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Joan Nguyen

Head of BümoBrain Virtual School

Head of BümoBrain
Virtual School

Having started a K-12 education company, Nguyen has a passion for education that has evolved tremendously. After graduating summa cum laude, Nguyen started a budding education service that grew into an INC5000 educational enterprise. In her former years, she worked with a wide range of students from all over the world in academic instruction, test preparation, and college admissions.

A well-known college consultant, Nguyen has placed some of the brightest students into the top universities, such as Stanford, Caltech, Yale, among many others. However, in recent years, Nguyen has been hyper-focused on the world of early childhood education.

As a mother of two toddlers, this intrigue transformed into a true passion for early childhood learning. Thus, Nguyen co-founded BVS as a robust resource for parents and children who desire to learn through exploration, imagination, innovation, and creativity.

EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD

Kai-leé Berke

Promise Venture Studios

Former CEO of
Teaching Strategies

Grant Hosford

CEO of codeSpark

Rachel Wiggins

Education Coordinator

B.S.C Business Management
and Entrepreneurship

Rachel graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. She has spent the past year in New York, serving as an AmeriCorp Teaching Fellow working in an underserved school community for at-risk girls.

Her first-hand teaching experience has made her passionate about the educational needs that children face today. Rachel is excited to be part of such an innovative and dynamic company and cannot wait to connect with students and families.

Annie Slater

Education Coordinator

Masters in Early Childhood Education

Annie taught middle school mathematics for six years at various independent schools in the Los Angeles area. As the math department chair and Director of Partnership of Success, Annie sought to develop student-centered curriculum that sparked curiosity and collaboration.

Annie received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California and her Masters in Education from the University of San Diego. Her research focused on the benefits of integrating mindfulness and meditation into the classroom.

Brittany Williams

BümoTeacher

B.L.S. Global Studies

Brittany graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies and concentration in Global Studies. She decided to pursue her love of education by gaining her teaching credentials. Most recently, she has been teaching in a second grade class in the Santa Barbara area.

While her greatest passion in life is working with children, her second greatest passion is traveling and immersing herself in different cultures around the world. Some of her other hobbies include boxing, hiking, and reading a good book at the beach.

Michelle Delano

BümoTeacher

Masters Early Elementary Education

Masters Early
Elementary Education

Michelle works in public education as a kindergarten teacher. She has been teaching for three years and is currently the team chair of her grade level. Teaching has been a life-long passion of hers since she was in kindergarten, and she takes pride in continuing her father’s teaching legacy.

Michelle graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master’s Degree in Early Elementary Education. Michelle loves to teach children in an all-inclusive way that incorporates movement and kinesthetic learning into every lesson!

Anna Elias

BümoTeacher

Bachelors in Liberal Studies

Anna graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies from Westmont College and then received her credential in multiple subjects from Loyola Marymount University. She has taught lower elementary for the past two years and loves the unique learning opportunities in young scholars, especially through singing, play-based learning and art.

Anna grew up in Asmara, Eritrea and it was during her time at the Asmara international Community School that she found a love of learning and a love of leadership in an educational setting. Anna has a lifelong passion for education!

Alyson Haigh

BümoTeacher

B.L.S, Minor History

Alyson graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies and a history minor from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Alyson has taught third grade in the public school system. She also has experience teaching 1st and 5th grade.

Her hope is that all students thrive in a safe, respectful and encouraging environment and to challenge kids to think critically. Alyson has been successful in teaching students from many different cultures, ethnicities and linguistic backgrounds. In 2016, Alyson spent time teaching English in Qingdao, China.

Dante Barsotti

BümoTeacher

B.A. History

Dante graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s degree in history. Before studying history, Dante attended Art Center College of Design, where he realized his true passion was education. 

Dante has spent the last six years working as a teacher at one of the top three independent schools in Los Angeles. He has taught everything from mathematics, science, geography, chess, ceramics, and Spanish. He loves being with students and expanding their horizons through education.

Eugenia Park

BümoTeacher

B.A. Liberal Studies, Elementary Education

Eugenia graduated from Biola University with a degree in Liberal Studies, Elementary Education with a concentration in Human Development. She has over 600+ hours of elementary fieldwork practicum and has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

After being an English teacher in Beijing, China, she became passionate about the education system and diversity inclusion. Eugenia hopes to empower and share her love for STEAM learning with the students and parents of BümoBrain Virtual School.

Lieryn Johnson

BümoTeacher

B.A. Communication, Minor Spanish

Lieryn has 10 years of experience teaching in public school, private school, English language schools and even Spanish language schools (living abroad and Stateside). While she grew up with traditional schooling, she believes that virtual learning is the way of the future. She is a graduate of Aurora University with a B.A. in Communication and minor in Spanish.

She strives to create a low pressure environment in her classroom, building a rapport and showing personal interest in each student. One of her teaching philosophies is: don’t be afraid to make mistakes – that is how we learn and grow.

Arlene Alvarez

BümoTeacher

B.S. Mathematics

Arlene’s biggest passion is teaching & education. She graduated with a Mathematics degree from UC Riverside. She is currently working on her teaching credential to become a math teacher. Building a strong bond with her students is super important to her!

She has volunteered and worked in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools & high schools as an assistant teacher, associate teacher & instructor/tutor. Education has always been a HUGE part of Arlene’s life — teaching runs in her family!

Joyce Kim

BümoTeacher

B.A. Psychology and Education Science

Being blessed with an array of different experiences, including being a preschool aid, mentor, tutor, and caregiver, these relationships inspired her to commit to
a life overseeing the development of young students.

Joyce has recently graduated from the UC Irvine, where she double majored in Psychology and Education Science. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is excited to begin her post-graduate life back at home where she can foster a strength-based learning environment that seeks to apply the multicultural backgrounds of students towards their achievement.

Justin Pelen

BümoTeacher

B.S. Biology

Justin worked in public education before transitioning to the private sector as a director at an education company. Having graduated with a degree in Biology from the UC Riverside, he decided to pursue education over medicine.

Justin also has a passion for dance where he was a director of 909 Hip Hop Dance Troupe at UCR. Justin loves to teach children in funny and wacky ways through movement and dance that make learning truly enjoyable.