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9th-12th Facilitators

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Aaron Hirst


Email: aaron.hirst@scvi-k12.org

Aaron comes to SCVi from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he taught high school mathematics for 13 years and concurrently at Northern Kentucky University for 15 years. Aaron holds a bachelors of science in mathematics from Northern Kentucky University, 28 semester hours of graduate mathematics from Miami University, and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from Xavier University, the latter among the Princeton Review’s top 378 out of over 4,000 universities in the United States. Aaron has been recognized by three out of the five boards of education for which he has worked. He is a published author and has represented numerous school districts at the state level. He has hosted the Governor of Kentucky and addressed the legislators of Northern Kentucky. He has helped to shape mathematics education at the state level in Ohio, representing one of the top 21 urban school districts. Undeniably, Aaron is an advocate for the education of children and the support of families during these formative years. Aaron comes to SCVi to engage learners in a well-designed mathematics curriculum that addresses their social, emotional, and life requirements. Constantly aware of the options presented to SCVi students, Aaron works to reinforce SCVi as the best option for all learners.

Angie Nastovska

Email: angie.nastovska@scvi-k12.org

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/scvi-k12.org/ms-angie-j-nastovska/

Angie is proud to be joining SCVi this year as an English Facilitator in our Upper School Program. She brings with her a rich international background and years of teaching at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels. During the past five years, she worked at Monarch Academy as a pre-K teacher and Curriculum Coordinator. Angie was born and raised in Macedonia, a small, mountainous country in South East Europe. Growing up with a father (corporate lawyer), mother (nurse), and brother (an agricultural engineer), she was always encouraged to find a fine balance between her enthusiastic educational pursuits and dynamic lifestyle. At age 7, she joined the city choir and traveled all over Europe by the end of high school. After getting her Dental Technician degree and working as one for a few months, she realized she had chosen the wrong career path. Shortly after, she ventured into education and got her bachelor’s of science degree in education and her Single Subject Teaching Credential in English from South East European University. Six years ago, she came to California. When she became familiar with the U.S. educational system, she decided to make a change and get all the necessary requirements to teach here. This included an associate’s degree in early childhood education, master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and PhD in leadership in educational administration. Learning in Angie’s classroom is self-directed, personally responsive, and socially mediated where the individual motivation and effort of all learners is important and central.

Erin Acquaviva

Erin is so happy to be joining the Upper School team this year. Last year she facilitated 8th grade Language A and Humanities. She enjoyed working with the 8th grade group of learners so much that she wanted to follow them to high school! Erin grew up in Santa Clarita Valley and graduated from Valencia High School. She has a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences and Masters Degree in Education. Erin taught in the Hart School District for six and half years and taught online courses with California Virtual Academies for two years. She looks forward to another year of growth within herself professionally and in her learners. Outside of work, Erin enjoys spending time with her two children, Hannah and Luke, and her husband, Tony. She loves reading, camping, boating, hiking, and physical activity.

Christy Zimmerman
Email: christy.zimmerman@scvi-k12.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/scvi-k12.org/mrs-zimmerman-s-website/

Luke Salzarulo

English / History

Email: luke.salzarulo@scvi-k12.org


Luke is an outstanding and passionate educator who comes with unique and rich experience in classroom management, leadership, and instruction. After graduating cum laude from California State University, Northridge in 2007, Luke began working as a high school instructor in the Santa Clarita Valley. He first came to SCVi in the 2012-2013 school year. Luke is a busy humanitarian who volunteers in Latin America. Luke and his wife live in the Santa Clarita Valley where they are raising their son, Harvey, who was born in 2012. Luke enjoys playing, recording, and teaching music, especially guitar, piano, bass, and drums. He has also been involved with local nonprofits that serve schools and the community for the past 10 years. In 2009, Luke earned his master’s degree and hopes to continue to advance his education by pursuing a doctorate in education.

Zaloa Goiri-Virto
Chemistry / Physics
Email: zaloa.goirivirto@scvi-k12.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/scvi-k12.org/high-school-science/

Zaloa received her master's degree in chemistry from the University of the Basque Country. After several years of working as an environmental and engineering consultant, she decided in 2008 to become a teacher. It was the best decision she ever made. As Zaloa always loved traveling and getting to know different cultures and ways of life, she decided to move to the U.S. This year she came to work for SCVi. She is excited for the new experience and to learn about all the interesting things the school and its surrounding communities have to offer.

Sheldon Sparks

Email: sheldon.sparks@scvi-k12.org

Sheldon is excited to be a part of the SCVi team this year. He grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley and says he cannot imagine a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Sheldon has been married 21 years and has 4 beautiful children: 2 boys and 2 girls. They keep him busy, but he says every moment is worth it. His passion lies in working with youth and coaching little league baseball.

Ramon Hamilton