard to pick an overall favorite, but one book that has kept me thinking for many years is The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell. It's inspiring to think about, especially in education, all the little things we do that can make a big difference, and conversely, how one small negative experience can have long term consequences.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I have been bungee jumping and/or skydiving in four different countries (so far)!
Kaila Garcia, Communications Assistant
What is your educational background? I'm a graduate from California State University, Chico with a B.A. in Communication Design (emphasis in Graphic Design), a minor in Public Relations and a certificate in Web Design & Publishing.
What is your prior work experience? This is my first position in a full-time communications and graphic design role, and my past design experience is quite diverse. Right before I started working at Laurence, I was a graphic design intern in the HR department at the Cheesecake Factory's corporate office and while I was still an undergrad student, I worked as a graphic/web designer for different on-campus departments and organizations. I also have experience working in the fashion industry.
What is your favorite food? It's a tie between Japanese and Mexican food!
What is your favorite book? My all-time favorite book series is A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I love music and in my free time, I enjoy going to shows and concerts. One of the reasons I was drawn to the college I attended was because of their student-run radio station. I had my own online radio show for four years and even became their creative director!