The Parent Advisory Council serves to provide parent feedback on school policies and
at the Academy of Arts and Sciences to ensure that they are
consistent with its Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Plan.
Members act as a committed
group of advisors to the staff and administration, regarding issues that
affect the scholars and school of AAS. They provide feedback and insight
from the parent’s perspective on school process, policies and initiatives
to ensure that the needs of parents and their families are included as
decisions are made. They also serve as an advisory, not a
decision-making body, that makes recommendations, encourages brainstorming
and provides opportunities for parent involvement on committees.
Meet Our Council
Therese Nordstrom Christopher, Member
I grew up in a small town in Sweden, where I went to school and learned several different languages. I have worked in the restaurant business, as well as with the local tourist board in my home town in Sweden. I always wanted to explore the world, and did so by traveling to Spain, England, and eventually coming to California in my early twenties, where I met my husband. We have a daughter who is currently attending AAS and we are very exited to be involved with the development of the school. I currently work as an administrator/human resource manager at a local art gallery in Southern California and our family lives in Corona Del Mar, CA.
Marissa Peralta, Member
I am a proud parent of a scholar at AAS, and also have a 3-year old (honorary member). I earned my B.A. in Biology and English Literature from Dominican University of California in 2005, while also serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
I have over 10 years of experience in social justice and community development, through advocacy and paralegal assistance at various non-profits in the S.F. Bay Area. I am currently attending law school at Empire College in Santa Rosa, CA. Upon completion, my desire is to focus on the legal aspect of disability rights, to ensure that all students are provided with an equal opportunity to quality education and professional development.
Lisa Robotham, Council Chair
Lisa has four (4) kids. Two (2) are grown and college graduates and two (2) are attending AAS. She has been on numerous athletic boards and has worked six (6) years at elementary brick and mortar schools. She was a Dance Teacher early in life for 10 years and that is where she developed her desire to work with children and parents. She also worked in the home mortgage industry for over 10 years and had various jobs in the manufacturing industry. She finally finished her education in 2009, earning her much-desired associates degree by taking classes online at Ashford University. She sells Avon lives in Palmdale, CA.
If you are interested in serving on the Parent Advisory Council, please contact J.J. Lewis, President & CEO, to learn how to get involved.