Courtney Dean, Lead Teacher

Courtney Dean 4th Grade Lead Teacher COA Elementary

Growing up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains has made me a country girl at heart. I love the outdoors and derive great pleasure from the wonder of discovery. My home town of Grass Valley was established as a mining town and is an area rich in History.  

My earliest experiences with children came with volunteering in elementary and Sunday school classrooms. But only after a very significant day in 7th grade when it had occurred to me that the teaching profession was where I was headed. I went on to receive my degree and credential at Chico State University. And made my way back to Grass Valley to hone my skills as a teacher.

I believe there are great dividends in learning with laughter and fun as was modeled by my wonderful elementary school teachers. If you were to pop your head in my classroom during the day you might see me break out in a silly song, illustrate an example through pantomime, make a goofy face, or tell a little joke.

This is my 12th year in education. In that time I have taught 2nd grade at a Private Christian School, Junior high/high school independent studies, 6th grade here at COA and now 4th grade - a dream come true for me. I am so excited to be able to share the rich history I grew up learning about from my own home town.

What I love about teaching most is the opportunity to touch the lives of so many precious young people each day. I strive to show each of my students that they are loved and cared for and instill in them life skills that will carry them on to future successes.

Amy McBryde

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Teaching is a family tradition. My grandmother, mother, father, husband and I are teachers! In addition, my niece and son are teachers! Lifelong learning is a passion for us. We enjoy travelling and reading.   I grew up in the mountains about an hour from here. My family was very involved in the community so I am pleased to have found a school that values community involvement and Christian values. My daughter Beth, is studying Theater.  Our family enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, and attending church. We have three cats, a dog and fish. Having children of my own, I am sensitive to the needs of working moms. I have taught since 1990 which included Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, 3r Grade, 4th Grade, 6th Grade, and English and History at the middle school level.  I have enjoyed the changes and challenges. However, I am thrilled to have 4th Grade again. I am energetic, fun, and committed to providing an enriching learning environment for each of my students. I set up my classroom to be supportive, safe, and active. 

Nadiya Raley

Nadiya Raley 4th Grade Teacher COA Elementary

I was born Ukraine in the family of educators. Ten years ago I moved to California. I have a loving husband and two wonderful sons. I have been teaching overseas and in the US for about eight years. I enjoy reading, camping and travelling. My goal as an educator is to see something good and positive in every child.

Caleb Meyer

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Hello! My name is Caleb Meyer and this is my first year teaching at Community Outreach Academy. I graduated from California State University, Chico with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with an area of concentration in Mathematics. I stayed at Chico State to obtain my Teaching Credential. I am from a large family and am the oldest of 5 children. When I am not at work, you can find me running, partner dancing, working out, or watching Netflix. My favorite part of teaching is building a connection with students and teaching them to love themselves and others around them. I love COA because of the supportive staff and the school’s chosen discipline model, Capturing Kids’ Hearts. I can really feel proud to work for a charter that truly puts the child first. Whatever it takes, our students are worth it!


Roman Prishlyak

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Mila Zamayev

MIla Zanayev 4th Grade Teacher COA Elementary

My name is Mila Zamayev and I am excited to be a part of the sixth grade team at COA! This will be my first year at this school, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with such a collaborative and supportive group of people. I am originally from Russia and moved to the states in 1994. In reference to my educational background, I completed my Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley as well as my Master degree in Teaching with a teaching credential at William Jessup University. Education is truly my passion, and I am excited about the opportunity to pass it on to others! When I am not teaching, I love taking part in worship services and other meetings at my church, spending time with close family and friends, and hiking and visiting famous natural landmarks such as Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes and Lake Tahoe. Once again, I feel very blessed to be at COA, and I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead!​

Amy Meyer

Amy Meyer 4th Grade Teacher COA ElementaryHello! My name is Amy Meyer and I have been called to the best job in the world. I have taught from Redwood City, to Folsom and now here at COA. I graduated from Saint Mary’s Moraga, CA. and received my B.A. in English. From there I went on to get my credential at The College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA.  I have taught fourth grade for 8 years, first grade for 2 years and music to all grade levels for 4 years.My husband and I have raised 5 children, 4 of whom are attending various colleges in California and Nevada. We have one son in high school. I love to lead worship, participate in choir, and work at Oak Hills Church Summer Arts Camp for at risk youth. I enjoy baking, cooking, hiking, restoring old furniture and relaxing when I am not at work. My favorite part about teaching is being able to work with families and support the whole child. My belief is that love and service are imperative to learning which comes as a result of commitment to serving our young people and their families in a community of likeminded people. COA is the perfect place for students, teachers and families to reach for their dreams. Thank goodness God found me this perfect home.