Compass Charter Schools Recognizes Learning Coaches of the Year

By June 10, 2019 News

Thousand Oaks, CA – Compass Charter Schools announced today that Jack Ayers, Gina Hansen, Lisa Robotham, and Shelby Macleish have been recognized as the 2018-19 Learning Coaches of the Year.

At the end of each school year, CCS honors their online elementary, middle, high school, and Options Program learning coaches with this award. CCS staff are able to nominate learning coaches who have gone above and beyond to support their scholars throughout the year.

The 2018-19 Learning Coach of the Year honorees, along with their nominations, are:

Online Elementary School: Jack Ayers

Jack is the learning coach for his two daughters: Mia, grade 1 and Lily, grade 3, who are on the autism spectrum. Jack was selected as the Online Elementary Learning Coach of the Year for his limitless dedication to his daughters. His guidance and support reflects in the amazing academic and social growth Mia and Lily have demonstrated over the last few years. Jack is an appreciated model of advocacy for his children.

Online Middle School: Gina Hansen

Gina is the learning coach for her son, Alton, who is a 6th grader at Compass. Gina has worked really hard to support Alton in staying on track with finishing all of his coursework. She gracefully works through obstacles to keep her scholar on a good, consistent schedule each day. She is definitely an advocate for her son and wants the best for him.

Online High School: Lisa Robotham

Lisa is the learning coach for her two scholars: Mekah, grade 10 and Julian, grade 12. Lisa exemplifies all of the Compass A.R.T.I.C. values (achievement, respect, teamwork, integrity, and communication). She is a learning coach who not only positively advocates for her own scholars but works diligently as the chair of our Parent Advisory Council and secretary of our Board of Directors to ensure that all scholars receive the support they need to increase achievement and be successful.

Options Program: Shelby MacLeish

Shelby is the learning coach for her four scholars: Elizabeth, kindergarten, Willa, grade 1, Ada, grade 3, and Elias, grade 5. Shelby is very hands-on, brings in outside life experiences and has her scholars take their learning and apply to real life as often as possible. She and her scholars are active in serving their community and frequently volunteer at a soup kitchen. Shelby has shown dedication to not only her own scholars, but to the Compass community by voluntarily setting up practice testing days for scholars in her area.

“Congratulations to Jack, Gina, Lisa, and Shelby for receiving this honor. You each are an integral part of your scholar’s academic success. Your guidance, support, and teamwork with our teachers and educational facilitators are greatly appreciated,” shared J.J. Lewis, Superintendent and CEO. “Please join us in celebrating our Learning Coaches of the Year, and thanking them for being our partners along this educational journey and a role model for their fellow learning coaches!”

The Learning Coach of the Year Program started in the 2015-16 school year. Previous honorees are:


Online Elementary School: Tarah Howell

Online Middle School: Dawn Peeters

Online High School:Lisa Hunter

Options Program: Juanita Murphy


Online Elementary School: Cherylan Reyes

Online Middle School: Crystal Fretz
Online High School: Jaime Ellman

Options Program: Heather Schott


Online Elementary School: Robert Nahm

Online Middle School: Amber Cascadden

Online High School: Yolanda Vogel


About Compass Charter Schools  

Compass Charter Schools (CCS) is a WASC-accredited virtual public charter school serving thousands of scholars throughout the state. Catering to TK-12 grade scholars, CCS offers the choice of either their homeschool or online academic program. CCS is committed to creating a collaborative virtual learning community, inspiring scholars to appreciate the ways in which arts and sciences nurture a curiosity for lifelong learning, and preparing scholars to take responsibility for their future successes.

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