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Faculty & Staff

Kinetic West & Kinetic East 

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Mrs. Lionetti

Executive Director

Kinetic West & Kinetic East

A southern California native and long time Orange County resident, Mrs. Lionetti has dedicated her professional life to teaching children and transforming education through her work at Kinetic Academy. 

 

Mrs. Lionetti believes that hands-on learning, or learning by doing, is crucial to a child’s learning, and that education should go beyond the traditional academic subjects, while fostering a sense of curiosity, empathy and social responsibility in young learners. She works tirelessly to recruit a team of dedicated and inspiring educators who share her vision and commitment to nurturing the potential of every child.   

 

"I wish I would have had the opportunity to attend a school that offers what Kinetic offers to our students," Mrs. Lionetti. She believes that all students should receive a quality education that gives them multiple opportunities to excel, which is exactly what Kinetic Academy strives to do.

 

In her spare time, Mrs. Lionetti enjoys spending time with her husband, their son, and their labrador, Sammie.

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Ms. Kay 

Middle School Principal

Kinetic East

Ms. Kay was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. Her unwavering commitment to education led her to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Education from Northern Arizona University, culminating in the acquisition of a Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Throughout her seven years of exemplary teaching service in diverse K-8 educational environments, Ms. Kay's pedagogical expertise flourished. Notably recognized for her exceptional aptitude in lesson planning and instructional delivery, Ms. Kay won awards from institutions such as Imagine Arizona and the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative. Ms. Kay then embarked on a solitary global odyssey, traversing an impressive 89 countries. She directed an international community service program and established her own education business. Driven by an unyielding aspiration to effect positive transformations within schools, Ms. Kay undertook a voyage of academic enrichment, culminating in the attainment of a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Global as well as a California Administrative Services Credential. Currently pursuing an EdD, Ms. Kay is on an unwavering path toward achieving the esteemed designation of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. Ms. Kay aspires to use her vast reservoir of knowledge in teaching and learning, her unrelenting drive and vision, and her love for the Kinetic community to lead the Middle School towards success for the second year.

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Mrs. Bradfield

Office Manager & Administrative Assistant

Kinetic West

Meet Mrs. Bradfield, a Southern California native, she is elated to join the Kinetic Team.  Mrs. Bradfield enjoys supporting the day-to-day Office Manager/Administrative duties, is well versed, meticulous, task driven and a dedicated individual.  She has proven talent and efficiency for aligning business objectives with comprehensive knowledge to achieve maximum operational impacts.  Mrs. Bradfield has a strong passion in helping others, along with assisting families, students, teachers and staff with the utmost commitment, and professionalism.  She has lived in the Newport Beach area for over 25 years with her husband Jerry and son Brody and enjoys the beach, bike rides and boating with family and friends.

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Mrs.Hersh

Administrative Assistant

Kinetic East

Mrs. Hersh is excited to be apart of Kinetic Academy. She lives in Huntington Beach (born and raised) and graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. For the past few years, she has worked in the Fountain Valley School District as a substitute teacher and enjoys working in an educational setting. Outside of work, her hobbies include camping and cooking with her husband and two daughters.

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Ms. Hackett

ELA TOSA

Kinetic West

Ms. Hackett is a native of New Jersey, and a resident of California since the fall of 2003. She graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and a credential in both multiple subject k-8 and special education.

She began her teaching career in New Jersey, teaching 3rd and 4th grades until relocating to California. She joined the Savanna School District first as a special education teacher, then as a teacher in 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades. After many years of teaching, she took a break from the classroom to raise her three children. During that time, she became involved in volunteering at her children’s schools and local charities which help elderly residents in Laguna Beach. She is thrilled to be back in education. Ms. Hackett looks forward to providing her students opportunities to be successful and instilling an enthusiasm for reading.  Her philosophy in education encompasses patience for learners, differentiated instruction, and understanding that all children grow and develop in their own unique way. She is thrilled to join the Kinetic Academy staff!

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Mrs. Kunze

Intervention/Math Specialist

Kinetic West

Mrs. Kunze experienced various career paths before finding her passion for teaching. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Irvine, as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Single Subject Math Teaching Credential and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University Long Beach. Mrs. Kunze is a long time Huntington Beach resident and spends her free time with her family, enjoying the outdoors and running BraveOnes Foundation in memory of her son.

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Mr. Rold

Middle School PE Teacher

Kinetic East

Mr. Rold is excited and honored to join the Kinetic Academy team. He recently moved from Washington state where he was teaching Physical Education for 28 years.  He received his bachelors and masters degree from Oregon State University and is Nationally Board Certified in Physical Education.  Mr. Rold believes that being physically active is paramount to living a healthy lifestyle and can be a fun way to interact with friends and family. Mr. Rold lives in Huntington Beach with his wife Kris and his dog Rudy. He and his family enjoy biking, hiking and playing on the beach. He also loves traveling and is an avid racquetball player.

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Mrs. Rierson

5th Grade Teacher

Kinetic West

Mrs. Rierson is proud to have been part of the Kinetic Academy (KA) inaugural staff. She loves the vision and mission of KA. Her goal is to educate the whole child, so she focuses on strong academics, social competence, and character development. While at Kinetic, she has developed a comprehensive 5th grade program that includes extra-curriculars such as an over-night science camp, Student Council, and Yearbook Club. Mrs. Rierson earned her B.A. in English as well as her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through UC Irvine. In recent years, she has received training in Project Based Learning, Responsive Classroom, and Units of Study for Reading and Writing through Columbia University.

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Mrs. Anderson

Middle School Teacher

Kinetic East

Mrs. Anderson is excited to return to Kinetic Academy for her 2 nd year. She started her teaching career in Texas, working in multiple districts as well as both public and private schools. Mrs. Anderson has worked in education for over 20 years in positions ranging from a math coach to math and science teacher ranging from grades 1 through 8. Mrs. Anderson earned her undergraduate degree in Finance and MBA in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her teaching credentials include a multi-subject teaching credential as well as certifications in Special Education, Gifted and Talented and English as a Second Language. Mrs. Anderson currently lives in Long Beach with her husband and dog and loves to read and spend as much time outdoors as possible, either cycling, hiking, or boating. She has two adult children and three beautiful grandchildren.

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Ms. Landazuri

4th Grade Teacher

Kinetic West

Ms. Landazuri is so excited to be a part of Kinetic Academy starting this year! Born and raised in Southern California, Ms. Landazuri received her bachelor's degree, master’s degree and teaching credential through Hope International University in Fullerton, CA.  Before Kinetic, she spent a couple of years teaching in Anaheim with various grade levels, but is so excited to make the move to teach in her own hometown.  In her free time, she loves to go to the beach, coach volleyball and hang out with her friends.  She is so thrilled to start making memories here at Kinetic Academy!

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Mrs. Atanacio

4th Grade Teacher

Kinetic West

Mrs. Atanacio (Ah-tuh-nah-sho) is excited to begin her second year at Kinetic Academy this school year. A Maryland native, she graduated from The College of New Jersey with her B.S. in Elementary Education and English. She then went back to her alma mater to achieve her master’s in Integrative STEM Education. She is passionate about project based learning and helping her students learn through making and creating. In her spare time, Mrs. A enjoys knitting for her friends and family members. She also enjoys skiing with her family and her husband, Chris.

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Miss Henley

2nd Grade Teacher

Kinetic West

Miss Henley, a Chicago native, moved to Orange County in 2020 to explore the west coast and enjoy life by the beach! She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Michigan State University and her masters degree in special education - severe and multiple disabilities at the University of Arizona. Miss Henley currently holds a multiple subject teaching credential as well as an educational specialist credential. During her free time, Miss Henley loves going to the beach, spending time with family and friends and enjoying the sunshine. She cannot wait to start her third year at KA and make more memories in second grade!

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Mrs. Snodgrass

1st Grade Teacher

Kinetic West

Mrs. Snodgrass is thrilled to be teaching first grade at KA this year. She received her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and her teaching credential from Cal State Channel Islands. She has taught both second grade and TK, but her very favorite grade to teach is first! When she is not teaching, Mrs. Snodgrass is usually playing with her son, Cade and her dog, Maggie. She is excited for another great year at Kinetic Academy!

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Mrs. Hill

Kindergarten Teacher

Kinetic West

Mrs. Hill, an Orange County native, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources, and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential all from California State University, Fullerton. Mrs. Hill has worked with all elementary school grade levels and really enjoys a hands-on learning approach. This is Mrs. Hill's 4th year teaching kindergarten at Kinetic and she truly enjoys being part of her students' learning journey! When she is not in the classroom she enjoys practicing hot yoga, traveling, watching HGTV, and spending valuable time with her newborn baby, family, and two cats.

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Ms. Cooper

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Kinetic West

Ms. Cooper joined Kinetic Academy as the Transitional Kindergarten teacher in November 2021. She graduated with her BA in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach and received her Multiple Subject Credential from California State University, Channel Islands. She has been teaching the preschool, TK, and kindergarten age groups since 2017. Her favorite part about working with the littlest learners  is being able to watch her students grow socially, academically, and physically throughout the year. Outside of school, you can find Ms. Cooper doing anything outdoors and social! Her favorite activities include going for runs on the boardwalk, bonfires with friends, and playing any kind of competitive group game, like trivia or cornhole.

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Coach Milano

PE Teacher

Kinetic West

Coach Milano is our Physical Education teacher. She is originally from Rhode Island, where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology. In 2013, she moved to the golden state and made Huntington Beach her new home. She soon received her California credentials in Physical Education and Health Education (K-12). She began teaching P.E. at Kinetic Academy in the fall of 2016. She spends her free time reading, being active outdoors and watching all the sports on T.V.!

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Mrs. Reynolds

Spanish Teacher

Kinetic West

Maria Reynolds is excited to join the Kinetic Academy team to immerse their children in the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Her teaching experience ranges from TK to High School, instructing both English and Spanish as a second language.

Mrs. Reynolds education includes a bachelor's degree in Spanish, with an emphasis in Latin American Literature and a Master's degree in Linguistics, with an emphasis on Native American Indian language preservation projects. She is originally from Northern California where she grew up with 5 other siblings but has lived in Costa Mesa with her husband and 2 children for over 20 years. Mrs. Reynolds loves taking care of their dog, Luna, hiking, swimming, reading, and spending time with family.

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Mrs. Lacey

Health Assistant 

Kinetic West

A Southern California Native, enjoys being a part of the Kinetic Academy community.   She loves helping others.  Has worked in the medical field for many years.  In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, traveling, going to concerts and reading.  Mrs. Lacey currently lives in Huntington Beach with her Husband, two children and their dog.

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Mrs. Vento

Director of Student & Instructional Services 

Kinetic West & Kinetic East

Mrs. Vento is beyond thrilled to join the Kinetic team! She received a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Illinois State University, a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from California State University/San Bernardino, and her educational administration credential from California State University/Long Beach. Mrs. Vento taught elementary school for 10 years, worked as an intervention specialist for 5 years, and a principal for 7 years. During this time, she was named the California Teacher of the Year for her work with struggling readers, the recipient of the Orange County Human Relations Award for her collaboration with the Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership program, and the winner of a National Blue Ribbon Award for exemplary high performance of an elementary school. Mrs. Vento is committed to adding to Kinetic’s vision by enhancing and supporting learning opportunities infused with collaboration, innovation, critical-thinking, and problem-solving for all students. 

 

Mrs. Vento resides right here in Huntington Beach with her husband and three children. Outside of work, she loves to travel, read, and bike on the boardwalk. Mrs. Vento is proud to serve and support the students, families, and staff at Kinetic Academy!

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Ms. Gallagher

Elementary School  Principal

Kinetic West

Ms. Gallagher is a proud native of Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from San Diego State University, followed by a multiple subject teaching credential from National University. She also holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Brandman University. Throughout her 15 years in education, Ms. Gallagher has developed a deep passion for teaching and leadership. She has taught kindergarten through 8th grade, established a successful science and history learning center, and has served as an Assistant Principal and Principal. As a school choice advocate with extensive experience working in charter schools, she is deeply committed to inspiring a lifelong learning mindset. She feels fortunate to be a part of the Kinetic team and share her enthusiasm for empowering students to reach their full potential.

 

Ms. Gallagher’s favorite pastimes are spent with her family and adventuring outdoors. An avid ocean enthusiast, she loves time on the water, sailing and competing in outrigger canoeing. She enjoys the thrill of competition and the sense of camaraderie that comes from a team working together to achieve their goals

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Mrs. Breeze

Enrollment & Special Projects Coordinator 

Kinetic West & Kinetic East

A Washington State native, Mrs. Breeze graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Tourism Management and a Minor in Dance Education and Ensemble. She has worked at both Charter and Private schools in Northern and Southern California and is happy to be a part of Kinetic's inaugural staff. Mrs. Breeze  is passionate about the Performing Arts and loves to travel and spend time with her daughter, husband and two Mini Poodles. 

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Mrs. Mosqueda

Administrative Assistant

Kinetic East

Mrs. Mosqueda is a Southern California native and a resident of the Huntington Beach community. For the past few years, she has worked in Special Education and has felt an overwhelming sense of reward in helping others. She’s delighted to be a part of the Kinetic team and looking forward to meeting all the amazing Kinetic families. Veronica’s other passions besides helping others include, riding her bike down the boardwalk with her husband on the weekends, attending music festivals, trips to Lake Tahoe, reading, and culinary arts.

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Mrs. Gilchrist

Sped Coordinator 

Kinetic West & Kinetic East

Mrs. Gilchrist is excited to join the Kinetic team this year! After growing up in the Santa Ynez Valley, she attended Loyola Marymount University where she received her Bachelor's degree, Multiple Subject Credential, and Masters in Special Education. For over twenty years, she has supported special education students as an Education Specialist and the last two years as a Behavior Support Intervention teacher. She is passionate about finding ways for all students to learn and be successful. 

During her free time, Mrs. Gilchrist enjoys traveling, reading, and spending as much time as possible with her husband and daughter. Her family also enjoys rooting for the Anaheim Ducks

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Professor Ostrander

Middle School Teacher

Kinetic East

A Southern California native, Professor Ostrander graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Theater Arts, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential,  Single Subject Teaching credentials in General Science and Biology, and a CTE credential in Arts, Media, and Entertainment. She believes in being the change you wish to see in the world and always including and elevating those around her. Professor Ostrander’s passions, other than teaching, include acting and directing on stage and at renaissance fairs, training dogs (including her own service dog, Sirius Black), camping, animals, and spending time with her other fur baby, Mochi, her husband, family, and friends.

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Ms. LDR

Middle School Teacher

Kinetic East

Born and raised in Miami, FL to a Cuban family, Ms. LDR spent her childhood immersed in books, falling in love with reading from the start. It was no surprise when she later chose to study English at the University of Florida. Within her degree, she specialized in poetry, and spends much of her time today still enjoying reading poetry. She has lived in California for a little over a year now and is excited to get back into the classroom where she believes in inspiring her students to pursue their curiosity, hone their work ethic and search for beauty and wisdom in the world around them.

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Mr. Boone

Middle School Teacher

Kinetic East

Mr. Boone grew up near lakes and mountains in northern California, before living in both San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles for college. After graduating from UCLA with a BA in History, Mr. Boone spent his 20s traveling to 49 different countries teaching History, English, PE, and Science to students from K-12. He lived and worked on 5 continents during this time, and lived in Spain, Japan, Chile, and Australia. He became fluent in Spanish and proficient in French while abroad. Mr. Boone returned to his native California to receive his teaching credential in Social Sciences and English, and a Master of Education in English Learner Equity and Academic Achievement. He now enjoys playing soccer, tennis and pickleball, training for various races, and playing with his corgi dog, Eddie. Mr. Boone believes middle school is a fantastic time for students to develop critical social and academic skills before entering the fast-paced world of high school and beyond, and is delighted to help his students be healthy, happy, and successful!

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Ms. Jackson

5th Grade Teacher

Kinetic West

Ms. Jackson has been teaching fifth grade at Kinetic Academy for 3 1/2 years. She received her B.A. in World Arts and Culture from UCLA. Itching to live abroad, Ms. Jackson earned the certifications to teach English as a Second Language and moved to Yamaguchi-Ken, Japan where she taught students of all ages. This experience inspired Ms. Jackson to become a teacher back home in California where she earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with EL authorization from Vanguard University. She then completed her MA in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Jackson is passionate about teaching the whole child, with an emphasis on high academic performance, ethical behavior, responsibility, and respect. In her classroom, thinking outside of the box is encouraged! A fun fact about Ms. Jackson is that she grew up in a Temecula charter school forged by her parents. In her free time, she consumes too much sparkling water and enjoys the theater.

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Ms. Clingan

3rd Grade Teacher

Kinetic West

Ms. Clingan graduated from Whitman College with her BA in English Literature and the University of Southern California with her MAT in Elementary Education. She has worked with students in a variety of grade levels and absolutely loves teaching Third Grade at Kinetic Academy! In her free time, she loves hiking, reading, and spending time with friends, family, and her two cats, Scout and Atticus.

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Ms. Furden

3rd Grade Teacher

Kinetic West

Ms. Furden is delighted to join the Kinetic community as a third grade teacher! This will be Ms. Furden’s first year with Kinetic, but her 8th year teaching. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University, Master of Education degree and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Antioch University Santa Barbara. Ms. Furden is passionate about Whole Brain Teaching, which engages all parts of the brain, and Project Based Learning, which is hands-on and experiential. Ms. Furden believes in the motto, “What we learn with joy, we never forget.”  In her free time, Ms. Furden loves to travel, soak up the sun, and spend time with family.

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Ms. Tull

2nd Grade Teacher

Kinetic West

Miss Tull is excited to start her first year with Kinetic Academy in second grade! A Huntington Beach native, received an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts at Orange Coast College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University. In her free time she enjoys DIY Projects, baking, drinking coffee, spending time with family, and being outdoors with her Australian Shepherd, Wailer.

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Ms. Brown

1st Grade Teacher

Kinetic West

Ms. Brown has been teaching 1st grade at Kinetic Academy since opening in 2016.  She has enjoyed watching the school grow to where it is today.  She is an Orange County native.  Ms. Brown received her B.A. in Geography from Long Beach State and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University.  She is passionate about teaching reading, helping her students develop confidence and guiding her students to always do their personal best.  She has two teenage children and loves to hike, go to the desert, play pickleball and go to her daughter’s soccer games and track meets.

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Ms. Fiola

Kindergarten Teacher

Kinetic West

Ms. Fiola is so excited to be teaching Kindergarten this year as a long-term substitute! Ms. Fiola received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Disability Studies from Northern Arizona University in 2022. She has also obtained her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in the state of Arizona and California. She has had experience working with a wide variety of grade levels from kindergarten all the way up to seventh grade and has found beauty and appreciation for each in their own unique way. She is passionate about giving every student a voice and allowing them to grow utilizing kindness and compassion in the classroom. When she is not teaching she enjoys playing the guitar, traveling, spending time with her kitty, and watching a good movie. She is so excited to be a part of the Kinetic Academy this year and meet all of the wonderful students and families.

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Mrs. Miller

Kindergarten Teacher

Kinetic West

Mrs. Miller joined the KA family in January 2022 as a 4th grade long-term sub. She graduated with her BA in Psychology from California Baptist University in Riverside, as well as obtained her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. She has had the wonderful privilege of teaching grades K-4. This will be her second year at KA teaching Kindergarten! She has always had a passion for teaching, and loves nothing more than seeing her students grow throughout the school year. In her free time, Mrs. Miller’s favorite thing to do is travel. She has visited 19 countries, and continues to visit more! When she isn’t teaching or traveling, you can find Mrs. Miller at the beach, hiking in the mountains, spending time with her husband and 2 kitties, or snuggling up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a good book!

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Mrs. Roy

Art Teacher

Kinetic West

Mrs.Roy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Design from the University of California, Los Angeles. She continued on to obtain her teaching credential and took her first teaching position in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mrs.Roy has taught kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades.

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Mr. Jerry

Maintenance & Facilities 

Kinetic West & Kinetic East

Mr. Jerry!

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Sammie

Mascot

Sammie Lionetti has been part of Kinetic Academy since opening in 2016!  He loves to interact with students, parents and staff and make sure we know when deliveries have arrived.  His favorite things to do while onsite, is greet students at the gate, Walk & Talk in the morning, have students read to him in the office and visit classrooms.

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