Ventura County Office of Education Coordinators and Content Specialists provide specialized district,
school and classroom professional learning and development. All professional
development provided by VCOE Content Specialists can include follow-up coaching and
modeling in the classroom. In addition, administrators can request specific strategies to
look for during walk-through observations to support training implementation.
Anna Belitski, ELA/ELD Content Specialist
Anna Belitski has experience teaching a variety of learners, including English Learners, GATE students and struggling readers. She began teaching in North Monterey County where she was named Teacher of the Year for Students with Disabilities. During this time she also began working as a consultant for the California Reading and Literature Project. Anna has presented all over California as well as Oregon, supporting TK-8th grade teachers with ELD instruction and ELD lesson planning and implementation. Upon returning to the classroom, Anna taught TK and served as the ELA Common Core State Standards Lead and Curriculum Alignment Coordinator, providing professional development and implementation support for TK-8th grade teachers.
Judy Bowers, ELA Content Specialist
Judy Bowers specializes in training teachers to effectively implement lessons that support student achievement in the Common Core State Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language, and Reading Foundational Skills.
Before joining the Curriculum and Instruction team at the Ventura County Office of Education, Judy spent the majority of her teaching career in the Conejo Valley Unified School District where she served as a mentor teacher, writing assessment coordinator, and co-author of the winning National Blue Ribbon Award application for Meadows Elementary School. Judy is a South Coast Writing Project Fellow and has received numerous awards for teaching.
Judy is knowledgeable in a wide variety of effective teaching strategies. Her workshops and demonstration lessons focus on practical, engaging teaching methods. One goal of her sessions is to ensure that teachers leave ready to implement what they have learned.
Stephanie Enriquez, History/Social Science/ELD Content Specialist
Stephanie Enriquez brings to VCOE a wide range of teaching skills, having experience instructing students at all ability levels including English Learners, Special Education students, and GATE/Honor students. From school workshops to state conferences, Stephanie has presented on topics such as teaching strategies that promote literacy, differentiated instruction for English Learners, and methods for gathering textual evidence to draw inferences in written analysis. Her presentation at the 38th Annual CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education) Conference focused on writing strategies across content areas using supplemental sources. In her professional career she has mentored new teachers as a Guiding/Master Teacher and a BTSA Support Provider, where she provided constructive feedback and close collaboration.
Nathan Inouye, Science Coordinator
Nathan Inouye has experience teaching in a variety of settings. He began teaching remedial college algebra as an instructor’s assistant at the University of Colorado. Nathan served for two years as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica providing elementary environmental education and youth development training. Upon returning to the United States, Nathan began teaching secondary science in the Los Angeles area before spending over a decade working for Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD), where he has taught a variety of science courses including integrated science, chemistry, and biology. He started the AP Biology program at Adolfo Camarillo High School (ACHS), and was also a member of the team to help design an ACHS English Language Learner (ELL) program to provide support and individual attention for ELLs. Nathan was the gifted and talented education (GATE) coordinator for over 6 years providing programs to support GATE students, teachers, and parents. In 2010, Nathan became the science resource teacher for OUHSD and has provided districtwide science professional development and facilitated science professional learning communities (PLCs).
Echo Lee, ELD/Dual Language Content Specialist
Echo Lee is ELA/ELD Content Specialist who works for Ventura County Office of Education to support school districts with implementation of Common Core State Standards, the new ELD Standards and dual language programs. Echo believes that through strategic professional learning experiences, teachers will deepen their knowledge and confidence in providing meaningful and impactful instruction for each individual learner in their classroom. Echo has 17 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, teacher mentor, teacher on special assignment, professional development facilitator, program coordinator and additionally is a certified GLAD trainer. Her repertoire of workshops include: Integrated and Designated ELD; Dual Language support; Improvement Science, Data and Assessments; STEM/STEAM integration; 21st Century Learning including The 4 C’s; Project/Inquiry Learning, and best instructional practices.
Jim Short, K-12 Math Coordinator
Jim Short brings over 30 years of experience to the position. He has taught high school mathematics in Zimbabwe, and in both public and private schools in the US. His classroom experiences range from teaching General math to 9th grade students through teaching AP Calculus. As the Math Specialist for the Oxnard Union High School District Jim helped to facilitate a teacher led district wide pacing calendar and assessment system, and worked with teachers to use the data to inform instruction. As a director of the Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) in California, Jim was responsible for organizing and facilitating state-wide professional development in addition to his work in providing extensive professional development for the OUHSD. Jim has been a regular presenter at state and national math conferences, and has served as a math consultant to international schools in Colombia. Jim provided math content and pedagogy workshops for OUHSD and for the IMP network in California, led workshops on establishing and working within professional learning communities, and helped provide SIOP workshops for OUHSD teachers.
Vicki Vierra, Ph.D., K-12 Math Coordinator
Vicki Vierra, Ph. D. has supported mathematics teachers throughout Ventura County since 2000. She came to Ventura County from Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Panama where she served as a K-9 GATE teacher. Her first assignment (1989-1990) was at Somis Union Elementary School where she was the “math department” for grades six through eight. The following year, she moved to E.O. Green School in the Hueneme SD, where she served for ten years as math department chair, district math mentor, and coordinator of the Middle School Demonstration Program.
Throughout the years, she has benefited from a close association with the Tri-County Math Project at UCSB and the California Mathematics Council, bringing new learning from these groups back to the county.
In her role as VCOE Math Specialist, she represents Region 8 on the CISC Math Subcommittee and the CA Math Network.
Vicki Vierra, Ph.D.
Tracy Watanabe, Technology Integration Content Specialist
Tracy Watanabe is an experienced educator at the school site and district office. She spent eleven years in the classroom focused on differentiating for all students by engaging in project-based learning, technology integration, and 21st-century learning. At the district office, she was the technology integration specialist for a district that moved to one-to-one tech devices and a co-coordinator for Common Core implementation.
Tracy holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and her forte is 21st-century learning. She is an active social media disseminator of ideas around tech-infused learning, Common Core, project-based learning, and technology coaching. She has presented several times at ISTE, the Arizona Department of Education, Arizona CIO/CTO forums, and more.
Tracy’s work is focused on integrating technology in all areas of instructional practices/services and standards (CCSS, ELD, NGSS, etc.).
Victoria Weiss, ELA/ELD Content Specialist, Region 8 Arts Lead
Victoria Weiss has experience instructing a variety of students at all ability levels, including English Learners, Special Education students, and Advanced Placement/Honor students. Victoria spent the majority of her fifteen-year teaching career in the Moorpark Unified School District where she focused on creating rigorous and equitable classrooms for all students. In her professional career, she has mentored new teachers, led the English Language Arts department, and served as an ELA Teacher on Special Assignment. In this capacity, she worked towards creating a continuum of Common Core units from sixth through twelfth grade. Victoria has presented on topics including, but not limited to: utilizing the new California State Standards instructional pedagogy; how to increase academic discussions across disciplines; integrating strategies to increase learning in designated and integrated ELD classrooms; incorporating literature circles and Socratic seminars into a project-based curriculum; and using Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, specifically CHAMPS.