Oak Bridge Academy Staff
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Oak Bridge Academy offers a dedicated staff committed to helping you achieve academic success. Students will receive one-on-one support from credentialed teachers. Meet the Oak Bridge Academy team.

Rhonda Odlum

I’ve been in education for sixteen years as a junior high and high school resource specialist teacher and an administrator within Chico Unified School District.  I have worked within the alternative education and independent setting throughout my career.
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Denise Fawns

Sr. Office Manager


After many years of working in the private sector, I feel fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing team of dedicated, enthusiastic, forward-thinking educators at Oak Bridge Academy.

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Stephanie Welton

Lead Curriculum Specialist / Secondary Teacher
I’ve been in education for thirty years as a junior high and high school teacher, an administrator, a curriculum specialist, and a program specialist for career and technical education pathways in Butte and Glenn counties.
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Courtney Bullock

Secondary Teacher
After teaching Middle School and High School in the Sacramento area for 10 years, my husband and I returned to Butte County in 2014 to raise our family.  Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work with schools in Butte County who are implementing thriving Career Technical Education programs.

Ryan Parker

Secondary Teacher
Education: BA History CSU Chico
Credential: Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Level II 
Experience: 21st year teaching
Subjects: Primarily US History, but have taught most of the Social Sciences, Math, English, Science, Drivers Education, Health, and Power Reading. 
Personal: Married 24 years and I have 3 kids. 
Hobbies: Building and fixing things, restoring old tools, gardening, and trail running Upper Park. 

Luke Peasha

Secondary Teacher / Math Specialist Tutor
I have been teaching in Chico for the last 5 years. I moved to Chico to attend CSU Chico, where I met my wife and never left the area. I majored in Mathematics Education and have continued my education throughout the last three years. I have a one-year old son and love to spend time with my family. 

Elizabeth Hankins

Secondary Teacher
I am excited to be working at Oak Bridge Academy with amazing colleagues and wonderful students and families. I have been working in the education field as a secondary teacher for the past 20 years. My teaching experience includes working in both the traditional and alternative education settings. My subject areas of expertise are in the sciences. I have taught classes in Biology, Physics, Earth and Space Science, and Chemistry. My degree is in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology from UC Davis. My previous career was working as Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I still enjoy watching wildlife while out exploring the outdoors with my husband and two daughters.   

Aaron Bayless

Secondary Teacher
I grew up in Santa Maria, California. After graduating from Santa Maria High, I served in the US Marine Corp receiving the Middle East conflict badge. I entered retail upon leaving the military but eventually decided to college to peruse my passions: Musical Theater and Teaching. I think one of the primary reasons I want to be an elementary school teacher is that I remember when I was going through elementary school, I really wished I had a male teacher. It is important to have a diverse learning environment in order to destroy stereotypes and cultural understanding. 

Mike Brooks

Secondary Teacher 

Dawn Davis

6th-8th Grade Teacher
Middle school students are my favorite! For two decades, I have worked with pre-teens-- improving academic achievement, encouraging self-esteem, and refining the varied strengths within my diverse classroom communities.

Shawna Murawski

Kindergarten Teacher
I taught for 3 years in Sacramento, but have had classroom experience in San Francisco, Boston and now Chico.  I have taught 7th grade math and science and kindergarten.  I am so happy to be a part of this community.

Katherine (Kate) Landry

1st Grade Teacher
I have always been an avid learner, and I'm excited to be on Oak Bridge team as a first-grade teacher this year.  My husband teaches at Butte College, and my daughter is a lively first-grader, just like my students.  My interests outside of school include spending time with family, playing and writing music, hobby gardening and spending time outside, especially at the beach or in the woods.

Sophia Langevin

1st Grade Teacher
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Jennie Marsh

2nd Grade Teacher
I have been teaching in Chico Unified for over 18 years with this being my 6th year of working with Independent Study elementary students. Prior to Independent Study, my more traditional classroom experiences included teaching all grade levels from Tk to 8th Grade. I appreciate being a part of the Oak Bridge Academy community which includes hard working, caring staff and involved, supportive families!

Jessica Alchin

2nd/3rd Grade Teacher
I have worked in education for over 12 years. My experience spans Preschool - 8th grade. I have worked in general education classes, mixed grade level classes, and special education classes. My two children currently attend CUSD schools. Chico has been my hometown for nearly 23 years.
I truly believe each student has the potential to succeed with their education, given the right encouragement and support. I am excited to be part of such a caring and diverse team of teachers at Oak Bridge Academy.

Cisco Arriola

3rd Grade Teacher

Willow DeFranco

3rd/4th Grade Teacher
She is a graduate of Chico State and returned to the area two years ago.  This is her 16th year teaching mostly in 3rd and 4th grade in Nevada County.    She loves teaching all the subjects, especially math, literature, and writing.  What she looks forward to most this year is supporting students' emotions by teaching social emotional skills and including times for students to shine and share with their peers.    In her spare time she enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, arts and crafts. 

Lisa Hanko

5th Grade Teacher
After teaching my child via a public homeschool charter, and substitute teaching K-12 for a dozen years, I have been lead teacher in TK and 5th grades. I have returned to Chico, my alma mater, and am thrilled to work with wonderful staff at Oak Bridge in the Chico Unified District!

Kate Miller

Education Specialist
I'm a Chico State Graduate and have been teaching Special Education in Chico and the surrounding counties since 1999. As a huge advocate for quality alternative education programs, I am grateful for the opportunity that Oak Bridge Academy provides me as an educator and the amazing families of Chico. 

Whitney Rozzano

I am so excited to be on the Oak Bridge team.  I am a Chico native and love the community here, but I did live in Hawaii for 2 years.  I got my Bachelors from Chico State and my Masters in School Counseling from Brandman University.  I love being a counselor and look forward to meeting each of the students.

Jill Vanderheiden

Math Specialist Tutor
Tuting Available on Monday and Wednesday
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Beth Johnson

Math Specialist Tutor

In my 30+ year career teaching, I have taught most subjects and worked with students of all ages, pre-K through adult.  I have worked in urban and rural schools and have spent the last 17 years working in Chico USD.