Meet Brandon Gragnano, A Proud Pivot Teacher

Whether a student is having trouble with a complicated math problem or wants to talk baseball or work on their swing at the plate, Pivot Riverside Educational Coordinator Brandon Gragnano is there to help. Brandon discovered early on that math was a passion which set him apart from his peers. “Towards the end of elementary […]

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Pivot Riverside Gives Back Through “We Care Wednesday”

Educational Coordinator Brandon Gragnano knew that students at Pivot Charter School Riverside wanted to do more to give back to their community. Through his wife Chelsea, he learned about Knots of Love, a program that distributes knitted caps and blankets to chemotherapy patients and babies in neonatal intensive care units and thought knitting caps would […]

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Pivot San Diego Volunteers with Meridian

On the first Thursday of each month, Pivot San Diego students can be found brightening the lives of senior citizens at The Meridian at Lake San Marcos, a senior living community near the Resource Center. Launched as a community service project last year, Pivot students spend time each month interacting with residents and assisting with […]

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Meet Pivot North Valley Students Sean and Danny!

When it comes to Pivot North Valley, Danny Saylors and Sean Donohue can be counted among the school’s biggest fans. These two tenth graders, who are also great friends, love the experience they’ve had at Pivot and credit their success to the staff and educational coordinators they work with each day. “My mom went to […]

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Staff Spotlight – Tracy Williams

Tracy Williams, Pivot’s Director of Special Education, credits one of her college professors with showing her that teaching can be a fun and dynamic experience, which inspired her to become a teacher. “His creative and engaging instruction was truly inspiring, and he made me realize that there was more than one way to educate,” says […]

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Teacher Spotlight – John Halderman, Pivot North Bay

For Pivot North Bay Educational Coordinator John Halderman, becoming a teacher wasn’t the first step in his post-college career. “When I started college, I didn’t have a degree in mind, but I was interested in public service,” says Halderman. “After graduating from Sonoma State, I wanted to focus on music, so I worked at a […]

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Teacher Spotlight – Tom Lando, North Valley

Pivot North Valley Educational Coordinator Tom Lando loves to teach, and it wasn’t until he was an undergraduate student at CSU, Chico that he considered becoming a teacher. “I worked as a part-time aide while in college, and watching students be their best selves and stretch themselves to learn, and getting to be a part […]

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Meet Pivot Graduate Olivia Steffes!

Three years ago, Olivia Steffes found a home at Pivot Charter School. When she got to Pivot, “no one could picture me graduating. I wasn’t planning on finishing school, but last year, when my mom saw me volunteering at graduation, she told me she was proud of me and she knew I’d make it through […]

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North Bay Students Visit Africa

The summer of 2018 was a memorable one for five Pivot Charter School North Bay students who had the opportunity to embark on an incredible service-learning journey through Kenya. Cody Burns, Brayden Clopton, Grace Smith, Ben Urquhart, and Chris Osborne raised money throughout the school year and received scholarships so that they could be a […]

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