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Alumni News & Notes

Published March 2021
Class of 1988

Katrina Foulk Beckstrand '88 is a retired registered nurse living near her mother, Mrs. Loretta Foulk in Grass Valley, CA. She writes that, "It’s great to see that ACS is still giving the world small classroom sizes and attention to kids that benefit them greatly."

Jeffrey Beckstrand attended ACDS and is currently working on a master's degree in mathematics.

Ben Costa '98 and James Parks '98 will be releasing the third book in the Rickety Stitch series, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 3: The Battle of the Bards on April 27, 2021. Learn more at

Class of 2010, 2013, 2019

Brian Huhn '10, Neda Amin '13, and Apurva Seshadri '19 participated as panelists in the annual Middle School Information Night.  Brian, Neda and Apurva shared their middle school experiences and talked about how middle school prepared them for high school and beyond.

Jackson Burrill '13 will return to Bellarmine as the tight ends and fullbacks coach and control analyst. He attended high school at Bellarmine and graduated in 2017.  He will graduate from San Jose State in June 2021.

Class of 2017

Alyvia McIntyre '17 has been selected to play volleyball at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.  Alyvia played on the ACDS volleyball team and the Leland High School volleyball team.  She also played on several club teams, including Motion Volleyball Club, Stingray Volleyball Club, Titan Athletics and Academy Volleyball club.

Alumni Updates

Mrs. Loretta Foulk lives in Grass Valley, CA.  She was recruited by Mrs. Nan Hunter as an Early Childhood Education teacher and worked with Mrs. Liz Semichy to develop the ACDS ECE program. She holds an Early Childhood Education camp for her grandchildren every summer.

Mrs. Charu Gulati taught middle school science from 2002 to 2007. She then moved to India and continued teaching at the American International School. She returned back to the United States in 2018 and is currently a middle school science educator and an innovation coach in San Carlos, California. Her domestic and overseas teaching experiences have ingrained an appreciation for social, cultural, and geographic diversity in her work. Charu inspires her students to understand the interconnectedness of our world and cultivate environmental empathy, and she empowers them to be changemakers for issues that need collective action.

Mrs. Gulati was selected for the 2021 Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship- a professional development opportunity by a partnership between the National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions.  As one of only 50 educators selected from across the U.S. and Canada, she will embark on a once in a lifetime journey to an incredible destination where she will have an opportunity to learn alongside naturalists, scientists and National Geographic explorers. She is excited for the new learning and is looking forward to bringing the true power of science and storytelling into her classroom.

According to Mrs. Gulati, her experience at ACDS helped shape her philosophy of teaching in a big way. She believes in educating the whole child and recognizes that we can support our students best by discovering their gifts and valuing the uniqueness of each child. She cherishes her time at ACDS not only for the teaching opportunities but also for her daughter- Isha's formative years. Isha started her education at ACDS in Pre K and blossomed in the nurturing environment at the school. Isha recently graduated from Tulane University with a major in Neuroscience and she is currently working at the SRI International as a Toxicology Research Technician.

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