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.
Karen Walker, Ed.D.
Director of Admissions
Karen is a 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 two grandchildren that have attended Pathway and saw an immediate and significant impact on their 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 currently serves as Director of Admissions for Pathway.
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.
Rachel Artiano, B.A.
Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University and holds a CA Teaching Credential with CLAD certification. She is also Slingerland Certified (Orton-Gillingham). Rachel was one of three staff running a program for children who need additional support as well as needing additional enrichment at a private Christian School. She volunteered in an adult literacy program in Newport Beach (for adult non-readers) and has developed curriculum for Sunday School at a former church. Rachel served several years on leadership in MOPS and helped develop classroom curriculum/activities for MOPS children. While a stay-at-home mom, Rachel privately tutored struggling students for three years. Rachel has taught in public, private and Christian schools. She has taught kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, (a few 4th graders) at Pathway. She has also served as an interventionist, Literacy Specialist at and on Dyslexia Expert Group at Pathway. Rachel has a heart for students who need unique approaches to learning as well as creative and unconventional methods to support and nurture their learning. She loves to interpret data and individualize instruction to meet students’ one-of-a-kind learning styles. Primary is where her heart is and has always been. She enjoys teaching the fundamentals of language and reading. Rachel believes God set her on a path to Pathway when she was a little girl. She gets joy from seeing student’s eyes light up as they recognize a victory or a special talent.
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.
PE & Instructional Assistant
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.
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.
Kami Green, M.A.
Art and Math Intervention Teacher
Kami holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from The Masters University and an Elementary Teaching Credential from California Baptist University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Biola University. Kami currently teaches art and math intervention at Pathway. She has served in a variety of areas over the years, including science, cooking, drama, music, and 6 years as an elementary classroom teacher. Kami spends her time outside of work enjoying her husband and son, and serving at their church in Laguna Hills.
Priscilla Hagadorn, B.S.
Elementary Science Teacher
Priscilla received her Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University in Earth and Environmental Sciences. After serving several years at a private school in Newport Beach she began teaching at Pathway. Priscilla loves bringing science to life with Pathway students.
Stephanie Moss, B.S.
Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Exceptional Needs Education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2015, while also receiving her teaching credential in both Elementary Education and Special Education for the state of Indiana. After graduating, she made her way out to Southern California, with her first teaching position as a Resource Specialist in Hemet Unified. Stephanie is in her last year of gaining her CA Education Specialist credential. After 3 years in California, Stephanie has found her community in San Clemente, and Pathway has been an instrumental part in making this new state her home away from home. Stephanie feels so blessed to be a part of a school that strives to create a safe and successful learning environment for all students, surrounded by the greatest of teachers and staff, with Jesus as the center of it all.
Lauren Rundles, B.A.
Primary PE & Instructional Assistant
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.
Middle School Science Teacher
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!
Katie Vollmer, B.A
Katie joyfully joined the Pathway family in 2020. She comes with several years of experience as an instructional assistant in Adapted PE and a classroom aid for Capistrano Unified School District. Katie has her Bachelors Degree in Art from Cal State Long Beach. She also spearheaded a Sunday school curriculum for kids with learning differences at her former church in San Clemente. Katie is married to a teacher and they have two beautiful kiddos. When not lovingly guiding and supporting these precious children she can be found running her own business as a licensed makeup artist, or surfing with her family at San O. Katie is blessed to be a part of the amazing education and love that sets Pathway apart. She is constantly praying for and cheering on these extraordinary students.