Parent Advisory Council

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.

Meet Our Council

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.

Therese Nordstrom Christopher | Member

I grew up in a small town in Sweden, where I went to school and learned several different languages. I have worked in the restaurant business, as well as with the local tourist board in my hometown. I wanted to explore the world, and did so by traveling to Spain, England, and eventually coming to Southern California in my early twenties, where I met my husband. We have a daughter who has been attending CCS since 6th grade and is now a senior in high school, and we are very excited to be involved with the development of Compass Charter Schools. I currently work as an administrator/human resource manager at a local art gallery in Southern California and our family lives in Corona del Mar, CA.

Tony Christopher | Member

Tony grew up in Southern California as a surfer and self-taught musician. He traveled Europe extensively in his early 20’s and worked in video production before joining the video game industry where he worked several years before starting his own business as a computer technician and technologist. He has a daughter in senior year of high school and has enjoyed seeing CCS grow and develop for the last six years and wants to contribute to its further positive and creative development.

Joy Elizabeth Sterling Effie | Member

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps within Food Services, I attended the University of San Diego becoming a certified Paralegal. I later worked as a Private Duty CNA Hospice Nurse, Funeral Director, and Skilled Nursing Admissions Coordinator. I transitioned into sales where I managed 3 retail stores. I raised my oldest son as a single parent, who graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and later returned to college becoming an Exotic Animal Trainer & Educator. After having two children in my 40’s, I regularly volunteered in their elementary school classrooms, at Church, as a Cub Scout Den Leader, and as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Upon the children pursuing acting, I began managing their careers finding it necessary for them to homeschool. We have been with CCS for four 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.

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

SoCal native mother of five, a party wherever they go.  Six years of Idaho snow was fun for skiing, but not for driving, so she is enjoying the beaches once again. Accidental home educator with one graduate and one on the way. Creative, craftsy and keeps plants alive most of the time.  When she’s being serious you can find her helping her husband in Real Estate and Mortgage.

Roann Vanderwath | Member

Bio Coming Soon!

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