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ISSAC teachers are life-long learners with culturally rich backgrounds, professionally diverse experiences, and complementary talents to the team.

  • As required by all public schools, including an authorized charter like ours, all our teachers have state-verified, multiple subject credentials -- except for our Mandarin Chinese teacher who is credentialed in that subject.

  • In addition, each ISSAC teacher has earned at least a bachelor's degree, several have masters.

Our teachers are committed to ISSAC team-teaching methodology by working continuously together to fine-tune lesson plans and regroup students for differentiated learning. So while a teacher may lead a homeroom or subject matter, the role changes periodically. An ISSAC student is a student of all ISSAC teachers.

LORIE Leocadio

3rd Grade Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Lorie is an enthusiastic, self-directed educator with a passion for student development and their learning experience. She is skilled in developing challenging, enriching, and innovative activities that address the diverse interests and needs of students, while conforming to state standards and framework. She is able to present content in a variety of ways, emphasizing the relevance of class material to that beyond the classroom.

Ms. Lorie is a proud mother of two college students and loves reading. She is also CPR, First Aid and Concussion certified.

NICOLE Fernandez

Tk & K Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Nicole has been teaching full-time for four years and working in the classroom for twelve years. She has a degree in Child Development and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Fullerton. Ms. Nicole is a proud parent of two boys.

In her free time she loves to read, do puzzles, go to Disneyland, go to the beach, and go to Paint Nights with her husband.

NINA Poredi

4th & 5th Grade Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Nina has been in education for 6 years as a teacher and as an ABA therapist to special needs students. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, with a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University. Ms. Nina is an advocate for using mindfulness strategies to create positive, effective, and peaceful learning experience for her students. She believes that, “When educating the minds of our youths, we must not forget to educate their hearts” (The Dalai Lama).

Ms. Nina loves nature, is a vegetarian foodie, and enjoys listening to classical Indian music. She loves time with family and a day by the pool.

TERRENCE Snodgrass

1st & 2nd Grade Homeroom Teacher

Mr. Terrence has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cal-State University and Master of Arts Degree from San Diego State University, both in Communication Studies. Mr. Terrence taught at the community college level for 10 years before making a life-changing switch to teaching elementary students. He received his Teaching Credential from National University and will complete his Master’s in Education in October of 2019. Mr. Terrence was teaching in Irvine before joining ISSAC.

Personally, Mr. Terrence loves to run, hike, camp, and, most importantly, spend time with his lovely wife and three amazing daughters.


Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Ms. Xin is a native Mandarin speaker from Taiyuan, China. She received her Master's Degree in Education from Michigan State University. Her teaching focuses on the child’s practical experiences. She fully embraces the imagination and creativity of students. She transforms each lesson into songs, games, drama play, activities and crafts that incorporate the foundations of Mandarin or interactive language acquisition.

She enjoys all outdoor activities, especially snorkeling, hiking, bodyboarding and reading on the beach.