Specialist Faculty

Carden Conejo Specialist Faculty

Donna Brunasso

Donna Brunasso

Position: Head of the Math Department
Email: donna.brunasso@cardenconejo.com

Bachelor Degree in Psychology – Honors, UC Santa Barbara

AA degree with honors in Liberal Studies – Santa Barbara City College

Early Childhood Education, UC Los Angeles

Singapore Math Training

Mrs. Brunasso is a graduate from the school of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at UCSB. Following graduation, she has continued her studies and training in Early Childhood Education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mrs. Brunasso began her teaching career in the early 1980’s and has since taught at various Pre-Schools and Elementary schools across the state. She has worked as a Class Aide, Homeroom Teacher, Lead Teacher, Department Head and Administrator before joining the Carden Conejo faculty in 2008.

Mrs. Brunasso has completed training in the Carden Method, Singapore Math methodologies, and SMART software and curriculum.

Website: https://donnabrunasso.wixsite.com/singaporemathk-2

Donna Brunasso

Bachelor Degree in Psychology – Honors, UC Santa Barbara AA...

Donna Brunasso

Head of the Math Department
Allison Chong

Allison Chong

Position: Singapore Math Teacher (3rd - 5th)
Email: Allison.Chong@cardenconejo.com

Bachelors degree in Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Masters degree in Education & Teaching Credential, Pepperdine University

Ms. Chong grew up in the Newbury Park area.  Upon graduating from Newbury Park High School, she went on to earn her Bachelors degree, Masters degree, and teaching credential.  She began her teaching career in 2002 at a private school in Simi Valley.  There, she taught 2nd through 5th grades in all subject areas, as well as 5th through 8th grades in math, English and history.

Outside of teaching, Ms. Chong has spent numerous summers working at camps in the local area, starting off as a counselor and working up to director.  When she’s not teaching, Ms. Chong can often be found at 24 Hour Fitness in the Kids Club, hanging out and playing on the weekends, or cheering on her favorite team, the LA Kings.

Ms. Chong is a childhood cancer survivor and participates in the annual Relay For Life event.  She is the Youth Game Team Leader and very much enjoys being involved in  the cause to find a cure.

Website: mschongsclassroom.weebly.com

Allison Chong

Bachelors degree in Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara...

Allison Chong

Singapore Math Teacher (3rd - 5th)
Lisa Macias-Flavin, Head of School

Lisa Macias-Flavin

Position: Science Teacher (4th - 5th Grade)
Email: lisa.flavin@cardenconejo.com
Science Teacher (4th – 5th Grade)

Bachelors Degree in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Masters Degree in Educational Administration, California State University, Northridge

California Clear Teaching Credential

Administrative Credential

National Board Certification

2014 -Assistant Principal at Carden Conejo School

In 2009, Ms. Flavin joined Carden Conejo as the Upper Grade Science Specialist. In 2010 she created the Carden Conejo Lego Robotics Club and Competition Team, and in the fall of 2014, she was appointed to the role of Assistant Principal.

Ms. Flavin loves science and hopes that her students will, too.  She developed her love for science by doing science.  Ms. Flavin volunteered on an EarthWatch team and traveled to the dry tropical forest in Jalisco, Mexico to help researchers track the number of carnivores living there. She participated in research projects as an undergraduate in the UCLA Psychology department, delivering batteries of tests to students at the Corinne Seeds University Elementary School. After graduating, Ms. Flavin was hired by Dr. Vicky Mays to work on an AIDS research team studying why people engage in behaviors they know are risky.

Ms. Flavin loves the hands-on lessons the FOSS program provides, and looks forward to implementing the new Engineering is Elementary curriculum.

Lisa Macias-Flavin, Head of School

Science Teacher (4th – 5th Grade) Bachelors Degree in Psychology,...

Lisa Macias-Flavin

Science Teacher (4th - 5th Grade)
Amy Stone

Amy Stone

Position: Science Teacher ( Kind-3rd Grade)
Email: Science Teacher ( Kind-3rd Grade)

Bachelors Degree, California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo

Masters Degree, National University

Deans List – School of Professional Studies and Education, Appointed 2008

A graduate of Agoura High School, Mrs. Stone attended Humboldt State University, where she played intercollegiate volleyball. In 1990, she transferred to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo to finish her Bachelor’s degree in Education and earn her Preliminary Teaching Credential. In 1995, Mrs. Stone took her first teaching position at Hazeltine Avenue Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She planned and taught first grade in all the curriculum areas, performed duties as grade level chair and served as co-leader on a strategic planning team in Language arts. She also attended and presented at many teacher conferences in the areas of Language Arts and English Language Development. While teaching at Hazeltine Avenue, Amy earned her Master of Arts degree in Instructional Leadership at National University.

In 2000, she obtained a first grade teaching position at Oak Hills Elementary School in the Oak Park Unified School District. It was in this year that they received recognition as a California Distinguished School. Then in 2001, Mrs. Stone decided to focus on teaching a single subject, Science. She worked as a Science Specialist for an educational consulting firm called, Quest in Science. Her love for science blossomed. She instructed students in kindergarten through third grade at several private and public schools. All of the curriculum planned and taught included hands-on instruction. After six years of teaching as a traveling science specialist at many schools, Amy joined Carden Conejo School to become the kindergarten through third grade Science Specialist. She implements FOSS (Full Option Science System) modules developed at UC Berkeley along with a variety of supplemental materials such as Engineering is Elementary, Scholastic Super Science and Smart Board Technology.

Amy Stone

Bachelors Degree, California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo Masters Degree, National...

Amy Stone

Science Teacher ( Kind-3rd Grade)
Tracy Krasczyk

Tracy Krasczyk

Position: Performing Arts Director & Community Outreach Coordinator
Email: tracy.krasczyk@cardenconejo.com

Ventura College, California

Carden Conejo School Music Teacher, Pre-School through Fifth Grade

After School Performance Classes

Mrs. Krasczyk grew up in Ventura, California.  After graduating from Ventura College, she worked for the Oxnard School District with a focus on student learning processes.
Mrs. Krasczyk plays the guitar and composes music. She became Carden’s music teacher in 2003.  Mrs. Krasczyk teaches her students the art of solo and group singing, instrumental music instruction and music appreciation. Additionally Mrs. Krasczyk contributes to the weekly Friday assemblies, and assists teachers with their homeroom class plays. Mrs. Krasczyk’s students have performed in public concerts as well.

Mrs. Krasczyk’s after school activities, her Performance Classes and Funtastic Fridays are very popular with Carden pupils and parents.

Tracy Krasczyk

Ventura College, California Carden Conejo School Music Teacher, Pre-School through...

Tracy Krasczyk

Performing Arts Director & Community Outreach Coordinator
Stacy O'Neill

Stacy O’Neill

Position: Art and Art Appreciation Teacher (K-5th)
Email: Stacy.Oneill@cardenconejo.com

Bachelor Degree in Animation – Loyola Marymount University

Early Childhood Education – Moorpark College

After graduating from Louisville High Schoolo, Mrs. O’Neill studied at Santa Clara University. She transferred to Loyola Maymount University to take advantage of their brand new animation program and focus more on the arts, majoring in Animation with a minor in Studio Arts. Between classes, she enjoyed tutoring, nannying, and working at Club Disney as an art coach, teaching arts and crafts to children and their parents. She earned her degree and began working in the studios (Rough Draft and DreamWorks Animation) but eventually followed her passion of teaching children and combined that with her love for art. She continued to work as an art teacher and also worked as the Computer Specialist at Wildwood Elementary before joinging the Carden team in 2017. She loves to watch her students create and imagine new things and to introduce them to different artists and new styles of art.

If Mrs. O’Neill is not creating art in the studio, she is busy with her two sons and watching them on the high school football field and middle school basketball court. She also loves going to art museums and concerts, a good jigsaw puzzle, and watching her favorite team , the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Stacy O'Neill

Bachelor Degree in Animation – Loyola Marymount University Early Childhood...

Stacy O’Neill

Art and Art Appreciation Teacher (K-5th)
Marion Renslow

Marion Renslow

Position: French Teacher (K-5th)
Email: marion.renslow@cardenconejo.com

Mme. Renslow has a Master’s Degree in German Language, Literature and Civilization, from Côte d’Opale University in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.  She also has earned a Master’s Degree in French as a Foreign Language from Stendhal Univeristy in Grenoble, France.

Mme. Renslow is fluent in French, German, and English.  She was an elementary school teacher at the ABCM Beausoleil French-German Bilingual School in Sarreguemines, France.  More recently she has been teaching French in the Conejo Valley for children of all ages.

Marion Renslow

Mme. Renslow has a Master’s Degree in German Language, Literature...

Marion Renslow

French Teacher (K-5th)
Forest Roy

Forest Roy

Position: French Teacher (PS/PK/JrK)
Email: French Teacher (PS/PK/JrK)

Madame Forest (Philbrick) Roy attended Carden Conejo from 1986 to 1996. Her mother taught French at Carden for 15 years. Madame then went to Louisville High School where she continued her French studies.

Madame Roy began teaching children dance at age16 and after High School she was asked to teach primary school French at Carden. She taught for two years before pursuing her career in dance. She is the current owner of a dance studio in Agoura Hills and enjoys teaching French in primary school.

Madame Roy has three daughters, two of whom are currently attending Carden Conejo in kindergarten and 5th grade.

Forest Roy

Madame Forest (Philbrick) Roy attended Carden Conejo from 1986 to...

Forest Roy

French Teacher (PS/PK/JrK)
Dorothy Bautista

Dorothy Bautista

Position: Technology Instructor
Email: Dorothy.Bautista@cardenconejo.com

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University.

Mrs. Bautista’s first job out of college was working for an investment firm as a marketing assistant. She also became the company’s tech support when local and wide area network systems were introduced to the company.

She became a stay at home mom after the birth of her first child and owned and operated a child day care facility in her home for several years until she went back to the corporate world.

Mrs. Bautista worked for an engineering firm and started out as an Assistant Information Systems Administrator where she provided technical assistance and support for the company’s software, hardware, network systems, and all computer related equipment. She then moved to the engineering area where she was an Electrical Designer and designed lighting, communicating systems, fire alarm systems, and power for various schools in Los Angeles.

Mrs.Bautista was a Computer Site Technician at Peach Hill School in Moorpark where she  maintained and fixed technology equipment and taught technology curriculum for students PreK – 5th.

Dorothy Bautista

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Philosophy,...

Dorothy Bautista

Technology Instructor

Steve Shaw

Position: Physical Education Teacher
Email: steve.shaw@cardenconejo.com

Steve Shaw

Physical Education Teacher