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:

Robert Brier – Virtual 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 also previously coached baseball at his Alma mater, Northwood High School, for 14 years. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, who were born in September of the 2019-2020 school year and April of the 2020-2021 school year.

Mackenzie Jessip – Educational Coordinator

Mackenzie Jessip graduated in December with her teaching credential in mathematics and a Master’s in Educational Technology. She is currently getting a second credential in industrial and technology education and starting her doctorate in the fall.  She loves education, learning and growing her skills.  She is excited to be at Pivot practicing everything she has learned and looks forward to helping students reach their educational goals and growing their confidence in math. She loves working with students, loves to tell jokes, play and watch sports, loves cars, movies and comic books.

Gus Muñoz – Educational Coordinator

Gus has been working with young adults for almost 20 years.  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 (retired in 2016). He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton in Human Services and his teaching credential and Master’s 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, getting his Jeep dirty, kayaking, Angels baseball, Chargers Football and spending time with his wife, family, and grandsons Ayden, Jaxon & Noah!

Aaron Newman – Educational Coordinator

Aaron Newman is a passionate teacher of mathematics. He has earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cal State University, San Bernardino and his Master’s degree from the University of Redlands. He has worked in the field of education for the past 5 years. He enjoys helping students connect to math by applying math to real-world concepts and strives to make math relevant to student’s lives. Outside the bounds of his educational background, Aaron is an accomplished Ragtime Pianist and performs seasonally for Knott’s Berry Farm.

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