Lisa Corley, M.A.
Lisa Corley has been the office administrator at Pathway since 2013 and became Pathway School’s new School Director in 2020. 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 worked for Capistrano Unified School District in various positions for twelve years, including three years as an elementary teacher. She served as a member of the curriculum development team for the children’s ministry at Hope Crossing church where she still attends today. Lisa’s priority as the School Director is to lead Pathway School in the direction of its vision and mission. Lisa is happily married to John, and they have two children; an adult daughter and a son in college.
Claire Zysman, M.S.
Learning Center Director
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 was a classroom teacher at Pathway prior to becoming the Learning Center Director.
Pam Cole, M.S.
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!
David Anderson, M.A.
David earned a B.A. in Speech Communications at CSU Long Beach and a M.A. in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peacemaking at CSU, Dominguez Hills. Prior to teaching Drama at Pathway, David retired from Saddleback College as the Director of Audience Development for Fine Arts & Media Technology and as the Executive Director for the Angels for the Arts. He previously served as the Director of the Emeritus Institute at Saddleback College, the Director of Extended Education at Irvine Valley College, and as a Community Services Supervisor for the City Of Irvine. David has served on the State Board of the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS), and is a Past President of the Association of Community & Continuing Education Professionals (ACCE), District X of CPRS, and the Exchange Club of Irvine. David enjoys performing, having appeared in nearly 40 local productions.
Andrea Bayless, B.A.
Andrea received a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and a California Teaching Credential from California State University, Fullerton. Andrea previously taught in the Anaheim City School District as an upper elementary teacher. This is her ninth year at Pathway School and she is currently the lead teacher for the fifth and sixth grade class. Andrea first became interested in Pathway School from a longtime friend. Her friend’s enthusiasm and dedication to the children and mission of Pathway School inspired Andrea to share her passion for education as a Pathway teacher. While a part of the Pathway team, Andrea has served as a junior high and ninth grade math and study skills teacher, an instructional assistant, and as an interventionist supporting the Learning Center. Andrea’s training in reading and language intervention programs include Lindamood Bell and Read Naturally.
Christi Beckwitt, B.A.
Instructional Assistant & Intervention Support Teacher
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.
Debbie Brogdon, M.A.
Debbie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Texas Tech, and a Masters Degree in Human Resources from National University. Debbie has raised two children, served as Vice-President Human Resources in the California branch of a large corporation, and is devoted to her grandchildren. Debbie has a special place in her heart for children that struggle in school and she joined the Pathway staff in 2018.
Before teaching at Pathway, Megan served as a Special Education teacher in Washington. She has taught as a Resource Specialist in reading, writing, math, and social-emotional behavior at the primary level. She has also taught in an alternative placement classroom for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Megan earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She received her Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction in July 2021. Megan has a passion for creating individualized learning instruction that fits each child’s unique learning style. Her mission is to help students develop a deep love of learning and showing students they are all capable of achieving their goals. She strives to make an everlasting impact on each of her students’ minds and hearts at Pathway School.
Many years ago Sandra attended the University of Kansas, moved to California and earned life credentials in general education and special education at California State University – Fullerton. Sandra entered the teaching field in 1973 and retired from Irvine USD in 2010 after 37 years as an education specialist and has continued to long term substitute teach in Irvine USD in special teaching positions in grades kindergarten to high school. Sandra has seen many changes in the field over the last years. Definitely the last year of distance learning was a challenge for her as well as for her students, but a little bit of humor helped everyone survive. Sandra loves teaching, especially the students who have special needs. She is looking forward to a wonderful year of teaching and getting to know all the amazing students of Pathway School.
Michaela Ellis, B.S.
Fund Development Director
Mrs. Ellis has been married to her college sweetheart, Lou and together they have three sons. Their middle son attended Pathway and graduated in June 2018. Her son’s experience was so impactful for both him and their family that Michaela became a Pathway School Board in July 2017 so that she could contribute and assist the school with its further development. Prior to Pathway, Michaela worked for the YMCA, a non-profit, Christian organization, for 17 years until she resigned to spend more time focusing on her three sons. While at the YMCA, she worked with parent advisory committees, program development committees and the board of directors. Michaela was responsible for managing budgets totaling over $2 million, interviewing, hiring, and training staff for school age child care programs, as well as committee outreach, marketing, and fundraising for her department. In addition to her work at the YMCA, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education Psychology and Sports Medicine from Coe College.
Spencer has always had a desire to work with children. Her compassion and personality make her a perfect fit with our Pathway staff. Spencer began her career in the dental field, attending United Education Institute and graduating as valedictorian for her class. She then began working with a pediatric dentist and orthodontist, but soon discovered that although she was grateful to be working with children, she was not fulfilling her dreams. She has since decided to go back to school and is enrolling in Saddleback College with the plan of transferring to Arizona State University distance program to pursue her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her goal is to grow as a person and a teacher while supporting the teaching staff to best impact the students here at Pathway School.
Upper Elementary Teacher
Stephanie attended Vanguard University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Communications. Stephanie then furthered her education to receive her multiple subject teaching credential and Masters in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. Stephanie previously taught fifth grade and Physical Education, grades K-8th at a private school in Santa Ana. Stephanie has four years of experience in working with both SPED and general education students. She is Bilingual and speaks both English and Spanish. Stephanie loves the Lord and serves at her church as a Sunday school teacher. Stephanie has a passion for Christ and for education. She loves to watch students succeed and loves to watch students grow! She enjoys playing basketball and watching the NBA, her favorite basketball team is the L.A Clippers!
Instructional Assistant & Intervention Support
Lori Roberts pursued her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Lori has taught Kindergarten at a small private school in Carrollton, GA prior to moving to the Chicago area where she entered the business world and began a career in commercial real estate. As a mother of two, Lori was very blessed to have stayed home while raising her children Katelyn and Michael. She re entered the school support environment as an intervention specialist at Saddleback Valley Christian school providing academic assistance in all subjects for grades 6-12 with a primary concentration of support for the High School. When her son, Michael attended Pathway school in grade 6 the mission and heart of the school absolutely captured her own heart and Lori joined Pathway as an instructional aid for the academic intervention program. Lori has a special place in her heart for children who need some extra support and fundamentally believes in encouraging children to find joy in the learning process. She feels truly blessed to return to Pathway and is thrilled that the Lord has once again provided the opportunity to work for Pathway as this school community truly fills her heart with joy.
Lauren Rundles, B.A.
Instructional Assistant & PE Teacher
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 workforce 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.
Kate VanDeCar, B.A. & B.S.
Kate received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Minnesota State University Mankato, and her Bachelor of Arts in Education from CA State Long Beach. Kate is the owner of A Thinking Place, Inc. established in 2016. She teaches science and social science through home-school programs for students in grades 5-12. Kate joined our middle school team in Fall 2019.
Kelley Visca, M.S.
Middle School Teacher
Kelley is delighted to teach middle school 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. 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!