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:
Susan Raven – Site Administrator
Susan Raven 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 an EC at Pivot for 5 years and has seen numerous 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 don’t even 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 running and hiking with her dog.
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 Brier – Educational Coordinator
Robert grew up in Southern California and graduated from Cal State University Long Beach. He started at Pivot in 2010 and is passionate about teaching, and he loves to see history in person. He has lived and taught in Taiwan and studied Mandarin Chinese. In his spare time, he loves to camp with his family.
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.
Tom grew up in Chico and Portland and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Chico State. He holds Multiple Subject and Social Science credentials. While at Chico State, he worked as an aide in a local charter school and was amazed and inspired by the difference one person could make when they really paid attention to a student’s needs and desires — especially in a flexible system that could adapt to those needs. When Tom found Pivot, he knew it was a perfect fit for him.
Before coming to Pivot, Tom worked as a graphic designer, publisher, and restaurant owner. Since he entered teaching, he has taught Technology, History, and Reading. In his free time, Tom writes, games, and practices his guitar. He loves being an EC at Pivot!
Jenny Maiorano – Educational Coordinator
Jenny was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA where she spent most of her childhood in and out of the ocean or pool. She received her B.A. in English and a minor in Health Science, and later her M.A in Literacy Instruction, from Michigan State University. Jenny has lived in the midwest and the southwest of the United States, but has called Chico home for several years. When working with students, she strives to create meaningful relationships that are grounded in promoting a love for learning. Jenny has taught in grades 7 through 12 but finds working at Pivot Charter School refreshing and meaningful as it gives her the ability to work one on one with students in a unique and dynamic setting. When not working with students, she enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage daughters; as a family, they love traveling, cooking, reading, crafting, and cheering for the Michigan State Spartans.
Heather McGuire – Educational Coordinator
Heather grew up in Humboldt County and attended Humboldt State University, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, who graduated 56 years prior with his teaching credential. She started working with students at an early age, leading an after-school program during high school. Heather also found an interest in theatre while in high school, and she spent time as a stage manager at Redwood Curtain Theater in Humboldt County. She has taught all ages from kindergarten through 6th grade but found that the upper grades really are a challenging yet fun age for her to work with. The energy they bring into the classroom is contagious. She has fallen in love with personalized education utilizing technology and is excited to bring that passion with her to Pivot. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and Woodford, her chocolate lab.
Tara Wiglesworth – Education Specialist
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.