Thrive CMO & School Support Staff

Nicole.jpgNicole Assisi, Ed. D.
CEO, Thrive Public School

Dr. Assisi is an accomplished school developer and leader in 21st century learning.  In 2014, she launched Thrive Public Schools, a new breakthrough model for innovative in learning K-12 schools. Thrive is the result of years of research, experience and collaboration with some of the nation’s finest educators. In less than 2 years Thrive was named one of the top 100 Schools Worth Visiting and is a National Model School for Next Generation Learning for its innovative use of Project Based, Blended and Social Emotional Learning.

 Prior to leading at Thrive, Dr. Assisi was part of the founding teams for both Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and the Da Vinci Schools in Los Angeles. She also worked in the San Diego Unified School District and High Tech High. Early in her career, Dr. Assisi was profiled as “Education Addict” by Marymount College whose insight proclaimed that, “Twenty, 30 years from now, she’ll still be shaping young minds. It’s her calling. It’s in her blood.”  They couldn’t have been more correct.  In 2014, Dr. Assis was named “Voice of the Year” by the Voice of San Diego.  She is seen as an advocate for students’ and parents’ rights.  In 2016, Dr. Assisi was recognized in the 4th Annual Salute to Women Leaders hosted by Assembly Member Shirley Weber and named one of the “40 Under 40” by the San Diego Metro Magazine.

In addition to her work in K-12, she also supports adult learning as a professor for UCLA, Cal State Dominguez Hills and the University of San Diego and has served on several boards in the education field.

To read more articles written by and about Dr. Assisi, visit our Media Page.


Yeager_-PMB.jpgDavid Yeager
Director of Business and Operations 


David Yeager is a native San Diegan, who attended schools in San Diego Unified School District for his entire K-12 education. After graduating from Crawford High School, he worked as a teacher's assistant at a local private school while attending college full-time as a business major eventually earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  David spent 12 years in Operations Management and Process Improvement with a Fortune 500 technology company.  In addition to his business experience, David, has been active in the education community in San Diego both through his son's schools and independently with other schools.  Currently he serves as a member of the Charter Board at Helix High School. He has also held roles on the CPMA (Creative, Performing, and Media Arts) School Site Council and was Chairperson of the Board at Darnall Charter School, both schools his son attended.  David has also worked on the development of several charter schools in San Diego.  His contribution to education is a focus on providing operational knowledge, support, and expertise so educators can focus on educating students.  He lives in the College Area with his fiancé and son and is active in his son's extracurricular activities.  David is excited to be a part of the team that will grow Thrive Public Schools to serve students throughout San Diego.


Ellen Monfredi
Student Support


Ellen Monfredi is very excited to be a part of the Thrive Team. She has taught Kindergarten, and fifth grade for 11 years in both public and private schools in San Diego. She is a native San Diegan and currently residents in La Mesa. When she isn't watching her kids play soccer or fence, she is out at an art museum or hitting the trails n her horses. Ellen is also a volunteer for the Sheriff's Mounted Posse.



sherre.pngSherre Vernon
Director of Special Projects


Sherre Vernon brings almost two decades experience as a teacher and school leader to her work at Thrive. She holds an array of credentials in subjects including mathematics, English, history, school administration and yoga.  Prior to her work with Thrive, Sherre served as a Dean of Student Culture at Ánimo Western Middle School and as a Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Principal for Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. In addition to her background in the socio-emotional development of teens, Sherre adds to our team experience in leadership coaching, Project Based Learning, strategic planning, and competency based grading.  



Thiago Batista
Technology and Data Manager


Thiago Batista graduated from The University Catholic of Santos with a Bachelor of Computer Sciences, in Santos, Brazil.  He moved to the United States from Brazil in 2003 and fell in love with California. He is an airplane pilot and loves to fly. In his free time, Thiago also enjoys playing soccer and surfing. His favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and his favorite subject in school was mathematics. Thiago loves the blended learning model at Thrive and the diversity of our community. 



Anya Hall
After School Coordinator




Christian Sainz
Maintenance Services






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