El Camino Real Charter High School
ECR Board
ECR Board

In  2011, a group of educators at El Camino Real High School,  inspired by a desire for more autonomy and flexibility in instructional practices, curriculum, governance, and finances, led the school’s conversion to an independent charter school.  Since then, El Camino Real Charter High School (ECRCHS) has continued its long tradition of excellence in public education, as well as introduced new opportunities that have enhanced the high school experience and led to improved academic outcomes for all students.


Board Vacancies

The Board is now accepting applications for three (3) seats to serve on the Board for a term of three (3) years, starting July 1, 2017.  The vacant seats are:  two (2) teacher representatives; and one (1) parent representative.  Please note:  the deadline to apply has been extended to April 14, 2017.

To apply or for more information, please click here.

Board Candidates (updated 4/19/2017)

Name: Shanna Sarris   | Position: Teacher Rep Position 1
Statement of Candidacy:
Helping young adults reach their potential and make a positive impact on our society is one of my core passions.  As a former graduate, teacher, coach, and athletic director of ECRCHS it would be an honor to have the opportunity to serve on its Board of Directors. The influence of the amazing teachers I had at ECRCHS is what sparked my interest in teaching and led me to pursue a career in education.
In my 17-year career as an educator I have held the position of teacher, coach, athletic director, district office curriculum specialist, assistant principal and most recently, principal.  In 2004 I participated on initial charter committee at ECRCHS.  Although it was unsuccessful at that time, I was glad that the movement continued and eventually led to the charter being granted.  It is important to be able to make site-based decisions that focus on what is in the best interest of the students at the school.  Charter schools make this a reality.
Currently, I am the principal at Apollo High School, the continuation school in Simi Valley.  From the beginning of my teaching career, I have always been drawn to helping at-risk students.  However, I was also always lucky enough to work with students in the Humantas program, student-athletes, as well as honors and advanced placement students.  Working with diverse student populations has given me the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of teachers in an effort to support student success.  As the assistant principal at Royal High School in Simi Valley, I led a team of educators who successfully brought the International Baccalaureate program to the school.
I am a true believer in servant leadership.  Being part of this Board would allow me to give back to the school that gave me so much.  Having the opportunity to serve the teachers and students of ECRCHS would be an honor.  Having taught at and graduated from the school gives me a unique perspective and understanding from both points of view.  However, my additional experiences in the educational realm have given me global context which I believe will be an asset to the school.  I am a firm believer in building positive relationships between teachers, students, parents, and staff. I also believe working collaboratively with all stakeholders is a key to successful schools.
I have been part of and led many committees including curriculum development, textbook adoption, hiring, WASC, Model Schools, curriculum councils, athletic re-leaguing, and innovation and technology.  Recently, I became a trainer of trainers of McRel’s Classroom Instruction That Works and along with a team of teachers have been successful in implementing the program at our school.  I am a member of the CUE (Computer Using Educators) organization and attend many professional development conferences and trainings to continually learn and grow as an educator.

Name: Lisa Crosthwait   | Position: Parent Rep.
Statement of Candidacy:
I am the parent of 4 children who attended El Camino Real HS/ECRCHS from 2000-2016.  While my two eldest children were successful and were provided some great opportunities at El Camino Real High School, I clearly saw how my youngest two children benefitted from the transition to a Charter High School.   During my youngest childrens’ time at ECRCHS, there were also some bad experiences. It was disheartening to recently see the bad outweighing the good in the public eye.  I would like to contribute to making El Camino Real Charter High School a school where all experiences are positive and productive ones; a school that my children can be proud to call their alma mater.
As a Parent Representative, my contributions would stem from numerous personal and professional experiences.   Along with being very active in my own children’s school experiences, I have four years of coaching experience at Schurr High School (Montebello, CA.)  I’ve seen the benefits of parents’ involvement and teachers’ commitments.   I have a strong belief in the positive influences that students can gain from athletic and other extracurricular participation.   I attended a public high school and went on to earn a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California.   I am an advocate of STEM and believe my contributions can help ECRCHS continue its academic success.  It is important that many options are provided to the student body as education is not a cookie cutter recipe.  All avenues of interest and development must remain open and available in order to foster many opportunities for grown and success.  I would pursue many and varied avenues toward making this a reality.
Professionally, I am exposed to some of the best and newest technologies available.  Integrating technology into the classroom is a necessary factor in preparing the students for their college endeavors and their personal growth.  As an Industrial Engineer, it is in my fabric to view all expenditures from a value added perspective.  While funding is an ongoing challenge, the cost of technology is at the lowest point ever in regards to what is now available.  I have personally been a team leader for years, providing leadership and guidance on how to get to each next step in order to achieve overarching goals.  I have been instrumental in reducing workflows by up to 30% and realizing cost savings of up to 25%. Being provided with the opportunity to help manage the financial aspect of this school is a responsibility I would not take lightly.   It is the responsibility of the school board to ensure that the Return on Investment for our children is clear, and as a representative I would strive to make that happen
The charter school option is essential in preparing our children for their future.  As a Parent Representative, the care and safety of our students’ development will be of the upmost priority, while still maintaining the fiscal responsibility needed for the success of this school.  Most importantly, accountability is paramount to the success of a charter high school.  As a lesbian woman of color, it would be on my radar to ensure that all students are treated equally and provided a voice reflective of their needs at a time where it’s critical that they are not marginalized.   Accountability is paramount to the success of any charter high school, and I will work with teachers and administrators to ensure their daily decision making stays focused clearly on the good of the individual student and student body as a whole, and that their actions are reflective of this.  I will hold myself accountable to always look for options that are benefiting the majority of the student body, with the goal of benefiting each member of the student body.
It would be an honor to serve El Camino Real Charter High School as a Parent Representative on the Board.

Name: Jonathan Wasser   | Position: Teacher Rep Position 2
Statement of Candidacy:

I served as a special education resource teacher for eleven years and was the Department Chair for seven years at El Camino Real Charter High School. I served on many school committees including Special Needs Compliance, Technology, and Curriculum. I have served on the ECRA Board of Directors for almost three years (the last two as the Board Chair). I earned my BA in Political Science, at California Lutheran University, and I graduated from California State Dominguez Hills, with an MA in Behavioral Science (with specialization in negotiations and conflict management). Additionally, I hold an MS in Special Education, along with a valid California Teaching Credential.   I also  served as  a volunteer Assistant Coach, for ECRCHS’ Cross Country and Track teams, for four years.  I have participated and sponsored many charitable  events for the LGBT Community, Cancer survivors and other charitable causes.

I am a  a former El Camino Real High School Student,  who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and other related learning disabilities. At the time (1970s),  I was labeled  “educationally handicapped” and was placed in a Special Day Class, at Lockhurst Elementary, in the  first grade. I struggled at El Camino Real High School, and I dropped out during my senior year. I later returned to finish high school at Miguel Leonis Continuation School.  Because of my personal experiences, I strongly believe  that no child should ever be left behind, and that high expectations apply to all students.

Name: Brian Archibald  | Position: Teacher Rep. Position 1
Statement of Candidacy:

I started off my career in academics teaching at the University of Rochester while pursuing my PhD in Finance.  I have a wide variety of experiences having run businesses from 4 employees up to close to 2,000 and have overseen all aspects of business – accounting, financial planning and analysis, IT, HR, Sales, Media, Marketing, Call Center services etc.  I still continue to apply my passion for teaching through coaching and have coached children of all ages and currently coach High School High Jump.
I live two blocks from ECR and graduated from there in 1984.  Thus, this particular school matters to me.   It matters what environment we are creating for learning and developing.  It matters that we have a school that prepares our children for their future in a meaningful way.
Thus, I bring expertise in business along with experience in education and non-profit organizations that, couple with my love of learning and helping, makes me well suited to contribute to this Board and ECR.
I would appreciate your consideration for this role.

Name: Steven Kofahl  | Position: Teacher Rep. Position 1
Statement of Candidacy:



2016-2017 ECRA Board Meeting Dates

All board meetings are held at 5pm.  Please check the Agenda (found at the Materials & Recordings tab to the right) for location.

August 10, 2016
September 21, 2016
October 26, 2016
November 16, 2016
December 14, 2016
January 18, 2017
February 15, 2017
March 15, 2017

March 28, 2017 (4 p.m.)
April 19, 2017
May 17, 2017
June 28, 2017

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