Faculty & Staff

A Word

From Our Director

Almond Acres Charter Academy is designed and dedicated to the true meaning of education. The word “educate” originates from the Latin word “educare“ which means to nurture and draw out the learner, not to fill him/her up.  We help students become the very best version of themselves by inciting a passion and desire to learn. Project-based learning, service learning, and meaningful educational experiences within our community are the keys to unlocking outstanding learning and student success.

– Bob Bourgault

Our Teachers

Amy Brabenec


Jeffrey Smith


Wendy Woodard

1st Grade

Megan Zettle

1st Grade

Kathy Hanson

2nd Grade

Cory Houdyshell

2nd Grade

Rena Spooner

3rd Grade

Lesley Thompquist

3rd Grade

Dena Vertrees

4th Grade

Hannah Clingerman

5th Grade

Charlotte Reid

Middle School English

Joanna Lisonbee

Middle School Math

David Wilson

Middle School Science

Constantino Delgado

Middle School Social Science

Carrie Fiel

Curriculum Coordinator

Sean Sommerville

Recreation & 5th Grade Support

Michele Miller

Education Specialist

Joe Peckham


Our Support Staff

Amy Baker

Program Director

Eileen Higgins

Support Services Director

Leslie Almaguer

Administrative Assistant

Noemi Bayer


Francisco Campoverde


Erin Colegrove

Administrative Assistant

Priscilla Cota


Sean Doran

Safety & Maintenance

Ashley Dritsas


Carrie Elisarraras

Speech Therapist

Claire Fundaro


Yolanda Goldammer

Campus Supervisor

Denise Kilimnik


Jennifer McGriff

Recreation Aide

Carl Raggio

Business Manager

Nathanael Slawson

Bus Driver