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
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

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