About Your Teachers

Thank you for visiting our website!  We are a team of teachers, and work together!. We are proud members of the Haynes TK/Kindergarten program...Go Mustangs!


Mrs. Leo:

Welcome to Haynes Charter!  Haynes is known as, "The Best Little School in the Valley."  It's a special place, and I'm so happy to work with this great community!

Both my children attended Haynes. Now, my son is a junior in high school, and my daughter is heading into 7th grade.  This is my 9th year at Haynes, and my 21st year of teaching.  Most of my years have been in LAUSD, either in the classroom or as an Instructional Coach in the areas of reading/writing and math.  I have three CA credentials and a Masters in Educational Leadership.  I've taught elementary grades TK-5 throughout the district and in schools ranging from special educational facitilies to high performing.  I LOVE teaching kindergarten--the foundation of all the grades.  My other passions in life are gardening, animals, cooking, hiking, reading, and traveling with my family.  Please  contact me at hayneskinder@aol.com.   Have a great school year!  Mrs. Leo


Mrs. Best

Hello Haynes CES Families! 

My name is Jennifer Best.  I have been teaching in LAUSD for 28 years.  I have been teaching Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten for 13 years.  Before joining the wonderful kindergarten team, I taught 1-6th grade, managed a high school special education/work program, and worked as a teacher/director with the extension classes at UCLA.  I am originally from southern Oregon. I have a background in psychology, special education, and know sign language.  I have 3 children, ages 18, 18, and 19 years old.  My mission is to create a class of students who believe they are learners.  I will provide them with guidance and support to become strong productive learners.  Children will gain the skills they need to read, write, and compute as well as to be an effective communicator who can express their needs and assertively stand up for themselves.  Students will learn to treat others with kindness and to believe in themselves.


Ms. Mindy

Howdy Haynes Kindergarten Families...

Welcome to the world of KINDERGARTEN!
My name is Mindy. I've been a teacher as far back as I can remember. Teaching is my passion, along with Golden Retrievers and horses. I welcome my kiddos to a world of art, drama, music, sign language, Spanish, numbers and writing. I find joy in their growth, as they empower themselves as learners throughout the kindergarten school year. My goal for each of the kiddos that come through the room 3 kindergarten door, and feel happy, successful, and always stay strong. I believe that with effort, hard work and persistence he/she can achieve anything!