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 expertiser 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 at our resource centers 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 North Valley:
Susan Raven – Mathematics and Science and Site Administrator
Susan Raven graduated Chico High School. She received a BA from Cal State Los Angeles in 1992. She received an MA in applied statistics from Penn State in 2013. She has a lovely daughter that she enjoys spending time with while gardening, cooking and making mosaics, as well as watching movies. She enjoys teaching at Pivot so that she can individualize students’ entire academic program to fit their needs, strengths and weaknesses.
Travis Bennett – Mathematics
Travis Bennett attended high school at Laguna Creek High in Elk Grove, CA, and went on to graduate from Sacramento State in 2006 with a degree in liberal studies. He holds a single subject credential in math. He and his wife have a son, Jayson. He enjoys movies sports, specifically fantasy football; he belongs to four leagues. He loves the one-on-one support he can provide students and feels as much like a counselor as a teacher at Pivot.
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.
Christopher Berg was born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands. Upon moving to the “Mainland” he attended Granada H.S. in Livermore, CA and subsequently moved to Chico, where he attended Butte College and California State University at Chico. Christopher is passionate about Geography and earned his Bachelor’s in Geography and Town Planning. He also has a tremendous love for teaching and sharing his artistic talents in the field of Ceramics. Christopher (Berg, as he is known) has been a Master Potter for more than twenty years and truly believes in “hands on” education. Berg believes that each student is unique and all have innate worth (something unique to share with others). Christopher has two teenage sons and has been happily married for over 25 years. He is very excited to be part of the Pivot team, where he can incorporate all of his life’s work and journeys into helping his students achieve their own successes.
Tom Lando – Educational Coordinator
Sara Campbell – Educational Coordinator, English
Sara Campbell was born and raised in Needles, CA and graduated from Needles High School. She received her B.A. in Linguistics and English Education, and later her M.A. in Education, from CSU, Chico. Sara is passionate about creating positive learning experiences for students that enable their growth and development as lifelong learners. Sara finds Pivot Charter School inspirational because we allow teachers to form meaningful connections with students and individualize instruction while meeting standards, and reaching higher goals. Before coming to Pivot, Sara worked in education as a tutor, preschool teacher, and substitute teacher. She has also held positions as a Logistics Analyst and Purchaser and as a Marketing Communications Specialist. Sara loves traveling, backpacking, swimming, cooking, and so many other things, especially when she can enjoy them with her husband and dog.
Colleen Pescatore – Assessment Coordinator
Colleen is originally from New Jersey settling in California after her husband retired from the Marine Corps. She received her BA from California State University San Marcos and her teaching credential from Chapman University. She has been with Pivot since origination and loves their mission of personalized instruction for all students. She is currently completing a certificate in Integrative Nutrition from UCSD, enjoys visiting her 3 adult sons, spending time on the soccer field with her youngest son, traveling, hiking, hot yoga classes and going to the beach with friends and family.