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 Riverside:

 CraigHobart150Craig 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. 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.


Ryan BurkeRyan Burke – Education Specialist

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 ecstatic to be entering his third year as an elementary teacher at Pivot Riverside. He grew up in Kentucky and earned his Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Morehead State University, as well as a Multiple Subject teaching credential. In his spare time, he likes to exercise, hike, play video games, and take his dog to the beach. Stan and his wife are expecting their first child, a son, in November.

Jon Fouse – Educational Coordinator

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 Gragnano – Educational Coordinator

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 spending time with his wife and son, who was born in September of the 2019-2020 school year.

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 Correctional Officer for the Orange County Probation Department (Ret ’16)  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from California State 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.  Gus has been with Pivot since 2017. In his free time, Gus enjoys glamping in his RV, kayaking, Angels baseball, Chargers Football and spending time with his wife, family, and grandsons Ayden, Jaxon & Noah!

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 ArsdaleBrooke 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.

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