Kyle Anderson, director of systems development and applications
Kyle has been leading the development and implementation of systems at all levels of Open Sky Education since 2011. His primary focus is to ensure that the organization operates at the intersection of effective and efficient and is prepared for growth. In his time with Open Sky, he has coordinated the design and implementation of our academic model, streamlined technology infrastructure, and improved data management and reporting.
Kyle’s background includes a combination of education and business experience. Previously, he led inventory management, process improvement, and purchasing at a Waukesha, WI-based manufacturing company. Prior to his work in the private sector, Kyle served as a Program Director with Teach For America New York City, managing and training elementary teachers in grades PreK – 2. He began his teaching career as a TFA NYC ’04 corps member where he taught 3rd grade at PS 79 in the Bronx.
Kyle received his master of science degree in education from Pace University and a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Minnesota.
Lisa Fantasia, M.Ed., Arizona region principal director
Lisa is passionate about education and literacy and focused on utilizing best practices to inspire students to be problem solvers. She attended the University of Arizona were she majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology. After an early experience working with students with emotional and behavioral disorders, she quickly returned to school to complete a M.ED. in Special Education at Grand Canyon University. She has dedicated her career to working with students that have learning differences. She has worked with students from kindergarten to high school in self-contained settings, alternative schools, private day placements, Title One schools, and with ELL learners.
In her current role, Lisa coordinates with leadership to develop a regional vision, instructional philosophy, goals, and objectives. Using collaborative processes and problem-solving techniques, she facilitated the implementation of curriculum changes in two core subject areas across all campuses. She creates opportunities for school leaders across school sites to collaborate and learn from one another and supports the development of school leaders as reflective practitioners. Lisa confers with, counsels, and advises leadership and instructional personnel concerning instructional methods, best practice techniques, and special programming, in compliance with state and federal guidelines.
Lisa earned her M.Ed. in education leadership through Northern Arizona University.
Rebecca Hallebach, national director of curriculum and instruction
Rebecca graduated from Trinity International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She taught Kindergarten and First Grade for 4 years. 2 of those years were spent as the founding First Grade teacher at HOPE Via in Racine. For the last two years, Rebecca served as the Dean of Instruction for HOPE Via in Racine.
Rebecca is passionate about curriculum and instruction and believes that all children deserve a full and lasting education. Rebecca is excited to work alongside educators that strive to give all children access to high-quality academics and character education.
Castenzio Venegas, principal director, Wisconsin region
Castenzio has led the new school startup of HOPE Christian School: Via in Racine.
Previously, Castenzio was the Director of Teacher Development at the Center for Urban Teaching (CfUT) in Milwaukee, WI, where he served as a resource for aspiring urban teacher candidates and beginning teachers, equipping them with the training necessary to be highly effective in the urban classroom. He served as an Assistant Principal of CfUT’s summer school program at several campuses in Milwaukee. He started two new CfUT summer school sites at HOPE Christian School: Prima and Sherman Park Lutheran School. He served for three years in Phoenix, AZ as a Teach For America Corps Member, taught abroad in Italy for one year, and taught freshman English at HOPE Christian High School. Castenzio was awarded the “Faith-in-Action” award at the annual HOPE Celebration in recognition of his courageous Christian leadership.
He holds his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Carthage College and received his M.Ed. in cross categorical special education K-12 at Arizona State University. He also earned a graduate certificate in instructional mentoring through the Southeastern Wisconsin New Teacher Project (SEWNTP) as well as earned a graduate certificate with Relay Graduate School in the National Principal Academy Fellowship (NPAF) program.