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, Alicia 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, Alicia 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, Alicia 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 she 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, Alicia gained extensive experience working with nonprofit and for-profit executive and interdepartmental project teams developing and implementing thorough strategic and leadership development plans.

Alicia holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the board of directors of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Christopher Sanita, M.S.Ed., B.S.
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.

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

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 6 grandkids, traveling and crafting.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
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.

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.  

Karen Ketterer, B.A.
Elementary School 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.

Kristina Van Hoogmoed, BSc
Elementary School Teacher

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.

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.

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.

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.

Micki Simon, B.A.
Junior High 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 6th 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.

Aleen Khamo , M.S.Ed, B.S.
Junior High Teacher

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 Zippwald, B.A., M.B.A., M.S.Ed
Junior High Science Teacher

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 11 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.

Outside the classroom, Kim enjoys spending time camping with her three children, attending to her house full of animals, and relaxing at the beach.

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.

Alie Westphal, B.A.
Music Teacher

Alie joined Prentice in 2017 as a full-time Music Teacher. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Point Loma Nazarene University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a concentration in Music Education. Since May 2015, she has been working at Pathway School helping teach students music, drama and math. Alie has been a private tutor for over 7 years and enjoys working with students. For three years she acted as Choir Director at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, directing a children’s choir. She is excited to bring her experience to Prentice and share her love of music!

Alie enjoys exploring new places, and loves to hike and camp. She also loves composing music with her husband, singing and playing the piano for her church worship band.

Kimber Johnston, B.S., M.Ed
Educational Technology Teacher

Kimber joined the Prentice staff in 2017. She has a Multiple Subject Credential with English Learner Authorization and Supplemental Authorization for Computer Concepts and Applications. She earned her BS in Communication Design from CSU Monterey Bay, and her MEd in Learning Design and Leadership from University of Illinois.

Kimber is a member of CUE, an organization that inspires innovative learners by fostering community, personalizing learning, infusing technology, developing leadership, and advocating educational opportunities for all. She has many years of experience working with children and most recently was a STEAM Specialist in a technology lab at Del Mar Hills Academy working with students K-6th grades.

She loves to read and travel. She also enjoys hanging out at home with her kids, and loves salsa and ballroom dancing.

Emily McCandliss, B.A.
Social Skills Teacher

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.

Tina Henderson, B.A.
Junior High Physical Education Teacher

Tina is Prentice’s Junior High Physical Education Teacher. She has a Specialist Credential in Adapted Physical Education and a Single Subject Credential in Physical Education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. She has been teaching gymnastics and physical education in an adaptive setting for over 25 years.  Most recently she worked for the KIDA Institute and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. She is excited to use her extensive experience here at The Prentice School.

Tina inherited a love for crafting and gardening from her mother and love for the outdoors from her father. She has two daughters.  She grew up loving gymnastics, which is how she met her husband, also a former gymnast! More than anything, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also has two dogs, and loves all animals.

Joevanie Lopez, B.A.
Elementary Science Teacher

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.

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.

Martina Dorff, B.A.
Instructional Assistant

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 Godfrey, B.A.
Instructional Assistant

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.

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.
Part-time Speech and Language Pathologist

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.

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.

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.

Priyanjali “Anjali” Shah, M.P.A., B.A.
Development Associate

Anjali joined Prentice in 2017. She works with the Director of Development and Donor Relations providing development support, donor stewardship, grant proposals, and event planning. Anjali had an instant affinity for Prentice when she visited our campus last year with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to partner with our students and families for their Pennies for Patients campaign. She served LLS for two years in Patient Services, Student Series, and most notably in raising over $50,000 in just 10 weeks for the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign.

Anjali earned her Master’s Degree of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from Pace University. In addition, she has a Certificate in Fundraising and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. Anjali is also a seasoned Sunday school teacher, which inspired her to complete her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science. She taught 10th grade history in public school and has also taught privately as an educational consultant, teaching students the skills they need to succeed in school and preparing students for college. Anjali is excited to combine her passion for both education and development to serve the Prentice community.

Anjali is also an artist who loves to travel and explore new places with her husband.  She enjoys visiting art galleries, gardens, and nature parks. She garners inspiration there for her paintings, which come to life in her heart and then reach the canvas.

Steven Barnes, S.S.P., BSc, M.S.Ed
School Psychologist

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 Shaw, B.S.
Resource Specialist

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.