Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) Director
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.
Special Education Counselor
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.
Upper Grade Education Specialist
Tom is returning as the resource specialist for upper grades. He enjoys being part of a team that so clearly encourages creativity, individual growth, and global awareness. He is eager to help learners meet their potential. Tom’s background includes twenty-five years as a monk, living in Colorado, Nova Scotia, and Ireland. He lived in beautiful wilderness areas, developing a great love for nature’s beauty. He had the opportunity to work with his hands, learning construction, carpentry, and wood carving. The monasteries he lived in are also retreat centers, and Tom spoke with people from all walks of life, hearing their stories and counseling many of them. He traveled to churches and conference centers in the US, Canada, and Europe to give talks and conduct retreats. In 2005, Tom left the monastery. He married in 2008 and has the privilege of living with a wonderful wife and stepson. Throughout his life, Tom has been fascinated with music. He is an avid guitarist, singer, and songwriter.
Tracy is proud to serve as SCVi's school psychologist. She is currently
working on her dissertation and plans to complete her doctorate in
educational psychology from Alliant University this December. Tracy is married with a son. Outside of work, she loves to read mysteries and cook. Tracy is attracted to SCVi for the tremendous opportunity to work with
all learners and families, not just those in special education.
Carolina is thrilled to be the school nurse at SCVi. For the past two years, she has served as our school special circumstances aide. Prior to that, she spent four years working for the Los Angeles Unified School District as a teachers assistant for the 2nd grade retention program. Carolina grew up in a gang-ridden area of and was shot in the arm as a child. After becoming a teen mom, she worked hard to create a good life by graduating from high school and putting herself through nursing school. She is now the proud mom of three children who enjoy playing baseball and soccer. Her oldest is in marching band and jazz band. Her husband is a police officer. Carolina says she loves working with kids and that she used to dream of being a school nurse. "My dream finally came true," she says.
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.
This is Allison's 3rd year teaching at SCVi. She is excited to return to 6th grade for the 2nd year in a row. She has worked with 6th graders for five of her six years teaching and holds a special place in her heart for learners at this age. She is passionate about working with learners to help them gain knowledge, skills, and positive experiences in middle school. Allison is excited to be a part of a new team this year. She is looking forward to working with the middle school team to continue to build SCVi 's strong middle school program. Allison will also be working as SCVi's WASC coordinator as the school goes through the accreditation process. As a lifelong Santa Clarita resident, Allison feels a deep connection with the community. After graduating from Valencia High School, she went on to College of the Canyons and California State University, Bakersfield, for her higher education. It was always her dream to teach in her community and to provide the same positive experience that she had as a child in school.
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.