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  • Desert Learning Academy Administration and Staff

     

  • Administration

    Dr. Michael J. Grainger, Principal

    Office telephone phone: 760-778-0487 x1401

    Cell number: 949-702-4055

       

    Administrative Secretary (Bilingual) 

    Ms. Mariana Anguiano, Phone: 760-778-0487 x1402

       

    Counselor

    Ms. Rosalia Mendoza, Phone: 760-778-0487 x1420

    Cell number: 760-676-9375 

       

    Clinical Psychologist

    Joaquin Galeano, PsyD, Phone: 760-778-0487 x2304


    Desert Learning 

  • High School, Grades 9-12

    Ms. Melanie Borun, 760-778-0487 x2506

    • Core Classes: The Living Earth, Chemistry in the Earth System
    • Electives: Science of Health and Wellness, Forensic Science, Business Leadership, Business Finance
    • Degrees: Bachelor's degree in Biology from University of San Diego, Master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Loyola University of Chicago
    • Teaching Credentials: Single Subject Life Science
    • Years in Education: 15
    • Online Learning Certification: Leading Edge 

    Mr. David Escamilla, 760-778-0487 x2512

    • Core Classes: Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, Integrated Math III
    • Degrees: Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from San Carlos National University of Guatemala
    • Teaching Credentials: Single Subject Mathematics
    • Years in Education: 7
    • Additional Languages: Spanish

    Ms. Veronica Nicholas, 760-778-0487 x2505

    • Core Classes: Physics in the Universe, Integrated Math (I,II,III)
    • Degrees: BS in Mechanical Engineering, MA Organizational Management
    • Teaching Credentials: Clear Single Subject Credential in Technology & Industrial Education; Clear Single Subject Credential in Business; Supplemental Credential in Mathematics
    • Years in Education: 22 (College & High School Levels)
    • Online Learning Certification: Learning Edge   
    • Professional Licensure: Professional Engineer (PE) MEX
    • Additional Languages: Spanish-educated native speaker

    Ms. Theresa Smith, 760-778-0487 x2506

    • Core Classes: English I, English II, English III, ERWC, AP English Language and Composition
    • Electives: Media Literacy
    • Degrees: Bachelor's degree in English from California State University, San Bernardino, Master's degree in Educational Technology from Azusa Pacific University.
    • Teaching Credentials: Single Subject English
    • Years in Education: 30
    • Online Learning Certification: Leading Edge 

    Ms. Mirta Valenzuela, 760-778-0487 x2511

    • Core Classes: Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, AP Spanish Language and Culture
    • Electives: Success 101, Freshman Seminar
    • Degrees: Bachelor's degree in Spanish and ESL from Andrews University in Michigan, Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language from Azusa Pacific University
    • Teaching Credentials: Single Subject Spanish, Single Subject English
    • Years in Education: 20
    • Online Learning Certification: Leading Edge 
    • Additional Languages: Spanish, Serbian, Croatian

    Mr. Roberto Wheaton, 760-778-0487 x2512

    • Core Classes: Civics, Economics, World History, U.S. History, AP World History, AP Government
    • Electives: Psychology, AP Psychology, Sociology, Social Problems
    • Degrees: Dual Bachelor’s degrees in Earth Science and Social Science from University of Idaho, Master’s degree in Administration from California State University, San Bernardino
    • Teaching Credentials: Single Subject Geoscience, Single Subject Social Science
    • Years in Education: 36
    • Online Learning Certification: Leading Edge  
  • Paraeducators

    Ms. Maria De La Fuente, Technology Support, Phone: 760-329-3330 (Press # to be connected to DLA)

    Ms. Jazmin Rosario, Technology Support, Phone: 760-778-0487 x2515 

    Ms. Christina Moore, Special Education, Phone: 760-778-0487 x2515

       

    Security

    Mr. Jack Manion, Phone: 760-778-0487 x1402

       

    Custodial

    Mr. Eduardo Teran, Phone: 760-778-0487 x1401 

       

       

       

       

       

       


    Academy Teachers

  • Middle School, Grades 6-8

    Ms. Maude Dabney, 760-778-0487 x2206

    • Core Classes: Math, Science
    • Degrees: Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Point Loma Nazarene University, Master's degree in Teacher Leadership from National University, Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Phoenix
    • Teaching Credential: Multiple Subject 
    • Years in Educations: 19 years
    • Online Learning Certification: Leading Edge

    Ms. Darci Syfert, 760-778-0487 x2204

    • Core Classes: English, Social Science
    • Degrees: Bachelor's degree from Concordia University, Irvine, Master's degree in Education
    • Teaching Credentials: Multiple Subject, Specialist Instruction in Special Education
    • Years in Education: 23 
    • Online Learning Certification: Leading Edge

     


    Elementary School, Grades K-5

    Ms. Lynn Yada, Grades K-3, 760-778-0487 x2202

    • Degrees: Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University, Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University
    • Teaching Credential: Multiple Subject
    • Years in Education: 33
    • Online Learning Certification: Leading Edge
    • Professional Licensure: Marriage and Family Therapist (California)

     

    Ms. Jan Ligman, Grades 4-5, 760-778-0487 x2205

    • Degrees: Dual Associate degrees in Early Childhood Education and Liberal Studies from College of the Desert, Bachelor's degree from Chapman University, Master's degree in Education from Chapman University
    • Teaching Credential: Multiple Subject
    • Years in Education: 21
    • Online Learning Certification: Leading Edge

    Special Programs

    Ms. Stacy Brennan, Special Education, 760-778-0487 x2508

    • Support Subjects: Mathematics, Reading, Writing
    • Degrees: Bachelor's degree in Special Education/General Education from Western Michigan University, Master's degree from Chapman University in Special Education, Maser's degree in Education (Middle Grades) from California State University, San Bernardino
    • Teaching Credentials: Multiple Subject, Resource Specialist, Specialist Instruction in Special Education
    • Years in Education: 26

    Ms. Jan Ligman, Rebound, 760-778-0487 x2205

    • Degrees: Dual Associate degrees in Early Childhood Education and Liberal Studies from College of the Desert, Bachelor's degree from Chapman University, Master's degree in Education from Chapman University
    • Teaching Credential: Multiple Subject
    • Years in Education: 21
    • Online Learning Certification: Leading Edge