Parent Advisory Council

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The Parent Advisory Council serves to provide parent feedback on school policies and procedures at Compass Charter Schools to ensure that they are consistent with its Mission, Vision, and Values.

Members act as a committed group of advisors to the staff and administration, regarding issues that affect the scholars and school of CCS. They provide feedback and insight from the parent’s perspective on school process, policies and initiatives to ensure that the needs of parents and their families are included as decisions are made. They also serve as an advisory, not a decision-making body, that makes recommendations, encourages brainstorming and provides opportunities for parent involvement on committees.

Mariecor Agravante | Member

Mariecor Agravante is a working-from-home Mom, thanks to her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, her Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership, as well as her professional experience as a writer, editor, designer (art and photography), and online educator.  She likewise has several years of experience serving on the Boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, not just locally and regionally but also, more recently, nationwide.  Her children have been attending CCS since their kindergarten years.

Teresa Cabral | Member

I am mother to two boys with exceptional needs. I am also a Chapman University graduate with a degree in Social Science.  I am a certified  special needs parent advocate. I serve on the the SPED Advisory Committee here at Compass Charters. I love the opportunity Compass allows our scholars, to learn the way that best fit their individual needs. I am excited to continue to be a part of the learning here at Compass.

Renee Cervantez | Member

I am a full-time stay at home mom of 3 in SoCal. I have a masters degree in Education & 7 years of classroom teaching experience. Currently, I am a contracted educator for the FKCE program at both Ventura & Oxnard College. My older 2 children are part of the options program with Compass Charter and we are loving it. My husband & I enjoy camping and traveling to show the kids the beauty of nature and historic places within our state.

Joy Elizabeth Sterling Effie | Member

Ms. Sterling is a passionate parent and dedicated learning coach of two high achieving Compass Charter scholars. Although San Diego natives, her children initially enrolled with CCS of Los Angeles in 2014 as the family had an unpredictable schedule working in the entertainment business, acting and modeling. In 2018, they returned to their hometown, enrolling in CCS of San Diego. Both children have found the curriculum challenging, yet always maintained 4.0 GPA’s. Ms. Sterling served in the United States Marine Corps and attended the University of San Diego becoming a certified Paralegal. She is a professional photographer, model, actress, and member of the Women Marines Association. She strongly advocates for School Choice, completed the CCS Learning Coach Academy, received the CCS Excellent Parent Participation Award and has been a member of the Parent Advisory Council for the past three years.

Galit Gordon | Member

I have been a proud Learning Coach for my daughter at CCS for several years and love every minute of it, even the challenging moments. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelors of Science in Computers and a Masters of Science in Computers with a specialty in eBusiness. I am an Army veteran of six years, have lived in Australia, Israel, Germany, US Virgin Islands, Maryland, Washington, DC, Raleigh, NC, San Francisco and currently in beautiful Carlsbad, California. My son (who graduated Kuma Sum Laude with a degree in Computer Programming) and I have created a video game news website in 2013 and have over 35,000 followers. I am very excited about being on the Parents Advisory Council because I strongly believe that it we, the Learning Coaches, who truly understand what makes our children grow and thrive as online learners and we have a wealth of knowledge and advice to share with the learning community.

Samantha Herrod | Member

I have been a proud parent of a scholar at CCS, for the past 3 years. I received two BFA’s in Illustration from the University of San Francisco and The College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. I am a Los Angeles native who has several occupations, along with being a home educator, I also teach painting classes and work in the Marketing and Customer Service field.

Brianne Manning | Member

I am a mother and learning coach to 5 wonderful and wild boys in Southern California. We have been with Compass for 4 years now and we love it. I have a degree in nutritional science, and a student with ASU pursuing my bachelors degree. I plan to become a college professor after the kids grow up and get families of their own. My family and I love to get outdoors and explore new places, we are always traveling.

Ty Metztli | Member

Ms. Metztii is a proud stay at home mom with three kids and two dogs. She is an autism and women’s rights activist. Her family loves camping, hiking and are big movie and video game lovers. She currently involves herself in activism for women’s rights. Two of her children are in the spectrum, one non-verbal. Her children teach us how to see the world differently every day. She hopes more will join us to help children with ASD feel more comfortable in this world.

Randi Pugh | Chair

Randi Pugh is a “Loud and Proud” Compass parent.

Randi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration management and has played varying roles in a multitude of industries including non-profit, retail management, human resources, and data research. In recent years she has focused on facilitating the education of her youngest child who has Autism and was no longer being appropriately served in the brick & mortar public education system.

She advocates and acts as a voice for parents who seek the best educational opportunities for their children regardless of ability. It is her passion that all students have the opportunity to develop a life-long love of learning, enabled by embracing the whole spectrum of learning methods, educational choices, and enrichment engagements.

She serves the Compass community as the chair of the Parent Advisory Committee and as a parent representative to the El Dorado County Charter SELPA Parent Advisory Committee.

Lacey Scott | Member

Lacey’s twins have been with Compass Charter School since Kindergarten. Her family loves learning through travel and life experiences. She believes kids learn best in a low stress, hands on and playful environment where they can choose their own learning style.

After 20 plus years of being self employed in the Real Estate and home building industry she’s considered an industry expert. She currently serves her community by sitting as City Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission in the small Northern California town her family lives in.

She looks forward to serving the CCS community as a parent representative for the Yolo County branch.

Leah Smith | Member

Leah Smith considers it a pleasure to serve on the PAC and aspires to bring the voice of other Options families to each meeting.  She’s a long time Home educator of five with two graduates and one on the way. Creative, craftsy, keeps plants alive most of the time and loves a fun field trip.  When she’s not elbow deep in a hands-on-project, you can find her assisting her husband in Real Estate and Mortgage.

Roann Vanderwath | Member

She is a very proud parent of a special needs child and they have been with Compass for a few years, as the brick and mortar no longer fit his unique abilities and challenges. She finds it very rewarding to work on helping her child reach his full potential, while advocating for his specific and unique needs. Apart from being creative and having a passion for teaching, writing and research.  She is heartfelt in her mission to helping other parents navigate the sometimes unforgiving and all consuming road of Special needs, so that they too have a voice. She works, as well as volunteers and is an advocate for Domestic Violence survivors and plays a Mentor and support role for those women on their path to safety and recovery. She is proud and honored to be a member of the PAC and part of the Compass Family. She hopes her role will help Parents, Scholars and Staff navigate the Compass Experience.

If you are interested in serving on the Parent Advisory Council, please contact J.J. Lewis, Superintendent & CEO, to learn how to get involved.