Educational Coordinators

Pivot Charter School provides instruction to students through a robust standards-based online curriculum supported by class offerings at our resource center, tutoring, strong oversight and academic support. The school is a “blend” of online curriculum with resource center support.

The role of the teacher at Pivot Charter School is to monitor student progress online daily, provide feedback, encouragement, and support to students, provide academic support in their areas of expertise for students needing help and produce accurate, timely and compliant documentation of independent study attendance. Teachers do not necessarily provide direct instruction to a “class” of students on a daily basis but are at our resource centers every day. Teachers, also known as Educational Coordinators, counsel, mentor, provide oversight, direction and whatever support it takes to help students succeed in their academic endeavors.

The Educational Coordinators of Pivot San Diego:

 CraigHobart150Craig Hobart – Regional Director, Southern California

As a teenager, Craig was the youngest instructor in ski school. He worked with and mentored under a Biology professor/ski bum who planted the seed of becoming a life-long learner by teaching others. After college Craig first worked in biotech, and later in computer technologies. One brave day he applied to grad school and earned a Master in Education. Like many students, he thinks he found the ideal environment at Pivot.

During the Summer, Craig is the guy who the backcountry trout laugh at. During the school year, Craig is often recognized at the tail end of a local cycling race. He lives in San Marcos with his wife, two kids, and his dog Fin.

Robert Brier – Educational Coordinator

Robert grew up in Southern California and graduated from Cal State University Long Beach. He started at Pivot in 2010 and is passionate about teaching, and he loves to see history in person. He has lived and taught in Taiwan and studied Mandarin Chinese. In his spare time, he loves to camp with his family.

Brenda Burke – Educational Coordinator and Writing Instructor

Brenda grew up in North County San Diego and graduated from CSU, San Marcos with a degree in Social Sciences. She loves international travel and has worked on community development in Australia and Costa Rica. Becoming fluent in Spanish is one of her life goals. Brenda was drawn to education as a field that empowers future generations. Working with young people to help them reach their goals and see them thrive is what inspires her to be a part of Pivot Charter Schools. Brenda enjoys all outdoor activities and visiting her sister in Bend, Oregon.

lylachrisholmLyla Chisholm- Educational Coordinator

Lyla teaches English, highlighting her love of language and literature. Her favorite aspect of Pivot Charter School is that they are truly student-centered, emphasizing individualized attention for each student and tailoring to their academic needs. Lyla grew up in Northern Indiana and graduated from IUSB with a Bachelor’s degree in English Education. She enjoys spending time with family.

Danica Chu – Educational Coordinator

Born and raised in San Diego, Danica received her B.S. in Mathematics (Specializing in Education) from UC Irvine and her Education Specialist Credential and M.A. in Education from CSU San Marcos. One thing about Pivot that inspires her is how incredibly student-centered Pivot is as a learning institution. All staff and faculty ensure that the instruction and curriculum is tailored to each individual, ensuring the success of all students. Previously, Danica taught Math at the middle school and high school levels. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys spending time with her dog and crocheting for family and friends.

Judith Clark – Classroom Assistant/Instructional Aide

Judi was born in So. California, and and has returned after living in every state on the U.S. West Coast, as well as BC Canada. She earned her Preschool Teaching and Administrator certificates more than 30 years ago and later received her B.A. in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. She has worked in several non traditional schools and joining the Pivot team allows her the opportunity to support the values of unique and engaging teaching and learning styles. She treasures adventures with her husband, children, and grandchildren, whether they are at the beach, mountains, or just enjoying a good book.

Julianne CochranJulianne Cochran – Grader

Julianne is a San Diego native and math nerd. She has taught math for 11 years, in 6 different schools, on 2 coasts. She holds degrees in Mathematics and Secondary Education and Curriculum and Instruction. When she isn’t busy obsessing over numbers, she enjoys time with her husband and two boys, going to the beach, watching movies, campaigning for the clean beauty movement, baking, and exercising.

Gail Gonzalez Coloyon – Educational Coordinator/Mathematics

Born in the Philippines and raised in Northern California, Gail received a B.S. in Business Administration and minored in Education at UC Berkeley. After almost a decade in the technology industry as a consultant, software developer and project manager, she pursued her passion for education and attended Stanford University to receive her teaching credentials and M.A. in Education. She was drawn to Pivot’s mission to provide personalized education coupled with flexible scheduling and a caring environment. Gail is a mother, wife, sister, lifelong learner and a collector of memories. During her free time, she loves to explore the world with her family, dance, practice yoga, complete marathons and triathlons, and journal her life with photographs.

Stephen Corey – Classroom Assistant

Stephen began teaching English in 2008 at a university in Guangzhou, China. As he became more familiar with teaching, he tried teaching different grades from K-12 as well as other subjects. He’s also taught ESL, economics, business math and Chinese medicine related courses in China. He returned to the US to build his teaching career, and to finish his credential as a mathematics teacher and his master’s degree in mathematics education.

brookelaird150x150Brooke Laird – Elementary Specialist and Elementary Educational Coordinator

Brooke was born and raised in Perrysburg, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University. Her interest in teaching was sparked at a young age, as she was raised by two educators: a teacher and an Assistant Principal. Brooke taught high school special education before moving to San Diego. Brooke is an avid runner who has completed 5 marathons. She also enjoys paddle boarding, and hot yoga, and is hoping to pick up surfing soon.

Colleen PescatoreColleen Pescatore – Assessment Coordinator

Colleen is originally from New Jersey settling in California after her husband retired from the Marine Corps. She received her B.A. from California State University San Marcos and her teaching credential from Chapman University. She has been with Pivot since origination and loves their mission of personalized instruction for all students. She is currently completing a certificate in Integrative Nutrition from UCSD, enjoys visiting her 3 adult sons, spending time on the soccer field with her youngest son, traveling, hiking, hot yoga classes, and going to the beach with friends and family.



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