Briana Armstrong

Briana Armstrong

Teacher, Specialized Academic Instruction

Academic Lab and Study Skills

Briana.Armstrong@sgv.csarts.net

Ms. Armstrong attended San Francisco State University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art Education. She holds teaching credentials for Elementary Education, Special Education, and Physical Education. She is currently working on a Masters degree in education Technology at California State Long Beach.

Ms. Armstrong has 10 years of teaching experience. She has extensive experience co-teaching and collaborating with teachers to create academic and behavioral interventions. She has training in positive behavior supports, restorative justice practices, and crisis prevention and intervention.

Ms. Armstrong loves taking dance classes, trying out new recipes and traveling. Her favorite quote is, "Everything is figureoutable." She loves being an Education Specialist because it gives her the opportunity think outside of the box to meet the unique needs of her students.

Vanessa Ching

Vanessa Ching

Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Vanessa.Ching@sgv.csarts.net

Mrs. Ching earned a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Utah State University as well as a bachelor’s degree of Music in Vocal Performance from Colorado State University. She also received a credential as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) through California State University-East Bay. Mrs. Ching has worked in the field of education since 2016 and became a part of the CSArts-SGV Special Services team in 2019 as a special services aide. This year, she is excited to take on the role of Speech & Language Pathology Assistant here at CSArts-SGV!

 

I have chosen the field of Speech-Language Pathology because I am passionate about helping students find their voices and reach their professional and academic goals!

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Maureen Davis

Maureen Davis

School Psychologist

Maureen.Davis@sgv.csarts.net

Maureen is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and comes to CSArts with over 30 years of experience working with children from infancy through young adulthood. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Services from the University of San Francisco, a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree from the Yale School of Drama, a Master’s of Education and Education Specialist Degrees in Educational Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. She is also currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Psychology. Maureen especially loves getting to know all of the students and finding out what makes them unique so she can help them to be the best they can be, focusing on their strengths and what they do well. Having worked extensively in theater, she feels that CSArts is the perfect place for her to bring together the things she loves most…the arts, youth, and education. She is extremely happy to be a part of this amazing school!

Sean Kerr

Sean Kerr

Inclusion Specialist

Sean.Kerr@sgv.csarts.net

Sean Kerr holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Whittier College, he has earned his Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential and Master’s of Education from Claremont Graduate University. Mr. Kerr believes in providing equitable and creative learning opportunities to help all students make strides to reach their own goals. He has been working in education for seven years and has had numerous experiences in supporting students with learning disabilities in inclusion programs. Mr. Kerr’s passion for education pushes him to want to continue to learn more about the craft with each passing year and is excited to be at CSArts-SGV.

Alisha Medina

Alisha Medina

Teacher, Specialized Academic Instruction

Academic Lab and Wellness Seminar

Alisha.Medina@sgv.csarts.net

Alisha Medina hold’s a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies and a Master’s degree in Special Education from California State University, Long Beach and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Concordia University, Irvine.  Mrs. Medina has worked with students with special needs for more than 20 years, 13 of those years as a certificated Special Education Teacher in the Bellflower Unified School District.  She has a son that will be a graduating senior at OCSA this year, as well as a daughter that will be a sophomore at CSArts. Mrs. Medina is beyond excited to work with the students at CSArts and to be a part of the founding team.

Claire Passaro

Claire Passaro

Team Lead, Teacher, Specialized Academic Instruction

Academic Lab and Wellness Seminar

Claire.Passaro@sgv.csarts.net

Claire Passaro received a Bachelors Degree, an Education Specialist teaching credential, and a Masters Degree in Special Education from California State University Fullerton. Ms. Passaro taught and worked as a Program Specialist at The Prentice School from 2011 until she helped to open CSArts-SGV in 2017. She is passionate about making learning meaningful and teaching to students strengths! On the weekends you can find Ms. Passaro hiking, camping, swimming or traveling and exploring new cities.

 

Nathan Poole

Nathan Poole

Teacher, Specialized Academic Instruction

Academic Lab

Nathan.Poole@sgv.csarts.net

Nathan Poole holds a Bachelor's Degree, Multiple Subject Credential, and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, as well as an Education Specialist Credential from the Teacher's College of San Joaquin. Mr. Poole has been in Education since 2004, and he has been an Education Specialist since 2010. He has worked with students from Kindergarten to High School. Mr. Poole is passionate about helping all students discover their strengths, learn to advocate for themselves, and chase their dreams. He models his belief that it is never too late to learn by continuing his professional development and by being a life-long learner. Mr. Poole is excited beyond words to be a member of the Special Services team at CSArts-SGV!

Amy Wang

Amy Wang

School Psychologist

Amy.Wang@sgv.csarts.net

Ms. Wang is a School Psychologist, Ed. S with several years of experience working with Duarte Unified School District. She joins us with a unique understanding of our students' needs. 

Ms. Wang's favorite quote: "“The things that make me different are the things that make me.” My favorite hobby is re-watching my favorite television show or movie for the hundredth time. I feel that is always funnier and more entertaining the second time around.

Instructional Aides

Our Instructional Aides are passionate individuals who are in the classrooms daily helping all student learners with their varying needs. Our aides include Austin Davis and Natalie Wilde.