Faculty / Staff
Revo Academy educators are fully credentialed with experience and expertise in gifted education. We select only the finest educators with a proven track record, and a genuine passion and connection to our mission and the students that we serve.
Additionally, our enrichment classes are taught by subject area specialists. Together, their areas of expertise, in conjunction with our academic program, students receive a comprehensive, whole child and engaging approach to learning.
Nance Chaubell, M.Ed.
Nance Chaubell comes to us with 20 years of creative K-8 teaching experience, as well as a M.A. in Education, a B.A. in Honors English Literature, and a Multiple Subject Credential with Supplemental Authorization for English.
With a passion for creative writing, theater, service learning, and bringing history to life, Nance received the LeJeune Teaching Award for Outstanding Educator. She is also a Fellow of the South Coast Writing Project and has worked for years as a volunteer member of the Women in History Project developed by the Association for University Women.
A passionate life-long learner, Nance expanded her areas of expertise with training in "Creative Approaches to Teaching Science" (CATS), "Adventures in Math and Science" (AIMS), and the "Learn Through Experience: Interact Simulations." Nance is appreciated by students, families, and fellow teachers for the balance she models of high expectations, sense of humor, and a commitment to developing student altruism through action.
"My son has commented many times that he’s “seen the light”. Ms. Chaubell's class has been amazing and she is the best teacher he has ever had. His enthusiasm and love of learning is back and he’s very happy in fourth grade. Ms. Chaubell is an intelligent, dedicated and knowledgeable teacher. My family feels so lucky to have had her as our son's teacher!"
Beth Berlese, Parent
Sharon Chuh, M.Ed.
Sharon Chuh is a highly seasoned educator specialized in gifted education. After receiving her B.A. in Education, Sharon went on to earn a Master's degree in Gifted Education from University of Connecticut, one of the leading University programs in gifted education.
In addition to a Master's degree in Gifted Education, Sharon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her work in both private and public schools. As a lead teacher, crafting gifted education curriculum and designing a school-wide computer instructional program, Sharon is an expert in identifying and meeting differentiation needs for students at various academic levels as well as asynchronistic learners. In the classroom, Sharon provides a learning atmosphere which is perfectly suited for gifted learners, as she is highly astute to identifying ways to build student strengths and develop need areas.
Sharon is also a proven leader, as in addition to her teaching expertise she has conducted and facilitated executive level program analysis and solution-based action planning, resulting in well thought-out tangible outcomes.
Sharon also brings a passion to nurture a deep exploration of science discovery, as is evident in her three gifted daughters, all who are currently making an impact in STEM fields. The combination of Sharon's high caliber professionalism and firsthand experience as a mother of gifted learners, provides a depth of insight visibly apparent in her skilled teaching technique and in her warm, personal approach.
"There really are not words. Sharon is one of a kind. Her kind, calm demeanor and warm smile instantly invite you in. She genuinely loves kids and works to connect with them and their interests. My children have never been so supported and engaged! She works hard to provide creative projects that are well thought out and help solidify key concepts while getting some much needed hands on fun."
Colleen Contreras, Parent
Kerry Leikin received her B.S. in Education from Ohio University and holds two teaching certifications; Child Development Site Supervisor and Elementary Multiple Subject Credential. She is an accomplished Educator with a decade of classroom experience.
Mrs. Leikin has spent her career teaching a wide spectrum of students over the last ten years. Her breadth of experience with various ages gives Mrs. Leikin a unique knowledge of children’s development and guides her bespoke curriculum. She specializes in project-based STEAM curriculum and social-emotional development skills building. She was given the prestigious opportunity to train as teacher facilitator for the RULER program, an innovative social-emotional curriculum by Dr. Marc Brackett, the founder of Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. Her expertise guides her to create a classroom where kindness, teamwork, responsibility, and community service are at the forefront.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Leikin values being an active member of school life. As a school site supervisor, Mrs. Leikin has overseen specialty curriculum committees, advised faculty, facilitated accreditation processes, mentored child development practicum students, and took on administrative roles in the absence of school administration. She believes that a great educator possesses a dedication to the school as a whole, in addition to one's classroom.
Mrs. Leikin’s inspiration and passion for teaching children was inspired by her mother who she grew up watching care and nurture children in her work. She also frequently draws on her education and early career path by utilizing her knowledge of Reggio Emilia curriculum to create outdoor education and learning opportunities that infuse art, inquiry, and the natural world. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Leikin enjoys creating art, organizing her planner, and cooking with her husband, Ben.
Kristen Webb earned her education degree from California State University and has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential specializing in literature. Before coming to Revo Academy, she taught for over a decade in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the Gifted and Talented program. During that time, she had the unique experience of working with students who were gifted as well as students with learning differences.
Mrs. Webb has expanded her knowledge of gifted education by attending regular specialized professional development programs, including several years attending the USC Summer Gifted Institute. She specializes in cross-curricular, project-based learning and possesses a seasoned ability to cultivate each student’s unique gifts and talents to reach their highest potential. In addition, Mrs. Webb spent many years as a science lead teacher and has a passion for bringing the joy of scientific investigation and exploration to her students.
Mrs. Webb also has an extensive athletic background and loves softball and volleyball. She is the mother of active five-year-old twin boys and two French bulldogs.
Mrs. Schroeder’s unique combination of both professional expertise and personal experience with gifted learners, as well as her gifted training from renowned gifted education leaders across the country, makes her an asset to both students and staff.
Mrs. Schroeder began her educational journey with a degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University where upon graduation she was recruited to teach in the Gifted and Talented program. It was there Mrs. Schroeder began to perfect her craft, particularly with gifted children. Her teaching techniques were further cultivated as she traveled the world, educating her two gifted children. During her travels, she gained a strong appreciation for community and its impact on meaningful connectedness and widening of perspectives. Mrs. Schroeder brings this wisdom into her classroom to create a cohesive learning environment where an open exchange and respectful exploration of ideas becomes the classroom culture.
As a result of her astute ability to integrate a sense of community and global awareness into her teaching style, in 2016 Mrs. Schroeder was selected by the Chinese Affairs office of the State Council to participate in the Global Leadership Program, “Discover China”. After her visit to China, working with state, city and district level educational officials, she hosted the Chinese education officials at her home school and shared her expertise in “SEM” School-wide Enrichment Model.
As a lifelong learner, Mrs. Schroeder has continued her professional development through UCLA, San Diego State and Cal Lutheran University. She also had the distinct privilege of completing extensive training under world thought leader and pioneer in gifted education, Dr. Joseph Renzulli, at the University of Connecticut. In addition, Mrs. Schroeder obtained a Barton certification from Lindamood Bell, completed Project Based Learning training through Buck Institute for Education, and stays abreast of pioneering
education approaches by regularly attending STEAM and gifted conferences across the country.
Believing in equal opportunity for educational success, Mrs. Schroeder developed strategies and activities to accommodate learning differences with an expertise as a reading specialist. As a highly sought after educator, Mrs. Schroeder is described as a teacher who paves the way for all her students to fall in love with learning by identifying their unique passions and providing an innovative, blended education approach.
When she isn't working to inspire students, parents, and fellow educators, she hits the road in an R.V. with her husband, two children, and two-year-old Shiba Inu, Jax (pictured above).
"The passion in this woman surpasses any teacher I've met, and I've seen my share. Having spent many years in the classroom as a volunteer, it was clear to me this was a uniquely gifted woman in that her enthusiasm for education was without agenda."
Michelle Hilliard, Parent
Zoe Fox, M.A.
Latin & Middle School Humanities Teacher
Zoe Fox has a BA in Classical Languages from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in Classics from UCLA, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Classics through the University of Birmingham. She began her teaching journey as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses at UCLA, but quickly decided that her true passion lay in the K-12 classroom.
Ms Fox has spent the past several years developing her own approach to education, both teaching humanities to students who are gifted and have learning differences, and creating and implementing her own middle school Latin curriculum. In particular, she specializes in developing curricula that are personalized based on the students’ passions, and adapting these curricula in order to encourage student voice and choice in their education.
In Latin class, Ms Fox models this passion-led inquiry every day by bringing her own passion, Ancient Rome, into the classroom, and helping students discover the joy in lifelong learning. Besides her PhD work, she continues her own lifelong learning by spending summers completing fieldwork and excavating on archaeological digs in Rome. In addition, she volunteers as a museum site docent at the Getty Villa.
In her free time, Ms Fox loves going to Disneyland with her husband Patrick, and cuddling her cat Octavian.
Melissa Dodos earned a B.A. degree in social justice from the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with honors and distinction in her major. She completed her graduate units in elementary education from Cal State Los Angeles and holds a CA clear multiple subjects teaching credential. Her dedication to children spans over 20 years with experience in both traditional and progressive educational settings.
Most recently, Mrs. Dodos worked as an intervention and enrichment teacher with K-1 students in the Rio school district in Oxnard. She planned foundational literacy and math activities for small groups and implemented STEAM classes that nurtured creativity and critical thinking. She has worked for both Santa Barbara Charter school and Ventura Charter, helping implement project-based learning units with K-5 students. She has two gifted children of her own and understands the unique learning needs of gifted students.
As an instructor at the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Cal Lutheran she enjoyed working with two classes of gifted and talented students, focusing on literacy development. She has a passion for curriculum development and student-centered learning. Her whole-child approach builds upon individual strengths and supports areas of need while incorporating student goal setting and reflection. She seeks to instill a love of learning in all her students while inspiring them to be explorers, innovators, and problem solvers.
Mrs. Dodos has lived in Ventura with her husband and children for the past 20 years. She loves reading, sewing, and going to the beach with her family.