Who We Are

Kami Thordarson

kthordarson [at] campbellusd.org

Kami Thordarson, Principal and School Designer at Campbell School of Innovation. She is the District’s in-house expert in Design Thinking and the co-author of Design Thinking for School Leaders: 5 Roles & Mindsets That Ignite Positive Change (ASCD, 2018) as well as Design Thinking in Play: An Action Guide for Educators, (ASCD, 2020).

She believes Campbell School of Innovation offers an opportunity to create changes to education that can better meet the needs of today’s students. CSI educators will model the Design Thinking process as they work to collaborate and create learning experiences that encourage questioning, empathy, and deeper exploration of content.

Thordarson is leading the Campbell School of Innovation Design Team working to implement Design Thinking strategies in the TK-8th grade curriculum. “We want to tap into students’ natural curiosity so they can move from being engaged learners to empowered learners,” she says.

Kami Thordarson has worked in education for over 20 years with experience as a teacher, curriculum coach, professional development designer, and administrator. She joined Campbell Union School District in 2016, working to support and lead instructional technology and innovative programs. She enjoys exploring her creativity and is always engaged in learning. She envisions schools in which teachers are empowered to transform education through intentional design and innovative practices and students are collaborative, problem-solving communities who have impact on their world.

Hailey Dominguez

A3 · Teacher Grade 1
HHamilton [at] campbellusd.org

Teacher, Learning Designer, Life Long Learner

Hailey Hamilton is thrilled to begin her second year on the 1st grade team at Campbell School of Innovation. Together with her colleagues she plans to provide opportunities for students to collaborate, create, grow, and become empowered through learning and design.

“I am so excited to be a part of what CSI is doing for the future of education. Teaching students to think critically, empathize, identify problems, and communicate is guiding them to be future leaders and innovators.”

Ms. Hamilton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from San Jose State University.

When she isn’t teaching Ms. Hamilton enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family and pets.

Michelle Ha

B12 · Teacher Grade 5
mha [at] campbellusd.org

Michelle Ha is thrilled to be a part of the 5th grade team at Campbell School of Innovation!

Ha believes that if the goal of education is to prepare students for the ever-changing world outside of school, where people are constantly tackling problems, making decisions, and learning from mistakes, then students need opportunities to practice that work while in school. By teaching with a design thinking lens with a goal toward empowerment, she hopes her students to leave her classroom understanding themselves better as learners, human beings, and members of a larger community. 

Ha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and a Master of Education with an Elementary Mathematics Emphasis from UC San Diego. Prior to CSI, she taught in Sunnyvale School District and has worked with Camp Galileo as a Lead Science Instructor.

She lives in her hometown of San Jose with her family. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and video games. 

Amanda Haughs

C7 · Computer Science
AHaughs [at] campbellusd.org

Campbell School of Innovation Teacher Amanda Haughs is known for “thinking outside the box”. As a Digital Innovation ToSA (teacher on special assignment) for Campbell Union School District, she has supported teachers seeking new ways to engage all students in meaningful and authentic cross-curricular learning.

Haughs is passionate about developing students’ creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. She is a leader in integrating digital tools and computer science education into elementary classrooms and using technology to personalize and enhance learning. Prior to her ToSA role, she was a teacher in the Campbell Union School District.

She is a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovator, 2016 Silicon Valley CUE Outstanding Educator, Google Certified Educator, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader. She holds a Masters of Education in Learning Design and Technology from San Diego State University and a multiple subject credential and BCLAD from California State University Dominguez Hills.

Terri Hughes

A13 · Teacher Grade 2
Website  thughes [at] campbellusd.org

Terri Hughes is elated to be a part of Campbell Union School District’s new preschool-eighth-grade school. She has been a passionate educator for over 30 years—all at Campbell Middle School and Campbell School of Innovation—striving to ignite students’ passions for learning and curiosity about the world in which they live.

The challenge of working with younger students as they begin their educational journeys excites her. “This is an opportunity to change the way we educate our future leaders,” she says. “It is a chance to prepare our students to be critical and creative thinkers who will be prepared to compete in a quickly changing environment.”

Her own children attended a K-8 school, so she also understands the benefits of community that develop in this special setting.

Hughes has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University, a multiple subjects teaching credential from San Jose State University, and will be earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Santa Clara University prior to the opening of CSI. She was Campbell Middle School’s Teacher of the Year in 2016, a finalist for District 5, California League of Middle School Educator of the Year, Google Certified Educator, and Leading Edge Digital Educator.

She enjoys spending time hiking all over the Bay Area’s trails with her husband.

Google Classroom: http://classroom.google.com
Weebly Site: http://mrshughes6.weebly.com

Taylor Semon

A2 · Teacher Grade 1
TSemon [at] campbellusd.org

Ms. Semon is a recent graduate of Santa Clara University, earning both her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies: Pre-teaching and her Masters Degree in Teaching and Teaching Credential. She was born and raised in Sacramento, and has been living in the Bay Area for the past six years. She has found Campbell to be her home, and was absolutely ecstatic when she was offered a position at the Campbell School of Innovation. She is consistently impressed with the close-knit community of CSI and the surrounding Campbell neighborhood, and is very much looking forward to starting her teaching career at a school that shares many of her same core values in education, particularly social emotional learning and forward-thinking instruction. 

When she is not teaching, Ms. Semon can be found running/hiking nearby trails, reading away in a coffee shop, spending time with family and friends, and saving up to travel during her summer vacations!

Sandra Tolbert

A10 · Teacher Grade K
STolbert [at] campbellusd.org

As a passionate, positive, community focused educator of young minds, Sandy Tolbert has an authentic desire for the Campbell School of Innovation to launch successfully and flourish.

She believes that teaching young students to develop a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset is integral to helping them develop skills for success in their future careers.

“Students are capable of so much,” she says. “They are valuable assets to their community, despite their young age. My goal is to nurture that quality in our students and help make a positive impact on those around us.”

Tolbert brings 16 years of teaching experience to CSI. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Child Development from San Jose State University and a Master of Science degree in Education from Walden University. She was the 2015 Marshall Lane Teacher of the Year, she was a 2015 Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education award recipient, and she was a 2016 ArtsEdGrant recipient.

She lives in Campbell with her husband and children.

Loretta Toy

A7 · Teacher Grade K
LToy [at] campbellusd.org

Educator, Learning Designer, Facilitator, Lifelong Learner

Loretta Toy is ecstatic to be a part of Campbell School of Innovation. When she learned about CSI, she felt that it was a place that closely aligns with her beliefs and teaching practice. She considers herself very fortunate to be a part of the CSI community. 

She started her career as an educator teaching kindergarten. Over the past decade, she has taught kindergarten,1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd/3rd combo, 4th grade and was most recently the 7th/8th grade Maker Science teacher at a Project-Based Learning middle school. 

Loretta is a Google for Education and Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. She holds a Master of Arts in Education from UC Santa Cruz and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UC Davis. She has her multiple subject teaching credential with Introductory Science Subject Matter Authorization and Specific Subject Matter Authorization in Biology. 

When Loretta isn’t in the classroom, she is teaching Zumba and LaBlast at local gyms. She also volunteers her time helping train a team of dancers to represent the United States at the 2021 Special Olympics Winter Games in Sweden.

Corinna Zamudio

A4 · Teacher Grade 1
CZamudio [at] campbellusd.org

Corinna Zamudio, Teacher, Campbell School of Innovation

Corinna Zamudio is thrilled about being part of the Campbell School of Innovation community. She looks forward to thriving with passionate and innovative educators who share the same goal of transforming the traditional classroom into a creative, communicative, compassionate and collaborative environment.

Zamudio believes educators and students learn from each other during the creation and application process of collaborative initiatives. Through her teachings, Zamudio plans to provide students with a multitude of opportunities to communicate and work together. 

“I believe that with the right tools, our students will be able to have the necessary innovative experiences so they can become our next generation of leaders,” she says.  

Zamudio has a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences. She holds a teaching credential and a bilingual authorization from Santa Clara University. Prior to joining CSI, Zamudio taught at a Spanish immersion school.