President / Chief Executive Officer
Randy Gaschler is President of Innovative Education Management which has managed 9 successful California charters. He has been in education as a teacher, administrator, charter school founder and advocate to change education. Read more…
IEM – Administrative Directors
IEM Executive Director
IEM Board Corporate Secretary
Student Enrollment / Records Services
Susan Clark has worked in public education for the past 20 years in a variety of capacities such as administration, special education, classroom support, office support and most importantly a parent. Read more...
IEM Executive Director
Wendy Gaschler serves as an Executive Director for IEM as well as in other capacities. As Executive Director she has a key role in supporting the vision and philosophy of IEM schools. She serves on the IEM Advisory Council which supports the development of overall policy for IEM operations. Wendy is very proud to have been a part of the charter school movement since 1994 and has supported IEM schools since their inception. Currently Wendy is the Director of Accounting and Contracted Programs and has 25 years of combined accounting experience in both public non-profit and private accounting. She takes pride in her work and
leads the accounting team in their various task such as the daily operations of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Contracted Programs.
Vendor & Purchasing Services
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Information Technology Director
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Human Resource Service
Steven serves as IEM’s Director of Human Resource Services. Steven and his wife Catherine have 7 children. As a homeschooling dad, Steven understands the challenges and rewards of homeschooling your children. Steven’s responsibilities include oversight of talent acquisition, HRIS, classification and compensation, performance and discipline management, employee relations, employee benefits, policies and procedures, state and federal reporting, and providing support and leadership to faculty, staff and administration on all things human resources. Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the California State University, Sacramento. Steven is certified as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and also has his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. Committed to life-long learning, he has also completed professional certification in Human Resources Management with the University of Phoenix and when time plans to complete his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resource Management at Northcentral University. Steven is also a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), is the past President of a local SHRM chapter and has also served on the Arizona State Council for the Arizona Society of Human Resources Management (AZSHRM). Steven and his family enjoy spending time together exploring, hiking, camping, playing most any sport, and being with extended family and friends.
IEM Managed Schools – Academic Directors
Teacher Support Services
As Director of Teacher Support Services, Burke Wallace oversees the hiring, training, evaluation, and retention of the Education Specialists (ES’s). His department handles parent concerns, ensures ES’s have the tools necessary to effectively serve their students, collaborates with other departments to positively roll out changes in policy and procedure, and creates professional development opportunities for both staff and parents to improve student learning. Burke believes all people are capable of being life-long learners and has earned a Master of Arts degree in Religion, a Master’s in Education, and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Education Support Services
Our Director of Education Support Services, Cynthia Rachel oversees the academic compliance related aspects of running charter schools. Her department handles WASC accreditation, charter renewal, district support, state and federal reporting including LCAP, Parent Council and Governing Board, as well as working with all departments to insure that updated legislative requirements are addressed and new policies are developed. To model lifelong learning in a professional capacity Cynthia has earned a Master’s in Education- Curriculum and Instruction and holds an Administrative Credential.
Melissa Gonzalez serves as IEM’s Director of Assessment. Her department is responsible for all aspects of local and state school assessments. This includes addressing parent concerns, local assessment selections, assessment-related training, test site logistics, assessment compliance, and data reporting to all stakeholders. Melissa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley and her teaching credential from CSU Stanislaus. She is also VPSS certified in English, Math, History, and Science. She has been an educator since 2001 and has spent her entire career with California charter schools, most of that time with IEM Schools. She believes that all students have the ability to succeed and feels strongly about the individualized educational opportunities and support that IEM schools provide to our students and families.
Curriculum and Guidance Services
Brandy Anderson serves as the Director of Curriculum & Guidance for all IEM charter schools. He is the father of 6 children, with the four oldest attending South Sutter Charter School. As a homeschooling parent, he understands the challenges and rewards of homeschooling your children. In the area of Curriculum, his department coordinates all aspects of the RtI (Response to Instruction) program, English Learner student support, student learning analytics, and the training of parents and teachers in various curriculum options, educational approaches, and ongoing trainings on the CA state standards. In the area of Guidance, his team of Guidance Coordinators work closely with each high school family to help them navigate through various high school pathways so that each student can develop a plan to achieve their career and college goals. Brandy Anderson has a Bachelor’s degree in Botany (UCSB) and M.S. / Ph.D. in Soil Science (Univ. of Vermont), with Single Subject Teaching Credentials in Geoscience and Biological Science.
Special Education Services
Maria Carr is the Director of Special Education for non-profit management company, Innovative Education Management. She has 12 years of experience in California charter schools as a Director of Special Education. Maria has presented at conferences such as the California Charter School Development Conference, SEIS Users Conference as well as the CCSA conference. She holds a multiple subject credential, special education credential as well as an administrative credential. She supports and supervises the Special Education Department as well as the SST and 504 processes. Maria is committed to effective collaboration with all families and students.