About Our Team - Silicon Valley High School

ABOUT OUR TEAM

The team behind SVHS combines experienced teachers and educators with startup experts, lawyers and website content developers.

Management Team

David Smith—Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

A former Apple World Marketing Manager, David has more than 30 years’ experience of founding and managing technology startups. He holds a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the University of Westminster and a BS (Honors) Computer Science and Economics from the University of Leeds. In the 1990’s David founded and acted as CEO for SurfMonkey, the leading web browser and Internet safety service for children. David has authored several books on business and intellectual property and is recognized by IAM magazine as one of the world’s leading intellectual property strategists.

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Michaela Smith—Chief Operating Officer

Michaela has been managing the development of websites and web-based businesses since the advent of the Internet more than 25 years ago. She developed the world’s first CD-ROM to be filled with paid advertising, the world’s first virtual reality trade show and led the team that created the award-winning SurfMonkey web portal for children. She has managed the development of sophisticated web-based software systems on the .Net/Windows and PHP/Linux platforms. Michaela manages customer service as well as the back office administration and website development activities for SVHS. 

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Scott Jarol—Chief Technology Officer

Scott has been developing applications for over 40 years, including enterprise systems, e-commerce, and educational multimedia. He is the author of seven books on Internet and multimedia software development, and has worked for companies such as Microsoft, Disney, Amazon, Nintendo, and several others. Scott is also an avid vegan cook, though not entirely vegan himself–meaning “mostly plant based.” A lifelong learner, at age 63 Scott recently earned a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management. Scott’s current technical interest is in how to use the emerging capabilities of artificial intelligence systems to enrich the learning process for students of all ages.

Jamie DeWitt—Head of School & Chief Academic Officer

Having worked with SVHS since our formation in 2013, Jamie DeWitt has over 20 years’ experience in education as a classroom teacher, online high school teacher, school administrator., and university instructor. Jamie earned her B.A. in History from University of California, San Diego, M.A. in Social Sciences from California State University, San Bernardino, and doctorate in education from Walden University.  She has teaching credentials in both English and Social Sciences, and an administrative services credential.  Jamie has taught courses to middle school and high school students in all content areas, in a variety of educational settings including alternative public school, online charter school, and independent study.

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Caitlin Aguero—Chief Customer Relations Officer

Caitlin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from Eckerd College and multiple certifications as a Sailing Instructor (US Sailing Level 3 Head Instructor) and a Yoga Instructor (500-hr E-RYT). At Silicon Valley High School,  She is fluent in Spanish and is a credentialed science teacher. Caitlin is a firm believer in the SVHS platform and the benefits of learning through self paced curriculums that engage all types of learners. 

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Mark Cameron White—General Counsel

Mark Cameron White holds a JD from University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, an MBA from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business and a BA, Economics, 1977 (Phi Beta Kappa) from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. Since 2007, Mark has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine (independent research by Law & Politics). Mark formed and represented many notable Silicon Valley startups including Tesla Motors and Hotmail.

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Teachers

Matthew Allison—Teacher

Matthew Allison has over 20 years of experience teaching Spanish and English in grades K-12. He has a passion for teaching and enjoys seeing students being able to communicate in different languages. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from California State University. He has taught in the United States and Spain.

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Alicia Barajas—Teacher

Alicia Barajas has taught Spanish in Southern California schools for over 17 years. She has spent those years teaching different levels of Spanish for both native Spanish-speakers and non Spanish-speakers. Alicia’s family is originally from Jalisco, Mexico. Growing up, she enjoyed spending holidays and school breaks with friends and family in Mexico. She earned his B.A. in Spanish Literature from U.C. San Diego in 2004, and M.A. in Education and Teaching Credential from Azusa Pacific University in 2008. Alicia is passionate about teaching Spanish and her greatest reward is seeing her students progress and share their joy of becoming lifelong Spanish learners.

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Stephanie Belli—Teacher

Stephanie loves science and helping others experience the joy of discovery. She has over 20 years of experience teaching Biology and Chemistry in grades 6-12. Stephanie holds a BS degree from the University of California, Davis and is working on her Masters at Western Governors University. She holds credentials in Biology, Chemistry, and Animal Science.

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Tim Clark—Teacher

Tim Clark has taught science in Southern California schools for over 30 years. He has spent those years teaching a variety of courses like biology, anatomy, earth science and physical science. Tim also has enjoyed connecting with students through coaching sports and being a club advisor. He earned his B.S. in Biological Science from U.C. Irvine in 1985, Single Subject Science Teaching Credential in 1992 and M.A. in Educational Technology from Azusa Pacific University in 2020.

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Julie Coffin—Teacher

Julie Coffin has been a teacher for over 20 years and has taught all high school subjects throughout her tenure. She has been teaching through online platforms since 2017. Her favorite subject to teach is Algebra, although it was not her favorite subject in high school. To her, the most exciting part of teaching is connecting with a wide variety of students. She strives to provide a safe and gender-affirming space for all students, especially LGBTQ students, in any way she can. She attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and received her teaching credential from Mills College.

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Amanda Cohen—Teacher

Amanda began her love of teaching as an environmental science camp counselor in her teens. She majored in Psychology and Education at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She earned her M.Ed. at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She has spent most of her career teaching science and math at the 7-9th grade level. She also spent 13 years working as a science specialist teaching hands-on labs for 4th and 5th graders. Most recently, she has been working with high school students who are working from home to earn credit on all high school subjects. When she has extra time, she loves spending time with her 16 year old daughter and taking long walks on the beach or in the mountains with her Fox Red Labrador puppy, Cowboy.

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Mirella Congiu—Teacher

Mirella Congiu is a native of Barcelona, Spain, and has been working in education for 18 years. She has a Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has lived in Spain, Italy, and the U.S, which has given her an understanding of the process of teaching a foreign language. She believes that teaching a second language opens up a door for students to understand the world with new eyes.

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LouAnn Cunningham—Teacher

LouAnn Cunningham has over 20 years of teaching experience at both the secondary
and university levels. She obtained a B.S. degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She then completed an M.A. at the University of Mississippi, where her focus was American Literature. Ms. Cunningham has taught English Composition courses at several universities and junior colleges. She has also been a high school classroom teacher for more than 20 years with several years of online teaching experience at the high school level as well.

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Lawrence Decamora, Ph.D.—Teacher

Lawrence teaches Java and other open source programming languages.  He has been a university instructor for more than 20 years while working with various industries, both in the public and in the private sectors as an IT Consultant. He also worked for 5 years as a Java trainer for Sun Microsystems, the original creators of the Java Technology.  He has authored a book on Java and designed various courses and curricula around this technology. Lawrence is an Oracle Certified Java Programmer and a Sun Certified Java Programmer. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, a Masters Degree in Education and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Management.

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David Duncan—Teacher

David Duncan completed his master’s in education at Grand Canyon University and also holds a bachelor’s degree in business. A lifelong businessman, David now teaches health and business at the high school level. David enjoys traveling and researching and analyzing new business opportunities.

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Heather Dunham—Teacher

Heather has over 25 years of teaching experience in science and math. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Chemistry with a minor in Environmental Science and Mathematics and her Master in Education for Science Teacher from Union College. She holds teaching certification in grades 7-12 Science, Chemistry, and Math from the state of New York and Montana. Heather has taught middle school, high school and community college and high school is her favorite.

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Mia Graham—Teacher

Mia Graham completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri and her Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction at Northwest Missouri State University. She spent her first years of teaching at a high school in Columbia, Missouri, and now she is teaching in Kansas City. She enjoys traveling, hiking, music, and movies.

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Dawn Gilmore—Teacher

Dawn Gilmore has 15 years of teaching experience in science. She has also worked on science curriculum and assessments for the Indiana Department of Education. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Indiana University. She holds a teaching license for grades 5-12 in Chemistry, Biology, Earth Space Science, and Physical Science.

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Jessica Gilroy—Teacher

Jessica Gilroy has over 15 years of teaching at the high school level. She earned both her B.S. in Mathematics and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University in Virginia. She holds a teaching license for Mathematics, Computer Science, Gifted Education, and English as a Second Language.

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Nydia Gonzalez —Teacher

Nydia Algazzali Gonzalez is an educational professional and artist dedicated to creating opportunities for diverse learners of varied abilities and backgrounds. She is accomplished in designing curricula, professional development and arts programs with excellent classroom management skills and culturally responsive teaching strategies from years of working with diverse student populations ranging in cognitive and motor abilities, socio-economic backgrounds and languages. Ms. Gonzalez is biliterate (Spanish/English) and holds a Master’s in Special Education and Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential.

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Richard Haislip—Teacher

Richard loves teaching mathematics in an energetic format where students take charge of their own learning. He has over 16 years of teaching high school students all levels of mathematics courses. Richard holds a bachelors degree from Bucknell University and a masters degree from National University.

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Ilde Halipa—Teacher

Ilde is an experienced educator and curriculum developer with 17 years of teaching across diverse global settings. He graduated from Carlos Hilado Memorial State University with a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics. He earned his Bachelor of Secondary Education from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. He is passionate about igniting learning and adept at simplifying intricate math concepts.

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Lana Hungerford—Teacher

Lana Hungerford has enjoyed teaching, mainly in STEM-related roles, for the past 15 years. She has a Master’s Degree in education from Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa where she minored in International Studies. Traveling to the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia she completed additional studies toward her Bachelor’s and an Advanced Scuba Diving certification at the Great Barrier Reef. Before education, she held various roles with travel-related companies such as Walt Disney World and Enterprise. As a previous Gold Award recipient, she enjoys volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader.  She also swims, travels, and watches movies while paper crafting for her greeting card company. She loves learning and is determined to help others discover their learning style.  She is proud to be part of the SVHS family!

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Ismael Huerta —Teacher

Ismael Huerta has been in education, teaching mathematics for the last 15 years. He has a passion for supporting students learn mathematics at the high school level. He is an experienced teacher who has supported students online for the past 4 years. Ismael holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, Master of Arts in Education from Point Loma Nazarene University, a full single subject math credential, and CTE credential issued in CA.

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Suzanne King—Teacher

Suzanne has more than 20 years teaching Spanish at the high school and elementary levels, She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA and her single subject Spanish Credential from Sonoma State University. She also studied in Oaxaca, Mexico where she taught English. Suzanne has worked as a high school Spanish teacher in Sonoma County for 16 years and has received extensive training in curriculum design and assessment. She is passionate about teaching language and culture and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Spain.

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Hans Lehman—Teacher

Hans is a mathematics teachers with 18 years of experience. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in teaching Secondary Education from Shippenburg University, and a Masters in Education from Walden University.  He enjoys teaching mathematics and answering student’s questions.  Hans is married with four kids and enjoys watching his kids play sports. His areas of expertise are Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus.

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Kim Lewis—Teacher

Kim has worked with Deaf and hard of hearing students and students
learning American Sign Language for over 20 years. She has a B.A. from UC San Diego, a Certificate of American Sign Language from Vista College, and a M.A. and teaching credential from San Diego State University.

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Arthur Marin—Teacher

Arthur has more than 15 years teaching experience as a mathematics teacher
and more than 10 years experience as an online teacher and tutor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, received a single subject teaching credential in Mathematics from California State University, San Marcos and his Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from San Diego State University. Arthur has taught math courses for perspective elementary school teachers, helping students have deep understanding of mathematics.

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Wendy Megowan—Teacher

Wendy has 20 years of experience as a high school Spanish teacher with the last five as an online teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at California State University Hayward and during that time spent a semester abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. She also has a Masters in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. Wendy has taught high school Spanish levels 1, 2, and 3. She received a scholarship for the Fulbright teacher exchange program and taught middle school in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She lived in Mexico for six years in the states of Puebla and Nayarit.

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Adam Minyard—Teacher

Adam Minyard has been teaching Math, Physics, and Engineering in Northern California for more than 20 years. He obtained his BS degree in Mathematics Education for Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Adam also has two Master’s degrees… one in Instructional Technology and the other in Educational Leadership. Adam enjoys making math and physics relevant and meaningful to his students.

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Marginia Orantes—Teacher

Marginia Orantes has a degree in Spanish and a Master’s in Education. She has extensive training in Gifted and Talented Education. Her career in education spans a diverse spectrum. She spent seven years specializing in high school Spanish and three years teaching online. She has been tutoring Spanish since she was 16 years old. She enjoys time with her family, cooking, and reading when not at work.

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Steffen Mittelhaeuser—Teacher

Steffen Mittelhaeuser has over forty years experience as a commercial and fine art photographer. As an adjunct professor at Daytona State College Southeast Center for Photographic Studies he has developed and taught a wide range of Photography courses to both undergraduate and high-school students. He holds a MFA in Photography fromthe University of Michigan, and a BA from Bowling Green State University. His award-winning photography is held in the permanent collections of museums and has been internationally exhibited and published.

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Joanna Pearl—Teacher

JoAnna Pearl has 15 years of teaching experience in science. She has also worked on science curriculum for the Walt Disney World and St Lucie School district. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in education from Indian River State College. She holds a teaching license for grades 5-12 in General Science.

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Callie Phillips—Teacher

Callie has several years of classroom teaching experience with experience building and grading online courses at the college level. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Secondary Education: Social Studies Broadfield from Montana State University–Northern and is a licensed educator. She has taught a variety of grade levels in multiple subjects related to government, history, business, personal finance, etc. Callie is a strong advocate for online learning after growing up in rural Montana and recognizing the endless possibilities and resources that can be made available to students no matter their location or schedule via an online setting.

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Shannon Pitt—Teacher

Shannon has over 20 years of teaching experience at the high school level. She obtained a B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania with a focus on theater, music, and literature. She then completed her teaching certification at Wilson College. Shannon also has an M.S.ED from Wilkes University and a principal certification from Point Park University.

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Derek Postlewaite—Teacher

Derek is a social studies teacher who has taught online since 2012. He graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies at the Secondary Level from California University of Pennsylvania in the spring of that same year, and since then he has created, modified and administered multiple online courses within the social studies discipline. He taught Civics & Economics and US History for two years in Virginia, and is also certified in English, as well as English as a Second Language, and has worked with several districts in the Pittsburgh area as a itinerant ESL teacher, arriving at multiple schools daily to serve the needs of English language learners. In addition, he is experienced in tutoring, assessment writing and evaluating the lessons of other educators.

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Jennifer Reed—Teacher

Jennifer Reed has been teaching English for 11 years. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A.T. in English Education before starting her education career as an 8th-grade Language Arts teacher in North Carolina. For the past 8 years, she has taught 11th-grade English in Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and playing piano and violin. 

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Noah Roberts—Teacher

Noah has more than 10 years of experience in teaching languages and culture to students ranging from kindergarten to high school. He received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Augusta State University in Augusta, GA, which included more than five months of studying Spanish at La Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. Noah also has two master’s degrees: Master of Arts in Teaching (Belhaven University) and Master of Divinity (Reformed Theological Seminary), where he learned Greek and Hebrew languages. He spent five years working at a school in Mérida, Yucatán, México, where he taught English to junior high and high schoolers. Afterwards, he taught Spanish at Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate School in Jackson, MS for 2 years and then started teaching at Rosa Scott High School.

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Danielle St. Denis—Teacher

Danielle has a Bachelor’s of Mathematics, a Master’s of Education, and a Master’s in Data Analytics all from Slippery Rock University in western Pennsylvania. She has been tutoring and teaching students in math for over 14 years, and has a passion for helping students understand new concepts. With experience from elementary math topics to Calculus I and II (and everything in between), she most enjoys working with Algebra and Statistics. In her free time she enjoys traveling to new places, thrift shopping, and hanging out with her orange cat Morris.

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Dave Stoner—Teacher

Dave has over 13 years teaching experience as an English teacher and several yeas as an online teacher and tutor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, received a teaching certificate in English from Shippensburg University, and his Master of Arts in English from National University in San Diego. Dave has taught English, Communications, and Film courses, helping students have deep understanding of English Language Arts.

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Michael Stultz—Teacher

Michael has been teaching in secondary education and community college for over 25 years in the United States and Spain. He’s taught AP English Literature and Language, IB English, composition, history, ethnic studies, film, journalism, speech, and creative writing. He earned his Bachelor of Science in English Education from Ball State University and his Masters in English from Butler University. He has served as a writing coach for over twenty years and an editor for thirteen years, authoring over 2,000 peer-reviewed articles for online learning communities. Michael is a strong advocate for grading for equity, comics in the classroom, the writing revolution method of composition instruction, Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the ‘This I Believe’ legacy project. Most of all, he enjoys seeing students off to university, confident in their critical thinking and composition skills.

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Heidi Taggart—Teacher

Heidi Taggart is a 26-year veteran educator; she has spent those years in a variety of capacities, from science teacher, club sponsor, volleyball/basketball/track and field coach, administrator, back to science teacher, online science teacher, and most currently, a science specialist. Heidi has enjoyed teaching chemistry, biology, physics, AP/honors chemistry, AVID, aerospace engineering, life science, and physical science. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 1997, an M.A. in Education and Teaching
Credential from Azusa Pacific University in 2003, and Administrative Services Credential from Cal Poly Pomona in 2005.

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Janey Taylor —Teacher

Janey Taylor has 25 years of experience teaching math in grades 6-12. She strongly believes that every child can learn and loves teaching them the skills they need to succeed. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Math Education in 1994 and her Master of Science in Math Education in 2013, both from the University of Wyoming.

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Shari Trella—Teacher

Shari Trella has been teaching for 19 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Valdosta State University, a master’s degree in education from Auburn University, and a specialist degree in teaching and learning from Liberty University. She holds teaching certifications for high school math, business education, gifted education, business, computers and information technology. She is passionate about helping students understand math!

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Samantha Weinraub—Teacher

Samantha enjoys working with students and people of all ages. She holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and literature from the University of Delaware, a minor in human development and family studies, and a master’s degree in education from Gwynedd Mercy University. She has taught high school English as a Second Language Spanish and is excited to get to know you! She currently resides in Santa Cruz, California. 

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Wendy Wheat—Teacher

Wendy Wheat has been sharing her passion and appreciation for mathematics with students for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, and then came back to her home state of Texas to teach. She is credentialed to teach all areas of math 6th-12th grade and has enjoyed teaching students at different levels, in different locations, and at different ability levels. She received her master’s degree from the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, in Instructional Technology and has been working with students in the growing arena of online education.

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Nikki Wishard—Teacher

Nikki has more than 15 years of experience teaching Spanish at the high school level both in the classroom and online.  She holds a BSE in Spanish as well as a MS and a PhD in Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Nikki enjoys helping students develop a deep understanding of the Spanish language and explore the many cultures with which it is associated.

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Customer Service

Emmanuel Ejiogu—Director of Quality Control

Emmanuel has been developing online courseware, and managing quality control since the school’s inception in 2013. Prior to this he was Deputy Director at the Service for Peace in Connecticut and worked on a variety of fundraising and business planning projects. With SVHS, Emmanuel supports the creation and management of SVHS courses on the Moodle platform. He undertakes quality control testing, customer support, project management, regulatory compliance management and various aspects of course development. Emmanuel holds a Bachelors Degree in Automotive Technology Engineering.

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Connie Aguero—Customer Service Representative

Connie Aguero earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Miami University in Ohio and a Master’s Degree in Technology in the Schools from Cleveland State University.  Connie spent 32 years teaching in Mentor, Ohio and is now delighted to be supporting teachers, parents, and SVHS students looking to achieve their education goals. Connie believes the flexibility and autonomy of online education provides many opportunities and benefits for students and is a game changer in the academic arena.

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Alva Albay—Customer Service Representative

Alva is a customer service representative with Silicon Valley High School helping answer support questions from students, schools, counselors and others. Alva holds a Bachelor’s degree Library Science from Adventist University of the Philippines, a Masters in Library and Information Science from Polytechnic of the Philippines and is currently working on her Doctor of Educational Management. 

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Deja Bryant—Customer Service Representative

Deja has over 10 years of customer service experience ranging from in person, phone, live chat, email, and social media support. She received her Associates of Art in Social and Behavioral Science. Since she was child, she has been involved in volunteer work as a teacher. Her volunteer work has taken her to 6/7 continents. She is a wanderlust who is devoted to providing friendly and efficient customer service to all.

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Shona Hall—Customer Service

Shona has over 25 years of experience in business management and assists in running a small business with her family. She also has over 24 years of experience working in education teaching History, Science, Physical Education, and has worked as a Librarian, and Curriculum Coordinator for Charter Schools. Additionally, she has been homeschooling her own children for over 23 years and values online learning and all it has to offer. She is passionate about helping others in both business and education and excited to see all the opportunities at SVHS. In her free time Shona is a mentor Mom in her Community and volunteers as a Crisis Counselor.

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Angie Lima—Customer Service

Angie is a customer service representative, supporting parents and
students giving them the tools to ensure success in reaching their education goals. She has a passion for childhood development and education, and values the independent learning that SVHS has to offer. She was homeschooled herself and believes that has set the stage for her lifelong learning, which has become a requirement in this modern world. She was still in high school when she had the opportunity to study dental assisting, where she has spent the last 19 years. Working closely with the public, taking on managerial and customer service roles will aid her in this new journey. In her spare time, Angie loves to continue her own education, focusing on nutrition and health, as well as training for her next race or triathlon.

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Meagan Schlueter—Customer Service

Meagan has a Bachelor’s degree in History and is a licensed teacher with 12 years of teaching experience in in-person and online environments. At Silicon Valley High School, Meagan helps answer questions from students, parents, schools, and counselors. She also works on our Quality Control team, helping to ensure that courses are up to date. Meagan enjoys being able to work each day helping students succeed with the SVHS platform.

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Lisa Shaw—Customer Service

For the past thirty-five years, Lisa Shaw has taught AP Biology, Biology, Environmental Science, and Agriculture. She has taught in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education Degrees. She also has her principals certificate from Shippensburg University.

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Sales and Marketing

Scott Axelrod—Homeschool Outreach Coordinator

Scott has spent the past 30 years focused on online marketing, brand building, member engagement and developing a vibrant online experience for members. As the Homeschool Outreach Coordinator, Scott’s role is to promote Silicon Valley High School’s Homeschooling Program to homeschool organizations nationwide. His efforts are focused on increasing awareness and enrollment by connecting with and educating homeschool communities across the United States. When not promoting Silicon Valley High School’s Homeschooling Program, he can be found focused on several projects he is passionate about and spending time with his wife.

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Sebastian James—marketing Representative

Sebastian has experience in sales and online marketing. As our creative director and our marketing strategist he is responsible for the sales process and customer purchasing experience. With experience in marketing design and animation Sebastian is responsible for our website design and front facing marketing activities.

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Enric Batalla—Search Marketing Strategist

Enric handles social media management and online marketing with SVHS. In this capacity he engages with thousands of potential customers. He raises awareness of SVHS with schools, students, parents and various online groups and organizations, increasing SEO visibility and brand recognition. Enric holds a Master’s in Digital Marketing from ESIC University currently #18 in Europe and #109 in the World (Bloomberg). He also holds a BBA from Florida Atlantic University with honors and a Bachelor’s in Marketing Management from ESIC University with honors.

Human Resources

Paige Johnston—Head of Human Resources

Paige Johnston is our Head of Human Resources. She studied at WCC with a focus on Human Resources and Communications. She has worked in various fields, leading and managing teams for both businesses and nonprofits. With 5 years of experience in behind-the-scenes management, she continues to improve and develop training materials and policies for Silicon Valley High School.
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Engineering

Anand Chella Nadar—Chief Technical Officer

Anand has more than 15 years’ experience in software design & development, web applications development, system security, mobile App development and ERP solutions. He heads up a team of engineers responsible for developing the SVHS websites and managing the I.T. platform. His team of close to 50 engineers includes Arul Ginesh and Sheik Ibrahim who manage the Moodle sites and PHP code. Anand holds a B.E. degree in Computer Science from MS University Tirunelveli and an MBA in International Business from the Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu.

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Arul Ginesh—Engineering Team Lead

Arul is an experienced full-stack web application developer who has been leading the development for SVHS on the Moodle platform for more than 5 years. Arul holds a Bachelor of Computer Science & Engineering from Anna University.

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Ajay Kumar—Senior Software Engineer

Ajay is a more than 9 of years’ experience in software design & development, web applications development, ERP, CRM and LMS Development. Ajay has 9 year’s experience working on Moodle eLearning, VTiger CRM, Suite CRM, Sugar CRM and on PHP, MYSQL. He holds a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science from UPTU (Lucknow) and Pursing MBA in Cyber Security from Amity University (Online) Noida (India).

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Kirupa Lakshmi—Technical Lead

Kirupa Lakshmi has 12 years of experience in full stack web development with 6 years in experience in the education domain working on the Moodle LMS. Lakshmi has been customizing Moodle themes, core libraries and has extensive knowledge of the Moodle Backend. She has experience in frameworks like Codeignitier, Zend, Smarty and Shopify, Odoo ERP System, Mysql. Lakshmi holds Master of Computer Application from Bharathidasan University, Tamilnadu.

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Senthamizh Selvi—Senior Software Engineer

Selvi has 7 years of experience in software development and web application development. She has 5 years of experience working on Moodle LMS and more than a year of experience in phonegap(Cordova) mobile app development and the Codeignitier framework. Selvi holds a B.Tech degree from Ganadipathy Tulsi’s Jain Engineering, India. In her free times, she enjoy spend time with friends & family, cooking & listening to music, and playing outdoor games.

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Sheik Ibrahim A—Senior Software Engineer

Sheik is a a full-stack web developer with knowledge in different front end and back end languages, responsive frameworks, databases, and best code practices. Sheik has been developing and customizing Moodle for more than 5 years. Sheik holds a Bachelor of Computer Science & Engineering from Anna University.

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Abhishek Lal—Senior Software Engineer

Abhishek has been developing for SVHS on the Moodle platform since 2020. He holds a Masters in Computer Applications from Cochin University of Science and Technology.

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Afshan Anjum—Quality Analyst

Afshan has been managing quality control and testing of Moodle software for SVHS since 2020. She holds a bachelor degree in computer science and engineering from G Madegowda Institute of Technology (GMIT).

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David Quintero—Learning Technology Engineer

As Learning Technology Consultant within the e-Learning Software Development industry, Dave incorporates years of experience in e-learning technology, managing and leading Project Management and Engineering Teams. While making sure all quality standards are met within an organization, Dave has made sure to provide powerful input to Fortune 500 corporations, State Universities throughout the US and government funded organizations by optimizing live systems and guiding evolution of internal processes, e-learning tools and platforms.

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Board of Directors

David Smith—MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A former Apple World Marketing Manager, David has more than 30 years’ experience of founding and managing technology startups. He holds a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the University of Westminster and a BS (Honors) Computer Science and Economics from the University of Leeds. In the 1990’s David founded and acted as CEO for SurfMonkey, the leading web browser and Internet safety service for children. David has authored several books on business and intellectual property and is recognized by IAM magazine as one of the world’s leading intellectual property strategists.

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Mark Cameron White—MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mark Cameron White holds a JD from University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, an MBA from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business and a BA, Economics, 1977 (Phi Beta Kappa) from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. Since 2007, Mark has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine (independent research by Law & Politics). Mark formed and represented many notable Silicon Valley startups including Tesla Motors and Hotmail.

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Michaela Smith—MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michaela has been managing the development of websites and web-based businesses since the advent of the Internet more than 25 years ago. She developed the world’s first CD-ROM to be filled with paid advertising, the world’s first virtual reality trade show and led the team that created the award-winning SurfMonkey web portal for children. She has managed the development of sophisticated web-based software systems on the .Net/Windows and PHP/Linux platforms. Michaela manages customer service as well as the back office administration and website development activities for SVHS. 

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Karen Guldan—Member of the Board of Directors

Karen is the President of Protemis, a GPS timing spin-out from Trimble Navigation where Karen was Director and General Manager. Karen sits on the board of directors for the Bill Wilson Center, a non-profit helping youth in Santa Clara, California. She is a rape crisis advocate for YWCA Silicon Valley and Program Coordinator for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Karen earned her JD, MBA and BS in Biology from Santa Clara University.

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Ronald Blumka—Member of the Board of Directors

Ron is a certified public accountant and president of Blumka & Company, PC. With more than 40 year’s experience, Ron is a member of the Texas Society of CPA’s and the Dallas Chapter of CPA’s. Ron earned his MBA, Finance from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and his BS in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University.

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Advisory Board

Eric Blanco—Member of the Board of Advisors

Eric is an experienced school counselor working with University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria High School and Ernest Righetti High School. He is the Past President (2017-2018) for the California Association of School Counselors and a Member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Eric holds an M.S., School Counseling, a P.P.S. Credential from University of La Verne and a B.S., Psychology from California Polytechnic State University.

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Jill Foster—Member of the Board of Advisors

Based in the UK, Jill has spent 39 years as a teacher, headteacher, and Advisor. She was the founding CEO of the Rose Learning Trust, a multi- academy trust that operates in England. She has also contributed to educational research and publishing, having authored a CollectEd paper and more recently a book on AI in education. Jill is currently a director of Janus Education Ltd, an educational consultancy company in the UK that provides advice, support and training to schools and school leaders. Jill was also a co-founder of Secure Schools, a cyber security company specialising in the education sector. Jill is passionate about education and its impact on society. She continues to shape school strategy and improvement through evidence- based practices and cutting-edge technology. Jill holds a BEd degree and diplomas from Sheffield University.
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Dan Garrett—Member of the Board of Advisors

Dan Garrett is the Director, Technical Publication and Global Labeling at Intuitive Surgical, leading a department of project managers, technical writers, graphic designers, and labeling specialists to create and maintain Instructions for Use for robotic assisted surgical systems. Prior to this role, Dan has led training and education departments for customers, field service engineers, and manufacturing technicians for medical device and diagnostic companies in Silicon Valley. In the US Navy and Navy Reserves, Dan was an instructor, evaluator, leadership facilitator, and Senior Enlisted Leader. Dan holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Riverside.

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Teaching Faculty and Course Development Teams

We are proud of the numerous credentialed teachers that we have on our team. They create courses, quizzes, finals, assignments, grade assignment submissions, and are instrumental in ensuring our courses comply with the various state standards.