Alexa Greenland – Executive Director
Alexa Greenland earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Boston University. Her career in education began as a classroom teacher in 2000, teaching English, Social Studies and Theater. She has taught in both public and private schools throughout California and Massachusetts.
Mrs. Greenland has been an administrator in alternative education settings since 2004. Prior to working for Kavod, she was the Principal of a private school and the an Executive Director of another charter school. In addition, she has assisted two charter schools through their opening phases.
Mrs. Greenland is a strong advocate of social responsibility and international cultural awareness. She authored a children’s book, The Cerulean Lion, that is emphasizes the value of kindness and appreciation of individual differences. She has also traveled to over 10 countries, and studied abroad twice. She is looking forward to continuing her world travels when her daughters are a little older.
Learn More about Mrs. Greenland and Kavod: http://sdvoyager.com/interview/meet-alexa-greenland-kavod-elementary-charter-school-central-san-diego/
Ronit Ron-Yerushalmi – Director of Languages and Global Studies
Ronit Ron-Yerushalmi grew up in Israel in a small moshav near Netanyah. After serving in the IDF, she earned a BA from Tel Aviv University with a double major in Israeli culture and history and Middle Eastern studies . She moved to the United States fifteen years ago, when her husband, who is now a professor of political studies at ASU, began his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota. She holds a master of education degree from the University of Minnesota with a focus on second language and culture education where she also worked at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition. Ronit taught Hebrew and held administrative positions in a number of Jewish schools and synagogues and she taught Hebrew in a higher education settings at the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, York University, the Technion, and in the Critical Languages Institute of Arizona State University. Ronit and her husband have three daughters.
Eduardo Mezza – Director of Enrollment and Accountability
Eduardo began his career in education working for the Imperial County of Education teaching English to Second Language Learners. After finishing his undergrad at San Diego State University he began working for Alternative Education where he taught English & Language Arts and became the Special Education Provider for Del Rio Community School. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in English and continued his post-graduate studies in the Special Education Program focusing on Mild/Moderate disabilities.
Among his other accomplishments are being the recipient of the Howard P. Mayer Scholarship in writing, the English Chair Division Recipient at Imperial Valley College and has published three poems in the Camarena Memorial Anthology.
Patrick McKerring, Director of Student Services
Patrick McKerring has lived in San Diego with his wife and three children for more than 10 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Social-Psychology with an emphasis on Juvenile Delinquency from San Diego State University in 2013 and obtained his Masters in Physical Education with a Single Subject Teaching Credential in 2016. For the past three years, Patrick has taught physical education at a private elementary school in Coronado, California and more recently supporting students at Hoover High School in San Diego.
In addition to teaching, Patrick has over 10 years of experience coaching football, baseball, basketball and soccer, for San Diego’s Pop-Warner Little Scholars, South West Little Leagues – District 42, i9Sports Soccer, and the YMCA. Patrick values spending time with his family, surfing, and working out at the gym.
Cassidy Platt, Instructional Coach
Cassidy grew up in rural Northern California with her 7 siblings. With no TV or internet to entertain them, her and her brothers and sisters spent all of their time outside climbing trees and getting poison oak.
Cassidy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on the dramatic arts from HSU in 2013. She graduated cum laude from HSU’s Elementary Education Teaching program with a focus on English Language Learners in 2014. Cassidy has taught in a Kindergarten/1st grade combination class as well as a 4th grade classroom. These experiences helped her to see how children progress as they grow older and how their learning styles change as well. She loves to see the different ways in which children learn and wants to help cultivate the love of learning in every child that enters her room.
Cassidy has been teaching dance and singing classes for 6 years and loves the performing arts. For 4 years she taught at a performing art school which focused on cultural education. There she taught her students to perfect their craft as well as celebrate their peers and where they came from. Along with teaching dance, she has recently begun coaching gymnastics in San Diego for future Olympians.
Rachel Aberasturi — Director of Special Education
Rachel began her teaching career in Chicago Public Schools and then moved to San Diego to be closer to family. Rachel is passionate about engaging students in the civic engagement process and has spearheaded community cleanups and opportunities for students to advocate for local issues to their political representatives.
Rachel graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in English and from the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in Education Entrepreneurship. She received her Mild to Moderate credential through The New Teacher Project’s partnership with Chicago Public Schools and her Moderate to Severe credential at Point Loma Nazarene University. She is currently working towards earning a Reading and Literacy Added Authorization through University of California, San Diego.
Rachel is honored to work with the committed staff and leadership of Kavod and is inspired every day by the grit of the students to learn Hebrew and engage in rigorous academic classes.
Tina Poudrier — Education Specialist
Shaina Sivan Yedid — Special Education Support
Shaina Sivan Yedid was born and raised in Haifa, Israel and was living there up to the age of 26. For the last 4 years San Diego is has been her home town. Since the age of 14 she was working with children in various ages and the arts; in summer caps, art classes and kindergarten. She believes that children are so creative and connected to their imagination and are her favorite partners in creating an art project. Shaina is an artist who loves to create and express herself with all art forms; her favorite being dance.
Shaina completed her B.A. degree in psychology at the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Israel.For the last 2 years she has been working on a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy in San Diego Expressive Arts Institute as a part of the European Graduate School, and has been spending the last two summers studying and performing in the Swiss Alps. She is a world traveler; she was trained to facilitated meditation and expressive movement workshops, and was lucky to work with a wide range of nationalities in meditation resorts in India, Greece, China, Guatemala and Israel.
April Lopez — Administration Support Coordinator
April Lopez was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Chapman University in 2011. April knew that she wanted to be an educator at the age of five. In her youth, she worked as a camp supervisor during her summer breaks. She has worked in the education field for 18 years. She has taught kindergarten for 14 years, and a 3rd/4th grade combo class. She is an experienced teacher that is passionate about helping her students succeed. She creates a positive, loving, organized, and fun filled environment.
April also enjoys spending time with her family and friends , reading, traveling, going to the beach, and trying new things.
Eduardo Avila — Building Services Supervisor
Eduardo Avila studied accounting in Mexico, but changed his profession to the restaurant industry when he moved to the United States. The kitchen is one of Eduardo’s passions and he worked as an assistant kitchen manager in Mexican, Italian and Oriental restaurants. Eduardo has been working in custodial services and as a Building Services Supervisor for SDUSD for 5 years.
During his free time, Eduardo teaches baseball clinics in the little leagues in Tijuana, Mexico. Eduardo love sports, especially baseball (Go Yankees!) and has played racquetball for 30 years as well as running in 5K, 10K and half marathon races.
Eduardo is excited to start a new life cycle with such a wonderful team at KAVOD!