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 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.

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 traveling, water skiing, and baseball.

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!!

Colleen PescatoreColleen 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 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.

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.



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