Dr. O'Malley serves as the principal for Tustin Connect. Prior to becoming a school administrator, Dr. O'Malley worked in TUSD as an elementary school teacher, middle school teacher, and high school Digital Learning Coach. He attended UCI for his undergraduate work in education and economics, and he received his doctoral degree in education from USC. He has a passion for personalizing education and creating high levels of student interest and engagement through authentic learning experiences. Follow Dr. O'Malley on Twitter via @dustinomalley
Counselor Jessica Erickson
Mrs. Erickson has joined Tustin Connect as the school's counselor. Prior to working at Tustin Connect, Mrs. Erickson served as a counselor at C.E. Utt Middle School for six years. Mrs. Erickson earned her bachelor's degree in English from California State University, Fullerton. She also holds a master's degree in Educational Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services credential. Mrs. Erickson is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is dedicated to helping students and their respective families pursue educational and career goals. Mrs. Erickson enjoys teaching yoga in her free time.
Lead Elementary Teacher Administrative Designee Emily McCourtney
Mrs. McCourtney is a passionate educator who has worked in Tustin Unified since 2006. Before opening Tustin Connect, she worked for two years as a Digital Learning Coach. After completing the summer as a fellow in the UCI Writing Project Summer Institute in 2012, she quickly became an Associate Director and spends her summers coaching teachers in reading and writing at UCI. Mrs. McCourtney has presented her ideas at the annual Computer Using Educator(CUE) conference in Napa and Palm Springs, as well as the December Writing Conference at UCI. She is GATE trained and a Level 2 Google Certified Educator. Follow her on Twitter via @emccourtney.
Lead Middle School Teacher Naomi Halili-Dove
Since 2000, Mrs. Dove has been an enthusiastic educator for Tustin Unified School District. Having been a product of TUSD schools, Mrs. Dove knew that she wanted to give back by returning to TUSD as a teacher. After earning her bachelor’s degree from UCI in just three years, she obtained her Master of Education degree from Pepperdine in 2000. Mrs. Dove has served as a middle school teacher in TUSD for sixteen years and has been involved in various leadership positions at the site and district level. She has also served as an honors, AVID, and ASB teacher, and has hosted several beginning teachers and international guests in her classroom. She received her second master's degree in reading and dedicates time beyond the classroom to refine her knowledge about educational technology, curriculum, and adolescent learners. Due to her commitment to her profession, she was recognized as a Teacher of the Year in 2004 and 2014. When she’s not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children exploring other cultures and learning about the world around them through books, food, museum visits, and travel adventures.
Lead High School Teacher Brian David
Mr. David is a dedicated and impassioned educator who is ecstatic about joining the Tustin Connect team. Before joining Tustin Connect, Mr. David taught various levels of English at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, where he also served as English Department Chair, Instructional Coach for Teacher Observations, and Senior Class Moderator. Concurrently, Mr. David joined the PLACE (Partners of Los Angeles Catholic Education) cohort (2012-2014) within Loyola Marymount University, where he lived in community with eleven other teachers and earned a Master of Arts in Reading Instruction. When he is not teaching, reading, or grading, Mr. David loves to hike, cook, and enjoy the beaches of Southern California. Follow him on Twitter via @bdavid12