Leadership - Stanza Academy

Stanza Academy

Meet Our Team

At Stanza, we believe students should have the right to love learning. The quest for knowledge, understanding, and new skills should be exciting and engaging! Our amazing team of experts and educators work together towards the same goal: to deliver a personalized education, tailored to our students’ unique strengths, interests, and goals.

Average years’ experience for Stanza educators

Of Stanza instructors hold a master’s degree or higher

Of Stanza staff have practical experience outside education

Christine Kasitz, Ph.D., Head-of-School

Dr. Christine Kasitz is an educator with experience as a math interventionist, principal, education technology manager, and online school superintendent. She has a B.S. in ceramic engineering from Missouri Science and Technology, a M.S. in educational and instructional technology from National University, and a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in instructional design for online learning from Capella University.

Geoffrey Taylor Gibbs

Geoffrey Taylor Gibbs is a practicing lawyer and has served since as Special Counsel to the President of the University of California 2015. He also served as an aide to former Vice President (now President) Joe Biden and former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun. Since 2015, he has been the coach and program director of the Golden State Gladiators, one of the top AAU youth basketball programs in California. He brings a curiosity about the world and a passion for learning and mentoring young people to everything he does. Gibbs has a B.A. in economics from Harvard University, a M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Guy Fregault

Guy Fregault lived in Guatemala for several years and began teaching in California in 1994. He has taught students at public and private schools, and has experience as a bilingual educator. He taught online at Mission Academy from 2017 to 2020. Fregault has a B.S. in mathematics and a M.S. in education with emphasis on second-language acquisition from the University of Southern California, a Clear Teaching Credential, and a law degree from Laval University, Quebec City, Canada.

Laura Lothyan

Laura Lothyan has been an educator for more than 15 years, and she believes that all students can succeed. Throughout her career, she has focused on helping at-risk students feel valued and capable of writing their own future. At the heart of her teaching philosophy is a focus on social justice and diverse teaching methods, educating students to be citizens of the world they seek to change. Lothyan has a B.S. in social science from Portland State University, a M.A. in teaching from Lewis and Clark College, and a post-graduate Certificate in Urban Education.

Marilynn Jablonski

Marilyn Jablonski is an experienced teacher who is passionate about inspiring the love of self-expression and poetry in her students, who have excelled in international spoken word competitions and Get Lit, with several teams making the semi-finals and finals and four students selected as Get Lit Players. Jablonski has a B.A. in music from California State University, Northridge; and a Cleared Career Technical Education credential in arts, media & entertainment; business & finance; marketing & sales; and education.

Fernando Serrano

Fernando Serrano has been an educator for more than 25 years with experience as a science teacher, physicist, education technology and online specialist, community partnership, and online administrator. He has a Bachelor in Secondary Education major in Physics from Don Bosco College; a M.S. in Applied Physics major in Medical Physics from University of Santo Tomas; and a M.A. in Educational Administration from California State University Bakersfield.

Ruth Barraza-Mancilla

Dr. Ruth Barraza-Mancilla has taught Spanish, business, and teacher education in the past 15 years in public, private and post-secondary setting. She is passionate to inspire students to excel personally and academically. Ruth has a B.S. in business administration from California State University of Long Beach, M.A in educational curriculum and instruction from Concordia University, and Ed.D in education leadership from William Howard Taft University.

Caprice Young, Ed.D., Founding Superintendent

Dr. Caprice Young has 20 years of experience successfully leading public and private in-person and online schools, districts, and systems after a decade in finance and technology. She was elected to the Los Angeles school board and served as its president and founded the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). She is a national Charter School Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of the Coro Crystal Eagle for Excellence in Public Service award, and a California State University Los Angeles Educator of the Year. Dr. Young serves on the boards of the Fordham Foundation and Savvy Source. She has a B.A. in history from Yale University, M.P.A. from the University of Southern California, and Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.

“As a parent, I love it when my children tell me something that they are studying in school that really excites them. That fire in their eyes that sends them crawling all over the Internet to find out how new vaccines are made and the science behind it or learning 20th century history by researching the invention, life, and legacy of the VW Bug or creating an app for local homeless teens to find resources and get help. At Stanza, our main goal is to support our students in owning their own education.”

– Dr. Christine Kasitz, Head-of-School

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