Meet The Team

Staff Bios

Claudia Weintraub
Claudia Weintraub
DIRECTOR - ADMINISTRATION
Claudia grew up in Switzerland and moved to the United States in her early 20’s. She earned her B.A. in English and German at California Lutheran University (CLU), where she graduated summa cum laude. She then went on to receive her single-subject teaching credential in English and her Master’s Degree in teaching from CLU as well. Claudia considers it a privilege to work with ROA’s dedicated, brilliant and amazing staff and enjoys the daily interaction with the school’s amazing students and families.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2013
Leslie Maple
Leslie Maple
LEAD TEACHER - ADMINISTRATION
A native born Californian, Leslie was number four out of six children. There were three boys first then, three girls followed. Being the oldest of the girls made her a little bossy. Leslie lived in north Orange County all of her childhood in an obscure place called La Habra. It wasn’t until 1989 did she get the privilege of relocating to beautiful Ventura County. She loves teaching and especially loves reading awesome books.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2010
Maria Montagne
Maria Montagne
INSTRUCTIONAL COORDINATOR / COACHING TEACHER
Maria was born in Venezuela. As a child, she lived in Canada and France, before returning to her home country. By middle school, Maria had realized that she had a penchant for Mathematics and started to tutor her family and friends. Maria has committed herself to sharing her enthusiasm for Mathematics and looks forward bringing this passion to River Oaks Academy families.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2010
Richard Intlekofer
Richard Intlekofer
HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR - ADMINISTRATION
A fifty year resident of the Conejo Valley, Richard was a high school counselor at Newbury Park High School for nearly 30 years until his retirement in June of 2013. Richard came out of retirement to join River Oaks Academy and he is thrilled to be able to continue working with the students, parents, and staff at this very special school. He loves travel, reading, writing, and sports of all kinds!
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2015
Gretchen Gillis
Gretchen Gillis
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - OFFICE STAFF
Gretchen was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She has become a die-hard Dodger fan, enjoys live music, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Gretchen has four awesome children, two of which she has homeschooled. Gretchen is honored to support a team of such dedicated educators at this truly amazing school.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2020
Ludovica Stile
Ludovica Stile
OFFICE ASSISTANT - OFFICE STAFF
Ludo was born and raised in beautiful Southern Italy and moved to California in 2019. She earned her Bachelor degree in English and Chinese at l’Orientale in Naples, where she graduated cum laude.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2022
Jennifer Anderson
Jennifer Anderson
COACHING TEACHER
Jennifer is from southern California but has spent years living in northern California and Montana. Jennifer has three amazing kids, two of which she home schooled. She has been married for over 20 years and loves going to the beach with her family and scrap-booking with her girlfriends.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2016
Leina Ball
Leina Ball
COACHING TEACHER
Leina earned her bachelors in geography, is nationally board certified in English, and enjoys learning about various people and places. Over the last dozen years she has taught all subjects in 4th-8th grades, taught English as a second language to first graders, and tutored foster students K-12th grade in their homes. She is an avid reader and writer who loves to share her enthusiasm for learning with her students.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2014
Ray Clayton
Ray Clayton
SCIENCE TEACHER / COACHING TEACHER
Ray Clayton is a Southern California native and avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying camping, hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, as well as numerous others. When he is not found wandering the outdoors you can also find him on the basketball court. Ray graduated from California State University Channel Islands, CSUCI, in 2015 with a degree in Biology and minor in History.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2020
Lidia Finocchiaro
Lidia Finocchiaro
COACHING TEACHER
Lidia Finocchiaro grew up in San Luis Obispo, California prior to residing in Ventura County. She attended Cal Poly State University where she earned her Liberal Studies degree and multiple subject credential. She taught elementary school aged children for 12 years and then stayed home after having her son. Lidia enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking, and traveling amongst many other things.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2019
Jacqueline Gonzalez
Jacqueline Gonzalez
COACHING TEACHER
Jackie is an Oxnard native. After high school, she attended Ventura College and transferred to UC Santa Barbara where she received her B.A in History. When not teaching, Jackie is spending time with her husband and her two kitties at home. She loves going to the movies and finding local vegetarian and vegan restaurants to eat at. She enjoys baking and decided to turn that into a small business.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2018
Chris Gostanian
Chris Gostanian
COACHING TEACHER
Chris was born and raised in Ventura County and attended CSUCI for his degree in English and his teaching credentials. He currently resides in Port Hueneme. Chris has been with River Oaks since 2019 and has had a wonderful time helping his students grow.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2019
Glenn Hening
Glenn Hening
MATH TEACHER / COACHING TEACHER
Glenn comes to ROA with three teaching credentials and 25 years of classroom experience in public and private schools in Ventura County, Los Angeles, and Central America. Glenn is married to the love of his life, Heidi, a yoga teacher. They live a block from the beach in Oxnard Shores, where Glenn can be found riding waves in his free time.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2019
Nick Humphrey
Nick Humphrey
COACHING TEACHER
Nick was born in southern California and while he has lived in the Pasadena area for most of his life, he now lives in Ventura. He has been teaching at ROA since 2011. When he is not teaching at ROA you can find him on his bicycle either at race or riding across the country.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2011
Kathy Jackson
Kathy Jackson
COACHING TEACHER
Kathy is a native Californian. She enjoys daily hikes into the nearby hills, swimming or boogie boarding at the beach, cooking and baking for her hungry and still growing sons, enjoying her friendships, investing in her own extended family and spending time with her grandson. She is very grateful for the privilege of being a parent and teacher and appreciates the relationships she is developing with her new families at ROA.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2012
Elyse Jaronczyk
Elyse Jaronczyk
COACHING TEACHER
Elyse comes to ROA with over 5 years of experience working in a personalized learning model. She also served in the classroom as a middle school English and history teacher for many years.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2021
Michelle Lindle
Michelle Lindle
COACHING TEACHER
Michelle spent most of her life in Houston, Texas, before moving to California in 2003. She has two grown children, and a wonderful husband of 34 years. She spent several years teaching high school English and working on the independent study team in Conejo Valley before joining ROA in 2021.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2021
Sara McGuire
Sara McGuire
COACHING TEACHER
Sara lives in Camarillo with her two sons and with her husband, who is a high school math teacher. Her hobbies are practicing the art of mehndi (or henna), gardening, walking, doing anything that has to do with glitter, reading novels and comics, grocery shopping (just kidding) and decoupaging most plain items in her house. Sara loves exploring interests and working with the incredible teachers and families at River Oaks Academy.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2018
Michal Rosenblum
Michal Rosenblum
COACHING TEACHER
Michal was born on a kibbutz in Israel, she has two brothers and one sister. She earned her B.A. in Child Development and art from CSUN, and continued her education in CSUN earning a CA Multiple Subject Credential and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Her greatest passions are teaching young children, art, and travel.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2010
Karina Russell
Karina Russell
COACHING TEACHER
Karina was born in Peru. There, she got her bachelor’s degree in Economics. In 2019, she graduated from the teaching program at CSUCI and got a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with authorization in Spanish.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2019
Crystal Serrano
Crystal Serrano
SCIENCE TEACHER / COACHING TEACHER
Crystal received a BA in Chemistry and a Master's Degree in Biochemistry from The University of Southern Mississippi. She has over 7 years of experience teaching from Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Chula Vista and now here at River Oaks. She is an adjuct faculty member at Ventura College and is currently an MBA candidate at The University of Southern Mississippi.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2021
Leah Warren
Leah Warren
COACHING TEACHER
Leah was born and raised in Westlake Village. Leah has taught in several local schools over the past 20 years, teaching various elementary grades. Leah also has a 200-hour yoga certification and a 300-hour clinical yoga therapy certification. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends BBQing, swimming, and just hanging out!
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2019
Susan Willard
Susan Willard
COACHING TEACHER
Susan is a SoCal girl and grew up in North Hollywood. In 2013, Susan joined ROA as a parent where she homeschooled her son for six years. During that time, she also served as a board member. When her son switched to traditional school for 6th grade, she was excited to take on a coaching role. Using her own experience she now loves sharing her knowledge with other families.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2019
Bob Grethel
Bob Grethel
MATH TUTOR
Bob has been a wonderful math tutor at River Oaks for many years. He loves working one-on-one with kids of all ages, teaching math in a calm, practical manner.
Charles Le Leim
Charles Le Leim
MATH TUTOR
We are fortunate to have Charles's services while he is finishing his doctoral studies in the field of optometric medicine. He is great with our high school students and enjoys helping them explore the power of mathematics.
Yoko Mimori
Yoko Mimori
MATH TUTOR
Yoko has been a wealth of knowledge at River Oaks. She is a super math tutor and teaches a variety of workshops including Japanese language, cooking, and culture. She loves community service projects and even helped our students cheer up senior citizens with thoughtful greeting cards.
Angeline Ong
Angeline Ong
MATH TUTOR
Angeline has a bundle of passion for math and she shares it with our students with much enthusiasm. She is a great listener and will work diligently with students to solve problems. She is an amazing part of what makes ROA great.
Mary Beth Adams
Mary Beth Adams
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Mary Beth was born in Los Angeles to adventurous Irish immigrant parents. Her family moved to Northern Arizona where many of her new friends belonged to Native American groups including the Diné (Navajo). The influence of their rich cultures, honor for others and sense of community helps keep her focus as an educator on the learning style and success of every student and the value of working as a team alongside ROA parents and staff.
Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
Case Manager - SPECIAL EDUCATION
bio coming soon
Sherry Mason-Franzino
Sherry Mason-Franzino
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Sherry has been teaching for 42 years, including at a psychiatric hospital in LA and a federal youth Prison in Colorado. She was a Resource Specialist teaching at a school in Simi Valley as well as at a private Special Education school in Brentwood. Sherry loves teaching Special Education kiddos and loves her kiddos at River Oaks!
Sandra Lulow
Sandra Lulow
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Sandra Lulow is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was a child. She completed her Bachelor's degree and Multiple Subjects teaching credential at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her first Master's degree in Speech/Communicative Disorders was earned at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2019
Mari Notrica
Mari Notrica
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Mary got her bachelor’s and master’s degree in special education at University of South California. She started her teaching career working for the Los Angeles Unified School District and then worked in a psychiatric hospital, a private school, and a non-public school. Finally, she worked for the Simi Unified School District until her retirement.
Nayri Shmavonian
Nayri Shmavonian
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Nayri has over 15 years of experience as a school psychologist. She earned a BA in Child Development from California State University, Northridge and also earned two Master's Degrees, one in School Counseling and another one in Educational Psychology, from Loyola Marymount University. She enjoys collaborating with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
@ River Oaks Academy Since: 2017

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