Meet Our Teachers & Staff
OCASA is guided by an experienced and caring team of educators who put the needs of students and their families first.
Dr. Beddow-Schubert Principal, OCASA Elementary
Dr. Beddow-Schubert, a Smithsonian Institute Laurette and Apple Distinguished Educator, comes from a long line of educators and has been in education since 1989. She has multiple teaching experiences including-elementary classroom teacher, Title I reading teacher, technology integration specialist, secondary business teacher, principal, Director of Instructional Technology, Director of Teaching and Learning-Equity Services as well as a Director of Research and Evaluation for Educational Innovation non-profit. Dr. Beddow-Schubert joined OCASA in 2020 and believes she has found her dream job! She is passionate about meeting the whole child on a learning continuum and supporting their growth along that journey.
Mrs. Blanchi Director of Operations
Dot Blanchi is the Director of Operations at OCASA and loves helping people solve problems, learning new systems, and working with data. She has spent the majority of her career in a corporate environment, gaining experiences in areas such as technology, software, organization, and training. While operations in her primary job function by day, Dot enjoys spending time with her three kids and husband, entertaining friends, and traveling the world.
Mr. Mathur Founder & Executive Director
Mr. Mathur has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry & Biology from Chapman University and a Masters of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Charter School Administration. He is on the Member Council of the California Charter Schools Association representing all Orange County charter schools. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Committee of the El Dorado Charter SELPA to support the needs of Students with Disabilities. Mr. Mathur believes that applying classroom learning to real-world projects is the best way for students to master concepts.
Ms. Fioretto Principal, OCASA College Prep
Doreen Fioretto is an experienced Administrator and Charter School Leader. Driven by her passion for learning, she takes pride in providing the best educational experience possible for her students. As a Charter School Principal, her goals include providing instructional leadership for the teaching staff, using data to tailor instructional practices to fit the learning needs of each student, and ensuring stakeholder participation in the decision-making process for the school. In addition to her primary job functions, Doreen has been recognized by stakeholders for her extraordinary commitment to successful student outcomes. Doreen earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from Capella University. Additionally, she earned her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science from California State University, Long Beach and her Administrative Credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
OCASA Elementary (Kindergarten to 5th Grade)
Mrs. Cipolla Red Band Lead Teacher
Mrs. Cipolla has worked in education for 4 years, specifically gaining experience in multiage instruction. As an educator, Mrs. Cipolla is passionate about meeting the needs of all students and helping them grow at their own pace. She earned a Liberal Studies Degree from California State University, Monterey Bay, and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Fullerton. When she is not teaching, she enjoys baking for family and friends.
Ms. Aguilera Red Band Lead Teacher
Ms. Aguilera has dedicated her career to helping students grow as learners with a sense of independence. As an educator, Ms. Aguilera is passionate about building lifelong readers and curious minds. She earned her Multi-Subject credential and Masters degree in Education from the University of Southern California.
Ms. Mayweather Red Band Instructional Assistant
Hailey Mayweather is an Instructional Aide at OCASA and loves helping people uncover their passion, discover how they think and learn, and find joy in learning about the world around them. Driven by a passion for teaching, she takes pride in providing an environment that meets the needs of the unique individuals it houses. As an Instructors Aid, her goals include supporting individual students and small groups, maintaining a peaceful learning environment, and providing support for the lead. Outside of school, Hailey enjoys staying active in nature with outdoor sports like backpacking and surfing, expressing her creativity in music, painting, and performance, and working as a laboratory instructor for her alma mater’s department of biological sciences.
Ms. Hoffman Red Band Lead Teacher
Ms. Hoffman has worked in education for 4 years, gaining experience in multiage instruction and individualized learning. She has spent a significant portion of her educational career in multi-age classrooms. She is passionate about catering instruction to the individual needs of each student and fostering a love of learning within her students. Outside of school, Ms. Hoffman enjoys camping, cooking, and dance.
Mr. Von Winckelmann Red Band Instructional Assistant
Mr. Trevor Von Winckelmann is an Instructional Assistant at OCASA and loves helping people pursue their passions, overcome adversity, and become advocates for others. He has spent the majority of his career in the field of education, gaining experiences in areas such as restorative practices for students, English as a second language instruction, and culturally relevant and inclusive curriculum. While being a student advocate is his primary job function by day, Trevor also enjoys tennis and reading.
Ms. Cronic Red Band Lead Teacher
Ms. Cronic has dedicated her career to caring for and educating children of all abilities and needs. As an educator, Ms. Cronic is passionate about teaching a child as a whole and incorporating hands-on learning. She possesses a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential and has earned a degree in Liberal Studies from California State University Fullerton.
Mr. Madsen Orange Band Lead Teacher
Mr. Madsen has worked in education for 15 years, gaining experience in 2nd to 6th Grade, international, and multiple schools. As a seasoned educator, he is passionate about advancing students’ love for reading, writing, and math. In addition to teaching, he is also involved in music and science. Outside of school, Anthony enjoys traveling, the Arts, and relaxing by the beach.
Ms. Downey Orange Band Lead Teacher
Mrs. Downey has worked in education for 10 years, gaining experience in STEAM education, project-based learning, and individualized reading instruction. As a seasoned classroom teacher, she is passionate about making learning hands-on, interactive, and fun. Outside of school, Mrs. Downey enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach.
Mr. Williams Orange Band Instructional Assistant
Mr. Blake Williams is an experienced educator, student, and coach. Driven by the desire to better the students inside and outside the classroom, he takes pride in providing the best opportunities to make success possible. As an Instructional Assistant, his goals include providing support for teachers, children, and other staff. In addition to his primary job functions, Blake has been recognized by positivity for his extraordinary commitment to the development of the students.
Ms. Groeniger Orange Band Lead Teacher
Ms. Groeniger has been with OCASA for three years. She is a dedicated educator that has worked in the field of education for five years. She obtained her Multiple-Subject teaching credential and Master's degree in Education from Chapman University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from CSULB in Criminal Justice and a Masters degree from ASU in Criminology and Criminal Justice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, hiking, and running.
Ms. Vogel Orange Band Instructional Assistant
Ms. Vogel is an Instructional Assistant at OCASA and loves helping people cultivate a passion for lifelong learning, develop key literacy skills, and build autonomy as learners. She has spent the majority of her career as an educator, gaining experiences in elementary and secondary settings as a foreign language instructor and educational support. Outside of school, Ms. Vogel enjoys film photography, surfing, and reading.
Mrs. Madsen Orange Band Instructional Assistant
After college, Melissa Madsen began her career as a singer and teaching artist with the Emerald City Opera Company in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Later she and her husband created an after-school music and theatre business. She gained unparalleled experience in the musical space, while also establishing herself as a respected music teacher and theatre director in the community. Currently, she is working as an instructional assistant while she completes her master’s degree in global school counseling. While her family life has taken her all around the world, Mrs.Madsen is proud to call Laguna Niguel home.
Ms. Horgan Orange Band Lead Teacher
Melissa Horgan is an Orange Band teacher at OCASA and loves helping students find a love for reading and writing. She has spent the majority of her career in the Education industry, gaining experiences in areas such as child development, writer’s workshop, Reading Intervention (RTI), GATE Education and also holds a BA in Art. While teaching is her primary job function by day, Melissa also enjoys nature, traveling, art projects, and spending time with her family and pets.
Ms. Dobosy Yellow Band Instructional Assistant
Danica Dobosy is an experienced, credentialed educator, and instructional assistance. Driven by her love for teaching, she takes pride in providing the best support for the student's learning. As an instructional assistant, her goals include gaining knowledge from yellow band lead teachers, relationship building with all students, and supporting students with their project-based learning. In addition to her experience substitute teaching in other districts, Danica Dobosy also coached track & field for local universities.
Mrs. Lihme Yellow Band Lead Teacher
Mrs. Amee Lihme has worked in education for 22 years, gaining experience in reading intervention, Writers Workshop, and curriculum differentiation. As a seasoned teacher, she is passionate about helping students find books they love to read, and facilitating students' choice in learning. In addition to classroom teaching, Amee has also worked as a reading intervention teacher, and as a director of curriculum and instruction. Outside school, Amee enjoys bird watching and spending time with her family.
Mr. Dean Yellow Band Instructional Assistant
Mr. Dean makes learning alongside his students a top priority. “I don’t know, but let’s find out” is his second favorite quote, only behind “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.” Mr. Dean has been educating for 9 years, including outdoor education, historical re-enactments, summer camp, and special education. Mr. Dean feeds off of his students’ enthusiasm and curiosity and, in the process, finds himself learning something new each day, about the student, the world, or himself.
Ms. Sanabria Yellow Band Lead Teacher
Mari Sanabria is a Lead Teacher at OCASA and loves helping students build on their knowledge, take responsible risks, and explore their natural gifts. She has spent the majority of her career in the field of education, gaining experiences in areas such as English Language Learners, social-emotional learning, and cultural diversity. While teaching is her primary job function by day, Mari also enjoys thrilling adventures and creating new paintings.
Mr. Corrigan Yellow Band Lead Teacher
Ryan Corrigan has worked in education for 5 years, gaining experience in classroom management, building strong relationships with children, and delivering curriculum to students in a variety of ways. He has a multiple subject credential from Cal State Fullerton and a business degree in marketing from Northern Arizona University. As a seasoned classroom teacher, he is passionate about advancing critical thinking skills and developing skills in taking personal responsibility/accountability in his students. In addition to teaching, he has also been involved in coaching youth basketball and educating remote learners about current events. Outside of school, Ryan enjoys playing basketball, snowboarding, and attending Angel games.
Ms. Teske Drama Teacher
Cynthia Teske has worked in education for 20 years, gaining experience in Theatre Arts, and Language Arts while teaching in Private School. She has a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and a Master’s degree in Theology. As a seasoned Theatre Arts Teacher, Director, and Stage Manager, she is passionate about building confidence in her students, and teaching them life skills that they will carry with them. In addition to teaching, she is also involved in helping to promote some former students’ careers in acting and singing, stage-manages beauty pageants, and other theatre works outside of school. When she is outside of school, Cynthia enjoys the beach, oil painting, singing, and playing her flute.
Mrs. Kredo Spanish Culture & Language Teacher
Sheila Kredo is the Spanish teacher at OCASA Elementary and loves helping students learn about the diversity, traditions, and culture of the Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. She has spent the majority of her career in the education industry, gaining experiences in areas such as child development and curriculum differentiation. While teaching Spanish is her primary job function by day, Sheila also enjoys traveling to new places and crafting.
Mrs. Robertson STEM Teacher
Vanessa Robertson has worked in education for 18 years, gaining experience in languages, technology, and child development. As a seasoned educator, she is passionate about advancing inquiry-based learning and a love for STEM education. In addition to maintaining her school’s maker space, she is also involved in her school’s garden and supporting innovation on her campus. Outside of school, Mrs. Robertson enjoys baking, hanging out with her husband, playing with her dog, and recently began playing the handbells at her church.
Mrs. L'amour Visual Arts Teacher
Gina L’amour is an experienced Visual Arts Specialty Teacher. Driven by her passion for the arts, she takes pride in providing the best program possible. As a Visual Arts Teacher, her goals include giving the students encouragement, praise, and confidence in their abilities. In addition to her primary job functions, Gina submits her student's art to various competitions and has been recognized by OCDE and the Festival of Art for her extraordinary commitment to teaching, engaging, and supporting her students.
Mr. Cipolla Afterschool Coordinator
Michael Cipolla is the After School Coordinator at OCASA. He loves helping students develop a passion for athletics and living a healthy lifestyle. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He has spent the majority of his career in the fitness industry, gaining experiences in youth sports, athletic performance, and sports psychology. While being an After School Coordinator is his primary job function by day, Michael also enjoys watching Angel’s baseball and spending time with his loved ones.
Mr. Holt Afterschool Leader
Mike Holt is an experienced educator and childcare worker. Driven by learning, he takes pride in providing the best environment for learning possible. As the Assistant Coordinator of our After-School program, his goals include providing a safe environment for our students to learn, create and grow. Outside of school, Mike enjoys painting and surfing.
Ms. Omid After School Leader
Ms. Roza Omid is an after-school leader at OCASA. The kids call her Ms. O! She graduated from Tehran University with a Bachelor's Degree in the Science of Nutrition. She was a substitute teacher in Plano, TX for ten years. “I love to be with kids, they are lovely, fun, creative, and full of positive energy.” In my free time, I spend time with my family and friends. In her free time, Ms. Omid enjoys walking at the beach, swimming, playing tennis, music, movie, literature, poetry, and traveling.
Mrs. McClain Office Administrator
Hobi McClain is the Office Administrator at Orange County Academy of Sciences and Arts. She has been with OCASA since day one, opening the school in 2016. Hobi loves working with children. She admires their honesty, creativity, and curiosity for learning. She has spent the majority of her career working with Nordstrom as a retail buyer, gaining unparalleled experiences in areas such as customer relations, leadership, interpersonal skills and attention to detail. While Office Administrator is her primary job function by day, she also enjoys spending time with her family, making people laugh, curling up with a good book, and traveling.
Mr. Chavez Porter
Ms. Guzman Lunch Service Support
OCASA College Prep (6th Grade to 12th Grade)
Mr. Rey English Teacher
David Rey has dedicated his career to helping students achieve academic success. David specializes in English Language Reading and Writing. He has a passion for Creative Writing and helping students develop their academic skills. David earned his degree in English Education with a minor in Creative Writing from California State University Long Beach.
Mrs. Miller Math Teacher
Since graduating from BYU-Idaho in Mathematics Education, Sydney Miller has dedicated her life to teaching Mathematics. She has worked helping students understand mathematical concepts in both an individual and group setting. Her passion for mathematics focuses on showing students how problem-solving skills are used throughout their lives.
Mr. Deleon Math & Science Teacher
Ms. Ajakwe Math Teacher
Shawn Ajakwe has worked in education since 2012. She joined OCASA as a math 6 and 7 teacher at the start of the 20/21 school year. With experience in virtual, hybrid and in-person educational settings, Mrs. Ajakwe is skillful in creating a safe, supportive classroom environment by eliminating diverse barriers to learning as well as engaging students in a fun, rich culture of learning that combines math with real-world scenarios. Mrs. A is on a mission to help each of her students recognize his/her/their mathlete potential through promoting an enduring understanding of math language, consistent practice and full. When she isn’t teaching, Shawn Ajakwe enjoys fitness activities, family gatherings and relaxing excursions in natural settings with her husband of many delightful years.
Coach Iorio Physical Education Teacher
Coach Iorio has been teaching for 18 years and has taught at all levels, Kindergarten through college classes. He has coached many sports but has coached lacrosse for 20 years. He was named California Lacrosse Coach of the year in 2016 and has a North Carolina State Championship and a LA City Championship. He loves teaching his students that fitness isn't just found in sports.
Ms. Lacy Science & PLTW Teacher
Kayleigh Lacy is in her second year of teaching science with OCASA College Prep. She graduated from UC Irvine, with a degree in Biology Education, and a Secondary Science Teaching Credential. She now also teaches a STEAM elective for OCP, called Project Lead the Way. Ms. Lacy also serves as our school Yearbook advisor. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and hiking in National Parks.
Mrs. Musquez Social Studies Teacher
Tanya Musquez has a passion and enthusiasm for History that she loves sharing with her students. She received her BA in History from CSU San Bernardino, her Teaching Credential from CSU Fullerton, and is currently working on her Master’s in American History. This is her 7th year teaching and her 4th at OCASA. She currently teaches Social Studies/History in 6th, 9th, and 10th grades, but has previously taught History in grades 7 and 8, as well as 12th grade American Government. Tanya Musquez also serves as our school ASB advisor and is trained in Resilient Mindful Learner Practices. Outside of school, Mrs. Musquez enjoys watching Indy Car Racing, reading, and working on home improvement projects!
Mr. Bisaillon Social Studies Teacher
Alexander Bisaillon is in his first year as a history teacher, utilizing the knowledge he acquired during his undergraduate education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his master's degree from Alliant University. Along with teaching history, Alex is in his fourth year as a basketball coach at Trabuco Hills High School. In addition to thoroughly enjoying the work he does as an educator, Alex loves traveling, exercising, and watching sports in his free time.
Mr. Reid Science Teacher
Drew Reid is in his first year at OCASA teaching science. He completed his Single Subject Science Teaching Credential at California State University Fullerton. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Pre-physical Therapy at California State University Long Beach and decided to continue his passion for Science in education. In his free time, he enjoys being active by surfing, playing beach volleyball, hiking, and going to the gym.
Ms. Switzer English Teacher
April Switzer is celebrating her 10th year as an educator. After retiring early from her first career as an attorney to be a stay-at-home mom, April dedicated herself to strengthening reading, communication, and literacy skills for students from the remedial to the advanced level. She currently teaches 7th and 9th grade English. April possesses a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as a JD from Rutgers Law and a Master's in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. In her free time, April is a busy parent, youth basketball coach, and runner.
Ms. Windham English & PLTW Teacher
Emily Windham has worked in education for 15 years, gaining experience in English education, STEAM education, and Project Lead The Way. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, and National University, Ms. Windham is passionate about advancing her students’ literacy skills and problem-solving abilities. Outside of school, Ms. Windham enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading.
Sr. Garcia Spanish Teacher
Jesus Garcia is a Spanish teacher with 4 years of experience teaching and building lesson plans. He is passionate about student growth with an innovative style of teaching. He is eager to make a difference and foster growth in students academically, personally, and professionally. He is also a local artist who teaches an art elective course at our school. He is inspired to promote students to find and practice their unique talents both in Spanish and Art.
Ms. Garcia Office Administrator
Sindy Garcia is in her second year as Office Administrator at OCASA College Prep. She has spent the majority of her career in the childcare industry. Sindy takes pride in always having a positive attitude when assisting staff, students, and families. When Sindy is not behind her desk, she enjoys traveling and cheering on her favorite sports teams.
Ms. Casarrubias Lunch Service Support
Martha Casarrubias is a Lunch Service Support who manages our school lunch program. She holds an AA degree in foods and nutrition. She began her journey at OCASA in November of 2020 She loves connecting with and serving the students and teaching them customer service skills at the same time. Martha Casarrubias lives in Rancho Santa Margarita with her husband, three children, and her dog Rio. Together they enjoy going to the beach, family time together.
Mrs. Ramirez Campus Supervisor
Mrs. Foster School Psychologist
Mrs. Foster graduated from Azusa Pacific with a master's degree in school psychology and an education specialist degree. She has since gained experience in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Capturing Kids’ Hearts (team and relationship building with kids), bullying prevention, risk assessments, threat assessments, implicit bias, Cognitive Behavior Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), PREPaRE crisis training, and PSW (Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses), among other things. As a seasoned school psychologist, she is passionate about helping students be successful socially, emotionally, and behaviorally, to support academic success. Outside of school, Dee enjoys hiking, the beach, and the mountains.
Mrs. Guillen Education Specialist
Mrs. Taryn Guillen has worked at OCASA for 3 years. She has taught for over 7 years, in various roles. She earned a Master's degree from University Phoenix in Special Education as well as Secondary Education "I enjoy seeing children's excitement as they make new accomplishments and discoveries!"
Ms. Kaplan Education Specialist
Mrs. Montano, R.N. School Nurse
Donita Montano is a Registered Nurse and a Credential School Nurse with over 20 years of experience. Donita has a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis on School Nursing. Donita chose a career in school nursing because she loves children and has dedicated her life to promoting and improving the health and wellbeing of children. Donita has enjoyed raising 7 children of her own and is a happy grandmother of 7.
Ms. Medina Education Specialist
Ms. Medina grew up in Huntington Beach, California. She attended CSULB for her undergraduate degree and teaching credential. She taught Kindergarten to 6th general education for 23 years in Ocean View School District, Mountain View Whisman School District, and Newport-Mesa School District. In 1997 she earned a Master’s Degree in Education from San Jose State. She attended National University to earn an Education Specialist Credential. In her free time, she loves to garden, watch Bruin football games, and compete in Fantasy Surfing in the WSL. Her two kids attend USC.
Mrs. O'Hearn School Psychologist
Mrs. Amanda O'Hearn has dedicated her career to helping students with unique needs. As a professional School Psychologist, Amanda specializes in many aspects of education, peer pupil support, multi-tiered systems of interventions, and much more. . She is certified in PPS and earned her Master’s degree in School Psychology from Cal Baptist University, Riverside.
OCASA Support Team
Mrs. Boyne Accounting Assistant
Jessie Boyne grew up in Laguna Niguel where she presently resides. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Chapman University in Communications and Studied Abroad in Spain her senior year. Jessie has been an Office Manager for a Laguna Beach law firm for the last 17 years and has been with OCASA for the last 4 years as an Accounting Assistant. In her free time, she is kept busy with her children's various athletic events and tournaments.
Mr. Patella Information Technology Support
Mr. Patella is an experienced school IT support tech. Driven by his passion for education, he takes pride in providing the best experience possible to teachers, students and their families. Muzi has a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Computer Science and Mathematics from Midlands State University in addition to Apple, Cisco, CompTIA, and VMware certifications. Prior to OCASA, Muzi worked in several educational organizations including Irvine Valley College. Outside of work, Muzi enjoys spending time with his family.
Aurora Borealis OCASA Elementary
Aurora Borealis is a beloved member of Team OCASA. Affectionately known as Aurora, this Golden Doodle is generally found in the courtyard with students and staff enjoying a significant amount of petting from them as well as their morning greetings. Aurora visits classrooms nearly every day to motivate students in their learning. When needed, Aurora provides companionship for students having a difficult time. If she is not supporting the OCASA community, Aurora enjoys playing at dog parks with her family and other dog friends.
Cali OCASA College Prep
Cali joined the OCASA College Prep community in the Fall of 2020 as a "Therapy Dog In Training" at the early age of nine months old. Since then, Cali has earned her "Canine Good Citizen" award and is on her way to becoming a fully certified "Therapy Dog". Cali is a Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees mixed breed and loves to join the students at lunchtime on the field. Her favorite activity is quiet visits with students and staff in the Principal's office where she enjoys lots of hugs and pets from her human friends.