What sets the Prentice faculty apart from other teachers and staff is their specialized training in helping students with learning differences reach their fullest potential, coupled with a unique dedication to this extraordinary group of learners.
All our teachers are California-credentialed. We pair our Special Education-credentialed teachers with our General Education teachers to support the needs of all students.
Equally as important, our enrichment teachers have specific training in their areas. This elite caliber of professionals allows us to execute advanced programs such as our Winter Concert, Spring Concert and Art Show.
Devon joined the Prentice team in the spring of 2014. She was raised just blocks away from The Prentice School and has been aware of the school and its mission since the early 1990′s. Devon concurrently earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University in 2004. Devon also holds a Masters of Science in Special Education with a specialization in Mild to Moderate Disabilities and another specialization in Teacher Leadership.
Devon spent the five years prior to Prentice as the Director of Education for Newport Academy, a program specializing in the treatment of at-risk adolescents. She is experienced in working closely with vulnerable students and families and is deeply sensitive to their needs, fears and concerns. Devon is sincerely invested in the social, emotional and physical well-being of the students and families with whom she interacts. As Head of School for The Prentice School, Devon is excited and grateful to be part of such a reputable organization with a mission statement she firmly believes.
In her free time, Devon enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and dog, as well as her other family and friends. She likes reading at the beach, hiking, going to concerts and traveling.
Laurie joined the Prentice family in 2016. Prior to joining Prentice, Laurie was Controller at Orangewood Foundation and the Samueli Academy for over 10 years. She was also Controller at Saddleback Church and Senior Tax Manager at Deloitte and Haskell & White. Laurie received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Business Taxation from University of Southern California. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. Laurie looks forward to bringing her accounting and operational experience to Prentice and as child of a teacher and school principal, she enjoys returning to her “roots” in education.
Outside of work Laurie enjoys spending time with her family of 5 kids and 7 grandkids, traveling and crafting.
Janis is beginning her 13th year at Prentice and will be teaching the 1st/2nd grade combo class this year. She holds a multiple-subject credential and CLAD certificate from Chapman University, as well as a Master of Science in Reading from Walden University. She has also completed the Slingerland Teachers’ Training Program, has a B.A. in psychology from Cal State Fullerton, and an A.S. in Nursing with an R.N. license from Cypress College and practiced at CHOC and Anchorage, AK. She taught 10 years in the Palm Springs area in grades K-2 and taught preschool for 7 years prior to obtaining her teaching credential.
Janis is married and has two children, Cassie, 31, who works in fashion design in Los Angeles, and Adam, 30, who is a mechanical engineer in Orange County.Her husband Duane, is a home developer. She loves to travel with her husband and family, quilt, and make jewelry in her spare time.
Eric joined the Prentice teaching staff in the fall of 2007. He completed his undergraduate studies in both New York City at Sarah Lawrence College and in London at the London School of Economics. He earned his M.A. in Education upon returning to his home state California.
Currently, Eric teaches 5th grade. At Prentice, Eric enjoys seeing the transformation students make from year to year and helping students succeed and reach their full potential.
Eric is blessed with a wonderful family that includes his wife and two young children, Oliver and Madeline. In his free time, Eric prefers to spend as much time as possible outdoors, participating in activities such as running, hiking, and biking.
Theresa began at Prentice as a substitute teacher in February of 2016. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She is also taking English Language teaching classes through University of Phoenix and is currently taking classes at California State University to obtain her Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential. Theresa loves to work with and be inspired by her students. She also appreciates the supportive parents and collaborative staff at Prentice.
Theresa and her husband have one son and one daughter. She and her family enjoy traveling, reading, playing board games, and spending time with friends.
Melissa became a teacher at Prentice in the fall of 2016. She earned her Bachelors in integrated elementary and special education from Towson University in Maryland and has a dual credential for the state in both elementary and special education. Her Master’s degree is in education from Colorado Christian University, with an emphasis on being a master educator in curriculum and instruction. Her capstone project focused on teaching students with Autism in the inclusive environment. Currently, Melissa is working on her national board certification in special education and she has a California credential as a multiple subject teacher and as a mild to moderate specialist. Before working at Prentice, Melissa worked in the Howard County Public School System as a general educator in fourth grade and has a special educator in grades two through five. She also spent one year as a special educator servicing grades K-6 in Saddleback Valley Unified School District.
As a teacher at Prentice, Melissa works with third grade students. She enjoys aiding all students to meet their full potential through the use of differentiation strategies. When not at Prentice, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends at Disneyland and the beach. Melissa has one son who is 13 and a nephew she is very close to who is 12.
Nicole joined Prentice teaching staff in 2016. She earned her B.A. degree in Elementary Education from The University of Arizona. Prior to teaching at Prentice, Nicole worked for three years at a school in Irvine, as an instructional assistant. Nicole also has experience with other Elementary grades from her time in Denver, Colorado.
Nicole has taught 2nd grade here at Prentice, and is inspired by the Prentice mission of empowering students to achieve the best they can. Nicole wants to create a safe place for all students in which emphasizes respect, pride and teamwork. When not preparing for the classroom, Nicole enjoys reading, playing golf and going to the movies. She also likes watching baseball and University of Arizona basketball.
Karen joined the Prentice team in January 2015 as an Instructional Assistant for the 1st and 2nd grade combination class. In this capacity, Karen works with the students in small groups for Math, Reading and Slingerland.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from California State University, Long Beach, and is currently working on completing her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. It was Karen’s son who inspired her to understand how to teach children with learning differences. He attended Prentice for his 8th grade year and has now successfully transitioned to a public high school.
In her free time, Karen loves spending time outdoors with her husband and their four boys. She also loves to cook and entertain.
Kristina joined the Prentice faculty as a 5th grade Teacher. She has her Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential from California State University, Fullerton, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She was an AIMS (Autism, Inclusion, Math, and Science) Federal Grant Recipient, which gave her the opportunity for advanced training in these special education areas. She has recently worked as a Resource Specialist at Imperial Elementary in the Orange Unified School District. She has Lindamood Bell training and has extensive experience working with students with both emotional and behavioral disabilities. She was very inspired by our mission and is excited to be joining the team!
Kristina loves camping and enjoys martial arts in her free time. Her favorite animal is a goat, and her favorite movie is Wonder Woman.
Joshua Tittelfitz “Mr. T” proudly joined the Prentice team as Junior High Teacher in October of 2016.
He earned his B.A. in history from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 2014 and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. He then received his teaching credential in secondary education from CSUF the following year. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting vinyl records, riding his bike at the beach, and attending concerts.
Micki joined the Prentice teaching staff in 2010. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies, her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Monterrey Bay and recently completed her Special Education Credential from National University. Prior to teaching at Prentice, Micki was a co-teacher at Tarbut V’Torah in Irvine and a Kindergarten Teacher at Page Private School in Costa Mesa.
Micki teaches 6th grade here at Prentice. Micki loves seeing her students reach their full potential, learning to truly soar academically. When not preparing for the classroom, Micki enjoys spending time with her friends and family, strolling along the beach and attending as many of her son’s wrestling matches as possible.
Aleen joined Prentice in 2017. She has her Master’s Degree in Digital Teaching and Learning and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, both from Azusa Pacific University. She has her Multiple Subject credential and is currently enrolled at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology working towards her Doctorate in School Psychology and Technology. She plans to graduate in July 2020.
Last year, Aleen worked as the 7th and 8th grade English Teacher and English Department Chair at St. Mark’s Lutheran School. Her positive attitude is infectious.
She loves to take adventures in her jeep such as camping trips, beach excursions or desert off-roading. She loves to travel, watch and play basketball, cook, listen to music, and hangout out at the beach.
Kim joined The Prentice School teaching staff in August 2016. She has her Single Subject Teaching Credential in the Biological Sciences. Her Master’s Degrees are in Education and Business Administration, in addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor. Kim enjoyed a career as a Research Scientist for 7 years before transitioning to a Junior High Teacher, the role she has held for the past 12 years. She brings her life long passion for science alive for Prentice students with multi-sensory “hands on” experiences that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Ms. Zippwald runs the after school “Animal Club” for those students who have a passion for animals and our Science Department offers a school-wide annual Science Fair promoting STEM.
Outside the classroom, Kim enjoys spending time camping with her three children, attending to her house full of animals, and relaxing in her garden.
Christopher Flores arrived at Prentice in 2011 and has worked in an education setting for the past 15 years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree and teaching credential at Cal State Long Beach and is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Education from CSU-Long Beach as well.
Christopher’s goal is to help students use physical education as a way to cope with stress, remaining physically active as a means to becoming mentally well and stable. Christopher also teaches students how to be responsible for their own actions. By teaching key character and social development traits, Chris hopes his students learn how to be socially responsible and well-rounded members of society.
Christopher enjoys the outdoors and staying physically active. One of his mottos is “Ride, Run, Play, Sun; let’s all have Fun.” By making activities fun and engaging, he hopes students will find the activities as enjoyable as he does. Along with teaching physical education, Christopher lends a hand at many Prentice events including the Fit-a-Thon, annual Holiday Program, Spirit Carnival, field trips and the Hobby Club.
Chris loves seeing how committed the teachers and staff are to meeting the students’ needs, compelling them to succeed. He spends his free time with his daughter, hiking, running, rollerblading, mountain bike riding, playing basketball, and dancing. He is always eagerly searching for new, exciting adventures.
Kimber Johnston joined the Prentice Team in 2017. She believes that integrating technology into instruction can open doors for students to express themselves, and provide new ways for them to gain and share knowledge. She has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with English Learner Authorization and Supplemental Authorization for Computer Concepts and Applications. She has her BS in Communication Design from CSU Monterey Bay, and her MEd in Learning Design and Leadership from University of Illinois.
Kimber has worked with children throughout her life in many roles, including as a Technology and STEAM specialist for K-6 schools. Committed to staying current in field of Educational Technology, Kimber holds several professional certifications, is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education, and presents at conferences throughout the state.
When she’s not at work, Kimber likes to read, travel, and play games with her family.
Emily joined Prentice in 2017. She has her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Biola University. She has had many years of experience working with elementary students for 7 years as a private tutor, Science Specialist, Impact Teacher, and her most recent role as an Interventionist for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. She has trained in the “Why Try Organization” and has a true passion for social and emotional learning. She always brings a positive energy to the classroom.
When she is not teaching, Emily enjoys going to yoga classes and traveling. Some of her favorite destinations have been Scotland, England, and India.
Joevanie joined Prentice in 2016. Since then, students have been learning from his creative science lessons. Previously, he worked with elementary students in Orange County as an English and Social Sciences Teacher. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton.
We have seen his passion for science come alive at Prentice as he built volcanoes and egg parachutes with our students.
Joevanie has been blessed with an amazing family that includes his wife Wendy and daughter Emma. In his free time, he loves to travel with his family, record music, and enjoys being outdoors.
Wendy is an Orange County native who has found herself living in both the northern and southern ends of the state, serving children with special needs in both areas. When her family’s relocations finally brought her full circle and back to her roots, she found Prentice. It made a lasting, positive impression. She served as her own child’s advocate, but it was not until 2008 that she joined the Prentice staff as an Instructional Assistant. Wendy completed her first year of the Slingerland® Teachers’ Training Program and has been an extremely beneficial addition to all of the elementary grades.
Currently Wendy assists in the 1st-3rd grade classrooms and doubles as a substitute teacher when needed. Wendy loves science, nature, animals, music, and cookies. In her spare time, she likes to bake, crochet, travel, and go fishing.
Michael first started at Prentice in 2012 and is currently being utilized in our Junior High. With relevant educational experience and the completion of his CBEST, Michael is committed to the mission of Prentice and loves to see the growth our students make from year to year. He can see the tangible gains from the students and he continually enjoys making a difference in their lives. Currently Michael is an Instructional Assistant in the Junior High classes.
Outside of Prentice, Michael is an avid fan of Professional Starcraft and spends most of his free time collecting antique books and newspapers from the 1800’s with his father.
Martina joined Prentice as a Substitute Teacher in 2017 and is very excited to be working with elementary students as an Instructional Assistant. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from UCLA and is currently completing her Single Subject Credential in English. Previously, Martina has worked with students as a college peer counselor and tutor. She enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts, and creative writing. Her favorite animal is the sloth and her favorite place in the world is Hawaii.
Paul joined Prentice in 2016 as a Substitute Teacher. Since then, he has worked for our summer program as an Instructional Assistant. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Vanguard University. He will be starting his Multiple Subject Credential program this year.
We have seen his passion and care for our students at Prentice as he has worked with elementary and junior high. This year, he will be working alongside elementary students.
Paul enjoys spending time with his wife, Katy, and dog, Hudson. He also enjoys playing hockey with his friends, and eating In-n-Out Burger.
Debra is a California State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and holds a clear credential in speech-language pathology services. She also maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), from which she received an Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in 2013 and 2017. Debra received her M.A. in Communicative Disorders from California State University. Fullerton. She is PROMPT trained and has pursued extensive instruction over the years in the area social thinking.
For nearly 15 years, Debra has worked with children on the autism spectrum. She also has 10 years of clinical experience working with individuals who have articulation, phonological, language, fluency, and/or voice disorders. She has three peer-reviewed journal publications, including a paper on communication-based treatments for autism; and she has had two of her blog entries regarding autism spectrum disorders included on ASHA’s official blog, ASHASphere. In addition, Debra has worked as a part-time faculty member at CSUF, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses on communicative disorders. Last, she owns a small private practice providing in-home speech therapy, language intervention, and community-based “social coaching.”…
At the Prentice School, Debra serves as one of two speech and language pathologists providing diagnostic and treatment services for students with communication disorders. She also teaches social thinking groups for students with social pragmatic deficits. Debra maintains ongoing collaboration with teachers and instructional assistants in order to align therapy with classroom curriculum and facilitate generalization of communication skills to the classroom environment. Further, she supervises a speech language pathology assistant (SLPA) who provides push-in language support for Prentice students and fosters social thinking in the classroom and on the playground.
Juliana is a California State licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) and holds a clear credential in speech-language pathology services. She also maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She earned her B.A. in Communication Disorders and Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her M.A.in Speech and Language Pathology at San Francisco State University.
Juliana joined The Prentice family in April 1999 as a part-time employee, splitting her time between Prentice and working with adults in the hospital and rehabilitative settings. However, realizing how much she enjoyed working with school aged children, and collaborating with the Prentice teachers, she soon transitioned to a full time employee. Juliana feels blessed to have had the opportunity over the last 17 years to be part of such a special school, and to help support her elementary and junior high, students to become effective communicators, problem solvers, and to achieve academic success!
In her free time, Juliana loves to read, travel, hike, run, and spend time with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Alvaro “Al” Fajardo joined the Prentice team in February 2015 as a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant/Instructional Assistant for Junior High. He works under the supervision of Speech Language Pathologists, Juliana Clark and Debra Brunner. Al provides speech and language support to elementary and junior high students and serves as the Yearbook Adviser for the junior high elective class.
Al received his Associates of Arts from the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program at Santa Ana College in 2014. While in the program he started the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Chapter (NSSLHA) to network SLPA Program students at Santa Ana College. Serving as Vice President and President during the club’s initial year, Al was responsible for planning meetings and seminars to supplement classroom instruction. He also created the idea of having an annual Pinning Ceremony to recognize the program’s graduates. Currently he is pursing his Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders at Cal State Fullerton.
During his free time he loves being around his family, friends, and dogs August and Enzo. Al is very happy to be part of the Prentice Family. He hopes that his knowledge in the areas of speech and language contribute to the success of many students at Prentice.
Michelle joined the Prentice team in the spring of 2016 as an Executive Assistant and Human Resource Representative. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Human Resources from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona—graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors.
Prior to joining Prentice, Michelle spent 10 years working for Pacific Advisors, a Guardian Life Insurance Agency. She grew from a Receptions and Finance Assistant to a Human Resources Coordinator where her focus was primarily on licensing and contracting, as well as onboarding and orientation training. Michelle also acquired operations experience and helped Pacific Advisors open an office in Corona and expand their Newport Beach location. Overall, she works well with people and is not afraid to ask, “What if?”
Michelle grew up in Claremont, California, and has three sisters, one of which is a twin. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and visiting the San Diego Zoo and Safari Parks with her husband, Casey. They currently live in Tustin.
As the former Director of Development at The Prentice School (2004-2008), Corinne recently rejoined Prentice in August 2015 as Director of Events and Donor Relations. As a parent of two children who attended Prentice from 2001-2008, she experienced first-hand the invaluable transformation that occurs for students who receive a Prentice education. Her passion to serve children who learn differently began when her son started at Prentice in first-grade and after seeing him become successful in school she knew she needed to get the word out to other parents whose children were struggling in the traditional classroom environment. It was also during this time she became heavily involved with the school’s parent group where she chaired committees and various fundraising events. Corinne’s son is currently a junior at UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, and her daughter is a junior in high school where she has a love for science and hopes to attend UC Berkeley.
Prior to coming to Orange County, Corinne was Director of Attorney Recruiting at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a large international law firm based in San Francisco where she worked for more than 11 years. In her various positions at OH&S, she recruited students from our nation’s top law schools, orchestrated the law firm’s summer programs nationwide, gained invaluable experience in marketing the firm to potential candidates and worked closely with the firm’s partners in its attorney recruitment efforts at all levels.
Corinne has Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Washington, as well as an Associates of Arts Degree in Legal Assisting. When she is not spending time with her husband and two young adult children, she loves spending time hiking and capturing life through photography.
Pam joined The Prentice School in 2011. She received her AA Degree from Fullerton College in Secretarial Science and came to Prentice with many years of experience as Administrative Assistant at St. Anthony Claret School in Anaheim. With only three office staff, Pam had a myriad of responsibilities at her former school including duties involved with both the admissions department and registrar.
Pam is a mother of two and a grandmother of four grandsons. In her spare time, Pam sings with The Dischords, a small ensemble singing contemporary music and cantors at her church. In the past few years, she musically directed children in the musicals of Godspell, Suessical, and The Wizard of Oz for The Junior Thespian Productions. Pam also enjoys baking and decorating specialty cakes for all occasions, especially her grandsons’ birthdays.
As Admissions and Tutoring Coordinator, Pam is the first point of contact for prospective families calling to learn about The Prentice School. Additionally, as Tutoring Coordinator, Pam assists parents in finding the appropriate Prentice tutor for their child and acts as liaison between parent and tutor. Pam is very happy to be working at Prentice with a group of dedicated and caring teachers and staff.
April provides individual occupational therapy services as well as collaborative support to teachers and classrooms for sensory and motor needs to help with attention, organization, handwriting and keyboarding. She provides classroom-based groups for self-regulation, including the “Zones of Regulation®” and the “Alert Program®”. April provides individual occupational therapy sessions using the Interactive Metronome®. She also provides individual feeding intervention for students who have restricted ranges of preferred foods and is passionate about good food being fuel for attention and learning.
April has been practicing as an occupational therapist since 1999. She received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a post-professional Master’s degree in occupational therapy from USC. April is certified in sensory integration and to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. She is certified in the Interactive Metronome. April also holds an advanced practice certification for feeding and swallowing assessment and intervention.
April is proud to be a part of Prentice and loves the forward vision of administration and faculty to support students’ holistic learning through movement and sensory tools, and to be able to work “outside of the box” to help students be successful participants in their learning.
April is a Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan and loves to watch football and hockey. In her free time she is a busy sports mom with her two children.
Lisa joined the Prentice team in August 2016. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University in 2005, completed the CalState TEACH teaching credential program through CSU Fresno in 2011 and cleared her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through UCSD in 2015. Prior to coming to Prentice this year, Lisa created a Resource Program for a private K-8 school in San Diego and then worked as their Resource Specialist for the last three years. Additionally, Lisa is fully trained in all the Lindamood Bell Learning Programs, (i.e. Seeing Stars, Visualizing and Verbalizing) having worked at Lindamood Bell as both a clinician and consultant and participated in their Leadership Academy.
Lisa is excited to be joining our team at Prentice because her passion is helping students who are struggling academically, achieve success, gain confidence in their learning abilities and to find that learning can be fun and not frustrating. In her off time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her 2 year old daughter and husband, going to the beach, hiking, reading, camping and playing with her dog and cat.
Jenny joined the business staff in the Spring of 2004. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting at California State University, Fullerton. Before joining The Prentice School, she has worked in the manufacturing and retail industries where she developed a wide range of accounting and finance knowledge.
Being part of the Prentice learning community, Jenny enjoys working with caring, motivated, and dedicated faculty and staff to carry out our mission to empower children with learning differences to fulfill their full potential as students and citizens. She is proud to be a member of the Prentice team and this ultimately makes her job rewarding and enjoyable.
In her spare time, Jenny loves spending time with her family and friends and traveling to new places.
Steve joined Prentice in the summer of 2017. He has experience with the IEP process, PBIS procedures and NonPublic School placements. He received his Pupil Personnel Services Credential, and has his Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology and his Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, both from Chapman University. His Bachelor’s Degree is in Sociology with a minor in Education from University of California, Santa Cruz. Mr. Barnes has a passion for building relationships with students and families and thinks it is incredibly important for students to feel heard. He is enthusiastic to put his experience to work.
Outside of Prentice, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter. He also spends much of his free time at the beach, staying active and spending time with friends and family.
Cindy joined the Prentice staff in 2016 and has worked as a Junior High Assistant Teacher and a 4th grade Teacher. During the coming school year, Cindy will transition into the role of resource specialist. Prior to teaching at Prentice , Cindy worked in Irvine Unified School District and in Fort Worth Independent School District. Cindy received her Bachelor’s Degree in the Study of Exceptional Students from Texas Christian University. She has her Mild/Moderate Special Education Teaching Credential and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in both Texas and California.
Over her 19 year career in public education, Cindy has held various positions such as Resource Teacher, Regular Classroom Teacher, and Reading Intervention teacher. Although her job title has changed throughout the years, the best part of teaching for Cindy is always the students! She loves learning new skills and strategies to use in the classroom so that all students’ needs are met and all students are successful. Seeing students enjoy learning is the best part of every school day.
When she’s not in the classroom, Cindy enjoys spending time outside with her husband and two canine children, Domino and Hercules. Cindy also enjoys reading, playing piano and watching HGTV.