“Leadership isn’t about imposing the leader’s solo dream; it’s about developing a shared sense of destiny.” — Kouzes & Posner
Dr. Virgie Rentie, Founder and Executive Director/CEO
Dr. Virgie Rentie is the visionary leader, founder, and Executive Director/CEO of REACH Leadership Academy. She entered the field of education over two decades ago believing that if students have access to High Quality instruction they can and will learn.
Dr. Rentie holds a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership as well as a Master’s Degree in Education and Clear CLAD Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California and holds an Early Childhood Director Permit from the California Department of Education. Dr. Rentie received training from Riverside Unified School District’s Leadership Academy and holds an Administrative Services Credential.
As an ardent Charter School supporter, Dr. Rentie believes that in order to close the achievement gap for lower performing students, schools need to claim more time for learning. She posits that in an ever-changing, global society, it is imperative that schools be taken beyond its traditional boundaries by extending the school day and lengthening the school year. While including different kinds of learning experiences anchored in cooperative learning, investigations, technology integration, and community-based experiences, Dr. Rentie, with the help of a dynamic and dedicated leadership team, has constructed a student-centered educational program at REACH that empowers young people to be innovative problem solvers who are knowledgeable about themselves, their community, and the broader world around them.
Mrs. Susie Navarro, Assistant Director
Mrs. Anne Dumire, Administrative Instructional Specialist
Mrs. Dumire is the Administrative Designee at REACH Leadership Academy. For three years she served as administrative designee for special education meetings at a local school in the Riverside Unified School District. Her duties included overseeing meetings when an administrator was not present and ensuring IEP paperwork was accurate and complete. Prior to teaching, Anne was director of Parks & Recreations in Fort Gratiot Township in Michigan. She was responsible for hiring and training staff, enrolling students in recreation programs, designing summer curriculum for the summer parks program, facilitating field trips and reporting to all Township board meetings. Mrs. Dumire feels that her high expectations, energetic demeanor, and sense of justice are an asset in her leadership position and looks forward to continuing to serve the families at REACH and providing their children with a safe, enriching environment so that they may reach their potential.
Mrs. Johanna Calmes, Business Operations Manager
Ms. Rachael Staylor, Special Programs Coordinator
Ms. Kristina Benavides, Attendance Clerk
Miss Kristina Benavides was born and raised in Orange County and currently she resides in Riverside. She graduated from Saddleback High School in 2006 and attended Orange Coast College taking General Education Classes. Kristina has several years experience working in Orange Coast College in the Admissions/Records Office assisting students at the front counter with enrollment and enjoys the education environment. She is bilingual and enjoys helping students and the public. She is now a 3 year veteran at REACH Leadership Academy specializing in attendance accounting, enrollment, and student affairs.
Ms. Judi Lynn Jenkins, Nutrition Services Coordinator
Judi Lynn has over 20 years experience working to improve the confidence and esteem of young people. Judi Lynn is a highly motivated teacher/trainer, facilitator, and Platform speaker fostering and encouraging Character Education, Responsibility/Living Skills, Leadership Training, and Personal Development training for young people. Judi Lynn held the position as In-Service Training Director for the Jefferson Center for Character. She also helped to develop curriculum for private and public schools in southern California and Texas school districts.
Judi Lynn held the position of Youth Drama Director, teaching leadership and coaching teens through the arts. Judi Lynn was also Youth Summer Camp Director for The Daniel Foundation.
Ms. Jenkins is a graduate of Marymount Palos Verdes College and a senior at BIOLA University BOLD program getting her B.A. degree in Leadership and Organization. She is presently working part time with The Young Visionaries Leadership Academy as their Homeless Shelter for Teens Volunteer Coordinator. She also volunteers teaching living skills to 16- 24 years olds at Youth Build. Judi Lynn is a foster/adopt mom and a child advocate for equipping young people in leadership and personal development. Judi Lynn believes that every young person “gets to” learn to be responsible for their own future and every young person who works hard can live an extraordinary life.
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