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.
Niyome Bello, M.Ed.
Co-Founder & Lead Teacher
Niyome Bello holds a B.S. degree from the University of Florida where she was awarded a full scholarship, and later earned an M.A. degree in Education from Pepperdine University. Niyome has continued her professional development through California Association for the Gifted and William & Mary Center for Gifted Education and is sought after in our community as a gifted education specialist.
As a Multiple Subject credentialed teacher, with an additional expertise in Language Arts, Niyome’s teaching style integrates creative and appropriately challenging critical-thinking lessons that foster curiosity and in-depth comprehension.
Along with Niyome’s experience teaching gifted students privately, she has taught at Earth’s Science and Technology Magnet School and Campus Canyon College Preparatory Academy. Niyome has developed a reputation as a leading gifted educator in our community. She is described by the families she has served as having an intimate understanding of their children's needs and a remarkable expertise for meeting them.
Niyome is also the mother of a gifted child and is a gifted learner herself. As a gifted student, she experienced first hand the benefit of attending an excellent gifted program on the East Coast and is committed to bringing that opportunity to our community.
"She is one of the best teachers my son has encountered during his schooling thus far. Mrs. Bello has a gentle yet effective style of teaching that motivated my son to work harder. She didn't allow my son to cruise through her classes. She designed challenging projects and expected my son to rise to his potential. Normally, I would have to nag my son to do his homework or extra projects. However, for Mrs. Bello's class, my son would be excited to do his assignments and take on additional projects. It's not only amazing what my son has accomplished academically, but his level of maturity has increased due to Mrs. Bello's passion, understanding, and dedication for teaching kids."
Denise Kato, Parent
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 Early Childhood Education from Ohio University and holds two teaching certifications; Site Supervisor Child Development Permit and Elementary Multiple Subject Credential. She is an accomplished Early Childhood Educator with almost a decade of 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