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Head of The School

Mr. Anthony Mr. Anthony graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He went on to study at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York and graduated with a Master of Science in Education. He earned his New York State English Language Arts 6-12 teaching certificate at the same time. Mr. Anthony later graduated from Endicott College with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. He is currently enrolled in Arizona State University’s doctorate program in Innovation and Leadership in Education. Read more

Mr. Anthony believes that all children have a passion for learning and that it is the educator’s responsibility to create learning experiences which help their students discover and develop their passions and interests.  Mr. Anthony’s experience in education is drawn from an international career which has spanned three different countries and several different curriculums and approaches to teaching and learning.  After teaching English in the New York City public school system, Mr. Anthony made a big move to Asia where he taught high school English. He worked with students who gained acceptance into the top 3 universities as well as MIT and CalTech. Mr. Anthony then moved to Vietnam where he lived for 10 years and worked in international schools as a teacher, head of department, principal, as well as a head of school. An avid learner, Mr. Anthony has completed and participated in several professional development courses with Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge Assessment International, Oxford University Press, and Pearson Learning. He has conducted professional development courses on school leadership, emotional intelligence in the classroom, active learning and critical thinking, integrating technology in the classroom, lesson planning, and classroom management.  He was also a guest speaker at the 2020 APAC Region International Schools Conference.  Mr. Anthony also has experience working as an education consultant for parents and for several independent and international school projects.   

English Department

Ms. Denise Ms. Denise completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Journalism at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.  She completed her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.  She has more than 15 years of experience in education, teaching primary, intermediate, secondary, college, and graduate-level courses.  She holds a Teaching License for Tennessee and a California Clear 7-12 Single Subject English Credential, with an ELD endorsement.  She is currently a full-time high school teacher in a private school.  Read more

In her experiences in classrooms across the country, Ms. Denise has always brought her enthusiasm, knowledge, and commitment to excellence.  She is trained in numerous teaching methodologies and utilizes a variety of strategies to make ideas concrete, comprehensible and relevant. Student needs are met where they are.  She believes that every student can learn and grow-- and her job is to inspire and enrich.  She uses her wit and creativity to foster an environment that is challenging, engaging, and fun.

Ms. Kristi Ms. Kristi graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She also gained her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at CSUF. Read more

Ms. Kristi started her teaching career working as an Instructional Assistant while attending college. She worked with all grade levels, K-6, with the Anaheim City School District. After receiving Credential, she obtained a job as a Kindergarten teacher, also with ACSD. For the next 15 years, She worked as an elementary school teacher, and she also became a Master Teacher for 3 students from CSUF. For the last 2.5 years, Ms. Kristi have been working with 1st-5th grade students at a Montessori school in Orange. She was in charge with teaching all subjects: Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Art, Creative Writing, and Literature. With the Covid Pandemic, she had half of students in class and half of students as Distant Learners, working with ZOOM. Her goal was to have all students, both in class and distant learners, feel they were all a part of a “traditional” classroom environment.

Mr. Sarah Ms. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rollins College. She also gained Masters in Applied Linguistics from the American University and second master degree in civic and cultural management from Tulane University. She holds a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in English K-12. Read more

Ms. Sarah has taught English for 25 years for middle school and high school. She taught AP Language & Composition and AP Literature over 6 years and IB Language & Literature & IB Literature experience over 12 years. She began in the U.S. Peace Corps and then Costa Mesa High School in Costa Mesa, California where she taught Grade 9 Language Arts, as well as AP class. Ms. Sarah continued her career abroad where she taught at different private schools internationally. She was also CAS coordinator and extended essay supervisor for Grade 11. She was also team leader for Grade 12. She specialized in IB Language & Literature and IB Literature for Grade 11 and Grade 12. Ms Sarah assess students’ abilities, strengths, and weaknesses and adapt lessons to challenge them and to improve their abilities.

Ms. Melanie Ms. Melanie graduated from University of California, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Multiple-subject education). She earned her Multiple- Subject Teaching Credential at California State University, Long Beach as well. Read more

Ms. Melanie is passionate about student success and believes that through engaging, student-centered, and specialized teaching, your child will be set up for success not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well, with years of experience working at pre-k, elementary, middle, and high school levels. Ms. Melanie’s experience includes professional tutoring from elementary to high school levels which has prepared her to break down complex material in a simple and engaging way for individual and small groups of students. During her time teaching at public and private schools, she taught multiple-subject education from every grade between pre-k and sixth grade where she learned the importance of incorporating student interest in her lesson- planning. Ms. Melanie centers her teaching around your individual child and focuses on higher- order thinking, creativity, and critical thinking in her teaching.

Mr. Dave Mr. Dave earned a Master’s Degree in English from Cal State Long Beach. Mr. Dave also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in Theater from UCLA and an Associate’s in General Studies from Cerritos College with an emphasis in Theater Arts, Film, and Writing. In addition, he has held a Single Subject Credential in English for over a decade. Read more

Mr. Dave has 15 years of experience teaching English Language Arts in public middle and high schools. His experience consists of teaching accelerated critical reading and analysis, rhetoric and expository composition, public speaking, and presentation to remedial and advanced/gifted students. He also has experience teaching Biology, Earth Science, and Drama. His emphasis in teaching has been to help students write stronger and more effective persuasive, research-based essays and narrative stories that include clear description and beats. He assists students with developing thesis papers with specific claims, evidence, and reasonings in a properly structured form. For the past decade and a half, he has optimized student growth in academics by differentiating instruction based upon each students’ learning style and needs. Mr. Dave believes in implementing inclusion for all cultures within his lessons and has a great respect for diversity.

Ms. Lindsay Ms. Lindsay graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business, and earned her Master of Arts in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Ms. Lindsay has completed the American Association of Tutors training, and has many professional development hours in Singapore Math techniques, among other topics. Read more

Ms. Lindsay was a 4th-7th grade teacher and also in charge of public speaking programs at a New York private school. She also has a decade of one-on-one tutoring and teaching experience, and has worked as an editor and proofreader for international students and researchers. In addition, Ms. Lindsay has experience as a teacher-author and e-content creator for math and English-language resources. She is a curriculum designer for 4th-12th grade students. She is familiar with Common Core methodologies and has much experience working with ESL students. She has a passion for teaching and learning, and strives to make her lessons active, fun and engaging, while challenging the students to grow and think critically.

Ms. Rachel Ms. Rachel graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and went on to earn her Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential with a Reading and Language Arts Emphasis both from California State University, Long Beach. She continued her professional development, taking virtual teaching courses through UCI and ASU. Read more

She is the product of the renowned ABCUSD in Cerritos, completing her elementary through high school education at their schools. After receiving her credential, she began her teaching career there, initially in a 3rd grade classroom, then moving up to 8th grade. Her passion for education did not stop within the walls of her classrooms. She moved forward in making her impact with individual children as a private tutor, both in-person and virtually. She is very experienced in test preparation, like SBAC, SSAT, ISEE, SCAT, SAT, ACT and TOEFL. She is a dedicated and caring educator who is committed to providing innovative, engaging, and conscientious lessons to all of her students.

Leadership Department

Mr. William Mr. William has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, with a Minor in History from CSU Long Beach, as well as a Masters in Religious Studies from Liberty University. Mr. William holds Single Subject Teaching licenses in both Speech and Social Science in California.   Read more

As a member of the Santiago Canyon Speech and Debate Team, he won the 2007 National Championships in Extemporaneous Speaking and Parliamentary Debate, as well as the California State Championship in Impromptu Speaking. He was honored to represent American Debate students at an International World’s Debate Competition in China in May of 2017. He grew up participating in Speech and Debate in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas, and after a successful career at Long Beach State, he became a Middle and High School Coach in Chowchilla, California, and has been a teacher for over 7 years. In 2017, he coached the Middle School National Champion in Informative Speaking. As a High School coach, he was named by the California High School Speech Association as the 2017-2018 Rookie Coach of the Year, and served two years on the state curriculum committee helping write materials for Speech and Debate classes statewide. He was also honored by the Fresno NBC affiliate KSEE 224 News as the Educator of the Week in September of 2017.

Mr. Richard Mr. Richard received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at California State University Long Beach. Specializing in Developmental and Political Psychology, he has utilized his background to coordinate political campaigns on both a city and national level. He has worked alongside Professors, School Board members, and an array of organizations in order to craft new legislation aimed at a better tomorrow. As well, Mr. Richard regularly works with the organization that preps the children for college and beyond. Read more

In his career he has taught Public Speaking, Communications, and English. A jack of many trades Mr. Richard has committed himself to a lifetime of public service and dedication to the enlightenment of all generations to come.

Math Department

Ms. Lauren Ms. Lauren grew up in Orange County and graduated from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), earning her Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree and a Teaching Credential in Foundational-Level Mathematics. Read more

After teaching Common Core Mathematics at a Los Angeles middle school for three years, she now has over ten years of experience tutoring and helping students of all age groups. She believes that every child is capable of learning and focuses on individual growth. She loves working with kids and is passionate about teaching Math. Her strengths include building meaningful relationships with students and parents, creating a positive learning environment, and making math much easier to understand by connecting concepts to the real world.

Ms. Emily Ms. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Montana State University, and a Masters Degree in Math Education from Western Governors University. She has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for grades K-9th, and she specializes in Math Education for Grades 5th-9th.  Read more

Ms. Emily has been a public school classroom teacher for over 6 years, with 4 of those years specializing as a Middle School Math teacher. She is an experienced Math content writer with a passion for STEM education. Ms. Emily enjoys presenting and teaching Math content in a way that is engaging and memorable. She loves working with curious students, and helping them build confidence in their academic abilities. Ms. Emily is skilled at delivering difficult Math content in a way that is easily understood by learners of all abilities.

Science & Robotics Department

Mr. Jesus Mr. Jesus graduated from California State University, Fullerton where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, with a concentration in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and two minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. Read more

Mr. Jesus has been an educator for the past ten years for students of all ages for a variety of academic subjects. Being a Supplemental Instructor Leader for Biology and Organic Chemistry and the Head Math Tutor at the Math department at CSUF, he has a lot of experience in Math and Science. Mr. Jesus is also knowledgeable in Robotics, Coding, and Physics. Having taught/ tutored for these subjects for over a year now he has worked using VEX, LEGO Robotics, Wonder Workshop and Botball. He can also program using different languages such as, C, C#, C++, Python. Java, Scratch, and Microsoft MakeCode. 

Mr. William Mr. William graduated with a Cum Laude distinction from the University of California, Monterey Bay with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and an emphasis in literature. He also managed to attain an additional distinction in the major through services to the Liberal Studies Department. Read more

Mr. William started his teaching career as a summer camp assistant when he was a teenager, and has been teaching and learning ever since. He has worked at a number of different after school centers and summer camps, working with students from kindergarten up to high school. Mr. William is passionate about teaching, and while he has experience in many teaching pedagogies, favors a project-based learning approach, to capture students’ specific interests in every topic. He has many years of experience in STEM based curriculum, both teaching and writing, having developed and piloted many curriculum programs across California public schools and after school programs. During this piloting process, he also had the opportunity to facilitate dozens of teacher trainings sessions across the state to help other educators improve in their STEM and Project Based Learning approaches. Mr. William’s greatest strength lies in his ability to connect student interests and real-world applications to the content he is teaching, ensuring his students leave every lesson excited about what they have learned.

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