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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.


Meg Rydman, Director of Education

Meg has worked for GVCS since 2001, serving first as an EF and and Advisor before moving into her current role of Director of Education. Meg lives in the Santa Ynez Valley with her husband, Christopher, and two sons, Jack and Everett.







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.




Tricia Purcell, Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator

Tricia has been teaching since 1999. She began teaching Math in the middle school classroom and then became the new teacher project mentor for her district. She loves working with homeschool families. 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. She holds a multiple subject credential and a single-subject math credential. She enjoys cooking, baking, and gardening.





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


L
ori 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.









Mary Deyo, Administrative Assistant

Mary has been with Golden Valley since 2015. She served 10 years in sales for a company in Michigan and relocated to California with her husband to be near their two children, four grandchildren, Mary’s two brothers and their families. She loves theater, art, music and the wonderful California weather.