Chelsea Van de Brooke, General Educator, 3rd-4th Grade
Chelsea Van de Brooke was born and raised in Southern California. Her passion for teaching was cultivated at a very young age, and while visiting family in Oregon, she found a college that offered classes that aligned with her long term goals. She, therefore, moved to Oregon to attend Southern Oregon University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. After graduating, she moved back to Southern California in order to obtain her Teaching Credential. While settling back into Orange County, she had the fortunate opportunity to come to Irvine Hebrew Day School as an Instructional Aide, and she was thrilled to rediscover her Jewish roots. She loved learning the tefillot and brachot, and celebrating Shabbat and the Jewish holidays. At IHDS she learned about the important impact Positive Discipline has on both teachers and students and grew to love the encouraging and supportive environment of the school. Her passion for teaching is evident in her creative approach to teaching, which includes experiential and project based learning. Chelsea graduated from California State University, Fullerton after receiving her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and has taught both kindergarten and 3rd grade.
Chelsea currently lives in Aliso Viejo, and in addition to teaching, she enjoys reading, traveling, going to the beach, hiking, and walking her dog, Titus. Chelsea knows that her positive energy, joyful spirit and optimistic outlook on life will shine through as she engages her students. Chelsea believes that a school community should include meaningful friendships, joyful learning, and inspired imagination, and the key to teaching is giving each child the foundation to believe that he or she can accomplish anything!