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Special Education

Special Education Department Teachers

Jolene Regan Joel Tapper Angi Barber John Donnelly Steve Forbes

Jolene Regan,

Co-Dept. Chair

Joel Tapper,

Co-Dept. Chair

Angela Barber John Donnelly Steve Forbes  
Dave Georgia Rob Harris Leslie Hornstein Anna McCarthy Kirstee Radley
David Georgia Rob Harris Leslie Hornstein Anna McCarthy Kirstee Radley
Angela Rinke Phil Skinner      
Angela Rinke Phil Skinner    

 

Contact Information
Angela Barber ex: 11910 Special Education Teacher
Jolene Bradshaw ex: 11609 Special Education Teacher
John Donnelly ex: 11907 Special Education Teacher/ Athletic Football Coach
Steven Forbes ex: 11501 Special Education Teacher/ Special Education Department Chair
Robert Harris ex: 11304 Special Education Teacher
Leslie Hornstein ex: 11908 Education Specialist
Anna McCarthy ex: 11899 Special Education Teacher
Kirstee Radley ex: 11312 Teacher
Angela Rinke ex: 11311 Special Education Teacher
Phillip Skinner ex: 11922 Special Education Teacher/ Athletic Football Coach
Joel Tapper ex: 11310 Special Education Teacher

TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES

Angela Barber

Angi Barber

Jolene Regan

Jolene Regan

John Donnelly

John Donnelly

Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes

Robert Harris

Rob Harris

Rob Harris has been an educator for 25 years, 10 as an aide and 15 as a teacher, at Dana Hills High School. He attended Corona Del Mar High School and then earned his AA in Administration of Justice from Cuesta College. To finish his education, Mr. Harris matriculated to Cal State University, Fullerton so as to earn a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies. He believes that education that works includes work that educates. His interests include swimming, travelling, and listening to live music. During the summer between school years, Mr. Harris lives in the desert near the Colorado River.

 

Leslie Hornstein

Leslie Hornstein

 

Anna McCarthy

Anna McCarthy

Kirstee Radley

Kirstee Radley

Teaching since 2001

Currently Teaches: STEPS

Kirstee Radley earned her Ph.D. in Disability Studies from Chapman University, Masters in Education from Biola University and her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Biola University. She began teaching at Dana Hills in 2018 and works as an adjunct professor at Chapman University. Mrs. Radley prides herself in creating opportunities for students to show their independence both at the school site and in the community. She lives in San Juan Capistrano with her husband and three kids. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, travelling and hiking.

 

Angela Rinke

Angela Rinke

Teaching since 2007

Currently Teaches: 9th-12th grade STEPS

Angela Rinke received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and moderate/ severe special education and multi-subject general education credentials from University of California, Riverside. Mrs. Rinke began teaching for Capistrano Unified in 2007 in the Structured Autism Classroom program and transferred to Dana Hills High School in 2017. As a STEPS teacher, Mrs. Rinke enjoys the challenge of preparing her students for their life post-high school, teaching them social skills, employment skills, and independent living skills. When not in the classroom, she values the time she shares with her husband traveling internationally. When not on a tiny, remote island somewhere in the world, she can likely be found spending time at home in San Juan Capistrano with her husband and two dogs or at the dog park.

 

Phillip Skinner

Phil Skinner

Phil Skinner has more than 20 years of teaching and coaching experience, first at Villa Park High School in 1996 and then at Dana Hills in 2007. He has worked as a special education teacher, the Offensive Line Coach, Assistant Head Coach, and most recently, Head Coach for the Dolphins. He is a graduate of Orange High School, played two years at Rancho Santiago College, took part in the Junior College National Champions, and spent two years at California State University, Chico on the Offensive Line. Mr. Skinner then played in the World League with the Centurions in Brisbane, Australia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cal State University, Chico with emphasis in Sociology and Communications. He then secured his Master of Sciences, Education Specialist from National University. Mr. Skinner believes that football teaches many lessons that are valuable in life - how to be a contributor on a team, how to win with integrity, how to build emotional and physical strength, how to face adversity, and most importantly, grit. The opportunity to show athletes how to build and overcome is a true honor for him. And, he loves the game. Being a special education teacher has its challenges, but at the same time, Mr. Skinner knows it is an extremely rewarding career. Teaching is a wonderful chance to change the world one moment at a time, and special education is no different. From simple improvements to huge leaps, the impact a special education teacher can have on a student can truly be life-changing. Poet Robert John Meehan, known as ‘The Voice of the American Teacher,’ summed up the value of helping all children to be successful when he stated, “Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.” He is a resident of Rancho Mission Viejo and lives with his wife Somer, daughter Stella (8), and son Zane (5).

 

Joel Tapper

Joel Tapper

Teaching since 2011

Currently Teaches: Special Education, STEPS Program

Joel Tapper earned his Master in Special Education degree from National University, and his Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Tapper began teaching at Dana Hills in 2013. His philosophy for teaching is always to come with passion, purpose, and a willingness to foster strong partnerships.  His motto is: Community Based Instruction (CBI) is not a field trip; it is work. Mr. Tapper loves bringing his art background to his work and coming up with new and creative ways to support each student’s individual needs. Mr. Tapper is the Co-Department Chair for special education. He wishes he lived in Dana Point (currently in Rancho Santa Margarita) and happily gives up most of his free time to his wonderful wife and three young daughters. 

Special Education Independence Facilitators

Luz Abaroa-Avila
Luz Abaroa-Avila

Mariella Aguirre
Mariella Aguirre

Kim Beveridge
Kim Beveridge

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Lindsey Brock

Liz Goodridge
Liz Goodridge

Irene Greenup
Irene Greenup

Robin Harris
Robin Harris

Stacey Healey
Stacey Healey

Mary Helberg
Mary Helberg

Safia Hoqoq
Safia Hoqoq

Krista Jackson
Krista Jackson

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Jennifer Keller

Linda Marroush

Linda Marroush

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Violette Migliaccio

Donna Molina
Donna Molina

Karen Pedroza
Karen Pedroza

Lynda Pierce-Estes
Lynda Pierce-Estes

Carrie Ramos
Carrie Ramos

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Christine Robbins

Linda Rohrer
Linda Rohrer

Jenny Simpson
Jenny Simpson

Katie Sowers
Katie Sowers

Kim Wiles
Kim Wiles

Patty Wirtz
Patty Wirtz

 

Instructional Aides

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Deandre Comers

 

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Karen Engelberg-Easgleton

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Ashley Focht

Ann Marino
Ann Marino

Zahra Salemi
Zahra Salemi

Jacqueline Wong Tam
Jacqueline Wong Tam

Laura Yamamoto
Laura Yamamoto

 

 

Caregiver

Genieveve Gonzalez

Genieveve Gonzalez