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An Online Charter School Built Around Community

At Method Schools, we’ve crafted a caring online learning environment to meet your student’s K-12 education needs and fuel their future.

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Method Schools’ History

Dr. Jessica Spallino and Mark Holley founded Method Schools in 2013 with a clear goal in mind: to build a K-12 public charter school that would end the factory model of education in Southern California, encourage rapid academic growth for every student, and manage sustainable enrollment growth each year.

Since it began, Method Schools has evolved into a leading online charter school that serves thousands of students each year. With custom-built software systems and online courses powering the way, our online learning community is led by certified teachers who have deep experience inspiring students in an independent study environment. Even as our learning network grows, we remain laser-focused on every single student, every single day—because at Method, we believe every student is our story.

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Online Learning Tailored to Your Child

At Method Schools, your child will enjoy personalized attention, small classes, self-paced programs, and flexible scheduling—all within a trusted, WASC-accredited online learning community.

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What Parents and Students Say About Method Schools

We want students to deepen their education by engaging with activities they love. At Method Schools, you can choose from clubs, field trips, learning tiles, and tons of extracurriculars

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Julie

Long Beach

Method has been absolutely the perfect solution for us. When we realized our son's school was not going to go back in person for the majority of the year, we had to widen our ideas, and Method has been great. The curriculum has been easy to follow along, and the support has been wonderful. It has been an amazing experience!"

Lauren

Menifee

Online school seems way better than actually having to go in, and the people that we have worked with seem pretty awesome so far."

Jabre

San Diego

The teachers, counselors and staff are amazing. They are extremely dedicated, and they provide the best education to my son. I am very thankful to all of them."

Madison

Perris

Method provides every student an opportunity to take required classes and open up their schedule during the school year to take more electives."

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Annual academic growth for students who remain at Method for an entire year

110%

2020 Student Satisfaction

95%

K-12 students served since 2014

35,000+

Join a Thriving Online Learning Community

Our flexible online format lets you choose your child’s learning schedule. That means they learn in an environment that fits their needs, and you get more time to parent them during some of their most formative years.

Method School's Values

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Growth

Growth is a critical Method outcome for our students and our staff. We use data-informed best practices and a personal approach that leverages each student’s individual skills. We ensure our staff is highly-trained and effective at delivering the customer experience our students and their families deserve.

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Innovation

Part of our growth is evolving our school practices to ensure each is relevant and applicable. We don’t believe in the status quo, and we challenge our students and staff to always think bigger.

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Rigor

Method is rigorous, but we provide all of our students with the tools and instruction needed to exceed.

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Accountability

At Method, we’re accountable to our stakeholders, which include out students, their families, our staff, our authorizers, and the individual taxpayers that fund all of public education.

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Safety

Method is a place of physical, emotional, and online safety for each and every one our students. We go to great lengths to ensure each student is free to learn without fear.

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Diversity

We focus on recruiting a student body that’s reflective of the diverse Southern California communities we serve.

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Inclusion

All students should feel important and included at Method. We place an emphasis on allowing each student to be themselves, and to feel good about it.

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Strength

Financial strength is essential to ensuring uninterrupted education occurs for our students. We focus on having little to no debt, healthy reserves, and fiscally conservative budgeting practices.

Meet Our Team of Distance Learning Experts

Our certified K-12 education staff has years of experience helping online learners achieve their dreams. We’re excited to help guide your child to success.

Dr. Jessica Spallino
Dr. Jessica Spallino

Founder & CEO

When Jessica first became an independent study teacher in 1999...

Dr. Jessica Spallino
Dr. Jessica Spallino

Founder & CEO

When Jessica first became an independent study teacher in 1999, she was inspired by the modality’s ability to meet students on an individualized level. Enhancing the modality and its reach to students in need of an education less traditional has since become the mission of her career. As CEO and Co-Founder of Method Schools, she has developed a passion for change management and supporting others through change. She holds deep origins from a Southern California working class family of seven upbringing. Her experience includes working for small and large charter schools and in K-12 curriculum sales. She is also one of the founders of SmartFox, a fully-integrated SIS, LMS, and online K-12 curriculum platform.

Throughout her career in the independent space, Jessica has encountered change, and resistance to change and has made breaking down barriers to change a primary focus in her career. She is currently working on her second book on developing an accountable independent study program within a change resistance industry. Jessica holds a BA degree from Cal State Northridge, both her single and multiple subject teaching credentials, a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Cal State San Marcos, and a PhD in Curriculum from New Mexico State University.

mark holley
Mark Holley

Founder & CBO

Mark is the co-founder and Chief Business Officer (CBO) of Met...

mark holley
Mark Holley

Founder & CBO

Mark is the co-founder and Chief Business Officer (CBO) of Method Schools and SmartFox K-12. He’s been working in the marketing and finance areas of K-12 education for two decades, after starting his career in the field as a janitor and forklift operator. As Method’s CBO, he divides his time between finance, marketing, and SmartFox development, with a particular interest in systems enhancement and customer experience improvement.

Mark holds a B.S. in Business from Utah Valley University and an MBA from Brigham Young University. In his spare time he’s often found somewhere on his mountain bike.

Jade Fernandez
Jade Fernandez

Senior Director of Schools

I am a veteran teacher with several years of experience in bot...

Jade Fernandez
Jade Fernandez

Senior Director of Schools

I am a veteran teacher with several years of experience in both traditional and charter schools. I have experience working with students at all grade levels and finds the greatest satisfaction from helping struggling students succeed. I studied English Literature at UCSD before pursuing my teaching credential and I have a Masters Degree in Teaching and Education.

Stefanie Bryant
Stefanie Bryant

Chief Financial Officer

Stefanie is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Method School...

Stefanie Bryant
Stefanie Bryant

Chief Financial Officer

Stefanie is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Method Schools and SmartFox K-12. She has worked in public accounting, the private sector and most recently as the CFO of a public school district in Utah. She holds a Masters in Accounting from the University of Utah and is a Certified Public Accountant.

New to the Method/SmartFox team in the summer of 2021, Stefanie is excited to work at Method Schools and SmartFox K-12 in the dynamic arena of on-line K-12 education. Trips to the Caribbean chasing salt water fish on a fly, are at the top of her non-work priorities

Tracy Robertson
Tracy Robertson

Director of HR & Operations/Title IX Coordinator

Originally from Escondido, I moved just up the road to Temecul...

Tracy Robertson
Tracy Robertson

Director of HR & Operations/Title IX Coordinator

Originally from Escondido, I moved just up the road to Temecula in 2012. A love for languages inspired me to earn my Bachelor’s in Linguistics from UC San Diego, and I later earned a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing from National University. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, golfing, and playing outside with my son and our dog, Leroy. I love traveling somewhere new with my son every year, and often choose our next adventure by throwing a dart at a map!

HR Department Email: hr@methodschools.org

Sarah Avanessian
Sarah Avanessian

Director of Instruction

Sarah Avanessian is the Director of Instruction. Sarah spent 2...

Sarah Avanessian
Sarah Avanessian

Director of Instruction

Sarah Avanessian is the Director of Instruction. Sarah spent 21 years as an English teacher and Department Chair. She also led teachers through transformative practices as an instructional coach for 18 years. In 2019, Sarah took on a pivotal role in opening a groundbreaking school, shifting away from traditional practices to a competency-based learning model. Before her role as Director, she also created standards-based ELA curriculum for Method Schools. 

Every student’s learning journey is unique and traditional approaches are not designed to adapt to the vast needs of all students. Sarah believes in a student-centric approach that leverages online independent study to meet students where they are. As the Director of Instruction, she is committed to creating an environment that motivates students to master skills and explore their interests so that they can ultimately become positive contributors to their communities. She believes in supporting and empowering both teachers and students to thrive in a dynamic educational landscape.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UCLA, a secondary teaching credential from CSUN, and a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from CSUB.

Sarah Delawder
Sarah Delawder

Director of Curriculum

Sarah is the Director of Curriculum for Method Schools. A form...

Sarah Delawder
Sarah Delawder

Director of Curriculum

Sarah is the Director of Curriculum for Method Schools. A former high school English teacher, professional development coach, trainer and school administrator, Sarah has over two decades of experience in education. With the goal of evolving the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to public education, Sarah developed the practice of Standards Based Instruction and Assessment as an equitable approach to teaching and grading that allows students to approach learning and mastery at the rate that works for them. Sarah believes the online independent study space is the perfect place for students who don’t benefit from the traditional constraints of brick and mortar institutions to find success.

Sarah has a BA in English from UC Santa Barbara and earned her MS in Educational Counseling from the University of LaVerne. Credentialed in secondary English instruction, Pupil Personnel Services, and Educational Administration, Sarah is currently working on her PhD in Psychology. Her professional interests are in the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the need for wellness and social emotional practices for both students in schools and employees in organizations.

Amy Pinter
Amy Pinter

Director of K-8

Amy has been working in education for over many years and spen...

Amy Pinter
Amy Pinter

Director of K-8

Amy has been working in education for over many years and spent 7 years working for the Department of Defense Education Activities in Sasebo, Japan. She loves working with students and creating curriculum and lessons that are engaging while challenging students to be their very best selves. She has worked and lived overseas for 21 years returning stateside in 2017 and began working at Method Schools.

Amy holds a B.S in Marketing and Business Administration and returned to school for a Credential in Education and teaching after discovering her love for teaching while raising 3 children. She is well known among her students and friends for her love of all things food. If she is not cooking you can find her reading or looking for her next travel adventure.

Austin Cipres
Austin Cipres

Athletics Director

I believe all students should receive a rigorous but flexible ...

Austin Cipres
Austin Cipres

Athletics Director

I believe all students should receive a rigorous but flexible education that provides and creates valuable opportunities, impacting them during their primary education and well after graduation. I am thrilled to put into use, daily, the knowledge and expertise that I acquired from earning my Bachelor of Science in business management and master’s in special education. I have been blessed for the past 5 years, to invest my educational training in K-12th education, including all realms of Special Education, Educational Purchasing, and Athletics. For me, playing collegiate baseball was the platform that unlocked the life-changing opportunity of receiving an education. All of these experiences allowed me to find my passion for serving and empowering youth in the field of education.

Charity Barczyszyn
Charity Barczyszyn

Student Success Manager

Charity has over 20 years experience teaching in both brick an...

Charity Barczyszyn
Charity Barczyszyn

Student Success Manager

Charity has over 20 years experience teaching in both brick and mortar classrooms and in online charter schools. She has a B.A. from San Diego State University in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Education and a specialization in Child Development. She also has a Masters in Education from National University. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family, read, and travel.

Sandra Bartz
Sandra Bartz

Registrar

Sandra Bartz
Sandra Bartz

Registrar

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Beatris Beltran

High School Teacher

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Beatris Beltran

High School Teacher

Kayla Boudreau
Kayla Boudreau

High School Teacher

Kayla Boudreau
Kayla Boudreau

High School Teacher

Kristin Bradburn
Kristin Bradburn

Curriculum Writer

Kris is a 16 year veteran teacher from Oakland, CA. She has ta...

Kristin Bradburn
Kristin Bradburn

Curriculum Writer

Kris is a 16 year veteran teacher from Oakland, CA. She has taught middle school ELA, Social Studies, and Math as well as Robotics/Engineering. She also has experience teaching elementary school and high school classes and even developed a A-G approved Social Studies elective on local history. She is equally at home outdoors or behind a computer, and she has a reputation as a mighty good karaoke singer. As a fourth generation teacher in a family of educators, she believes deeply in the value of public education and is thrilled be a part of developing accessible online curricular materials.

DJ Brown
DJ Brown

Student Success Manager

DJ Brown
DJ Brown

Student Success Manager

Thaddeus Brown
Thaddeus Brown

High School Teacher

My name is Thaddeus Brown. I am excited to support my students...

Thaddeus Brown
Thaddeus Brown

High School Teacher

My name is Thaddeus Brown. I am excited to support my students this academic year as a High School Teacher for Methods Schools. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During my time at UCSB is where I met my wife, and we have been married for five years. I received my single subject teaching credential in mathematics from Azusa Pacific University. I have over seven years of experience in education from my time spent as a tutor, substitute teacher, and full-time high school math teacher. My wife and I have an adventurous one-year-old son who loves to laugh all day. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking new recipes, and also writing, recording, and playing music.

Madison Buckley
Madison Buckley

Middle School Teacher

Hi! My name is Maddie Buckley and I am so excited to be joinin...

Madison Buckley
Madison Buckley

Middle School Teacher

Hi! My name is Maddie Buckley and I am so excited to be joining the Method team! I have previous experience teaching middle school English and History in Los Angeles, CA. I'm originally from the Mission Viejo area. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in American Studies and returned to complete my credential there as well. I currently reside in Los Feliz with my partner, Devin, and our two cats, Simon and Nell. In my free time I love to go record shopping, read books, and binge watch movies.

Tanaya Burnham
Tanaya Burnham

Data & Systems Manager

Tanaya Burnham
Tanaya Burnham

Data & Systems Manager

Amanda Castaneda
Amanda Castaneda

High School Teacher

Amanda Castaneda
Amanda Castaneda

High School Teacher

Tracy Cavin
Tracy Cavin

High School Teacher

I'm Ms. Tracy Cavin, and I teach high school English! I gradua...

Tracy Cavin
Tracy Cavin

High School Teacher

I'm Ms. Tracy Cavin, and I teach high school English! I graduated summa cum laude from CSULB with my bachelor's degree in English Education with an emphasis in language and linguistics. I am also authorized to teach K-9 music as I began college as a music major with a concentration in violin performance. While my dedication lies in teaching, I aspire to evolve into a school counselor as part of my long-term career aspirations. Beyond the classroom, I love hiking, reading, writing, going out with friends, and traveling with my partner!

Diana Clark
Diana Clark

Middle School Teacher

Diana is a graduate of San Diego State University, where she e...

Diana Clark
Diana Clark

Middle School Teacher

Diana is a graduate of San Diego State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with an Emphasis in Education, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Supplementary Authorization in English, and Specialist Instruction Credential in Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities). She also earned her Masters of Science Degree in Educational Technology from National University.

Diana is an accomplished educator who has provided teaching and learning in all academic areas for preschool through 8th grade students in both general education and special education classrooms. 

Diana is thrilled to be joining the Method team. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her sweet black labrador retriever. She especially enjoys going for walks, going to the beach, reading, writing, and listening to music.

Rachel DeSena
Rachel DeSena

Middle School Teacher

I attended California State Channel Islands and received a BA ...

Rachel DeSena
Rachel DeSena

Middle School Teacher

I attended California State Channel Islands and received a BA in English. I moved around the country with my husband, a member of the US Navy, and picked up a masters degree in education from Old Dominion University in Virginia. I am certified to teach language arts in both VA and CA but I am happy to be back in my home state teaching at Method. I have three daughters and six chickens to keep me busy at home. If you ask me about my favorite food I might tell you pizza one day and crispy tacos another day, it depends on my mood.

Mary Doggett
Mary Doggett

Elementary School Teacher

Mary Doggett
Mary Doggett

Elementary School Teacher

Christine Eikmeier
Christine Eikmeier

High School Teacher/Developmental Coach/Counseling Lead

Hi there! I'm Ms. Eikmeier. I graduated from Cal State Univers...

Christine Eikmeier
Christine Eikmeier

High School Teacher/Developmental Coach/Counseling Lead

Hi there! I'm Ms. Eikmeier. I graduated from Cal State University San Marcos with my B.A., and University of Redlands with my M.A. in Teaching and Education. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy cooking, working out, and mountain biking. I love to travel and explore, so I'm often found outdoors on the weekends.

Jackson Faber
Jackson Faber

Middle School Teacher/Developmental Coach/Teacher Coach

My name is Mr. Faber and I am originally from Calabasas. I lea...

Jackson Faber
Jackson Faber

Middle School Teacher/Developmental Coach/Teacher Coach

My name is Mr. Faber and I am originally from Calabasas. I learned in college that I had a passion for motivating students to reach their goals. My first job serving students was through YMCA's afterschool program in Riverside's Eastside neighborhood. This was my window into teaching and I realized I wanted my career to be centered in education. After obtaining a Masters degree in history from San Diego State, I eagerly served as a Long Term substitute for San Diego public schools. I earned my teaching credential through Cal State Fullerton and have been teaching with Method ever since!

Marina Farillas
Marina Farillas

Enrollment Specialist

Marina is Method’s Enrollment Specialist. She enjoys being abl...

Marina Farillas
Marina Farillas

Enrollment Specialist

Marina is Method’s Enrollment Specialist. She enjoys being able to help students and families on their journey to achieving academic success. As a Navy wife of 23 years and mother of three she has enjoyed traveling around the U.S. and experiencing different cultures. She grew up in Long Beach & Carson, California. Marina has a passion for knowledge, baking, reading and music. On her free time you will find her whipping up some gourmet desserts and spending time with family & friends, all while listening to K-Pop.

Sally Feng
Sally Feng

Elementary School Teacher/SmartFox TV Anchor & Producer

Hello everyone! My name is Sally Feng and I am an elementary t...

Sally Feng
Sally Feng

Elementary School Teacher/SmartFox TV Anchor & Producer

Hello everyone! My name is Sally Feng and I am an elementary teacher at Method Schools. I received my BA in Cognitive Sciences and MA in Education at UC Irvine. Throughout my teaching career, I have enjoyed meeting the various academic and language needs of my students through individualized instruction. In my free time, I like to read, watch TV shows, go outdoors and travel (locally and globally). I also love playing with my 4-year-old jindo mix, Yooja, whom I recently adopted from the shelter. I look forward to getting to know all my students this upcoming school year. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Paige Laws
Paige Fitzgerald (Laws)

High School Teacher

Hi all! My name is Paige and I am one of the High School Socia...

Paige Laws
Paige Fitzgerald (Laws)

High School Teacher

Hi all! My name is Paige and I am one of the High School Social Studies teachers. I grew up in the LA area and graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in History. I taught both middle and high school in Downey, Carlsbad, and San Diego before starting here at Method. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family, baking, traveling, and all things Disney! 

Michael Fowler
Michael Fowler

Teacher- DMSA

Michael grew up in the San Diego area and attended San Diego S...

Michael Fowler
Michael Fowler

Teacher- DMSA

Michael grew up in the San Diego area and attended San Diego State University where he studied psychology and education. Not long after graduating he started a career overseas working with international schools and coaching high school basketball. He took his teams to international tournaments throughout Asia and developed both middle and high school science curricula for schools, and digital education providers as well. He is excited to be back in the San Diego area, dedicated to serving students so that they can reach their potential in academics and athletics.

Haley Franks-Tucker
Haley Franks-Tucker

Academic Content Writer

Haley is a part-time Academic Content Writer for Method School...

Haley Franks-Tucker
Haley Franks-Tucker

Academic Content Writer

Haley is a part-time Academic Content Writer for Method Schools as well as a part-time consultant and standards alignment specialist for a company that produces social-emotional learning (SEL) and bullying prevention programs. With two decades of experience in education, Haley is a former middle school English language arts (ELA) teacher, activities director, leadership skills teacher, and district and state committee member for ELA curriculum adoption and implementation. She has enjoyed volunteering and working with students since her own K-12 years, and has always been curious about what most helps people learn, navigate change, and grow to be their best selves.

Haley has a BA in Liberal Studies from CSU Long Beach, MA in Educational Leadership from Concordia Irvine, and EdD in Instructional Leadership from Northcentral University. She has earned elementary education, secondary ELA, and administrative services credentials as well as Gifted and Talented Education certification. Her non-work life revolves around her husband and two kids, her two noisy/cute rescue pups, reading fiction, making and eating good food with friends, and spending time at Disneyland.

Sabrina Godshaw
Sabrina Godshaw

Special Ed. Teacher/504

I attained my B.S. degree in Child Development with an emphasi...

Sabrina Godshaw
Sabrina Godshaw

Special Ed. Teacher/504

I attained my B.S. degree in Child Development with an emphasis on Elementary School Teaching and a multiple subject teaching credential from National University. I have years of experience working as a teacher as well as a lead academic advisor for Orange County schools. My versatile experience in and outside the classroom has given me leverage on how to build student interventions, encourage academic growth, and promote challenge for high achievers. I enjoy collaborating with parents to build a community between home and school for the success of student learning. I enjoy spending time with my husband, two energetic sons, and my lazy yet adorable dog. My hobbies include traveling, hiking, water sports and having BBQs.

Jennifer Grover
Jennifer Grover

High School Teacher

Jennifer Grover
Jennifer Grover

High School Teacher

Davida Harvey
Davida Harvey

Special Ed. Teacher

Davida Harvey
Davida Harvey

Special Ed. Teacher

Alycia Higa
Alycia Higa

High School Teacher

My name is Alycia Higa and I am a Biology teacher at Method. I...

Alycia Higa
Alycia Higa

High School Teacher

My name is Alycia Higa and I am a Biology teacher at Method. I received my B.A. in Biology from CSUSB and my teaching credential from Brandman University. I started my career as a Biology Teacher in Moreno Valley and am excited to be teaching at Method. My husband and I have two adorable kids and a very excitable dog. I enjoy a variety of activities in life. You are just as likely to find me outside camping and hiking as you are to find me inside reading, playing games and sewing.

Ashlyn Holley
Ashlyn Holley

Special Projects Assistant

Ashlyn Holley
Ashlyn Holley

Special Projects Assistant

Lisa Honig
Lisa Honig

High School Teacher/ Lead Instructional Coach

Hello! My name is Lisa Honig, and I am a Math Teacher at Metho...

Lisa Honig
Lisa Honig

High School Teacher/ Lead Instructional Coach

Hello! My name is Lisa Honig, and I am a Math Teacher at Method School. I grew and attended university in The Netherlands, earning a bachelor’s degree in Education. My passion for education began with my first teaching job in The Netherlands, where I taught art, media, and photography. I continued my education career by receiving my teaching credential from San Diego State University. Soon after began teaching Mathematics in the San Diego Pubic schools and have continued teaching math in different settings (online/traditional) and various levels. Currently, I live in San Diego with my daughter, wife, and husky/German shepherd mixed, Mica. In my free time, I like to take my dog to the dog beach, read and go surfing when the waves are right. I am excited to begin the school year and am looking forward to meeting all of my students on August 22nd.

Dalton Hunkle
Dalton Hunkle

High School Teacher

Dalton is a Teacher at Method Schools. In his last 5 years wit...

Dalton Hunkle
Dalton Hunkle

High School Teacher

Dalton is a Teacher at Method Schools. In his last 5 years with Method, he has developed the student athletics program and has facilitated growth for student athletes in academic achievement and athletic performance. Dalton was a three-sport athlete and graduate of Murrieta Valley High School. He then went on to receive a division I football scholarship to attend California State University, Sacramento. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Education/ Educational Leadership. In his free time, he enjoys spending family time with his wife Danielle and his two boys Dalton and Tobias. Dalton demonstrates a profound love of education and athletics and is invested in guiding students, parents and families to create as many opportunities for success for each individual student athlete at Method Schools.

Alexis Hyde
Alexis Hyde

Math Intervention Instructor

Alexis Hyde
Alexis Hyde

Math Intervention Instructor

Cody Kennedy
Cody Kennedy

High School Teacher

Cody Kennedy
Cody Kennedy

High School Teacher

Jay Kott
Jay Kott

Database Developer

Jay Kott
Jay Kott

Database Developer

Kamryn Levins
Kamryn Levins

Receptionist

Kamryn Levins
Kamryn Levins

Receptionist

Brenna Lowell
Brenna Lowell

Academic Content Writer

Hi there! My name is Brenna Lowell and I have a bachelors...

Brenna Lowell
Brenna Lowell

Academic Content Writer

Hi there! My name is Brenna Lowell and I have a bachelors degree in Environmental Geoscience and a masters degree in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology.  I have taught students math and science from grades elementary to high school. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and labrador retriever, hike, exercise, and go to the beach. 

Ashley Madrigal
Ashley Madrigal

Elementary School Teacher

My name is Ashley Madrigal and I am an Elementary Teacher. Whe...

Ashley Madrigal
Ashley Madrigal

Elementary School Teacher

My name is Ashley Madrigal and I am an Elementary Teacher. When I was younger, I did not have the dream of being a teacher. I wanted to be a veterinarian. I actually disliked school when I was little. As I grew older and went to college, I found a love for school that I never knew I had. Teaching others always brought a smile to my face. Seeing the glow when all the dots are connected warms my heart. I have found what I truly love to do is bring that glow to every student and help them find a love of learning!

Shireen Malek
Shireen Malek

Elementary School Teacher

Hello! My name is Shireen Malek and I am an Elementary Teacher...

Shireen Malek
Shireen Malek

Elementary School Teacher

Hello! My name is Shireen Malek and I am an Elementary Teacher at Method Schools. I grew up and currently live in Arcadia. I attended Cal Poly Pomona to earn my Bachelor’s Degree and later attended USC to earn my Masters Degree and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an authorization in Math. In my free time, I love traveling, baking, and spending time with friends and family. I am excited to start my 8th year in teaching and working with all my students.

Alejandro Martinez
Alejandro Martinez

High School Math Teacher/Academic Data Specialist

Hi! My name is Alejandro (or Alex) and I am one of the SSMs an...

Alejandro Martinez
Alejandro Martinez

High School Math Teacher/Academic Data Specialist

Hi! My name is Alejandro (or Alex) and I am one of the SSMs and data analyst here at Method. This will be my second year as a SSM supporting both middle school and creating new technologies to better serve students and teachers.

Before joining Method, I was a computer technician, full time mathematics teacher and was doing my masters in mathematics as well.

I received my B.S. in Computer Engineering with a minor in mathematics from Cal State University San Bernardino. My hobbies include learning new technologies, watching anime and spending time with family.

Dustin Mathias
Dustin Mathias

Curriculum Writer

Dustin Mathias
Dustin Mathias

Curriculum Writer

Marcella Monney
Marcella Monney

Special Ed. Teacher

Hello! My name is Marcella Monney, and I'm a K-12 Special Educ...

Marcella Monney
Marcella Monney

Special Ed. Teacher

Hello! My name is Marcella Monney, and I'm a K-12 Special Education teacher here at Method. I received my BA in History, then a Masters degree in Special Education, in NYC. I've lived most my life abroad in Costa Rica, then moved to NYC to pursue my education. I taught at some of the toughest inner city schools in NYC which really shaped my motivation to keep working with students who have the highest needs. I moved back to California because my family is here and so far I love it! I live with my son in Orange County and love the sunny weather. In my spare time, I like to explore different cities, towns, art festivals, books, historical sites, and beaches. I love what Method has to offer and looking forward to the new school year!

Tamara Moody
Tamara Moody

Elementary School Teacher

Tamara Moody was born in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky M...

Tamara Moody
Tamara Moody

Elementary School Teacher

Tamara Moody was born in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, spending her childhood outdoors before moving to California. She received her B.S. in Landscape Architecture from U.C. Davis and later moved to San Diego to raise a family. After devoting much time to volunteering and teaching art to children, Tamara returned to college. She obtained her multiple-subject teaching credential from C.S.U. San Marcos when she realized that teaching brought her more joy. Supporting younger students to experience success in school, building confidence, and building relationships is what she enjoys most about teaching.

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai

Kim Mukuriah
Kim Mukuriah

Student Success Manager/SmartFox TV

I am a 2015 graduate of the University of California, Riversid...

Kim Mukuriah
Kim Mukuriah

Student Success Manager/SmartFox TV

I am a 2015 graduate of the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Asian Studies and Anthropology. I have an adoration of traveling, education, and cultures which has lead me to take part in various opportunities such as an assistant language teacher for the JET program (Japan Exchange of Teachers), studying abroad in Ghana and Japan, and multiple volunteering opportunities which includes Maji Mazuri Centre International in Kenya and the Nikkei Youth Network in Japan. I have 5+ years of experience working with K-12 students.

Kim Nellum
Kim Nellum

High School Teacher

My name is Ms. Nellum and I love my job! I teach English Langu...

Kim Nellum
Kim Nellum

High School Teacher

My name is Ms. Nellum and I love my job! I teach English Language Arts in high school and look forward to spending the year with you all. I attended CSUDH and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. I learned about different cultures and people from our past history. Social studies interest me because I get to learn about the globalization of all cultures. A fun fact about me: I love movies!! So ask me if you would like a movie recommendation. I look forward to meeting you at Method!

Richard Palanca
Richard Palanca

Senior Web Developer

Richard Palanca
Richard Palanca

Senior Web Developer

Travis Queen
Travis Queen

IT Specialist

Travis Queen
Travis Queen

IT Specialist

Kyle Quintero
Kyle Quintero

Middle School Teacher

Kyle Quintero
Kyle Quintero

Middle School Teacher

Bryan Reinecke
Bryan Reinecke

High School Teacher

BS Applied Mathematics UCLA 07, 13

Bryan Reinecke
Bryan Reinecke

High School Teacher

BS Applied Mathematics UCLA 07, 13

Steven Reno
Steven Reno

High School Teacher

My name is Steven Reno and I am happy to be teaching History a...

Steven Reno
Steven Reno

High School Teacher

My name is Steven Reno and I am happy to be teaching History at Method. I enjoy working with students to help inspire, and build confidence for a better future.

I am a graduate from Cal State San Marcos, as well as National University.

Sports, music, and outdoor activities are my thing. I enjoy fishing, surfing, mountain biking, and camping. I play the guitar, banjo and bagpipes! Hurling is my favorite sport as well as soccer, baseball, nascar, and ice hockey. I also enjoy participating in living history events, and civil war reenactments where I spend some weekends reenacting with the 69th Irish Brigade.

My current focus is helping raise my daughter June who is just over 1 year old. She is a lot of fun and helps keep me on my toes.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” - Benjamin Franklin

Angela Rheaume
Angela Rheaume

Elementary School Teacher/Elementary Department Manager/Test Coordinator

Angela Rheaume
Angela Rheaume

Elementary School Teacher/Elementary Department Manager/Test Coordinator

Roderick Richard
Roderick Richard

Mobile Student Success Manager

Roderick Richard
Roderick Richard

Mobile Student Success Manager

Robert Robinson
Robert Robinson

High School Teacher

Robert Robinson (Coach Rob) was born in Kansas City, Missouri ...

Robert Robinson
Robert Robinson

High School Teacher

Robert Robinson (Coach Rob) was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas. He moved to California to finish high school, attending Cabrillo High in Lompoc, CA. After graduating Cabrillo High (91), he played basketball for three schools: Allen Hancock Community College, Stephen F. Austin State University and concluding his college hoops career at UC-Riverside in 1996. While at UC Riverside, he also ran track - qualifying for the NCAA national championship finals in the high jump in '96.

He received his Bachelor's degree in Sociology from UC Riverside in 97’ and his master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum from Emporia State University in Kansas in 2005. He has been married to his wife Krysten since 1997 and they have three sons, KJ 22, Meda 22, and Justus 20.

Coach Rob has 22 years of teaching and coaching experience at the high school and college level. Along with his duties at Method Schools, he is currently the assistant men's basketball coach at East LA Community College.

Tori Robinson
Tori Robinson

Teacher-DMSA

Tori Robinson
Tori Robinson

Teacher-DMSA

Ruben Robles
Ruben Robles

Receptionist

Ruben Robles
Ruben Robles

Receptionist

Natally Rodriguez
Natally Rodriguez

High School Teacher/College Counselor

I am a teacher, yogi, runner, hiker, walker, mom, and nature e...

Natally Rodriguez
Natally Rodriguez

High School Teacher/College Counselor

I am a teacher, yogi, runner, hiker, walker, mom, and nature enthusiast. I am a credentialed Spanish teacher and have been teaching kids to love learning not only Spanish but to love learning by nature for over a decade. Originally from Mexico City, I hold a BA in Spanish Language and Culture from the Universidad de Granada in Spain and an MA in Spanish Philology from CSU Northridge. After working as a teacher and translation project manager, I traveled globally, volunteering and joined the Peace Corps, working on the Teaching English for Livelihoods program, an initiative that supported the Secretary of Education’s efforts to train Colombian English teachers and create more opportunities for future Colombian graduates. I completed the College Board AP Spanish Teacher Certification and have been teaching Middle School and High School levels. I am excited to teach and support the next generation of young minds here at Methods Schools. I believe each student embodies a unique and wonderful spirit. I aspire to see my students grow into adults who are independent, responsible, and compassionate innovators. Also I LOVE TACOS! Al pastor tacos are the best!!

Kayla Roman-Wensing
Kayla Roman-Wensing

Curriculum Writer

I have been in Education for over 10 years. During my career I...

Kayla Roman-Wensing
Kayla Roman-Wensing

Curriculum Writer

I have been in Education for over 10 years. During my career I have been a math and science teacher, curriculum designer, instructional coach, and administrator. I love learning and creating ways to make learning engaging for others. During my free time I love to read and travel.

Lara Rosas
Lara Rosas

Enrollment Specialist

Lara Rosas
Lara Rosas

Enrollment Specialist

Carlos Sanchez
Carlos Sanchez

High School Teacher

Carlos Sanchez
Carlos Sanchez

High School Teacher

Taylor-1 (1)
Taylor Sanchez

Systems and Curriculum Specialist

Taylor-1 (1)
Taylor Sanchez

Systems and Curriculum Specialist

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Rebecca Santos (Ricci)

Administrative Support

I was raised in Temecula and Wildomar, CA. I received my Bache...

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Rebecca Santos (Ricci)

Administrative Support

I was raised in Temecula and Wildomar, CA. I received my Bachelors' in Criminology and Social Justices at University San Marcos. For the past few years during the summer, I have been to New York City to visit my cousins and Boston. During my downtime, I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Yvette Serratos
Yvette Serratos

Data Coordinator

Yvette Serratos
Yvette Serratos

Data Coordinator

LaToya Smith
LaToya Smith

Academic Content Writer

LaToya Smith
LaToya Smith

Academic Content Writer

Taylor Sosa
Taylor Sosa

Curriculum Writer

I have over 8 years of teaching and instructional coaching exp...

Taylor Sosa
Taylor Sosa

Curriculum Writer

I have over 8 years of teaching and instructional coaching experience specializing in literacy and teaching multilingual learners. I am passionate about creating effective curriculum and helping teachers understand how to best serve multilingual students.

Diksha Sudarshan
Diksha Sudarshan

Student Success Manager

Diksha Sudarshan
Diksha Sudarshan

Student Success Manager

Luke Teixeira
Luke Teixeira

Middle School Teacher

Luke Teixeira
Luke Teixeira

Middle School Teacher

Rachel Teplin
Rachel Teplin

Curriculum Writer

My name is Rachel Teplin and I have been teaching for over 12 ...

Rachel Teplin
Rachel Teplin

Curriculum Writer

My name is Rachel Teplin and I have been teaching for over 12 years. I have a bachelor of science in child and family development and a master's degree in general education. I have two children ages 14 and 11. My hobbies are crafting, running, and reading. I am very excited to begin this new journey at Method Schools.

Awara Van Sumer
Awara Van Sumer

Elementary School Teacher

Hello, my name is Awara, and I was born and raised in upstate ...

Awara Van Sumer
Awara Van Sumer

Elementary School Teacher

Hello, my name is Awara, and I was born and raised in upstate New York. I moved out to California and received my B.A from Cal State San Marcos and my Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. I have been teaching Elementary School for over 10 years in Southern California. In my free time I love to golf, hike, garden, and make home projects. I have 2 dogs and 1 cat. My husband and I love to watch football with my favorite team being the Green Bay Packers. I am excited in getting to know my students this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I am happy to help.

Isabella Venezia
Isabella Venezia

Student Athlete Success Manager

Hi! My name is Isabella Venezia. I'm a Student Success Manager...

Isabella Venezia
Isabella Venezia

Student Athlete Success Manager

Hi! My name is Isabella Venezia. I'm a Student Success Manager here at Method. When I'm not working, I love getting outside and being active with my dogs as well as discovering unique local spots in my hometown of Oceanside, California. Working with kids has always been a passion of mine, and I am so grateful to be working in such a creative environment here at Method.

Sarah Waggoner
Sarah Waggoner

Lead Student Success Manager

Sarah Waggoner
Sarah Waggoner

Lead Student Success Manager

Gerric Waller
Gerric Waller

DMSA Player & Program Development Manager

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Gerric was exposed t...

Gerric Waller
Gerric Waller

DMSA Player & Program Development Manager

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Gerric was exposed to a lot of wonderful things in the County. Baseball, however, made the biggest impression on Gerric from a young age. He was introduced to the sport by his father and other members of his family who played and worked for Major League Baseball.

As a kid growing up Gerric’s father joined a unique partnership that formed the San Diego School of Baseball. This group was composed of talented and influential baseball figures from the Amateur and Professional arenas serving baseball communities locally, nationally, and internationally while enhancing the development of many players.

Individuals like Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn and Alan Trammell, and Tom House (considered to be a highly influential and respected throwing instructor of MLB, NFL, and amateur talent) amongst others assisted in Gerric’s development.

After college, Gerric participated in Spring Training with the San Diego Padres as a player in their Minor League farm system, followed by stints in various leagues. He then decided to focus on a career in MLB Baseball Operations serving positions as a scout (Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers), and Co-Director of Baseball Operations of the Arizona Fall League (A league owned and operated by Major League Baseball). He currently serves as the Director of Operations for Tony Gwynn Baseball travel ball organization and has spent over 37 years in youth athletics in roles as a coach, hitting instructor and consultant assisting the development of young men and women.

Following his career in MLB, Gerric obtained his B.A. in Business Administration.

DMSA has provided Gerric a unique opportunity in which he looks forward to sharing his experiences and network to assist in the development of DMSA student athletes.

James Walsh
James Walsh

Middle School Teacher/Middle School Department Manager/Test Coordinator

James Walsh
James Walsh

Middle School Teacher/Middle School Department Manager/Test Coordinator

Leslye Walton
Leslye Walton

Instructional Designer/Academic Content Writer

Leslye Walton has been Method School's primary ELA curriculum ...

Leslye Walton
Leslye Walton

Instructional Designer/Academic Content Writer

Leslye Walton has been Method School's primary ELA curriculum writer since 2019. She came to Method with seven years experience teaching middle school language arts in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting. Leslye works to create diverse and inclusive content driven by a professional philosophy that all students deserve to see themselves on the page.

Leslye has a BA in Education from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and earned her MA in Writing from Portland State University. Leslye is also an award-winning young adult novelist. Her debut novel, THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER, received the PEN Center Literary Award, the PNW Book Award, the Washington State Book Award, and was named one of the best books of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Amazon, and more. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Leslye enjoys long rainy days spent with a good book, her boyfriend, and their put-upon Chihuahua, Doc Holliday.

Tracy Washington
Tracy Washington

High School Teacher and SmartFox TV Anchor/Producer

Tracy Washington, raised in Green Bay, WI, moved to AZ, where ...

Tracy Washington
Tracy Washington

High School Teacher and SmartFox TV Anchor/Producer

Tracy Washington, raised in Green Bay, WI, moved to AZ, where she earned her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from ASU before moving to California with her three children. She is a part of Method's high school counseling team, teaches 11th grade English and is an anchor for Smartfox TV. Ms. Washington's credentialed in Arizona and California; English, ESL, Critical reading specialist, Dance, PE/Health. She coached cheer & dance for over 15 years and is most proud of starting the dance program for Dysart Unified School District's Fine Arts Academy in Arizona.

"You will be the same person you are today, even 5 or 10 years from now; what changes you are the people you meet, the places you go, and the books you read."

Michelle Webb
Michelle Webb

Lead Student Success Manager/Lead Developmental Coach

Hello! My name is Michelle and I am a Student Success Manager ...

Michelle Webb
Michelle Webb

Lead Student Success Manager/Lead Developmental Coach

Hello! My name is Michelle and I am a Student Success Manager (SSM) here at Method. This is my third year supporting students as an SSM. Before joining Method, I spent 8 years teaching preschool and also worked in my local Elementary School. I have always loved education.

When I'm not working, I love being with my family. We love to get outside and take road trips around the country. One of my goals is to travel to Europe.

I love Method Schools! Helping students feel and be successful is the best part of working at Method.

Courtney Williams
Courtney Williams

Enrollment Lead/Marketing Specialist

Courtney is Method's Enrollment Lead and Marketing Specialist....

Courtney Williams
Courtney Williams

Enrollment Lead/Marketing Specialist

Courtney is Method's Enrollment Lead and Marketing Specialist. She graduated from ASU with a Bachelor's in Liberal Studies and a minor in Human and Family Development. Go Sun Devils! She enjoys being a part of the Method Schools community and helping to connect students and families to their path for achieving educational success. She has a passion for education, travel, music, and food. When she is not working, you can probably find her hiking or biking in the mountains, or running around the nearest music festival. She grew up in Mt. Baldy, California and considers herself to be a nature enthusiast with a love for endless outdoor activities.

Charlotte Woosley
Charlotte Woosley

High School Teacher/High School Lead/ASB Coordinator

Charlotte Woosley
Charlotte Woosley

High School Teacher/High School Lead/ASB Coordinator

Alyson Yeates
Alyson Yeates

Student Success Manager and Community/Events

Hi! My name is Alyson (or Aly) and I am one the SSMs here at M...

Alyson Yeates
Alyson Yeates

Student Success Manager and Community/Events

Hi! My name is Alyson (or Aly) and I am one the SSMs here at Method. This will be my second year as a SSM supporting both middle school and elementary school.

Before joining Method, I spent 3 years in a classroom as a teacher’s assistant. And before that, I spent about 12 years at a popular theme park in Southern California.

I received my B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Entertainment from Cal. State Fullerton. My hobbies include going on adventures with my little family, watching musicals, dancing, and sleeping.

Chris Yeates
Chris Yeates

High School Teacher

Hello everyone. My name is Chris Yeates, and I am the Middle S...

Chris Yeates
Chris Yeates

High School Teacher

Hello everyone. My name is Chris Yeates, and I am the Middle School Lead and Physical Science Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. I received my B.A. from Cal State Fullerton, my M.A. and teaching credentials (General Science and Geosciences) from the University of Redlands, and my clear credential through Orange Unified School District. If I am not teaching, I am playing my drums, messing around on motorized vehicles (including sailboats), and going on adventures with my awesome family. Oh, and eating. Food is awesome.

Christine Young
Christine Young

Director of Special Education/Developmental Coach

Christine Young is Method School's Special Education Director....

Christine Young
Christine Young

Director of Special Education/Developmental Coach

Christine Young is Method School's Special Education Director. In March of 2022, she earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership with a Focus of Study in Instructional Leadership. Prior to this, she had a master’s degree in special education and held special education teaching credentials for mild/moderate and moderate/severe students. In addition, she has taught special-needs children for over a decade ranging from upper elementary to the middle and high school levels.  Favorite quote: “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try”- John F. Kennedy.

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