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Dr. Brian Winsor and Mrs. Beth Mendonca are the founding members and corporate principals of The Paideia Academies, Inc.
Dr. Brian Winsor, founder of Paideia Academies, has been an educator for over 30 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in special education, and a doctorate degree in educational leadership.
He was a junior high school teacher of students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. He has also been an elementary school principal, consultant for schools on leadership, curriculum, instructional strategies, as well as academic and behavior intervention.
Dr. Winsor has taught many graduate level courses in administration and special education at the University of Phoenix ground campus. He is frequently sought after for instructional leadership coaching, teacher workshops, and presents at several national conferences and annually at the Arizona Charter School Association conference.
Mrs. Beth Mendonca is the Director of Data and Intervention of the Paideia Academy Inc, specific responsibilities. She has over 30 years of education experience to include special education, administration, and consultation.
She is the designer of the Response To Intervention model of delivery services for Paideia Academies and the co-founder, along with Dr. Winsor of The Paideia Preschool South Mountain.
Ms. Garrison is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and has over 10 years’ experience in education. Ms. Garrison received my BA in Education from the University of Arizona and from Arizona State University with a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Garrison is musically talented and has a love for reading and storytelling. Ms. Garrison has published two youth books.
Dr. Benjamin Tietgen comes with legal education and boutique IP firm experience assisting emerging to medium -sized businesses to strategize for and secure full-scope IP protection, including U.S. and foreign trademark and copyright registration and enforcement; trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings; patent, trademark, copyright, software, and other technology licensing; music licensing; website usage and other e-commerce agreement drafting; and IP portfolio management, particularly IP asset transfer and ownership issues. Registered Patent Attorney with 7 years’ U.S. and international patent prosecution experience. Computer science background for counseling software companies, particularly web and mobile application developers, as well as companies with software and hardware licensing needs. Dr. Ben Tietgen received his Bachelor of Science in May 2002 from the University of Missouri College of Engineering; he also holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from Arizona State University College of Law (May 2007).
Ms. Tolliver, a Phoenix native, is a dynamic, optimistic and intelligent leader. A history of using exceptional communication skills to equip, encourage and inspire youth and young adults to achieve their academic and life goals. She finds joy in inspiring and calling to action individuals to utilize their abilities and resources to increase the quality of life for themselves, their families and communities.
She has been an educator for nine years and is currently an adult educator as a GED Success Instructor. Her summers are spent as a program lead and speaker at, Camp Genesis, a camp for youth whose parents are incarcerated. She is skilled in serving students of diverse backgrounds, especially those who have encountered ACES that have served as obstacles in achieving their goals.
Ms.Tolliver is also the founder of LoveLeadTransform, an organization that educates, equips, and enables youth and young adults (and the organizations that serve them) in leadership development through curated workshops.
Her previous work experience consists of serving as a high school leadership teacher at a charter school in South Phoenix and a Kids Cafe compliance and site specialist with St.Mary's Food Bank Alliance.
A thoughtful learner with a passion for understanding and applying effective leadership skills for the good of all, Ms. Tolliver is focused and committed to supporting future leaders in the community.