Project THINK's Master Educators

The Founder & Administrators

Susan Warren, Ph.D.

Susan Warren, Ph.D., has been in the field of education for over 30 years. She co-founded Project Think in 1980 and has co-directed it since its inception with her colleague and good friend, Kay Conley. Warren served as a teacher and principal for 22 years at the elementary and middle school levels in three Southern California school districts. She also worked in private schools as an administrator before working in higher education. At Claremont Graduate University and currently at Azusa Pacific University, she has developed and administered master of arts programs for educators and served as a faculty member teaching courses in curriculum, research, instructional strategies, and family/community involvement at both the master's and doctoral levels. Her career also includes working as a professional developer for the state in science, training school administrators through the San Bernardino County School Leadership Academy (CSLA), and conducting program evaluations at several schools throughout Southern California. In addition to her doctorate in Educational Leadership, Warren holds a Ryan Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; a Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD); and a Professional Administrative Services Credential.

 

 

Dr. Susan Warren, Director/co-founder of Project Think, shares about her cockatoo - Jojo - at a student assembly on Australia.  


Yanira DeVirgen - Project Think Office and Staff Coordinator

Yanira DeVirgen, Project Think's Office and Staff Coordinator, possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Services. She actively practices her social service skills by helping her community as an active classroom volunteer in her school district. Ms. DeVirgen also serves as a liaison and advocate for parents and special needs children in her local community’s autism support groups. She has been an integral member of  the Project Think staff for four years as well as parent of Project Thinkers.  Four of Yanira's five children are active participants and volunteers in the program.

 


Valerie Shay-  Assistant Director and Grades 3-8 Literature and Creative Writing Teacher

Valerie Shay has been in the field of education for over seventeen years having started her career as a middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in Montclair, California. She earned her Master’s degree in Secondary English Education from Claremont Graduate University in 2002. Since those early days, Shay has taught high school English, ESL, and drama as well as college level English, reading, and writing in California, North Carolina, and Illinois. Shay has served in leadership positions as a literacy coach, a mentor teacher, a school reformer, and teacher educator in the U.S. and in China. As an educator, Shay believes learning should be engaging, interactive, inquiry-based, and enriching. Developing students’ abilities to become not only critical thinkers, but independent and creative thinkers, is a high priority for Shay. She encourages students to think outside of the box and take risks as they investigate new concepts and analyze solution-oriented results. As an English teacher, Shay believes language and literacy form the bridge students need to cross to achieve success. These fundamental skills are essential in becoming a socially conscious, others-minded, active members of society, and it is every teacher’s role to ensure that students are given the tools to cross this bridge and pass the torch to the next generation. Shay is returning to PT as the Assistant Director and Grades 3-8 Literature and Creative Writing Teacher, and in the past has served as the Coordinator of the Young Thinker's Program and taught English in the 3-8 program.

 

“Students, of all ages, should be allowed the freedom to explore their learning in safe, challenging, and active environments where they construct meaning for themselves in supportive and productive collaborative groups.”

 


Vanessa Roque- Assistant Director and 2nd Session Science Teacher

Vanessa Roque received her Bachelor’s degree and a multiple-subject teaching credential at Cal Poly Pomona as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Cal State Long Beach. Roque will be completing her administrative credential this August and will be interning under the leadership of Dr. Warren this summer at Project Think. She is CLAD certified and NCLB qualified. Currently, Vanessa Roque teaches third grade and serves as her school’s literacy coach. She enriches her school curriculum through Writer’s Workshop and project based-learning in effort to create a positive learning environment for all students at all levels of ability. Vanessa believes in making an impact in the world one student at a time and is excited to be a part of Project Think this summer.


Grades 3-8 Teachers

Angelina Hobbs – Science Teacher - Grades 3-8, Session 1

Mrs. Hobbs has taught grades K-5, preschool, and undergraduate courses for the past 18 years.  She is currently a 4th grade teacher at Palmetto Elementary School in the Fontana Unified School District where she enjoys creating hands-on experiences in science and other subjects for her students. Mrs. Hobbs earned a B.A. degree in Early U.S. History from California State University, Long Beach. She also earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CLAD Certification, and Master's degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University. This is the second year Mrs. Hobbs has taught in Project Think.  She believes that the art of teaching is the art of providing children with many opportunities to discover new things.


Ian Kirkpatrick - 3rd-8th Grade Art Class Teacher

Ian has extensive experience teaching art to all ages and developing art curriculum. For the past four years, he has instructed classes on the techniques of acrylic painting through the Purple Easel Studios. Mr. Kirkpatrick received a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. He was awarded Best Print Ad Campaign of 2007 by Applied Arts Magazine and was a featured artist in the annual gallery show at the Academy of Arts University in 2008. Ian looks forward to sharing his talents and passion for the arts with the Project Think students.

 


Danny Campbell – A. M. & P. M. Drama Teacher – Grades 3-8 

A lifelong thespian, Danny has over a decade of performance experience including the opportunity to direct professional actors in Hollywood. Teaching, however, has always been his true passion and goal in life. After finishing a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater at Azusa Pacific University, Danny went directly into APU's teaching credential program where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Education. Currently he is an English and Theater teacher at Mojave High School in North Las Vegas where he is developing a new theater program. He hopes to cultivate a vibrant arts community among the at risk youth in the North Las Vegas community as he shares his joy for the theater. He looks forward to returning to Claremont every summer as he enjoys bringing a love of the arts to Project Thinkers. 


Darren Alcala- A. M. & P. M. Technology Teacher – Grades 3-8

Darren Alcala has had a rich career in education. He is currently the District Technology Coach for the Cucamonga School District where he conducts professional development with classroom teachers promoting the integration of technology into the curriculum.   He has taught various grades for the past fifteen years and served in leadership roles including site technology coordinator, site technology coach, and district technology trainer. He has been selected as Cucamonga Elementary School’s Site Teacher of the Year twice. Mr. Alcala received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal Poly Pomona and a teaching credential and Master of Arts in Education degree from Claremont Graduate University. In addition to teaching, Darren has presented multiple times at CUE, a national technology conference, and has also been recognized by Microsoft two years in a row as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.  Last year, Darren was one of twenty educators from across the country selected by Microsoft to attend the company’s Global Educator Exchange (E2) conference, a conference comprised of educators from across the globe. Darren looks forward to returning to teach at Project Think where he has taught the computer class for more than 10 years.

 

“Project Think provides an engaging, fun learning experience for students. I look forward to giving them an opportunity to develop both their creative and logical thinking.”   

 


Lindsay Munoz- A. M. & P. M. Technology Teacher Grades 3-8, Session 1

Lindsay has a strong background in technology education.  She currently teaches third grade and also supports her school site as a technology coach. Prior to teaching in a self-contained classroom, she taught in a STEAM (science, technology, engineer, art, and math) enrichment program for K-5 students. Developing curriculum using various resources, Lindsay used a project-based learning approach to integrate valuable 21st century skills into the core subject areas. This past fall, Lindsay was recognized as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Lindsay received a BA in Liberal Studies from Cal State Fullerton before attaining a multiple-subject teaching credential from Cal Poly Pomona. With the desire to continue developing as an educator, she then completed a master’s program at Cal Poly Pomona focused on Educational Multimedia.


Erik Lenaburg- Computer Teacher Grades 3-8, Session 2.

Erik Lenaburg received his Bachelor of Arts in Art/Graphic Design and Teaching Credential from Cal Poly Pomona and his Master of Arts in Education degree from Cal State Fullerton. This 2017 Teacher of the Year comes to Project Think as an 11-year teacher veteran having taught grades K-6  as well as serving as a technology coach and leading his school’s tech support department. Currently, Lenaburg teaches second grade and focuses on incorporating technology in the classroom to introduce tools that will give his young students a head start for their future. He is looking forward to teaching computers and working alongside the learners in Project Think this summer.


Young Thinkers Program Teachers

RaShawn Voglezon – Young Thinker Program Coordinator

RaShawn Voglezon is a 15- year veteran educator with a wide range of educational experiences in grades K-5. She earned a BA in Liberal Studies, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a Master’s Degree, and Professional Administrative Services Credential from Cal Poly Pomona. Her 13-year tenure with the Etiwanda School District includes teaching over 10 years in the primary grades and holding many leadership roles with afterschool programs, the District Advisory Committee, and the English Language Program. She is a teacher who celebrates the “vision” of every student which is evident in her tireless dedication to creating challenging academic rigor in a nurturing and empowering environment. Her outstanding work earned her recognition as “Teacher of the Year” in Etiwanda School District. This forward-thinking educator believes that providing students with what they need, when they need it, will unlock the doors to success. Mrs. Voglezon looks forward to coordinating the Young Thinker Program at Project Think.

 

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.” - Alexandra K.Trenfor


Kate Reynolds, Lead Teacher Pre-K/K

Kate Reynolds, a reading specialist, comes to Project Think with 18 years of elementary teaching experience where she raised reading test scores through differentiated instruction, reading circles, and remedial programs employing best practices. Reynolds earned her Bachelor’s degree and a multiple subject teaching credential from Cal Poly Pomona and her Master’s degree in Teaching with a Reading Specialization from National University. Kate Reynolds’ strong background in performing arts has helped her develop a successful music program in the Etiwanda School District where she was also honored as “Teacher of the Year.” As both a parent and educator, she strongly believes that every child has a greatness just waiting to be discovered and honed.


Rachel Kavalle- Lead Young Thinker Teacher 1st & 2nd Grade

Rachel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, a multiple subject teaching credential, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. She taught in Azusa Unified School District for two years and currently teaches in Rialto Unified School District. She has taught both Kindergarten and First Grade. Rachel has a passion for teaching and loves seeing students excited about learning. She looks forward to another great summer at Project Think! 


Julissa Rios – Teacher, Young Thinkers

Julissa earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education at the University of California Riverside. This led her to a career in teaching and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal Poly Pomona. Through her experiences and involvement in various school settings as an after school Lead Teacher, Substitute Teacher, Para-educator, and Pre-K/Kinder Teacher for Project Think, Julissa realized that she wanted to contribute beyond the traditional school setting. She enjoys working with the Young Thinker students during the summer as she provides enriching experiences to strengthen their academic achievement.


Sydney Lewis-  Assistant Teacher, Young Thinkers

Sydney Lewis is a senior at DePauw University majoring in Sociology and minoring in Asian Studies. She is from Queens, NY and hopes to one day become a Physical Therapist. She was a collegiate swimmer for two years and used to lifeguard in the summers. Ms. Lewis taught swimming classes for kids between the ages of four and twelve at her local YMCA when she was in high school. This past winter she interned at a non-profit organization where she taught ninth grade health classes hands-only CPR in Louisville, KY. She looks forward to working with Project Think students this summer. 


​Madison Langely - Teacher, Young Thinker​s

Ms. Langley graduated from Azusa Pacific University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and is currently enrolled in APU's program to earn a teaching credential and Master’s degree in Education. Madi comes from a military family and has lived all over the world including Okinawa, Japan and Costa Rica where she tutored high school students in their English skills. Ms. Langley has been committed to teaching children of all ages and has worked at Our Neighborhood Homework House, volunteered with the C.H.A.M.P. program, and coordinated the California Spanish Spelling Bee three years in a row. She is excited to be using her summer break as an opportunity to continue learning and teaching through Project Think!


Afternoon Class Teachers

Zoraida Torres- Spanish Teacher

Ms. Torres has been working in the field of education for 13 years and has taught Spanish at all levels from preschool to the university.  She recently developed a new Spanish language program at Rancho Cucamonga Middle School where she serves as the Spanish teacher.  Ms. Torres completed two years of higher education at Penn State University and then returned to California to complete her degree from Fresno Pacific University with a double major in Spanish Language and Culture / Liberal Arts. She went on to earn a Master’s in Education at Claremont Graduate University.  In addition to her experience in K-12 schools, she served as a Master teacher for Claremont Graduate University where she had the opportunity to guide new Spanish teachers with teaching methods in the classroom.  Ms. Torres enjoys teaching Spanish at Project Think where her students are immersed in the language as she transforms the classroom into a cultural zone.


Daniel Romero, Jr. – Lead Swim Instructor

Daniel Romero Jr. is a senior at the University of La Verne majoring in Broadcasting with a concentration in Television.  He is a Red Cross certified lifeguard and has been a part of the Project Think afternoon swim program for a number of years serving as an instructor, lifeguard, and instructional trainer.