Teacher appointed director of afterschool programs, childcare

Ashley Falls School teacher Julie Geisbauer has been named the Del Mar Union School District’s new director of afterschool programs and childcare, replacing Charlene Komosinski who recently retired.

Since getting her administration credential at California State University San Marcos, Geisbauer said she has been itching to join the administration side. More than 2,700 children enroll in the afterschool program each year and during the summer.

“Administration always appealed to me; I like the ability to work with all different groups, parents, kids and staff,” Geisbauer said. “There’s so many facets of the job. It’s going to be a really fun and exciting challenge for me. It felt like a natural fit.”

Her position officially starts on April 26 as she makes the transition from her classroom at Ashley Falls, where she teaches technology to kindergarten through sixth grade students.

Geisbauer has 11 years of experience as a teacher, the last eight at Ashley Falls. Before coming to Carmel Valley she worked at the La Canada Union School District in Los Angeles as a third- and fifth-grade teacher.

At Ashley Falls, Geisbauer taught third and sixth grade, the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program, second language learners and served as the Extended Studies Curriculum coordinator.

Geisbauer landed in the ESC technology lab after the tech teacher left four years ago.

“I had always just found technology really fun and fascinating,” Geisbauer said. “I was always kind of a geek growing up doing computers.”

Geisbauer said she enjoyed how the job allowed her to combine her technological skills with her creative side. Ashley Falls students this year have created digital artwork, produced iMovies on the solar system and the American Revolution, produced animation and Web sites, and broadcasted the Eagle Eye News to the entire school.

In leaving the lab for her new position, she won’t be going far. The childcare offices are just across the playground at the back of the Ashley Falls campus.

“I already know all the kids at Ashley Falls so I’m excited to meet all the kids at all the other schools,” Geisbauer said. “I don’t feel that I’m missing out on anything, I am just getting a bigger and better opportunity to work with more kids and families.”

Geisbauer earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Occidental College in Los Angeles.