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 – Science

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.

Lindsey Vining photoLindsey Vining – Mathematics and College Counselor

Born and raised in Southern California, Lindsey Vining has her Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara in Mathematics and her Master’s degree from Oregon State University in Mathematics Education. As a credentialed teacher, Lindsey has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels. She enjoys working with students of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences to increase their understanding and enthusiasm to learn. At home, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and three chickens.


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