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 expertise 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. Teachers, also known as Educational Coordinators, counsel, mentor, provide oversight, direction and whatever support it takes to help students succeed in their academic endeavors.
The Educational Coordinators of Pivot North Valley:
Travis Bennett – Site Administrator & Educational Coordinator
Travis grew up in Elk Grove, CA and graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in liberal studies. He holds a single subject credential in math. He and his wife have two sons, Jayson and Luke. He’s been a resident of Chico since 2011. He enjoys movies, sports, and spending time with his family and friends. He loves the one-on-one support he can provide students and feels as much like a counselor as a teacher at Pivot.
Robert grew up in Southern California. He has been teaching for over 20 years both in the United States and abroad. Robert has a passion for history, geography and travel. He enjoys teaching and sharing his passion with students.
Chris was born, raised, and spent most of his life residing in Chico, Ca. He has spent a significant amount of time playing competitive and recreational sports in the community, has a love of the outdoors, enjoys snowboarding in the winter, and plays guitar and bass in various local bands. Chris graduated from California State University, Chico where he received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and eventually earned Education Specialist and Social Science teaching credentials. Chris has spent seven years working in education as a Paraprofessional working one-to-one with a talented young man diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. This will be Chris’ second full year as a full-time Education Specialist, and he is excited to continue the work with the awesome students and dedicated Pivot staff. His goal is to help young people find a passion in life, develop it as well as evolve and create meaning in their lives.
Sara Campbell – Educational Coordinator
Sara 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 it allows 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.
Sam Hart – Educational Coordinator
Sam was born and raised in a little town outside of Chicago called Valparaiso, Indiana. When he graduated high school, Sam was drawn to the mountains and nature of California, so he moved out west and went to college at Humboldt State University. Sam received his bachelor’s degree in Geography and developed a passion for travel and seeing the world. Later, he went back to school at Butte College here in Chico and completed the pre-requisites for medical school thinking that maybe he had a future as a doctor. At the last second, Sam pulled the plug on that idea and decided to get my teaching credential in Chemistry and be a teacher. This will be Sam’s 7th year teaching and he really love the model that Pivot offers. Some things Sam really enjoys are hiking, biking, travel, reading, food, cooking, and all things related to fitness. Sam has also been a pretty dedicated yoga practitioner for about a decade now and more recently come to like weightlifting.
Jenny was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA. Jenny attended Chico State where she received her B.A. in English Education and a minor in Health Science in 1996. She began her teaching career soon afterward. She has lived and taught in three states, CA, MI and AZ. While living in Michigan, she received her M.A. in Literacy and Instruction from Michigan State University. Jenny has wealth of experience in grades 7 -12 and has taught in a variety of schools (private, charter and traditional). She is passionate about creating positive relationships with students to ensure that they are able to access the tools and supports for learning. Jenny loves traveling, reading, writing, baking, and spending quality time with her two daughters and husband.
Susan was raised in Chico and graduated from Chico High School in 1983. She received a BS in Math/Physics from CSU Los Angeles in 1992, her teaching credential from CSU Chico in 1999, and an MA in Applied Statistics from Penn State in 2013. Susan has been with Pivot for 8 years and has seen students thrive in the flexible and accommodating environment Pivot offers while simultaneously becoming empowered learners. She loves the ability of the Pivot EC to provide personalized academic counseling to students who often don’t know what questions to ask but don’t stop asking questions once they start to explore their options. When Susan is not working she enjoys spending time with her daughter in Southern California, traveling, gardening, cooking, and spending time with friends, family and her numerous pets.
Tara was born and raised in Placerville, CA. After high school, she attended California State University, Chico where she majored in Agricultural Business and Business Administration. After college, she spent the next couple of years working in the almond industry before deciding to go back to school and earn her teaching credential. In 2008, Tara earned her Multiple Subject credential from Chapman University and in 2010 decided to go back to add a Mild/Moderate and Autism credential while completing her Master’s degree. Tara enjoys working with her students and learning what makes them tick and how to best motivate them. Tara lives in Chico with her dog and cat, and when she’s not teaching, she enjoys spending time outside kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and traveling.