Curriculum Team


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Rosalind Helfand, Curriculum Director

Rosalind Helfand is the Managing Editor and Curriculum Director for Literature for Life. For over 15 years, she’s advised nonprofits and the government on creating innovative programs and policies, working in multiple fields including human rights, women’s leadership, arts and education, and the environment. Rosalind serves with Planned Parenthood Young Professionals, the National Council of Jewish Women, L.A. (NCJW/LA) Advocacy Committee, and the Lambda Literary Festival Steering Committee. She’s a recipient of the NCJW/LA President’s Award. She directs Sci-Fest LA’s short science fiction writing competitions, and she formerly directed programming for West Hollywood’s Women’s Leadership Conference and Human Rights Speakers Series, as well as their annual regional award-winning book festival. A writer, her articles have appeared in publications such as the Jewish Journal, and she regularly appears as a speaker and panel moderator. She’s lectured for universities, and teaches high school courses in Creative Writing, Research Writing, Leadership, and Sex Ed.


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Léna Garcia, Lead Curriculum Writer

Lead curriculum writer Léna Garcia is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. As a reporter, she investigated the ill-fated expansion of Haggen grocery chain and the triple-homicide of a homeopathic doctor and his family in Santa Barbara. As a literature student at UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies and Professional Editing Minor, ­she explored the intersection between cancer and humanity in a creative nonfiction essay that received the college’s 2015 Most Excellent Writing Award. Read her work at Vagabond Literary Journal and lenaxgarcia.wixsite.com/website.


Lisa Beebe

Lisa Beebe is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. Much of her work has been for a young audience, including creating web content for Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and Freeform, educational video scripts for Amplify Media, and articles and quizzes for BYOU, a self-esteem magazine for tweens. Her short fiction has been published in Indiana Review, Eleven Eleven, Cactus Heart, and Exposition Review, among others. Lisa is a longtime volunteer and mentor with WriteGirl, a nonprofit that matches teenage girls with professional writers for creative writing mentoring. She majored in English Literature at New York University. Find her online at lisabeebe.com.


Griffin Davis

Griffin Davis is a graduate of the Literature program at the College of Creative Studies at UCSB. While at college, he wrote for the satire magazine Gaucho Marks and became the editor-in-chief his junior year. He also served as a publishing intern for Literature for Life, where he wrote curriculum for the story “The Dog Who Solved the Murder Mystery.” He is very happy and excited to return to the team and continue writing curriculum.


Katy Eyberg

Katy Eyberg is an award-winning educator from Texas. For three years, she worked in the Austin area and taught hundreds of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. During the 2015-2016 school year, she designed an original creative-writing curriculum that culminated in the publication of her district’s first ever literary magazine. She has since left Texas to pursue graduate school in Los Angeles and travel, but she hopes to soon return to the classroom. She graduated with her B.A. in English with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin. In her spare time, Katy enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring.


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Tiffany Owens

Tiffany Owens is a cross-disciplinary arts-education specialist with over twenty years in program and learning experience design, direct classroom instruction, event production, and performance. A classically trained actor, credentialed veteran educator, and arts advocate, Tiffany serves as the Chair and Mayoral Representative of the City of Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission. She designs custom educational theatre workshops, professional development training, and arts-integrated curricula. As a public speaker she has presented on arts education at Innovate Pasadena, Leadership Pasadena at the Pasadena Playhouse, and The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens. Her ongoing professional practice in theatre includes recent appearances in productions with Parson’s Nose Theatre Company, Lineage Dance, Machine Project, and Downtown Repertory Theatre Company.


Past Curriculum Contributors

Roz Brown
Griffin Davis
Yasmin Dunn
Leslie Hall
Mike Sonksen
Kevin Stricke
Jervey Tervalon
Jinghuan Liu Tervalon