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 available at our resource center every day. The teacher, called an Educational Coordinator, counsels, mentors, provides oversight and direction and provides whatever support it takes to help students succeed in their academic endeavors.

The Educational Coordinators of Pivot San Diego:

 CraigHobart150Craig Hobart – Site Administrator

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. He lives in San Marcos with his wife, two kids, and a dog.


Robert Brier – History

Robert grew up in Southern California and graduated from CSU Long Beach. He is passionate about teaching, and he loves to see history in person. He has lived and taught in Taiwan and studied Mandarin Chinese. This will be Robert’s twelfth year teaching.


lylachrisholmLyla Chisholm- English

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 reading, swimming, traveling, going to the beach, and playing with her dog, Rowdy.

brookelaird150x150Brooke Laird – Elementary Specialist and Elementary Education Coordinator

Brooke Laird was born and raised in Perrysburg, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012. 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 for 2 years before moving to San Diego in June of 2015.  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.

Danica Chu – Educational Coordinator

Born and raised in San Diego, Danica Chu 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 has taught Math at the middle school and high school levels. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys spending time with her dog (Mochi) and crocheting for family and friends.

Brenda Burke – Educational Coordinator and Writing Instructor

Brenda grew up in North County San Diego and graduated from CSUSM with a degree in Social Sciences. She loves international travel, and has worked on community development in Australia and Costa Rica. She has been a teacher since 2013, and 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.

Gail Gonzalez – Educational Coordinator/Mathematics

Born in the Philippines and raised in Northern California, Gail received a BS 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 MA in Education. She has been an educator since 2006 and was drawn to Pivot’s mission to provide personalized educational 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.

Judith Clark – Classroom Assistant/Instructional Aide

Bio coming soon!

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