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.
Nathan Inouye, Science Coordinator
Nathan Inouye has been an informal and formal educator in the K-college setting for over twenty years. He began teaching college algebra as an instructor’s assistant at the University of Colorado before serving 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 received his secondary teaching credential and masters at the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught secondary science in the Los Angeles and Ventura county areas including all levels of integrated science, chemistry, and biology. Nathan has experience supporting English Language Learners (ELL) in the classroom and developing school-site programs. He is trained in developing ELD lessons using the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) and Content Area Language and Literacy (CALL). Nathan has coordinated school-site gifted and talented education (GATE) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs. Since 2010, Nathan has provided science professional development and facilitated science professional learning communities (PLCs) at the district and county level. He currently serves as the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) Science Coordinator and Region 8 (Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties) Science Lead. Nathan is a member of several state-level committees including the statewide science community of practice, science collaborative, and CA STEAM symposium. Locally, he is a steering committee member of the Ventura County STEM Network, co-chair of the VCOE STEM Task Force, and President of Gold Coast Science Network.
Echo Lee, ELD/Dual Language Content Specialist
Echo Lee is ELA/ELD/DL 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 19 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: Universal Design for Learning (UDL), PBIS/CHAMPS, SEL and Restorative Justice, Cognitive Coaching, Integrated and Designated ELD; Dual Language support, EL Roadmap, Support for Immigrant and Immigrant and Refugee Students, Improvement Science, Data and Assessments; STEM/STEAM integration; 21st Century Learning including The 4 C’s; Project/Inquiry Learning, and best instructional practices. She is also a fellow of the English Learner Leadership and Legacy Initiative (ELLLI).
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 ESD, 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 Coordinator she represents Region 8 on the CISC Math Subcommittee and the CA Math Collaboration Committee and Math Community of Practice.
Vicki Vierra, Ph.D.