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

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.

Antelopes Class

Ms. Shainna 

Shainna Breslow received her Bachelors in Arts at The University of San Francisco, with studies in Politics and Media. She found her passion for teaching, volunteering with foster youth in Los Angeles, then working at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach. After receiving her credential from CSU Long Beach, she began positions in P.E., Reading Intervention, then moved into a role as a Third Grade teacher in public education. From there, Shainna worked as a Kindergarten teacher at a local private school. After moving back up to her home in San Francisco and having her daughter, Shainna substituted in grades PreK through High School, and then back to positions as a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher. 

As the pandemic hit, Shainna started mixed aged nature learning pods at the forests, parks, and beaches along the San Mateo coast, with her daughter as one of her new students. Along with Waldorf and Gymboree trained teachers, the children learned about the ecology of the area, sang songs, constructed crafts, played cooperative and inventive games, climbed trees and were engineers at the beach. At the same time, Shainna tutored First Grade homeschoolers at family homes. She organized fieldtrips, scheduled guest speakers, and helped build a strong community.

When Shainna's daughter was ready for Kindergarten, she moved her family back to Orange County, to attend a learning center where she taught Fourth Grade Physics, Astronomy, ELA, and Yoga. Shainna is trained in Emergency Preparedness, CPR / First Aid, Mindfulness, Community Circles, Reading Intervention, and Social Justice teaching. 

Shainna is a dedicated teacher and mother. She loves to surf on her free time and her daughter, Sierra and her enjoy spending time in nature, rock hounding, going to the movies, listening to music, and having fun with family and friends. 

Bears Class 

Ms. Norely Nava grew up in Costa Mesa California. She received her B.A and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Cal State Long Beach. Norely has a Google Certification Level 1 and Google Education Training for diverse learners. Her teaching focuses on hands-on instruction as part of an engaging experience. She promotes a positive classroom environment to build the joy of learning. 

She enjoys baking, biking and hiking in her free time. 

Caterpillars Classroom

Ms. Jennifer has over two decades of teaching experience as a clear credentialed teacher. Ms. Jennifer is a recent resident of California coming from Baltimore, Maryland.  Ms. Jennifer brings to us her love of teaching and deep passion for experiential learning. Ms. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Social Science, a Bachelor of Secondary Education, and Masters degree in Educational Psychology. She has earned the Paul Harris Humanitarian Award and was a top five finalist for Teacher of the Year. 

Ms. Jennifer currently participates in a variety of outreach programs and serves as a Certified Life Coach.

Dragons Class

Mr. Andrew attended the University of California, Riverside earning a BA in Liberal Studies and graduating with cum laude Latin honors. He was selected and inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society, as a lifetime member. He has previously received the Senator Jim Brulte Scholastic Achievement Award.

Although Mr. Andrew has had successful experience working in various organizations and industries, his heart will always reside and thrive in the education sector. In the classroom, he utilizes a student-centric approach and emphasizes the growth mindset, resilience, and 21st century skills to nurture every student to be his or her best at ISSAC and beyond. 

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hiking, camping, and following the MLB and NBA.

Eagles Class

As a middle schooler, Darryl grew up in South Lake Tahoe skiing and building tree forts. As a Huntington Beach high schooler, he spent his time studying psychology, philosophy, Latin, surfing and playing the harmonica. As a Junior, he got invited to teach his own class. At Golden West, he pursued philosophy, music, teaching phonics, mathematics and learning to play several instruments. He discovered his passion for teaching by working with illiterate adults and tutoring mathematics at the Golden West Math Lab. As a result, he earned his Instructional Aide Certificate in Phonics and Mathematics and his A.A. in Music and Mathematics. At UCR, he received his B.A with a major in Psychology, a minor in Education and earned both his Multiple Subject and Single-Subject Math Credentials. He has taught for more than 18 years at the primary, middle school, and high school levels. As a primary teacher, he taught for 4 years at a private school in Laguna Beach, and developed a progressive multi-subject class that “grew-up” with his students and created the music performance school there. He loves to ask the type of questions that will encourage his students to think in new ways. 

He is married and lives in Huntington Beach. For fun and relaxation Darryl meditates daily, writes songs, takes long bike rides with his brother, and attends rock concerts.

Flamingos Class

Ms. Amie

Amie is passionate about teaching and learning, and regards herself as a life-long learner. She moved to California in 2022 from Gastonia, North Carolina. She graduated from University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Psychology. After graduation, she started teaching Special Education, while working on her Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education from Western Carolina University. 

She is joining ISSAC with 17 years of teaching experience in multiple areas, including Special Education, Multiple Subjects, and English Language Arts. She is passionate about bringing diversity into the classroom through literature and believes that every student should have the opportunity to see themselves in the characters they read. Her favorite genres are dystopian fiction and historical fiction.

Amie lives with her family in Huntington Beach. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, reading, hiking, watching movies, and playing video games. She also loves baking and making charcuterie boards.

Specialized Academic Instruction

Mr. Josh brings 25 years of experience working with young students both as a coach and in the classroom.  He has a BA in sociology/psychology from California State University - Dominguez HIlls and a Masters in Specialized Academic Instruction.  The last ten years he has specialized in working with students that struggle with reading, writing, basic math, attention deficiency, and social skills.   

He enjoys teaching Math and Science.  Favorite things to do include watching his daughters play sports and working on projects around the house with his son.