The Talon

Located in Downtown Los Altos, Sumika Grill is one of the four Japanese cuisine restaurants owned by Kuniko and Gary Ozawa, the parents of Los Altos High School senior Akane Ozawa. During the quarantine, the Ozawas' business was struck hard by the loss of customers.  However, through many adaptations, they are now able to meet the needs of takeout dining and continue serving customers all of their favorite signature dishes.

Ogiku Corporation

September 13, 2020

Village Pantry co-owners Julie and David Ogilvie have served homestyle American food to their patrons in Downtown Los Altos for the past two decades. Although the restaurant faces many financial challenges due to the pandemic, the Ogilvies are determined to keep its doors open due to endless support from their customers.

Village Pantry

September 13, 2020

After years of working in a fairly isolated environment as a mechanical engineer, science teacher Silja Paymer decided on a slight change of pace: teaching high schoolers. Equipped with her passion for hands-on learning and her firsthand knowledge of environmental science from volunteering as a tour guide at Hidden Villa, Paymer looks forward to building meaningful connections with her students.

Silja Paymer

August 30, 2020

Even with the many setbacks teachers are encountering during distance learning, statistics teacher Binh Pham-Valentukonis refuses to look anywhere but the bright side. As a dedicated problem-solver, Pham-Valentukonis is excited to incorporate a new curriculum in her class, help achieve student equity within the LAHS community and adapt to any technological challenges that come her way.

Binh Pham-Valentukonis

August 30, 2020

Music teacher Elizabeth Boyd had been immersed in the Texas music scene playing live for swing dancers and jazz gigs on her bass before deciding to follow her dream of making students fall in love with their instruments. During distance learning, she hopes to build a strong sense of community within her ensemble and to encourage students to explore their musical abilities together.

Elizabeth Boyd

August 30, 2020

Teaching during the pandemic in one of the most impacted cities in the United States was a harrowing experience for English teacher Lisa Battle. Luckily, Battle was able to return to Los Altos and teach at the school where she had first realized her passions for Drama and English alongside her very own inspirations.

Lisa Battle

August 30, 2020

English teacher Perla Luna is a first-generation LAHS graduate returning to teach and inspire students like herself. Luna hopes to make a comfortable environment for her students where everyone can be themselves.

Perla Luna

August 17, 2020

Geometry teacher Jillian Bellamy has had her fair share of late night math study sessions in high school. Never imagining that she would be teaching high schoolers, Bellamy is excited for her first year of teaching.

Jillian Bellamy

August 17, 2020

Expression through art and music

August 17, 2020

As a Black man with more than a few negative experiences with the police, Kenan often felt he didn’t have a voice; police officers would only believe him when a white friend or adult supported his claims. So he turned to other...

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