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Nora BarnhartAttendance Specialist
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Nora Barnhart

Attendance Specialist

(805) 341-0524
nora.barnhart@aascalifornia.org
Biography:
I am the Attendance Specialist for the Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter School. I began with the school on September 15, 2013 as an administrative assistant and became the Attendance Specialist the following school year.

I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from Utah State University. My previous job was working for an educational training company where I found my passion for working in the field of education.

I currently reside in Rigby, Idaho with my 4-year old son. When I am not working I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy novels, walking around the beautiful Idaho countryside and doing water aerobics.
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Ashley DaughteryVirtual Learning Coordinator
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Ashley Daughtery

Virtual Learning Coordinator

(805) 405-5898
ashley.daughtery@aascalifornia.org
Biography:
I am the Virtual Learning Coordinator for the Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter School (AAS), ensuring that all new AAS scholars are prepared for success in the online learning environment. The Virtual Learning Department manages scholar accounts, informs new AAS families of important policies, and teaches them the key computer skills needed to be an online learner.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from San Diego State University in Liberal Studies, Blended Teacher Education with a Specialization in Physical Education, as well as a Master of Arts in Education degree from University of Phoenix. In addition, I hold a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in the state of California.

I live in sunny San Diego a few blocks from the beach. Running and dancing are two of my favorite things, and you can find me teaching dance enrichment classes for our wonderful AAS scholars at the San Diego Learning Center throughout the school year.
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Jessica FrancoInformation Services Manager
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Jessica Franco

Information Services Manager

(805) 358-9007
jessica.franco@aascalifornia.org
Biography:
I am the Information Services manager for the Academy of Arts and Sciences. My tenure began April1,2014 and I had the privilege to serve as the school's Enrollment Lead. I was extended the opportunity to develop vital procedures for the department and contribute to the organization's goal of growth in the student population. Currently, I am responsible for managing the Enrollment, Assessment, Attendance, and Records division.

I hold a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration from Santa Barbara Business College. I am a proud Oxnardian and shoe enthusiast. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and two dachshunds Marty and Dotty.
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Monique GrimesVirtual Learning Specialist
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Monique Grimes

Virtual Learning Specialist

(805) 358-7236
monique.grimes@aascalifornia.org
Biography:
I grew up in the sleepy, little beach town of Ventura, CA. There I studied and went to CSU, Northridge earning my B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Art. During this time I also studied abroad exploring nine countries in Europe through an incredible program called Semester at Sea (offered by the University of Pittsburgh). After completing my undergrad, I decided to take some time off where I journeyed to Maui to I live for six months. There I enjoyed activities such as hiking, snorkeling, and surfing while creating lasting, meaningful friendships. Coming back to California, I continued my studies at A.P.U. where I earned my Multiple Subject Credential with a supplementary in Art, as well as my M.A. in Education. Since then I have taught Guided Reading, Third grade at a progressive, project-based school which then led to the job that I am passionate about, teaching Multi Media Art (grades K-8). I have also worked with the non-profit organization ARTS (A Reason To Survive) teaching kids whose parents were deployed the joyful wonders of art. My classrooms have been positive discipline, student led, and idea driven. After having our first child, I decided to find a job that gave me both the opportunity to help raise our little girl and the little one that is on the way, as well as continue my love of teaching. As currently the Virtual Learning Specialist for 10th and 12th graders, I love to help navigate new scholars and Learning Coaches through the new scope of online learning,
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Rebecca MacAlpineScholar Engagement Coordinator
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Rebecca MacAlpine

Scholar Engagement Coordinator

(805)807-9066
rebecca.macalpine@aascalifornia.org
Biography:
Hi There! Thank you for taking the time to get to know the Academy of Arts and Sciences Family! I am the Scholar Engagement Coordinator and I am so grateful to be a part of helping scholars make lifelong memories. As the Scholar Engagement Coordinator, I get to design and implement scholar engagement activities throughout the state of California. Our scholar engagement activities include field trips, enrichment activities, 8th grade promotion, High School Graduation and Scholar Clubs.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics as a Secondary Education as well as a minor in Bible from Biola University. Additionally, I received my teaching credential from Biola University and prior to being the Scholar Engagement Coordinator, I taught secondary math and also served as a High School Activities teacher. I am passionate about students loving learning and receiving the support that they need to succeed.

Outside of my professional life, you'll find me spending time with my family and friends or on our city trail running! I'm thrilled to be a part of the Academy of Arts and Sciences family and I look forward to meeting you as I support your love of learning!
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Joyce PopelarVirtual Learning Specialist
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Joyce Popelar

Virtual Learning Specialist

(805) 807-8240
joyce.popelar@aascalifornia.org
Biography:
I am a Virtual Learning Specialist for the Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter School. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University, along with a Multiple Subject Clear Credential & Reading Certificate. I have also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining AAS, I was an elementary classroom teacher. I have been with AAS since 2014 and enjoy being a part of the Virtual Learning team who helps support and familiarize new scholars and learning coaches to the virtual learning environment.

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Beth SchwartzOffice Assistant
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Beth Schwartz

Office Assistant

818.824.6528
beth.schwartz@aascalifornia.org
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Erin SmithInstructional Services Manager
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Erin Smith

Instructional Services Manager

(805) 807-8176
erin.smith@aascalifornia.org
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