The administrative team at Granite Mountain Charter School value homeschooling and family highly. From school organization to curricula and school activities, each decision made is carefully weighed with the whole student in mind. Many of the leadership are not only educators, but homeschool parents themselves.
Our Regional Directors:
Lead Senior Director
I have had the privilege to work in the educational field for over 25 years. In college, I worked as a preschool teacher and have since taught in brick-and-mortar, virtual, and homeschool settings educating several different grade levels and students of all needs. It has been an honor to also serve in many different leadership positions, including Teacher Trainer, Induction Coach, Testing Coordinator, Regional Coordinator, Regional Director, and now as Senior Director Team Lead. I have fallen in love with the homeschool community and truly believe any student could excel in an environment where his/her interests are considered, personal encouragement is given, and individual personalities and learning styles are honored. I feel so fortunate to be a member of such a “trailblazing” school and I am excited to share my knowledge of the many different educational resources here at Granite Mountain. When I am not working with our wonderful Granite Mountain community, I enjoy traveling with my family, reading, listening to podcasts, and long hikes with my dog Kona.
Senior Director - Inland Empire West
Teaching has always been a passion of mine. I started my career in brick and mortar classrooms and loved working with my students each day. Then, I had the opportunity to work for a charter school and enjoyed being able to form special bonds with the families. I have been working for Granite Mountain for several years and have held a variety of positions within the school. I am proud to be working for a school that puts students and families first and we constantly make it our goal to meet the educational needs of each individual student. I never thought I would homeschool my own children, but my younger two asked me to homeschool them four years ago. My daughter graduated from our school last year and my son is going into eighth grade this year with our school. Homeschooling my own children has been a great learning experience for me and I feel that I am able to relate to families in a way that I could not before. In my free time, I like to spend time with my three kids, relax and travel when I can.
Senior Director - Inland Empire East
I am so grateful to be part of the Granite Mountain Family! I have had the honor of working as an educator for 25 years. During this time, I have served as a Regional Director, Regional Coordinator, Home School Teacher, and many years in a brick-and-mortar setting as a classroom teacher. In my current position, my goal is to provide a supportive climate and culture that is conducive to learning. By doing so, each student, learning coach and teacher can experience growth to their highest potential. I am blessed to be a wife and a mother to our 3 beautiful children who bring immense joy to my life. During my free time, I love to attend sporting events, travel, and spend time with my family.
Senior Director - LA & Surrounding Areas
Michelle Wendell is a professional educator with more than 20 years of experience across a number of educational platforms. She began her career as a K-2 classroom teacher in Southern California before gaining additional teaching experience overseas in Latin America and Europe. As her children reached school age, Michelle embarked on a homeschooling journey that continues today with each of her four children. She counts it a great privilege to help her children develop a love for learning and confidence in themselves as they grow and mature. Michelle began working with independent study Charter Schools in 2016, helping other families to find success in their personalized homeschool journeys. She joined the staff of Granite Mountain Charter School in 2020, serving as a Homeschool Coach and later, as a Regional Coordinator. Michelle currently serves as a Regional Director with responsibility for the Los Angele and Surrounding Areas. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Education and Curriculum Development, both from Biola University. She is married to her husband, Dan, and along with their kids and their dog, they love to explore the outdoors, whether at the ocean or in the mountains.
Senior Director - High Desert
I knew I wanted to be an educator from a very young age. I was raised in a family of teachers who instilled a love of learning through the natural world, and so it only seemed fitting to follow in my parent's and grandparent’s footsteps. My love of nature took me to pursue teaching credentials in biology and health science, along with my Master’s in Education from Pepperdine University. From there, I jumped into the world of independent study charter schools. After a few years of teaching students in all grade levels in independent study, I moved into leadership.
Working with the staff, families and students at Granite Mountain Charter School brings me joy each and every day. Our school offers so many ways in which students from different backgrounds can thrive and be successful in today’s ever-changing world.
When I’m not working you can find me running trails or climbing rocks in the high desert where I live with my husband, dog and cat.
Our Executive Cabinet:
Chief of Staff
Chief Academic Officer
Chief Business Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Chief of Student Support