School Leadership

 
 
Dr. Collin Felch is entering his second year as Principal of Vista Heritage Global Academy and his first year as Principal of Vista Condor Global Academy. Dr. Felch started his career as a math, economics, and leadership teacher at the Ambassador School of Global Leadership in Los Angeles. In 2013, Dr. Felch was named an LAUSD and Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year. Also in 2013, Dr. Felch served as an International Judge on the English Talent Television Show in China, Star of Outlook. In 2014, Dr. Felch was promoted to serve as a Math Instructional Coach for the Intensive Support and Innovation Center (ISIC) of LAUSD where he worked directly with 26 different schools to support math teachers, provide professional development, and enhance instruction in math. The following year, Dr. Felch was promoted again to become Assistant Principal at the Communication and Technology School to lead and serve youth in South Los Angeles. In 2016, Dr. Felch completed his Ed.D. at the University of Southern California. His dissertation was on “How Principals of International Studies High Schools Promote Global Competence." In 2017, Dr. Felch became the Principal of Vista Heritage, and is thrilled to continue to bring his vision for learning, instructional background, and passion for educating youth through building global competence to the city of Santa Ana and the surrounding Orange County communities.
 
 
Ms. Leigh Anne Drake was one of the founding staff members of Vista Heritage Charter Middle School in Santa Ana in 2015. Over the past three years with Heritage she has created an inclusive Special Education program that has been widely recognized as a model program by OCDE. She has overseen the increase in EL Reclassification as EL Coordinator and has a passion for serving special populations. Ms. Drake is Kagan trained, Way of Council trained and is a Restorative Practices Expert. She consistently contributes to a positive school climate and forms strong relationships with students and their families. Ms. Drake is a transformational leader with a demonstrated 20 year history of achievements as an educator and a school leader. As Vista Condor Global Academy opens, Ms. Drake is honored to continue her service to the school community as an Assistant Principal for Vista Global Academies. She will bring her strengths as an educator and her expectations as a parent to create an elementary school experience Santa Ana can be proud of.
 
 
Brian Bailey is celebrating his 21st year as an educator. He began his teaching career in 1997 in New York City, in a truly global school—over 20 languages were spoken by the student body! This experience armed him with a passion for diversity, and an understanding of the true power of language. In 2002, he transitioned to Southern California, and brought with him the desire for nurturing globally competent young people, who are prepared with the knowledge and skills required to tackle our planet’s most challenging problems. Brian has been a classroom teacher, an Instructional Coach, a baseball coach, and a district level support provider. To Brian, joining the Vista family “feels like coming home.” He is eager to come aboard and can’t wait to do his part to make Vista the premier school in Orange County.