1299 Bryant Ave, Mt View, CA 94040 (Map)
For more details, contact Program Coordinator Leo.Florendo@freestyleacademy.rocks
Tel. 650-940-4680 FAX 650-961-1346
Since 2010, Freestyle Academy
Instructor of Design
Leslie Parkinson comes to Freestyle from Nipomo High School, located near Pismo Beach. During her six years at NHS she taught Design, Drawing, Painting, AP Art History, and AP Studio Art. She is a Cal Poly SLO alumnus, and received her Masters in Education from Chapman University. Her own art consists of mixed mediums, digital and canvas painting, as well as glass and fine metals. For many years her art was sold in many central coast galleries, and she hopes to establish herself in northern California galleries soon. Ms. Parkinson is over-joyed to be at Freestyle Academy, considering this her "dream job", and hopes to remain teaching here for many many years.
Since 2011, Freestyle Academy
Instructor of English
Jason Greco is a graduate of Los Altos High School, UC Santa Cruz (B.A., Literature), and Cal Poly (M.A., English). His professional path includes tutoring in university writing labs, instructing freshman composition classes, co-producing film festivals with students, scoring Lit. & Comp. essays as an AP Reader, and teaching nearly every level of high school English. A fan of literature and film since his late teens, Mr. Greco finds himself at home among his fellow creatives at Freestyle. When he’s not writing his next short story or reading his lit mags, you can find Mr. G. at Bay Area sporting events, camping on the Central Coast, exploring New England, or fishing in southeastern Alaska.
Since 2014, Freestyle Academy
Instructor of Film
Matt Taylor is a local product of Los Altos and a graduate of Mountain View High School. He received a Bachelors degree in Film and an Associates degree in Film/Television with an emphasis in Animation. He has worked in a variety of roles in the film and video industry including writer, director, editor, camera operator, and actor. His recent experience includes working in sports broadcast for both the San Jose and San Francisco Giants. Prior to teaching, he successfully owned and operated his own video production company catering mainly to private event and corporate work. He is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Freestyle Academy where he has the opportunity to share his passion for film, technology, and storytelling. When he isn't teaching, he enjoys playing baseball, ice hockey, and creating his own comics and cartoons for his website Raccoon Toons.
Since 2017, Freestyle Academy
Instructor of Animation
Adriana Copete will be joining the Freestyle community in August 2017. She is a CalArts experimental animation & integrated media MFA graduate. Her visual art is always looking for ways to mix digital media with hand drawn techniques, stop motion, and live performances. She has animated on international animation collaborative narrative films, animated and VR documentaries, philharmonic tour performances, and live dome video dance performances. Before coming to Freestyle she taught for the middle school and high school CalArts-CAP after school animation programs, CSSSA and the CAP-LAUSD arts integration program. When she is not animating or teaching you can find Ms. A hiking or building miniature sets.
Since 2006, Freestyle Academy
Instructor of Digital Media
Leo Florendo is also the Program Coordinator & Systems Admin at Freestyle Academy. Prior to Freestyle Academy, Leo worked at Los Altos High School from 1997-2006 teaching Physics, AP Physics, Algebra II and Pre-Engineering. In addition to these classes, Leo was the Robotics Team Faculty Advisor, Marching Band Head Visual Instructor/Drill Designer, Site Technology Coordinator, Webmaster and team teacher in the Pre-Engineering program. While not teaching at Los Altos, Leo served as the Program Manager in the Collaborative of Higher Education Summer Internship Program at NASA Ames Research Center. Leo is a UCSC Banana Slug alumni with a BA in Physics and Math and also an SJSU alumni with a MA in Instructional Technology. Leo is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer where he served for 4 years in the Kingdom of Tonga from 1989-1992. He taught English Conversation in Kure, Japan from 1993-1996. He and his Japanese wife are enjoying life with their 1 daughter. Read more.
In 2015, Leo was selected as the MVLA UHSD Teacher of the Year. - Los Altos Town Crier Article - Mountain View Voice Article - 2015 SCCOE Teacher of the Year Recognition Ceremony Part 1 & Part 2
In memory of Sue Kefauver - former Freestyle Film Teacher