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 available at the resource center every day. The teacher, called an Educational Coordinator, counsels, mentors, provides oversight and direction and provides whatever support it takes to help students succeed in their academic endeavors.

The Educational Coordinators of Pivot Riverside:

img_2039Sarah Golden – Counselor and Resource Center Administrator

Sarah has an MA in Counselor Education specializing in School Counseling grades K-12 from Western Michigan University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Walden University finishing her Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has served as the Consulting School Counselor at Pivot for the past five years, and was previously a counselor at a school in Los Angeles. Sarah is passionate about supporting students and their families, and is excited to work closely with the students and families at Pivot.

Sarah is originally from the Midwest, but has lived in California for the past 9 years. She enjoys hiking, running and stand-up paddle boarding. She is a marathon runner and competed in cross country while in college. She is passionate about working with youth, and has travelled to Rwanda, Africa to volunteer with children 5-18 years old in various communities. She has two dogs, a French bulldog named Linus, and an English bulldog named Franklin.

Robert Brier – History

Robert grew up in Southern California and graduated from Cal State University Long Beach. He is passionate about teaching, and loves to see history in person. He has lived and taught in Taiwan and studied Mandarin Chinese. This will be Robert’s twelfth year teaching.

Jennifer Cox – Elementary Program

Jennifer’s education includes a Bachelor’s in Child Development, a Masters in Education and a multiple subject teaching credential. She attended Cal State San Bernardino for undergraduate work and Cal Baptist University for her graduate work. This year marks her 7th year teaching and her 3rd year at Pivot Charter School. Jennifer believes education is best achieved in a small group setting where the teacher can provide individualized instruction for each student.  She spends her free time watching the Seahawks play football, reading and spending time with her daughter Allison, family and friends.

Brandon Gragnano – Mathematics

Brandon is very excited to be involved with, and contribute to, the unique format and opportunity that Pivot offers its students. 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 12 years. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, water skiing, and baseball.

John Wood – Educational Coordinator

A graduate of Redlands High School, John enlisted in the Navy in August 1985. He completed 22 years and his teaching credential program in 2007. Visiting 22 countries, John lived and served in Sasebo and Yokosuka Japan for 10 years. John completed his BA in Social Studies at Chapman University and MA in Organizational Leadership, followed by his credentialing program at Hawaii Pacific University. He worked as a Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor for 7 years in San Diego. John loves being a teacher and is a die-hard Ducks fan, father and loving husband.


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