Nicole Assisi, Ed. D.
CEO, Thrive Public School
Dr. Assisi is an accomplished school developer and leader in 21st century learning innovations, who launched Thrive Public Schools, a new breakthrough model for project-based, blended learning K-12 schools. Thrive is the result of years of research, experience and collaboration with some of the nation’s finest educators, including work as an Entrepreneur in Residence for the Charter School Growth Fund who support the launch of this new charter network. In less than 2 years Thrive was named one of the top 100 Schools Worth Visiting and is a Gates Foundation Model School for Next Generation Learning.
Dr. Assisi started her teaching career as an English teacher in the San Diego Unified School District before transitioning into the charter world and working at High Tech High and later becoming a founding team member for Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and then Da Vinci Schools, where she served both as Founding Principal and Director of New School Development. Under her leadership, Da Vinci opened 4 schools and earned widespread recognition for their rigorous and innovative programs, including funding from Hewlett, Gates, Belkin, Northrop and others. Believing deeply in more innovative and active support for teachers, she started Teacher Credentialing and Beginning Teachers Support Program at Da Vinci in partnership with High Tech High.
In addition to her school based work, Dr. Assisi teaches and mentors new charter school leaders as a professor for the Charter School Policy, Finance, and Administration Certificate Program at UCLA and the Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She is a frequent speaker at statewide and regional conferences on charter schools, education reform and Next Generation Learning.
Originally from Germany, Dr. Assisi is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and German and worked in television in both the Unites States and Europe before finding her passion in education. While she was designing and launching several new charter schools, she earned her Master’s Degrees in K-12 Literacy from the University of San Diego and in Educational Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University, as well as her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Dr. Assisi also served as a board member for the Goethe International Charter School and also serves on the Advisory Board for the UCLA Extension Program.
Business and Operations Manager
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.