GVCS Leadership & Support Staff
Terri Schiavone, Executive Director
Terri started out her career in education at the age of 20 when she drove solo from New York to California to teach middle school in the Los Angeles area. Nine years later, she relocated to Northern California and started a tutoring business. Shortly thereafter, she was offered and accepted a teaching position with a non classroom-based charter school. When she moved back to Southern California 11 years later, a group of parents asked her if she would open up a non classroom-based charter school for their children. Twenty years later, she has successfully lead Golden Valley Charter School. Golden Valley Charter School was the first charter to be authorized in Ventura County, despite the opposition of the County Office of Education at that time. Today, the Ventura County Office of Education is proud of the school’s academic achievement, strong fiscal management, and a reputation for serving students in a manner which provides an optimal educational opportunity for each student. She’s known amongst her peers to be a person of high standards, integrity, and a strong work ethic.
Terri loves outrigger paddling, snorkeling, fishing, exploring the caves and beaches of the Napali coast, swimming with turtles, dolphins, and whales, and anything else that keeps her either in or on top of the ocean.
Tricia Purcell, Director of Education
Tricia has been with Golden Valley Charter School for the past 10 years. She began her teaching career in a middle school classroom teaching math and science. She then served as a New Teacher Coordinator and as a Math Content Specialist.
She feels fortunate to call Golden Valley her home. She enjoys supporting our homeschool families and helping our students meet their unique and individual goals in education.
Tricia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University and her Masters in Teaching and Learning from the University of California Santa Barbara. Tricia enjoys spending her free time reading, gardening, cooking, and baking.
Monica Romero, Support & Development Coordinator
I began teaching in a general ed classroom in 2001 and have worked with children from grades K-12 throughout my teaching career. I graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and completed a K-12 teaching credential. Following that, I continued my education and earned a masters degree in educational leadership and an administrative credential. My two passions in life are my family and education! I am pleased to have worked at GVCS since 2013.
Katie Reyes-Saucedo, Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator
Katie is excited to join the Golden Valley Charter School community. Katie began her teaching career in the Bay Area teaching high school English. Over the years, Katie has taught middle and high school English and History, developed UC approved a-g courses, taught college prep and honors level courses. Katie has also worked as Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Principal for grades 6-12.
Mary Deyo, Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Janes, Executive Assistant
Stephanie graduated with a BS in Business Administration and minor in Psychology. Upon graduation, she took a position in the corporate world where she remained for 8 years. Seeking a better work/life balance, Stephanie joined GVCS in 2009. She lives in Ventura with her husband and two young children. Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and teaching Pilates. She also loves anything related to USC football!
Lori Llorence, Office Support Coordinator
Lori has been with GVCS since 2005. She lives in Ventura, CA with her husband. She is most happy when spending time with her son and family Texas, and enjoys traveling to new places in the Caribbean.