Employee Spotlight

Brenda McHaney

Education Specialist/Online High School Curriculum Expert

Kiley Barton

What did you do prior to SMCS?

Prior to SMCS, I worked for another homeschool charter school for 4 years, prior to that taught brick and mortar 3rd grade and Kindergarten for 11 years.

How long have you been with SMCS?

I have been with SMCS for 11 years.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Yucaipa, California

Where did you go to college?

I obtained my BA, Liberal Studies from Cal Baptist University and my credential and MA, Teaching at Chapman University.

Where do you live?

I currently live in Sylmar, CA

What areas do you serve for SMCS?

I serve as far north as Canyon Country, Santa Clarita and Valencia, to Van Nuys, Panorama City, Hollywood, Pasadena, and Los Angeles.

What do you think is/are the best thing(s) about SMCS?

The ability for parents to choose and students to succeed while learning using tools that suit them best.

Do (did) you homeschool your kids?

Yes I homeschooled my son for high school with SMCS. He went on to be Valedictorian of his class in College, majoring in Psychology. My second child also graduated in 3 years from SMCS and is pursuing her career as a professional dancer in Los Angeles.

What is your favorite curriculum?

My favorite curriculum online is Silicon Valley HS and in text, probably Story of the World.

What is your favorite read aloud book?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

What is your favorite field trip?

The classes at Disneyland.

What is your area of expertise?


What is your dream summer vacation?

Traveling to New Zealand.

What is your favorite subject to teach?


What do you like to do in your free time?

Play bingo, attend events with our Rec. Club.

What is something interesting about yourself that many people might not know?

I have discovered a joy for baking since being gifted a stand mixer for my kitchen!

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