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:
Craig Hobart – Site Administrator
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. He lives in San Marcos with his wife, two kids, and a dog.
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’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 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 13 years. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, water skiing, and baseball.
Sara Zitney – Educational Coordinator
Sara was born and raised in Southern California and has lived here all her life, apart from a few months spent studying Shakespeare abroad in London. She attended California State University, San Bernardino and was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree in English, with a concentration in Literature, as well as a single subject credential in English. Sara has been active in the theatre community, teaching improvisational acting workshops at schools and middle/high school theatre conventions for over 10 years. 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 every spare minute with her daughter, Evelynn.
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 his students, and is excited to be a part of the team at Pivot Charter School. In his free time, Gus enjoys the beach, hiking, kayaking , Charger football and spending time with his wife, family and Grandson Ayden!
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.
Colleen Pescatore – Assessment Coordinator
Colleen is originally from New Jersey settling in California after her husband retired from the Marine Corps. She received her BA from California State University San Marcos and her teaching credential from Chapman University. She has been with Pivot since origination and loves their mission of personalized instruction for all students. She is currently completing a certificate in Integrative Nutrition from UCSD, enjoys visiting her 3 adult sons, spending time on the soccer field with her youngest son, traveling, hiking, hot yoga classes, and going to the beach with friends and family.
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.