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CHIME Institute Leadership
  1. Annie Cox, Executive Director Early Education Programs
    Annie Cox is the Executive Director of Early Education Programs for the CHIME Institute.  Her dedication is reflected in the successful operation of the Infant & Toddler and Preschool & Kindergarten Programs. Ms. Cox has contributed significantly to the development of the CHIME mission and philosophy, supported development of new programs including the CHIME Charter Elementary School, and mentored newer members of the staff and leadership team.

    Her professional experience in the field of education extends for the past twenty years. Ms. Cox also has extensive experience working with adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, Ms. Cox provided early intervention services for young children with disabilities at UCLA and acted as an inclusion specialist for preschool children with disabilities in a full inclusion site. Ms. Cox has served as a part-time instructor, master teacher, and fieldwork supervisor for the Department of Special Education at CSUN. She currently trains and supports teachers in the field of Early Childhood Special Education and since 1989 has provided mentoring and supervision for university students at the CSUN.

  2. Erin Studer, Executive Director of Charter School Programs for the CHIME Institute
    Mr. Erin Studer is the Executive Director of Charter School Programs for the CHIME Institute. He holds a bachelorís degree in religion with a minor in English from the University of Iowa, a masterís in special education from National University, and he was among the first cohort to graduate in 2011 from California State University, Northridge doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Mr. Studer began his educational career in 1998 with Summit View School, which offers comprehensive elementary, middle, and high school programs for students with learning differences. A few years later, he was asked to help open Summit Viewís west campus in Los Angeles. Mr. Studer started his administrative career as an athletic director. He has also been a high school dean, a curriculum coordinator, and a principal. He has worked with students K-12 and at the college level and has provided training for hundreds of teachers in the areas of neurodevelopment and cooperative learning strategies. He has also consulted with several local schools and districts on the design and implementation of professional development programs.

  3. Jennifer Lockwood, CHIME Charter School Principal
    Jennifer Lockwood realized that education was the field she felt most passionate about while working towards her undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts, where she taught Dramatic Arts workshops to high school students. After receiving her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Language Arts, Ms. Lockwood taught Language Arts and Social Studies at Sylmar High School. In the summer, she traveled to Ghana where she taught English to girls at a UNICEF school through the program Global Volunteers. It was while working at Sylmar High School where a close friend encouraged her to bring her talents to a brand new charter middle school, CHIME. At CHIME she was able to refine her teaching skills and become a teacher of students of all abilities. Ms. Lockwood became a master teacher at CHIME and trained numerous student teachers in the area of Language Arts.

    Through assisting in the development of policies and procedures at the brand new CHIME Charter Middle School (2003), Ms. Lockwood developed an interest in school administration. She began her studies at California State University, Northridge in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies where she obtained her Masters in Educational Administration. She holds a Clear Administrative Services credential, able to serve in grades twelve and below. She has been the principal of both CHIME Charter Middle School and CHIME Instituteís Schwarzenegger Community School, a K-8 campus, and has been a part of the CHIME community for the last eleven years.
  4. Peggy Berrenson, Financial Manager
    Peggy Berrenson is the Financial Manager for CHIME Institute.  In this role, Ms. Berrenson is responsible for preparation of financial statements and account reconciliations, and manages all aspects of accounting functions for the organization.  She also prepares specialized oversight budgets and reports for LAUSD, LAUSD Nonpublic School/Agency Department, and NLAC Regional Center/Departmental Services Community-Based Day Programs.  Finally, in her role as Financial Manager, Ms. Berrenson manages the organization’s cash flow and payroll responsibilities.  Prior to this, Ms. Berrenson was the bookkeeper for CHIME Institute.

    Before joining CHIME Institute in 1994, Ms. Berrenson provided administrative support at the California State University Foundation at Northridge’s College of Education.  There she was responsible for interpreting and communicating standard university policies and procedures; supervising work of student assistants; preparing final form memoranda, correspondence and reports; keeping records and files, design and implementing web page for grant programs.

  5. Jennifer Hill, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, CHIME Charter School
    Hello and welcome to CHIME Charter School. My name is Jennifer Hill and I am proud to be one of the founding teachers of CHIME back in 2001 when the school first opened. I taught 2nd grade here for 7 years, and then taught 3rd grade for one year after having my oldest daughter. After my husband Randy and I began our family in 2007, I decided to find a teaching position closer to home in Santa Clarita. I left CHIME and taught 1st grade near my house for 2 years. I then had my 2nd daughter, in January 2010. I am thrilled to be the proud mother of 5 year old Madison and 2 Ĺ year old Gwendalyn. I am very excited that Madison will be starting at CHIME as a kindergarten student this Fall! I finished my Masterís degree in Language and Literacy from CSUN in 2007. I earned my Bachelorís degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona in 2001. Moving from the classroom into an administrative role as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, I am eager and ready for this new opportunity and challenge to grow and develop as a professional.

     


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