Familiar Campo Faces to Say Farewell in Light of Pandemic

With the onslaught of disruptions and risk brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Campolindo community is starting to face its next challenge: the future integration of hybrid learning. La Puma wanted to honor teachers who have chosen to retire early as opposed to in-person instruction and thank them for their contributions towards preparing Campo students for the future.

Charla Powell has worked at Campo for 28.5 years as an English teacher. “I have been able to teach what I love and have found students who are engaged and ready to learn, ” said Powell of her time teaching at Campo.

“Ms. Powell’s way of teaching really helped me understand Shakespeare this year. I’m sad that she will be retiring soon and that I don’t get to finish the year with her,” said sophomore Anna Wilson.

“If we are all judged as educators by the legacy of students that go off into the world, Charla deserves a statue,” said English teacher Jake Donohoe.

Anu Kuefner has spent 17 years teaching in the Acalanes Union High School District. She is part of the math department and has taught a variety of classes.

“Ms. Kuefner always made the effort to check in with me if she saw me struggling with a certain lesson and always connected with students if they had questions, and was very understanding and sweet,” said sophomore Graycn Roake.

“I will miss many things, mostly getting to know my students and helping them learn math. I will also miss the many friends that I have made,” said Kuefner.

Jill Langston has worked at Campo for 15 years as an art teacher. She taught classes such as Art 1, Art 2, Advanced Art, Advanced Art Honors, Independent Portfolio and AP Studio Art.

“She always really cared about the students and really liked to know how we were doing,” said senior Art 1 student Sydney Roberts.

“I especially cherish my work with my students, being a proud member/advocate of VAPA, and my friendships with colleagues,” said Langston.