Project THINK's Master Educators

The Founder & Administrators

Susan Warren, Ph.D.

Project think co-founder and director

Susan Warren, Ph.D., has been in the field of education for over 30 years. She co-founded Project Think in 1980 and co-directed it with her colleague, Kay Conley.  Dr. Warren became the sole director of Project Think when Ms. Conley retired in 2015. Warren served as a teacher and principal for 22 years at the elementary and middle school levels in three Southern California school districts. At Claremont Graduate University and Azusa Pacific University (APU), she 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. She is now a director in APU’s Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence where she provides professional development to faculty and staff.  Her career also includes working as a professional developer for the state in science, training school administrators through the California 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.  


Susan Sanchez - Project Think Office and Staff Coordinator

Susan Sanchez brings extensive experience in customer service to Project Think. After a long career serving the public as well as working in law and banking, she is eager to work with enrollment and staffing in the field of education.  As a parent  and grandparent Susan values the academic excellence that Project Think offers children and looks forward to working with parents and staff. 

Grades 3-8 Teachers

Angelina Hobbs – Science Teacher - Grades 3-8

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 third year Mrs. Hobbs has taught in Project Think.  She enjoys engaging the children in hands-on science including dissection. Mrs. Hobbs 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. Danny served for a few years as an English and Theater teacher at Mojave High School in North Las Vegas where he developed a new theater program. His dream was to cultivate a vibrant arts community among the at-risk youth in the North Las Vegas community as he shared his joy for the theater. He moved back to California and currently teaches English and theater arts at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. He also serves as the associate theater arts director where he organizes theater festivals and coaches/consults actors in the program. 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- A.M. and P.M. Technology 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 12-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


Young Thinkers Program Coordinator


Lead Teacher Pre-K/K


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.