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Teacher Profiles

Administration

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Keith Corpus
Principal
B.A., English, Swarthmore College
M.A., Education, Brown University

 

 

 

Mr. Corpus has over twenty years experience as a high-school teacher, administrator and coach. He worked at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in New Jersey from 1989 to 2006, where he chaired the English Department and was the Dean of Faculty. Prior to his work at St. Benedict’s, he taught and coached for two years at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. In 1994-95, he also taught English at East China University of Science and Technology (Hua Dong Li Gong Da Xue) in Shanghai.

Faculty

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Jasmine Hsu

Director of Student Affairs
Single Subject Teaching Credential (English),

Cal State Fullerton
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate
B.S., Psychology and Social Behavior, UC Irvine

Having tutored international students since her college days at UC Irvine, Ms. Hsu brings linguistic expertise and boundless enthusiasm to the classroom. With over two hundred hours of training in the methods, theories, and practice of teaching English as a foreign language, Ms. Hsu employs the latest techniques in English instruction with her international students.

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Venessa Shiloski

Admissions Counselor

and School Ambassador

B.S., Behavioral Health Grand Canyon University 

Counseling Program Complete 2021

Science Department (Cypress College)  

Prior to coming to PA, Ms. Shiloski had over a decade of experience in private school education. Having worked in admissions for both international and domestic students, she has a deep respect for students and understands the challenges that face each demographic. Administratively she has contributed to many facets of the management and leadership in schools. Ms. Shiloski's down to earth approach allows her to connect with students to guide and help them achieve their goals.

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Chris Bonneau

Director of Counseling ServicesB.S., Communications, Boston University

After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Communications, Mr. Bonneau moved to Southern California where he became an award-winning writer (of screenplays and educational texts) and a teacher at a number of highly regarded Academies throughout the Los Angeles area. After writing courses for both SAT Writing and College Essay Writing, he took on the role of adviser and has since helped more than 2,000 students with the college selection and application process. During this time frame, he has guided students through more than 4,000 college statements. Many of the students that he has counseled have gone on to Ivy League and other prestigious universities.

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Don Rutti

Science Dept. Chair
Secondary Teaching Credential in Science
M.A., Education, Concordia University
B.S., Biological Science,

California State University Fullerton

Since he was a young boy Don has had a passion for the life sciences. Don studied at California State University Fullerton where he received both his B.S. in Biology and his secondary teaching credential in science. Ecology, biodiversity and conservation are his particular areas of expertise. Don spent four years using his passion for science to teach anatomy, biology, AP Environmental Science and zoology to underprivileged students in Santa Ana. Don considers himself a lifelong learner and earned his Masters in Education at Concordia University Irvine in 2017. Don engages his students through hands-on activities and authentic learning opportunities.

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Roseanne Greenfield

Sheltered English Literature/History
Ed.D., Education/TESOL, Leicester University
M.A. TESOL, United States International University
M.A. American Studies/History,

California State University, Fullerton
B.A. American Studies/Communications,

California State University, Fullerton

Dr. Greenfield has over 15 years of experience teaching and developing English, ESL and History programs for K – 12th grade students in the USA and in Asia.  She has taught college English Writing, Reading, Speaking and Communication Skills at Hong Kong University SPACE, Hong Kong City University, Feng Chia University and National Taiwan Normal University.  Roseanne is also an award-winning writer, who specializes in Asian Children’s Literature and short fiction.  She has authored over 20 children’s books and educational materials, and has written for the Register, Orange County News and Huntington Beach Independent.  

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Kelly Corwin

English Department Chair
Ph.D. Candidate, English & Feminist Emphasis,

UC Irvine
M.A., English, UC Irvine
B.A., English, SUNY - Buffalo 

After a few years away to further her own education, Ms. Corwin returns to the Academy to enlighten the minds of its students with her vast insight into the English language and English literature. Ms. Corwin has accumulated countless hours of classroom experience as a teaching assistant at UC Irvine where she led classes on poetry analysis, literary criticism, writing, and women’s studies. Students seeking to master the nuances of understanding the English language find the instruction they desire in Ms. Corwin’s classes.

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Ben Chen

Math Teacher
SAT Mathematics Specialist

B.A., Economics, UC Irvine

More than 50% of Mr. Chen’s students have achieved perfect SAT II Math scores. Mr. Chen is an expert in all levels of high school Mathematics (through AP Calculus and AP Statistics), as well as on the curriculum and textbooks used at every high school in Irvine. He teaches problem-analyzing strategies and test-taking skills to his students to help them solve every type of question. His students commend his friendly and fun, yet very effective, teaching style.

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Kevin Tran

PE & Health Teacher

Director of Activities & Athletics

Multiple Subjects Clear Credential, UC Irvine

M.A., Candidate, Education, UC Irvine

B.A., Social Ecology, Education, UC Irvine

Mr. Tran’s love for teaching has not only allowed his students to be successful, but also to enjoy learning. His effectiveness in his teaching has allowed his students to score in the top 5% of the state. In addition to teaching academic classes, Mr. Tran also teaches physical education and health. Students who have taken his PE and health class have found it to be beneficial to their physical and mental well-being.

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Christie Stroupe

Social Studies Department Chair
Multiple Subject Credential,

California State Fullerton
M.A., History, University of Texas at AustinB.A., History, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., History, University of Texas at Austin

Mrs. Stroupe received her M.A. and B.A. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds California multiple subject and social studies credentials. Previously Mrs. Stroupe taught English and World History at Mater Dei High School and AP Language and Rhetoric at JSerra High School. In her spare time, she loves to read, swim, and travel. She has lived and studied in France and Germany and speaks fluent German.

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Yeh Pei Lu

Chinese Teacher
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Ming Hsin Taiwan Engineering College

Ms. Lu has over 20 years of experience teaching Mandarin Chinese and Culture to high school-level students. She currently teaches at Irvine Chinese School and Tzu Chi Academy. In 2006, she received a certification to teach Advanced Placement Chinese Language & Culture from the College Board, and has been teaching AP Chinese since then. Outside of the classroom, she has facilitated teacher training courses and attended national Chinese teacher conferences, where she has shared her experiences with students. She often uses events and topics students would be familiar with to make connections between Chinese and English culture. When she is not teaching, shei enjoys traveling to different countries to explore their culture.

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Therese Conte

Art Teacher
M.F.A., Painting, Laguna College of Art and Design
M.A., Studio Art, Painting/Drawing, CSU Northridge
B.A., Studio Art, Painting/Drawing, CSU Northridge

Ms. Conte has also studied at at the prestigious Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles. Ms. Conte’s exhibits nationally and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She has an extensive background as an arts educator teaching art for the Los Angeles Unified and La Canada Unified School Districts, Columbia College Hollywood and most recently The Orange County School of the Arts. She maintains a studio in Laguna Beach and continues to work with the figure and related subjects in her paintings.

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Anice Bradley

English Teacher
B.A., Communications, Cal State Fullerton

After spending a few years living in South Texas, Ms. Bradley moved back to California with her family to teach at Pacific Academy. She has taught English to students in 3rd-12th grades at several schools in both states, and has had the privilege of coaching cheerleading where her teams have won many national titles. She enjoys utilizing technology and project-based learning to help her students master the skills needed to excel in college and beyond. Ms. Bradley believes in the value of hard work, and is determined to help her students reach their academic goals.

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Steven Jang

Science Teacher
M.S., Computer Engineering / Science, USC
B.S., Electrical E
ngineering, CSULA 
Community College Teaching Credentials: Computers

& Electronic Technology

Mr. Jang began his college career exploring Math Education before entering into the high tech world of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has been involved in several large biotechnology companies in Orange county developing blood analyzers, cataract surgical products and an implantable heart defibrillator. Today he returns to Education and brings his enthusiasm of Computer Science, Math and Science with him. As a Computer Science instructor at ACI, Steve shares ideas and techniques from industry: "this is how professional programmers design a product".

 

At Northwood High School, Steve is a Science Olympiad coach for the past four years. Spanning from youth to adults, he volunteers at two Irvine organizations providing computer literacy training to the community.

 

After hours, Steve bikes, is involved in photography, PhotoShop editing, travels several times during the year and writes about his experiences in a private photo-blog.

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Alexandros Vassilakis

Social Studies Teacher

B.A., International Politics, Middlesex University

Alexandros (Lex) is an experienced educator with a passion for project-based learning aimed at helping students develop empathy and global mindfulness. Lex is a southern California native who has spent seventeen years of his life living abroad, first as a university student in London and Wales, and then as an international school educator in his adopted country of Taiwan. In addition to his twelve years as a history teacher with a specialty in Chinese and East Asian history, Lex has also spent a large part of his career overseeing debate and public speaking programs from Model United Nations to competitive high school forensics and Mock Trial. 

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Ruby Mar

College Counselor

M.A., Education, School Counseling, Point Loma Nazarene University
B.A., Psychology, University of Guam

Ms. Mar has always known that she wanted to be a counselor. She realized early on how much she enjoyed listening to people. After graduate school she realized her passion for talking about colleges and working with high school students. Having worked in education for more than 10 years prior coming to PA, Ms. Mar enjoys getting to know her students and helping them through the college process. She also aspires to find the best in her students and guides them to a college or career that is a good fit for who they are and what they want to be. 

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Matthew Fogarty

Campus Supervision & Basketball Coach

M.A., Sports Management, St Leo University

B.A., Sports Management, Rocky Mountain College

Matthew has been involved with basketball since he was three years old. The love of the game has taken him around the world, given him an education and now he gets to give back to the youth. Matthew coaches players of all ages to master basketball fundamentals and develop individual skills in all areas of the game. A former Division 1 player, Matthew has accomplished multiple league championships, 1st Team All State, Conference MVP, 5x First Team All Conference, 2017 college hall of fame inductee and received a full ride basketball scholarship to Rocky Mountain College. Matthew has also accomplished achievements off the court by getting his masters in Sports Management and running his own basketball training business.

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Kevin Jung

English Teacher

Single Subject Teaching Credential, English Language Arts, Union University

M.A., Divinity,

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

M.A., Education, Union University

B.A., English, Cal State Fullerton

Mr. Jung received his B.A. from CSUF and his M.A. from Union University. Prior to PA, he went to Memphis, Tennessee, to teach high school English at MLK College Prep, where he initiated the first AP Language and Composition course. He also taught a variety of AP-level courses, ranging from Human Geography and U.S. Government to United States History. Throughout his teaching experience, Mr. Jung has consistently fostered a healthy learning environment, encouraging students to express their voices and engage in thoughtful discussions. Beyond teaching, Kevin has a passion for writing, reading, and exploring new restaurants.

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David Moller

Science Teacher

B.S., Human Biology, UC San Diego

Mr. Moller graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology. He spent time as a Neuroscience researcher in the Leutgeb Lab at UCSD. He studied the role of the hippocampus in learning and memory. While in high school, Mr. Moller began volunteering in his church nursery, and coaching youth wrestling.  His passion for science and the joy of working with children led him to a career in education. An enthusiastic surfer, Mr. Moller taught at Pacific Academy Encinitas before joining the Irvine campus. 

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Shani Newman

Math Teacher

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Math

M.A., Education, University of California, Irvine

B.A., Mathematics for Teaching,

San Francisco State University

Mrs. Newman is an experienced mathematics teacher who has taught a variety of classes over the years ranging from basic math skills all the way up to AP Calculus. She loves teaching and hopes to empower every student to reach their full potential. Mrs. Newman’s love for math came to her when she was tutoring friends in college at SFSU. Mrs. Newman lived in Israel for 7 years, and speaks Hebrew. She loves having adventures with her family, hiking, and playing games.

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Catherine Chu

Math Teacher
M.S., Computer Science and mathematics,

Cal State Long Beach
B.S., Health and Nutrition, Taipei Medical University

While in school, Ms. Chu always enjoyed helping classmates in various fields. She has had the privilege and pleasure of working with students for 10 years as a teacher and an administrator. She loves to help students build a successful future.

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Macarena Feijoó

Spanish teacher

B.A., Education Sciences, University of San Andrés

Professor and Credential in Education Sciences, University of San Andrés 

Ms. Feijoó is a Spanish native speaker, born and raised in Argentina. She has a Bachelor's degree in Education Sciences as well as a teaching credential from the University of San Andrés (Buenos Aires, Argentina). She is passionate about teaching and has had 8 years of teaching and tutoring experience in Argentina as well as 2 years in History of Education at the University of San Andrés as a teaching assistant. At the beginning of 2019, she moved to California and continued working as a Spanish tutor. She enjoys meeting new students and challenges them to learn different expressions of the Spanish culture, costumes, history, cuisine, literature, and art, among others. Ms. Feijoó engages students in her classes by connecting the topics taught with their daily life and personal experiences. In her spare time, she loves traveling, reading, and playing sports.

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Andy Luong

Math and Science Teacher

M.S., Biomedical Science, UC San Diego

B.S., Biochemistry, UCLA

Mr. Luong has been an aspiring teacher even before graduating high school, when je was the club officer for an after school tutoring program. During his years of university, he continued to spend his time working as a tutor and guest lecturer at local Los Angeles middle schools and high schools. After graduating, he spent even more time working as a tutor, a counselor, and substitute teachers at various schools in the Orange County and Irvine area. He has brought his passion in science and teaching everywhere he goes. At Pacific Academy he not only helps students master math and science, but also inspires students to pursue their dreams.

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Nicholas Nguyen

Science Teacher

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Biological Sciences, Cal State Fullerton

B.S., Biochemistry and Cellular Biology,

UC San Diego

Mr. Nguyen is an educator with a deep passion and commitment to fostering education and opportunity. Having earned his degree from UCSD in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology, he seeks to translate his STEM background in education technology and research in health and child development into the classroom at Pacific Academy. His experience informs his approach to teaching, valuing innovation and designing authentic, engaging curricula to empower students to explore the world through the lens of science and equip them with skills necessary to pursue their dreams. Beyond academics, Mr. Nguyen is a devoted community advocate who seeks to build strong connections between education and society. He endeavors to mentor and guide students toward their potential with a commitment to education and community, empowering students to flourish and excel.

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Stephanie Anderson

Academic / Social-Emotional Counselor 

PPS Credential in School Counseling,

Cal State Long Beach 

M.A., School Counseling, Cal State Long Beach

B.A., English Education, Cal State Long Beach 

From a young age, Ms. Anderson knew she wanted to work in education. In 2008, she began her career in education and has loved every moment. After teaching ESL to students of all ages, she decided to pursue a degree that would allow her to help children become more successful students. Ms. Anderson became passionate about helping students reach their full academic, social and emotional potential. She wants to inspire them to do their personal best in their lives. Ms. Anderson has a love for traveling, learning about cultures, and trying new foods.

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Kramer Sullivan

English & History Teacher

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Social Science, University of Redlands

M.A., Education, University of Redlands

B.A., English, California State Univ. San Bernardino

Mr. Sullivan has been working in education in one form or another since 2014. The son of a retired Air Force pilot, Mr. Sullivan's childhood was mostly spent abroad, living in Belgium, Italy, and Germany. The opportunity to travel at a young age created a strong passion for history and geography. However, despite his passion for history, Mr. Sullivan got his B.A. in English from Cal State San Bernardino. After working as a journalist, and spending a brief period in the army, he realized how rewarding teaching was and earned his M.A. in Education and a single subject credential in social science from University of Redlands. Since earning his degree, Mr. Sullivan has taught primarily English and history to middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college students, most of whom were English language learners. The key aspect to Mr. Sullivan's teaching is his passion. He hopes that he can help the students find English and history as interesting as he does. In his free time, Mr. Sullivan kayaks, plays video games, and makes educational videos.

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Alan Su

Math Teacher

B.S. California Polytechnic State University,

San Luis Obispo

J.D. Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Even before graduating high school, Mr. Su already knew he had a passion for teaching. He has worked as a tutor, coach, and teachers assistant for 4 years before even leaving home to attend college. During his years in university, he continued to spend his time outside of class working as a tutor and a coach. After graduate school, Mr. Su is ready and excited to put his experience and passion to practice in the classroom. Prior students of Mr. Su have complimented him for his clear and concise explanations, use of visuals when teaching, and for his flexibility in accommodating students according to their needs. He endeavors to create an atmosphere in his classrooms where students can master the subjects needed to succeed in college, work, and life while also enjoying their precious time in high school.

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Billy Sooksavath

ELD & English Teacher

M.A., Teaching English to Student of Other Languages, Cal State LA

B.A., English, UC Irvine

Prior to joining Pacific Academy, Mr. Sooksavath attained valuable experience working with international students and adult learners in English language, Citizenship, and Computer Literacy. He motivates his students with engaging activities and projects that support different learning styles and interests. Mr. Sooksavath uses his experience and compassion to help English learners navigate the language and the challenges they face in their new environment.

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Francesca Santoro

Foreign Language Teacher
Fellow of the American Academy in Rome
Phd., History, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A., Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Classics; BA History, UC Irvine

Francesca Santoro L’hoir is the author of two academic books on rhetoric and tragedy in ancient Roman historiography. She was a Fulbright Scholar, and in 1996 the Congress of the United States awarded her the NEH/Archaeological Institute of America Rome Prize in Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome, a city where she lived for many years. At Macalester College, where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Classics, 1991-97, she organized and taught month-long onsite study tours in art history and archeology to undergraduates. She was also a Visiting Associate Professor at Claremont McKenna College and an adjunct lecturer at the University of California, both at Santa Cruz and at Irvine. Dr. Santoro can teach many languages: Italian, French, German, Dutch, Latin and Greek. Her interests include literary analysis, British history and politics.

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