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 Riverside:
Craig Hobart – Regional Director, Southern California
As a teenager, Craig was the youngest instructor in ski school. He worked with and mentored under a Biology professor/ski bum who planted the seed of becoming a life-long learner by teaching others. After college Craig first worked in biotech, and later in computer technologies. One brave day he applied to grad school and earned a Master in Education. Like many students, he thinks he found the ideal environment at Pivot.
During the Summer, Craig is the guy who the backcountry trout laugh at. During the school year, Craig is often recognized at the tail end of a local cycling race. He lives in San Marcos with his wife, two kids, and his dog Fin.
Robert Brier – Educational Coordinator
Robert grew up in Southern California and graduated from Cal State University Long Beach. He started at Pivot in 2010 and is passionate about teaching, and he loves to see history in person. He has lived and taught in Taiwan and studied Mandarin Chinese. In his spare time, he loves to camp with his family.
Ryan grew up in Temecula, California and went on to study at Humboldt State University where he received a B.A. in Philosophy. He received a Special Education Credential from Azusa Pacific University and has worked in the field of Special Education for the past seven years. It is this education and these experiences that have shaped Ryan and given him a heart for students with special needs. Ryan works for Pivot Charter School, Riverside as an Education Specialist. He works alongside a great team and serves students who are hungry to learn. Outside of teaching, Ryan and his spouse enjoy: hiking, traveling, going for walks, and seeing musical and theatrical productions.
Stan Chang – Educational Coordinator
Stan is very passionate and enthusiastic about education. He is new to California from Kentucky, where he earned his B.A. in Elementary Education from Morehead State University, as well as a Multiple Subject teaching credential. He loves the southern California weather and hanging out at the beach with his family. Stan is very excited to be a part of the Pivot team!
Jon Fouse enjoys working with students from various backgrounds and situations. He likes to challenge students to achieve the success they never thought possible. Jon is a History teacher who enjoys reading, learning, and exploring History. Jon has also coached football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. He has worked in a variety of fields from state government, government contracting, and now education. Jon earned a bachelors degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1996 and received his teaching credential from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. In his free time, Jon enjoys spending time with his family, going to the beach, and reading. Jon believes that education is the great social equalizer and that every student deserves a quality education.
Brandon is very excited to be involved with, and contribute to, the unique format and opportunity that Pivot offers its students. He has been with Pivot since the 2015-2016 school year. Brandon grew up in Irvine, CA, where he played baseball from the time he was 5 years old until 20. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance. He then acquired his teaching credential in Foundational Mathematics through California State University, Long Beach. Brandon has also coached baseball at his Alma mater, Northwood High School, for the past 14 years. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, water skiing, and baseball.
Jennifer was born and raised in the greater San Fernando Valley in Southern California. She attended California State University, Chico where she majored in Business Administration with an emphasis on Organizational Management and received minors in Diversity, Sustainability and Operations Management. Jennifer then decided to go back to earn her Single Subject English, Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Severe and Autism credentials. She started working with students at an early age, through the YMCA as a tutor, youth mentor, lifeguard and swim instructor. Jennifer continues to work on motivating and inspiring students to be pushed to achieve more than they think possible. Which is made possible through a concentrated team effort that is made and encouraged by both the teacher and the family. Jennifer’s general motto is: “It is only through adversity that one can see their true potential and grow to meet or exceed those expectations.” Jennifer lives in Chico with her two dogs and cat. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time baking, reading, playing games, and staying active in nature through dog walks in the park, paddle boarding, swimming, hiking and especially traveling.
Gus Muñoz – Educational Coordinator
Gus is passionate about teaching and helping kids. He worked as a special education and substitute teacher in Orange County while also working as a juvenile corrections officer for the Orange County Probation Department. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in Human Services and his teaching credential and Masters of Education from the University of Phoenix. Gus enjoys finding new and innovative ways to teach/motivate his students and loves working for Pivot Charter School. In his free time, Gus enjoys the beach, hiking, kayaking, Angels baseball and spending time with his wife, family, and grandsons Ayden and Jaxon!!
Cassidee Platner – Educational Coordinator
Cassidee has lived in Southern California her entire life. She attended Vanguard University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science with a minor in English. More recently, she earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching from Pepperdine University. Previously, she had worked in a traditional school setting but found she fit in much better at Pivot. In her spare time, Cassidee enjoys being outdoors. She loves to rock climb, surf, hike, and camp, especially when it is with her dog, Scout. Her goal is to visit every single National Park in the United States! Her more sedentary hobbies include reading (especially comic books), playing video games, watching any movie done by Hayao Miyazaki, and drawing her own comic books.
Brooke Van Arsdale – Education Specialist
Brooke began her teaching career as a high school math teacher. In 2013, she transitioned into special education. Her goal with every student is to help them develop self-awareness and advocacy so that they are able to recognize their strengths and weaknesses and ask for help when needed. Her hobbies include rock climbing, crocheting, and Dr. Who.
Sara Zitney – Educational Coordinator
Sara is excited to return for her fourth year at Pivot Charter School this year. She attended California State University, San Bernardino for her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as her single subject teaching credential. Sara is a fan of all things nerdy; she helps run the Dungeons and Dragons club at Pivot and teaches a few live classes including Mythology and Folklore and Gothic Literature. She hopes to spread some of her enthusiasm for grammar and literature with her students. Sara is an expert in Harry Potter, an avid comic book reader, and spends all of her free time with her daughter Evelynn.