Karen Walker


Karen is a recently retired public school administrator.  Prior to retirement she served as Assistant Superintendent, Learning Support in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District for 12 years.  Karen earned her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Fullerton in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting; her Master of Science in Educational Administration from National University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne.  She has a granddaughter that attends Pathway who was suffering from anxiety and unsuccessful in her neighborhood public school. Pathway made an immediate and significant impact on her granddaughter’s academic success and self-worth.  Karen joined the Board in October 2016 with a desire to give back to Pathway for changing the life of your granddaughter, and is currently serving as Principal of Pathway.

    Claire Zysman

    Prior to teaching at Pathway, Claire served as a Special Day teacher and a Reading Specialist in the Corona-Norco Unified School District. She was the facilitator of her school’s Student Study Team and Tutoring Programs. Claire also served on the CNUSD Elementary Leadership Team and IEP Writing Committee. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from University of Delaware. While at Delaware, she served in the AmeriCorps mentoring service and completed a semester of student teaching abroad in Pretoria, South Africa. Claire earned a Master of Science in Reading and Education Specialist Instruction from California State University. She currently holds California teaching credentials in Multiple Subject, Reading and Language Arts Specialist, Education Specialist Instruction, and Specialist Instruction in Special Education.

    Claire and her husband Denis have 3 children, two sons and a daughter. After working at Pathway for a brief time and discovering how the staff accepts and works with students with learning challenges, Claire and her husband enrolled their daughter and she is thriving at Pathway.

      Lauren Rundles

      Lauren pursued her Bachelor of Arts at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. She entered the business world at Cal Fed in Los Angeles. She then took time off to be a full-time mother.  She reentered the work force at her children’s school, Aliso Viejo Christian School, as a Playground Supervisor. Over the years, she was promoted to obtain the title of Director of Supervision until 2016 when she left to spend time with her children. Her son had just been discharged from the Army on a medical disability. He had served for five years.  Lauren had heard about Pathway School from a friend. She was very interested in what Pathway had to offer students.  Lauren’s son struggled throughout his school life, so she appreciates what Pathway brings to its school community.  She is currently an Instructional Assistant in 3rd/4th grade Language Arts, 5th/6th Math, P.E. and recess aide at Pathway.

        Kimberly LaFountain

        Kimberly is a recently retired public school teacher from Apple Valley, Ca.  She has been teaching for 33+ years. She holds two teaching credentials from California State University Chico and a Masters in Special Education from California State University San Bernardino. She still has the passion for teaching. She attends church at St. George and would often walk by our school and felt a strong desire to teach at Pathway. Her faith and prayers led her to be part of our staff.  She currently teaches math, science and Bible classes. Kimberly says it’s a true blessing to be part of a family teaching wonderful students and a dedicated staff who have the same love and desire.

          Zach DeVos


          Zach is a recent graduate from Concordia University Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in International Development and a minor in Global Cultural Studies. He has circumnavigated the globe from South America to Eastern Asia and has been to 16 countries–Costa Rica being the longest stay of 5 months. One day, he wants to venture abroad and work with youth internationally but is pursuing his passion of working with and developing the youth of this nation. Before Pathway, he was the Jr. High Director at Branches Church and an athletic trainer/coach for youth around Orange County. He is from Bakersfield and enjoys surfing, rock climbing, and anything outdoorsy and spontaneous with friends. Zack is the Physical Education teacher at Pathway and an Instructional Assistant for Mrs. Visca’s Jr. High classroom.

            Christy Beckwitt

            Christy received her Bachelor of Arts from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing and went on to work for a publishing firm as a graphic designer in Marketing and Sales Support. Despite ample job satisfaction, her passion was to be a full-time mom alongside her loving and supportive husband. Christy has spent the last two decades as a career mom to two wonderful book-loving children, managing a home filled with love, hugs and plenty of home cooked meals, and diving head first into public school volunteer work. Prior to joining Pathway as a teacher’s aide, Christy has dabbled in several creative outlets: creating/designing handmade quilts and baby products for an Etsy site and working as a seamstress for a local purse designer. As both her children are now in college, she is presented with an opportunity to put her skills and passions to good use at Pathway to promote a love for education and uncovering children’s God given talents.

              Lisa Corley, M.A.

              Office Manager


              Lisa Corley has been the office administrator at Pathway since 2013. She received her Bachelor’s degree in liberal studies at CSU San Marcos and her Masters of Education from University of Phoenix. She holds a CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Prior to Pathway, Lisa was a teacher for Capistrano Unified School District for three years and worked as an office administrator for 15 years for a local engineering firm. She served as a member of the curriculum development team for the children’s ministry at Hope Crossing church. Lisa is happily married to John, and they have two children; a daughter in college and a son in high school.

                Pam Cole, M.S.

                Occupational Therapist

                Pam has been part of the Pathway family since 2009. Pam has worked for many of the OC school districts, as well as in private practice and hospital-based clinics. Her passions in the field include neurology, pediatrics and sensory integration. Pam earned her degree in occupational therapy from USC and is a proud Trojan fan! Her joy at Pathway comes from helping staff and students understand the students’ learning styles and particular sensory needs, and to develop strategies to enhance their learning with that knowledge. She loves seeing students grow and understand how to use their God-given talents to help lift up their weakness to become successful students. Pam is also the Advisor for the Yearbook Club at Pathway and guides the students as they create the school yearbook each year, including taking photos, planning and page design.  She is so proud of the yearbook staff and their hard work each year!

                  Sally DePeaux, M.A.

                  Intervention Teacher


                  Sally’s career in education has been extensive in Illinois, Texas and California.  She received her undergraduate degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI with a Government/History major and graduate degree in Elementary Education from National-Louis University in Evanston, IL. Upon relocating to California, she obtained her CA Teaching Credential and completed the CA Reading Certificate Program from Cal State Fullerton.  Sally joined the faculty at Mission Parish School as the seventh-grade teacher and later as the Inclusion Specialist developed their Resource Center to provide remedial and/or advanced instruction for students.  Sally’s first acquaintance with Pathway came in 2007 when an article entitled “The Little School That Could” was published in a local paper.  After a visit to the school, it became apparent to her that Pathway was following its mission in meeting the needs of their students.  Sally felt fortunate that an opportunity to be part of Pathway.  She became a substitute teacher and later on staff as an instructional assistant, history teacher and is currently working with students in the reading intervention program within the Learning Center.

                    Ramona Hennen, B.A.

                    Instructional Assistant

                    Ramona received her teaching degree from St. Cloud University in Minnesota and has taught in Minnesota, Texas and California. These positions include teaching 2nd grade in all 3 states, Junior High English & Bible in Houston and 4th grade at Capo Beach Calvary. While in Houston, she also co-lectured a women’s Bible study. She began subbing at Pathway in 2010 and has served in various positions as long-term sub, instructional assistant and teaching primary PE. Due to the loss of Ramona’s husband, son and daughter, she knows it is God Who has brought her and given her a great love for Pathway and its students.