Dr. O'Malley serves as the Administrator 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
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 Center, 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 has spent the last two 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. 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.
Math Middle School Teacher Tait Donelson
Mr. Donelson taught middle school math and science at Watsonville Charter School of the Arts before joining Tustin Connect. Mr. Donelson in known for bringing content standards to life through hands-on, inquiry-based lessons. He enjoys surfing and being in the outdoors. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Donelson was a professional ski instructor at Mammoth Mountain.
Intervention Support Staff Connie Yee
Mrs. Yee is a credentialed teacher with 8 years of teaching experience. She also has experience as an instructional assistant in Irvine Unified, where she differentiated learning for both struggling students and GATE identified students. Mrs. Yee is a highly skilled educator and is passionate about helping all students reach their full potential.
Tustin Connect Center (K-12) Online & Independent Study School
K-8 Location Located within Heritage STEAM School (Sign-in at main administration building when visiting) 15400 Lansdowne Rd, Tustin, CA 92782, Map 714-730-7395, ext. 52151
High School Location (Grades 9-12) Located at the Alternative Education Campus 1151 San Juan St., Tustin, CA 92780 714-730-7395, ext. 52151 TUSD District Website