Board Members

Corporate Officers

Dr. Brian Winsor and Mrs. Beth Mendonca are the founding members and corporate principals of The Paideia Academies, Inc.

  • President – Dr. Winsor
  • Vice President  – Mrs. Beth Mendonca
  • Vice President – Ms. Victoria Garrison

Corporate Board Members

Dr. Brian Winsor, founder of Paideia Academies, has been an educator for over 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in special education, and a doctorate degree in educational leadership.

He was a junior high school teacher of students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. He has also been an elementary school principal, consultant for schools on leadership, curriculum, instructional strategies, as well as academic and behavior intervention.

Dr. Winsor has taught many graduate level courses in administration and special education at the University of Phoenix ground campus. He is frequently sought after for instructional leadership coaching, teacher workshops, and presents at several national conferences and annually at the Arizona Charter School Association conference.

Mrs. Beth Mendonca is the Director of Data and Intervention of the Paideia Academy Inc, specific responsibilities. She has over 30 years of education experience to include special education, administration, and consultation.

She is the designer of the Response To Intervention model of delivery services for Paideia Academies and the co-founder, along with Dr. Winsor of The Paideia Preschool South Mountain.

Ms. Garrison is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and has over 10 years experience in education.

Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, January 2012 Arizona State University Cumulative GPA: 4.0
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish, May 2007, University of Arizona  Cumulative GPA: 3.822, Magna Cum Laude
State of Arizona Teaching Certification, K-8
Structured English Immersion Endorsement, K-12
Reading Endorsement, K-12
Academic Achievements:
UofA Honors College
Dean’s List: Spring 2006, Fall 2005, Spring 2005,
Dean’s List with Distinction: Fall 2004, Fall 2006
Ph.D. 2008 Arizona State University, Tempe Communication
M.A. 2003 California State University, Chico Communication Studies
B.A. 2001 California State University, Chico Communication Studies
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Communication, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus (DPc). Fall 2012–Present.
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Fall 2010–Spring 2012.
Lecturer, University of Nevada, Reno. June, 2009–July, 2010.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Wellness and Health Promotion. Arizona State University, July, 2008–June, 2009.
First You Have to Get Their Attention. U.S. Department of Education
Safe and Drug Free Schools Program

Mr. Benjamin Tietgen comes with legal education and boutique IP firm experience assisting emerging to medium -sized businesses to strategize for and secure full-scope IP protection, including U.S. and foreign trademark and copyright registration and enforcement; trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings; patent, trademark, copyright, software, and other technology licensing; music licensing; website usage and other e-commerce agreement drafting; and IP portfolio management, particularly IP asset transfer and ownership issues. Registered Patent Attorney with 7 years’ U.S. and international patent prosecution experience. Computer science background for counseling software companies, particularly web and mobile application developers, as well as companies with software and hardware licensing needs.

  • Arizona State University College of Law – Juris Doctorate degree in May 2007
  • Univeristy of Missouri College of Engineering – Bachelor of Science degree in May 2002

Professional Work Experience

Sept 2017 – Present Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies

Senior Loss Control Specialist
  • Assist policyholders with workers compensation loss control services, to include: 10 hr OSHA training; mock OSHA audits; and, loss trend analyses.
  • Create and present safety training topics for construction, agriculture and general industry companies.
  • Create and disseminate safety and loss trend documents to policyholders.


 2016-2017 ASSE Region II Safety Professional of the Year
 2015-2016 Arizona Chapter ASSE Safety Professional of the Year
 2015 National Safety Council 40 Under 40 Rising Star of Safety
 Certified Safety Professional, ISO Lead Auditor, Radiation Safety Officer


American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
 Professional Member
 Region II Area A Director 2016-present, Arizona Chapter President 2015-2016; Region II Assistant Vice

Awards and Honors

2013-2015; Women In Safety Engineering (WISE) Mentor 2012-present
Gateway Community College
 Occupational Safety and Health Program Advisory Board member
Arizona State Univerity
 Western Region University Consortium Board member
 Environmental Resources Management program Advisory Board member


Northern Arizona University  December, 2001
 Bachelor of Science, Geology
 Bachelor of Arts, Spanish

Arizona State University
Master of Science in Technology – Environmental Technology Management


 Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, multiple software programs, and internet literate
 Spanish conversant

Founding Member of Paideia in 20112
August 2013-Current
DSE Contracting, Inc.
• Owner/ Vice President of DSE Contracting, Inc. (since 2010)
• Head of Human Resources with 40+ employees; including payroll, health care, and job compliance
• Oversee accounts receivables and payables, with a gross receivables of over $5.5 million per year
December 2011-June 2013
Paideia Academy Curriculum Coach
• Wrote curriculum samples for charter board application and charter grade level expansions
• Member of the school Executive Leadership Team and Campus Leadership Council
• Coached and mentored teachers daily using school adopted curriculum
and philosophies
• Trained teachers and organized trainings over school adopted curriculum
and philosophies including:
Spalding, Core Knowledge, Singapore Math, Junior Great Books, Teach Like a Champion, Paideia Theory, Seven Habits
• Test Coordinator for state testing second through sixth grades
• AZELLA Test Coordinator and implemented testing for all grade levels
kindergarten through sixth grades
• Participated in interview process for teacher and support staff applicants
• Assisted in teacher annual reviews, conducting classroom observations  regularly each quarter
March 2004-June 2011
Teacher for Clark County School District; Las, Vegas, Nevada
• Created a classroom environment that was stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to student needs.
• Seven and a half years teaching experience including teaching students in 5th, 1st, and 2nd grade, and 2nd grade inclusion
• Served two years as the grade level representative on the Student Intervention Team analyzing and tracking student progress and Response to Intervention. Kept data on all students in the grade level who were struggling to meet standards, and regularly met with teacher and S.I.T. committee to discuss student progress. Sat in on parent meetings to discuss student concerns, progress, and achievement.
• Tutored before and after school to help students in need of extra support in math and reading.
• Completed 36 credit hours of the Clark County School District Speech Pathology Cohort through Nevada State College with a GPA of 3.82.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education (1st- 8th grade), Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 2003

Professional Experience

Senior Mechanical Designer, IMEG Corp. (formerly Taylor RyMar Corp)
Phoenix, AZ — June 2013-Present
As senior designer and project manager for the mechanical division
responsibilities included:
● Design and modelling of mechanical, piping and plumbing systems
for a range of project types, from small office remodels to large
scale projects including healthcare, industrial, educational and
● Project management for projects up to $2 million construction
● Develop and implement design systems and procedures using
Revit, Dynamo and Excel to increase productivity and decrease
costly mistakes and rework.
● Construction administration and commissioning assistance for a
variety of project types and scope, include hospital renovations,
central plant redesigns and optimizations as well as laboratory


Arizona State University
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology — May 2003


● Proficient in Autocad 2018, Revit 2018 and Dynamo, Navisworks 2018
● Proficient in Microsoft Office products
● Proficient in Carrier HAP and Trane Trace load calculations and energy
modelling for optimization and LEED

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