Kimberly LaFountain

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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.

    Tori Ruby, B.S.

    History Teacher & Instructional Assistant

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    Tori is the Director of Admissions at Pathway School. She received her Bachelor degree in Education from Liberty University and holds a CA Teaching Credential. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s degree in Special Education from Liberty University as well. In prior years, she served as Pathway’s history teacher and an instructional assistant. Before coming to Pathway, she taught for many years as a lead teacher for 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades. She has taught in the private, as well as the public sector and spent a year teaching at an international, elementary school in Indonesia. Tori has two children who are in their third year of attendance at Pathway. The individualized instruction, small class sizes, and family-like environment have enabled her children to thrive educationally for the very first time. Tori has a heart not only for the children who learn differently but for their families as well, since she has walked the difficult road that led her children to Pathway.

      Lauren Rundles

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      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.

        Kelley Visca, M.S.

        Jr. High & High School Lead Teacher

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        Kelley is delighted to teach Junior High at Pathway. She has taught at the school since 2003. Subjects in which she has provided instruction include science, language arts, history, and math (from sixth grade through geometry).

        Kelley graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree, where she worked towards a major in Child Development and a minor in English. Following that, she received her teaching credential and Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National University. (Fun fact: she and her mom graduated the Masters program together!). Kelley worked in Capistrano Unified School District for over five years, teaching first through fifth grades and also serving as the District Science Coordinator and liaison to San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, creating a curriculum to provide hands-on projects that addressed some of the challenges they experienced.

        The biggest educational blessing in her life continues to be Pathway School. In this environment, Kelley is able to use her God-given abilities and gifts to ultimately honor the Lord, while encouraging and cheering on each of her students. She believes in celebrating every victory and lovingly guiding each student to realize, if not exceed, their academic, social, and spiritual goals. There’s no other place she’d rather work!

          Karen Walker

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          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

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            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.