Teacher, English/History

BA, Literature and Psychology, Claremont Mckenna College

MA, Teaching, University of Southern California

Olivia Penka joined the Inglewood team as an English and History teacher in the fall of 2011. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Literature from Claremont McKenna College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California. Olivia is a National Boards Scholar.

Olivia loves teaching because she wants to help her students find their voices in our world. She wants to help students become the next generation of informed citizens and independent thinkers. This inspires her to work harder and smarter for them.

In her free time, Olivia enjoys playing sports, working out, traveling, reading and hanging out with her dog Dobby and her husband.

Favorite Books: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Movie: Rogue One and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows