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

Mrs. Beth Mendonca is also the Director of Data and Intervention of the Paideia Academy Inc, specific responsibilities. She has 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. She has been an elementary school teacher and was one of the original third grade teachers at Paideia.

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.

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

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