Teaching & Resource Staff

The staff at Mardan is committed to our mission of helping students find success at school.

Teaching Staff

Becca Lew

Becca Lew
Primary Teacher
Becca graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Special Education. She has been teaching at Mardan since 2015. She feels lucky to be a part of the tight-knit and supportive community at Mardan. In her spare time Becca enjoys spending time at the beach, getting out of town, and reading a good book.

Anie Cooper

Anie Cooper
Elementary Teacher
Anie graduated from CSU Fullerton with a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development and an M.A. in Education. She holds Multiple Subject and Special Education credentials. Anie has worked at Mardan since 2005, starting as a teaching assistant while going to school to earn her teaching credentials. Her favorite thing about teaching at Mardan is the opportunity to teach children with different needs and figure out the best and most effective ways to help them learn. She is a wife and the mother of two energetic and loving little girls.

Jordan Rudolph

Jordan Rudolph
Elementary Teacher
Jordan graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Special Education. She also obtained her M.A. in Special Education from Chapman University. She began working at Mardan in 2013 and her passion is working with children with special needs. She feels very lucky to do what she loves every day!

Zach Stein

Zach Stein
Elementary Teacher
Zach graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014. He started working at Mardan after graduating and fell in love with the school and the students. Since joining the Mardan family he attended California State University Fullerton where he earned his Special Education credentials. Currently, Zach is back in school working towards his Masters in Special Education. In his free time, Zach enjoys playing sports, watching movies, and going to the beach.

Blant Webb

Blant Webb
Elementary Teaching Assistant
Blant first began his career in Child Development in 2002 and he has worked with ages ranging from infants to young adults here in the United States as well as Mexico and China. He loves each and every “little dude” he works with and makes it a goal to give them the same love, empathy and respect that he would his very own children. When Blant is not at work, he enjoys singing, playing piano and spending quality time with his nephew. Blant feels right at home at Mardan and is looking forward to learning and growing with the school, students and faculty.

Shannon Bell

Shannon Bell
Elementary Teaching Assistant
Shannon graduated from CSU Fullerton in 2017 with a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development with an option in Elementary School Settings. She currently attends Chapman University where she is studying to obtain her M.A. in Special Education, with Special Education Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe credentials. In her spare time, Shannon coaches volleyball and is a member of a foundation called Kids Affirmation through Mentoring and Sports (KAMS). Shannon is excited to be a part of the Mardan family and to have the opportunity to teach and work with our wonderful students.

Bernadette Bevins

Bernadette Bevins
Elementary Teaching Assistant
Since graduating from UCSB in 2015, Bernadette has been working in Special Education in a variety of settings, with an emphasis in ABA and behavior intervention. Bernadette is passionate about helping children succeed in all aspects of life and is excited to bring her experience in behavior management into the COTA program that she is enrolled in.

Meg McLean

Meg McLean
Elementary Teaching Assistant
“Meg” (Megan) McLean graduated from Sonoma State University in May of 2000 with a BA in Psychology. She has extensive experience working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers as a Preschool Director and teacher for 15 years. As she worked with children and families, she began identifying children who needed the extra support or services. In 2015, she went back to school to obtain her MA degree and credential in Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate,  with an added authorization in Autism. She loves spending time with her family and her cat, Olivia, as well as reading and exercising.

Jon Farmer

Jon Farmer
Middle School Teacher
Jon loves teaching middle school students and feels that he is custom built for the job. As a younger man, he faced many personal challenges and hurdles in his educational experiences, and these have helped to deepen his compassion and commitment to his students. He has earned degrees in a variety of fields (A.A. in Horticulture, B.A. in Sociology, M.S. & Clear Credential in Special Education), and tries to impart his love of learning and life, and his curiosity to all of his students.

Carlene Dietz

Carlene Dietz
Middle School Teacher
Bio coming soon.

Milana Gates

Milana Gates
Middle School Teacher
Milana earned her degree from the University of Alabama. She has worked with students with special needs in Pre-K, elementary, and high school grades. Now she is excited to be part of the Mardan community and work with the amazing middle school students here. Milana is a native of Miami, FL and recently moved to Southern California from Fairfield, CT.

Troy Wolsleger

Troy Wolsleger
Middle School Teaching Assistant
Bio coming soon.

Robyn Kim

Robyn Kim
Middle School Teaching Assistant
Robyn is very excited to be a part of the Mardan family. She has worked in the education field for four years prior to Mardan, and graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Education Sciences. Robyn’s goal is to obtain her California teaching credential so she can have her very own classroom. In her free time, Robyn enjoys watching anime, playing her switch, and walking her dog.

Becca Bradley

Becca Bradley
Teaching Assistant
Becca earned her B.S. in Human Sciences from CSU Fullerton in 2017. She is currently pursuing further education to obtain Special Education teaching credentials. Becca has experience as a music teacher and also as a Client Services Advocate for developmentally disabled adults. In her free time, she enjoys performing at Renaissance Faires and camping with family and friends.

Anastasia Burchette

Anastasia Burchette
High School Teacher
Anastasia is a retired Tustin Unified School District special education teacher. She possesses a Master of Science in Special Education degree from National University, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and an Education Specialist Teaching Credential. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California School of Business at age 19. She enjoys fashion, inspirational reading, and nonfiction writing.

Robert Nguyen

Robert Nguyen
High School Teacher
Robert spent most of his youth in Vietnam. He obtained a B.A. in Special Education from the University of Nebraska. He has worked at Mardan since 1987 and besides enjoying the dedication and wonderful team work of all the staff, Robert loves the satisfaction of working with students who need extra attention because of their disabilities. Robert has a wife and two grown sons. Outside of Mardan, he enjoys playing tennis, playing the keyboard and singing, and practicing martial arts.

Anne Anderson

Anne Anderson
High School Teacher
Anne graduated from Chapman University in 2016 with a B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies. After spending two summers working at a center for children with special needs in Eastern Africa, she truly realized her passion for aiding students who may need a little extra help. She recently earned her M.A. in Special Education at Chapman. Anne feels very lucky to be working at Mardan because she learns something new every day from the other staff and amazing students. She really loves what she does!

Mona Salah

Mona Salah
High School Teaching Assistant
Bio coming soon.

Dimitra Tsibouris

Dimitra Tsibouris
High School Teaching Assistant
Bio coming soon.

Jennifer Wylie

Jennifer Wylie
Teaching Assistant
Jennifer graduated from CSU Fullerton with a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development in 2017. She has a passion for Special Education, but one of her long term goals is to become a school principal. Jennifer is new to Mardan, but already loving it!

Eric Martiny

Eric Martiny
Physical Education Teacher
Eric has a B.S. in Physical Education, Health Education, and Coaching as well as an M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Curriculum Development and Adapted Physical Education. He has been a part of the Mardan family since 1995. He enjoys participating in a variety of physical activities and strives to maintain a healthy lifestyle. His favorite Vince Lombardi quote is: “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

Sayuri Amaya