Carver Staff

01_Dianne_Wist_(Director).jpgDianne Wist
School Director

contact: d.wist@thrivesd.org

Dianne Austin-Wist brings a background in social work and educational advocacy as well as nearly two decades as a teacher and leader in the elementary and middle school settings.  She has served as the Director of Student development for the Del Mar Pines School in San Diego, CA and as the Regional Director of Educational Programming for the Albert Einstein Academies of Letters, Arts & Sciences at Endeavor Academy in San Diego. Ms. Austin-Wist adds to our team an expertise in special education and parent advocacy.

 

 


 

Melyssa Gamble
Office Clerk 

contact: m.gamble@thrivesd.org

Melyssa grew upin Washington State surrounded by family members and friends who worked in education. She moved to San Diego to pursue a career in education and was connected to Thrive through a family friend. Her passion is to create an environment where every student feels heard and valued. This environment begins in the office where Melyssa has the honor of serving the Thrive community. Outside of Thrive, you can find Melyssa enjoying the coffee culture of San Diego and soaking in the beauty of the outdoors.  


04_Courtney_Ochi_(Core_1).jpegCourtney Ochi
Core 1 Teacher (Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten) 

contact: c.ochi@thrivesd.org

Courtney Ochi was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and moved to California to attend the University of San Diego. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Spanish and studied abroad at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain. During her time at USD, she volunteered in a bilingual second grade classroom at Carson Elementary School. This experience solidified her love for teaching and working with children, and ultimately led her to join Teach for America. She spent the last two years teaching students from grades Transitional Kindergarten through Fifth Grade in Southeast San Diego, while earning her Multiple Subjects Elementary Teaching Credential through the High Tech Graduate School of Education. Courtney values the importance of educating and supporting the whole child and loves the emphasis that Thrive places on socio-emotional learning. She is excited to be a part of such a caring and driven team at Thrive this year! 


 

Brandy.pngBrandy Flesock 
Core 1 Teacher (Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten) 

contact: b.flesock@thrivesd.org 

Brandy Flesock is a passionate educator who values both the social-emotional growth of her students, as well as an interdisciplinary approach to teaching . She began her teaching career as a graduate from the Integrated Credential Program at California State University San Marcos in 2008 with a degree in Liberal Studies. Since then, she has taught in the Poway Unified School District and at Albert Einstein Endeavour Academy. Brandy has taught across several different grade levels, including Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade and Third Grade. During that time, Brandy has gained invaluable experience in Project-Based Teaching and integrating both Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards into her classroom instruction.As an educator, Brandy values teaching to the whole student by fostering their growth not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well. She believes in building a strong classroom community that promotes a culture of high expectations and instilling a passion for lifelong learning.Brandy is thrilled to be joining Thrive this year and being part of an innovative team of educators who are so passionate about teaching!

 


Catherine_K.pngCatherine Kolodin
Core 1 Teacher (Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten) 

contact: c.kolodin@thrivesd.org

Catherine Kolodin grew up in Petaluma, California and moved to San Diego in 2009 to attend San Diego State University. There, she studied Kinesiology, following an interest in health, fitness, and science that stemmed from her career as a competitive gymnast. After dabbling with various jobs within the medical field, Catherine decided to follow her long-time passion of working with children and being a part of next generation education. Catherine obtained her Multiple Subject Credential from California State University, San Marcos, and has since worked with students in Kindergarten, Second, Fourth and Fifth grades. When she toured the Thrive campus and met the inspiring staff that composed the teaching and administrative team, Catherine knew this was where she belonged. She could not be more excited to be a part of the Core 1 team at Thrive on Juanita and is looking forward to evoking passion and excitement for learning while personalizing a school experience for her students. In her free time, Catherine enjoys spending time outdoors with friends, and she is also an avid yoga practitioner and teacher. 

 



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Këri Bolding

Core 2 Teacher (Grades 1-2)

contact: k.bolding@thrivesd.org

Këri Bolding knows teachers have a unique power to transform lives, because her third grade teacher changed the course of her life with one sentence: “I think you are a genius.”  Keri began her teaching career at the young age of 19, as a graduate of Stanford University, determined to make a difference through education. While teaching, she also started a nonprofit community center for arts and technology. Years later, Këri took a break from teaching to pursue a career in communications on environmental issues. Her work with climate scientists and energy experts took her to over 22 different countries to build partnerships and dialogue that advance efforts to reduce emissions, save energy, and protect the environment.  After more than a decade away, she realized that nothing makes her happier than teaching.  Këri recently earned a Masters Degree in Education with a specialization of “U.S. Education in the Global Context.” She joins the Thrive with a drive for designing creative and effective lessons aligned with standards for excellence. Këri is an artist, a lifelong learner, and an animal lover.  She wants to spend the rest of her life engaging and advancing students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. 


08_Michael.Tong_(Core_3).jpgMichael Tong
Core 3 Teacher (Grades 3-4)

contact: m.tong@thrivesd.org

Michael Tong graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration and a double minor in Professional and Managerial Communication and Philosophy. While at USC, he served as President of Residential Student Government, Vice President of the Trojan Consulting Group and President of the National Residence Hall Honorary. He competes at the national level in Triathlons which combines his love for running, swimming and biking. While at USC he joined the Joint Education Program and taught local elementary students Geology and Exercise Science. Although he worked for both the Target corporation and PwC, it was his experience as an educator and leader that he found truly gratifying. This led him to join Teach For America in his hometown of San Diego. He hope to bring his passion for leadership and business to help show his students the real-life application of their learning in the classroom. He is thrilled to be joining the Thrive team whose approach to education parallels his personal values on learning. 



Angelica.pngAngelica Diaz De Leon

Core 3 Teacher (Grades 3-4)

contact: a.deleon@thrivesd.org

Angelica is a native San Diegan who loves beach volleyball, hiking, video games, graphic novels, and the Arts. It all began at the age of 14 during the  early Summers when she would help her mentor in her 2nd grade class. After, two summers of this, she knew it was her calling in life and began working hard towards her goal. After receiving her Associates degree at her local community college, she was accepted to Point Loma Nazarene University where she obtained her Bachelors (Preliminary Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential) and is in the process of getting her Masters and BCLAD.  There is nothing more important to her than seeing students grow into confident, successful, contently individualistic graduates ready for the world!   

 


Payton_Rippley_(AC___Exploratory).jpgPayton Rippley
Academic Coach and Exploratory Teacher

contact: p.rippley@thrivesd.org

Payton Rippey is an Academic Coach and co-teaches Enrichment at Thrive. Payton grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of North Alabama with a B.B.A. in Marketing in 2015. She found her love for teaching when she moved to San Diego and began volunteering, teaching children to read. She decided to pursue her passion and began a graduate credentialing program and started student teaching. While student teaching, Payton began substitute teaching in order to gain additional experience. She substituted at Thrive and was overwhelmed by the kindness and positive energy from the students and staff. She fell in love with Thrive’s innovative approach to engaging students. Payton is incredibly excited to join such a passionate group of educators. She believes creating a strong sense of community in the classroom helps students build meaningful relationships and empowers students to exceed expectations. In her free time, Payton enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling and she looks forward to sharing her love for the outdoors with students. 

 


Kendall_Haldi_(AC_and_Exploratory).jpgKendall Haldi
Academic Coach and Exploratory Teacher

contact: k.haldi@thrivesd.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Jammie_Headshot.pngJammie Mays

Intervention Coordinator

contact: j.mays@thrivesd.org

Jammie Mays has been an educator since 2007. She holds two Masters Degrees in Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. She has held many roles in education including Academic Coach, Intervention Specialist, Educational Assistant Coordinator, Athletic Coach, and Intervention Coordinator. When she isn’t at school she can be found at the beach soaking up the sun, playing softball, playing basketball, or spending time with her family. 

 


Megan Tracy
Inclusion Specialist

contact: m.tracey@thrivesd.org

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