K-12 Tuition Free Public School

Student Support

Gris Ibarra
Student Services Coordinator
Email: gris.ibarra@scvi-k12.org
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Michele Bowes

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) Director
Email: michele.bowes@scvi-k12.org

Michele is thrilled to be a returning member of the SCVi team—this year, in a leadership position as director overseeing curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This is Michele’s second year at SCVi. Last year, she co-facilitated the 3rd grade community. Michele holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s in curriculum and instruction, and a master’s in reading and language arts. She also holds Clear Administrative Services, Clear Specialist Instruction-Reading, and Clear California Professional Multiple Subject Credentials. Prior to joining SCVi, Michele served as a principal for six years and prior to that, a vice principal for a year and a half. She has taught in kindergarten, 1st,  3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th grades, as well as served as a reading specialist. She has received numerous accolades, including Teacher of the Year and Los Angeles County Bilingual Directors’ Outstanding Administrator. Michele is the proud mom of daughter Kylie, who will be part of SCVi’s first graduating class of seniors this school year. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading, and painting.

Theresa D'Ambrosio
Special Education Counselor

Email: theresa.dambrosio@scvi-k12.org

Theresa has been a school counselor since 2008, working previously with the Castaic Union School District as their DIS counselor. She is excited about working at SCVi three days a week this year. Theresa will be continuing to work with DIS students, assisting those with special needs as well as students who need additional support. She will also be a part of the student advisory team and looks forward to connecting with both learners and parents. Theresa is a graduate of Long Beach University. She received a master's degree in educational counseling from University of La Verne with a credential to counsel K-12. Theresa is married and has one daughter.

Joan Monarch Lederhandler
School Psychologist
Email: joan.monarch@scvi-k12.org
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Kathleen Savery
Education Specialist, Grades K-5
Email: kathleen.savery@scvi-k12.org
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Kathleen is proud to be working at SCVi as the Education Specialist for grades K-5. Education is deep in her roots. Her family founded the first African American College in Talladega, Alabama. Prior to coming to SCVi, she worked as a reading tutor, taught adults with developmental disabilities, and trained professional digital artists. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Special Education at California Lutheran University. While not in school, Kathleen enjoys being a mother, reading, baking, and ballroom dancing.

Aleen Babikian

Education Specialist, Grades 6-7

E-mail: aleen.babkian@scvi-k12.org
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Aleen is excited to be a first-year ed specialist for SCVi's 6th and 7th grades. She hails from Costa Mesa and earned her BA in liberal studies and her mild to moderate credential from Cal State University Northridge. She truly believes kids flourish working in cooperative teams and have the opportunity to learn on a deeper level through project-based learning. In her free time, Aleen loves traveling with her husband and being at the beach. 

Jody Kirby
Education Specialist
Email: jody.kirby@scvi-k12.org
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Jody has been a teacher since 1990, with most of those years spent as a private reading tutor and substitute teacher. She is a founding parent and began at SCVi as a parent volunteer and substitute teacher. That role has grown, and she is now the education specialist for grades K-6. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in special education at California Lutheran University. Jody is excited to be a part of the adventure that is SCVi! She enjoys her role supporting students, making their education more accessible, and allowing them to find success in the general education classroom. Jody has 2 children attending SCVi. While not in school, Jody enjoys family time, cooking, fun and activities.

Nora Simko
Speech-Language Pathologist
Email: nora.simko@scvi-k12.org
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Nora Simko, SCVi’s Speech-Language Pathologist, has over 10 years of experience working with children. Her background in early intervention and extensive experience with the special needs population have provided her the opportunity to collaborate with many professionals. The knowledge that she brings from these past experiences correlates with her whole child approach and implementation of sensory integration strategies within her treatment sessions. Making the difference in the lives of children is a passion of Nora’s, and she thoroughly enjoys treating children of all ages at SCVi.

Barbara Oh
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

Email: barbara.oh@scvi-k12.org
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Carolina Jimenez
School Nurse 

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Irma Breakfield
Upper School Counselor, College Advisor
Email: irma.breakfield@scvi-k12.org
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Irma is part of SCVi's upper school advisory team that is committed to supporting our learners in successfully applying to college. It is a critical role considering that SCVi will have its very first graduating class of seniors in 2014. Irma is quite familiar with what it takes to be successful at SCVi. She is a founding family member with two learners and was originally drawn to the school after reading its mission statement. She wanted an education for her children that encompassed their whole self. A California native who loves to dance in her free time, Irma has practiced as a licensed Marriage Family Therapist for more than 25 years. Additionally, she has spent 20 years working in the area of college access with One Voice, a non-profit agency that helps highly gifted, low-income students in LAUSD to not only get into college, but also to graduate. Irma has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix where she instructs graduate psychology students. She is an adoption social worker as well. She feels like part of her mission in life is to help individuals remember their greatness and support them in their life journey, whether that is by helping students get into college or by helping to form families through adoption.

Danijela Kuric

Email: danijela.kuric@scvi-k12.org

Karlyn Johnson
Student Support

Email: karlyn.johnson@scvi-k12.org

Jody Blin
Student Support

Email: jody.blin@scvi-k12.org

Melissa Brimigion
Student Support

Email: melissa.brimigion@scvi-k12.org

Megan Courtney
Student Support

Email: megan.courtney@scvi-k12.org

Andrew Estrada
Student Support

Email: andrew.estrada@scvi-k12.org

Mallory Fencil
Student Support

Email: mallory.fencil@scvi-k12.org

Lisa Olivera
Student Support

Email: lisa.olivera@scvi-k12.org

Dana Schmidt
Student Support

Email: dana.schmidt@scvi-k12.org

Colleen Shanahan
Student Support

Email: colleen.shanahan@scvi-k12.org

Sabra Murphy
Student Support

Email: sabra.murphy@scvi-k12.org