2013-08-08 / Faith

Ascension Lutheran names new principal


Patti Pape Patti Pape Ascension Lutheran School in Thousand Oaks has announced the addition of a new principal, Patti Pape, and two master teachers to the 2013-14 teaching and learning team.

The new teachers are Leslee Cybulski for third grade and Mary Cypher leading the fourth grade.

Pape brings nearly 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher for kindergarten through fifth grade as well as eight years of administrative experience.

She was principal at Somis Elementary School, also a K-8 school. In addition, she was principal of Ramona Elementary School in Oxnard, Ascension’s sister school.

Pape visited the Ascension campus two years ago, meeting with students and staff as the sister school relationship was fostered. One of the students asked Pape about how her faith affects her life, and she replied that Jesus is the center of all that she does.

In addition to her school experience, Pape has been involved at her church, where one of her ministering roles is teaching preschoolers. She is also the mother of five grown children.

Pape has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Cal State Northridge and a Master of Arts in educational leadership and administration from California Lutheran University.

She has both teaching and administrative credentials.

Cybulski arrives with eight years of teaching experience, which includes teaching third grade. She has a Master of Arts in education from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Cal State Channel Islands. She also has a California multiple subject credential, as well as a California credential in computer concepts and applications.

Cybulski is also a 10K and half-marathon runner, and a volleyball and track coach. She has served as a Red Ribbon Week coordinator. She coordinated the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation process for her school.

She serves as a consultant to CSUCI in the university’s teacher preparation program.

“I appreciate being able to share my faith with my students in the classroom,” Cybulski said. “I feel that this is the essence of a Christian education—integrating the teachings of Jesus.”

Cypher has 10 years of teaching experience, which includes teaching fourth grade. She has a master’s degree in education.

She was a volunteer choir teacher and worked on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation process. She also served as Common Core standards facilitator and developed curriculum based on California and Common Core standards.

“I will be a positive Christian role model for students by exemplifying the importance of education while giving them a safe, loving and fun learning environment where they will receive a strong biblical foundation showing God’s love in every possible way,” Cypher said.

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