Meet Our Team

Our staff are dedicated to the belief that all children can learn to succeed.

Our talented staff consists of certified educational therapists, reading/dyslexia specialists, special education teachers, general education teachers, and bachelors and masters-level learning specialists and instructors.

Our Team

Nanci Engle, CEO

Excelsior Academy: Marta Leyva, Principal

Foundations Academy: Mairen Ruiz, Principal

Compass Academy: Shirley Willadsen, Interim

Point Loma/Oceanside Learning Center: Patricia Padgett, Director

Banyan Tree Director of Admissions: Nancy Macnamara

Point Loma Administration:
Nanci Engle, CEO
Trish Padgett, Learning Center Director
Carol Reynolds, Assistant LC Director
Carina Vargas, Administrative Assistant

Excelsior Academy Staff:
Marta Leyva, Principal
Nataly Merlo-Villa, Administrative Assistant

Foundations Academy Administration:
Mairen Ruiz, Principal
Jen Baron, Student Affairs Coordinator
Alondra, Administrative Assistant

Oceanside Administration:
Patricia Padgett, Learning Center Director
Drew Goldberg, Assistant LC Director
Katie Duncan, Administrative Assistant

Our Board of Directors

Paul Glimartin, President
Holly Vallera, Treasurer
Vallera Investment Properties
Carina Vargas, Secretary

Michael Botkin
Botkin Financial Group

Tom Vaughn
Senior Broker / Owner
Vaughn Financial & Insurance Services LLC

Are you interested in supporting our work and serving San Diego children and their families? We are seeking additional Board Members with expertise in special education, finance, and nonprofit organizational development who want to be active and enthusiastic advocates for Banyan Tree!

Contact us to learn more: 858-367-5428

Our Partners