Our Directors

We've assembled a team to bring together the best and brightest minds to help children's learning blossom and grow.  We are experts in the field of Education and have a passion for helping every child achieve their dreams. 

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Dr. Marilyn Joshua Williams, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum & Academic Affairs

Dr. Joshua Williams has over 20 years of experience in Elementary Education and extensive experience directing summer programs. Her passion for teaching and touching the community through education continues to drive her desire to push students to become high achievers while in an environment of joy and rigor.

Dr. Williams has the distinction of being one of the first authors in the country to retell classic fairy tales featuring African-American Children (1990):  Cinderella and the Glass Slipper; The Original Three Pigs: Retold; Snow White; and The Adventures of Curious Eric: Learning Concepts.


Dr. Williams has presented at national, state, and regional conferences; conducted professional development workshops. Some of her past accomplishments include: 

  • Former Chair of Elementary Education Department at California State University of Northridge, 
  • Reading Consultant, Reading First Teacher Education Network/NCATE serving as Lead faculty in the Reading First Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education/NCATE,
  • An Advisory Board Member of the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading, CSU Chancellor’s office,
  • CSUN Faculty Senator,
  • Faculty Council Member, 
  • Actively participated in the NCATE/CCTC accreditation process, 
  • Faculty Mentor/Coordinator for part time reading faculty, developed a handbook for a reading course EED 520,
  • Consulting - Professional Development Reading / Language Arts Workshops on “Students as Authors, “The Connection between Writing and Reading,” “Including all Children in Reading and Writing Activities.”

“Fun, Creative, Community Stories: Dismantling Writers’ Block!,” 
The Claremont Yearbook, Number 66, 2002.

“Community Squiggle,” The California Reader, 35 (3), 17-24, February 2000 .

“Inside picture books: Where are the children of color?,” Educational Horizons, 80 (3), 125-132. 

"Preparing Teachers to Teach Reading Effectively," Office of the Chancellor, California State University, October 2002 (contributing author). Co “In retrospect: What college undergraduates say about their high school education,” The High School Journal, 85 (4), 1-15 (co-author).

"The Effect of Pictures and Prompts on the Writing of Students in Primary Grades:  Action Research by Graduate Students at California State University, Northridge." Action in Teacher Education.

Dr. Nancy Prosenjak, Ph.D.​
Director of Skills Center​

Dr. Prosenjak holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University, a M. S. in Reading and a M. S. in Gifted Education from Youngstown State University, and a B.S. in Education from The Ohio State University. She has over 35 years of experience in Education, serving as a Professor in Elementary Education, classroom teacher, Reading Specialist, and Coordinator of Gifted Programs. Her teaching and research interests include literacy, children’s/adolescent literature, issues of gender/social justice, and teacher education.

Our Featured Teachers

Zena Mauro (Art and Reading)Monarch School/Chatsworth

Zena Mauro received her Liberal Arts degree at California State University of Northridge with a minor in Children’s Art. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Art education at CSUN. She is a third grade teacher at First Presbyterian Weekday School and has taught a Fundamentals of Art, Masters of Art, and Ceramics Enrichment class after school. She is working on developing a curriculum to use as therapy for kids with autism and other developmental disorders. Ms. Cha has loved art ever since she was a little girl. Her favorite subject matter was horses! She has been teaching art to children for over ten years. She really enjoys teaching art to children because they are so creative and have a great imagination.

Kevin Kline (Chess and Pre-Robotics)Reseda Charter High School

Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a major in Psychology and a minor in Political Science.  He received a Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, Northridge graduating with distinction. Kevin was an AmeriCorps Vista Leader where he led an initiative around Environmental Studies to analyze, design, and implement a community tree planting project. Kevin brings a wealth of experience to The Green Leaf Academy. He has over 11 years of experience in education, and he has worked at all instructional levels: elementary, middle, and high school. He is currently a counselor who conducts college, career, and personal advisement. This year he will provide instruction in our Chess class which culminates with a Chess tournament; tournament winners will receive a trophy. He will also provide instruction in our Pre-Robotics class.

Amanda Inglima (Grasshoppers) Vaughn Next Century Learning Center

Amanda received her Bachelor's degree in Child and Adolescent Development and a Minor in Family Studies from California State University Northridge. She later received her multiple subject teaching credential from California State University Northridge. She is a Kindergarten teacher at Van Nuys Elementary. Her journey to education has been filled with many different experiences. She has been, a tutor and a teacher's assistant with various schools and families. Her favorite subject to teach is Language Arts! She loves instilling the love of reading and stories in her students. Her favorite book series to share with students are Junie B. Jones and Elephant and Piggie. She looks forward  to a summer filled with lots of fun and learning!