Staff Listing

The 2023-2024 Staff at Canyon Charter


When I was selected to be Principal of Canyon in 2015, I felt like I won the lottery! Growing up in Pacific Palisades and spending my entire career working at schools within the Palisades Complex, I had always admired Canyon from the outside. When I joined the Canyon community, I knew that I was “home.” Being part of a true community school where collaboration and community are strongly valued is important to me. From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be in education. I spent much of my childhood in my mother’s classroom and enjoyed playing “teacher.” After graduating from Loyola Marymount, in 1995 I began teaching at Palisades Elementary and remained there for 10 years teaching various grades. My principal inspired me to go into administration and in 2006 I became an Assistant Principal, Elementary Instructional Specialist (APEIS).


As an APEIS, I traveled between 3 high performing westside charter schools where I supported the special education programs. I learned so much about special education laws and policies and supporting the individual needs of students became a true mission of mine. Since then, I have made it my goal to ensure that every child at my school gets what they need, whether additional intensive support, or further challenge.


After serving as APEIS for four years, I was fortunate to be selected as the principal of Topanga Elementary Charter School. It was at Topanga that I truly discovered the importance of a school community. In my four years at Topanga I thoroughly enjoyed the culture of collaboration and shared decision making. My passion for meeting the academic as well as social and emotional needs of students grew even more deeply as I strived to address the needs of the “whole child.”


On a more personal note, I currently live in Pacific Palisades with my partner, son, and 2 dogs. When not working I enjoy hiking, gardening, spinning, yoga, cooking, riding my horse, traveling and home improvement projects. I am a born busy body and rarely find time to sit still. I feel blessed to be at Canyon every day, carrying out the school vision to ensure that all students receive the best education possible. Canyon has made exceptional achievements and I am proud to be able to serve as this school’s Principal.



Margarita Contreras: Administrative Assistant


Jackie Arabia: Office Assistant


Luz Cruz: Office Assistant


Tamisha Jones: Plant Manager


Sathi Bristi: Cafeteria Manager


Mona HuizarAEPIS (Special Ed)


Barbara Blake: Library Aide


Nirit Levy: School Psychologist


Akimi Sujishi-Watson: Resource Teacher


TBD: Speech Therapy


Sharlene Natan: Occupational Therapy


TBD: Nurse


Levi Gardner: Science Instruction


Susan Haskell: Art Instruction


Skai Thompson: Physical Education


Mike Wendland: Vocal Music Instruction


Rachel Galper: Drama Instruction (TK-K)


Anne Flanagan: Drama Instruction (1-5)


Carlos Velado: Digital Learning Instruction


Lily Velado: S.T.A.R. Director


Molly Sorger: Reading Academy


TBD: Adapted PE


TBD: Beyond the Bell



Grade Room Teacher
TK/Kindergarten K1 Jamie Fyfe
Kindergarten 1

Lori Wilson

Kindergarten K2 Kellie Howard
1st Grade  16 Montana McIntyre
1st Grade  15 Nikki Noori
1st Grade  18 Erica Lamb
2nd Grade  11 Maisha Harris
2nd Grade  17 Sherry Ikebe
2nd Grade  12 Katje Davis
3rd Grade  6 Joseph Velado
3rd Grade  7 Steve Butts
3rd Grade  8 Stephanie Radulovich
4th Grade  3 Olivia Lim
4th Grade  5 April Walker
4th Grade  9 Charlena TerVeer
5th Grade  4 Doug Stoll
5th Grade  2 Travis Cantero