Educational Coordinators

Pivot Charter School provides instruction to students through a robust standards-based online curriculum supported by class offerings at our resource center, tutoring, strong oversight and academic support. The school is a “blend” of online curriculum with resource center support.

The role of the teacher at Pivot Charter School is to monitor student progress online daily, provide feedback, encouragement, and support to students, provide academic support in their areas of expertise for students needing help and produce accurate, timely and compliant documentation of independent study attendance. Teachers do not necessarily provide direct instruction to a “class” of students on a daily basis but are at our resource centers every day. Teachers, also known as Educational Coordinators, counsel, mentor, provide oversight, direction and whatever support it takes to help students succeed in their academic endeavors.

The Educational Coordinators of Pivot North Bay:

Melissa AndradeMelissa Andrade – Classroom Assistant

Melissa grew up in Santa Rosa and studied at San Francisco State University, receiving a B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in World Literature. She hopes to bring her passion for the written word to the students at Pivot. Outside of the classroom, she spends her time writing, adopting new plants, learning arts and crafts projects, and hanging out with her “niblings” (her sibling’s kids).

 

Robert Brier – Virtual Educational Coordinator

Robert grew up in Southern California. He has been teaching for over 20 years both in the United States and abroad. Robert has a passion for history, geography and travel. He enjoys teaching and sharing his passion with students.

 

MeghanMeghan Coffey – Educational Coordinator

Meghan found Pivot in 2014 thinking it would be a good way to ease back into teaching after taking a year off of work to be with her first child. What she found was an amazingly supportive environment for both staff and students, and what was going to be just a year or two at Pivot, turned into many. Meghan’s love for science began in elementary and with the help of amazing educators, her curiosity and love for learning continued. She earned both her degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology and her Single Subject credential from Sonoma State. Meghan considers herself a lifelong learner and is always in search of new things to learn, and she encourages her students to do the same. When Meghan isn’t working, she can be found spending time with her partner and their three children, visiting family, or working on a home project. Meghan also enjoys reading, baking and crafting.

Sarah Cullar – Educational Coordinator

Sarah began her teaching career in 2003 as a third-grade teacher in Pittsburg, California while completing the Multiple Subjects Credential program at Cal State East Bay. After teaching in Pittsburg for eight years, she took some time off to have her son, Hunter, and move to the North Coast of California. A lifelong resident of California, she now lives in Caspar where she has taught for the last two years; first in a K/1 program and this last year overseeing and teaching grades two through five. Sarah has a great passion for music, nature, and working with children.

Collin Dobb – Educational Coordinator

Collin found his love for history very young when he was annoying his grandpa by constantly asking questions about his involvement in the Bay of Pigs incident way back when. That love of history and asking constant questions only grew throughout the years before attending California State University, Chico, graduating with a B. A. in History which was quickly followed by a Social Science Teaching Credential in 2018. Specializing in Eastern European history, Collin would love to rant about Josip Broz Tito, Napoleon’s military campaigns in the east or why everything bad in the Balkans occurs on June 15th, but he can save it for a time when people want to listen. When he’s not falling down a historical rabbithole, Collin can be found hiking around state parks, visiting historical sites, at sporting events, or lost camping in the mountains. Collin’s goal is to help every student he meets discover something that they are passionate about and translate his passion for history to the next generation of historians.

Roy Domke – Math Coach

Roy is a Pivot Math Coach Coordinator of middle and high school on-campus and Virtual students at all five Pivot campuses. He has always been fascinated by all things mechanical, especially machines that move people about with powerful motors. He has logged over two million miles operating numerous cars, trucks, boats, and airplanes. This life-long passion drew him to the field of Mechanical Engineering, in which he holds a BS degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He also loves to travel and has visited all fifty States and seven continents, including Antarctica. During his working career, he held a position of Project Engineer with an aerospace firm designing ICBM components for the US military. He served seven years in the US Navy Reserve, founded and managed companies ranging from custom home building, insurance claims investigations, medical research, and antique/classic mahogany boat restorations. Following the sale of his last business, Roy began volunteering as a math tutor in Sonoma County schools on a part-time basis. That activity hooked him on helping kids succeed in math. Especially high school students. After spending several years working in the Healdsburg and Santa Rosa School Districts, Pivot Charter School caught his eye as a perfect match for his skills and worldly experience.

Bob Firestone – Educational Specialist

Bob was born in Missouri but moved to southern California at a young age. After high school and two years at Pierce College, he began his first career in the US Army. Following his service in the military, he returned to college, married his wife Barbara and soon graduated with a BA in Political Science from Sonoma State University. His second career was with the United States Postal Service, where he held a variety of management positions in operations, engineering and budget. He retired as Manager of the North Bay General Mail Facility in Petaluma, CA, after more than thirty-five years of Federal service. He then began his third and current career in Education in 2004 as a substitute teacher. Bob taught almost exclusively at Healdsburg High School for the next twelve years while earning his teaching credential in Special Education. In the spring of 2016, he began teaching at Pivot North Bay. In the following school year, he earned the moniker “Mr. Bob”, given to him by a young, Pivot poster middle school student. During the next five years, our students have weathered more fires, floods, evacuations and tragedies than anyone deserves in a lifetime. It has been an absolute honor to in some way help our students and families get through their classes, manage their emotions and move forward with their lives. Then Covid-19 hit, and the challenge suddenly grew and changed. Mr. Bob got to hug and take pictures of the 2021 graduates, among them that young student from 2017. I’m looking forward to a somewhat normal summer with my wife, four children and their spouses, our eight grandchildren, our kitty and 2 labs. Then rested and ready to hopefully get back to the Resource Center with new skills and energy to start the new year.

James Foster – Educational Specialist

James was born and raised in Sonoma County. He studied at the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History before continuing at Sonoma State University to earn his teaching credential. James has taught as an Education Specialist for the past four years and has been at Pivot for one. In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his wife, watching movies and sports, playing games, and hanging out with his dog Milo and bird Larry.

Isabelle Gast – Educational Coordinator

Isabelle graduated from Sonoma State University with both her bachelor’s in Biology and her teaching credential. She loves the story each organism tells and how every life impacts a network of others. Isabelle loves teaching because of the relationships built, curiosities explored, and questions answered inciting new questions.

 

Shelli Golden – Educational Specialist

Shelli is a native Californian with a passion for education. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature.  After a career as a marketing and event specialist and taking time to start a family, she pursued her Education Specialist credential at National University which, like Pivot, provides their curriculum online.  In her free time, Shelli loves to read, do yoga, bake, take walks, and go on adventures (near and far) with her husband and two daughters.

John Halderman – Educational Coordinator

John was born and raised in Sacramento. He moved to Sonoma County in 1993 to pursue his education at Sonoma State. He has a B.A. in Mexican­ American Studies and a Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. As an advocate for youth, John has a passion for educating our diverse community by encouraging creativity and supporting ambitious endeavors. For 9 years he educated youth at Rancho Bodega School. This is his 7th year teaching at Pivot, and he is committed to our mission to provide an individualized educational program to each student. He likes to teach Music Performance and take kids on Outdoor Adventures. In his free time, he loves to go hiking, mountain biking, spend time with his daughter.

Angelica Herrera – Counselor

Angelica grew up in San Jose and moved to Sonoma County in 2011. She attended Sonoma State University and completed her B.A. in Liberal Studies and later received her M.A. in Counseling. She has had teaching experience as a substitute teacher and an instructional assistant in various schools throughout Sonoma County. Through her teaching career, she discovered her enjoyment working one-on-one with students and their families, thus decided to continue her education in the counseling field. In her spare time, she enjoys doing outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, running, and gardening. She takes pride in her abilities to make niche Spotify playlists and homemade tortillas. Angelica is excited to create meaningful relationships with Pivot students and families while providing them support and guidance through their academic journey.

Kevin Lando – Educational Coordinator

Kevin is originally from San Francisco and moved to the east coast in his early teens. Over the years, he has lived in various parts of the country, and recently returned to California to work at Pivot Charter School. Kevin made a career change in the late 90s and earned his B.S. in Education at the University of New Orleans. He taught Math and Physical Education in the state of Maryland for 17 years.

 

Tim Mahew

Tim Mehew – Educational Coordinator

As an English Teacher, Tim has always maintained the goal of enabling students to be more effective communicators. As a history teacher, he has tried to imbue their communication with understanding and context, a task he finds increasingly important this day in age. He has had a desire to teach and reach young people since Tim was relatively young. He began pursuing his career at both Chico and San Francisco State Universities immediately after high school, while simultaneously pursuing a career as a musician. Tim has worked in traditional classrooms in 9th-12th grades at various schools throughout the Bay Area in his 10 years of teaching but, as a former Independent Study student, he feels most at home working at Pivot with our unique student population with whom he identifies very closely. Tim still plays music and sometimes this endeavor takes him abroad and keeps him very busy. It enables Tim to find common ground and connect with students on a personal level, thereby building a better rapport with students and families alike. Establishing this accord between these three parties is an essential quality of an Educational Coordinator and the one to which Tim attributes his success.

Julian Rooney – Educational Coordinator

Julian grew up in Southern California before moving to Northern California in 1999. He attended Santa Rosa Junior College and after transferring, earned his BA in Geography from Sonoma State University. He joined Pivot Charter School in 2017 and was very impressed with the individualized education approach. He believes that we all learn differently, but that is something that should be embraced! He entered education because he believes strongly in empowerment through knowledge and wants to help children reach their goals in life through learning. Julian previously worked at Salmon Creek Middle School and spent six years as a manager at Sports City Indoor Soccer.  He loves to play and talk sports with anyone who is willing. He also enjoys traveling to new places whenever he gets the free time.

Abigail Titus – Site Administrator

Abigail was born and raised in Ferndale, California where caring teachers and parents showed her the power of learning and helping others. After graduating high school, she spent a year as a Rotary Youth Foreign Exchange student in France. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Art in Anthropology and Social Justice from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Abigail returned to Northern California with a goal to make a positive impact in the lives of others through education and joined the teaching profession through the Sonoma County Office of Education Intern Teaching Program. Over the past three years, she has applied her passion for education at Pivot Charter School where she can be an advocate for all students. When she is not in the classroom, Abigail enjoys spending time with her hilarious family and traveling. She has been to 30 states and hopes to visit all 50 before she turns 30!

Barrie R. Waldman – Educational Coordinator

Barrie was born in Brooklyn, New York but became a transplant to Southern California’s San Fernando Valley at the age of 8. She loves the beautiful variety of climates in our state and says that the only place she could imagine living other than Northern California would be the Hawaiian Islands. A veteran of virtual education, Barrie received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1998 from Excelsior College, the online extension of the University of the State of New York. She has continued her personal educational journey in obtaining her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration through the blended learning program from National University. When not teaching at Pivot Charter School, Barrie enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband of 15 years Jack, fabulous human son Jaden, and adorable fuzzy puppy son Pluto, and organic gardening, reading, and participating in historical reenactments at the Renaissance Faire and Dickens Christmas Fair.

Nicole Westbrook – Educational Coordinator

Nicole Westbrook grew up in Etna, CA and has a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Santa Cruz, CA and a teaching credential from UC Davis. She enjoys foraging for edible seaweed and plants, gardening, cooking, and going on walks with her adventurous cats. She has been an Education Coordinator at Pivot since 2018. She loves to offer field trips and labs to Pivot students. Her favorite part of teaching is when her students engage in hands-on experiments or collaborative projects.

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