Meet OUR FACULTY
EXCEL HAS A WONDERFUL FACULTY AND STAFF WHO CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF Their STUDENTS.
Thank you for considering Excel Academy to support you on your homeschooling journey. I am humbled and honored to serve an incredible staff of dedicated educators and staff ready to collaborate with in your admirable choice in education. We recognize the sacrifice and dedication families make when homeschooling which is why we strive to help create balance and parent choice in a personalized learning environment. Excel Academy is led by a collaborative team made up of innovative educators on the forefront of educational change opening the doors for all options in independent study. As you browse our website, we hope you find the detailed information you need to make this very important decision for your child's educational needs. Please don't hesitate to call our office to speak with our parent support coordinator or our guidance counselor at 949-387-7822.
We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you to our Excel family!
Sincerely, Heidi Gasca
To request contact information for Excel Academy faculty, please contact our office at 949-387-7822.
As the Director of Excel Academy, I am rewarded daily fulfilling my passion for leadership, inspiring teachers and offering an educational model to students that is unique and innovative. Born and raised in Orange County, I graduated with a BA in Communications from UC San Diego, a multiple subject teaching credential from UC Irvine and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. For the past 20 years, I have been dedicated to the field of education in both traditional and charter schools. I have been involved in every level from being a parent liaison, a teacher, lead committee member, human resources, enrollment and administration. I am fascinated with educational research in child development and understanding the unique learning styles of each child. I am honored to serve the staff and families of Excel Academy.
Assistant Director of Operations
I have been involved in the charter school world since the beginning of my teaching career. I started teaching 1st grade in a brick and mortar charter school in Palos Verde. After two years teaching there, I moved to Orange County and worked in the traditional setting for 6 years as a Kindergarten and second grade teacher. I learned of the independent study charter option and have been working in this educational environment for the past 11 years. I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work as a teacher, online teacher, mentor, assessment coordinator, vendor lead and assistant director. I have truly enjoyed all the different aspects of education that I have had the opportunity to experience.
I joined the Excel Academy team in the Fall of the 2016-17 school year as the School Counselor, and I have enjoyed collaborating, supporting, and guiding students to reach their academic goals and post-secondary goals. My previous experience has been in a traditional school setting as a coach and counselor, though working with an Independent Study program, such as Excel Academy, has been just as rewarding. In addition, I have also provided counseling services for community agencies, where I worked with at-risk adolescents. As for my educational background, I have earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and in Human Development, with an emphasis in Child Development. I have also earned a Master’s of Science in Guidance and Counseling and a credential in School Counseling. Working with Excel Academy’s dedicated team members, caring families, and amazing students has been a very gratifying experience!
Intervention Lead & 504 Coordinator
My career in education began in the traditional classroom, where I taught for 9 years. During that time, I lead a school-wide intervention program targeting struggling readers, as well as served on our SST team and leadership team. In 2005, I earned my Masters is Education Administration. My thesis project involved researching and implementing intervention programs for underprivileged students. In addition, I tutored K-8th grade students in the areas of math, reading, and writing, for over 7 years. Currently, I am honored and thrilled to be the Intervention Lead for Excel. Through our SST process, I work with a team to provide targeted interventions for our struggling students. I am also the 504 Coordinator for the school. I am forever grateful that my position with Excel so beautifully encompasses one of my greatest passions.
Vendor Relations Clerk
Since college, I have been exploring career paths that would allow me to work with others in the sphere of education. After careful research, I discovered that Excel Academy was just the type of program I was looking for! The flexible, individual homeschooling approach intrigued me. I immediately felt it would be a great fit for me since I am a people person, and I enjoy working with families and children. I joined Excel Academy in May of 2016, and I couldn’t be happier to be part of such a phenomenal team! I enjoy working each day, serving as a resource for all new, current, and Spanish-speaking families.
I have always had a passion for authentic education. At Biola University, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Torrey Honors program and earned a degree in Intercultural/ International Studies, with an emphasis in Linguistics, and a minor in Social Justice. In the summer of 2012 and 2014, I studied literature in Cambridge, UK. I got married to the love of my life in June 2014. My favorite books are F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Traveling internationally is something I love to do; I’ve visited Europe, South America, and Asia. For the past two years, I have been serving families in the records department at Excel Academy. Helping families enroll and begin their homeschooling journey is one way I’ve been able to support young aspiring academics, and I truly enjoy it!
High School Coordinator
I hold a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and an M.S. in Educational Psychology and Counseling. I have worked in education for most of my entire adult life, and have been in the charter school world for about 18 years now. My experience includes classroom teaching with both general and special education students, serving as an Educational Specialist, a paid internship as a college counselor for my Master's Program, serving as HS intake Coordinator, Guidance Services Coordinator which included transcript coding, keeping track of graduation students' honors and awards, and other duties. I served as Curriculum and Vendor Coordinator, as well as Guidance Coordinator where I met with students in grades 8th-12th, as well as their parents and ESs to discuss graduation options and create 4 year plans to ensure they stayed on course. I love the world of education, especially the charter world, where there is more flexibility for students and families, and am super excited to serve as High School Coordinator for Excel Academy since their vision parallels my own.