1776 N. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-524-1130

Recent News

Center Administrator

Photo of  George  Smith
George Smith Center Administrator and Teacher

I graduated from Bowling Green State University of Ohio in 2008. At the completion of college, I received a degree in secondary education (with a focus in Integrated Language Arts), and a minor in Sociology. During my last semester of college, I completed my student teaching at Our Lady of Mercy School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I have been with Mojave River Academy for four years. Prior to MRA, I was a classroom teacher at the middle school level, teaching English, U.S History, and World History.

I feel that at MRA, the teachers and staff truly get to know the students on an individual basis. This includes both their educational needs and their unique personalities. The staff at the Palm Springs site works together as a team to assist these kids in reaching their goals and obtaining their diplomas. It’s a great sign when you look forward to coming to work in the morning.

Add to Address Book. Updated 4 months ago. Return to top.

Teachers

A B C D E F G H J K L M N O P R S T W Y
Photo of  Leticia  Acosta
Leticia Acosta Teacher

This is my second year teaching at MRA but I have worked in the educational field for seven years. I graduated from the University of California, Irvine where I earned my Bachelors in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Education. I also went on to earn my Masters of the Arts in Teaching and a Multiple Subjects Credential at the same university.  In all my years in the educational field, I have enjoyed the opportunity to teach and grow with my students and families.

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  La'Risa  Corum
La'Risa Corum Teacher

I have been with Mojave River Academy since March 2013.  I earned my degree in Russian language and literature from Michigan State University after living in Volgograd, Russia, and my teaching credential in English from the University of Redlands. I have taught English, CAHSEE prep, science, and English for non-native speakers, serving as the English Language Resource Teacher at a previous school.  I love teaching at Mojave River Academy because it allows me to give students more focused attention and individual instruction to best fit the needs of my students.

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  Amber  Devers
Amber Devers Teacher

I earned a Bachelor of Art degree in English Literature at California State University, San Bernardino, in 2006 and received my elementary and secondary teaching credentials from the University of Redlands in 2008. I am trained in AVID strategies, Student Assistance Program (SAP), and Project Based Learning.   I have previously taught Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade, and middle school English and Drama before coming to Mojave River Academy in 2011. I enjoy working with the students and staff at Mojave River Academy because it is a unique educational environment that focuses on the student as an individual instead of a large group

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  Allison  Fleck
Allison Fleck Teacher

I grew up in Chicago and received my teaching credential with a focus in Social Science from Concordia University Chicago. In 2009, I moved to San Diego and worked in a private school for three years. During this time, I earned my Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in multicultural counseling from San Diego State University. I’m thrilled to begin my second year at Mojave River Academy. One of my favorite things about working at Mojave River is that I get to work one-on-one with students in order to build a strong rapport and individualize learning plans.

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  Jesse  Goff
Jesse Goff Teacher

This is my second year at Mojave River and I am excited to be back. I hold two credentials, one in multiple subject education and the other in mild/moderate special education. In my spare time I enjoy reading, visiting my family, traveling and watching all types of movies.

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  James  Knapp
James Knapp Teacher

I am entering my fourth year as a Mojave River Academy teacher. I earned my Bachelors of Arts in History from Chico State University and my teaching credential from the University of Redlands. I love teaching at MRA because I get to work one-on-one with my students and their families and I feel like I can be a great influence on their lives. I like to spend my free time running, reffing high school football, and traveling with my family. I look forward to talking a little sports smack with the students in Palm Springs and there is one thing that I know for sure, this will be the best year yet at Mojave River Academy.

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  Boram  Lee
Boram Lee

I attended the University of California, Irvine and received my Bachelors degree in Cognitive Psychology with a minor in Education. I then continued my graduate studies at UCI and earned my Multiple Subjects Credential as well as a Masters in Teaching. I have taught at Mojave River Academy for two years and am excited to begin my third year. Prior to teaching at MRA, I worked at elementary schools in the Los Angeles and Orange County districts. I enjoy working at Mojave River because I am able to connect with students at an individual basis.

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  Tate  Lewis
Tate Lewis Tutor

This will be my second school year tutoring math at Mojave River Academy. It is a privilege to work alongside the truly dedicated staff at the Palm Springs center. As a graduate of MRA, I know I am part of a program that really makes a difference in the lives of the students by bringing out the best in them. I am also a dance instructor for all ages. I am reminded every day that the challenges of education are accompanied by many rewards.

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  Carla  Mendleson
Carla Mendleson Teacher

I have been teaching at Mojave River Academy for two years. I really enjoy working with students one on one to help them achieve academic success as well as mastery of life skills to help them become productive members of society. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University San Bernardino as well as my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of Redlands. I also taught elementary school for 14 years. I feel it is important to build a positive rapport with students to help them be motivated to excel and do their best in all they do. I am excited to participate in helping students experience success in all academic areas and in their daily lives.

Add to Address Book. Updated 4 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  Cody  Piens
Cody Piens Tutor

This is my second school year working at MRA as a tutor.  I am also a former graduate of this school that helped shape my education. My main educational skills that I pass on to students would be my understanding of English Language Arts, as well as History. I am here to assist the teachers in shaping the education of these students’ bright futures. I am glad to know I can be here to help students grasp a tighter understanding on subjects they struggle with. I am extremely happy to be a part of the Mojave River Team and make a difference when at all possible.

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  Daniel  Wilson
Daniel Wilson Teacher

I started my college education at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California. After earing an Associates degree, I decided that teaching was where I belonged. I moved on to a four-year university and graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Kinesiology. From there I earned a multiple subject teaching credential from the University of Redlands in 2005. I have been a teacher at Mojave River Academy for the past five years. My favorite part of working at Mojave River Academy is getting to work with my students on an individual basis and watching them grow academically and personally.

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.
Photo of  Jason  Yasuda
Jason Yasuda Math Teacher

I am beginning my third year with Mojave River Academy as the mathematics teacher for the Palm Springs Center.

I graduated from Valparaiso University with a BA in Child Development and a minor in Psychology. Once moving to California, I obtained my CA Teaching Credential at Chapman/Brandman University.

I bring a wide range of life experiences and world travel to the classroom as I use unique ways to explain challenging concepts. I taught mathematics and science at DSMS in Desert Hot Springs for 5 years. However, my first teaching experience was as a professional skydiver, teaching students how to stay alive while falling from airplanes.

The amazing staff, lower student-to-teacher ratio and the freedom to teach using a variety of methods and resources within the California Standards Framework make MRA a perfect landing spot for me.

Add to Address Book. Updated 5 months ago. Return to top.