Our Dedicated Team

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.

ADMINISTRATION
Prentice Executive Director
Alicia Maciel, MBA
Executive Director

As a mother of two and a veteran business and nonprofit education services leader, Mrs. Maciel is passionately committed to developing 21st century learning environments that enable all students to thrive and cultivate their full potential. She is committed to ensuring The Prentice School is a model of excellence for educating students with learning differences. As an immigrant to the United States and the first in her extended family to obtain a college education, Mrs. Maciel has an affinity for overcoming barriers to education. That personal experience compels her to devote energy and expertise to making education more accessible to all, particularly those who face greater challenges.Prior to joining The Prentice School in May 2013, Mrs. Maciel served as Executive Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships for THINK Together, the state’s largest nonprofit provider of afterschool and summer learning programs. She also served as faculty at California State University, Fullerton, teaching management courses related to entrepreneurial leadership and new venture launches. In addition, from 2013-2015 Mrs. Maciel served as a member of the Brea Olinda Unified School District Board of Education.

As Principal of On the RISE and through the influential roles she held at organizations such as Chevron Corp., The Walt Disney Co., Kraft Foods and the UCI Medical Center, Mrs. Maciel gained extensive experience working with nonprofit and for-profit executive and interdepartmental project teams developing and implementing thorough strategic and leadership development plans.

Mrs. Maciel is a member of the board of directors of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives with her husband and two sons in Brea, CA. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and going on nature walks. Her greatest joy is being able to work at a school; a place where she can contribute to a legacy of lasting, transformative impact in the lives of students, their families, and our community.

Laurie McKinley, B.S. M.B.T, C.P.A.
Director of Finance and Operations

Laurie McKinley 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 6 grandkids, traveling and crafting.

Christopher Sanita, M.S.Ed., BS
Principal

With over 20 years of education experience, Chris Sanita aspires to bring growth and dynamic education to students, faculty, staff, parents and community members at The Prentice School. He is an educational leader and curriculum specialist that focuses on student intellectual development, student social responsibility, school reform, school management and college/career choices for K-12 students. He also is an adept English teacher with a varied student base from English language learners, at-risk students and special education students, and has taught and lead schools in Santa Ana, Hana High and Elementary School and Whittier Christian High School.  His mission is to see that all students succeed throughout their life’s journey.

Chris holds a Masters of Science Degree in Education Administration, a clear administrative credential for the state of California, and a single subject English teaching credential from California and Hawaii.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Davis and his education credential from UC Irvine.  In 1997, while as an intern at UCI, Chris earned “beginning teacher of the year award” at Murrieta Unified School District.

While in Hawaii and in California, Chris developed and implemented an independent special education project based school, iPad 1:1 instructional programs, and revised curriculum and development cycles that improved student learning, teacher morale and school culture.  He also pioneered online credit recovery and original credit courses online through two of the leading online schools in the United States.

Chris lives in Newport Beach (where he grew up) with his wife Juliet and their four children.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
Margaret Allan, M.S.Ed.
Teacher on Special Assignment/Elementary Department Chair

Margaret joined the teaching staff at Prentice in 2006. She graduated with a Master of Science in Education from Medaille College in New York where her thesis research was on “Multi-sensory Education for Dyslexic Children.” Margaret holds a California Multiple Subject teaching credential and has completed two years of the Slingerland® Teachers’ Training Program. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada and prior to her teaching career, she worked in vocational rehabilitation.

Margaret’s involvement with Prentice was initially as a Prentice parent.  In 2006 she moved into a teaching position and has taught grades 1-3. Currently, Margaret is out of classroom working as a Teacher on Special Assignment. Her responsibilities include being the Elementary Department Chair and Slingerland Coach.  This is Margaret’s 11th year at Prentice.

Margaret has two sons: Christopher and Alex, as well as a pampered cat and dog.   In her spare time, Margaret enjoys traveling with her boys, backpacking, camping, and kayaking.

Janis Huennekens, B.A., M.S.
Elementary School Teacher

Janis is beginning her 11th 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. 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, 30, who works in fashion design in Los Angeles, and Adam, 28, 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 Horowitz, B.A.
Elementary School Teacher

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.

Micki Simon, B.A.
Elementary School Teacher

Micki joined the Prentice teaching staff in 2010. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Monterey Bay. Prior to teaching at Prentice, Micki worked for three years at a school in Costa Mesa, first as an instructional assistant, then as a teacher.

Micki teaches 5th grade here at Prentice and is in the process of pursuing a Special Education Credential. 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, attending as many of her son’s crew and baseball games as possible.

Corine Hand, B.A.
Elementary School Teacher

Corine joined the Prentice staff in September 2009 and is pleased and honored to be working with “extraordinary students as well as a delightful faculty and staff.”
Corine earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in June 2009, allowing her to pursue her dream to enter the teaching profession. She discovered her love for teaching while working for several years as a Corporate Trainer, applying nearly 9,000 hours in the classroom teaching computer software applications to adults. Corine also earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 1994.

Corine teaches 3rd grade intermediate math and English language arts. She also teaches yearbook.

In her free time, Corine enjoys running, reading, volunteering, and spending time with her family and friends.

Theresa Blankenstein, B.A.
Elementary School Teacher

Theresa began at Prentice as a substitute teacher in February of 2015. 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.

Theresa teaches 4th grade at Prentice, and loves inspiring students, supportive parents, and collaborative staff at Prentice. When not preparing for the classroom, Theresa enjoys traveling, reading, playing board games, and spending time with her family and friends.

Melissa Patt, Ed.D, M.A., M.S., B.S.
Elementary School Teacher

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 Vizas, B.A.
Elementary School Teacher

Nicole joined Prentice teaching staff earlier this year. 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 teaches 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.  

JUNIOR HIGH TEACHERS
Michelle Garner, B.A., M.A.T.
Junior High Teacher

Michelle Garner first joined the Prentice team in 2013 as an Instructional Assistant and started as a full-time teacher in 2014. After obtaining her B.A. in Sociology, Michelle returned to the academic world to get her M.A. in Teaching. Along with a stellar staff and diverse student body, Michelle enjoys the opportunity and challenge involved in being flexible with differentiating her lessons.

Michelle teaches Junior High History (6th Grade Ancient Civilizations, 7th Grade World History, and 8th Grade American History).  When not in the classroom, Michelle is a football enthusiast who enjoys watching the Denver Broncos and Arkansas Razorbacks play.

Katie Moore, B.A.
Junior High Teacher

Katie Moore joined the Prentice team in 2013 as an Instructional Assistant and is currently lending her enthusiasm for teaching to the junior high classrooms. Katie holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Concordia University and continually attends the “Good Teaching Conference” in order to hear from like-minded individuals who are also devoted to improving education.

Prior to Prentice, Katie was a student teacher in Capistrano Unified and coached swimming at Dana Hills High School as well as the Mission Viejo Nadadores Swim Team. Katie currently assists and teaches Junior High students in the areas of Reading, Math, Writing, and AT tools. She also assists in the Skill Building class: Social Skills for 4th-7th grade students.

In her time spent outside of Prentice, Katie loves the outdoors and is passionate about hiking, swimming, riding bikes, and traveling.

Sabrina Clark, B.A.
Junior High Teacher

Sabrina joined the Prentice team as a Junior High Teacher in the summer of 2015. She now teaches 6th and 7th grade reading, writing, math and social skills. Prior to coming to Prentice, she taught a 4th and 5th grade combination class at a school serving students with emotional disorders and behavioral issues.

Sabrina has her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as well as a Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential.

In her free time, Sabrina loves to read, travel and spend time with family and friends.

Linda Nguyen, B.S., M.A.T.
Junior High Teacher

Linda joined Prentice in January 2011 as a Junior High Instructional Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Riverside, is Slingerland® trained, and is recently graduated from the University of Southern California and earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching with Single Subject Credentials in both Math and Science.

Linda is the Junior High Math teacher. She believes that all students can learn math no matter what their challenges. Her goal is to create a positive classroom culture, where students will not only learn, but have fun with math. Linda loves the fact that Prentice doesn’t give up on students who learn differently and that she is able to be part of the process in helping these students succeed, accommodating the needs of both the students and their families. In her free time, Linda enjoys watching football and spending ample time with her family.

Karen Ketterer, B.A.
Junior High Teacher

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.

Kristine McCarty, Ed.D., M.Ed, B.A.
Junior High Assistant Teacher

Kristine McCarty joined Prentice in 2016. She earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership in Special Education from Azusa Pacific University. She completed her Masters of Education in Special Education as well as her Education Specialist Credential for Mild/Moderate Disabilities and her Multiple Subject Teacher Credential from Chapman University.  Kristine also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Therapy and a degree in Art from Biola University. Prior to joining Prentice, Kristine taught as a junior high RSP teacher, Special day class teacher, as well as an Applied Behavior Analysis trainer for students with Autism. When not in the classroom, Kristine enjoys traveling and creating art with her daughters. She also loves teaching students to crochet and donate to Knots of Love.  We are very pleased to be introducing such a qualified candidate to our Junior High Department and hope to see her grow as part of the Prentice team!

Joshua Tittelfitz, B.A.
Junior High Teacher

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.

ENRICHMENT SPECIALISTS
Christopher Flores, B.A.
Physical Education Teacher and Department Chair

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.

Emily Marton, B.S.
Art Teacher/Enrichment Department Chair

Emily joined the Prentice team in February of 2015 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the area of Art Education. She received her Bachelors in Art Education from Temple University in Philadelphia and has experience in private and public art classrooms of all grades. She also serves as the Enrichment Department Chair for Prentice.

Unique to Prentice, she loves the tight-knit and supportive community of the faculty and staff, where collaboration is always welcomed and appreciated.

In her free time, Emily creates her own artwork. She also loves cars, working on them as well as going to shows and races. She also enjoys being outdoors, going on the occasional hike, off-roading, and horseback riding.

Elizabeth Nguyen, M.A.
Music Teacher
Ms. Elizabeth Nguyen is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where she received her credentials in Mild-Moderate Special Education, Moderate-Severe Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and K-6 Multiple Subjects.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Lewis and Clark College and Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from California State University, Fullerton.  In addition to working at Prentice, Ms. Nguyen accompanies choirs at Santa Ana College, plays keyboards in musicals at Orange Lutheran High School, teaches private piano and guitar lessons, and is the Director of Music Ministry at Reformation Lutheran Church in Westminster.  What she enjoys about working at Prentice is that the school provides a high-quality education and structured intervention program in a close and tight-knit community.  On her spare time, Ms. Nguyen loves to read non-fiction and write, run and do yoga, and travel both domestically and internationally.  Ms. Nguyen hopes to instill a deep and rich appreciation for music in her students.
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANTS
Wendy Coke
Instructional Assistant

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 Sullivan
Instructional Assistant

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.

Karen Bell, B.M.M.E, M.S.
Assistant Teacher, Junior High Writing

Karen joined the Prentice family in August 2016. She is a native of central Virginia and has lived in Southern California since 2001. Karen received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from James Madison University in 1999, and began her teaching career as an Elementary music teacher. Ms. Bell has taught Elementary general music, high school beginning instruments, high school band and choir. Karen has also taught English-Language Arts to high school students with mild/moderate learning disabilities.

Karen will receive her Master of Science degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University in December 2016, and in January 2017 will begin coursework to clear her Education Specialist credential (mild/moderate disabilities) at California State University, Fullerton.

In her free time, Karen plays clarinet with several community bands, including the Fullerton Community Band, Golden West Pops and the Orange County Symphonic Pops. She also loves to spend time at Disneyland practicing photography.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Debra Brunner, B.A., M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist

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.  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 Clark, M.A., B.A.
Speech and Language Pathologist

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.

Bianca Bustamante, B.A.
Social Learning Teacher/SLPA

Bianca joined the Prentice staff in March 2015 as a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant and Instructional Assistant at the elementary grade level. In her role, she provides speech and language support in a classroom setting while also assisting in the 4th/5th grade combo class.Before coming to Prentice, Bianca was a Speech and Language Pathologist assistant in toddler and child speech and language intervention. She also taught in the 5th grade. Bianca has her K-6 Preliminary Teaching Credential, her Bachelor’s degree in Human Communication Disorders as well as her SLPA license. She recently completed the Slingerland Short Course, and is finishing her last year at the University of South Carolina for a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology.

Bianca loves to work at Prentice because the faculty and staff not only understand children with learning differences, but embrace them and focus on their strengths. In her free time, Bianca loves to read, go to the beach, work out and spend time with her family and friends. She also enjoys playing with her 3 year old Weimaraner, Rilee.

Al Fajardo
Speech and Language Pathology Assistant

Alvaro “Al” Fajardo joined the Prentice team in February 2015 as a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant/Instructional Assistant for Junior High. This year he is working primarily as a SLPA under the supervision of amazing Speech Language Pathologists Juliana Clark and Debra Brunner. He assists students inside the classroom with language support and outside of the classroom with social facilitation. He also serves as Yearbook Adviser, and leads the Hip Hop Dance Club after school.

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 B.A. in Communicative Disorders at Cal State Fullerton.

During his free time he loves spending time with his family and friends. He also helps his friends coach an award winning Pep Flag team-the Carson High School Flaggies. You might have seen the ’05 team in Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl Music Video. Al is very happy to be a part of the Prentice Family. He hopes that his knowledge in the areas of speech and language help contribute to continue to make Prentice the great school that it is.

Claire Passaro, B.S.
Program Specialist

Claire Passaro joined the Prentice family in 2011 and has worked as an elementary teacher, junior high teacher and is currently the Program Specialist.  She completed her Mild/Moderate Special Education Teaching Credential in June 2011 at California State University, Fullerton, is Slingerland® trained, LindaMood-Bell trained, has social-emotional learning training and additionally went through Applied Behavioral Analysis training. Claire received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Studies and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Reading.

Claire truly loves where she is professionally as she is in a constant state of learning with a fun, and fully capable staff.  In her free time, Claire enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and photography.

Michelle Proulx, B.A.
Executive Assistant, Human Resources Specialist

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.

Alana Camp
Student Information Systems Specialist/Health Clerk

Alana (Uh-Lay-Nuh) Camp is the Student Information Systems Specialist and Health Clerk for The Prentice School. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and is CBEST certified. Prior to  joining Prentice, Alana had worked for the Genetic Diagnostics Lab as the Director of Information Technology.

In her free time, Alana enjoys attending comic-con, playing with her adorable fluffy cat “Batman”, and wiggling her nose like a bunny. She describes herself as a geek who loves all things related to comics and video games. She was born in Philadelphia and is currently living in Orange County.

Corinne Conklin
Director of Events and Donor Relations

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.

Sabrina Fox, B.S.
Library and Operations Assistant

Sabrina joined The Prentice School team in 2003 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. With duties ranging from assistance in the classroom, to helping the students at carpool, Sabrina truly loves filling in where she is needed and making sure the school day runs smoothly.Prior to Prentice, Sabrina worked as an elementary assistant for 12 years at a Christian school in Orange where she worked with different grade levels as well as the after school care program. Unique to Prentice, Sabrina noticed that this was a place for students to achieve success at their own pace in a caring environment. She currently can be found assisting in the junior high classrooms.

Sabrina has been married to her best friend for over 30 years. She has two children, a son and a daughter, both college graduates and both married with children. She also has a foster son, who served in the Marine Corps and is now attending college. Sabrina has been a foster parent for the County of Orange for 17 years. She enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Stanley Tom, M.A.
IT and Educational Assistive Technology Manager

Stanley Tom joined Prentice in 2009 after earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geography from UCLA and the University of Arizona. Prior to Prentice, Stan held several positions at McDonnell Aircraft as a technical writer, systems analyst, and technical instructor. After aerospace, he worked in the education department and later as the Network Administrator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Subsequently, as the Director of Instructional Quality at a networking technology school, Stan oversaw the professional development of instructors. There he earned a number of industry technical certifications. In the meantime, Stan also taught Physical, Regional, and Cultural Geography classes at Long Beach City College.Stan was also a senior technology specialist at the Assistive Technology Exchange Center, part of Goodwill Industries of Orange County. In this role, he worked with various state agencies and school districts in Southern California to identify appropriate supports to help those in need reach their goals.

Currently, Stan teaches the AT Tools course for all 6th graders as well as conducts AT workshops for parents. In addition, he works with the administrative staff and faculty to broaden and generalize the use of AT supports universally across the entire school. As the IT Manager at Prentice, he collaborates with the Network Administrator to ensure that the technical infrastructure at the school supports all administrative and educational needs.

In his free time, Stan enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and beagle. He is enthusiastic about long distance road cycling, architecture, reading on a variety of topics, and music.

Devon Green, M.S.
Director of Enrollment

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 Director of Enrollment 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.

Pam Gordon, A.A.
Admissions and Tutoring Coordinator

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.

Jared Robison
Network Administrator & Webmaster

Jared joined the Prentice technical staff in the fall of 2009. He graduated from El Toro High School a few years prior where he also helped assist the network administrator. This showed him which career path he wanted to follow. He worked at The Geek Squad at Best Buy where he saw many different types of computer technical problems. Jared has always had a passion for technology since he was young and is always learning about new types of technology. After high school Jared attended Saddleback College, studying computer networking and working towards a number of technical certifications. Since a young age Jared has always been involved in many different areas of computers and continues to expand his knowledge.

Jared enjoys all types of technology and learning how things work. He also enjoys spending time with friends, working on his car, and traveling to new places.

Justino Pacheco
Custodian

Justino has been a part of the Prentice family since 2001. He is loved by all the students and appreciated by the faculty and staff for keeping our school beautiful and clean. He is a constant figure around campus working hard to make sure everything is in working order.

When he’s not at Prentice, Justino loves to spend time with his daughter and being outdoors.

April Simpson, MA, OTR/L, SWC
Occupational Therapist

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 Hunt, B.A.
Resource Specialist

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 Nguyen, B.A.
Accountant

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.