Our Executive Director, Brenda Olshever grew up in the Conejo Valley, and upon graduation from Westlake High School attended California State University Northridge (CSUN) where she received her bachelor’s degree and multiple subjects teaching credential. She began her teaching career in the Sulphur Springs School District in the Santa Clarita Valley. After teaching there for nine years she returned to the Conejo Valley where she joined the Meadows Elementary School staff. In 2006 she continued her education at CSUN and earned her masters degree in Educational Administration along with her Administrative Credential. When the district voted to close Meadows, she learned of the parents’ plan to create a charter. She became a proponent of the charter, and subsequently, a founding teacher. She has served on the curriculum committee, Teacher Advisory Committee and was the Teacher in Charge. The success of MATES is near and dear to her heart as she truly believes in our teaching philosophy with the infusion of art and technology into the curriculum.
What is your goal for the students? My goal is for every student to do their “personal best” and to love school.
What is your favorite color and flower? My favorite color is purple and my favorite flower is a purple iris.
Who are your favorite writers? My favorite children’s authors are Roald Dahl, JK Rowling, and Beverly Cleary
Do you have any pets? Yes, we have 4 dogs (a Labrador, a Terrier mix, a Havanese and a Morkie).
What do you most dislike? I dislike intolerant people who pass judgement on others without an understanding of what they’ve been through.
What is your biggest pet peeve? My biggest pet peeve is finding dirty dishes in the sink.
What is your motto? Don’t judge me until you’ve walked in my shoes.
Where is your dream travel destination? My dream vacation would be a Mediterranean Cruise
What do you enjoy doing most in your off time? I enjoy spending time and sharing fun experiences with my family.
Who are the heroes and heroines in your life? My heroes and heroines in life are my parents and my kids. My parents have been there for me every step of my life, and my children have both overcome life threatening illnesses and persevered.