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.
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.
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.
Lee Anne Kallen
As an elementary credentialed educator, Mrs. Kallen graduated from California State University. Her fifteen years of teaching experience includes working in private, charter, and Native American schools. Mrs. Kallen has also spent over 20 years working with students in a leadership program where she taught character development, public speaking and organizational management.
Among other areas of expertise, Mrs. Kallen integrates her leadership development and student government experience, as well as service learning and community building within her daily teaching approach.
The spirit of watching students grow throughout the year is what excites Mrs. Kallen to teach each and every day. Her passion is igniting the personal passions and interests of her students, and providing them the time and space to make unique, meaningful connections..
Mrs. Kallen has been married for 27 years and has raised four boys. She understands the hectic life of school, sports, organizations, and working. Mrs. Kallen is a big believer of school and home life balance to nurture early habits of purposeful living and overall wellbeing.
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 has won many titles in both softball and volleyball. Her versatile background shines though in her close connections with her students and their interests.
Mrs. Webb is the mother of active twin boys and two French bulldogs.