Our parenting classes are designed to facilitate the parents’ role in their child’s growth and development within a variety of learning opportunities. They had been held in Westchester through LAUSD at Emerson Adult School since 1976, serving thousands of families, and fostering relationships that have endured for three and a half decades. We are continuing to use that model at Covenant and are proud to say that we are now enrolling the children of “children” who attended Emerson with their parents.
Teacher Ellen Barnett
Ellen lives in Westchester and is the mother of two wonderful elementary age boys. Ellen has a BA in political science and history from the University of Iowa where she also studied education. After college Ellen worked for many years as a management and information systems consultant where she trained and worked extensively in group facilitation. Before having children Ellen returned to school to pursue her interest in emergency medicine and made a career change to become an Athletic Trainer (ATC) working with sports teams to prevent, respond to and care for athletic injuries. She continues to work in this field part-time while raising her boys. Becoming a mother, and being involved with parents and their children, Ellen’s interest in teaching was rekindled. She obtained her state adult education teaching credential in Parent Education and began teaching at Emerson 5 years ago.
Ellen loves working with parents of young children to support them in finding their own personal parenting philosophy and style. She believes that the classes at EmersonParents exist to provide parents with knowledge, tools and peer support to guide them in the ever challenging but incredibly rewarding journey of raising children. When not working, Ellen enjoys coaching baseball, playing in the ocean, and reading, but most of all just spending time with her family.
Teacher Kathy Sultan
Kathy was born in Los Angeles. She attended UCLA where she got her B.A. in Anthropology and her elementary teaching credential. Kathy continued her education at Cal State Long Beach where she got her M.A. in early childhood education in 2010. She is currently the Director of Covenant Presbyterian Church Preschool.
She is the mother of three beautiful daughters and the active grandmother of two 6-year-old girls, one 7-year-old boy, one 4-year-old girl, and two 3-year-old boys, all who live locally.
In her “free” time Kathy likes to spin, walk, talk, read, play bridge, watch sports, and spend time with her husband and family. Most of all she feels that it is a privilege to be surrounded by a wonderful community of parents and children.
Teacher Sharon Polkinghorn
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and teaching credential from the University of Notre Dame in Belmont, Ca. Sharon taught elementary school. For more than 20 years, Sharon worked in the Parent Education Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching classes, training teachers and developing curriculum. From 2008-14, she was the Director of the Shenandoah Family Literacy Program in Los Angeles Unified School District. After a hiatus of 8 years from Emerson, Sharon is excited to be teaching parenting classes at Covenant.
Sharon is the mother of a son and daughter and the involved grandmother of three granddaughters, ages 4 years, 2 years and an infant. She is also a dedicated volunteer, serving as president of the Los Angeles rphanage Guild Juniors, the president of the Marymount High School Mother’s Club, and in many positions in the Parent Teacher Association of the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.
Teacher Melissa Remer
Melissa Remer lives in Westchester along with her husband, two daughters, ages 4 and 2, and son born in December. When her oldest child was 7 weeks old, she began attending the Emerson Infant Class, meeting many of her closest friends there and becoming engrossed in the local community. She continues to attend the toddler class with her 2 year old while her 4 year old attends Covenant Preschool.
Melissa received a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College, where she took child development and child psychology classes along with her economics and accounting classes. She volunteered for several years at The Children’s School, the preschool run by Claremont McKenna College, as well as at one of the local elementary schools. After graduating and working in accounting for a year, she attended the University of San Diego School of Law where she received her J.D. Melissa went on to practice in the area of insurance litigation, most recently helping families of children with autism and special needs get insurance coverage for their needed therapies. After her first daughter was born, she decided to reduce her time spent practicing law while she raised her young children. She trained as a parent education facilitator and is now enjoying leading parent/child classes.
Teacher Kirstin Logsdon
Kirstin lives in Westchester with her husband and two children. Both of her children attended the Emerson and Covenant programs. She grew up in Oregon and received her B.A. degree from Montana State University in Motion Picture Television. She worked in Commercial Production for 7 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.
Kirstin interned in the toddler program while also working as an aide and teacher’s assistant. She now is teaching one toddler and one infant class. She is a natural with adults and children. She also gives much to support her children’s schools and teachers.