Kevin Dobson is the founder and Director of Capital College & Career Academy. He is focusing on educational related elements including Career Tech Education and community and youth engagement.
Kevin Dobson has worked in the field of education for over a decade as both a classroom teacher and a principal. This includes time at a large inner city high school in Springfield, Massachusetts, working with homebound students in New Castle, Delaware, four years in Center Joint Unified School District, and five years at Natomas Charter School.
During these nine years, he participated in a wide range of leadership activities on a variety of school campuses and demonstrated a continued passion for hands-on learning.
He possesses two masters degrees. The first from the University of San Diego in Education and Curriculum with an emphasis on technology in the classroom. The second masters from the University of California Sacramento in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
In his classroom, students have received national and local recognition for their work. For two straight years multiple students placed in the national CSPAN StudentCam documentary competition. In addition, a 7 th grade class received local notoriety for their collaborative presentation with the City of Sacramento’s Special Project Manager to the planning and design commission.
As a high school principal, he helped develop a school-wide system of support and led the effort to build a dual enrollment program between Natomas Charter and American River College. In two years, he increased enrollment by nearly 200%. He also spearheaded the creation of a unique math pathway to address the diverse learning needs of all the students. Kevin also led numerous teacher initiatives and instituted a systemic approach to professional learning communities.
Kevin has also coached numerous sports and is a recent graduate from the City Management Academy. He was also recognized as the teacher of the year for his academy in 2018 and was nominated for the Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the year for the 2018-19 school year prior to moving into administration.
John is an educator with nearly 20 years experience. He started at a non-public school working with children diagnosed with emotional disturbance. Then moved to Pleasant Grove High (PGHS) School in the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD). He taught English to students with disabilities for 5 years and served as department chair of the Special Education
Department. John took over a fledgling digital media program at PGHS. In five years he spearheaded its transformation into a full fledged high school academy – the Digital Media Academy (DMA), with two CTE pathways serving nearly 200 students at the time of his departure. He also served as department chair of CTE for PGHS. John moved to the EGUSD Department of College and Career Connections as a Program Specialist. Among his many achievements was being the point person for writing and managing grants totalling nearly $60 million and leading to construction of 9 new CTE facilities.
John is a MakerED Faculty Coordinator at Sacramento State University in the College of Continuing Education, overseeing the graduate program for Maker Education. He was also a guest lectured at Sac State on Linked Learning.
John has a BA in Political Science from American University in Washington D.C. and a Masters Degree in Performing Arts from UC Davis. John holds teaching credentials as an Education Specialist, Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Media and Entertainment and an Administrative credential. He is highly qualified in English Language Arts and Social Science. He is currently enrolled in the UC Davis Doctoral program in Educational Leadership.
John spent 8 years coaching soccer both at the recreational and competitive level. He is an active participant in endurance sports and has completed triathlons, bike centuries, half marathons and full marathons.
John began working with the CCCA team in mid 2021 to support the development of the charter proposal. He is excited for the challenge of building a new and innovative school from the ground up that gives students and families a high quality option for high school that truly prepares young people for college and career!
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Sherry Del Monte moved to California to pursue her college education. After earning her degree in Early Childhood Education, she and her husband settled in the Sacramento area, where they have remained ever since.
Sherry put her career on hold beginning in 2000 to raise her three children. During that time, she worked part-time for ten years at her local church as a high school youth minister. Sherry enjoyed that experience tremendously, and it revealed that Sherry had a gift for working with teens. During that time, Sherry also served on school boards and soccer league boards.
In 2013, when Sherry’s youngest child entered kindergarten, she worked part-time in a kindergarten classroom, and quickly realized that she missed working with high school students. Sherry accepted a position at Natomas Charter School, first as a high school Learning Center Monitor, and later as the Administrative Assistant for a high school academy. This was a great fit for Sherry, as the job provided a mix of administrative work and meaningful interaction with students and families.
In 2022, Sherry enthusiastically accepted the position of Executive Assistant for CCCA. Sherry sees this position as much more than a job. She sees this as an opportunity to help open the door to an innovative, high-quality education and an exciting future for thousands of high school students.
Hong is a dedicated math teacher with 7 years experience in both the comprehensive high school model and charter school model. Her transition to charter school has opened her eyes to the direct impact she can have on her students by spending more time helping individual students, building relationships with students and their community, and working closely with all stakeholders to improve each student’s learning experience. She is passionate about helping students visualize and experience the math all around them, which is why she chose to be a part of Capital College & Career Academy.
Hong loves to explore, tinker, and challenge herself. After graduating from the Elk Grove Unified School District, she made her way down south to UC San Diego and its beaches to study mathematics and linguistics. Instead of going straight into teaching, she decided to learn more about life and found her way to Colorado. There, she practiced the ways of a ski bum in the winter and beautified the Colorado high desert as a landscaper in the summer. When she returned to California, she was ready to share her passion and enthusiasm for learning by
earning her teaching credential at Humboldt State University.
Today, you can find Hong in the mountains hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing or on her driveway building a camper van with her husband (and dog supervising).
My name is Peggy Kao; my students call me “Gao Laoshi, “ which means “Teacher Kao.” I came from Taiwan over thirty years ago. I am a dedicated Mandarin teacher with over two decades of experience teaching this beautiful language to eager learners. This passion for teaching a unique world language has led me to become a language educator, and it has been a fulfilling journey ever since.
After completing my Master’s Degree in Education, I knew teaching Mandarin was my calling. Armed with a solid foundation in language and a genuine desire to share my knowledge, I stepped into the world of education with great enthusiasm. Throughout my 20 year career as a Mandarin teacher, I have guided students from all levels, from Elementary to College. Each class is a unique tapestry of cultures, languages, and perspectives, and it’s an incredible experience to witness the exchange of ideas among my diverse group of learners.
My teaching approach is rooted in creating an engaging and nurturing learning environment.
Language acquisition should be both educational and enjoyable. By incorporating interactive activities, cultural anecdotes, and multimedia resources into my lessons, I ensure that my students grasp the language and develop a deep appreciation for Chinese culture.
Over the years, I have encountered students of all ages, backgrounds, and language levels. Each encounter has enriched my teaching skills and reinforced my belief in the power of education to transform lives. Witnessing my students’ progress, from their first hesitant attempts to speak Mandarin to confidently engaging in conversations, is immensely rewarding. Beyond the classroom, I am also an advocate for promoting cross-cultural understanding. I organize cultural exchange programs where my students immerse themselves in Chinese traditions, customs, and festivities. It brings me great joy to see them embrace the essence of Taiwan and China and carry it with them as they explore the world.
Teaching Mandarin has been a profoundly gratifying journey, and I am grateful for the countless
connections I have made with students over the years. Learning Mandarin has opened many doors for my students. I have students who attended Stanford University, MIT, UC Berkeley, and UCLA, to name a few. One of my students won the 2017 International Chinese Langauge Contest in China.
The International Chinese Language Competition for High school is also called the “Chinese Language Olympic Game,” it was on five continents and over 100 countries with around 300 contestants.
My dedication to instilling a love for Mandarin and fostering cultural appreciation remains steadfast.
I am committed to empowering CCCA students to confidently navigate the linguistic and cultural landscape of the Chinese-speaking world and beyond. With every new class, I am reminded of the boundless possibilities that language learning brings, and I eagerly look forward to the adventures that await in the years to come.