Nicole Miller, Lead Teacher

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Hello, my name is Nicole Miller, and I’m teaching 6th grade Math and Science.  This is my fourth year teaching at COA, but my sixth teaching 6th grade.  I earned my bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Education from the University of California, Davis, and then my teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento.  I grew up around teachers and have wanted to teach since I myself was is 6th grade.  I love teaching; it is my passion in life, and I spend most of my free time trying to become a better teacher.  6th grade is one of my favorite ages because of the humor and sophistication and independence of the students at this grade level.  Math is my favorite subject, but I also love writing!  When I’m not teaching, I am taking care of my beautiful daughter, Ava, or watching TV with my husband and cat!


Katherina Zervas


This is my third year at COA, and I feel very fortunate to be at this school! The school administration and the families have been very welcoming! I have taught English to English Language Learners in Greece and have taught English privately in America. Both of my parents are from Greece, and I am fluent in Greek. Previously, I taught at a Montessori Charter School and was the Lead Teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6. My educational background is: Masters of Arts in Teacher Education, California Teaching Credential in Grades K-12, Montessori Certificate in Grades 1-6, Bachelors of Arts in History, Minor in Anthropology, and an English Language Learner Authorization. My family life consists of my extended Greek Family, my two wonderful daughters, and two cute dogs! I love jogging, baking, and reading a book on Ancient History or the Classics.



Laura Ward

Laura Ward 6th Grade Teacher COA Elementary

Teaching has always been a part of my life.​ As a young child, I played "Teacher" with my stuffed animals and spent summers in my father's 6th grade classroom as he prepared for the school year.  For a while it even mixed with my love of culture, music, and dance. I taught folklorico (Mexican folk dance) to children in schools and for a non-profit organization. In 2015 I received my Multiple Subject Credential through California State University: Sacramento. It has been an amazing adventure to teach at Community Outreach Academy. I am looking forward to continuing to capture the hearts of students, seeing them grow academically, and helping them to become the best people that they can be. 

Kamala Cochran

Kamala Cochran 6th Grade Teacher COA Elementary

I feel very grateful to be working at such a great school this year! Community Outreach Academy has amazing students, staff, administration, and parents. I thoroughly enjoy teaching my students English Language Arts and Ancient Civilizations in Social Studies. My educational background consists of a Master’s Degree in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I received my Bachelor’s Degree through The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University. I also have an A.S. in Graphic Design and Fine Art. My hobbies include reading, anything art and crafts related, music, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Mark Pitcher

Mark Pitcher 6th Grade Teacher COA ElementaryHi, I am Mark Pitcher and I have been teaching with COA for 7 years now, 4 of them in third grade. I really love the challenges and rewards offered by teaching. Helping students to learn something new and to realize, "Yes, I can do this!" is the best part of being in my profession. Math is my favorite subject to teach but I value all the subjects and wish I had more time for art. In addition to teaching, I have a wonderful wife and two children that I love to spend time with.

Kathleen Records

Kathleen Records 6th Grade Teacher COA Elementary

Growing up in Wisconsin, along the shores of Lake Michigan, has inspired me to dream big and pursue the endless possibilities available to me in this grand world.  It was also the growing up in Wisconsin, namely the harsh cold winters, that prompted my family and I to move to California.  After obtaining a degree in Interior Design and working in the field for several years, I realized it was time to earn the teaching degree my high school Spanish teacher always knew I would.  While living in Appleton, Wisconsin, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with minors in ESL, Spanish, and Bilingual education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  After earning my degree, I taught 5th grade for several years in Hartford, Wisconsin while simultaneously earning a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University-Portland.  This is my sixth year of teaching and my secondyear at COA.  I couldn't be more excited to be a part of such a collaborative, welcoming, and professional community.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, going to the movies, baking, and gardening.